Warm Hands and Cookie Traditions

The colorblock hand warmers (Purl Soho pattern, Shibui Staccato yarn) are off the needles, blocked, and ready for...whom? I don't know. I made them because I fell in love with the yarn while treating myself to a gift certificate purchase  (thanks, Jill!) at the amazing Gather Here in Somerville. I'm not thrilled with the thumb … Continue reading Warm Hands and Cookie Traditions

Mitts and Socks

Late last month, Patrick and I joined a couple of cousins at a beautiful and stirring choral concert. The concert -- which had been planned for months and by tragic coincidence occurred one week after the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue -- featured music from Terezín Concentration Camp and a new composition, Anne Frank: … Continue reading Mitts and Socks

Mitts and New Knits

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

Vote One, Knit Two

A couple of years ago, I became a local election volunteer -- not for a particular candidate (although I still do that) but for our city. You know, one of those people who welcomes you to the polling place, checks your name off a list, hands you a ballot, directs you to the electronic vote-counting … Continue reading Vote One, Knit Two

Exuberant Girls with Yarn & Needles

Have I mentioned recently how much I enjoy teaching knitting? Oh, I have? Maybe a couple or few times? Well, I'll say it again. Every Thursday afternoon since early January, I've been teaching fourth- and fifth-grade girls from a local after-school program how to knit. There's never a dull moment in what is definitely the … Continue reading Exuberant Girls with Yarn & Needles

Fearless Knitter Finished Objects

In November, I started teaching a Knit 101 class at Stitch House, one of Boston's lovely local yarn stores (LYS). Starting at 9:00 on Saturday mornings, a group of about six or eight new knitters gather around the table for learning, creating, sharing, and only occasionally, cursing. The students include sisters, ages 7 and 9, … Continue reading Fearless Knitter Finished Objects

Cozy Knits for a Birthday Girl

My Twitter feed is full of ideas for gift knitting. As we get closer to Christmas, there are more "quick knits" made with chunky, bulky, and super bulky yarn. Someone could probably track how the changes in yarn weights correspond with amount of time until Christmas. But that someone isn't me because I've got gifts to knit. … Continue reading Cozy Knits for a Birthday Girl