These are a few of my Favorite Things

I have always loved coffee tables.  Especially mine.  It sits next to one of my favorite spots in the house, it is beautiful to look at with its stone tiles, it is spacious, and it houses all of my favorite things.  If you look closely you will see one of my trays holding knitting supplies for a current project (project unseen, here), an open Vogue Knitting magazine (key word, open), my favorite coffee mug (albeit, ugly) a watch (a wardrobe staple for years), and… a pooch!  Like I said, I have always loved coffee tables!

We are thrilled to welcome Shadowdale’s Angel’s Share “Lizzie” into the fold.

Purls of Wisdom or Assault with Words

I recently became seemingly unpopular when responding to a forum on Ravelry.  The prompt went as follows:

I was interested to read the ‘Purls of Wisdom’ questions posed to knitting designers in VK Fall 2012 and I wonder what rules you always or never break?   I think of VK (Vogue Knitting) fans as slightly curious and adventurous, with certain a sense of style, not afraid of a knitting challenge and definitely opinionated.  So what say you?  

Well, I loved the question as well as the writer’s opinion of Vogue knitters (since I am one), so I answered it.  I easily responded with the rule that I never break; my response having to do with working up a gauge.  (I’ve already discussed the importance of gauge, here.)  And, I  continued with discussing the rule I am breaking more and more regarding blocking.  (Blocking is a process of finishing that allows stitches to even out and “bloom” which in turn causes the knitted fabric to take on a smooth and professional appearance.)  I even supported my answer with research and named the specific resource I was quoting.   I expected the next participant to follow suit and continue writing about rules since that was the topic of this thread.  But, as people continued responding, the conversation clearly went to an assault of my response.

Now, I like a debate just as much as the next guy; just ask my hubby.  I typically can support a claim I make and have no problem when someone disagrees. I like the discourse of conversation and listening to someone else’s point of view.   However, when I read this original question, to me, this was not an opinion seeking type question.   Let me quote, “List rules…..”  List.  Furthermore, the following responses were even argumentative stating that I was wrong, or how could I, or how in disagreement they were of me.

Much like how we teach multiple strategies in how to solve problems in math class, I believe we need to be accepting of multiple ways in how to knit a beautiful project.  The process is not up for negotiation!  Who cares how someone goes about doing something,  is it not the end result that matters?   We are talking about knitting!  It is supposed to be fun, relaxing, and creative!

Let’s stay to the topic when answering a forum question.  This particular thread was on rules… YOUR rules… what works and doesn’t work for YOU.  No knitting police, no knitting policy, no one shoe fits all, and finally let’s be accepting of differences as well as similarities and enjoy how and why others go about what we all love, knitting.

WHAT!!!  We’re not supposed to put yarn in a cup?  Oh, and when will I learn…..

Al-pac-a Appreciation


It is not a by-gone teacher who includes after school sessions to inspire, guide, and direct her students to succeed.  It is not a by-gone parent who appreciates all that is attempted for her child.  And, it is not a by-gone student who is willing to diligently work after school once or twice a week throughout the year on difficult and far-reaching goals.  At least not in the place where I call my classroom.  And, to this end, this wonderful gift was unnecessarily (but happily) bestowed upon me.  “Merry Christmas!” said the student when the gift bag was discovered (at the end of the school year).   Merry it was ~ a bounty of beautiful hand-dyed alpaca from the local Humming Herd Farm, in Collins Center, NY.  I truly don’t know what was more heart warming to me, the hand written card or the beautiful blue-green yarn.

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Cable Snake


I am so excited to finally be able to share one of my latest finished projects with you and am equally excited to be able to slip on a pair of boots as my foot has made considerable progress in its healing this last week!  It would be easy, of course, to stand in some corner of the house to take pictures of these knitted projects but I always become inspired by a pattern’s design and begin creating a narrative as I knit.  Also, I realize how perfect these photo sessions are for the continuation of a memoir.  Maybe I am a romantic, but knitting is far more than a finished garment to me.

Designed by Tiny Owl Knits, this is a yoked pullover with stitches picked up under and around that yoke in which to form cables that continue around the body.  The cables evolve into a wonderful snake-like pattern near the hem.  I love the uniqueness of the design and, as one knits, one can’t appreciate enough the delicious yarn, Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino in its softness and its color.

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