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A few questions about knitting socks

Sock knitting continues around these parts! Some days depending on how busy I am, a few rounds of sock knitting are the only knitting progress of the day. It’s reassuring in that way. As promised, here are answers to a few questions I got about sock knitting. If you’ve never tried it and are curious, […]

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The granny square report: Finish line in sight

When last I reported on the epic granny squares project, I had happily reached the point where I could start to feel the momentum coming back. Like when you’re running a race and start passing mile markers that show you’re actually farther along than you thought you were, so you don’t have quite as far […]

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The tedium of doing big things

It has now been 31 weeks since I started this granny square blanket, dearest reader, and it’s definitely going to be at least another couple of months before it’s done. My unofficial deadline for this has been the end of July of this year, which would put the finish line around a year after I […]

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Progress, of a kind

Having made no secret of my crankiness over a relatively slow bit of knitting progress in the last couple of months (understandable, given a move and a new job, but still, the crankiness), I sat down last night to finally turn some attention to a sweater project I haven’t knitted a single stitch on in the […]

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In a pinch

Knitters, if you are like me, you have your habits that you stick to 99% of the time. One of these habits for me is that I use the long tail cast on almost all of the time. (I actually usually end up doing it with two hands, similar to that shown here, because that’s […]

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Back in the groove

This past weekend I managed to put in some serious knitting productivity time, and it was great. Or, more accurately – what I did was catch up on about twelve hours of unwatched television, and had my knitting in my hands the whole time while I did that. As a result my brain may now […]

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How to make a granny square blanket

I don’t mean to brag, but I have now achieved approximately 0.4 completed granny square afghans over the past 5 months, and this is what I’ve learned. 1. Don’t plan the project  out too far in advance. Just dive right in spontaneously, this isn’t like those hats or scarf projects that you really want to carefully […]

When row gauge matters

So, you know what’s really fun to talk about? Gauge. Gauge, gauge, gauge. Super awesome, right? Well, okay, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it is the opposite of fun, let’s be honest, but it’s the reference point that defines so much of what we do in knitting. There are knitters who always get gauge, knitters who never get […]

On the Subject of Sweaters Part 2: Style, Construction, and Fit

This post is Part 2 in a series of weekly posts I’ll be doing on the process of sweater knitting: not exactly the nitty gritty details and techniques, but the opportunities and decisions you may encounter on the way to getting a knitted sweater that works for you. Construction Because this is the 21st Century, […]

On the Subject of Sweaters Part 1: Choosing a Pattern

This post is Part 1 in a series of weekly posts I’ll be doing on the process of sweater knitting: not exactly the nitty gritty details and techniques, but the opportunities and decisions you may encounter on the way to getting a knitted sweater that works for you. The Challenge of Choice In my mind, […]

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