Sock Knitting Journey

Sock Knitting Journey

The feel of a well fit, hand knit sock is unlike any other. A pair of wool socks on a cold day can keep me happy and feeling warmer no matter what the temperature outside. But what if you hate knitting them? I submit that you haven't knit them enough. Furthermore, I suggest that Sock Knitter is not a badge you get with your first pair of socks, but is earned over time as you continue on your journey.

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Live the Moment or Capture the Moment?

Live the Moment or Capture the Moment?

If you are looking for a great picture filled blog post of all the great people I met at the Knitting Pipeline retreat, the great vendors, and the goings on, you are about to be sorely disappointed. Wait...WAIT! Don't leave just yet. I have a great reason...well, one great reason and one good excuse. If you leave now you will always wonder what they were. Always.

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Knitting Retreat, Cold Feet.

Knitting Retreat, Cold Feet.

I get nervous around new people and my adrenaline rushes. My mouth talks faster than my brain can process and before I know it I've said something weird and stupid in a loud and high-strung voice and the group turns to look at me with their questioning stares, squinting at me with their eyebrows pushed together in confusion. I put on my most charming smile and back away slowly, maybe giving a little curtsy as the perfect ending to my social humiliation. 

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I Try Portuguese Style Knitting!

I Try Portuguese Style Knitting!

I know most of you (myself included) knit either Continental or English, but most of us have heard tell of other kinds of knitting (if you can't tell, I'm using my pirate voice, ARRRRRrrr). Irish Cottage knittingPeruvian knitting (which seems very similar to Irish Cottage), Gallifrian knitting (I made that one up, but maybe it exists), and Portuguese knitting.  I decide to give Portuguese knitting a try. Take a look at my video and see what I thought of it.

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Finding Calm

Finding Calm

The winter is a hard time for me and I know I'm not the only one who struggles this time of year. Cabin fever can hit us all to the point that we find ourselves leisurely strolling through the cereal isle at the grocery store, basking in our clever escape from our own four walls. I strike up conversations with strangers about the latest weather reports in an attempt to keep my use of language addressing adults in proper form for when the snow melts and we all emerge from our houses in the spring, squinting and pale. Winter has me feeling a bit like a caged animal at times, but over the years I've found things that help me find calm. 

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Is the "Perfect Pattern" a Myth?

Is the "Perfect Pattern" a Myth?

One of the things I plan to do this year is to knit some of my favorite yarns that I've held onto for far too long. I'm sure you have those skeins in your stash too. You fell in love with the color.  You wanted to remember the place and time you were in when you bought it. You really wanted to treat yourself.  And yet, that skein is still stilling in stash waiting. Waiting for what?

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If you give a mouse a passport...

If you give a mouse a passport...

My kids don't know it yet but they have three little mice that will be put in their stockings this holiday. I knit them up using the pattern Marisol the Knitted Mouse by Rachel Borello Carroll.  I have written letters of introduction for these mice. They have maps of where their country is.  I even printed little passports for the mice. I printed off pictures, flags, and passport stamps to help fill in the passports. 

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The Doodler Derails Plans for November

The Doodler Derails Plans for November

My knitting plans have been abandoned. I had some very interesting and specific plans for my knitting this month and within 24 hours I dumped them all by the side of a dusty road in favor of the bright lights of a new cast on. What could possibly have enough impact to pull me away from my intelligently charted path? It's a mystery. No seriously, it's a mystery Knit Along called The Doodler by Stephen West of West Knits

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Shawl Style: Take fashion by the dangly bits

Shawl Style: Take fashion by the dangly bits

The problem that I hear from a lot of people these days is that they knit the shawls, but they don't know how to wear the shawls. Thousands of shawls are knit every year only to be unceremoniously dropped in a basket of knitted accessories never to be worn. You grab the mittens and occasionally a hat, but the shawls slowly start making their way to the bottom of the pile from which there is no return.  Well take fashion by the dangly bits and wear those shawls!

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Successful Knitting Begins with a Dream...and a Swatch!

Successful Knitting Begins with a Dream...and a Swatch!

Swatching is preparation. You wouldn't sign up for a half marathon and think, "I probably don't have to prepare for this. I think I got it. I did do that little jog across the parking lot to get out of the way of that car the other day, so I do know how."  No. just because you know how to knit a sweater doesn't mean that you don't need to prepare every time. Each sweater is different, each yarn knits up differently and gauge could be different.  Every. Time.  So let's talk about the right way to swatch and set you up for project success!

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