Category: Winter

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 →

The Gray Got to Me

Last year I started these socks: It was July.  It was my birthday, in fact.  I thought I was safe from the curse of knitting a gray project in winter. Alas, I was overcommitted on projects and my work on these progressed very slowly. Before I knew it, it was winter.  Have I complained enough about the long, cold, snowy… Read more →

Okay, So the Gift Knitting Wasn’t All Roses

I didn’t tell you the entire story of my holiday gift knitting in the last post. My parents and siblings decided this year to scrap the round robin of individual gifts in favor of the secret santa system — which wasn’t even secret, not that any of us heathens cared.  So you can imagine my relief when evil-me went from… Read more →

Seed starting, maple sugaring, and hope for the end of the season of slush

We tapped out maple tree a week ago.   It cost us $4 for the tap; the jar and spare wire were found around the house.  Talk about Yankee frugality!  I have done a bit of reading and talked to people who do this more seriously and I know my one little tap is not going to give me much,… Read more →

Vegetal Dreams

To the uninitiated, this would seem an odd time to talk about the garden, but for those with the itch, this is our hidden season.  The one full of seed catalogs and vegetal dreams and grandiose plans. First of all: this balmy “winter” made it possible for me to finish bagging my 58th through 65th bags of leaves in mid-December,… Read more →

February socks

The personal sock club is the best idea I never had.  I am enjoying myself immensely, even if I am not quite keeping up.  I am only a bit behind in the knitting, albeit months behind in the sharing. For the February pair I was delighted beyond words when my husband pulled the bag containing Berroco Sox Metallic in Curacao.… Read more →

Pat on the Head

Look what I did!  (Finally!) Lisa’s Beret from Through the Loops knit in Yarns of Distinction Licorice Twist. My first knit beret.  How come it took this long?  Love the stitch pattern, love the yarn.  My only complaint – because there’s always something – is that the 1×1 twisted rib on the brim has no grip so this hat is… Read more →

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