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Turn a Dashing Square

I’m trying to learn not to be so matchy-matchy.  I’ve been hearing lately that it’s very stylish to coordinate one’s accessories, but to match them? Not so much. This isn’t an easy lesson for me, as you might imagine, being someone who has spent much of the last fifteen years attempting to exactly match the […]

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Fiesta Hat Tutorial

It’s time for another Polka Dot Download! I’ve been wanting to write this one up for ages and I finally sat down and did it. Fiesta Hats are great one-night projects, featuring bright colors and simple techniques. I’ve written instructions for both loom knitters and needle knitters, so you can make these hats no matter […]

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Hey, hey, we’re the Monkees

I was commissioned to make a pair of Mike Nesmith-inspired wool hats recently, after somebody saw the one I made for Aidan last year.  So here they are.  I like these a lot better than Aidan’s, actually, which was done on a loom, and totally improvised. I improvised these, too, but I’ve got more experience […]

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Boys and their hats

Every time I sit down to blog lately, my head fills up with lazy thoughts: I don’t feel like uploading my photos to flickr; I don’t know what to write about; maybe I’ll have a quick peek at my email first.  And on and on.  Until here we are six days since my last post, […]

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A good day for wool

It’s not that it’s too terribly cold out there, but it it’s raining.  It’s raining on top of snow.  And while I had the good sense to tunnel through the junk in the hall closet and dig out the boys’ winter boots, my enthusiasm for the project didn’t extend to unearthing my own boots.  Instead […]

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Crickets

Aside from the chirping of a few lonely crickets, this space has been awfully quiet for the last few days.  That sometimes happens here when I haven’t been creative, and there isn’t much of interest to share, but this time a lack of craftiness has not been my issue.  In fact, it’s been quite the […]

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Nice to have a weekend project

This weekend we did that thing we sometimes do when Neil will be away at a conference:  we went with him and took advantage of the hotel room that would otherwise go largely unused. When we go to a hotel, the boys enjoy the change of scenery, and would be happy never to leave the […]

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Mr. Woolhat

Whatever would we do without Netflix?  Well, we certainly wouldn’t be introducing our children to old episodes of The Monkees.  And by extension, I most definitely would not be knitting a green wool hat with a pom-pom on top for my older son. But, we do have Netflix, and we have been renting The Monkees, […]

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Riot of color in a snow-covered yard

As promised, I updated the shop this morning… My toasty ears can attest to the coziness and warmth of these hats.  (And my frozen toes can attest to my dedication in photographing the hats in their natural, snow-covered environment.) See how they brighten up a gloomy-looking day?  It’s that beautiful, vibrant, and soft wool from […]

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