Book Review – Customize Your Knitting

Cover - Book Review - Customize Your Knitting

I was so excited to get this book, Customize your Knitting, by Margaret Hubert. I’ve had the privelege of meeting Margaret a couple of times now, at the Knit and Crochet Show. She’s a fun, and amazingly talented fiber artist. Customize your Knitting is not just a book of patterns, but rather uses the patterns to teach a variety of different techniques.

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Pattern Review – Wavy Garden Shawl by Iris Schreier

My wavy garden shawl

In the June Yarnbox last year (2014), was the Wavy Garden Shawl pattern by Iris Schreier, and the yarns needed to make it. I’m fairly inexperienced with knitting lace, and this pattern had a lot of things going on that were new to me. I made several mistakes (probably more than I even noticed), but in the end I think … Continue reading →

This is why.

My friend's baby Harrison

Sometimes, I try to pull out the end from the center of a skein, and the whole middle comes out in one big blob of yarn barf that I then spend 2 hours untangling. Sometimes, 15 stitches from the end of a massive project, I run out of completely unmatchable yarn. Sometimes, I put down a project for a few … Continue reading →

We like to play with yarn

lady in chair knitting

Tomorrow night, I’m supposed to talk to a group of women for 15 minutes about knitting and crocheting. Most of these women are retired, and there are several presenters who will all be talking about hobbies/activities that people do in their free time. I’ve been thinking a lot about what to say, because “I like to play with yarn” is not … Continue reading →

A great knitting/crochet hack!

Caroline knitting on a turntable

I normally hate the term “hacks” (as in “life hacks.”) I think it’s overused and cliché, and I normally avoid it. In this case though, I can’t help it. 

Knitting on the train

Knitting on the train

I went to a baby shower in the city yesterday (my knitted hippo found his new home). The venue was beautiful, and was right on the river.   The idea of driving in the city terrifies me though, so I decided to take the train. That turned out to be a GREAT decision. Normally on my “day off” I run around like a … Continue reading →

Pattern Review – Knitapotamus by Heidi Bears

My finished knitapotamus

I’ve had my eye on Heidi Bears’ crochet patterns for a while now. It’s so creative, the way she takes all different regular polygons and magically creates wonderful creatures with them. But at $6.50 each, I always hesitated to try one. I didn’t really have any NEED for a stuffed dragon, after all… 4 of my friends are having babies … Continue reading →