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Major Knitter
Interests: knitting, scouting, baking, running, chocolate, reading, working, making "To-Do" lists and checking things off the aforementioned lists
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It's TBT so I had to look for some of my first pictures of the puppies for Throw Back Thursday. Here's Primogeniture with one of the puppies (Let's call him Otis). Here's Secundogeniture giving a kiss to a puppy (Let's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Major Knitter
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I like to prepare brunch for the holidays. It's easy. My grown boys can be with me first thing in the morning - then head off to their Dad's for dinner. I don't have to worry whether they'll be home... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at Major Knitter
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I know many people who never swatch. Or they swatch and only knit one inch. If I'm trying a new pattern or new yarn, I really like to do an accurate swatch. Last night I discovered a new pattern and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2016 at Major Knitter
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"Mama, Did you forget about National Puppy Day?" "That's OK. We still love you." - Duke "But it will cost you extra biscuits." - Otis Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Major Knitter
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I know it seems like I'm cranking out a hand knit hat every ten minutes. I assure you that's not the case. Most of these hats were started, and even completed, last month. I simply forgot to photograph and post... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at Major Knitter
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On the stash-busting binge, I am looking seriously at every bit of yarn I own. I ask myself, "What can I make with this?" I had two skeins of this Rowan 4-ply soft in gray in my stash (given to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at Major Knitter
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This year I'm really, really, really trying to use up my stash yarn. One of the great ways to do this is with hats. Hats perfectly eat up that one cute skein of yarn I couldn't resist in the sale... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at Major Knitter
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When I was a teenager, my Mom's favorite thing to make for breakfast was Swedish pancakes. It was one of those recipes that appeared out of nowhere (she must have eaten them somewhere and decided she could make them at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at Major Knitter
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My friend Marcia - of The Attic - formerly known as Spinnerella's Attic - has moved on from knitting and spinning to weaving. So when I posted about my new Schacht Spindle rigid heddle loom - she reached out to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2016 at Major Knitter
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If January and February were all about hats, March has been all about the rabbits. I've been busy knitting little Easter egg cozies. It all started because I received one as a gift with part of a yarn swap. This... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at Major Knitter
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I think you all know by now how much I enjoy sharing my passion for fiber arts. This past weekend I taught the Textile Merit Badge to a small group of Boy Scouts. I think that every time I teach... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at Major Knitter
I had jury duty today and our courthouses in Connecticut do not allow knitting needles. UGH! So instead I resurrected some old cross stitch patterns, took a paper cutter (instead of scissors) so I could safely cut the threads and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at Major Knitter
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Secundogeniture recently acquired a taste for oatmeal raisin cookies. So today I decided to make some for him at home. I looked for a soft and chewy recipe online and found Sally's Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Rasin Cookie recipe from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2016 at Major Knitter
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What was I just saying? Oh! That's right. Felting is more of an art, not a science. Case in point - Felted cloche #2. I was so inspired by my success with the black felted hat, that I quickly searched... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Major Knitter
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When you're trying to use up your yarn stash, sometimes the way to go is to felt everything that is 100% wool. I love felted hats. But it's important to remember that felting is an art and not really a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Major Knitter
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The Baa-ble Hat is so darned cute that I had to knit another one. This time I had to use some darker green yarn and I wasn't sure how I would like it. I also used a darker blue for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Major Knitter
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Wow! I like knitting lots of quick knits. So much so that I actually knit 31 projects in the month of January. I should say more accurately, that I finished 31 projects in 31 days. Yes - there were many... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Major Knitter
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I've turned into a hat knitting factory. It's the best remedy for using up the yarn stash. On my Ravelry group - Finish or Frog It - Rebecca challenged us to make 2016 the Year of the Hat. What a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at Major Knitter
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2016 is the Year of the Hat in my Ravelry Finish or Frog It group. That's great because it coincides nicely with my 2016 Year of the Purge. Since I'm trying to clean things out of my house and move... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Major Knitter
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After last week's post about repurposing yarn, I sadly left you hanging. Trust me, I knit up that lovely red yarn into a hat faster than you can say lickety-split. I knit my fourth The Rikke Hat by Sarah Young... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Major Knitter
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As a child growing up, my Mom always made these chocolate oatmeal cookies that were her signature cookie. They were quick and easy. At Easter, she would add jelly beans and have Bird Nest Cookies. When I think of Mom... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Major Knitter
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Duke and Otis heard that Jonas was coming. This is what they thought about that. We're just going to stay here Mama if that's all right with you. Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2016 at Major Knitter
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I love my Finish or Frog It group on Ravelry. We support each other to either finish a project or even to frog it. If you're new to knitting, frogging a project is when you rip it out (rip it,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at Major Knitter
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My knitting friends got together yesterday to repurpose our old sweaters into something new and exciting - Christmas ornaments! We're getting ready a year ahead of time! A few years ago we took our old cashmere sweaters and turned them... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Major Knitter
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Grandma Grace taught me how to knit. I think it's only fitting that my niece Grace has taken up an avid interest in knitting. I taught her (and her brothers) several years ago, but we haven't had time to take... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Major Knitter