Where Have You Been, Mary Thomas?

Knitters. Are you familiar with Mary Thomas? If not, then get thee to the library or book store and grab a copy of Mary Thomas’s Knitting Book. Holy cow! Here’s the first sentence: “If all the looms in the world ceased to produce cloth, and the art of spinning and knitting …

Lace with a Capital “L”

One of the great things about venturing into unknown territory is that, sometimes while you’re out there, you learn something new about the place you came from. Take my recent adventures with backwards knitting. I wanted to master this technique for the Lizard Ridge Afghan, which I’ll be starting for …

Best Laid Plans

So about the cutest ever doggy sweater and my plans for the cutest ever photo shoot . . . It didn’t quite work out like I’d hoped. Not only would Lola absolutely not pose for the camera, but she wriggled out of the sweater the second it occurred to her …

Off to the Pokey, Knitter!

What would you do if knitting were against the law? Can you imagine?! It was once. I just learned this fascinating bit of information today. Apparently, in the early 1600s, Channel Islanders were forbidden by law from knitting during harvest season. On the Island of Jersey, knitters actually had to …

Making a Comeback?

Did anyone else see the New York Magazine article on Fisherman Sweaters? They are apparently making a comeback. My first thought when I read this was, “They went away?” My Aunt Carolyn made one for me when I was in college that I adore and still wear regularly. I’ve never …

The Book in the Drawer

I knew someone once who used to talk about the “book in the drawer.” The “book in the drawer” was the one that was so good you couldn’t stop reading it. All you wanted to do was keep reading that book. You read it everywhere, all the time, and even …

Eureka!

Woohooo!! The wrap-and-turn problem is solved! I’ve been doing a little recon as I prepare to knit the Lizard Ridge Afghan, and I was saying yesterday that I’d gotten into some rough terrain with my picked up wraps from the short rows in the pattern. As you can see in …

On the trail . . .

I love it when I’m about to learn something new. You know that feeling you get when your mind is primed for the answer and it’s just a matter of time before you find it? Not a huge answer like THE Answer but a particular answer to a particular thing? …

Good For What Ails You

You know that moment when the stars align and everything finally makes sense? Me neither. Sometimes I think I’m there, but then life gets rockin’ and rollin’ again, and off we go. I have a strategy, though. I’ve learned that knitting is a wonder drug. It’s the magic potion. It’s …