Photo of tools for sewing gift bags

Maker Ennui

To make things from raw materials has long brought joy to humans. It is creativity and capability. It is craft and cleverness. But sometimes we find ourselves at loose ends. We finish a big project and… just… peter out. We get bored or frustrated with what we’re working on and turn away from it. And the ennui sets in. Nothing… Read more →

Photo of a handknit cowl, in progress

Winter Break for Adults

You know how you have a break coming up and you get all excited because you’re going to have ALL THIS TIME?  If you’re a maker, like me, maybe you plan out a project or thirteen.  Go buy supplies.  Talk about it with friends.  Print out patterns and choose your project bags. Sharpen your pencils. While you’re talking with your… Read more →

Photo of knitting the Flax sweater

When Too Many Projects Overwhelm

Fall, fall, we all fall into fall. I am in a snarl of too many projects and can’t seem to find my way out. The problem with too many projects is that nothing gets done. My projects are like reflections of my moods and whichever pulls me at the moment is the one that gets worked on. But when I… Read more →

Busy Is Good

Just keep telling yourself that! New Yarn Earlier this year I launched a new business, Washtenaw Wool Company, with two friends, Michelle and Heather.  We’re having a blast, learning a lot, and watching this seed of an idea grow into something that suits all of our different skills perfectly. It’s all very stimulating! We’ve been dyeing up yarn using unusual… Read more →

Photo of two-color brioche knitting

I Brioched and I Loved It

I made my dad a hat for his birthday.  He is not into bright colors and energetic motifs.  I could have knit him a very plain watch cap, but I settled on an idea to spice it up, for my own sanity (?).  What might appear to the untrained eye, a very simple hat, is, in fact, two color brioche in… Read more →

Photo of chain-plied Kauni pencil roving

Spin the Rainbow

I can finally do an acceptable chain ply (aka navajo ply) without tying myself in knots as I become a human crochet hook. This Kauni pencil roving, gifted to me by a friend, became this chain ply: I got about 216 yards.  It’s probably worsted weight, but I never really know until I start knitting it up. This yarn is a bit… Read more →

Photo of toe-up socks knit in Koigu KPPPM

Not a Convert to Toe Up Socks

When I first learned to knit socks 13 years ago, I was taught on double pointed needles, top down. In fact, that sock project was my first adult knitting project.  (My friend and teacher Liz and I have many things in common, one of them being that we like challenging projects.) I have merrily churned my way through — oh my… Read more →

Photo detail of Trecolori Shawl by Carol Ullmann

Trecolori Shawl

The grey is here to stay for a few months, but we can combat the blahs with comfort and color. Designed for Happy Fuzzy Yarn‘s Corrie Sock fingering weight yarn, the Trecolori Shawl is an easy-to-knit textural asymmetrical shawl with a deep border of arrowhead lace.  Knit in three colors, Trecolori uses the Fibonacci sequence to make a fun striping… Read more →

Photo detail of machine quilting

Magic Blankets

Around here, magic blankets are not something you can buy in a store.  You’ve got to know the right people. Back when our first baby was born, we took swaddling seriously (shout out to Harvey Karp, he’s spot on), but the things sold in stores as receiving blankets at that time were little better than oversized burp rags.  No exaggeration!… Read more →

photo of the Spring Valley Shawl by Carol Ullmann

Spring Valley Shawl

One of the things that I bought yarn for at the recent Fiber Expo was 3 skeins of Happy Fuzzy Yarn DK Merino to make my own Spring Valley Shawl. Finally. I love this pattern!  Riin picked the colors and I designed this striped asymmetrical shawl with a deep edging of beehive lace and a simple crochet edge to highlight… Read more →

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