Designer Talk: Geneva Vasquez

I was looking through patterns on Ravelry, as you do, and I happened across the most amazing collection of winter hats. It just so happens that I was in the market for a hat pattern for one of my girls. I know, it’s July, but her original hat got run through the washing machine andContinue reading “Designer Talk: Geneva Vasquez”

Fix it or Frog it: Sock Surgery

After my first pair of hand-knitted socks got a giant hole in them, I couldn’t throw them out without at least trying something to salvage them. I knitted them in Northern Bee Studio’s Yak Sock, and I have plenty of yarn leftover. It was time to take drastic action. My plan was to thread aContinue reading “Fix it or Frog it: Sock Surgery”

My Magnolia Sweater: Cruise Control (with a little bit of math)

My Magnolia Sweater, by Camilla Vad, is really coming along now. I have recovered from last week’s mohair tangle debacle and separated for the sleeves. I’m in the cruise control part of the project that is just miles and miles of stockinette in the round as I knit down the body. The pattern says toContinue reading “My Magnolia Sweater: Cruise Control (with a little bit of math)”

Fix it or Frog it: Why am I so Hard on my Socks???

I have only ever knit one pair of socks. I am embarrassed to say that they took me as long to knit as a whole adult-sized sweater. I have ridiculously small feet. Size 5. Elf feet. And still, they took so long. At the time I was a brand new knitter. I had never usedContinue reading “Fix it or Frog it: Why am I so Hard on my Socks???”

Sometimes Good Enough is Perfect

When I started knitting, my family didn’t really know what to make of it. Skeins of yarn and circular needles started popping up in places all over the house. Double pointed needles and measuring tape took up residence in the couch cushions. My husband stayed out of it – after 17 years he knows whenContinue reading “Sometimes Good Enough is Perfect”

Things get old school over here: winding a ball of yarn by hand

These are crazy times: masks are in. Zoom is in. Staying in is… in. I have only been knitting since December, so I had just found a good local yarn store when it had to close due to coronavirus. I don’t have a swift or a ball winder. Normally this wouldn’t be a big dealContinue reading “Things get old school over here: winding a ball of yarn by hand”

Casting on: a.k.a. Don’t Talk About the Baby

A couple of months after I had my oldest, I went out with a group of my friends that didn’t have kids yet. I remember thinking to myself throughout the night, “Don’t talk about the baby. Don’t talk about the baby.” I was paranoid that I would bore my non-parent friends to tears by turningContinue reading “Casting on: a.k.a. Don’t Talk About the Baby”