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This weekend passed in a blur of Bike Rally.  I know, I know. You’d think there would be a break, but it turns out (I discovered, after joining the Steering Committee) that once you’re into the planning of the thing, … Continue reading ?


21 hours agoHobbies / Knitting : Yarn Miracle

School is great. I have lots of pattern ideas. (including your Christmas present) I have lots of books that are read and unread. There are lots of things we do. Why don’t I write about any of it? It’s probably because I can’t think with all the talking in here. Or maybe it’s because the […]

Back in the groove

This past weekend I managed to put in some serious knitting productivity time, and it was great. Or, more accurately – what I did was catch up on about twelve hours of unwatched television, and had my knitting in my hands the whole time while I did that. As a result my brain may now […]

I’ll wait to go to the store

Yesterday, after getting together the shocking list of all that is unknit and must be knit, I discovered that I have no yarn. Well, that’s not true, obviously… I mean, I have rather a lot of yarn. It turns out … Continue reading ?


Hey Friends! Hope you had the absolute happiest of days yesterday! As you may know, Chalk Lots is my little baby. And I can't say enough about this little product. We use them all of the time. And over and over. They come in Licorice (our beloved, classic black, or Graham Cracker, shown above) with 4 in a set, including a box of 12 ct. Show More Summary

Don’t panic early

When I first decided to open the Christmas spreadsheet today, I thought it was going to be pretty bad. I carry over the spreadsheet from one year to the next, and I do a little work on it before I … Continue reading ?

How to make a granny square blanket

I don’t mean to brag, but I have now achieved approximately 0.4 completed granny square afghans over the past 5 months, and this is what I’ve learned. 1. Don’t plan the project  out too far in advance. Just dive right in spontaneously, this isn’t like those hats or scarf projects that you really want to carefully […]

faerie magazine giveaway

Hey Friends! Are you familiar with Faerie Magazine? Well, it is A W E S O M E !It's filled with a huge variety of lovely topics. From travel, to poetry, to beauty tips, home decor, artist profiles, jewelry and on and on. And guess what?...Show More Summary

I can fill in one box

I am not sure yet if I have the nerve to open the Christmas Spreadsheet. You know, the one that I swore I’d open way sooner than this last year.  Last year I was going to get on this way … Continue reading ?

Twist Collective: Bonspiel cardigan

One of the odd things about knitting design is the delay that happens between knitting something up and its final release to the world. This summer I had the pleasure of knitting up another pattern for Twist Collective, and last week it went live! I’m so pleased to show you my Bonspiel cardigan, featured in […]

And there was debris everywhere

Well. After such a long break my poppets, I owe you some sort of explanation, but the only thing I’ve got that make sense comes from Inigo Montoya, “Let me explain… No, there is too much. Let me sum up.” … Continue reading ?

burton bear cowl

This is one of those quick, inexpensive, cute and useful knits! It comes in every size. From baby up to adult. (If you need a baby, toddler gift... oh my! The pattern has little ears. So stinking cute!) I can see wearing this so much in that really cold weather this winter. Show More Summary

bella cowl on youtube

Remember the Bella Cowl? Well, I receive quite a few emails about this pattern. It is a 4 stitch, 4 row repeat that seems to play tricks on our minds. SO, my sister Shelly and I put together a little tutorial while we were away last month. Show More Summary

thankful giveaway

Hey friends! Just wanted to let you know that 5 boxes of Chalk Lots (4/box) are being given away over on Chalk Lots Instagram. Graham Cracker OR Licorice! I really am so thankful to all of you. And these really make life even sweeter. Show More Summary

sweet sixteen

Sixteen years. Some of it is such a blur. This boy of mine has added so much joy and so much depth to our lives. Chalk Lots to greet him. Sixteen balloons. Five friends for Pad Thai from his favorite Thai restaurant. And a chocolate cake with green frosting. Show More Summary

As it goes by

For the last three days I’ve been in the most beautiful places. Places without internet, or mobile coverage, but beautiful none-the-less.  As I travel, my phone will suddenly get 19 texts, and 48 notifications, and I’ll snatch it out of … Continue reading ?

up next :: madge

I've had this yarn in my stash for quite some time. I actually can't even remember how long it's been stashed. But, I do remember, my mom rolled all of the skeins into balls for me while visiting. It sat there because I changed my mind about the project it was intended for. Show More Summary

Pacing myself

Greetings, knitter friends! I am writing this on the flip side of my move, which went pretty well as moves go, and am now adjusting to a new pace of life in the ‘big city’ back in Toronto. It’s been several years since I lived in Toronto itself, and I’m remembering how it is both […]

Mini Maker Faire, November 6-8

All the Barnes & Noble stores in the US (ALL of them) host a Mini Maker Faire this weekend! I’m sure you’ve heard of Make the magazine (and it’s short-lived sibling Craft). There are local Maker groups around the country that hang out, tinker, play with 3D printers, and often provide workshops for kids and […]


When I was getting ready to leave, I had the hardest time getting it all together. Going away on long trips is tricky. Not just because of the clothes and creature comforts, but the yarn situation. This being my life, … Continue reading ?

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