Year: 2013


Is it a dress?  Is it a tunic?  Whatever it is, I love this unique little number designed by Heather Dixon.  Knitted in Blue Sky Alapacas Sport Weight, I chose a vivid orange meant to represent the color of a beautiful sunset as my plan was to have this completed by late summer.  You know, like the setting sun of a lovely summer’s past. However, due to my own distractions, a bit of difficulty getting the gauge, and somehow getting confused on the back “spine”, it took much longer to knit than expected.  So, I do suppose I can think of it more as an Early Fall top to give homage to the harvest season of the pumpkin and other such seasonal gords.  I do love its color and it is totally squishy soft as alpaca is and fits perfectly.  However, I am learning that I am not totally in love with alpaca, I don’t think, as I tend to prefer fabric, knitted or otherwise, that has more body and heft to it.

From A-symmetric to Z-ipper

Funny, when I receive a new Vogue Knitting magazine, I tend to have two emotions.  The first is, of course, excitement as anyone who follows my knitting knows that I believe VK stands well above any other publication for outstanding knitting fashion, photography, and inspiration.  The other emotion I notice is fear.  I hear myself saying, “Oh, No!!  How many of these projects am I going to fall in love with?”  With an already extended stash and plans for far too many projects in the future, it is frustrating feasting my eyes on more. The projects in this particular issue, Vogue Knitting, Collector’s Issue Holiday 2011 were posted with an alphabetical theme.

Portrait finished, maybe…

Can you love all finished projects with the same fervor?  It is not necessarily the feeling of happiness I wanted.  I am not saying I am not happy.  Maybe, more undecided.    I have asked myself, what would I change?  How could I make it better?  or more to my liking?  more exciting?  And, I do not come up with any answers.  And, yes, if I were not satisfied I would not hesitate to rip the entire project out and start, again.  (I am remembering a time I ripped out an entire sweater AFTER wearing it a bunch of times.) I must explain that I am not necessarily enamored with yarn and feel like I MUST knit with the latest fiber that has been introduced to the market, nor am I taken with the latest most popular design (not at all), or I MUST follow a particular designer (even though I do have my favorites).  I follow my heart.  And, that is what I did with this project having fallen in love with the pattern …

Puppy Trainers’ Tools for Knitters

Knitting tools, you ask?  Let’s take each item.  The ceramic bowl in the background is filled with dog treats.  How else does one make one’s pet happy when one wants a bit of knitting time away from the throngs of  pet-dom? (at least, for a little while)   The beautiful biking gloves in the forefront were a recent gift from my hubby as I had been complaining of aches and pains of handling the above-mentioned Ball of Energy.  Walks are now a piece of cake (with the leash no longer rubbing and causing blisters) and are allowing my fingers to stay nimble for stitch work.  Lubriderm has been a staple in our arsenal of beauty supplies for years and years.  (My hands have become brutalized from maintenance of said beastie).  With regular use, I can continue to appreciate the multitude of fibers that weave their way through my fingers.  And the Paddy, you ask?  Does that really need explaining?

Knitting is not a Competitive Sport, or …

I recently read a post called Knitting is NOT a Competitive Sport on my friend’s blog.  The writer was expressing her thoughts on her observations of the productivity of other knitters as compared to hers and how the internet has allowed this to be so obvious to her.  Her apparent awareness of x number of projects per year of other knitters is made clear to her by her connection with Ravelry, an online site for knitters and crocheters. Her participation in groups or forums, noticing the frequency of speed knitters’ newly posted project pictures, and reading comments has caused her reflection.   Well, I, too have noticed the same and have thought similar thoughts wondering why it was I was not able to produce at such speeds.  But, giving more thought, it simply does not bother me.  May I suggest the following Top Ten on why I actually believe having less is more, or at the very least, it is a positive outlook on my reality.  Others come before knitting.  Work.  I want balance in life. …

Interviewed, 2013

I couldn’t quite wait until June!  In honor of the one year birth of this blog, please enjoy:  New WordPress format that is clean looking with lots of white space to highlight the knitting!  New header photo for a change in appearance.  A second page entitled Collection to share and give credence to a knitter’s past.  A change to the name of the blog, HOLLY KNITS.  Simple, identifiable, me!

Loopy Hoodie!

I love texture.  I love dolman sleeves.  I love oversized tops and I love hoods.   What can I say?  I love this project!  However, I wasn’t thrilled when Vogue Knitting, 360 suggested muppet-like.  (Keep in mind, it was knitted in purple.)  No, I do not want to look like a muppet nor did I “see” muppet when I fell in love with it.

Color 25, Lot 661488 SOLD!

The saga of the dye lot has finally come to a close but not without a continuing story of twists and turns, hope and disappointment, and finally success! After returning the mix and match dye lot of Zitron Savanna and being charged a re-stocking fee, I was left with the love of a Tom Scott design and no yarn.  So, of course, I returned to a world-wide search of this yarn and came across a delightful online store I was later to find out represented a yarn shop located in The Netherlands.  This online shop indicated it carried this yarn.  I immediately regained my enthusiasm and explained the dye lot issue to the proprietor, Astrid.  As she double-checked her stock to my insistence, she indeed discovered that her yarn was NOT of the same dye lot but she assured me she would call the company which is located in Germany to get what I wanted.  In the meantime, she kindly recommended a  replacement yarn in case she did not meet with success.  Through a long …