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.

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Do You Struggle With Too Many Knitting Projects at Once?

Do you struggle with too many knitting projects at once, too? In my inner circle of life, there are no knitters. Sad to say, but true. In time, I'm hoping to teach my grand daughters, Julia and Marisa how to knit and purl. Get them while they're little I say; they'll listen to Grammy! Because I'm all wise and knowing. For now. Looking at my … [Continue reading. . .]

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. :) It's SO helpful when there is the answer I've … [Continue reading. . .]

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Want to Be Happy? Learn Knitting!

Want to be happy? Learn knitting plain and simple. One of my pet projects for this month of March, which is National Craft Month, btw, is to get my knitting ORGANIZED! That will take some doing. B-U-T . . . there is nothing I love more than to surround myself with all my knitting attachments. Because that's what they seem like to me. They are … [Continue reading. . .]

victorian scarf

Friday Knitting Musings, or How to Knit a Scarf

Friday Knitting Musings, or how to knit a scarf without 1,001 things getting in the way! So, here it is the end of another week. How they go by so quickly is just beyond me! One minute it's Monday morning and then it's Friday all over again. Today we are expecting more . . . dare I say it . . . snow!! Really. More yarn came this week. Now I … [Continue reading. . .]

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Part Two of Your Knitting Questions . . . Answered!

Part Two of Your Knitting Questions . . . Answered!  Part One way back last summer, (was it really warm then?) I wrote this post on The Knitting Answer Book. In it I told you why I love this little book so much. It's simply chock-ful of REAL knitting tips, things you can use right now and apply to everything you're knitting. I see questions all … [Continue reading. . .]

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Scarf Knitting on Friday the 13th

So here I am scarf knitting on Friday the 13th This is the second month in a row that the 13th day of the month lands on a Friday. Really, it hasn't impacted me since I was about a freshman in high school; so all you knitters out there who fear this day or the number thirteen, take heart! It's nothing but a silly superstition. Thirteen is a … [Continue reading. . .]

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Stop! For Popular Knitting Patterns

Stop! For Popular Knitting Patterns if You Can Finally a warm day! For so long every day has been below freezing and judging by my dried knuckles, it's been that way for quite for some time. I think we don't realize how many weeks go by where Winter just doesn't want to quit. But, we're coming close now! Every time I hear that robin chirping, I … [Continue reading. . .]

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. THAT got me motivated enough to read about it on my … [Continue reading. . .]

Crafts for national craft month

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. . .]

Chinese New Year 2015

Yarn Substitutions in The Chinese New Year

 Yarn Substitutions in the Chinese New Year can be a scream! But before I get to that, let me mention that the Chinese New Year did just commence earlier this month and is the Year of the Goat. Which brings to mind the ending scene of "A Christmas Story" where Ralphie and his family end up in a Chinese restaurant when their holiday turkey is … [Continue reading. . .]

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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. . .]

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...]

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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...]

Red Heart Super Saver

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...]

simply soft light yarn

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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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 . . . ]

Knitted stitches on wooden needles

Part Two of Your Knitting Questions . . . Answered!

Part Two of Your Knitting Questions . . . Answered!  Part One way back last summer, (was it really warm then?) I wrote this post on The Knitting Answer Book. In it I told you why I love this little book so much. It's simply chock-ful of REAL knitting tips, things you can use right now and apply to … [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 . . . ]

Knitting Needles and Yarn

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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