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Months ago, I knit a Pussy Hat and sent it off to Washington. The morning of the Women’s March, I received this text from the beautiful stranger who wore the hat:


Seriously, this MADE MY DAY. I ended up knitting a couple of more Pussy Hats for myself and my daughter. Speaking of my daughter, knitting her some fingerless mitts was a great way to use up leftover sock yarn.


Annnnnd I finished a sweater. The sleeves are a bit tight — and it’s largely cotton so they won’t stretch as much as I’d like — but overall, I’m happy with this sweater.


What are you knitting these days?



I’m at the age where my friends are no longer having babies but every once in awhile, I still get to knit a baby item. This is a sweater for my Spanish teacher, who is expecting her first baby, a girl, in October.

…remind me NOT TO!  Once again, months of work down the drain.  Here is my Grown-Up Hoodie.  It looks okay from the back:


And from this angle:

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But when I was  worried I’d run out of yarn and just plain sick of knitting it, I decided to eliminate the hood.  Obviously, that was a poor decision because the collar ended up being WONKY WIDE:

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As a result, the whole thing just looks terrible.  UGH.  Seriously, this may very well be the last sweater I ever attempt.  Why go through this?!?  While I have had some successes, it seems like I have three failures for every one sweater I like.  Not great stats!  I think I should stick with hats and socks and baby garments and things.

As you may remember, I lost my 19-year-old cat this summer.  We still have our beloved Golden Retriever, who is 10 1/2 years old.  But I was really missing a small, snuggly pet.  I inquired with the breeder of my parents’ dog about getting on a future litter list.  It turned out she had a 2-year-old who perfectly met our size and temperment criteria.  A few weeks later, Jake, a Cavapoo (1/2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, 1/2 Poodle — sometimes called “Cavadoodle”) arrived from Oklahoma.  He is a FABULOUS dog, who gets along wonderfully with our kids and our Golden and is exactly what we were hoping for.

Jake arrived with a pretty bad haircut — and by hair cut, I mean complete shave down.  (He’s supposed to look fluffy, like my parents’ dog, as seen in this old post.)  So in an effort to help cover up the bad ‘do, I knit Jake a sweater:

I used the same pattern I used when I knit for my parents’ dog way back when, as seen here.  Jake enjoys wearing the sweater so I see more dog-sweater knitting in my future.  A fair isle sweater would be a great way to use up scraps.  Having Jake around has also livened up my 365 Project photos.

Is this the cutest little sweater or WHAT?

It’s from the Seven Things That Can Make or Break a Sweater book.  I started and finished the whole thing in Tahoe.  I used Cascade 220 Superwash — despite what the pattern calls for, it took less than 1 ball.  Get a load of the buttons:

It’s for a friend expecting a baby boy in the fall.  I don’t want to say tooooo much more on the off-(very off!) chance she sees this post.  I followed the shawl-collar modifications from the Ready, Set, Knit podcast from Webs.

There are definitely some errors in the Webs directions (at least the version I printed a few months ago).  And although I followed the book’s directions exactly, my button holes blow.  But otherwise I am very happy with how this turned out.


I have no idea why but this sweater took me FOREVER to knit. I love the way it turned out, though. I’m working on some socks now…

I’ve grown a tiny bit obsessed with project bags after my friend Barb insisted that I should no longer be using Ziploc bags for my knitting. I was in the mood to sew, too, so I made a few bags, with the help of my sister, who is a much more intuitive and patient sewer than I am. Here’s what we’ve made recently:


And here’s a peek at the insides:


As usual, don’t look tooooooo closely or you’ll see how wonky I sew. But they’re fun little projects nonetheless. As far as knitting, I’m working on a sweater — wish me luck because, as has been chronicled many times on this blog, my sweaters have less than a 50-50 success rate.

I’ve been knitting away. I finished a pair of socks:

img_1466And a BUNCH of preemie hats:

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And, of course, a Pussyhat that I mailed off to Washington!img_1285

I’m now working on a sweater. I also want to knit this one, after seeing Tracie’s in person. What are your 2017 knitting plans?


This yarn went through a couple of iterations before becoming this particular sweater. My daughter thinks the fabric looks “like a couch Grandma would have” and she’s kind of right. But it’s just a throw-on-with-jeans kind of sweater and I’m REALLY glad to have this done. All extra yarn is going to Goodwill — I’m sick of it. Onto bigger, better — and quicker! — things!

So this:


recently became this:

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It should have happened a long time ago. I was running out of yarn for this sweater, which I was seriously beginning to doubt would look good on me anyway. The K1,P1 pattern on one side of very long rows was driving me insane and the yarn hurt my hands. The project, which I’d been working on for months, really dragged down my whole knitting life. I’m now thinking of using the yarn for this. In other knitting news, I began working on this (Go Giants!) and I finished a Raspberry Beret in memory of Prince:

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