I was very productive during this year’s Swatchathon, thanks to the nervous energy I needed in order to live through the events of January 2021. The topic of this blog is fiber arts, so I don’t get into politics that much, but I am a very political person and I don’t avoid the mention of … More January 2021 Swatchathon
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!
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
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
None of this would have happened if my daughter had just appreciated her adorableness in the sweater I made her from the leftovers of Mrs. Maisel’s Coat, and had taken it home with her. But no, she said she looked like a colorful cow and rejected the sweater. Plan B is to see if her … More Flowers Springing From the Ashes
The stereotype of knitters is that they are sedentary elderly ladies sitting in rocking chairs, too inactive and unimaginative to do anything beyond robotically cranking out stitch after stitch. I’m here to contradict that stereotype, although I can’t do anything about being old except, hopefully, to get older. Knitting takes me lots of places, most … More Knitting Tourism: Pittsburgh
Using a kit for a specific project, containing unfamiliar yarn in colors of someone else’s choice, is a kind of tourism into the interior of someone else’s brain. I like the scenery in the interior of my own brain, but sometimes it’s nice to get away. Adinda Zoutman is a crochet designer in the Netherlands … More A Visa to Adinda’s World
In between the start and the end of January 2018, give or take a few days, I did a lot of things with yarn that I’ve never done before. It was the third annual Interior of My Brain Swatch-a-long, conducted on my Ravelry group of the same name. From the thread header: Here’s a word … More January 2018 Swatchathon
After a summer and some of an autumn dyeing and dyeing with plants I’d found within a 2-mile radius of wherever I was, it was time to start doing something with the greens, yellows, pinks, oranges, and purples that were piling up around me. I needed gloves, so gloves. I don’t like knitting with double-pointed … More A Show of Hands
Over the past nine months I have been experimenting with the basics of plant dyeing using scavenged materials. The thrill of uncovering beautiful colors hidden inside ordinary plants that I never noticed before, or food waste that I would have thrown away without a thought, could almost have distracted me from the fact that I … More What Happens After You Dye?