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She was beautifully adapted for life in another planet. But the natural genius she had for conducting affairs there was of no real use to her here.
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In mid-August I start yearning for all things fall, so yesterday I took a trip to JP Knit & Stitch to buy some yarn for fall projects. I'd already asked the kids what they needed/wanted. They're both pretty well set on hats and mittens and scarves. The boy asked for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2013 at fat chickadee
Yes, more slippers! I asked the kids what they wanted me to knit for them this fall -- I try to make them something they need or want every fall/winter -- and on the starchild's list were these Icelandic Soft Shoes, from Icelandic Handknits by Hélène Magnússon. These are a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2013 at fat chickadee
Another pattern from The Shape of Knitting, this time a pair of summery slippers knit in some hand-dyed yarn by Lady Dye Fiber Arts: The yarn was a bit heavier than the pattern called for, so I knitted the medium size rather than the large, and I suspect the pattern... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2013 at fat chickadee
I don't really need slippers in July -- does anybody? I try not to even wear socks until at least October -- but I can't help myself, I must knit everything from The Shape of Knitting. These are her Square Arches, in Noro's Kureyon yarn: Kureyon is a bit heavier... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at fat chickadee
Hey there! So I've been away from the blog -- literally and figuratively -- for a bit. Went on vacation, came back, got a new car, got a new phone , started working (at a yarn store!), changed the blog layout (what do you think?), knit some stuff, you know,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2013 at fat chickadee
First thing when I got The Shape of Knitting by Lynne Barr I got out some leftover yarn and knit this amazing little headband: Of course, it wasn't quite as simple as that, because of the three-dimensional twisted cable wave thing going on. I had to start it maybe three... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2013 at fat chickadee
My very thoughtful kids gave me knitting books for Mother's Day (and yarn, see below), and then I bought myself another one because you can never have too many knitting books. Swedish Handknits, by Sue Flanders and Janine Kosel and Icelandic Handknits by Helene Magnusson and Elin S. Sigurdardottir are... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2013 at fat chickadee
I met a lot of really creative and talented people while working on the marriage equality banner project, and some of them asked me to help out with a Mother's Day installation at the Arnold Arboretum. Of course I said yes: Diane Ivey of Lady Dye Fiber Arts put together... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2013 at fat chickadee
I'm working on a couple spinning projects right now, which pretty much guarantees that I won't get any of them done any time soon, but it gives me some day-to-day variety, anyway. The first is this cloud of angora rabbit fiber that I took home from our visit to Northern... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2013 at fat chickadee
Saturday was the Wake Up The Earth festival (a springtime festival and parade in JP celebrating the success of JP activists in blocking a proposed route 95 expansion through the neighborhood in 1979), and the culmination of the marriage equality banner project. In the end I lost count of how... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2013 at fat chickadee
Sometimes things just work out -- I saw the pattern for this tank, and I knew I wanted to make it, so I did. Okay, it's not a great story, but it is a great project, you have to give me that. This one is going to be a store... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2013 at fat chickadee
In preparation for my beginner knitting class at JP Knit & Stitch (coming up this Sunday -- tell your friends!) I've been working on finding a few projects that are easy and fun for novice knitters. Since the class in in May, and nobody really wants to wear wool in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2013 at fat chickadee
I am super-psyched to share two new projects with you. First: this May I will be teaching beginning knitting classes at fabulous local yarn store JP Knit & Stitch. I'm really excited to share my love of knitting with new knitters. Second: Get out your red and pink yarn! JP... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2013 at fat chickadee
I finished a spinning project -- a three-ply fingering weight yarn from some Pagewood Farms Bluefaced Leicester roving that I picked up at the Iron Horse farm store in Natick last year. The colorway is named Mississipi Mud, but it's really too pretty to remind me of mud, and too... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2013 at fat chickadee
You never know when inspiration is going to strike. I was looking for a good pattern for beginners, and while I was browing bag patterns on Ravelry I came across a pattern with owls on it -- much too complicated for newbie knitters, but it gave me an idea. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at fat chickadee
This delightful turban pattern came out in Knitty's spring + summer issue and I pretty much ran right out to get yarn for it because 1: I have been meaning to make a turban-style headband and 2: I have been meaning to try entrelac (the knitting technique that makes the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2013 at fat chickadee
Pattern: Chivalry Mitts by Alexis Winslow Source: Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2011 Yarn: Tilli Tomas Artisan Sock I don't know about you, but I could definitely use a little more color in my life these days. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2013 at fat chickadee
One of the sad truths of knitting is that sometimes that yarn just doesn't work with that pattern. In this case, it took me a whole sock and part of the second to realize, and admit, that the lace didn't go with the variegated yarn (even though it wasn't too... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2013 at fat chickadee
Today's project is working on a bio for a couple of possible upcoming projects. Here's what I came up with: Jess Pease comes from a line of talented knitters on both sides of her family. Her mother taught her to knit in high school, but she only really started knitting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2013 at fat chickadee
Good news: Fat Chickadee is back in business on Etsy. To celebrate, I added a new mohair bouclé yarn: Bouclé means curl or buckle in French, and this yarn is full of buckles, curls, twists, loops, and figure-eights. The main fiber is from adorable silver-grey mohair goats from Wicked Good... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2013 at fat chickadee
Not going to lie, this has been a stormy and difficult February for a lot of reasons, but at least it has given me plenty of opportunities to hunker down and knit. I was super excited to work on a project for my friend D-- who wanted a new hat.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2013 at fat chickadee
Our computer was stolen last weekend, which means that I don't have easy access to the internet or a photo editor, and everything's all discombobulated. While we're working on getting things back up and running, posting will be (even more) sporadic (than usual), and I've put the Etsy shop on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2013 at fat chickadee
I hope your holiday season was merry and bright! I was super excited to find new sock needles under the tree this year. I'm currently using them on a second sock to go with this finished one: I also started a much larger project, a lightly-cabled sweater vest for my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2013 at fat chickadee
The kids wanted to make gingerbread houses this year, and, seeing as how I generally enjoy making things, I said okay. I'm pretty sure I made one or two when I was a kid (with my mom's help!), but I'd never done it as a grownup, so I looked to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2012 at fat chickadee
I finally finished the alpaca cowl: I spun the yarn myself, and came up with the pattern myself, and I'm pretty pleased that the result was everything I intended, and maybe even a little better than I'd hoped. I enlisted the kids' help with modeling: As you can see, it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2012 at fat chickadee