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What's In a Name?

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Today I grabbed a hat a recently finished and a favorite scarf on my way to work. The temperature finally dropped below 40° and forecasted to stay there. You don't know how long I've been waiting! It's the end of December and I should have been wearing hats and scarves already!

This new hat... oh, you're going to love it. I used Miss Babs' Kunlun DK in Coos Bay, an awesome light gray/blue color and it shines. It's all knits and purls, with some twisted knit stitches for textural contrast. The silk content in Kunlun DK makes the twisted stitches pop even more because they catch the light differently.

But the biggest problem is what the heck do I call it? Everything has to have a name!

Names are super important. You have a name, I have a name. I have several names really, depending who I'm talking to. Fortunately, I haven't had to name anything as important as a pet. Or a kid. I mean, that's forever and they might resent you later. Especially the kid…

Finishing Is the Worst!

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I was fortunate to get a vacation last May in Napa Valley, California and visited a great little yarn shop, Yarns on First. Such a friendly and fancy store with an amazing yarn selection. One thing I love about vacations is finding a yarn store and seeing what kinds of yarns and products are popular in different parts of the country/world.

Also, I always look to see if any of my patterns are in the store, or any of the books I'm in are in the store. I don't know what I expect the store owner to do, though. I guess I'm still a little weirdo.

I didn't see any of my patterns/books in Yarns on First, but that doesn't stop me from buying yarn. I bought some wool blend that was local to the area. I love local yarns. A couple skeins of Shibui Knits yarns also found their way home with me

Luckily, I wasn't the only person buying yarn. A friend went shopping with me, yarn enabling friends are the best, and she bought a couple skeins of yarn (one ITO Kinu and two ITO Se…

Friday Thoughts: On Being an Independent Designer

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It's a bit of a weird concept: independent designer. I would think that today, the indie designer is in the majority and should just be called designers while in-house designers should be titled something else. I'm not sure. Just an idea.

Anyone with a little bit of skill can be a designer or writer or crafter or artist or whatever. Someone with a lot of skill can be a successful designer or writer or artist or crafter or whatever. I put myself in the "little bit of skill" category (and no, I'm not looking for reassurances or anything). I currently don't have as much time as I would like to devote to the skill. It's a lot of work. But anything worth doing is worth the work. I'm not complaining. And I may have a lot more time in the coming future. That's another story.

As I see it -- and from here on, this is all my theory and conjecture and, mainly, me just writing it out so that I can get my brain around it and will mainly focus on knitting desi…

Selfish Gift Knitting

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Do you know who doesn't need more knitted anything? Me. Do you know who wants more knitting everything? Me!

This time of year, when the weather turns colder (at least in my neck of the woods), everyone starts thinking about ways to keep warm and that's when a knitter is most popular. At least, most popular amongst non-knitters for knitterly reasons. Whatever - you know what I mean.

Of course I love to knit gifts for family and friends. And really, anyone who asks for something usually gets it eventually. But then there's always the projects you just want to keep for yourself -- the pattern is so pretty or the yarn so perfect that you don't really want to give it away. I've been adding a lot of these types of patterns to my to-knit-when-not-swatching list. I blame this year's Indie Gift Along for enabling my addiction.

Currently on my needles is Collingwood in Beaverslide Dry Goods 2-ply wool. I love this yarn. It's so wool-y! And the color is a perfect brig…

A Return, a Sale and a Hat

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Y'know, sometimes a person just has to take a step back, take a breath, take a nap, and then you return to the world and you're rejuvenated and relaxed and ready to take on all challenges. And boy, am I glad that I did.

Let me catch you up since I last posted seven months ago. Seven months! That's almost enough time for a new child to come along. (Don't worry, I don't have any new children.)

I had a few vacations, worked a lot, knitted even more, read several books, designed some more, published a couple patterns and just got back in touch with myself. I cancelled cable television--small victory because I still have internet and Netflix, so I'm not completely crazy--deactivated Facebook, got back in touch with some old friends. There have been furniture purchases and redecorating and, of course, more yarn. More and more yarn.

There is always more yarn.

But one of the biggest reasons I feel ready to come back to regularly blogging is the community of knitters, c…

Gone Fishin'

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It's been far too long since I've been able to check in here. There's been more yarn and more knitting but less picture-taking and less writing about it than I'd like. Some new finished projects and patterns in the works, but nothing imminent or amazing. I'm taking a break from the blog so that I don't have it looming over me as a "you need to be doing this!" kind of thing and can focus on sketches and writing patterns and trying new yarns.

See you soon and best stitches!

Miss Babs' K2 - A New Favorite

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Back in December (maybe? could have been January but December feels right) I went on a buying spree with Miss Babs and found several pounds of yarn in my mailbox a couple of days later. One skein was an irresistible K2 in color "Shaken Not Stirred."

"OMG" has never been more appropriate for a yarn. First, the color is perfect, of course. I expect nothing less from Miss Babs. The blending is flawless. In my experience, the Babette colorways are more exciting because they're unpredictable. That can also make them more challenging to work with on large projects. Fortunately, I chose a smaller project (and then an even smaller project to finish it up) and the color just shines.

I don't usually knit with chunky yarns but I've been on a hat knitting binge. Give me a chunky yarn, size 10 needles and I'll have a hat finished in no time flat. K2 is no exception. It knits smoothly with no snags or splitting. The finished stockinette is squishy with good body…

The Great Destash of 2015 -- Part One

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My yarn stash is seriously getting out of control. Have you heard the acronym SABLE? Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy? Mine is nearing SABLEx3+.

I've been threatening all of my yarn -- and its embarrassing how much yarn that is -- that if it doesn't start inspiring me or spontaneously knitting itself into sweaters, it'll get its marching orders. And today, the destash begins.

The pile of yarn gathered for part on of the destash took less than 15 minutes to pull together. And it's just the tip of the iceberg. All of the skeins are mainly grouped by color and, when there are multiple skeins of the same color, all the same dyelot. And I have no pets and don't smoke, so you shouldn't have any unwanted odors. Just pure wooly-ness (mostly).

My decision to clear out yarn is your gain. In order to hopefully replenish the stash, I'm offering this perfectly good yarn to anyone who wants it at discount. I'll list an asking price, you make a best offer and…

My 2015 Knitsolutions

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Okay, so it's super-difficult to create a portmanteau (I've always wanted to work that word into regular "conversation") of "knitting" and "resolutions." And yes, I think you're supposed to set these up before the new year.

So let's just get to it. When I list them out, put them out into the universe, hopefully that will make me more accountable and stick to the plan. And no, "go the gym more" won't show up on this list anywhere.

Blog More I mean, this one is obvious that I can't even write more than "this is obvious."
Knit More Why would I even have to put this down in a list of resolutions? Everyone needs a simple gimme-resolution so that you have a sense of accomplishment. I can already check mark this one DONE.
Design More I've got lots of ideas. I've got patterns I've half-started and just never pulled the trigger. I want to push myself to design new things that I haven't tried before: sweat…