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Crochet: like portable polymer clay. sort of.

Before I picked up a hook for the first time, I considered crocheting to be a craft most closely related to knitting. After all, you often hear the words “knit” and “crochet” in the same breath.  But it didn’t take me long to realize that, for me, crochet is more like polymer clay work than […]

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A banner day

I may have gone just a little bit banner crazy.  I was in the middle of making letter tags to attach to my fabric bunting (because that’s what everyone does the day before a party when half of the house is still in need of a good cleaning, right?) when it occurred to me that […]

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Flufy’s Granny Square Blanket, part one

I don’t know if I’m just more in-tune to it lately, or if there really has been a surge in the popularity of granny squares these last few weeks, but ever since I started work on Eamonn’s blanket, I’m seeing them all over the place.  I had intended to show you this new blanket when […]

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In the city

I wouldn’t exactly call us country people. We live in a place I’ve seen classified as “outlying suburban” which basically means, “like the suburbs, but with more farms.”  Still, whatever it is we are, we’re pretty far from being city people. My kids have a real sense of awe about cities, since we spend so […]

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The Principles of Knitting

The friendly people over at Simon and Schuster asked if I’d like to review the newly-revised and updated The Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt. And I, being in the middle of knitting my third sweater in five months, happily said, “yes!” I didn’t really know what to expect from this book. I just assumed […]

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Does this Sweater Make Me Look Fat? (and other questions I really don’t want you to answer)

Ta da! It’s finished.  Nice and quickly, too, relatively-speaking.  That’s what you get when you choose a pattern that uses bulky yarn and fat needles, and that’s precisely why I chose it! I’ve now made three sweaters in five months, and I must say, at this moment I feel very much OVER knitting in general […]

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Those napkins

I got the urge to deal with them today.  Rather suddenly, in fact, while in the midst of packing and shipping orders.  I had just taped the last envelope closed, and was weighing the packages in preparation for postage printing, when I had this overwhelming desire to dye those stained napkins. I couldn’t shake it, […]

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Vintagey stripe envy

As you may know, we’ve been using cloth napkins around here since 2007.  I’ve gone a little loopy over them from time to time (the evidence can be found here, if you need some convincing).  I have an everyday set, and three seasonal sets of 20-25 coordinating prints each, and I change them out in […]

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Ode to January

Ode to January

January was… Cinnamon rolls on New Year’s Day A rekindled addiction to polymer-covered pens Cookies when Mom & Dad came to visit A new set of crochet hooks for me A flower-petal crown for my cabled hat Clayathon 2012 A finished sweater for a nearly 12-year-old son The younger’s new cardboard friend The Stirling Hotel’s […]

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