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My Sister's Knitter - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 00:59
Hello loves! Pattern~ The Coziest Memory Pattern. Happy Sunday to you, or whichever day you are reading this. :) How did your week treat you? Mine was a bit all over the place...good, but a bit here and there. Sometimes that is how life is, right? In the U.S. we... Andi
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Battle of Wills

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 21:06
I've spent much of the past week playing with yarn, stitch patterns and color combos for a new shawl, but as entertaining as these diversions have been, it's time to face facts.

Two out of three pairs of woolly mitts still need to be seamed. Since I'm eager to get this fresh crop into the wearing rotation before winter hits, this is a top priority.



Unfortunately, there are also two afghans languishing in the background. Herlacyn Breeze still needs a proper blocking ...



and the red, white and blue afghan needs a border.



To complicate matters, I have a handful of patterns in near-final form. All they require is a bit of time, concentration and polish, so they can be sent off to the tech editor for review.

This list may not seem long, but we all know I get twitchy if there are too many projects in progress or hovering on the horizon. My inner adult understands this quite well, which is why she keeps reminding me to buckle down, clear the decks and focus on finishing. 

Sadly, in this particular battle of wills, my inner toddler just hums louder in an effort to drown out the nagging voices, while she drags more yarn out of the cupboard. She's having waaay too much fun swatching.


It's Veterans Day in the US, so I wanted to take a moment to thank all veterans for their service. To read more about red, white and blue holidays, click here.

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Link love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 11:00

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My Favourite Articles and Links This Week What to do with Chernobyl, which won’t be free of radiation for another 24,000 years? Turn it into a giant wind farm for green energy, of course. A database of how to fold every kind of paper airplane ever. Because office procrastination is more fun with paper airplanes.

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New Pattern! Underneath it All Camisole

Knitted Bliss - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 17:14

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Not exactly aligned with the season, but bear with me. I think a knitted camisole is trans-seasonal! Pattern: Underneath it All Yarn: The Blue Brick Manitoulin Merino (discontinued) Needles: 3.25 mm (US 3) Check out the details on the Ravelry pattern page, here.  If you like it, give it some love! Add it to your

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TV Land: Does Amy Knit Her Sweaters?

Knitting | Work in Progress - Sun, 11/04/2018 - 21:17
As The Big Bang Theory enters its final season, one burning question remains unanswered: Does Amy knit her sweaters, cardigans and vests?

According to Sheldon, the answer is yes. In the Opening Night Excitation (season 9, episode 11), Sheldon tells Penny and Bernadette that "Amy enjoys knitting her own sweaters, so I was thinking of getting her an all expenses-paid trip to the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival" as a birthday gift.

Any true knitter would be thrilled with such a treat, but in the end, Sheldon foregoes the wool festival and opts to celebrate her birthday by consummating their relationship, a choice Amy embraces with enthusiasm. That's all well and good, but let's get back to the issue at hand. 

As an avid knitter who often has BBT reruns playing in the background while I work on projects, I've seen no evidence Amy knits sweaters. With the exception of one cardigan that might have been handcrafted, all of her knitwear appears to be commercially produced. The one exception that comes to mind is the caramel cabled cardigan she wears at the end of The Celebration Reverberation (season 11, episode 11).

Plus, we've never seen her wield knitting needles onscreen, there are no baskets of yarn or WIPs anywhere in her apartment, and the afghan displayed on the couch in her old apartment was crocheted.



With two pairs of wonderfully woolly mitts off the needles and in the seaming stage and a third freshly cast on, these are the deep, universal questions that occupy my mind. 

So what say you: Does Amy knit her sweaters?


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Planning ahead? You can learn more about the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival here.

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Knit review and October loves...

My Sister's Knitter - Sun, 11/04/2018 - 17:35
Happy Sunday! Hello loves. Today I have a fun post for you all. There will be a review for a wonderful new E-Book as well as our October loves...so grab your coffee or tea and settle in. :) The talent at Knotions has created another wonderful resource for us sock... Andi
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Just get in the car

Yarn Harlot - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 09:55

If there is one thing that Joe and I have worked out over the last year, it’s that we don’t know what’s going on, or what the future holds. We’ve been waiting forever for it to be “a good time” for us to take some trips, see a bit of the world, but it’s always been that the girls were too young, or it wasn’t a good time to leave work, or we didn’t have time or… a million reasons.  Since Joe’s Mum had her stroke, and my Mum died, we’ve slowly come to realize that saving this all up for when there’s a better time is probably dumb. (We’re also, a year and change into being Grandparents, working out that this idea we had that our family will need us less and we wouldn’t mind being away as time goes on was pretty laughable. That day’s simply not coming.) Therefore…

Hola!  We’re in Spain.  Less than 20 hours after coming home from the Columbia Gorge and Knot Another Fiber Festival, I got back on a plane and we travelled to Zurich, and then Barcelona, Spain.  (This is the biggest barrier to holidays, we’re both still self-employed full time. There just aren’t many days we aren’t working. We fit this in between two of my work trips. I bet that when I get home next week and have to leave the next day for Port Ludlow I am going to have a few regrets.) In knitting news, I brought three projects with me, and have already worked out where the local yarn shop is. (Just in case.)  I finished the baby blanket (and I’ll tell you all about it once it arrives at it’s final destination. Joe mailed it to the baby in question while I was out of town – so it should get there any minute now. The eagle is flying.) I’ve happily moved onto the next big white thing…

Samantha’s wedding shawl.  The pattern’s Timeless, and the yarn is Shibui Lunar, and the beads are silver lined crystals.

While I’m about as brave as a knitter comes, even I have to admit that beads and white laceweight aren’t the best travel knitting, so in my purse I’ve got a kit from Canon Hand Dyes to make the Graduated Stripes Cowl.  Round and round, perfect for a site seeing tourist on the town.

I’ve also got a sock, but I’ll tell you more about that later. Joe’s waiting patiently by the door (read tapping his foot at me) and today’s his 50th birthday, so off I go.  The two of us are bound for adventure.

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spooky knits

Autumn Geisha - Wed, 10/31/2018 - 17:05




Happy Halloween guys! Any fun plans for the evening? We are doing the usual: handing out candy to the trick or treaters and then going next door to my brother’s annual Halloween/birthday party. The kid decided to be Alvin the Chipmunk this year and the hubby is a chicken. I’m going as my usual angry 90’s grunge teen.

I surprised the kid with a special Halloween hat (although honestly, I plan on “borrowing” it to wear year round!) As you know, he had some strong opinions on the scrappy monster socks that I was knitting for the #monstersockkal2018. The skulls were his idea (colorwork chart from the awesome Alterknit Stitch Dictionary by Andrea Rangel). But I had my heart set on some cute Halloween cats (chart from 150 Scandinavian Motifs by Mary Jane Mucklestone) so we ended up compromising. One for him and one for me :) The yarns are a mix of mini’s from havirland and knitty and color. Both of these talented ladies know their Halloween.

For the hat, I decided to go all out on the spooky factor and used the Cake or Death chart from Alterknit. I don’t usually go for morbid things like the Grim Reaper but I thought this would be right up the kid’s alley. And boy was I right! He loves it and says it’s the coolest thing I ever made him. So a win for this knitting mama!

Now I’m off to decorate the gingerbread haunted house. I hope that you all enjoy a fun and safe night. Will you be dressing up as anything?
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Crystal Ball

Knitting | Work in Progress - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 18:23
The mission to make more mitts has become so firmly fixed in my mind, it's possible I'm getting a teensy bit carried away. 

One pair of mitts is ready for seaming and another is already on the needles.

Knit straight from stash in Valley Yarns Amherst worsted weight wool leftover from my Tikkyn Flagstone afghan, the first pair is worked in charcoal and ash, and the second in ash and light grey. This soft yarn has a slight halo, which tends to make the photos look somewhat blurred or out of focus. The image below shows the stitch more clearly. 
Both pairs are worked in the same slipped stitch, which produces a stretchy, syncopated rib. This stitch is not only easy, it's particularly fun to work, because it creates horizontal stripes (first photo) or vertical ones (second photo) depending on whether the contrast color is introduced on a right- or wrong-side row.
When these mitts are completed, I'll do a proper FO post. Meanwhile, you don't need a crystal ball to see the future. This stitch is so versatile and the results are so varied, I'll definitely be casting on another pair.

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Modification Monday: French Toast for Brittany

Knitted Bliss - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 11:00

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Original Pattern: French Toast Knitter Extraordinaire: Terri (Ravelry ID) Mods: Added double moss stitch to the front of the sweater flanking both sides of the cable, and added a split hem. Details and great photos can be found on her project page, here. What Makes This Awesome: Terri wanted to knit a sweater for her

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