The Lost Art Of Clothing Repair

Clothing repair is a lost art, but I don’t mean to suggest that this post will replace all the art that has been lost!  This is just one way that I’ve found to be a satisfactory way to repair clothes. I used to just throw away clothes with rips and tears, but when I got…

Yarn Along: Roses for Rosie Crochet Shawl

This, I am so proud and pleased to say, is actually Rose’s yarn project.  When she was little, she loved braiding and finger-knitting, but when we tried knitting-on-needles, she was rather bored with the whole thing, and found it difficult to manage the needles.  I let the matter drop, but one day (when I was…

Buttercup Cardigan

I’ve had the idea for this cardigan in my mind for a long time, but haven’t had the mind space to put it together.  It’s a little bit of a daunting task, because the stitch pattern has three different gauges that have to be taken into account, not to mention that I just haven’t had…

Yarn Along: Crocheted Rag Rug Tutorial

It has been awhile since I’ve had anything other than lace yarn to work with, but now I am jumping over to crocheting a few more rag rugs.  There are several reasons for this drastic shift in handwork – 1) Lace requires WAY too much concentration for me right now.  It is so sad to…

Wedding Lace

Last night I cast-on for my first-ever knitting commission:  lace for a friend’s wedding.  This pattern is one of those lace patterns that doesn’t have the easy row of knit or purl between lace rounds, but it is a nice challenge.  Lace can feel so tedious, even if it is not so many stitches long…

Yarn Along: Lace

The cat insisted she be in the photo – I swear I didn’t set it up around her.  It was all I could do to keep her from sitting on the lace. I mentioned in a previous post that I had tried in vain to find lace knitting patterns on Ravelry.  I found a few,…

Rose’s Ninth (And A Nausicaa Dress)

  Today is Rose’s ninth birthday.  She has the last birthday of the year in our family, and it is always so hard for her be last.  I think that’s why she always insists on a little extra celebration – like two birthday cakes, instead of one (they are the same kind of cake, at…

1846 Lace Mystery

I’ve mentioned before my latest inspiration to learn to knit lace.  One day I spent searching all over Ravelry for knitted lace patterns, and was surprised that there was almost nothing.  I know it must be possible, and was commonly done, because I’ve read in Victorian and Edwardian novels about ladies knitting lace, but sadly,…

Yarn Along: Cotton Waffle Stitch Towel

I have finally again picked up some knitting.  I haven’t had a knitting project on the needles since the spring.  I had a sudden inspiration a few weeks ago to try knitting lace.  I’ve knitted lace patterns into things, but never lace to be sewn onto something else.  I have two yards of beautiful yarn-dyed…

Yarn Along: Second Cuff, Second Time

 I think I finally got the pattern I’m working on right the second knit-up.  Rose has already claimed the first, large-and-floppy cuff for a legwarmer, so I’ll have to knit a second one of those for her, as well as a second, better-fitting one for myself.  Confusing!  But I do think I’ll have a free…

Yarn Along: Wrist Warmers with Colorwork

Rug space in front of the window is in really high demand It’s been awhile since I’ve picked up any knitting.  I think it took that long for my brain to recover from the anaesthesia.  For a few weeks now I’ve been glancing at my yarn stash, wondering when I would feel up for it…

Yarn Along: Another Shalom Cardigan

I have set aside my Scandinavian-style colorwork sweater (yet again) after realizing there are only three (THREE!!) more weeks until we leave for France.  I am still drudging away imperceptibly along the bottom edge, the sleeves are invisible, and the tiny yarn was becoming frustrating.  I needed a project I could crank out in a…