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[22 Jul 2010 | 16 Comments | 4,383 views]
secret sekrits are secret no more

You know how it seems like it’s been FOREVER since I posted about knitting? I mean, really really posted about knitting? Not just a swatch or a stash enhancement? Truth is, I’ve been knitting. A tonne. And I’ve been working with designers. And patterns. And tech editors. And the inimitable Stitchy McYarnpants.
Behold, Knitting it Old School!
It’s up for pre-order on Amazon now, so we can finally let the cat outta the bag. Lookit! Lookit!

Stitchy and I made a book! And it’s GORGEOUS.
I’ll end up gushing about it a lot over the …

Headline, knitting, Travel »

[20 Jul 2010 | 8 Comments | 3,208 views]
I dyed (get it?) and went to heaven

And heaven was in Port Ludlow, WA.

You know how Stephanie and Tina have been organizing those knitting retreats in Port Ludlow? Ok, maybe you didn’t know, so I’ll tell you now. They planned an entire weekend for 45 of us to learn about silk. Knitting, dyeing and spinning with silk. Three glorious days on the Olympic Peninsula. We had the entire hotel to ourselves. It was ah-may-zing.

Headline, knitting, Travel »

[10 Jun 2010 | 10 Comments | 3,298 views]
you’re going where? to do what?

As soon as I got back from Vegas, I had just enough time to finish all the laundry before I started packing again. This time off to Michigan. Middle of Nowhere, Michigan in fact. Well, technically we were in Grayling, but it’s mostly all farm and fishing country.

Remember how I went to Philly that time? And then the girls came to Boston? And then we went to DC? We did that, except we rented a giant fishing lodge for the Memorial Day weekend. Just three nights for 8 of us, …

Headline, knitting, stash »

[29 Mar 2010 | 11 Comments | 4,745 views]
goodbye, Tangled Yoke

Two years ago I cast on for a Tangled Yoke with the intention of giving it to my Mum for her birthday. I ran into a few issues with the pattern when I hit the sleeves and after the third time knitting the cuff, I put it in time out. It has been there ever since. After a little more research and some good quality anecdata, I decided two months ago to rip it. Of course the time between that decision and actually doing it can be huge, because that’s …

Headline, knitting, socks »

[10 Mar 2010 | 3 Comments | 3,796 views]
reviving socks

I admit it, knitting socks isn’t my favourite thing. Oh sure, I always have one in my purse in progress, but I don’t usually get startitis for socks the way I do for sweaters. The sock WIP in my bag right now has been in progress for over a year. Yikes. Enter the genius of Elinor.
See, Elinor cranked out a whack of socks every year. Upwards of a dozen sometimes. I’ll pause and let that sink in. A dozen socks. A pair a month. 24 socks in a year. She …

Headline, knitting, Travel »

[5 Mar 2010 | 2 Comments | 3,513 views]
wrapping up SPA

Every year at SPA, there’s a fashion show. It’s low-key without a runway or anything, just normal folks showing off their finished knits from the year.  Everyone is incredibly supportive and appreciative and I love the vibe. For the second year in a row, we’ve proven ourselves to be the loud group in the corner, but I’m choosing to think that folks like the fun we bring. We’re that loud group of college buddies at an uptight wedding.

Some of the finished knits in the fashion show aren’t to my taste …

Headline, knitting, photography stuff »

[27 Jan 2010 | 7 Comments | 3,060 views]
short lucky and a white russian

Do you know Thea from Babycocktails? I didn’t, until a few months ago. As it turns out though, I’d had one of her designs in my Ravelry queue for over 2 years. When I finally added her to my friends list, I had one of those DUH moments and wondered how it could have taken me so long to figure it out. (Side note: it cracks me up when someone who I see every week and emails and IM turns out not to be in my Rav friends. How does …

Headline, knitting, photography stuff »

[21 Jan 2010 | 9 Comments | 3,347 views]
shiny, pretty candy

This Spring, Stitchy McYarnpants and I asked a few of our pals to help contribute to a big secret project we have on the go. The response has been tremendous. When we asked Amy of Stash, Knit, Repeat to play, she blushed at first and shyly asked, “me? really?” But after knocking out her first secret project for us, it was like a big switch had been flipped. First the gorgeous February Fitted Pullover and now, Arm Candy.

I’m pretty sure Amy didn’t ask me to take the photos for this …

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[19 Jan 2010 | 8 Comments | 2,836 views]
it all started with the colour Pickle

I’m beyond honoured that a few of my designer-type friends have enlisted me to take pattern photos for their self-published releases. Super fun. I find it REALLY hard to keep the secrets when I’m working on the photos, but it just means that when I’m done, I’m that much more excited about them.
Since I’m working on some secret knitting at the moment, no better time to share some of the pictures from a few of these shoots.
First up: Pickadilly by Pamela Wynne (of Flint Knits and February Lady Sweater fame)
We …