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The 3 Main Reasons Knitting UFOs Exist

Filed in Just Stitches by on March 26, 2015 0 Comments
The 3 Main Reasons Knitting UFOs Exist

This past weekend I was teaching at a retreat focused on knitting UFOs (UnFinished Objects). It was a huge success and now several dozen UFOs are on their way to becoming FOs in one form or another. Even through the details of the answers to “how to move on” were different, it became apparent that […]

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Listen and Knit: 3 Fun Audiobooks

Filed in Out of Our Head, Point of View by on March 23, 2015 1 Comment
Listen and Knit: 3 Fun Audiobooks

I enjoy listening to audiobooks while I knit. Most of the time, I have no trouble paying attention to the thread of the story while my hands do their thing. Of course, the beauty of an audiobook is that if I have to stop and focus on the pattern or redo a mistake or really […]

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When Projects Go Terribly Wrong

Filed in Skill Building by on March 19, 2015 4 Comments
When Projects Go Terribly Wrong

irony n. the opposite of wrinkly… …or more accurately: a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result. Starting tomorrow I will be teaching at a retreat to help people resolve their UFOs and problem projects. At the beginning of this week, I […]

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5 Reasons to Destash Regularly

Filed in Out of Our Head, Point of View by on March 16, 2015 0 Comments
5 Reasons to Destash Regularly

Spring is coming to the Northern Hemisphere in 5 days, whether the weather believes it or not. Where I live, it’s finally starting to feel like winter might be over, and that means it’s a good time to look through the yarn collection. I’m doing it and as I’ve worked, I thought of 5 reasons […]

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Thinking In 3 Dimensions

Filed in Out of Our Head by on March 12, 2015 0 Comments
Thinking In 3 Dimensions

Even when I was young I had a very good spatial sense. I loved working on 3-D puzzles and when I moved the furniture around in my room it always worked. My guess is that is one of the many reasons I ultimately became so taken with knitting. Knitting is one of the only crafts […]

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The Elegance of Math

Filed in Just Stitches, Skill Building by on March 9, 2015 2 Comments
The Elegance of Math

Yes, it’s another post about math from the right-brained one. How does that happen? It happens because one doesn’t have to be an expert in something to appreciate it. Like music, sports or any other pursuit, knowing enough can actually be, well, enough.

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5 Responses When a Favorite Yarn is Discontinued

Filed in Industry Insight by on March 5, 2015 5 Comments
5 Responses When a Favorite Yarn is Discontinued

As a designer, one of the most sure-fire ways to ensure a yarn will be discontinued is to design something you LOVE with said yarn. It is not what we want as designers, it is not what you want as consumers – but it happens. This just happened to me earlier this week. A yarn […]

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Stitch Maps: Another Way to Chart

Filed in Just Stitches, Skill Building by on March 2, 2015 0 Comments
Stitch Maps: Another Way to Chart

A couple of weeks ago I had another opportunity to talk with JC Briar. Among her many accomplishments, she is the creator of Stitch Maps, a unique way to visualize your knitting on paper or screen.

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Leftover Yarns Made Beautiful

Filed in Skill Building by on February 26, 2015 2 Comments
Leftover Yarns Made Beautiful

Every time I teach a class about taking leftover yarns and turning them into beautiful fabric I get excited about the process all over again! And so it happens yet again, one week after teaching Knit a Masterpiece From Leftover Yarns at Stitches West. I was wearing my version of the skirt from our FLY Skirt KAL […]

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Stretch your Skills: Knitting from Charts

Filed in Skill Building by on February 23, 2015 0 Comments
Stretch your Skills: Knitting from Charts

Our theme for the month at EduKnit and as part of the #NextLevelKAL has been Charts. We’ve discussed all kinds of charts with our EduKnit community, including charts for lace, texture, and color. When I first began to knit, charts were intimidating to me; though I am, generally, a visual learner, there was something about […]

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