Happily Knitting into the New Year

So here I sit in the fading light of New Year's Eve day. It's been a cold day here in New Jersey, brrrr!  So cold, in fact, that my doggies needed their little sweaters when I took them for their morning walk around the block. As we go the wind seems

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Not a Knitting Needle in Sight

There are some things we all love to do. Special things, journeys or adventures we take once in a lifetime, or do yearly or on a regular basis. For us, it's making our yearly trek to Peddler's Village in Lahaska PA. We love going there and there's not

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5 Best Reasons to Knit a Scarf!

Knitting is my very favorite hobby of all time! There is nothing I love more than to poke around in my favorite LYS amidst all the soft and colorful yarn, and finger the sample projects that set my brain alight. So many things to knit; sweaters, dog coats,

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Knitting A Memory In My Mind

When I was young, very young, my mother would take us to the library. Now, we had a library in the town we lived in New Jersey, but my mother came from Elizabeth, NJ and she loved going to their library. Here's a picture of it below.   Practically

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How Skilled a Knitter Are You?

What kind of a question is that! I'm a knitter, you'd say, and you'd be right.  Knitting for myself, for my family and perhaps friends, and I love to knit all kinds of things. Maybe you've knitted scarves or baby blankets, sweaters,  afghans or hats.

How Skilled a Knitter Are You? How Skilled a Knitter Are You?
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What Are You Knitting for National Craft Month?

Just what are you knitting for National Craft Month? March is National Craft Month. Of course, in my home, EVERYDAY is craft day, but I digress. When my children were young, there were hobby stores in just about every town; nowadays not so much. But, there are very interesting places to see online, and if you're reading this post, then you can … [Continue reading. . .]

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Frost Heaves or A Peacock Jewel Scarf

Frost Heaves or a Peacock Jewel Scarf, which one are you?   Ten years ago my husband and I were New England innkeepers. We had a beautiful inn in Jaffrey, NH. Built in 1853 it even came with it's own built-in "ghost", if you will. You can read all about that here. We were tucked into the southwest corner of New Hampshire; a place known for … [Continue reading. . .]

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Yarn Substitutions in The Chinese New Year

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Cowl of Many Colors in The White Winter

A Cowl of Many Colors is something we all need. Well! Seems as if Winter is here to stay. We've had record-breaking lows and about 5" of snow fell Monday night into Tuesday. I remember because my daughter-in-law Lisa was traveling back from Orlando, FL to Newark, (she's a flight attendant) and her scheduled flight had been cancelled and she was … [Continue reading. . .]

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Mother Bear Project, Knitting For Love

There is nothing like a Mother Bear Project, Knitting For Love. Just a quick post today, Friday the 13th, to let you in on an extraordinary knitting secret; knitting for those in need is the best knitting of all! With all of the talk about Valentine's Day, I am reminded of all of the blessings in my life. Today is terribly cold outside; record … [Continue reading. . .]

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Candles In The Windows For Knitting

Candles in the windows for knitting makes me happy. Winter marches on. Here in New Jersey it hasn't been half bad. We've experienced some snow, but no big storms so far. The temperatures have been cold, then moderate and by weeks' end we'll be back in the arctic circle again! So nice for knitting! One of the things that just makes a house a … [Continue reading. . .]

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What To Do With Old Knitting Magazines

When I was growing up my mom loved having magazines in our house. From Life to Reader's Digest, there was always something to read. Once I was in my teens, she loved buying every home and fashion magazine there was; McCall's, Vogue, Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping,  even Cosmopolitan.   Only problem was, my mom could never … [Continue reading. . .]

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Be Thankful for Your Knitting

Since the beginning of the year, I've been trying to get my house in order. You know, finding a place for everything, organizing my junk, and throwing out what's no longer needed. This includes my knitting, too. Once my stash gets too overcrowded in the large armoire I keep it in, and starts gushing out like the waves in Seaside Heights at high … [Continue reading. . .]

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Knitting Musings For Monday

So here we are at the almost end of January, and we here in New Jersey are awaiting a "doozey" of a snowstorm. Or so all the weather pundits tell us in their morning forecast ramblings. No one dislikes size-able snowfalls more than me; the wind and blowing snow and the fact that you have no place to put your foot down once you're out there just … [Continue reading. . .]

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Do Not Read This Unless You Love To Knit!

Today is a rainy day. Pouring down rain as a matter of fact. A very good day for staying inside and knitting. Or cleaning. Or organizing. Or reading. Or watching the football playoffs. In fact, the rain began as a little ice and two people fell on the sidewalks coming out of Mass this morning. Out of the blue, down they went! Then we all realized … [Continue reading. . .]

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Knitting Yarns, Choose Your Story

Life is unique, isn't it? So many roads to travel, so many decisions to make, so many moments that are far from ordinary every day! Yes, life can seem boring and so-so on a daily basis; after all, we all do the same things day in and day out, yet there are always those "special" things that draw you and me in the directions we were meant to … [Continue reading. . .]

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Walking Through the Inn at Night

Ten years ago, before I started a website, or knew what blogging was all about, I was an innkeeper. My husband Bob and I bought a beautiful 10-room inn in southwestern New Hampshire, an area known as the Monadnock region. I won't tell you which inn we bought, only that looking back on it, it was exhilaration and fear all wrapped into one. The … [Continue reading. . .]

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Super Easy Ways To Learn To Knit!

I actually LIKE January! Just like I like September. No, it's not because I crave walking my dogs in those gale-force winds (like today) or can't wait for the roads to become like ice-carpets just waiting to trip me up, but because January is a new beginning!   We've just celebrated the New Year. Out with the old, in with the new. … [Continue reading. . .]

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Happily Knitting into the New Year

So here I sit in the fading light of New Year's Eve day. It's been a cold day here in New Jersey, brrrr!  So cold, in fact, that my doggies needed their little sweaters when I took them for their morning walk around the block. As we go the wind seems to get worse and worse; blowing full in my face so that by the time I get home I feel frozen. For … [Continue reading. . .]

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Knitters Beware! Happiness to Follow . . .

Have you been busy? I'll bet! Being well into December we've even passed the Hanukkah mark, which began two days ago. I'm not very familiar with the holiday, but Christmas . . . now that's another story! For those who don't participate or don't know, Christmas at my house is all out! Every corner is filled with decorations and lights; it takes … [Continue reading. . .]

Complete Beginners Guide

The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Knitting – Review

The Complete Beginner's Guide to Knitting - a review for you! Once in a while I think back to those days, a long time ago, when I was just learning how to knit. In the VERY beginning, I think I stuck with practice squares; just going over the knit and purl stitches again and again until they felt … [Read More...]

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Kids Knit! Simple Steps To Nifty Projects

Knitting books abound. It seems one or two new ones are published every week. While I enjoy poking through the newest books for adult knitters, it's also fun to see what authors are writing for future generations of knitters, too. Because I believe that the best things in life are hand-made. Seems … [Read More...]

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Yarns For You and a Story Too!

Just a quick post to tell you about some very cute yarn! But, before I get to that, let me tell you this. For my birthday, one of the gifts I received from my daughter, Stephanie, was a little book of indulgences. I'm not talking about the Catholic kind, either, for all you Catholics out there. (I … [Read More...]

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So You Think You Know Red Heart Yarn

Knitting yarn is everywhere. And you don't need to be inside to see it; look around your favorite parks and haunts and you just may see some yarn dangling here and there. I've noticed it even in Halloween decorations, stringing one set of lights to another or keeping all those pumpkins and ghosts … [Read More...]

Knowedgeable Knitter

Book Review – The Knowledgeable Knitter

Knitting has so many facets to it; you could say it shines like a yarn mosaic!  There's so much to know and so many different ways to learn knitting. You could concentrate on knitting stitches, or yarns, accessories, knitting patterns, books and magazines, and knitting websites and blogs. There is … [Read More...]

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Simply Soft Light Yarn Review

In a previous post about yarn, I talked about Carons' Simply Soft yarn and why I love it so much! For me, it is just the most perfect yarn to knit with. Project after project can be knit with Simply Soft. Acrylic yarn is not always my first choice, but in this case, there's nothing bad to … [Read More...]

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Scarves and Shawls For Yarn Lovers Book Review

Simple is amazing! So says author Carri Hammett about her new book, "Scarves and Shawls For Yarn Lovers." She's absolutely right! Working with classic colors and the simplest of knitting stitches, you can create the most beautiful scarves and shawls you've ever seen. One of these days I will … [Read More...]

Beginners Guide to Knitting

The Beginners Guide to Knitting: A Book Review

You know how it is. Seems a new knitting book comes along about every hour on the hour! You just can't keep up. If you like hardcover, paperback, or digital, there is always something for you!   Just the other day, in my inbox, was a sample from Amazon for new knitting books. In … [Read More...]

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Today’s Crazy Knitting Terms

Have you been to your local LYS lately? I used to have (and probably still do, somewhere) a magnetic sign for my car that read, "K2tog."  Just one of those enigmatic knitting symbols that we see in pattern books all the time. Almost mysterious to those who have no idea what it means. Those are … [Read more . . . ]

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Four Most-Asked Knitting Forum Questions

I remember when I first learned to knit. My girlfriend Marlene and I bought little how-to knitting books from our local five-and-ten-cent store (what's that, you say?) and armed with some simple yarn and knitting needles tried to make our yarn look just like the pictures in the book. That little … [Read more . . . ]

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Do You Know Your Knitting Needles?

When you think about knitting, what comes to mind? Is it the yarn you'll be using? How about the finished product? Or the knitting stitches you'll be needing? Chances are it's one of those three things; but it's rarely your knitting needles. Oh, they're there alright; but never seem to be of much … [Read more . . . ]

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3 Artsy Knitting Tools and Accessories

Do we not just love the knitting life? Kind of like Strauss' "The Artist's Life",  that most melodic of his waltzes. Filled as it is with yarn and needles, pattern books and instructions online, baskets and bags, the knitting life can get filled to the brim so we need to keep all our stash from … [Read more . . . ]

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2014 . . .Can You Hear Me Now?

Really!  Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years just came and went! Look behind you, there they are! This time of year is just perfect for new beginnings. It's a time to clean closets and throw out old stuff when putting away all the decorations. In my house it's such fun to decide where … [Read more . . . ]

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A Cornucopia of Knitting Know-How, Part 1

I have very vivid memories of working in a German restaurant called The Cornucopia. It was in an old, brown house which was large enough to be an Inn, but was now just a place to get a really good meal. The dining room had tablecloths and cloth napkins, there were pretty plants in the windows, and … [Read more . . . ]

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7 of My Favorite Knitting Things

  Knitting is just such fun! Whether you are scarf knitting, afghan knitting, sweater knitting, baby knitting, Christmas knitting or any other knitting, there are countless patterns and knitting frills to keep you in stitches every day! Usually, for the most part, thoughts don’t go beyond … [Read more . . . ]

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Curly Knitted Scarves: Why You Don’t Want Them

  Now that we are right in the middle of winter, knitting a scarf may be one of the things on your to-do list this month. Nothing is more frustrating, though, than knitting a pretty scarf only to watch it curl up like last month’s Christmas ribbon. Pretty, but not what you’re looking … [Read more . . . ]

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