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the cookie + the project

I was in a hurry this week because of our Chicago trip, so I used the recipe box in my brain. We never tire of this bite of deliciousness. And finally I have cast on once again for a sweater. It feels so good to be working on smaller needles and a bigger project.Have a wonderful weekend!


We took an overnight trip to Chicago. And while shopping on Michigan Avenue (who am I kidding... b-lined straight for Crate and Barrel) spotted B. A. Friend chalkboard place mats. To say I was thrilled is an understatement. They have been carrying them for a few years, but this was the first time I saw them in the store. Show More Summary

New Pattern: Catherine Pullover

Greetings, knitter friends! At long last I’m pleased to announce a new sweater pattern, the very same one I’ve been working on this cold cold winter. I was able to grab some photos earlier this week on a day trip … Continue reading ...

Things are looking up

When I was in school, I had an art teacher remind me that sometimes, the trick to finding out how something was interesting was to change your perspective. “Look around” she said. “Squat down. Lie on the floor. Look up. … Continue reading ?

And I saw a lot of seaweed

Today was a very good day. I woke up early, and I was lying in my bed, unable to go back to sleep because of these huge black birds that call out to each other in a way that’s as … Continue reading ?...


May 8, 2009 February 1, 2015 The Only Thing That is Constant is Change. -HeraclitusDifferent window, different house, same girl. I just can't believe how the time goes. So grateful for the photos. Going to recreate some for the boys, too.

I won’t say it’s cold

Safely arrived in Mexico – only to find that it’s a bit chilly – which is to say that instead of the -20 at home, it’s 23 here. Not quite warm enough for swimming, and there’s a terrific wind. Still, … Continue reading ?


We had a snow day yesterday(well, cold day) so I spent the day at home. Doing a few of my favorite things. I knit a hat. I made the worst biscotti under the sun. (Total fail.) And a dinner that hit the spot on a freezing winter night.Grateful to be at home.Happy weekend, friends!

Practically the same thing as being done

Things are ticking along here at Knitting to Stay Sane. My purple-grey cabled sweater cabled sweater project is just awaiting some photographs and then its hopeful pattern release before the end of the month, and even though it doesn’t quite … Continue reading ?

bars to go

So, last week, Steve and I took a little trip to San Francisco. We spent an awesome night in the city and then headed north. Wineries along the Anderson Valley were visited and we ended up in a special spot; Elk, California. We had stumbled upon this gorgeous community a couple of years ago and couldn't wait to get back. Show More Summary

Ins and Outs

Boy, are things every moving fast around here. I got home from Madrona Monday night (Well, technically it was Tuesday in the small hours) and hit the ground running. Yesterday was Sam and Lou’s birthday, her 21 and him 3, … Continue reading ?

love day

I have so much to share about last week. Including a fabulous yarn shop that we stumbled upon. But first I wrapped up Toasty. And past around a little love. Hope your day was happy. And you feel it not only on the 14th of February, but every day of your wonderful life.xx,leslieP.S. Show More Summary

Never Say Die

This is a quickie, since I’m just changing planes in Vancouver before flying to Seattle, for the annual textile party that is Madrona.  (By the way, if you’re around, I’m signing books Friday after class, and if you bring yours, … Continue reading ?

If it were any other sport

Are you a person who makes personal resolutions at the beginning of the year? I often am, this year included. (Being more frugal is up there, and to wit I have not purchased any yarn since Boxing Day, I’m holding … Continue reading ...

I’m okay now

No, Fox Paws isn’t done. It was supposed to be – or at least I thought it would be done today, and maybe it would have been, if things hadn’t gone a little pear shaped. (By a little pear shaped, … Continue reading ?

When you knit things, they get knitted

This week, just as I was starting to feel the glumness of having the same set of knitting projects keeping me company for the last 6 weeks, I turned a corner and now there might still be hope again. This might … Continue reading ?

Second verse, same as the first

Can’t talk. Knitting Fox Paws. Two more repeats accomplished, and the end is truly in sight.  I’ve got a scarf I love the length of, and it’s just about the length of the cushions on the chesterfield, so when Fox … Continue reading ...

oh peanuts

So, I took about 3 cups of peanuts. Maybe 3 1/2. I forgot to measure. And I plopped it into the Vitamix. I ended up with about 1 3/4 cups of delicious peanut butter. I googled a bunch of peanut butter cookie recipes and kept coming back to this one. Show More Summary

Perhaps if it was less drafty

Today is better. I’d say that everything is smoother, and it’s all evening out, but the truth is that last night I made a determined and clever decision to care less. It’s easy, when things are chaotic and wild to … Continue reading...

more toasty

Well, I mentioned that I was working on Toasty. Just Toasty.All out of this yarn. Love this yarn for this project. Hello machine washable and dry-able. I love the big wide stripes and playing with color combos. I'm trying a new thumb technique. Show More Summary

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