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Happy New Year Scarf

December 30

There’s nothing like an easy knit in party colors to ring in the New Year. I made this Composite Stripe scarf (from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues) out of Feza Alp Oriental in the #13 colorway. The great thing about the yarn is that it comes with all kinds [...] Continue Reading…

Paso Robles Earthquake 10 Years Ago

December 22

December 22, 2003 at 11:15 am…Our lives changed forever when a magnitude 6.5 earthquake visited such violence upon our home that it took two years to rebuild. And still, we were the lucky ones. My heart goes out to the families of the women who were killed downtown, and hope [...] Continue Reading…

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Teal Mixer

December 16

Sometimes it’s really great to be a scarf designer. I have all sorts of them lying around!

“Mixer”, from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues was a great choice for a bitter cold walk through the snowy woods. It’s just the right width, and the Cascade 220 [...] Continue Reading…

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Lockhart Mitts

December 10

I thoroughly enjoyed making these Lockhart Mitts, a Brooklyn Tweed pattern by Leila Raabe. I had some Lorna’s Laces Green Line Worsted in my stash, and was glad to find the perfect use for it.

Full of twisted stitches and a few little cables, it’s an entertaining pattern to knit.
I [...] Continue Reading…

NaNoWriMo

December 1

A hearty congratulations to my husband Steve Ells for successfully completing National Novel Writing Month. The goal was to begin on November 1 and write 50,000 words or more of a novel. No small feat!
I can hardly wait for the novel to be published. It promises to be an [...] Continue Reading…

Sheeps’ Crossing

November 15

A few weeks ago the sheep were sent out to graze the fields harvested near where we live. I love seeing them every year!
 

 

 
 Traffic Jam
 

 
Off to Work
      

 

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Blogiversary Winner

November 7

Dear Readers,

You really outdid yourselves this time, leaving a record number of comments on the 5-Year Blogiversary Giveaway post. Thank you for your well-wishes and enthusiasm!

Congratulations to Pat R. in Arizona for winning this great group of goodies!

Thank you, again, to Chic-a, Patty Nance and Lorna’s Laces for making it [...] Continue Reading…

ZigZags Galore

October 30

I like patterns that can be can easily evoke different seasons or moods. My ZigZag pattern from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues is like that. There are so many gorgeous self-striping yarns out there, it’s easy to whip out a scarf that is exactly right [...] Continue Reading…

Frog Tree Cables and Knots

October 25

I love getting a chance to work with new-to-me yarns. I had the pleasure of making two sample scarves from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. Both used Frog Tree’s Pediboo Worsted, a lovely blend of machine washable worsted and bamboo. Here’s the first of the samples [...] Continue Reading…

5-Year Blogiversary Giveaway

October 21

It’s that time of year again – time to celebrate AudKnits’ anniversary. Five years is a milestone, and we’re whooping it up with a VERY special giveaway!
Do you remember my review of the very inventive book Bargello Knits? Or my raving about the gorgeous bags and accessories from Chic-a? [...] Continue Reading…

Bargello Knits

October 8

For me, one of the best things about knitting is that it provides a never-ending opportunity to learn something new. You might say I ‘m a techniques junkie! Through classes or books, I might learn a new variation on a technique I already use. Other times I’m exposed to [...] Continue Reading…

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Chic-a Bags

September 28

I first discovered Chic-a knitting bags and accessories during the recent SLO Yarn Crawl. Their trunk show at Nordic Mart offered up fantastic bags and needle organizers, all in the most delightful patterns! Here’s their line-up of pouches:

 
Chic-a uses oil cloth for easy cleaning and durability. My favorite thing in [...] Continue Reading…

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