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Feelin’ Like a “Cool Kid”

Filed in Industry Insight by on September 24, 2014 0 Comments
Feelin’ Like a “Cool Kid”

If you have ever been invited to the cool kids’ table in high school, you know how I felt when I was invited to participate in the make. wear. love. retreat hosted by Amy Herzog. Amy is definitely one of the cool kids.  She is cool because she is fun, is newish to the industry, […]

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Os, F and UF

Filed in Out of Our Head, Point of View, Skill Building by on September 21, 2014 0 Comments
Os, F and UF

I have a large collection of UFO’s, (UnFinished Objects, if you’re new to the parlance).

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Can Sweater Finishing Be Fun (or At Least Funny)?

Filed in Industry Insight by on September 18, 2014 2 Comments
Can Sweater Finishing Be Fun (or At Least Funny)?

I am asking myself this question as I begin to fully prepare for my presentation on Hacks for Finishing Sweaters. My subtitle says what the content is all about: “Make the Final Phase Faster, Easier and Neater”. Nowhere did I say it would be fun. But one of the keys to a great presentation (especially […]

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Learning Something New

Filed in Point of View by on September 12, 2014 0 Comments
Learning Something New

One of my personal practices as a teacher is to go through the process of learning something new at least once a year.   My reasoning behind this is that as “the expert,” it is easy to forget what it is like to be the student and not know. Because learning physical skills is different […]

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Rows Count, So Count Rows

Filed in Skill Building by on September 8, 2014 0 Comments
Rows Count, So Count Rows

Have you ever heard the rumor that row gauge doesn’t matter? Like most rumors there can be some truth in that (to a point). But at least in some aspects that rumor is false; the importance of row gauge cannot be ignored. Why am I writing about this topic, today? Historically, Mondays have been focused on […]

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Moving Leaves Little Time for Knitting

Filed in Just Stitches, Skill Building by on September 7, 2014 0 Comments
Moving Leaves Little Time for Knitting

The little sweater is not done. I’m still in Utah, and the moving of my oldest son and DIL to a new house has pretty much taken over. We did take time out for a picnic at an unbelievably beautiful park up in Uinta National Forest, a mere 40 minutes from where my kids all […]

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The Arrival of Fall

Filed in Point of View by on September 6, 2014 0 Comments
The Arrival of Fall

If you are like me, fall starts the day after Labor Day. However, in the center part of California, early fall could also be called cooler summer. These are some of the sights around my place that signal early fall (or cooler summer) has finally arrived:

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A Real-Time Re-Working

Filed in Skill Building by on September 5, 2014 0 Comments
A Real-Time Re-Working

I’m working on a little sweater for my granddarling and am reworking the pattern to use short-row shaping instead of stair-stepping. To start with, Take a look at Gwen’s post about shoulders. This technique can be adapted to much more than just shoulders. This simple shrug pattern by Debbie Bliss is knit all in one piece from the bottom back, with sleeves increased […]

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A Little LYS Fun

Filed in Industry Insight, Just Stitches, Out of Our Head by on September 3, 2014 0 Comments
A Little LYS Fun

I’m traveling in Utah, where 4 of my 5 kids currently live. There are several nice yarn shops here, and the one I’m most familiar with is Heindselman’s, in downtown Provo, Utah, home of Brigham Young University.

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Pick-a-Page: Reversible Knitting

Filed in Out of Our Head by on August 31, 2014 0 Comments
Pick-a-Page: Reversible Knitting

I always love doing our Pick-a-Page feature, but it has been a while since I have done one. I had planned to post this several trips ago, but I am traveling once again, so what the heck! Lynne Barr is one of those designers that you may not be aware of unless you follow book […]

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