Dye Tripper!

*Picture heavy post*

I never really thought about the whole colorful, messy business of dyeing and distributing yarn. I learned a thing or two during the Hyde Park Knitting Guild’s behind the scenes glimpse into life at Lorna’s Laces. It was exciting for me to see how yarn moves from color concept

to realization

to […]

Review: Silky Wool Showdown

I’m always on the lookout for a good blend of quality, luxury and taste – whether it’s my coffee, my clothing or my yarn. The two yarns reviewed here are the latest silk / merino offerings from two yarn companies you already know: Cascade and Malabrigo.

Because of the slippery silk content and my desire […]

My Kind Of March Madness

I originally had no intention of committing to any more deadlines, since lately I’m finding them little more than a recipe for failure. Grand plans. Not keeping up. The usual blah-blah. So why in heaven’s name did I let friend Rachel persuade me to hop onto another Ravelry knit-along (KAL) bandwagon? This time, it’s all […]

The Herd Instinct

I don’t know what possessed me. I must’ve gotten caught up in the enthusiastic swells surrounding the desire to knit a sweater along with other Ravelry Loopy Groupies. The easy part of the deal was the choice of yarn: Dream In Color. I selected “Nightwatch” in the worsted weight, Classy. For some reason, the yarn […]

Thirty Stitches

Blue Sky Alpacas’ Organic Cotton (l-r: Bone, Espresso, Willow, Sage)

Thirty stitches. That’s how many I cast onto my size 9 (US) straights. Thirty stitches. If you do the math, that means I’ve got quite a few possibilities for texture and pattern blocks to make up my scrummy organic cotton throw. So far, I’ve combined […]

A Change In The Weather

I looked out my window and got the shock of my life. I saw near white-out conditions, with winds whipping gusts of up to 50 miles per hour. All this instead of a little rain. That’s all it was earlier. Rain and 50 degrees (F). The last time the winter winds went haywire, my 9-foot […]

A New Leaf

It’s OK that things sometimes spin out of control, as long as you can find the way forward at some point. I’ve picked myself up. I got back on the horse that threw me. Now I ask you, how many mixed metaphors does it take to make a point? I’ve turned over a new leaf […]

Entanglements

My original plan for today was to show you just how much sock I was able to twist up in 24 hours with my brand-spanking new yarn, the lovely sportweight Chewy Spaghetti in “Cheeky.”

I was cruising along on one of the “Sensational Knitted Socks” chevron patterns late last night when I hit a wall […]

The Knitting Wasteland

There is the faint, haunting whistle of dust and emptiness; the antiseptic sweet aroma of mothballs and cedar. Mohair fluff mixed with cat fur form giant fiber tumbleweeds that huddle in quiet corners. Sad projects, begun with such promise, litter the landscape in various states of undone-ness. This is the knitting wasteland and it is […]

A Falling Out

autumnal Tones

green Slips into brown.yellows, reds? they Rust away –transmutation Time.

ShibuiKnits “Autumn” (top, bottom) “Honey” (middle)

I think shibui, or Japanese for “elegant with a touch of bitterness” perfectly describes the harbinger of change that is the first day of the Fall season.

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