New and Improved

At some point, it becomes impossible to play catch-up. I’d say that two years since my last blog post falls in that “impossible” column. The task then becomes to determine exactly what makes the highlight reel. Let’s play this LIFO-style.

YarnCon 2013

Not only was YarnCon, Chicago’s indie fiber fair, better than ever in its […]

The weather gods are playing dirty tricks!

Strata Fingerless Gloves

I thought for sure that my friend T’s Rikke would spell the last of my winter knitting. I figured that she’d have very few chances to wear her hat, which was the last of a 3-piece gift: Rikke, Strata (from “Knitting New Mittens and Gloves”) and Eleanor.

Har-dee-har-har. There is actual […]

Seeing Red

Venezia Boneyard Shawl

I’m trying really very hard to keep my hands busy doing anything but snacking. Looks like knitting is filling the gap at the moment. This shawl took me a little over one week to knit. Granted, it’s not fancy but one week. A shawl. Me? Never happened before. I must really […]

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 […]

We are everywhere!

Baby blanket squares

The everyday stuff

I took my car in today for an oil change and tire rotation. I was surprised to see the place so empty. Then again, it was the middle of the week around the time that most 9-to-5’ers would have been at their posts.

Since I was the only […]

She's a funny one.

My mother is not the crafty sort. I mean, she’s creative in a quirky sort of way but knitting and crocheting are not her thing. Case in point: I’m making PlanetJune’s crochet eggs for Easter. I took one down from the armoire where they’re being stored out of cat’s reach to show to her. She […]

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 […]