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Seaming your knitting - go to the driving range

Seaming your knitting - go to the driving range
I am not a fan of golf. I have nothing against the sport. In fact, it seems like a really great thing, out there walking around with your friends on a beautiful day. But we don’t like what we’re not good at, and I’m really bad at golf. I tried it. hit that ball right into who-knows-where. My friends said, “Keep your head down, “ and, :Hold your hands like this,” and lots of other well-meaning things. I wanted to try again. I wanted to hit the ball again and again until I got it right, like you do in tennis. But you see, golf is not tennis, and it was not my turn any more. I had  Continue reading

Knitting sweaters - seamless vs seamed

Knitting sweaters - seamless vs seamed
I have a confession. For those of you who know me and have been knitting with me for a while, you already know. I like seams in my sweaters. But then I like fountain pens, cloth napkins, and older men, so who knows? Maybe I'm just old school. Not everyone likes seamed sweaters. I get it. But plenty of people do, right? I figured it was about 50/50, but I wanted to check, so I ran a highly unscientific poll on my Instagram story. I was wrong. Very wrong. It was   Continue reading

Happy New Knitting Year

Happy New Knitting Year

Welcome 2021! Although today is a mere 6 hours away from last night, it already seems very different.  I am delighted to welcome the new year, but I am also grateful for the way 2020 put a fine point on what’s important.  I got a new, first hand appreciation of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.  Those foundational things like food and air, health and safety – stuff we took for granted—became foremost in my mind.  That next level—social needs—the need to belong, make social connections and be in relationship with others—this was what I missed most.

I talk about it a lot from the perspective of the shop – You are always welcome here.  Sure, it’s a tagline, but it’s part of the brand promise.  We are here to help fulfill our customers’ social 

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Knitting and The Present

Knitting and The Present

As knitters, our ability to open the present and live in it is right at hand.  We can give ourselves a few mindful moments in which we focus on nothing but the feel of the yarn, the sound of the needles, and the soothing rhythm of each stitch. 

I have a several simple things on needles that help me focus and be mindful.  First is a little hat that I’m knitting up for a new concept next month.  It’s 

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Knitting is like mac & cheese

Knitting is like mac & cheese
Mac & cheese is a fine thing.  Not the orange powder microwave version of my college days, but a big ol’ Pyrex dish filled to overflowing with piping hot cheesy goodness bubbling up through crispy buttered bread crumbs.  Growing up, my kids agreed on very little other than the merits of homemade mac & cheese.  It’s more comfort than cuisine, but with a certain nostalgic appeal that drove my foodie daughter, Elizabeth to make it late last week.  She was so excited..  She  Continue reading

Knitting rules? What rules?

Knitting rules? What rules?

A woman suffering from depression told her therapist that things were bad and she was just barely getting by.  The therapist asked her what specifically she was struggling with.  Describing the piles of dishes in the sink she complained that her dishwasher didn't do a good job so she had to scrub the dishes before she even put them in the dishwasher. The prospect of scrubbing was just overwhelming.

The therapist nodded, as therapists usually do, and said, "Run the dishwasher twice." The woman was like, "What? No, you're not supposed--" But the 

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Knitting and the foundations of happiness

Knitting and the foundations of happiness
I was sad to hear about the death of Tony Hsieh, former head of Zappos, a company that has delivered me many pairs of happiness over the years.  Mr. Hsieh didn’t just deliver happiness, he studied it as a science and understood that happiness was not random or haphazard but was a framework that required 4 things: Continue reading

Yarn Review Rowan Pure Cashmere from Todd & Duncan

Yarn Review Rowan  Pure Cashmere from Todd & Duncan

On this week's podcast, I'm looking at Rowan's newest, and most luxurious fiber, Todd & Duncan Cashmere.  I decadent fiber for sure, but is it worth the money?  Join me on this week's podcast to find out

Specially milled for Rowan from cashmere goats, born and bred in the .Scottish highlands, it is indeed a luxury yarn.  How does it knit? How does it wash? How does it hold up?  Let's see.

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Knitting a sweater -- all the moving parts

I’m so happy because my boy, Colton, came home from college Monday. I was especially happy when he finally boarded the plane, because, I will tell you, it had been an ordeal. He’s all the way in Oregon, with a 9am flight.  The airport is 100 miles away from campus, and he doesn’t have a car.  His roommate, who does have a car, left for home last week.  I am not at all familiar with the area, and with Covid closures, he hasn’t had much of a chance to explore the downtown. I did manage to book Amtrak to Portland, and he got his first Uber to get to the station. Talk about planes, trains, and automobiles.

Colton’s flown before, but never with so many moving parts he had to 

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Knitting festive things for the most special events

Knitting festive things for the most special events

I love reading Sam Sifton who writes a cooking column for the New York Times . This week he talks about how reading cookbooks, especially those of ethnic cuisine, is a wonderful stand-in for all of the interesting places we don’t have the luxury of visiting at the moment.

Knitting right now is kind of the same.  This time of year I tend to have a lot of 

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