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TWiP: Close to Home

This Week in Pictures, Week 33, 2021

Unlike Week 33s past, the 2021 Week 33 did not involve any beachy day trips, weekend getaways, or intercontinental travel. I barely left the house. On the plus side, I did manage to procure a bouquet of zinnias, which inspired some photo play and kept me plenty entertained.

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TWiP: Window Box Chicken

This Week in Pictures, Week 31, 2021

I don’t know how the time manages to pass so quickly, but it always does. It’s August already. I feel like the summer just started, and yet we’re only a few short weeks away from pumpkin latte season. I’m starting to feel a little desperate to make sure I’ve availed myself of enough summer joy while it’s still here.

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TWiP: Instant Gratification

This Week in Pictures, Week 30, 2021

It’s been a little over two years since I bought my first instant camera, and in that time, I’ve taken a few photos that I love, and a whole lot of photos that are kind of terrible. I don’t know what keeps me plunking down my hard-earned cash on yet another pack of film, or worse, a whole new camera to love/hate, but here we are. As of this week, I’ve got four instant cameras and two and a half photo albums full of evidence of my misadventures. I do think, though, that I may have finally turned a corner with my latest purchase…

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What else is Saturday morning for?


If not mis-matched pajamas, Mommy-made wrist-warmers, and Wii?

My 2-at-a-time experiment went well – I think it was probably a smart idea not to complicate the process of learning to work two items together by also trying to learn how to make socks at the same time.  At least for a newbie like me.  I spent so much time getting my working yarns twisted up, I’d have been stressed-out by the process if I also had to worry about sock anatomy.

Fingerless Gloves for the little one

These are simply stockinette tubes with thumbholes, 34 stitches around, using Malabrigo Merino Worsted in the Deja Vu colorway.  They’re a great fit for my 6-year-old, and also my 9-year-old, who now wants his own pair.  Had I done it according to the book, I’d probably still be struggling with the cuff.

Oh, did I mention I haven’t learned how to purl on needles yet?  No?  Ah.  Well that does somewhat limit my choices, doesn’t it?  Purling is next on my knitting-to-learn agenda.  Maybe a pair of 2-at-a-time wrist-warmers for the 9-year-old in a ribbed pattern?

Fingerless Gloves for the little one

But first, I have a quilt to finish, and some ornaments to get started on (And, apparently, a work table to clean off, or neither of those things is going to happen)!

I love weekends.

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  1. Eh, purling is overrated. But if you do want to learn, check out some of the videos at
    I’ve found that actually seeing the stitches in action, and how they’re formed, does help.

    Saturday here is for surfing & staying in pj’s as long as humanly possible.

    1. The videos on that site taught me the knit stitch and how to use DPNs, so I’m definitely headed back there for purling.

      And I’m still in my pj’s 🙂

  2. Those are lovely! I agree with Jenn. Purling is totally overrated. What is wrong with stockinette stitch in the round?
    .-= See Sarah Jackson’s latest blog post: baby knitting =-.

  3. purling is a little more tedious, but worth the effort. ribs, cables, just think of the possibilities! you made those wrist warmers really quickly!!
    .-= See gerri’s latest blog post: inspire journal page and seed stitch clutch =-.

  4. All knitting leaves me staring in mild awe. I still have to sit figure out the sewing machine yet before I move on to knitting…

    My Saturday was errands and beads. My Sunday will be ornaments and excavating the household from the layer of sediment it seems to accumulate!
    .-= See Elaine’s latest blog post: Weekend Whirlwind =-.

  5. love the mitts. Purling is so easy once you learn you will say that’s all there is too it.. Also to avoid chaos when knitting two at a time, use two balls of yarn and put them in there own project or ziploc bags that way they won’t get twisted. My lys taught me that when I did my two at a time socks. So now you must go for it and try those first pair of sock you will soon be addicted. I know have enough pairs for every day of the week and am still wanting more. My kids keep asking for some so I guess I need to spread the sock goodness.
    .-= See Janey’s latest blog post: Another Year =-.

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