Can You Knit and Be Happy?

Can you knit and be happy? Is there really an answer to that question? Is there only one answer to that question? We'll see. Let me tell you about some of what I do all week. My two children are grown and live not too far away; my daughter Stephanie

Can You Knit and Be Happy? Can You Knit and Be Happy?

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

Friday Knitting Musings for May 1 Friday Knitting Musings for May 1

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,

5 Best Reasons to Knit a Scarf! 5 Best Reasons to Knit a Scarf!

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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Tid-Bit Knitting, Ideas For That Leftover Yarn

At last, I've got big news! It's been over a month since I've posted here. I love my Scarf Knitting site and it's not going anywhere, but, I have new things on the horizon. It's called Live Simply Love Knitting and it's my BRAND NEW WEBSITE!!   Be sure to check it out and take advantage of the FREE ebook all about "100 … [Continue reading. . .]

Do YOU Love Knitting for Animals?

Do YOU love knitting for animals? In my mind, there's NOTHING like having a pet. A dog or a cat, they add SO much to our lives. To anyone who has never owned a pet, sadly, they have been missing out on so much in life! Not to say, they might not love having a beloved pet to come home to. Sometimes, it's just not possible and I'm not talking … [Continue reading. . .]

Can You Knit and Be Happy?

Can you knit and be happy? Is there really an answer to that question? Is there only one answer to that question? We'll see. Let me tell you about some of what I do all week. My two children are grown and live not too far away; my daughter Stephanie is in South River, NJ and my son Rob is in Toms River, NJ. My husband and I live in … [Continue reading. . .]

Knitting Coloring Book Review

So, the days just keep coming and going. Then the weeks, too. I can't believe we're into the last week of February! Here in New Jersey, winter hasn't been too bad! (Knock on a ball of yarn!) Lots of my extra warm scarves and ultra-warm turtleneck sweaters have been lounging in the closet this season, because it's not cold enough to wear them. I … [Continue reading. . .]

Sink Your Teeth Into These Mysterious Knitting Terms

He's a heck of a thing to see in late January, isn't he?! Count Dracula has nothing on us! Knitters have been sinking their teeth into creating all manner of fascinating things to wear, to display, to give as gifts, and to give away when the need arises. What DO those mysterious knitting terms really mean? They "appear" so vague, so obscure, … [Continue reading. . .]

I Don’t Do Mindless Knitting

Now that "the holidays" have come and gone (you mean Christmas?), and all my decorations have been taken down, there is a certain sense of quiet that has pervaded my house. Winter quiet. Where there's nothing much to do outdoors except walk my doggers; and some days are SO cold, once they've done their thing they turn and let me know they just want … [Continue reading. . .]

Do YOU Have Knitting Plans For 2016?

Well, here comes New Years Eve. A night I don't care much for. Here in New Jersey, it's not looking anything like the picture above; it's hardly been below freezing all month. Yet, I would like to see a few flakes some time this winter! Years ago, when I worked in a nursing home, we always got stuck working holidays because the place never … [Continue reading. . .]

Advent Takes The Crazy Out of Christmas

We’re getting very close. Christmas Day. So far this December it doesn’t feel like winter is just around the corner; temps have been in the 60s and 70s even! Nice for some, but I prefer my Christmas-time, if not in bridal-veil white, at least with frosty air. If you haven’t finished shopping yet, sit down. If you haven’t done the Christmas cookies … [Continue reading. . .]

Knit, Purl, Pray. . . A Book Review

Oh, I have been bad! Well, not bad in the bad sense of the word, but just remiss or missing in action, I guess. Weeks go by and I can't get a blog post out there! But, it is the Season. (Actually, only one of those candles above should be rose-colored, and the other three, purple.) This IS my favorite time of the year. Advent. The Prelude to … [Continue reading. . .]

KNIT To Make a Lasting Impression

"Everything you remember in your mind is gone," my husband said to me. That drive down Harmony Rd. was always one of my very favorites. If I had been out at the Freehold Mall or someplace north of Lakewood, I always took the turnoff onto Jackson Mills Rd, then a left onto Harmony, just before Route 195. Pretty homes, big and small, older and new, … [Continue reading. . .]

Knitting Health Benefits Checklist

Well, it's finally starting to feel like November around here. This morning I drove to my son's house and stepped outside at 5:05 A.M., in the dark and rather frosty air. It still warms up nicely during the day, with highs in the 60s, but once the sun is gone, the coolness is back. As it should be. :) One thing that shouldn't be is that troubles … [Continue reading. . .]

3 Apps To Make Your Knitting Even Better

Last week, I never got around to writing a new blog post. Haven't done that in quite some time. It was just one of those weeks, I guess; I had some writing projects to do and the weather was so warm my husband and I ended up at the boardwalk for 3 days in a row, and I finished up a few more knitting projects, and I organized my coupons and food … [Continue reading. . .]

Late October Knitting Thoughts

If today is October 23rd, that means yesterday was my ♥ wedding anniversary ♥ and tomorrow is my birthday. I was married in 1972 which seems an awfully long time ago, but there's been a awful lot of living that's gone on here. Houses, children, pets, businesses, grandchildren, jobs, holidays, hospitals, deaths, births, celebrations, challenges, … [Continue reading. . .]

5 Places For Charity Knitting

Lately, I've had a lot on my mind. Thoughts of money, retirement, losses, lack of gains, and other lovely negative thoughts keep crossing my mind all day every day. I've got 10 irons in the fire and every time I pull one of them out it's never enough, never hot, never where it needs to be. Then, I think of those a lot less fortunate than us. … [Continue reading. . .]

3 Fall Scarf Patterns

Would you like a warm scarf now that the days are getting cooler? Some mornings when you wake up are positively chilly. Just ask my dachshund Scooter. (Can you see him there, he loves being warm!) It's into the second week of October already and it's not particularly cool yet. Nothing bordering on freeze or frost warnings; and the trees, well, … [Continue reading. . .]

Knitting Coloring Book Review

So, the days just keep coming and going. Then the weeks, too. I can't believe we're into the last week of February! Here in New Jersey, winter hasn't been too bad! (Knock on a ball of yarn!) Lots of my extra warm scarves and ultra-warm turtleneck sweaters have been lounging in the closet this … [Read More...]

Knit, Purl, Pray. . . A Book Review

Oh, I have been bad! Well, not bad in the bad sense of the word, but just remiss or missing in action, I guess. Weeks go by and I can't get a blog post out there! But, it is the Season. (Actually, only one of those candles above should be rose-colored, and the other three, purple.) This IS my … [Read More...]

Product Review: Red Heart Unforgettable Yarn

Today we will be heading over to Seaside, NJ to bid a fond farewell to ONE BEAUTIFUL SUMMER!!  Like I commented on Facebook, it has been a superlatively spectacular summer in New Jersey this year! Every weekend has looked like this! We've been there a lot this year; and it has always been throbbing … [Read More...]

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...]

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 – 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 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, 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...]

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Tid-Bit Knitting, Ideas For That Leftover Yarn

At last, I've got big news! It's been over a month since I've posted here. I love my Scarf Knitting site and it's not going anywhere, but, I have new things on the horizon. It's called Live Simply Love Knitting and it's my BRAND NEW WEBSITE!!   Be sure to check it out and … [Read more . . . ]

Sink Your Teeth Into These Mysterious Knitting Terms

He's a heck of a thing to see in late January, isn't he?! Count Dracula has nothing on us! Knitters have been sinking their teeth into creating all manner of fascinating things to wear, to display, to give as gifts, and to give away when the need arises. What DO those mysterious knitting terms … [Read more . . . ]

5 Ways To Increase Your Knitting Productivity

Knitters are the BEST people! (Don't you LOVE that picture of Cary Grant? He was giving it his best try!) We love our craft, pick it up as often as we can, and wish that others would learn to knit with us! Some people over-plan, even with knitting, which turns out to be just a fancy form of … [Read more . . . ]

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 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 . . . ]

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 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 . . . ]

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 . . . ]

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