Has this ever happened to you, dear knitter? You're knitting in the round, perhaps on your first hat, and suddenly something doesn't look right at all. You've unintentionally created a band of bumpy reverse stockinette. That's what happened to Helena, one of my Knit 101 students at Stitch House. In my experience teaching knitting, it's … Continue reading Knitting Inside Out
Until I made an Eclectic Cowl for my old long-standing friend Beth, I've never known the artist who created the yarn for my project. Diane, aka Lady Dye, is a talented local fiber artist here in Boston. Her "urban-inspired yarns" are inspired, in large part, by street art. Her hand-dyed, multicolored yarns are simply exquisite … Continue reading Eclectic Cowl
There's something very special about knitting a sock. It's a simple piece of clothing that's not particularly visible and endures a lot of wear and (eventually) tear. But the structural components of a sock make it a wonderful challenge even for a beginning knitter. The different parts to a sock provide learning opportunities, a multitude of … Continue reading The Thrill of a First Sock
The most recent cold snap has broken and the pipes in the second floor bathroom have thawed -- without bursting, again. The contractor from whom we bought our house ran pipes up an uninsulated, exterior wall and didn't add any heat to the bathroom -- duh! We leave the taps and shower dripping and put … Continue reading Strange, Sacred Time
Inspired by Skye, an extraordinary young girl at the Friday knitting group at JP Knit & Stitch, and by a recent Wall Street Journal article and video, I decided to try something new. As we sat together on the window seat last week, Skye created this loose, chunky, oh-so-soft scarf. Totally intrigued, I bought a … Continue reading Know What’s Fast? Arm Knitting (seriously)
Just before I finished the second of K's socks, I succumbed to the lure of my next project: the Diamonds Are Faux-Ever cowl. It's a Fair Isle style, knit with two yarns, one of which changes color, giving the illusion that you're knitting with more than two. I modified the pattern slightly, starting with the solid … Continue reading Ambidextrous? I Think Not.