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Finished Objects

Why yes, my proper sock needles finally arrived. I finished these almost immediately after tearing open the package. They're just a plain vanilla sock, top down, out of Tsuki Mountain Fibers in Guardian. There's really not much else to say about these. The construction is super basic, but the yarn has purple, black, blue, pink,… Continue reading Finished Objects

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Review: Knitter’s Pride Dreams 10″ sock needles

These itty bitty needles are a new experience for me. I decided to try them on a whim after one of the cats chewed on my favorite Chai Goo sock needles and made them unusable. I bought these from Webs for about $10 each, in sizes US1/2.25mm and US2/2.75mm. I was actually trying to find… Continue reading Review: Knitter’s Pride Dreams 10″ sock needles

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Knitter Seeks Burial Stockings

You've probably figured out by now, even if you're new here, that I like history. And textiles. And in particular, textile history. Several years ago, back near the start of this blog, I lived in Italy for a brief period while studying textile conservation. While there, I developed a keen interest in the burial stockings… Continue reading Knitter Seeks Burial Stockings

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The Monmouth Cap

It's the time of year when fuzzy hats, toques, beanies, and other headgear are getting a workout for those of use that still have to be outside (or are just sick of being inside for so many months). Every winter seems to see a new trend. A few years back it was bun hats (Ravelry… Continue reading The Monmouth Cap

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New Year WIPs

It's a short list at the moment, but I have started a few things since I finished my holiday projects. First, my reward for getting everything done: socks in Tsuki Mountain Fibers in the colorway Guardian. I've been eyeing this yarn for ages, and saving it for something special. It ended up being a bit… Continue reading New Year WIPs

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Knitmas Gifts

It's that time of year again, when knitters the world over anxiously ply their needles and all queries are met with a slightly panicked "Shh! I'm counting!" That's right, it's the Giftmas season, and as usual I didn't even think of my handmade gifts until the last possible moment. I had a general block on… Continue reading Knitmas Gifts

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Knitpicks Options Review

I've been wanting to delve into the world of interchangeable knitting needles for a while, but the set I had my eye on is $115 and I seldom see it on sale. So when I saw this set of Knitpicks Options needles on sale for $35 (Regularly $49.00), I decided it was time to give… Continue reading Knitpicks Options Review

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WIPS

It's been a while since I've had any knitting to show, but this time around there is also crochet! You might remember the sweater I was working on, then realized I had to frog. It found new life as a sweater vest, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that frogging and reknitting made the… Continue reading WIPS

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By The Grace Pattern Dive

Next week my book By the Grace comes out, and I thought it might be good to introduce some of the characters through the knitwear. A note: All of these links go back to Ravelry, as I don't know of any other comprehensive pattern repository. Slimline Undies by Susan Crawford Julia Grace is our main… Continue reading By The Grace Pattern Dive

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Works in Progress

As we move into cooler weather, it is 100% crafting season. I always want to break out the knitting and the sewing machine when the seasons change. My biggest project at the moment is what I'm calling the Clawsome Sweater, or my Ravenclaw* Quidditch Sweater. I'm using one of Yarnia's customer blends, combined with some… Continue reading Works in Progress