Knitspiration

Making Friends with Lace

Lace is not what I normally wear therefore it is not what I usually knit. To me, lace fabric doesn’t have body that I normally like in a garment, isn’t practical in its open-weave nature, and tends to be fashioned into shawls and/or scarves to show off its beautiful intricate patterns. I am someone who […]

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Trips

Knitting, step aside for barn quilts!

Perhaps a hidden gem of a ‘field trip’ or perhaps I am the last to partake in this experience, here is an idea for you and your family, rain or shine. It is called the Wyoming County’s Barn Quilt Trail. I originally heard about it from the Rochester, NY cadre of colleagues from SME some […]

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Trips

Spool Knitting, Anyone?

A sweet story of perhaps a budding knitter . . . So, of course, I feel it my mission as Grandmother (or otherwise) to encourage some sort of yarn crafting to my grandchild (or anyone else for that matter) who lives in Austin, Tx. About a year ago I sent L a box with some […]

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Thoughts

Good-bye, dear 48

Dear Home Owner, They say, “oh, if only the walls could talk .“ Well . . . I call myself 48 as that was the number that was assigned to me when I was built on a street called Colonial Ave. My structure is also called a colonial as I have a center staircase dividing […]

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Thoughts

Repurposing Space for my Hand Knits

So, I was in quarantine for 14 days due to my recent travel to Virginia, respecting Governor Cuomo’s decree. When I went to the door to fetch my mail, a neighbor called out. She kindly asked how I was doing and if I was bored. I was in about the 6th day of stay-at-home orders. […]

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Knitspiration

Zen

After a tedious project, in my case, referring to this, I am all about looking for a fast knit as the next thing for my needles. Keep in mind, I am a one-project girl. I actually scan my queue (I am very true to my queue as it keeps me focused) looking for a big […]

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Thoughts

Published

HERE is the readable version of the above article recently submitted for publication into the My View column of the Buffalo News. Readers of hollyknits will recognize it as a recent blog post entitled Appreciating Kindness. I thought I would enter it into the Buffalo News, to receive a broader audience as I felt it […]

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Trips

(Virgin)ia Road Trip

One day hollyknits website will get back to the topic of knitting. My excuse? I just couldn’t knit during what is now in the books as the hottest month on record, July 2020. When there is no activity on the needles, the words for knitting seem on hold, too. However, life away from knitting has […]

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Thoughts

Appreciating Kindness

A recent study, done before this pandemic by Amerispeak and WebMD, found that “57% of Americans are grieving the loss of someone close to them over the last three years.” I am one of those people. What I have learned about grieving people is that we all handle our personal grief so very differently. I […]

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Thoughts

Garden Exchange

My “garden of Gina” is aptly named after my dear friend, Gina who thins out her garden each year and offers these wonderful leftovers to me.

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Thoughts

On Posting Stash

Ravelry. Who doesn’t love Ravelry? Anyone who has visited or has joined Ravelry raves about this online community. As defined, “Ravelry is a community site, an organizational tool, and a yarn & pattern database for knitters and crocheters”, a site I have been on for over ten years now. It has a growing number of functions, […]

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Knitspiration

The Gyro Experience

I thought I could do it. A test knit. Test a pattern for accuracies before publication. I counted the weeks, predicted how much time I could dedicate to knitting each of those week . . . and calculated. Yep, I could do it, I thought and then . . . nope, notta, nothing. The due […]

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Thoughts

Meet Sally

Coronavirus lockdown certainly has the ability to squeeze the optimism out of the best of us. It has also brought on our collective creativity. What we seek to do is what we did before. Who we seek to be with is who we wanted to be with before. I am noticing we, as a people, […]

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