Just In Time!

December in Chicago and the first snows have fallen, right along with the temperature. I was afraid I wouldn’t have what I needed so I knit as fast as my fingers permitted – just to make sure I was ready for the drop.

It’s not as though I don’t have hand knits to wear, right? […]

And then there’s Eleanor.

Knitty Eleanor Cowl

I actually cast on for Eleanor in mid October but those 132 stitches sat for two weeks – just the promise of a cowl at that point. I knit it in fits and starts, hence the delay in finishing this beautifully simple pattern. I thought chart-reading would be a problem after […]

It comes but once a year

It brings together those of us who believe in its soothing properties and the implied promise of renewed creativity. It gives us a chance to renew old friendships and make new ones. It feels good to know that, although you’ve fallen away from the local scene, the people who “knew you when” still welcome you […]

How do you mend a broken knitter?

You go to a very good surgeon who knows how to use his own tools of the trade to reattach, reshape, shave and sew (as needed) to put the FO (me) to right.

I had my first post-op appointment. Doc says things look good. In fact, from the size of the incisions, it looks as […]

Can't Keep A Knitter Down

Vine Scarf Begins

It may not look like much but, to me, it means a lot. Here’s the timeline:

May 10th – shoulder surgery May 12th – wake up in my own bed May 12th – begin mild movements of shoulder May 15th – begin knitting, albeit slowly

The pattern is Nicole Hindes’ Strangling […]

FO: Ready to go public

Pretty Raspberry Citron

Eleven days from start to finish. Not a bad pace for me given that there were 440+ stitches at the end. You’ll see from the finished product that I did not add a ruffle. Why not? Observe that little twist of yarn. When you’ve only got a few yards to play […]

If this is Chicago...

The beer must be green. The river must be green. What you’re wearing must be green, for today, everyone in Chicago is Irish! It’s a tradition – just like having two St. Patrick’s day parades: one for the Northside Irish and one for the Southside Irish. Here in Chicago, what part of town you’re from […]

Making Raspberry Progress

Citron-In-Progress

Oh, the joys of ruching! I hadn’t read through the pattern beforehand so I had no idea that the ruching in Citron was all that easy. But so it is. The only item of note: do not use kfb (knit front and back) as your M1. Instead, use the pick-up between stitches method. […]

FO: Lu's matching mitts

Matching mitts for Lu

What can you do with 100 yards of Aran-weight yarn? Why, make a pair of fingerless mitts of course. These should be the perfect complement to the legwarmers I recently completed for my friend Lu.

I based the mitts on the same alternating round stitch pattern of K2tog, YO, K1 […]

A sunny little something

Citron (Knitty Winter 2009). Photo by Neil Callis

Spring may not exactly be in the air just yet but that doesn’t stop my thoughts from turning to a little knitted number that promises more sunny, warm days ahead. Just look at Citron, the latest “it” girl from Knitty.

For me, this versatile slice of […]