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,

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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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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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. . .]

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Swanky Scarf Christmas Knitting Pattern

Who isn't busy this month? It's a good thing too, because the weather (if you want to call it such) has been so HORRIBLE, you don't notice it when you're immersed in everything else. Really, just day after day of rain, snow showers, and the occasional snow burst, like we're getting right now. Where the sun is, I don't know. So. It's up to us to … [Continue reading. . .]

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Knitting Happiness, How Do You Get It?

Funny, how time flies. One minute it's the Fourth of July and the next Christmas and the end-of-year holidays are right around the corner. Yet, my knitting just goes on. Some days are better than others, of course. You know what I'm talking about. Even now that I don't "work" full-time outside my home, there are still days that overwhelm me. … [Continue reading. . .]

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How to Give a Great Handmade Knitting Gift

Did you know as a knitter you qualify for DIY status? I don't think you can claim that as a deduction on your taxes or anything (wouldn't that be neat!) but it surely puts us in a very special category, one that not just anyone can claim. Of course because we love making something from absolutely nothing, WE appreciate all that goes into the … [Continue reading. . .]

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Finding New Knitting Products To Try

Knitting is yarn and needles, right? And maybe a pattern thrown in for good measure? Well, not hardly. :) Knitting is SO much more than mere yarn and needles. That's what makes it such a F-U-N hobby! There's always something new to buy and use.  Whether you are sixteen or sixty, knitting never grows old. The beauty of creating if what makes … [Continue reading. . .]

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What To Do With That Leftover Knitting Yarn

Knitting yarn is some of the most fun stuff you can buy! After all, aren't there just so many colors, and fibers, and types of yarn to see? I'm sure if you're addicted to the world of knitting, then you get numerous knitting catalogs, just like me. From Mary Maxim, Patternworks,KnitPicks, to Herrschner's and more, I LOVE looking through the … [Continue reading. . .]

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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 know, . . .  I'm one.) Number one on the list in … [Continue reading. . .]

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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 close together. I've been in New York City as of … [Continue reading. . .]

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Free Knitting Patterns, Or . . .

Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the (yarn) bomb! Well, not really. Have you seen yarn bombing?? You know, what they call graffiti or urban knitting, where street artists cover everything in big cities from statues to bike racks to entire buses. And you could cover those Citi Bikes too, in NYC, because most of the time they're sitting in … [Continue reading. . .]

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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...]

wool yarn in a basket

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...]

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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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Lace from the Attic – A Book Review

There are so many aspects of knitting to love. Traditional knit and purl stitches create beautiful knitting projects; cable stitches bring out your expertise in afghans or sweaters; dropped stitches add to whatever you're knitting in wavy rows, and ribbing and edgings are so versatile that you never … [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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5 Tips for Scarf Knitting

Does your newest knitted scarf look like an inner tube? Is your scarf long enough to wrap around your neck and three other people, too? Have you decided on the perfect scarf pattern and then find that the yarn is discontinued? Well, help is here. Just read on to find out my 5 tips for scarf … [Read more . . . ]

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