Super Easy Circular Shawl and more!

Posted by on Mar 4, 2012 in Artsy Things, Blog Fun, Knitting, patterns, Shawls |

I learned how to make this shawl so long ago, I don’t recall the when or the where. I made a lot of them. They were easy—and because of this pattern I never had a fear of short-rows. I was doing them without knowing they had a name. Students who had just learned to knit in the wake of the 9/11 attacks helped me knit one for our principal (see below). You can see how lovely the shawl can be with completely random (though related) colors...

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Knowing When to Stop

Posted by on Nov 11, 2011 in Blog Fun, Knitting, Shawls | 1 comment

There’s one tricky bit about knitting—knowing when to stop when its time to bind off. No matter how long I’ve been knitting or crocheting, I will forever worry and kvetch about this. I never know if I’m right. I’m always guessing. Good metaphor for life, no? My current idiot knitting project is no different. I love having a project like this on hand. It’s easy. It’s mindless. It ends in a great finished...

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KaLs for WWMDfK!

Posted by on Sep 20, 2011 in Artsy Things, Blog Fun, Defarginess, Knitting, Shawls |

Oh oh oh oh! I have news! New KAL for you—Chrissy Gardiner (of sock fame and lore) is going to host our first What Would Madame Defarge Knit? Knit-a-Long! We’ll be starting with her gorgeous Wilhelmina Shawlette—a pattern that shouldn’t intimidate anyone, it’s a shawlETTE after all. And if you’re not a lace knitter (ahem, yet) fear not. This is an EXCELLENT pattern to start with. There have already been...

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MD Sheep and Wool #2

Posted by on May 2, 2010 in Artsy Things, Blog Fun, Knitting, Love, Shawls, Sock Knitting, Spinning, Travel, Weaving, Web Fun | 2 comments

I admit I haven’t been very good at posting. Some of that is because my phone app that lets me post on the fly died, but the other part is that we’ve been running like maniacs at Jennie the Potter’s booth. However, right before sitting and having a lovely chat with a CraftLit listener and her husband (from Ontario, CA–O…Canada…) I had this for lunch. Baaaaa… Lunch! I can’t say that I’ve been...

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Have You Ever Had…

Posted by on Dec 28, 2009 in Blog Fun, Family, Knitting, Love, Shawls, Sock Knitting, Spinning | 2 comments

…six shots of some kind of steroid infused into your neck? Yeah, until an hour ago, me neither. And yet, now I have. Here’s how it feels: Aieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Here’s how they tell me it will feel tomorrow: Aaaaaah… Knitting hurts. Turning my head hurts. Supporting my head hurts. Typing in a semi-prone position…oddly this doesn’t hurt. Could be the heating pad I’m lying on… So...

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