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Who doesn't love Linen Stitch? Oh Linen Stitch, how I love thee. Linen Stitch is a twofer. You know what I mean: You get two in one. First, you get knitting and B, you get weaving. Knitting and weaving, in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at knit and tonic
Well, they're finished. the one pair of "socks" out of many pair of socks SON (that would be Still on Needles). My guess is, I finished them first because they're little, short ones. Those are the easier ones. The little,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at knit and tonic
I took two pictures in the past few days. Awhile back, I bought two skeins of Regia Design Line by Kristen Nicholas (#3314). Each one is 50 grams. That's enough for a pair of regular socks in my size. Since... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at knit and tonic
The idea of the pursuit of perfection in the time of Pinterest and Instagram and all that is on my mind lately. When I talk to other knitters, students and artists I want to scream that it is okay to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at knit and tonic
My grandmother Helen passed away a couple nights ago. Helen was the person who taught me to knit. Although this is not going to be a tribute to my grandmother--gosh knows I've talked about her a lot and you all... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at knit and tonic
There's nothing more satisfying than finding one great skein of yarn and with just that one skein, knitting up a cozy cowl that's fast, easily memorized and versatile. The Lucky Ribs Cable Cowl pattern is both written out and charted.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at knit and tonic
This cap. I will not fix it I will not fix it I will not fix it I will not fix it. I will not fix it. I will not fix it. I will not fix it I will not... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at knit and tonic
Well, now that THAT's over with, I can get back to "regular" life. Seriously, first you face Halloween, then a tornado sort of begins to swirl and you end up in some sort of angsty vortex until it's New Year's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at knit and tonic
I've been sort of waiting to write a blog post. First, there was all the lead-up to Thanksgiving. By the way, every year, us "girls" take a picture in pretty much the same formation. Although it is a little strange... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at knit and tonic
That's what W. C. Fields said a long time ago. I guess, in theory, he could have been right. I mean, animals and children are unpredictable. But adults aren't half as cute and adults can be mean. So can dogs.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at knit and tonic
It's no wonder that I like Cirilia Rose's book so much. First, just look at the sweater on that cover! It's a gorgeous shade, one to which I normally gravitate. But beyond her color choices and palette, this is such... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at knit and tonic
What I want to know is where the time goes. I remember when I could hardly wait for her to learn how to walk or even to sit up. Now she's weaving and wearing that dang cap that I knit... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2014 at knit and tonic
I don't care how much of a stash I have, there is never, and I mean never, the "right" stuff in my stash when I have either a special request from a knitworthy person or a sudden knitterly inspiration. Never.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at knit and tonic
Hey friends! If any of you are on Craftsy or want to try it, I created a knit-along for Craftsy and it has just gone live! Since it was a mystery up until now, I couldn't show you the final... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at knit and tonic
There's something about being a parent that makes you sorta wish that your child takes after you, looks like you, has your best qualities and likes to do the same things that you like to do. Girlfriend can't stand knitting.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at knit and tonic
There is always a lot of yarn in this house. There has always been a lot of yarn in this house, come to think of it. When I wasn't knitting--I really didn't start until about 2002--I was crocheting. I know... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at knit and tonic
I can't tell you how happy I am to have readers like you. Almost every, single lot of yarn has been snapped up. I've saved four lots for last. There may be a fire sale at the end for a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at knit and tonic
I have to tell you: I have had so many kind messages about this de-stash I've been doing for Nancy. At first, I was so overwhelmed by all the yarn and all the emotions Nancy felt or told me about.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at knit and tonic
I have several more lots to sell for Nancy. I have saved the fuzzier stuff for this time of year since the weather is cooling and mohair and wool and silk will sound and feel more palatable, if you get... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at knit and tonic
Okay. It's that time again! I'm ready to part with more of Fancy Nancy's stash! (Or, more well put: My schedule is open so I can spend some time at the post office.) Just like in the past, here are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at knit and tonic
When people knit in a group it's almost as if our mouths open and things come out that should or should not come out. I often wonder why, especially when I teach small classes, that we end up learning so... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at knit and tonic
I have a family member who will buy purses that cost her in excess of $1,500 yet can't bring herself to spend more than a few dollars on other things that I would consider more important like shoes or well-made... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at knit and tonic
I was given some great advice back in my corporate days. It was this: "Never complain; never explain." So I'll start out by saying that "it's not you; it's me," instead. I know I've been gone for awhile. Thing is,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at knit and tonic
I started a tutorial a couple of weeks ago but due to some technical difficulties with my blog host and elapsed time, I've put it all together in one post for you. Using a stitch dictionary and especially one that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at knit and tonic
One thing I love about stitch dictionaries is that you can take a stitch pattern and use it as inspiration for adding it to an otherwise plain garment or to use the stitch pattern as an allover motif on something... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2014 at knit and tonic