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 […]

East is east

Stephen West at Loopy Yarns

And West is West – Stephen West, that is. Don’t know what you may have heard about this talented 22 year old designer, but I find his take on the humble shawl new, simple and fresh. How someone came fashion stockinette, garter stitch and geometry into flattering shape and […]

Caped On A Cold Day

Red Java Slouchy Beret

I am a serial knitter. At least I became one in the last month. I committed to starting AND finishing three pieces to accompany an old (but still unworn) orange, brown and cream tweed cape. Two you already know about: Malabrigo Arm Thingies (Ravelry) and Malabrigo Neck Thingie (Ravelry). The […]

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 […]

Days Like These

The cool, grey days. The school bus days. The days with geese flying away in formation toward warmer climes. It’s days like these that say to me loud and clear, “Where the heck have you been?! Could you have been knitting and crocheting and just forgot to blog about it?” My answer is D) None […]

On The Avenue

I’ve been trying to wrap up a few things in anticipation of a fast-approaching knit and crochet hiatus. At the same time, I’ve also been spending some fun time with friends over the past couple of weeks. Walking, sampling some very fine craft beers, shopping and making new friends along the way.

First, there was […]

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 […]

Rockin’ Chicago With One Steady Roll

“The blues had a baby, and they named it rock n’ roll,” sang the legendary Muddy Waters, and boy, is that child still wailing!

Just ask the cargo shorts boys, the gray-beards and babies and tattooed ladies who came out en masse for Lollapalooza 2009 in Chicago’s Grant Park.

I had reservations as the date […]

On Walkabout

First, it was off to Glenn’s Diner for a leisurely lunch.

Thankfully, the sunshine prevailed over the rain clouds allowing for a little exploration of this neighborhood around Montrose and Wolcott.

Section of the mural on the side of a now-shuttered Italian restaurant:

Chalkboard at the cafe inside the Lill Street Art Center. Sadly, no […]