Make It Work!

This project was born from three factors: First, our potholders were full of burn holes and should have been replaced years ago. Second, I found a free pattern on Ravelry for a pretty flower-shaped potholder made of two crocheted circles joined together by a contrast color that delineates the last four rows of the pattern … More Make It Work!

Delirium Tremens

Sometimes I get an idea for a project that pushes its way to the front of the queue because a practical need requires it, or because my curiosity is urgent and must be acted on right away. That was not the case for this bug-covered pullover for my husband. My interest in it reached such … More Delirium Tremens

Gumball Shrapnel

I stole the idea from the original source of inspiration and then I did everything differently, which according to Picasso and T.S. Eliot makes my theft a laudable thing. Someone on my Ravelry group posted a picture of a cropped, wide, crocheted jacket with zigzag stripes in white and gray and three-quarter length sleeves of … More Gumball Shrapnel

It’s The End Of The World As We Know It. I Bought Yarn

In March 2020, Covid-19 came to town and it really hasn’t left. We thought it would, back in March, if we stayed inside and knitted, and it would have left if we hadn’t had a president like Homer Simpson who got bored with waiting for the curve to flatten after about five seconds and said … More It’s The End Of The World As We Know It. I Bought Yarn

Poncho Envy 2.0 X 2

Three years ago I was a scared beginning machine knitter. The one thing I felt confident making on my machine was rectangles, so I put my designer brain to work on using my very limited skill set to make something interesting and attractive. One of my first solutions was a double-sided poncho made of two … More Poncho Envy 2.0 X 2

Came For the Politics, Came Back for the Art: Phyllis Brent, Mosaic Artist

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I were invited to a meet-and-greet for a Baltimore City Council candidate, hosted at the home of a woman I didn’t know named Phyllis Brent. Miriam, the friend who invited us, told us that walking into Phyllis’ house for the first time would be a very special … More Came For the Politics, Came Back for the Art: Phyllis Brent, Mosaic Artist

Teachings of the Fiber Goddess and the Zen Master

Everyone is familiar with the way people rationalize eating things they know they’re going to regret by telling themselves half cookies don’t have calories or holidays are for overeating. Knitters are familiar with a variation of this kind of logic when they visit yarn stores in other cities and add to their SABLE (stash acquisition … More Teachings of the Fiber Goddess and the Zen Master

All the Right Angles

A line sticking straight up. A line sticking straight out. Nothing simpler while simultaneously nothing more variable, and maybe that’s why it’s such endlessly fertile ground for the ideas that I turn into stuff. Right angles were the basis of the hand knitting I did all during the summer, and they’re following me into the … More All the Right Angles