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Farewell 2016

My husband recently encouraged me to listen to the Tim Ferris Show podcast. I love listening to podcasts while I knit, and was especially intrigued by an exercise Tim talks about in his Best of 2016 segment. In a nutshell, he reviewed his calendar for 2016 and wrote down his 80/20 analysis: “20 percent of activities, experiences, or people who produced …

Giveaway: Free Spirit Knits

A couple of weeks ago I reviewed the beautiful book, Free Spirit Knits: 20 Knitted Garments and Accessories Inspired by the Southwest. I’m thrilled to be able to give away a copy of this book. There are many lovely patterns to make, including some great sweaters for guys. Let’s celebrate Memorial Day by leaving this drawing open until midnight Eastern Time …

New Lace Knitting Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Amanda in Merrill, Oregon, for winning the drawing for Romi Hill’s fantastic book, New Lace Knitting. I love this book and will have my copy on my shelf for years to come. The designs are lovely and the patterns are very well written. There are quite a few patterns I know I’ll want to make in the future.  …

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Where’d She Go???

I did not fall off the face of the earth, but the past few months have been full of crazy twists and turns. I’m sorry I haven’t posted since… yikes, could it really have been since March? Oh my. I’ll try to make it up to you. I was unbelievably lucky to spend April designing a little something that’ll appear …

Mork

Why is it I’m always a season behind in my knitting? Ah well, there’s just enough winter-ish snow for this lovely, warm sweater to be useful for another week or so. “Mork” is designed by Julia Farwell-Clay. I love patterns that are both relaxing to knit and also interesting. Worked in worsted weight, the knitting progressed quickly, while the cables kept my interest. Even …

“Mixer” Accessories in Knit Picks

Fans of Knit Picks can now find my “Mixer” accessories in Swish Worsted. The yarn is delightful to work with, and comes in lots of great colors. The patterns are available individually here: Mixer Hat, Mixer Mittens, and Mixer Scarf. The variety of knit/purl stitch patterns make these cute accessories entertaining to knit!

Stabilizing Seamless Sweaters, Part 3: Neck Edging

If you follow my blog, you’ll remember that I’m on a quest to put stability into the top-down seamless sweaters that I make. Too often, I’ve watched my beautiful sweaters grow droopy around the shoulders and ever-larger in the neck as time goes by. As you may remember, I’ve been wanting to make the Tea Leaves Cardigan for forever. I’ve been working …

Stabilizing Seamless Top-Down Sweaters, Part 2: Adding Shoulder Seams

In my first post about adding stability to a seamless top-down sweater, I described how I strengthened the neckline by casting on a couple of rows into the pattern, then picking up stitches and finishing the neckline as you would a typical seamed sweater. The picked up stitches prevent the neckline from stretching out. Now that the neckline piece of the stability puzzle is …