Tag Archive: knitting

Maine Getaway

After Julia graduated, she and I had a chance to visit our friend Sally at her home on an island in Maine. Unfortunately, The Farmer can’t leave the farm and the animals but I take opportunities for trips whenever I can. It is a long ride Northeast, th…

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Free Project – Easy As Pie

Free Project – Easy As Pie

PATTERN DETAILS Elegant and ethereal, this is a quick, relatively simple top-down triangular shawl that begins with the same four row pattern repeat until the edging. This is a great shawl for a beginning lace knitter, (or a more experienced lace knitter who wants something simple to knit that doesn’t involve a lot of concentration!)….Only […]

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While Waiting for a Ball

I finally tried a Wool and the Gang pattern!  I love the Tommy Top, but I needed a little more yarn to finish.  I think I knit it at a tighter gauge than instructed, maybe that’s why I ran low.  I could’ve ripped back and blah, blah, bla…

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Free Project – FREE Baby Chick Boots

Free Project – FREE Baby Chick Boots

PATTERN DETAILS This is my FREE Baby Chick Booties knitting pattern. Over 16,000 people have downloaded this pattern on Craftsy already. So now is the time for you to make these adorable baby booties. They are quick and easy to make. They are worked flat on 2.75 mm needles in any 5 ply or dk […]

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Free Project – The Parlor Cat

Free Project – The Parlor Cat

PATTERN DETAILS This is the second in my series of house cats! With paws tucked in and tail to his side, The Parlor Cat makes a very prim and proper house guest. Knit in the round, it is one piece from head to tail, and a befitting 10″ long and 7″ wide. SUGGESTED YARN 150 […]

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Free Project – Fortune Cookie Baby Booties

Free Project – Fortune Cookie Baby Booties

PATTERN DETAILS I had remembered a baby shower about two hours before I had to be there! No time for a blanket, but plenty time for some simple booties. I do mean simple! Too simple to give by themselves. I always have these “take out” boxes on hand at Christmas time. There you go… Instant […]

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A Plethora of Hand-Knit Socks

Prior to now, I’ve only ever made 2 pairs of toe-up socks.  Back in 2014, I made one test pair for myself and the “real” pair was for my grandmother-in-law’s 103rd birthday.  Mine didn’t fit great and got baggy nearly as soon as I put them on – I hope hers fit better. I knewContinue reading

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Lace and Variegated

I have several one or two skein sets of variegated yarn that I’m not quite sure how to use.  I know I can always do socks, but I am pretty much done with socks for a while.  When it comes to heavily patterned things, like shawls, I don’t ofte…

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Hello, Nature

This is my written ode to the trees that keep me sane.  How I have missed you!  Come to mama.I need to be out of doors.  Truly.  It was lesson number 1 of my back sprain quarantine.  (Other lessons included- chairs are evil, do…

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Free Project – Reversible cable scarf

Free Project – Reversible cable scarf

PATTERN DETAILS Here is a scarf that looks the same on both sides, with a big cable in the middle. You can add the background stitches to make it wider. It creates a curve naturally at both ends. I use super chunky yarns for quick knitting, but any size yarn will work. Worsted weight will […]

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Knot Tyer and Proud of It

Is it tier or tyer?  Whatever.  I wanted to post my progress on my Waterrock vest and Kinton tee, both by Jennifer Kelley of Appalachian Knits, but you’ll have to prepare yourself because you’re about to see the seedy underbelly of the knitti…

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Amanda vs Lena Tee

Real talk: I always forget how long it takes to knit something. My Lucinda Sweater, whilst glorious, took me a solid six months and by the end I was starting to go knit crazy. So for some unknown reason, Past Amanda made the choice that her next project would be another top knit up on […]

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Variegated Yarns: swatches in knitting, crocheting and weaving

It’s always so mysterious how a pretty little skein will work up, isn’t it? Especially with variegated yarn! I dyed up a little (well, BIG) skein and made swatches in knitting, crocheting and weaving! And they’re SO different! Here’s the skein I dyed (if you want to try it, check my tutorial on how to […]

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Out of Season


Today’s unseasonable and very soggy weather reminded me of this outfit.  I was almost tempted to throw on a wool sweater in the middle of April.  What is going on?!?


And what the heck happened to our beautiful Spring weather?  I am really getting tired of the gray skies and the rain.


This garment will be getting a whole lot of wear towards the end of the year, but for now, I am much more interested in light colors and fabrics (even if the weather is not playing fair).


I sure do love a circle skirt, though!  If I can find a suitable mid-weight wool in a beautiful color, I may just have to make myself another for next Winter.


The most irritating part was, you guessed it, evening out that darn hem.  Even thick wool coating is not immune to the dreaded bias droop.


The sweater was a quick knit when I was in need of a portable project that would not require a lot of fuss, and one that I would be comfortable stopping and starting at a moment’s notice.


It served its purpose quite well, and I may want to make another in a warm weather appropriate fiber.  If the rainfall keeps up, I may finish my current knitting project soon and do just that!

Sweater:  Made by me, “Jumper with a Boat Neckline” 
Skirt:  Made by me, Vogue 2902
Shoes:  Royal Vintage “Marilyn
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Empowering Others

One of my favorite television programs is, “Pit Bulls and Parolees.” If you haven’t seen the show, it’s about a woman, Tia, who is committed to saving pit bull dogs, and giving those who have been incarcerated a chance at making it once they leave pris…

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#1year1outfit: Questions of Origin

This article was published on the Fibershed blog in 2016, I thought it might be time to repost it here for Fashion Revolution week which starts April 24. From Fashion to […]

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#1year1outfit: Questions of Origin

This article was published on the Fibershed blog in 2016, I thought it might be time to repost it here for Fashion Revolution week which starts April 24. From Fashion to […]

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Triple Dip

The Tops Tanks and Tees Knit-along surprised me this year.  I already had a summer-weight sweater going so I’m jumping in with a WIP this year.  I don’t usually do that because I love the excitement of group cast on, but I did get to cast thi…

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Write it Down, Make It Happen

A quick update on the sewing adventure that Helen Haughey and I will be hosting in June. All of the information will be up on the blog first thing tomorrow. I’m really excited as I think it is going to be such a fun experience. It seems that if yo…

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Free Project – Cot Mobile Frame

Free Project – Cot Mobile Frame

PATTERN DETAILS Use the Knitables cot mobile frame to create an adorable and unique mobile for your little one to enjoy. By selecting your own animals, characters or objects the mobile can be made to fit any theme. The example shown has used the animals from the Knitables Noah’s Ark Collection. NOTE: By downloading this […]

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I knit a cardigan. Twice.

Initially when I knew I was going to post a worsted weight sweater project in early April, I kind of thought I’d have to make a joke about how it was growing too warm to wear it. Hahahahaha. As if. Oh April, how I always forget your disgusting weather ways… read more »

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Two Knits

First, I should probably apologize for this post because I’m writing it while listening to a playlist of random favorites.  At the moment, Neil Diamond’s Holly Holy is playing.  It’s distracting.This playlist makes me happy and sad …

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Baby Granny Stripe Blanket

I guess I can post this blanket now that it’s been gifted and the recipient has been born.  It made me so happy to think of the loving home she would grow up in as I worked on this blanket.  I was also excited that her parents loved it becaus…

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#1year1outfit 2016 Final Outfits Perth – Australia

Welcome to my brand new website!  I now have a dedicated page to welcome newcomers to #1year1outfit, where you can see the rules, find links to participants in your area, and even sign up.
If you needed some motivation to sign up, then look no furthe…

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Feyre

I could knit Feyre again.  And again.  It was that satisfying.  I was imitating the sample, knit in Brooklyn Tweed’s Newsprint.  I think the Patons Classic Aran and Dark Grey Marl colorways gave mine a similarly graphic look. &…

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Julia Sweater

I don’t know what happened.  I slipped this big sweater over my head and next thing I knew it was like the last 26 years were a dream.  What?  I’m 17 again, wearing guys’ sweaters with baggy… everything?Friends, I knit the biggest, sim…

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Princess Harald stranded pullover

Today I’m happy to share with you a pullover that I finished… I have no idea when. January? Maybe. Long enough ago to get to enjoy wearing it this winter, I can tell you that that much. So I realized I’d better show it to you quickly since the first… read more »

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Tons of knitting projects

I noticed I’m more productive the longer I’m around fellow crafty types.  Case in point, when I hang out with my friend Jennifer. When we are together, we will knit, hang out in yarn shops, and talk about upcoming projects. We also help each other…

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So Much Seed Stitch, Then a Rant

How have I been knitting for 15+ years and still not yet knit a Wool and the Gang pattern?  Weird, huh? So the Julia Sweater is my first one.  It’s also been in my WIP basket for six months.  I realized this when I we…

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Free Project – Illusion Silver Wedding Heart

Free Project – Illusion Silver Wedding Heart

PATTERN DETAILS Two simple heart designs for a 25th wedding anniversary, which can be hung on the wall or used for small cushions. When you look straight at the hearts you only see stripes. When you look from the side the hearts magically appear. The hearts shown in the photos were made with DK yarns […]

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