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That moment when an impossible, intimidating pattern suddenly looks doable

That moment when an impossible, intimidating pattern suddenly looks doable

Back in 2011, when I first started venturing into sweater knitting, I fell in love with a cover-girl sweater. It was the Briar Rose tunic, featured on the cover of  Interweave Knits Winter 2011:

Oh, you lovely thing, you.

I was enchanted by the delicate criss-crossing cables framing the simple v-neck. I was also hugely intimidated. Cables were still unfamiliar territory. And I loved this pattern…

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Are Dental Hygienist Skills Transferable to Knitting?

This morning, as I lay supine in the dental chair, I chatted with my hygienist about knitting. The ability to understand a dental patient mid-cleaning is some sort of hygienist superpower. I don’t know how she understood me, but she did.

While waiting for my appointment, I had been working on a pair of color work Squirrelly Mittens.

“I’ve always wanted to learn how to knit,” she said. “My mom and…

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A Yarn-Based Perpetual Motion Machine

A Yarn-Based Perpetual Motion Machine

At the Minnesota Knitters Guild meeting last week I saw a knitter sitting in the front row wearing the Hitofude Cardigan. During our first break, I stopped by to congratulate her on her lovely KO. “You know what?” I told her, ” I have your cardigan on my needles right now.”

Later that night, one of the knitters shared a glorious Hitofude variation she had knit for the MN State Fair. This prompted…

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Piratical knits. A tribute to arrrrgyle part 2

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Once again, it’s time to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day, which takes place every year on September 19.  

What better way to do it than with a tribute to that most piratical of knitwear patterns: arrrrgyle.

As I mentioned in me last argyle post:

Origins of argyle

What’s a celebration of piratical knits without a mention of that most piractical-sounding of patterns, argyle. Argyle is a pattern…

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An Experiment with Yarn Dominance

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I’m so into stranded color work these days. No matter what, I’ve got to have at least one stranded project on the needles.

A couple of weeks ago, I picked up a simple stranded mitten pattern on Ravelry called January Mittens. I decided this project would provide a good opportunity for me to experiment with a fibery phenomenon called yarn dominance. 

A few notes about yarn dominance: When you knit…

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A Cozy New Sweater Just in Time for Autumn

A Cozy New Sweater Just in Time for Autumn

It’s going to be 80 in southern Minnesota today. The leaves are still firmly attached to the trees and stubbornly green. But in a few weeks all of that is going to change and I’m going to be ready.

Over Labor Day weekend, I finally finished weaving in the ends on my Plum Island Pullover.  It’s a simple, gansey style sweater, with a slouchy, comfortable shape. The pattern is by Alison Green.

The…

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More color work mittens

I just can’t help myself. Right now I have to knit stranded colorwork mittens. I’m on my third pair in as many weeks.

More color work mittens

I just can’t help myself. Right now I have to knit stranded colorwork mittens. I’m on my third pair in as many weeks.

I Love Blog Followers

I Love Blog Followers

Dear blog followers,

I love having you around. You make me feel listened-to.  I hope you stick around and that I can continue to entertain you.  * Warning: I talk about knitting a lot. I hope that’s what you signed up for.*

I’d like to pay tribute to a random sampling of my most recent followers. Check out their blogs. You might find a new favorite.

Bridgewater Crafts: This designer recently…

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Playing with Mom’s Drum Carder

Playing with Mom’s Drum Carder

During a recent visit home, Mom and I took some time to play with her new Pat Green drum carder. For those fellow fiber geeks who want to know, Mom has the hand-cranked Blender/Carder model. I don’t have anything to compare it to as it’s the only carder I’ve ever used; however, I can report that it was easy for a beginner (me) to use. The only hard part was attaching the drive band.

I brought…

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Gencon knitting part 5

I’ve saved most of mitten #2 for the trip home. If all goes well, I’ll get the body done by the time we make it home.

Gencon knitting part 5

I’ve saved most of mitten #2 for the trip home. If all goes well, I’ll get the body done by the time we make it home.