Knitting Independently Because You LOVE to Make a Difference

Knitting independently because you LOVE to make a difference! The Fourth of July is upon us! Just like that. We go from freezing temps and icy winds to comfortable clothes and no jackets. Where all the landscape is a wedding-cake world, to green and

Knitting Independently Because You LOVE to Make a Difference Knitting Independently Because You LOVE to Make a Difference

Friday Knitting Musings for May 1

Friday knitting musings are here again Yesterday when I walked Piper and Scooter around the block I couldn't get over how there was NO WIND! Absolutely nothing. Especially as I rounded the corner onto Romford Lane and you begin to walk in a northerly

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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

Not a Knitting Needle in Sight Not a Knitting Needle in Sight

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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knitting stacks stuff and stash

Knitting Stacks, Stuff & Stash – August Knitting Organization Project Part 4

All this re-organization gets to me. Personally. So much so that I've ended up with a touch of sciatica. All down my right leg with those lovely little twinges of pain which comes out out nowhere. All week long. Ack! If you are dealing with serious knitting clutter, read on! Could be all you need is a little "Clutter Control". It starts with … [Continue reading. . .]

Home Organizers sign

My Own List of Knitting Organizers – August Knitting Organization Project Part 3

Just to show you how things go: last night I sat down with a Yankee Magazine from March/April 2015. LOVE this magazine, because it is all things New England and it takes me back to when my husband and I owned an Inn in New Hampshire about 10 years ago. You can read all about THAT here and here. There is the cutest 2-page article entitled … [Continue reading. . .]

Knitting Clutter Control

Knitting Clutter Control – August Knitting Organization Project Part 2

So, it all started with this. We've been moved into our home in New Jersey for over 2 years already, and our second bedroom quickly became my junk haven. Everything I didn't need or couldn't figure out what to do with went there. Stuffed into the closet, the desk, the bookshelves and all of my knitting was smashed and smushed into the … [Continue reading. . .]

Skeins of yarn thrown about

How to Break Bad Knitting Habits, This is Good!

August Knitting Transformations August. A kind of "in-between" month, if you will. Schools are still out, vacations continue, kids are at camp, there's a quiet build-up to September. The month of New Beginnings. It always feel like that to me, anyway. Which put me in mind of a GREAT organization project for all of my knitting STUFF! Because, … [Continue reading. . .]

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Stress-Free Knitting Patterns

Summertime and the living is easy! Well, I don't know about that, but it is deep into summer and who wants to think about taking on any kind of complicated knitting project?Just stress-free knitting patterns is what I like in mid-summer. You know the ones I'm talking about; with charts that are 50 rows long and numerous knitting stitches that … [Continue reading. . .]

Shine a light knitting bright

Shine a Light, Knitting Bright

Before we made the move BACK to New Jersey in 2013, my husband and I lived in Pike County, PA, which is in the extreme northeast corner of the state. Beautiful, rural, with roads that lead you to places you've never seen before and may never see again. We lived in a small association where each home had between 3 and 4 acres of land between. … [Continue reading. . .]

Blocking lessons I learned

Blocking Lessons I Learned BEFORE It Was Too Late

Blocking lessons I learned before it was too late. So nice! You've finally finished that sweater or block afghan. Methodically, you've put all of the pieces together, being EVER so careful. Sleeves fit perfectly into the body pieces and initially, your knitted blocks "seem" to be connecting okay. Then suddenly, everything looks wrong! Nothing … [Continue reading. . .]

5 Reasons to Buy Knitting Yarn Now

5 Reasons To Buy Knitting Yarn Now

5 reasons to buy knitting yarn now! Wow, this week flew by! One day it's Monday then it's the weekend again. When you're busy time passes quickly. I'm sort of in a limbo this week; in-between writing assignments and waiting to hear back with new work. So, it's been back to organizing my knitting life. Also, my home office is in desperate need … [Continue reading. . .]

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Knitting Yarn – Where Does Yours Come From?

Knitting yarn - where does yours come from? There has been a very interesting discussion going on at Knitting Paradise an extremely informative forum where you can find answers to many of life's knitting questions. Entitled "Even More Depressed" it's a lively discussion all about where knitting yarn comes from. There are laments about what is … [Continue reading. . .]

Knitting Independently

Knitting Independently Because You LOVE to Make a Difference

Knitting independently because you LOVE to make a difference! The Fourth of July is upon us! Just like that. We go from freezing temps and icy winds to comfortable clothes and no jackets. Where all the landscape is a wedding-cake world, to green and every other color in-between! And so, my knitting goes on. Just last night I was happy about … [Continue reading. . .]

Purple puffs gossamer

5 Easy Lace Knitting Patterns For Everyone!

5 easy lace knitting patterns for everyone! Just last week I wrote a post about all of the things you need when getting ready to do lace knitting. That pretty openwork look that goes beyond knit and purl. Goes beyond cables and ribbing, even. Lace knitting looks terribly complicated; yet it is usually following a simple pattern of rows, then … [Continue reading. . .]

Yarn Bombing try this instead

You Want to Yarn Bomb, Try Something Better!

You want to yarn bomb, try this instead! In a recent post, I talked about the knitting fad that has taken hold called arm knitting. I don't like it. There are a lot of things in life I don't care for, and this is just one more. You can read all about my disdain for arm knitting right here. There is one more little thorn in my knitting bush and … [Continue reading. . .]

Lacy blanket on display

Successfully Learn Lace Knitting in 5 Easy Steps

Successfully learn lace knitting in 5 easy steps and I'm not kidding! Don't you just love knitted things that look like this? Looks hard to create, doesn't it? Well, that's another secret to knitting. It's not at all what you think. And if you've never tried a "lace" knitting stitch, they are easier than you think. :) How to start lace … [Continue reading. . .]

Summer knitting projects

Summer Knitting Projects

Summer knitting projects now that it's almost summer! I can't believe it's almost Father's Day! Not to mention my son, Rob's 39th birthday. Yikes. How does one of your "kids" get to be 39 already?! I'll think about that later or tomorrow, like Scarlett. June is flying by, and I'm in the middle of a pretty turquoise afghan project which is … [Continue reading. . .]

Crafty bracklets from a loom

Knitting Because There’s Nothing To Do

Learn knitting because there's nothing to do. How many times when we were kids did we run to our mothers with that age-old lament, "but, Mom, there's nothing's to do!" Especially on those oppressively hot and humid days when nothing seemed to be moving; no one ventured out of doors because it was awful! Once I had already gone through my cadre … [Continue reading. . .]

Crafty bracklets from a loom

Knitting Because There’s Nothing To Do

Learn knitting because there's nothing to do. How many times when we were kids did we run to our mothers with that age-old lament, "but, Mom, there's nothing's to do!" Especially on those oppressively hot and humid days when nothing seemed to be moving; no one ventured out of doors because it … [Read More...]

Stanwood Yarn Ball Winder

Do You Use a Yarn Ball Winder? A Review of One

Do you use a yarn ball winder or are you still looking? I love anything that will make my knitting easier! Whether I find lighter needles or a new line of yarn that floats effortlessly along, I like everything that just gives us a little extra boost when we pick up our yarn and needles. … [Read More...]

Adventures in Yarn Farming book

Adventures in Yarn Farming – A Book Review

Here's another book review this one on "Adventures in Yarn Farming" Have you ever wondered how the yarn you see in stores gets there? I mean, yarn comes from somewhere. All the colors and all the fibers; it is a cornucopia of yarntopia (that rhymes!) all over the place. Especially in real yarn … [Read More...]

Knitting Amazing Patterns

Knitting Patterns That Are Amazing!

Knitting patterns that are amazing can be found if you really look hard enough. Just do a "knitting patterns" search on Google or wherever, and up pops numerous pages of links that may help you and then again, may not. And besides, who wants to go through 9, 430,000 search results anyway! My life … [Read More...]

Knitting Lace book by Susanna Lewis

Knitting Lace, A Book Review

Knitting Lace, a book review for you! I love lace knitting. What can I say? It has always intrigued me, a little like a professor years ago telling our British History class that she wasn't going into the "Wars of the Roses" because it was "too complicated, with too many players" to talk about. … [Read More...]

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...]

Book review word cloud

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...]

spotlight on affordable knitting yarn

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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Skeins of yarn thrown about

How to Break Bad Knitting Habits, This is Good!

August Knitting Transformations August. A kind of "in-between" month, if you will. Schools are still out, vacations continue, kids are at camp, there's a quiet build-up to September. The month of New Beginnings. It always feel like that to me, anyway. Which put me in mind of a GREAT organization … [Read more . . . ]

Blocking lessons I learned

Blocking Lessons I Learned BEFORE It Was Too Late

Blocking lessons I learned before it was too late. So nice! You've finally finished that sweater or block afghan. Methodically, you've put all of the pieces together, being EVER so careful. Sleeves fit perfectly into the body pieces and initially, your knitted blocks "seem" to be connecting … [Read more . . . ]

Lacy blanket on display

Successfully Learn Lace Knitting in 5 Easy Steps

Successfully learn lace knitting in 5 easy steps and I'm not kidding! Don't you just love knitted things that look like this? Looks hard to create, doesn't it? Well, that's another secret to knitting. It's not at all what you think. And if you've never tried a "lace" knitting stitch, they are … [Read more . . . ]

how to knit a scarf

How to Knit a Scarf

How to knit a scarf may seem perfectly simple. In fact, it's one of the nicest things to do, to knit. And something that pops right to mind when you think of knitting. Which makes me remember way back when I was just learning to knit. I was lucky enough to be best friends with a girl who loved … [Read more . . . ]

Hand knitting yarn

Your Knitting Questions Answered . . . Part Four

Your knitting questions answered . . . Part 4 -- Funny how the week seems to get away from me. In between housecleaning, dog walking, babysitting, and copywriting, I hardly find time to write these posts. AND there's knitting. Gotta get it in every day. Knitting is one fix I can live with. If only … [Read more . . . ]

Knitting pattern

Who Wants to Learn How to Follow Knitting Patterns?

Who wants to learn how to follow knitting patterns? Isn't it fun to know how to knit? Just thinking about those projects I've got sitting around here and there ("what a mess" my 2 year old grand daughter Julia would say!) and I can't WAIT to get back to them. Here's what I'm working on this … [Read more . . . ]

Knitting Gauge ruler

How to Gauge Your Knitting

How to Gauge Your Knitting or why one size doesn't fit all! What exactly is gauge? Before you ever begin to knit, there are a few basics to know. One of these basics is called gauge. You see it mentioned in most knitting pattern directions. It refers to the tightness or the looseness of your … [Read more . . . ]

Knitting Questions Answered Part Three

Part Three of Your Knitting Questions. . . Answered!

So here we are at Part Three of your knitting questions . . . answered! A few weeks ago I did a second post about knitting questions most of have as we learn knitting, and even go beyond the basics. So, two or three times every month I will be introducing more knitting questions into the mix. … [Read more . . . ]

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