Pop Goes The Shoulder

It’s a disconcerting sound and feeling, that “Oh, crap!” popping twinge of something anatomically out of place. When you’re this|close to finishing another little doodad, you just suck it up and deal with the consequences later. I might have been pushing a bit too hard but I think this headband was worth it.

Specs:10 grams […]

Something Is Afoot

Hail, hallelujah and a chorus of angels! I have finally finished something after a what? Three, four month drought? It’s a good thing you don’t stop by here for the finished items as a good friend recently said because you’d be darn thirsty.

In any event, I thought I’d start small and achievable as I […]

Loops Over Loops

At its most basic, that’s all knitting really is, isn’t it? Loops over loops. Only when we apply these under-over-through actions to the loops in a consistent, uniform way do we begin to see the loops build upon one another into a cohesive fabric.

This is something that has fascinated me of late. Just how […]

I Knit Not. For Now.

But I do crochet. Yes, a hook and Michelle’s handspun merino come to the rescue when grumpy shoulder goes into the time-out corner.

A few details120 yards of bulky handspun merino in the color, “Hush”Size L crochet hookNothing but a crochet stitch bible and a general idea for a beret (read: no pattern)

I used […]

FO: Easy Glamour

Those of you who maintain a blog can hopefully relate to the real or imagined pressure to “feed the monster.” I am absolutely in awe of those craft bloggers who have something to say – and seemingly a new project to show – nearly every day. How do they do it? Makes me feel as […]

FO: Let’s Make A Deal!

I was determined not to do it. After all, it’s something that I’d avoided for at least 3 or 4 years but this time was different. This time, the cold winds got the best of my usually overly-warm radiant heating system. This time, I found myself wearing three layers and two pairs of socks to […]

Getting My Tweed On!

A new year and new yarn to play with, so what do I do? Knock out my version of the Yarn Harlot’s Unoriginal Hat Pattern (PDF) in less than 2 days. Even with chunky yarn and big needles, that still amuses me.

Details1 skein Cascade 128 Chunky TweedSize 13 US dpns2 vintage Bakelite buttons, […]

FO: A Matched Set

What started as a simple desire to provide a little warmth and softness for a neighbor who’d been ill for quite some time blossomed into a pair of somewhat stripey mittens with a matching hat to boot.

I hadn’t seen Gloria for a couple of months. I’d heard she was getting treated for some sort […]

Gone Fishin’

Well, the neckwarmer made it into production Saturday, doing its job quite admirably on a wintry Chicago day. I think the new owner looks smashing in it.

Specifics* Hand spun fade-dye merino from the talented hands of Lisa Mendez* Original concept is a modified basketweave with a 5-row seed stitch border* Two brown leather buttons […]

My Knitting Angel

Yes, I have a knitting angel and her name is Angie. There’s been a bit of blog chatter lately about paying it forward or random acts of kindness. I think it only fair that I put Angie’s name out there as someone who did a me kindness by offering – no, insisting that she finish […]