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Release the Kraken!

by erin on December 15, 2015

I just finished my finals–my semester is officially O-V-E-R!!  YEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSS!  Fist pump!   That means I can now knit like a maniac kraken on Mountain Dew to finish the few things I feel I must get done and sent out before Christmas.  Like, two things.  Oh, well, four.  Well, let’s not go there.   On a random […]

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Beautiful Friday

by erin on October 23, 2015

It is a truly glorious day out there, and a Friday to boot!  Double win!   I have some things to show, and I tried to use some of that beautiful autumn light to display them to their best advantage.  And then this happened instead:     I am SO keeping these socks for myself!! […]

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I really thought I’d be completely done with this wrap last week.  Like, eaaaaarrrrly last week.  I was very confident it wouldn’t take but about 7 seconds after posting my last blog post and I would be binding off on a finished knit, blocking it, and demonstrating it in all its finished glory.  I don’t […]

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Oscar Wilde Was Right

by erin on August 21, 2015

I’m sitting here on the couch, second cup of coffee being slowly ingested, savoring the feeling of not having to be anywhere or do anything right now.  I had my first week at school this week, my first time being a full-time student in…oh…15 years, and it went well so far, but getting the blog […]

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Green for Spring, Blue for Summer

by erin on March 24, 2015

Progress continues apace on my Quicksilver.  This is one fun knit.  I am just gaga for fingering weight yarn in gorgeous colors done up in garter stitch.  And then there’s this pop of fiery orange tonal lace that just makes lose my ever-loving knitting mind.     This is true love.  I cannot wait to […]

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One Thing Finished, One Thing Started

by erin on January 13, 2015

My daughter requested a new hat.  She picked the yarn and color herself.  I wasn’t surprised by her yarn choice, but I wasn’t expecting the color.     This is a very simple hat knit up in Misti Alpaca Chunky in a pinkish chocolate shade.  Chocolate flamingo, Cafe Pepto, no idea what to call it, […]

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Daaaaaaang!

by erin on December 23, 2014

The knitting has been fierce over here.  The holiday homestretch looms before me, and, finished or not, the race is over.     I successfully combined fitness and knitting this week.  It threw off my speed, but nonetheless, I was brimming with virtue at exercising AND knitting without breaking the treadmill.   I finished the […]

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Socks, A Sock, And Something Else (finally)

by erin on December 16, 2014

Whoa Nelly!  I have never been so glad to get some socks off some needles!   I made this pattern up on the fly, and grabbed tiny needles (US 2s, I think) and this Cascade Heritage Paints sock yarn, which is pretty and very cranberry red.  One sock had a set pattern of twisted stitches […]

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I am on a garter stitch bender.  I don’t even want to stop.     I love this crazy project.     It feels like I’m knitting some sort of IKEA bookshelf, what with all the turning and picking up stitches, turning corners, and the I-cord borders   It makes no sense looking at it […]

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Sock It To Me

by erin on October 14, 2014

There’s a nip in the air (but not today) and a whole bunch of lovely sock yarn (and other yarn) waiting for us at the local yarn store…         Is anybody interested in knitting a pair of socks for the Socktober event at Yarns Etc and Great Yarns?  I’m tempted to have […]

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Socktober!

by erin on September 30, 2014

There is a cool new event all month long at our favorite local yarn stores!  Check it out:     (crash, bang, BOOM).   Darn it.  Stupid thing won’t work, so here’s the skinny on Socktober:   Celebrate at Yarns Etc and Great Yarns! with Beautiful Sock Yarns Classes Tricks and Techniques Sock fun for […]

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In Defense of Knitting Polygamy

by erin on July 29, 2014

I tried really hard to just knit on one project.  My time for knitting has been scarcer than hen’s teeth this summer.  I was worried that I would end up bogged down in too many projects to show you anything worth a clothes moth’s sneeze if I didn’t rein in my polygamous knitting nature and […]

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Don’t Be Stupid! Take My Socks!

by erin on January 7, 2014

It’s so cold that you could lick something and be thstuck.  My sister in Chicago had to deal with a -40 windchill earlier this week.  I can’t fathom what that would feel like…probably something like dear-God-get-back-inside-before-your-lungs-freeze kind of cold.  Last night I stepped out on the front porch in my pajamas and bare feet, kind […]

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Hard to See the Forest for the Trees

by erin on November 26, 2013

I wanted to start by saying how much I love that everybody is as excited by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s visit as I am.  Seeing everybody chattering in the comments has been lovely.  I can’t wait to see us all in action when we get our party on in a couple of weeks!!   I’m knitting up […]

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A Tale of Two Socks

by erin on October 1, 2013

I’ve just come off of a fantastic weekend.  My mother’s birthday was celebrated, and we snuck my sister in from Chicago to surprise both her and my father.  We are not a family of pranksters, so my folks never saw it coming until my sister was standing in their doorway.  It was wonderful.  And what […]

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I’ll Show You Mine

by erin on June 4, 2013

So, last night I sat down and prepared to thoroughly, thoughtfully, and brutally toss my stash.   I have never.  Ever.  EVER.  Gotten all my stash out at the same time.  There was no better time to do it than last night, though.   My husband was working late at night (and he will never […]

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Lord Kitchener

by erin on May 7, 2013

I thought today might be a fun day to shake it up, talk about a technique that is used in knitting.  I present to you the valuable skill of grafting, also known as weaving or Kitchener Stitch. Do you know why it’s sometimes called Kitchener stitch?  During World War I, soldier kept getting holes in […]

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Colorful Knits and a Special Day

by erin on April 16, 2013

I feel like a little kid who got ahold of a box of crayons.  I have been seeing color everywhere and knitting with it, too.  It is such a treat for the eyes after this long, blah sort-of-kinda-winter we had to see the bright green of the new, tender leaves coming out, the yellow of […]

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Lovey Wrap Up

by erin on April 9, 2013

Do you remember, a few posts ago, about the mother who came in to the LYS with her son’s lovey, a cotton blanket, that was having a cascade failure of spectacular proportions?  Does this ring a bell?   I had a reunion with this little blanket a few days ago.  I had stabilized it somewhat, […]

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Showin’ And Tellin’

by erin on April 2, 2013

  There are so many pictures in this blog post that I am really hoping none of you out there have dial-up.  Be prepared for quite the show-and-tell.   I paid my usual visit to my most favorite, hallowed, lovely place on earth (also known as the LYS) and got whacked fully in the face […]

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Tripping Along

by erin on February 12, 2013

Does anyone remember the movie “A Fish Called Wanda”?  Remember Otto and Ken and how well they got along?  Otto, played brilliantly by Kevin Cline, eggs on and torments a stuttering Ken (played by Michael Palin) until finally Ken has had enough.  He is going after Otto, and Otto utters a famous line. “It’s K-k-k-Ken […]

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