my daughter

wants to knit a little.

she feels motivated in spurts.

up until now, garter stitch squares

have been her project of choice.  she says,

‘the short little 16 st rows make me feel like i’m getting somewhere’.

this is teenager nearly instant gratification at its peak.

but, i had just one skein of city tweed aran

and she wanted to knit it.

i talked her into

a hat worked in the round:

simple, slightly slouchy, and just her size.

IMG_4098cropthere were starts and stops.

the circular needles felt fidgety to her,

she’d never done knit and purl stitches in the same row before,

and she had to learn k2tog & ssk from scratch to get through to the top.

IMG_4099crop2but her hat came out great.

so worth the effort to learn all the new stuff.

now she wants to knit chemo caps for the local hospital.

i love my kid.  she’s enthusiasm and caring, talent and 14 all rolled into one.

wait’ll you see her sketches tomorrow.

i could learn a few things

from her already.

‘simple’ taken from 20:10 in 2nd kings.


returned home

from a glorious and memorable 8 day road trip

just yesterday.

stuffed ufo’s, and show & tell yarn

into my big green ‘life is good’ canvas sack

and hustled off to catch up with the girls at knitting.

had a blast (always do),

but upon lugging my stuff inside at the end of the night,

i was one amazing skein of jazzturtle handspun and a wip ‘aetelier’ cardi short.

searched the van, the driveway and my sack multiple times,

sighed deeply,

and surfed on over to ravelry hoping

for a smile to distract myself.

this is what was there:

mission successful.  big cheshire cat smile, and the missing items, found. ahhh.

(due to laptop breakage the very first night of the trip,

i wasn’t able to blog along the days as i’d planned,

but tomorrow i’ll start catching up on that.)

‘impossible’ taken from 6:18 in hebrews.

you win (& i win, too!)

congratulations to ‘amy v’.  you’ve won!

(according to the random number generator)

you are the winner of a year’s subscription to knitcircus magazine.

and runner’s up ‘wordcobbler’ and ‘knittaroo’

will receive a copy of the winter issue

in their inboxes real soon.

thanks for playing!

now for the ‘i win’ part.

i recently got picked to test knit

heidi kirramier‘s latest sweater pattern.

i have oft admired the clean lines and funk of

her mostly stockinette sweaters.

being chosen is just the shove

i needed to actually knit one.

i’m using knit picks shine sport

in ‘lady slipper’ to knit it up in

and am spending tonight

working through her twist on an i-cord cast on.

i am having such fun!

‘lines’ taken from 17:23 in first samuel.


here’s my morning

in a snapshot.


in a favorite cup

(by special request).

the blocking pins

that mama dropped

on the way

to some other

childhood emergency.

clear packing tape

that mama

didn’t put up

quite high enough

after sealing up ashley’s

wool of the andes prize box.

and here her blog gets quoted, ‘mamahood is never dull’.  so true.

‘quoted’ taken from 4:7 in hebrews.

it’s electric

i got the prize box of wool of the andes out to take this pic:

and once i had the skeins out

my kids took over.

they had been pretending to vacuum

and discovered that they could

pull the retractable cord

way, way out.

i had kiboshed the idea

of them plugging it into the wall alone

so they got creative on me.

begs for a caption, doesn’t it?

something like

“get plugged in at knit picks”

and i’ll tell you,

the box didn’t rev up

the vacuum and clean house,

but it made me smile.

knit picks always



back to

the winner.


to ‘ashley, unscripted‘.

very soon a box (sans holes)

will be on it’s way to you and your needles.

enjoy it!

and for those of you longing to win

who didn’t get to this time,

keep your eyes peeled.

i’ll be announcing

the very next


this wednesday afternoon (11/17).

it’s another fun one to be sure.

‘longing’ taken from 13:12 of proverbs.


my friend d wears fingerless gloves.

they look funky and warm and fantastic on her.

so i recently started on a fingerless gloves knitting kick.

i’m sporting a pair knit from the pattern ‘board and batten‘ right now.

the snuggle factor is palpable.

i can tell already

that i’m gonna wear these

until i absolutely wear them out.

the yarn is knit picks shine in sport weight

(there’s beech wood in the mix which feels fab)

but it’s the color that grabs me, pulls at me

and it’s pretty and all but not ‘wow’

or anything like that.

then today it hit me.

these mitts are exactly the same color

as my old favorite sweatshirt

the one from countless family vacations.

my cousins & i all own one (different colors).  mine is a perfect match to these.

funny how i didn’t see that right off.

there are so many photos of me in this shirt over the years,

seems like it would have been obvious.

and fyi, today is the last day to enter to win yarn for your own ‘merciful’ over here.

‘obvious’ taken from 5:25 in first timothy.

el hilo

two of my knitting friends,

m & m, were here last friday.

we were all sitting contentedly

around the island in my kitchen

when m noticed that

all three of us

were knitting with green yarn

from knit picks.

m & i were working

with comfy worsted

(she in grass and i in jalepeno)

while the other m worked

quickly along using

wool of the andes in evergreen.

funny that we all would have picked green projects to work on at the same time, no?

and don’t forget now, there are just two days left to leave a comment here

and be entered to win enough wool of the andes to knit up merciful.

‘picked’ taken from 14:20 in matthew.

loose ends

there is this poncho

that i have been wanting to make for years.

i think it was actually 6 or 7 years ago that i bought the pattern.

then i had trouble finding yarn that i liked.

discovering knit picks comfy bulky,

so soft (and machine washable),

i knew i’d found the one.

diving in, expecting to breeze through,

i suddenly and unexpectedly hit a roadblock head on.

ironically i don’t even remember what the roadblock was (or is)

yet once hit, all progress stopped on a dime.

with motivation lost,

i hung it in it’s designated bag

on my hook of ‘projects in process’

and there it hung for way too long.

it has taken my ravelry friend, wordcobbler,

to get me re-motivated.

start your engines,

wave the checkered flag

and we’re off.

with a finish line

(literally a date to ‘finish’ at)

squarely in our sights, and each other

to check in and keep things in forward motion.

better grab your unfinished business and join us or you’ll wind up eating our dust,

or tripping on our yarn ends as the case may be…

‘lost’ taken from 3:8 in philippians.