November 18th, 2011
As Jian Ghomeshi likes to say, happy Friday.
I’ve been running on overdrive the last couple of weeks, preparing for a big move, writing papers, and knitting up a storm. Today’s the first day of the All-Handmade Craft Sale that you should come check out. Items in the photo may or may not be available for purchase.
Also, today marks the arrival of Breaking Dawn, Part 1, that probably none of you should go check out, but feel free to admit it if you do.
And finally, if you didn’t get a chance to check out TGS’s fantastic two-month campaign yesterday, you should most definitely check that out.
September 23rd, 2011
These days I’ve only been working and studying – of course, with the occasional study break. These are some of the things I’ve been distracting myself with:
Walking around Trout Lake
Reading Walker Percy’s Love in the Ruins
Watching new Fall TV
Knitting knee socks
Baking Power Cookies
What have you been doing now that fall weather is here?
August 12th, 2011
If you haven’t already read my and Lauren‘s little non-fiction piece in this month’s issue of TGS, go do that right now! And then come back and read the rest of this.
So, this month I’ve challenged myself to my first ever knit-along. This means that a whole bunch of knitters all sign up for a group knitting extravaganza on Ravelry – what Slate calls the social network for knitters. Right now there are 2294 people signed up for this adventure, all of us devoting the month of August to knitting the same pattern and each week we get a new clue.
Unfortunately, since Lauren isn’t obsessed with knitting like I am, I had to recruit my one and only knitting friend to do it with me, and we have officially embarked on Westknits Mystery Shawl KAL 2011: Earth & Sky. (Sounds cool, right?) I’m sure once it’s done it will be amazing, because Stephen West designs really cool things. But right now my shawl looks like this:
I think the rest of August is going to involve a lot more knitting…
June 10th, 2011
One of the reasons I love knitting so much is because hand-knitted things make for really good gifts. I am a terrible gift-giver, so knitting has really been my saving grace. Give it a few years and all my friends will be so sick of hats and scarves, but until then, I’m going to keep right on knitting.
Today, I’m knitting a birthday present for a fellow knitter:
(Fingers crossed she doesn’t read this before I give it to her.)
You can find the pattern for this hat here.
June 3rd, 2011
In my voracious reading of knitting blogs, I’ve come across a lot of knitters who are obsessed with knitting socks. I couldn’t figure out what the fuss was all about, but at least a year ago, I thought I’d give it a try. I got this far:
A few weeks ago, inspired by a knitting friend, I decided to give it another try. We bought a book full of incredible sock patterns, and I was hooked. This time I had the knitting knowledge and expertise to follow through. And so, here is my first pair of handmade socks: