Category: knit

cowl countdown to christmas, week 2: mustard seed cowl


are you mustarded out yet?  i promise, PROMISE this is the last time i talk about mustard here for awhile.  i just had so much mustard material left over from my intended grown-up projects turned kid projects.  the lighting is so bad in these  pictures, i probably could have fooled you into thinking this wasn’t mustard anyway, but i couldn’t resist the name. (more…)

cowl countdown to christmas, week 1: venus cowl

update 1/11/15:  hello friends, i have succeeded in transferring my blog content to a new server with unlimited storage space (hurrah!).  unfortunately, this post in particular has photos that could not be recovered.  i am leaving the content available for those intrepid knitters willing to have a go without pictures, but will have to knit and photograph a new sample to replace the lost photos.  in the meantime, please have a look at the other which are either restored or in the process of restoration.  thank you for your patience!


welcome to cowl countdown to christmas!  for the next four weeks, i will post a weekly cowl tutorial in the spirit of giving.  i find handmade gifts to be a gift both to the recipient and to the maker, so i want to encourage as many people as possible to get in on this gift-giving loophole!  these cowls will all be at beginner level knitting and use one skein of yarn–fast, easy, affordable.  what else can you hope for during the holiday season?!  so get on board!  and email me a picture of what you make :)

now listen up, because this little number is the easiest thing you’ll ever knit.  for real.  it is composed entirely of knit and purl stitches, no increases or decreases, knit flat in one piece, and see all those buttons?  not a single button hole to speak of.  not one.  with super bulky yarn (one skein!) on big old needles, it’s shorter than a scarf and easily works up in a single afternoon.  check one gift off your list! (more…)

simple dress and venus cowl: blog bartering!

this is a post i’ve been really excited to write, because i think it brings to light a lot of great aspects about blogging that many people fail to appreciate, so sorry in advance for the text heavy blog!  people blog for all different reasons, related of course to the themes of their blogs, and their personal fulfillment.  i myself keep a blog about our family for our far off friends relatives to read as well as to record our own history, one about cooking to share recipes and musings about food and feeding small children, and now one about crafting.  blogs are a space to think, share and create, and in our increasingly digital world, a place to cultivate community among friends you might never have the opportunity to meet in person, which is especially nice when you’re somewhat homebound and meeting warm bodies is a challenge. (more…)

thanksgiving outfits: a study in the evolution of craft thought

these outfits are the unexpected product of a confluence of events.  it’s interesting tracking how a certain project comes to be.  some of them we plan for exactly, obtain specific materials, and execute the idea thoroughly and precisely.  others, many of mine, come about very circuitously, a combination of something i saw, something i already have on hand, the season, the occasion, any number of things. and existing ideas tend to morph significantly any time i take a long run, the single, unique time i’m left alone with my thoughts and in that rare silence, they finally have an opportunity to develop. (more…)

baby mania

no seriously, baby MANIA.  in fact, the whole last month or two has felt a little manic in the way i approach my craft projects.  yet, i can’t stop.  not yet.  for the past week plus, my mom has been visiting.  this is lovely for several reasons, not least of which she happens to relish in watching the little ones, freeing up unheard of amounts of time for me to………sew.  knit.  run.  go to the fabric store alone.  really, my mom’s visits are the only time i get a legitimate break from the rather daunting, albeit wonderful, life of stay at home parenting.  how glorious.