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Archive for June, 2016

Refined Knits

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Refined Knits contains some lovely patterns, including this cabled beauty. This is not the kind of sweater you make because it would be a useful addition to your wardrobe or because it would be flattering, but because it would be a satisfyingly epic project and would show off your knitting skills. I’m not sure I […]

Appropriate Number of Knitting Books

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

I don’t buy many knitting books nowadays. In part this is because I figure no knitting book is going to have something I don’t already have in my collection somewhere. In part it’s because I might already own enough. But how many is really enough? I figure I’ll be knitting for another 30 years or […]

Sick Day

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

I’m sick today. I worked in the morning, but accomplished so little that it seemed pointless. I ended up getting two blog posts written and talking on the phone with my daughters, and that was it. The rest of the day I slept. Actually, there was also a pile of packages on my porch when […]

Mental Habits

Monday, June 27th, 2016

We hired a business coach for 90 days. Some of the others in the Mastermind group have done this and speak of it not only as a valuable thing to do but also as a normal thing to do. Our first virtual meeting is today. He recommended a book for me, though, and I’ve read […]

Craftsy Class #3: Knit to Flatter

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

Knit to Flatter with Amy Herzog is my third class of the summer, and it’s a great class. Herzog appears to have just two books in print right now, but I also own her Knit 24/7. I’ve ordered the book that goes with the class, too. The sweaters in that book are designed specifically to […]


Saturday, June 25th, 2016

England has left the EU, and no one seems to know what’s going to happen next. The pound has lost a lot of heft against the dollar, so I am wondering whether it might not be a great time to buy tea and yarn from British shops. Scotland wanted to stay in the EU, so […]

6 More Months

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Today it is six months from Christmas Eve. I used to work with a woman, the Poster Queen, who always announced on June 25th that it was six months till Christmas. I’m not sure what we were supposed to do about it. However, in one week it will be six months till New Year’s Eve, […]

One Row Lace

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Cast on a multiple of 4 stitches. Knit one row. K4, work the pattern to the last 4 stitches, K4. The pattern stitch: *yo, k2tog, k 3*

Craftsy Class #2: Big Embroidery with a Small Hoop

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

My second class for the summer was “Big Embroidery with a Small Hoop” with Lisa Shaw. I leapt to sign up for this class, because this is exactly what I want to do. Shaw seems nice. She also seems uncomfortable on camera and disorganized. She explains how to align different patterns to make one large […]

The Little Boy’s Quilt

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

The little boy’s quilt is applique with a scrappy pieced border. The Debbie Mumm pattern I started with had a solid panel with instructions to applique the motifs randomly onto the fabric. I know mine would not look good if I did this, so I used  a Thimbleberries pattern to establish a grouping of fabric […]

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