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On the Needles: The Pre-Winter Crazy Edition

As the temperatures decline, the knitting impulse ramps up, so it’s no surprise that I have mentally cast on about twelve new things this week. In physical reality, though, I’ve already got plenty of projects on the needles, so I’m … Continue reading ?


Let’s say, that you were very much a knitter, and less so a sewer – and let’s say that you decided to do a very simple sewing project.  Let’s say – even, because it’s true, that you only decided to … Continue reading ?

And with that, she lay down

Another retreat is finished, and I think it was the nicest yet.  I know I say that every time, but this time? I really mean it.  I’m too tired to do more than show you pictures, but here they are.  … Continue reading ?


Another book that I am sure you have seen floating around. Entrelec2. 85 new stitch patterns. ( New. That always amazes me.) With 25 original designs. Rosemary Drysdale teaches in an easy to follow way with photos helping you with each technique. Show More Summary

giant molasses cookies

Twelve big balls. Made twelve big cookies. That made my yarn very happy. So happy, in fact, that we ate cookies for dinner and scrambled eggs with toast for dessert. Some nights are just like that.

New Pattern: Rustique Cardigan

This past October I knitted 2 sweaters for my Rhinebeck weekend, one for each day of the weekend. And for the first time in a few years, not only did I finish both sweaters in time to be able to … Continue reading ?


My baby turned 15 yesterday! We had the requested marble cake with green frosting. Fifteen balloons were balanced gracefully on his forehead. I finally made him his own banner. It's about time. Pad Thai from our favorite Thai restaurant was served. And, thankfully, the birthday boy knew just where to sit! Happy days!

Are These Weeds?

This week has been a trainwreck. A giant tangle of complete crap that just keeps getting worse. Nothing terrible has happened, nobody is sick and another pet hasn’t shuffled of their mortal coil, but everything else that can go wrong … Continue reading ?

Just getting started

So, last winter I had a personal epiphany about fingerless mitts. I’ve always liked them, and especially the relative quickness of them compared to full gloves – once you finish dividing for the thumb it’s an inch or two of … Continue reading ?


The random number generator chose #21, Sarah, for the winner of the 60 Quick Luxury Knits. Congrats! Please email me and I'll have the book shipped to you ASAP. I've been doing a little baking now that things are feeling a little more settled around here. Show More Summary


Rhinebeck came, and went in such a blur for me this year, that now almost a month later, I am just getting around to posting photos. I was only able to spend Saturday at the festival, as I had to...

Keeping up with Yesterday

I’m starting another project. I know, I know, I’m a little out of control.   I know I have Fox Paws, and I probably have another pair of socks due, and the sweater… There’s a lot on the needles, and … Continue reading ?

60 quick luxury knits

I have had been meaning on hosting a couple of giveaways but haven't had an opportunity with the changes in our lives... until now. I'm sure you have seen this book floating around. I'm pretty sure it was released back in August. 60 easy, elegant designs for a wide range of accessories. Show More Summary

Yeah, that hat

I had a whole big post planned for today, then eighty-four bad things happened with my laptop, and the whole thing wound up a hot mess.  Instead of that, I give you this picture of Lou wearing his owl hat, … Continue reading ?

It’s almost a swatch

I have a small admission to make.  I started this new sweater without swatching. I know I always say you should swatch, for lots of really, really good reasons, some of which have nothing to do with fit,  and to … Continue reading ?


Introducing Abingdon, a two-color, asymmetrical shawl with playful garter stitch stripes, and a charming lace border. I had so much fun with this design that I quickly whipped up 4 of them. The three above are knit with Bare Naked.....


Now that's one big number. Seventeen balloons. My girls busy social life made little time to take a daylight photo. The sun was almost set. Powderpuff football practice took precedent. The banner was hung. I've been hanging it on and off since Libby was ten. Be still my heart.

A new pattern: the James Cowl (for AHC awareness)

Unless you were living without electricity I am sure you saw the phenomimon that is the Ice Bucket Challenge. It all started with Pete Frates, a former Boston College baseball player who was stricken with ALS and has decided not...

There and back again

Dear knitting blog, I am back from England, and I don’t think I saw the whole country but my feet are slightly convinced otherwise. I will have to go back again some time once they recover. Windsor Castle, the Tower … Continue readi...

Gently, softly, quietly

Every once in a while, everybody has a weekend that should just go back where it came from, and take it’s crappy Monday friend with it. This last weekend was like that for Sam.  For some reason, the last 48 … Continue reading ?

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