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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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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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One for me, seven for you

Ok, technically, the one that’s for me isn’t even for me to keep – it’s for my MIL, and it’s part of her birthday gift. I went back to my trusty little blue Knifty Knitter loom this week and made my very favorite neckwarmer pattern: Cashmere Neckwarmer [the only link I can find is to […]

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If loving Malabrigo is wrong, I don’t want to be right

I’ve been eager to give the technique described in 2-at-a-time Socks a try.  Nevermind that I’ve never used a circular needle.  Nevermind that it’s November and I have 101 other places my creative energy should be channeled.  Nevermind that socks are not easy.  Nevermind all that. Practical matters somehow always end up pushed aside when […]

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Confessions of a Recovering Cheapskate

I’ve been in the mood to knit myself a shawl.  Those chilly September mornings and evenings seem perfect for such a thing.  So, I wandered into my favorite yarn shop yesterday and came home with two skeins of this pretty Malabrigo wool. Well as anyone who has been knitting for some time knows, two skeins […]

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Seasonal confusion

As I type, the mercury is creeping up past 62 degrees.  I’m wearing shoes without socks, a lightweight shirt, and fun daisy earrings.  Several of the windows in the house are open in an effort to flush out the staleness of winter, and I’ve decided to pick up Aidan from school today so he won’t […]

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Midwinter Fiesta

It’s cold.  It’s gray.  It’s dreary.  And it isn’t over yet – not by a long shot.  The thought of spending another two months in the dark, cold grip of winter has me turning to brightly colored wool and my button collection. Maybe I can’t be sipping exotic drinks by a tropical pool right now, […]

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Beanie babies

Have you seen Leslie Friend‘s new hat pattern?  It’s called Chunky Knit Beanie, and it seemed to me that it would be a very simple thing to adapt to the loom.  And since Eamonn needed a new hat, I gave it shot. Please forgive the photo – most pictures of Eamonn are a blur of […]

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Priorities firmly in order

I sat down this morning, before doing anything else, and made myself a list of things that I needed or wanted to work on today.  You will notice, by what I tackled first, that my priorities are firmly in order.  Clearly I always choose to focus on what is most important. Now, now, don’t look […]

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