Now that December is upon us and gift-giving holidays are fast approaching (Chanukah begins tomorrow evening), many knitters have projects on the needles and are facing deadlines. I've heard that some are freaking out beginning to fret about whether they'll finish in time -- knitting a big of anxiety into each stitch ;-) Giving a … Continue reading What Babies Do
When I bought a few skeins of Koigu KPPPM at Flock in late July, I felt justified in straying from my "no new yarn" resolution guiding principle. After all, I'd just finished two projects and certainly deserved a reward, right? Plus it was on sale, so I practically was required to add these lovely skeins … Continue reading Mitts and New Knits
I thoroughly enjoyed making a Baby Vertebrae sweater for a friend's Baby-to-Be. The name is a bit puzzling. My brother asked, "what's up with that baby spine sweater?" The pattern gets its name (I presume) because the sweater covers the baby's back and not its front - an open front makes better snuggling and less … Continue reading Baby Blues
The past week has been a bit of a whirlwind in this little corner of the world. And as I've wondered many a time -- including on the blog -- how do non-knitters weather the storms of life? For example, when your brother drives your Mom to the doctor's office after she's woken with a … Continue reading Knitting in the Whirlwind of Life
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I love teaching knitting. One of the best parts is watching a knitter, novice or one with experience, work through a project -- deciphering a pattern, fixing the inevitable mistakes, and finally finishing. First up, Debbie, a beginner whose patience, good humor, and perseverance are remarkable. … Continue reading Treasures from Knitting Class
A two-colored tassel tops off knitted baby hat perfectly.
When my now-teen children were younger (three under the age of five), a wise neighbor encouraged me to reignite my love of knitting. When I explained how I didn't have a moment to spare and couldn't possibly find the time for such an indulgence, she waved my cares away. "That's exactly why you should knit. … Continue reading A lovely wee hat
"I'd like to take some time during our visit to get reacquainted with knitting," my dear cousin Meg wrote in advance of our getaway weekend in Chicago. Her words were music to my ears because there's nothing a knitter enjoys more (this knitter, at least) than sharing the joy of knitting with others. I know, … Continue reading Knitting Reacquaintance