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!

5 Not-To-Be-Missed Knitting Stitches

In my previous post,  "3 Most Popular Knitting Stitches"   we started at the beginning. With knit and purl. There is that third popular knitting stitch which I've asked all of YOU to tell me. In this post, I want to tell you all about the 5 not-to-be-missed

5 Not-To-Be-Missed Knitting Stitches 5 Not-To-Be-Missed Knitting Stitches

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?

Once in a Blue Moon

Once in a Blue Moon Don’t ya know? We just had a blue moon. The last day of August, the 31st, was the second full moon in the month. Better known to all as a blue moon. Now that summer is coming to a close; seasons come and they go so quickly,

Once in a Blue Moon Once in a Blue Moon
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Christmas Patterns to Knit

It's Friday once again! This week has been a tough one. Difficulties with jobs, cellphones, and wondering about the future (you know all the news about Ebola, etc.) and it makes me want to just pick up my knitting needles and go crazy! Do nothing but knit! Knit until all my stash is gone. Until I can wrap my "scarf" all the way around my house! … [Continue reading. . .]

Holiday Knit items

Here Come Those Special Knitting Holidays

October. That most beautiful of months. Mornings are usually cold, followed by afternoons kissed by the sun's rays, then nights that become crisp and clear again. Well, not every day; but enough to make your thoughts turn to fireplaces, afghans, and cozy corners of your home as you settle down indoors to knit.     Halloween, followed by … [Continue reading. . .]

yarns for knitting

Matching Yarns to Your Knitting Projects

Recently, I went through a chest of drawers full of my knitted scarves. All different. In sizes, colors, but particularly in knitting yarns. Looking at these, it's hard to place when and where these were knitted. The versatility of all the scarves is so telling! Which just proves to me that there are MANY different yarns to use when knitting a … [Continue reading. . .]

Christmas in the Family Room

Which Knitting Gift Do YOU Want In Your Stocking?

This is scary. It's September 30th. A little more than two months to knit gifts for Christmas. Any knitter knows these things take time! Sometimes, weeks and weeks. Sometimes, a weekend. Either way, if you've been thinking about which knitting gifts to give family or friends, better stop thinking and start knitting! If you need a few ideas, just … [Continue reading. . .]

Hand knitting yarn

All About Hand Knitting Yarn

Have you been in a yarn shop lately? Looking for your next knitting project and browsing through the hand knitting yarn? It seems everytime I visit a LYS (local yarn shop) or a Michael's or A.C. Moore, etc., there are always NEW yarns to see! While it's exciting to pick out my favorite colors and fibers, I always need to know more about what kind … [Continue reading. . .]

lots of scarves

How Do You Knit a Scarf?

I've been knitting! Which is a good thing, to quote a certain homemaking queen, but that simply means I haven't been writing. Last week, I just had to take a break. Nothing helps to reset your inner creative clock then taking a break from what you do all of the time. Maybe end of summer musings, maybe feeling as if I couldn't put down in words what … [Continue reading. . .]

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 importance. But they should be. After all, … [Continue reading. . .]

Apple Orchard sign

Apple Orchard Scarf, Knit Easy!

Did you happen to read my latest blog post, Happiness is 1969 and a Junky Ol' Chevy? Early September in northeast Pennsylvania was cool! The first time I went up there we had to use the heater inside, it was that chilly. And walking after dark, you better have had a sweater.   I saw old Autumn in the misty morn stand shadowless like … [Continue reading. . .]

1957 Chevy

Happiness is 1969 and a Junky Ol’ Chevy

Writing about knitting is just about one of my favorite things to do. But, it's August (already) and before the Summer melts away entirely, there are just a few other things I wish to write about. Lacy knit patterns and favorite knitting yarns aside, life holds memories too good not to remember them from time to time. Sometimes, it seems like … [Continue reading. . .]

Seafoam Scarf

Late Summer Seafoam Lace & Eyelets Scarf

Here's -s-s-s-s-s-s another scarf pattern! I just LOVE doing these up! Not only do I now have another beautiful scarf for when I'm out and about, but I can put it in my Etsy collection or save it for a Christmas craft fair! I found this scarf pattern on KnittingOnTheNet, which is a great knitting site,  where you can download numerous patterns … [Continue reading. . .]

Tea and meringues with scarf

Can Knitting Make You Healthier?

Yes, knitting can make you healthier! Sounds almost mystical, but having a hobby that we love, can often mute or take away pain we experience in daily living. And I'm talking about all types of pain, physical and emotional. In light of the tragedy with Robin Williams this past week, it's GOOD to focus on the positive things in our lives. And to … [Continue reading. . .]

cat peeking out of scarves

What Are YOU Knitting for Birthdays and Holidays?

Knitting is one of those hobbies that just keep looking better the more you knit. Actually I think that's how it is with most things in life; the more you do them, the better they become and the easier they are to do. Once you have the knit and purl stitches mastered, there's no reason to need to get more complicated than that. After all, there are … [Continue reading. . .]

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Knit for Your Home, Happiness Guaranteed!

Have you taken a GOOD LOOK at the world of knitting lately? Besides all of the designer yarns and new sweater patterns out there, I'm finding scarf patterns that are super easy to knit and take but a few days to create. I love to tote my knitting wherever I'm going, whether in the car or to my children's homes or outside even, but I love most of … [Continue reading. . .]

Breakfast at the Inn

Create Beautiful Housewarming Knitting Gifts

When I was an innkeeper there was nothing I loved better than going from room to room and adding those little special touches that my guests would see on first opening the door. We had 10 guest rooms, so there were lots of ways for me to create beautifully memorable effects.You know what I'm talking about, that lace doily on a marble tabletop … [Continue reading. . .]

baby in a blanket

Create Beautiful Knitting Gifts

Gift giving. We love getting gifts, don't we? There's nothing that comes back to me more clearly about my childhood than getting gifts. Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, gifts for getting the extra-special report card,  or losing a tooth,  or dancing the BEST recital dance that year. I L-O-V-E-D getting gifts. Must have been that narcissistic girlie … [Continue reading. . .]

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...]

Book cover

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...]

Purple puffs gossamer

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...]

Dog tangled in yarn

Tote That Load: Yarn and All!

Does your living room look like mine? If you are a knitter, I'll bet it does. Let me guess, knitting needles strewn on end tables, instruction books willy-nilly, and of course, yarn everywhere! Oh, I organize it as best I can, but every day it gets re-arranged according to my current knitting … [Read More...]

knitting book cover

A Book Review of “Learn To Knit Love To Knit”

I know, I know, you buy the knitting needles and yarn, go online to a knitting help site, get that first stitch knotted on the needle, and think you'll learn to knit within the hour.  After two hours (if you last that long), you're thinking "there must be a better way!" Well, there is. In Anna … [Read More...]

storm damage

URGENT NOTICE – Never Be In the Dark Again With a Stitch Light!

In my recent blog post from November 8, 2012, I talked about how Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of New Jersey that I know so well.  In fact, I couldn’t even publish one word of my getting through the big blow, because for 5 days I was, too, without any electricity or cable service. To that … [Read More...]

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Knitting Bags for Everything and Everything In Its Place

Knitting has for me taken center-stage for many years. Really, I do believe there’s no getting through the day without the thought that somewhere along the line I will sit down with my needle and yarns. Ah bliss! So whenever I travel, my knitting comes along. And so should yours! Whether it’s a … [Read More...]

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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 . . . ]

artsy knitting tools

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 . . . ]

teacups and yarn

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 . . . ]

Pink yarn in shape of heart

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 . . . ]

Cozy Fireplace

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 . . . ]

Messy puppy

Learn Knitting’s 6 Yarn Secrets

There is nothing like a good yarn, so the story goes! All jokes aside, learning any skill or craft takes time; time you should be devoting to finding out all about it. To learn knitting is no different. Just getting the hang of holding both needles at once, or working with a cable needle, or just … [Read more . . . ]

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