I have been very grateful for a little online thread on Ravelry set up by a fellow knitter and avid fan of Vogue Knitting, coilycurly. This knitter, to honor Vogue Knitting’s 35th anniversary, has set up what she is calling the “Anniversary Challenge”. According to the ‘rules’, contestants are to knit one project from […]Read more "Copper"
Since being home in retirement, I see, touch, and feel my yarn collection much more than when I was working. In fact, I might even say I avoided looking at my yarn as it seemed to yearn for my attention. Yearning yarn of yesterday has become quite the playmate for today. Corny, but true. Sorting, organizing, […]Read more "While on the topic of remnants"
This past year, I have made a conscious effort to utilize the growing stash that is forming. I don’t mean the stash of yarn waiting to be worked on with particular projects in mind, I am meaning the remnants or leftovers of yarn from already completed projects. I call the first the stash and the latter, […]Read more "Fair Isle Coat from Remnant Stash"
As space is the constant, I continue to ‘play’ with different configurations on how best to store my hand-knits and how best to organize the stash. Consequently, the look in the yarn room keeps changing as I now use one room and its closet for both. Questions I ask myself: How can I store my obsession without […]Read more "A Gift for My Hand Knits"
Project as seen on Ravelry, also detailed [HERE] It is typical to find me in my closet of hand knits when I am looking for something to wear. This past week was no different. I pulled out my lovely tri-color tunic I finished about six months, ago. I thought it would be the perfect layer for the weather and proceeded. […]Read more "Dart Detail, Perhaps?"
Last year, The Knitting Guild of Greater Buffalo brought in designer, Heather Lodinsky, to teach a skill on one of her designs. The pattern was her two-tone slip stitch cable pullover and the skill was using slip stitches in cable work. In my experience in knitting, I had not encountered slip stitches to be used for the design […]Read more "Honeycomb Slip Stitch"
For a project that pretty much flew off the needles, it is interesting that I have so much to say about it. I have lots to say not due to any pattern issue or yarn dissatisfaction, but rather the changes I made in how I constructed it. From long tail cast on to sewing on the seam […]Read more "Vest [Best] Dress[ed]"
I think I have more questions than answers after finishing this project. This will create lingering in my mind. The topic is crochet. This is definitely the most challenging project I have made in crochet as it involved gauge, fit, shaping, and color changing within a row, none of which I am sure I did correctly […]Read more "Granny Square or Flower Child"
It was a hot summer. Record-breaking in fact, in our neck of the woods. Knitting is at a minimum for me during the summer due to heat, not to mention the warmth of the summer sun is a constant force of beckoning. Who doesn’t want to be outside during short summer months? On the other […]Read more "Linen Tunic ~ Photos Help, Again"
No, I am not officially a knitwear designer however the concept of designing knitwear, to me, has many levels. When I think of top level knitwear designers, the people who come to mind are those who have had multiple original designs published in major knitting magazines. Yarn companies hire these people to design using their yarns. […]Read more "Level One Knitwear Designing, Make it Your Own"
Call me obsessed. Call me intense. Call me stubborn. This sweater, Renaissance designed by Teva Durham was NOT photographing to its fullest potential and it was driving me mad until I realized . . . oh, dear . . . it’s the SWEATER!! My thinking . . . What was it? The body fit […]Read more "Ripping Out and Resolving Renaissance"
I recently heard someone say of her house, “This is not a house of yarn.” She and I were looking to repair a knitted hat and she was fearing she did not have yarn or supplies we could use. With that criteria one would say that this home is a house of yarn. And, I am always looking for new, functional, and creative ways in […]Read more "Little Red Wagon"