Monthly Archives: May 2015

Three Patterns That You Might Not Want to Make for a Guy. And Six that You Might.

Making something for a guy, something that he will actually wear, can be tricky.  They don’t always know what they like but they usually know what they don’t like. You don’t want to waste your time on the latter.

Tip # 1: Don’t go making him something that you would like to see on him. That’s not the same at all.

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The The Last of the Baby Stuff For A While

The Baby Boy Cardigan is done. Or almost done. After steeking it this weekend, I got the button bands on. Its been washed and its drying outside on our one-and-only (hopefully) dry and sunny day this week.

a steeked baby caridigan

It still needs Dorset buttons but those are fun to do.

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Sunday Stitch – How to Put Steeks into Knitting

Are you ready to cut up your knitting???

No?

Steeks in knitting

Okay. Are you ready for me to cut up my knitting while you watch? Good! Its that Sunday where I get to show you how to put in a steek. I even have a finished (baby sized) pullover ready to go so I can cut it for you on camera!

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Spinning in Cowgirl Boots – The Tale of Arachne

I love myths and not because so many of the old myths and fairy tales have handspinners in them. That’s just a bonus for me. I love the old stories because in them, people are fools just like they are today. Its nice to know that our smart phones and fast food haven’t changed us much.

There are other versions of Arachne’s story but this is one is the best. Mine is an absolutely faithful and 100% accurate retelling of the tale you’ll find in Ovid’s Metamorphosis (Book 6). Really. There is no need at all you you to go read Ovid, the greatest of all the Roman poets. It would simply be a waste of your time.

Who needs a spinning wheel? I can make yarn came right out of my butt!


Weekly Rec – Everyone Needs a Mentor

I have a mentor and she is a knitter. At first I thought that was all she had to teach me, stuff about knitting. It turns out she had lots more. She had wisdom. That’s what a mentor is, someone with wisdom to share.

My mentor is Elizabethh Zimmermann. You may know her as a popular designer from browsing around on ravelry. She is. But she is a lot more than that.

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Some Trickery and a Code for a Free Download

Don’t you just love a good fake out? I do. And I love to make things that appear far more complex than the really are.

My newest knitwear design

Have some Trickery. Its free on Ravelry with code: illusion for the next 24 hours (until May 13 6pm CST).

The promotion is over and the code is expired. But check back because I give freebie codes here on my blog every time I publish a new pattern! Continue reading Some Trickery and a Code for a Free Download

Don’t Look Over There. She is Doing Math.

I do love math. Its predictable and dependable. I’m pretty good at everything from factoring a number into its primes to mid-level calculus. A lot of my thinking is in math and I apologize for that.

From an old math textbook that I can’t bear to throw out. I loved that class.

Its like the open secret in my life. Not a dirty, hidden, or shameful secret. I’ve never been beaten for knowing the answer or socially shunned for sketching out a graph. Everyone who knows me seems to know I’m good at math. They tolerate this about me as long as I, you know, keep it to myself and don’t inflict it on them.

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Sunday Stitch – Afterthought Pockets

I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth Zimmermann. She taught me to be the boss of my knitting and she gave me permission to do whatever I wanted. That includes cutting holes into perfectly good knitting.

Putting in an afterthought pocket in knitting

I’m passing that freedom on. Here is how you can safely cut a hole after you’ve finished your knitting. This is great for afterthought pockets, button holes, and heels.

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How to Pick a Spinning Wheel That You will LOVE – Part 3

This is my last post in the How to Pick a Spinning Wheel That You will Love series. Here I’ve put down all my advice for getting a good wheel for a good price.

What you’ll look like with your new wheel!

I think wheel buyers fall into to big categories, those that want to buy new and right now and those that want to wait for a bargain. I’ve tried to include tips for both!

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