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Ravellenic glory

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After the whole Ravelympics kerfuffle, I did end up participating in what was renamed the Ravellenic Games. It seemed like a fun thing to do, and I appreciated the new name — definitely harkens back to the true meaning. Unlike the gymnasts, swimmers and runners, I decided to commit to one project, the lace-edged Multnomah […] [Read More]
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The summer of shawls (and sweaters)

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Even though temperatures have rarely gotten out of the 90s this summer, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been knitting. I’ve actually been pretty productive (it helps that the A/C on Metro-North has been cranked pretty high). I’ve been on a shawl kick lately, since they are perfect projects that I can actually use in the […] [Read More]
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True Olympic spirit

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The latest Olympic controversy has nothing to do with performance-enhancing drugs or an athlete’s failure to make Team USA. No, over the last 24 hours, a couple million knitters and crocheters have been up in arms over the U.S. Olympic Committee’s overzealous protection of its trademark. The USOC’s lawyer had sent a cease and desist […] [Read More]
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Mission accomplished

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Guess what I’m wearing today? Yes, I know it’s in the 70s, but I’m actually quite comfortable in my very first, made-by-me cardigan! This was a long time coming, but ultimately worth it. I am very happy with the fit, the sleeve length, and the neckline, which I knit with a needle one size smaller […] [Read More]
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My husband’s cooler than yours

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I wasn’t intending to go to Vogue Knitting Live, which took place in New York City this past weekend. It hadn’t been on my radar, I had to work on Saturday, the classes I really wanted to take were already sold out, and admission to the marketplace was $20. While the temptation to buy yarn […] [Read More]
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A second attempt at a first sweater

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You may remember the last incarnation of this yarn. It was supposed to be my first first cardigan, a pattern called Tea Leaves that hundreds of Ravelers have made with success. After putting it into hibernation, I took it back out and brought it to my knitting group in Stamford for an honest critique. The […] [Read More]
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Another ‘Make Me’ Halloween

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The making of Halloween

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Last year, I challenged myself to create my own version of Katy Perry’s candy dress from the “California Gurls” video. This year, I had a slightly simpler plan — Daenerys Targaryen from the HBO series “Game of Thrones,” based on the book series by George R.R. Martin. But it still required some creativity. For the […] [Read More]
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My first Rhinebeck, AKA Yarnapalooza

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I’ve been knitting for a few years now, but last Sunday was my first trip to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival or, as it’s known in knitting parlance, Rhinebeck. In the past, the festival had sort of snuck up on me, and this year I was determined to make solid plans to head […] [Read More]
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Summer knittin’

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Summer has historically been a slow time for me, knitting-wise. That was back when my repertoire consisted of scarves and hats and other warm, wintry things. But I have been very good about it this year, especially since I have a new little person to make things for. The above cloth is from a set […] [Read More]
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