Friends' Knits

I love when friends send me updates on their knitting projects. Sometimes it might be an emergency (don't laugh. Knitting emergencies are a thing). More often, they'll be looking for a consultation. Sock Knitter Judy, who doesn't yet believe that she's a Fearless Knitter, texted last week with a dilemma. Can you spot it? If … Continue reading Friends' Knits

First Helix Stripes

The latest in my ongoing quest to learn new knitting techniques (and, at least once so far, crochet techniques) has been helical stripes -- sometimes called "helix stripes." They're single stripes in the round -- and at first glance, look like regular stripes -- but they don't have the usual "jog" that appears when switching … Continue reading First Helix Stripes

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

Feminism + hockey + knitting

As I sat down at last night's college hockey game, my phone pinged with a text from Karen, Sister-in-Law Extraordinaire. She and daughter C were sporting their Pussy Hats, ready for next week's Women's March in Washington, DC. Isn't that the BEST?! As the organized and thoughtful woman she is, Karen generously had secured two additional hats for … Continue reading Feminism + hockey + knitting

Going Pink for #PussyHatProject

It's decided. I'm heading south in a couple of weeks for the Women's March on Washington. On their first full day in office, I want our new president and vice president to have a powerful reminder that they work for all the people of the United States and that we are paying attention to their … Continue reading Going Pink for #PussyHatProject

Two Girls, Two Knitted Tubes

Longtime readers have heard how much I love to teach knitting. This year, I've expanded my students to include three marvelous pre-teen girls, each a Fearless Knitter in her own right. At our most recent class, L finished the garter stitch hat that she'd knitted with a rainbow of Noro. She had declared her previous … Continue reading Two Girls, Two Knitted Tubes

Class time

I've said before how much I enjoy teaching knitting, and my current class is no exception. Once a week, these six intrepid women gather around the table, needles in hand, patterns laid out and personally annotated, and they dive into their projects. Chatting, whispered counting (34, 35 -- damn, I'm supposed to have 36!), an occasional … Continue reading Class time