... what goes on under the arms. First: a few comments on basic human morphology. Most of us, when viewed from above, and relative to our shape at chest-level, are not based on ideal geometry, neither circular: nor designed like an old-fashioned letterbox with knobs: Most of us are, as the shape below (which was… Continue reading The Most Important Element in a Top-Down Knitted Sweater or Cardigan is …
This is a simply beautiful shawl. I've knitted two of them so far. The first was knit (on purpose) as a donation to a silent auction for my local community orchestra. I'm happy to say it raised a large amount of money, although if you figure it out as "payment by the hour for the… Continue reading Third Time’s a Charm: Dorothy Siemens’s Peacock Feathers Shawl from Fiddlesticks Knitting
OK, peeps, it's getting chilly in my neck of the woods, and it's time to bundle up! Here's a clever and easy little pattern for a super-warm and impressive hat for men, women, and children. Although it looks as if you spent hours knitting with two colors at once, it's actually a slip-stitch design that… Continue reading Free Pattern: Your Cheatin’ Hat
I returned home late Saturday night from a new and wonderful experience--spending the Jewish Sabbath with a delightful family and friends who, until now, I'd known only online. My friends are shomer Shabbos, when means that they observe the Jewish commandments regarding the Sabbath, and they follow the rituals that govern it from nightfall on… Continue reading Good Shabbos, Good Slippers: From Warm Hearts to Warm Feet
Yes, that’s right. I’m a proud grandmother. On top of that, I’m an avid knitter. Now, I know exactly what a few of you (you know who you are) are thinking. Something along these lines, I’ll bet: Amirite? The more charitable among you might be going more in this direction: This formidable-looking lady is actually Grace Coolidge,… Continue reading “G” is for . . .
Dear Sis, I know we missed out on some of the stuff in one of our favorite songs, “Sisters” by Irving Berlin. With almost seven years between us, that business about: . . . . . . . . . .sharing every little thing that we are wearing never really worked for us, did it? By… Continue reading Sisters–And Knitting!
“You wonder what I am doing? Well, so do I, in truth. Days seem to dawn, suns to shine, evenings to follow, and then I sleep. What I have done, what I am doing, what I am going to do, puzzle and bewilder me. Have you ever been a leaf and fallen from your tree… Continue reading Occasional Quote of the Day–Lawrence of Clouds Hill
Newsflash, all! Knitting isn't rocket science. It's OK to try things you've not tried before (in the knitting world, no-one will die if your brilliant idea is a dud), and it's OK to make mistakes. We've all been there, trust me. Me, perhaps, more than most, in life, if not in kntting. I love to… Continue reading Free Knitting Pattern! Super-Easy Lace Scarf
Greetings fellow knitters (you know who you are). I just got cancelled from KnitCamp! It’s a knitting community I joined only about a week ago, at a friend's (former Lefty, now not-so-much) enthusiastic suggestion. She really enjoyed it because the woman who ran it hadn’t gone woke and/or wasn’t bullying her customers about such matters.… Continue reading Dispatches From the Front Lines of the Knitting Wars
I’m 65 years old. I’ve never been much of a drinker, but I’ll cop to having been a bit sloshed a few times in my life, most of them in the distant past. As I get older though, the stuff has more of an effect on me, which is why it’s probably a good thing… Continue reading If I’m Ever Arrested, I Hope It’s For Something Like this