If coffee were to disappear from the face of the earth tomorrow, I would not be alarmed. I rarely drink the stuff. When I do, it's in the rare form of a mocha or similar drink. The disappearance of tea, however, would be a disaster. I love tea. Which is fairly obvious to anyone who … Continue reading Tea’s Up!
I've been chipping away at my "to make" list for Handmade Christmas, and I'm happy to say that I've finished five items, and have five more solidly in the "in progress" column. The best part of the in progress tasks? Two of them are sewing crafts, which tends to be the easiest for me to … Continue reading Making Progress
[The title brings to mind the short story "Flowers for Algernon," which just made me sad, and I'm kind of wishing I chose a different title, but nothing else popped into mind so I'll just have to deal with it.] I have finished my first sweater! Huzzah! [Pattern: Flax, from Tin Can Knits. Yarn: Ice Road … Continue reading Flax for Sam
No, I'm not really knitting a sweater for a penguin. Unless you count my youngest nephew as one and, honestly, he's about the size of some of them. When I was up in Alaska, I picked up some yarn (Fiber 'n Ice, colorway: Ice Road Trucker) with the extremely optimistic goal of knitting a sweater … Continue reading Sweaters for Penguins
I have begun working on gifts for Handmade Christmas 2017. This is undoubtedly the earliest I have ever started working on a Christmas present - even counting the quilt I made for Robert that took half a year. I always get so backed up with crafting projects in the weeks right before Christmas - which … Continue reading Getting an Early Start
After making a weird little knit tester, I bravely moved on to making an actual thing on my knitting needles. Since I hadn't yet tried to knit in the round, I looked for a pattern that I could knit flat and seam up the side, rather than make a jump this early to circular needles. I … Continue reading Caterpillars
I've really done it now. I tried to ignore the temptation, telling myself over and over I didn't need to get involved. Despite the ever-present peer pressure, I had actually done a really good job of saying "No!" and meaning it. Until now. That's right, friends... I'm finally starting to learn how to knit. What's … Continue reading Old Dog, New Tricks