So I have a sweater that is all but done, a hat I want to wear that is nearing completion, and a spinning project I am part of SAL for, to be done by the end of March. What do I do?


Flash back twenty years to my youth, and play with plastic canvas! I have been cleaning, organizing, purging, and rearranging my lair. One of the things I am trying to accomplish is keeping surfaces clear. This makes me feel better, like everything is more under control when it is put away and not out in the open. In order to accomplish this in part, I needed to find a box that fit my knitting needles, which was a fruitless search. Remembering the bag of plastic canvas in my closet, I thought, “I can make one!”


So I did. Simple enough to cut pieces to size and stitch them together. I may go back and fill in the sides with designs later, but for now it is serving its purpose in a drawer out of site.

Apparently, I think I have way more needles than I actually do.

Trying a New Yarn

I have a new hat on the needles! This is exciting because all winter I have been lamenting the fact that I have no hat for me that is handmade. I do have one I initially knit for my hubby that I claim, but the Lopi yarn I used itches something fierce, so I can’t wear it long. I also have an Icing Swirl hat that I love, but it isn’t really a keep-you-warm-in-the-bitterest-cold kind of hat. So I bought one (contain your shock and horror) because I needed to be warm more than I had the time to prove my worth as a knitter. Until now.


The hat pattern is Sea Beanie by Elena Nodel, which has some beautiful cables on the hat, yet is simple two-by-two ribbing the rest of the time. It comes with instructions for both DK and worsted weight yarns, so you can use either one with minimal calculations on your part.

The yarn is Fish Belly Fiber Works. Holly, the genius behind the dyes, does some pretty varigated colors, but what stands out are her semi-solid colorways. I love them all, and wish that I didn’t already covet my stash so much, or I would throw it over for more of her tonals. This yarn is her Canal base, a 100% superwash merino DK weight yarn, in the color “Midnight”. It is much deeper blue that was showing on my screen, but still shows the cable pattern beautifully. It is squishy and soft, yet the strand is plump, making the cables pop out from the purl bumps.

Holly actually has prompted my knitting on this hat, as she is hosting an “All for Me” knit-along on her Ravelry board. I have been wanting to knit my hat, and found the perfect pairing for yarn and pattern. It is going along quickly, especially after all of the fingering-weight projects I tend to be drawn to. I find myself finishing a row before I know it. Lucky for me too, since the KAL ends Feb 28th, giving me plenty of time to bind this off.

Are you knitting anything for you? I would love to see it.

Support Hose for Yarn

I am working on a hat, which I will give details of later this week. But first, I thought that ribbing, being soooo interesting boring blog fodder, could be replaced with a simple tool I made for my yarn to keep it from getting tangled or collapsing while I knit.


My daughter wore a hole in her tights. I have the habit of thinking what else I can do with items before I throw them out. These tights sat on my desk for a few weeks before I had an epiphany. I got my scissors, cut them into strips about 3-4 inches wide (I didn’t measure, just eyeballed it), then stuck my yarn ball into it.


Voile! A nice yarn sock to keep my yarn clean and untangled!

What creative repurposing have you done lately?

A Note in Good Faith

Dear Interwebs,

Please stop showing me pictures of beautimous yarn. I am trying so hard to be good and not buy yarn. I have devoted my time to spend with my stash, and you keep trying to pry me away from that loving relationship. Go bug someone else and show me all the hot pink yarn instead.

Someone in a Committed Relationship

Testing, Testing, 123…

I’m looking at the market for some new sweater yarn.

(Let’s not talk about all of the sweater yarn I already have, mmmkay? I mean, it doesn’t really count that I have over 10 sweaters worth of yarn, or one on the needle that has been there at least 8 months, does it? I have every right to dream about new sweaters, don’t ruin my dreams for a new sweater by inserting your reality nonsense!)

I’ve been talking to a friend of my, Jess of Storied Yarns, who dyes some wonderful products. I am interested to see how other wool breeds wear as a sweater, so I am doing some experimenting. Jess kindly has sent some bits from her own personal stash for me to play with. I do have to say that I know her from my teaching days and she is a friend of mine, and that’s what friends do, send yarn!


That up there, from left to right, is 100% superwash BFL sport weight in “The 13 Clocks” colorway, Polwarth/Silk DK in “The Evil Queen” colorway, and 100% BFL DK in “The Enchanted Forest”. I plan to knit each into little swatches, take notes on the way, and let you see the results of my experiments as I go. So stay tuned as I play with yarn! (That’s what you are here for, right?!)

Quick Cooking

Lately my nights have been busy, and I want quick meals to make for dinner. I have a few that I can rotate, but recently I have found some that are quick and so tasty that they are requested by some of the pickier members of my family. (Love you hubby!)

One such meal that I have recommended to family and friends is a one pot pasta dish. One pot, dump everything in, cook. Including the uncooked pasta!

I found the recipe here, and she gives a couple of links to other variations. I have tried some of my own, and thought all were delicious. Tonight our version had dried basil, dried mushrooms, and chopped kale. So good!!


This recipe is heavy on the onion and garlic tastes, so if you don’t normally like those flavors this may not be for you. Me, I think there is no such thing as too much garlic, and will happily eat so much that I stink for days!

Do you have any quick meals you like for dinner on busy nights? I would love to hear them, as I am always looking for new recipes to add to my rotation.

Just Jumping Right Back In

I love stranded colorwork! I have completed relatively few projects that involve stranded colorwork, however I always want to make more. For some reason the magic that occurs when you alternate colors in your knitted row is just amazing to me. I keep petting my knitting, I am so enamored!


This project is the Campfire sweater pattern that was released by Tin Can Knits and comes in a wide range of sizes like the majority of their patterns. I am making the 5-7 year size currently. I also have the yarn and plans to make another for my younger child in the 3-4 year size. His will be navy with a yellow accent. I asked my hubby if he wanted matchy sweaters, and he said, “Sure.” I made him pick out a color, though I didn’t buy the yarn, so there may be two adult sizes knit in the future as well. The yarn I am using is Valley Yarns Superwash DK. The only modification I have made thus far is that I did not change to using two colors at the colorwork section. Instead I just continued using the color for the main body of the sweater as the background color. One explanation for this could be that the yarn choice didn’t have another color I thought would go well with the main color as a smooth transition, similar to what is pictured in the pattern photo. Or the reason might be that I didn’t read the pattern schematics well enough before I purchased the yarn.

Now that I think about it, the last one is exactly really unlike me.

Tales from the Toddlerhood: Vol 1, Issue 4

p>My hubby was playing with the window tonight on the way home, so I put on the window-locks.

Hubby: (clicking button futilely) “My window doesn’t work. Riley, does your window work?”

Riley: (who is 4) “Yes, I can see dark clouds in the sky.”


We Are the People

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Tangential Knitting

So I’ve been trying to finish the socks that I don’t like. It’s just the yarn, I don’t know why I just don’t like it. They should have been done weeks ago, they are small and simple. I keep trying to knit on them, and my little one is excited to wear them.


Does this look like socks? I think it is a One-Row-Scarf I have modified to be an infinity cowl. It is made from my handspun, (Serenity colorway on Falkland from Into the Whirled) and worked up super fast since it was much thicker weight yarn than I typically use. Off to find the stripy Halloween socks and knit a few rows…


Or does this look like the socks? I made this pattern up from inspiration garnered from work others have done. Garter tab cast on, three stitches garter on the edge, yo, knit to center rib, yo, k1, yo, knit to last three stitches, yo, k3. Repeat every row. I used Noro Kureyon sock, alternating between two colors. I’m happy to have it finished, for one because it has turned a bit cooler, and second because it has been hanging around since mid March 2012. I would have liked for it to be a bit bigger, but seeing as I only had a total of 3 grams left from both balls of yarn, I doubt I could have accomplished that. I need to get nice pictures of this some time. After I knit a couple more rows on my stripy Halloween socks…


Ahhh! This looks like a sock! But not the Halloween socks I want to get done so I don’t have to do anymore. These are Firenze socks out of Miss Babs. I finished the first one, and have a few rows of ribbing on the second. I’m worried that they aren’t knit tight enough and that the 100% merino won’t hold up well when worn. But they look pretty. Now to turn the heel on some nice stripy socks…

If you see some black and orange and purple stripy socks, please let them know that they are the project I really want to work on. It won’t do to hurt their feelings. They are going to be loved after all.

Just not by me.