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Things that I have been doing/done in the last two weeks: I took Lisa Congdon's class at Creativebug focusing on line drawing. I'm a drawing fool. I highly recommend taking her four-week class. If you subscribe to Creativebug (I think... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at knit and tonic
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Rest in peace. You were the best dog ever. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at knit and tonic
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Every once in a while, you happen upon a project or pattern or design and something about it just speaks to you. It might have something to do with how much fun it was to knit, or it might be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at knit and tonic
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Just to break up the monotony of knitting a tiny sweater for a 4-lb country singer of a dog, I thought I'd post a picture of a new pattern that you all know about but hasn't, until now, been photographed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at knit and tonic
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As you've seen in Part 1 of the series, LoL-Retta Gets a New Sweater, cutting a color-work tube with a steek is completely and totally drama free. You'll note that Chuck didn't budge when the scissors went through the steek,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at knit and tonic
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I was sitting there stitching balls with a buddy of mine a couple weeks ago and we started talking knitting. I said Loretta was one dog who really needs a sweater now and then and that I thought a new... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at knit and tonic
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I think knitters are the ones who invented the selfie. Thank goodness no one knows. I tell you what: It's impossible to take a picture of a newly knit hat when you're alone and without a remote. I have a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at knit and tonic
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Well, I haven't actually been on my butt--in the sense of being on one's butt that is. Because, unless you have one of those desks you stand at or walk under (treadmill, ha ha), one has to sort of be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at knit and tonic
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When my grandmother was not as old as she is now (she's nearly 100), but when she was probably a little older than I am, perhaps in her early 60's, she'd forget something and I'd remind her of whatever and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at knit and tonic
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A few months ago, Sundara from Sundara Yarn wrote me and asked me if I would like to use her yarn in a design of my own. She sent me this gorgeous cashmere and silk blend in a new color... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at knit and tonic
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You know how it is when a song is in your head. It makes it worse when you can't recall the lyrics in total. But your brain hums it as you go through your day and at some point you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at knit and tonic
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What We Did for Christmas: An Essay the Old Fashioned Middle-School Way. Christmas comes one time each year. Each year at Christmas, we go to Colorado and hope for snow. The last three years, we had some snow. This year... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at knit and tonic
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Lately, I've had the urge to work stranded colorwork. I usually don't like doing it because I find it a bit fiddly. But since I knit continentally and I also know how to throw, I thought I'd give it a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at knit and tonic
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If ever there was a name of yarn that I can glomb onto. I have heard of people tipping cows over. Is that a thing? I was born in Minnesota but grew up mostly in Texas and California where you... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2013 at knit and tonic
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So this is what happens when you just allow yourself to knit without a plan. I'm usually so caught up with: Will it work? Can I make a pattern? Will people want to wear this? Will people want to knit... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2013 at knit and tonic
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Ever since this book, Paper Play by Lydia Cook, arrived at our house a few weeks ago, Girlfriend has been bugging me. She's been wanting to take a pair of scissors to this book, to color in it, and to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at knit and tonic
Hope everyone is happy and enjoying the beginning of the Winter Holiday Season! To celebrate, all my HAT patterns will be 50% off from November 28th through December 3rd. Just click on the pattern links at the left to purchase.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at knit and tonic
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This past weekend, we all went to the local farm and picked celery, fennel, kale and more kale. Girlfriend told me that she loved celery--that was news to me--and then I realized that she's been enjoying all the hats I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at knit and tonic
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Sometimes, when you discover a dropped stitch in your knitting, it can be a little scary. Do you instantly rip out your knitting and reknit? Or do you use a crochet hook to fix it? But what if you want... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at knit and tonic
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The other day, I wrote a post about a top-down cap that I made for Girflriend and mentioned that even though the yarn I was using was merino, that it felt a bit cotton-y. I later had a question from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at knit and tonic
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When Girlfriend said that this might be her last Halloween, I realized that my little girl is growing up. My last Halloween was when I was 12 and I *think* I was Raggedy Andy (times were simpler then). I walked... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2013 at knit and tonic
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I know these aren't anything new, but when your daughter finally shows interest in what you make and wants to actually wear the stuff, you pretty much drop whatever you're doing and knit. I could be on a tightrope halfway... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2013 at knit and tonic
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I was just thinking about knitting patterns that I've knit more than once. There are only a couple. The first one that I knit more than once--actually, I knit at least three pair--were those Fiber Trends Felted Clogs. I think... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2013 at knit and tonic
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I've been searching for the perfect yarn with which to make a cap. Thing is, what I was searching for had to be soft, yet show off intentionally dropped stitches for a lived-in, cozy look and feel. I had Malabrigo... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at knit and tonic
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I remember those Shrink-to-Fit Levi 501's. They took a heck of a long time to get just right, but they were always, always worth it. All of us had our own techniques to shrink them down and wear them out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at knit and tonic