• Knitting

    Knitting Sleeves as Swatches.

    It’s hard for me to say this, but I’m losing my faith in swatches. Yes – that’s crazy talk coming from me! especially because my favorite thing to knit is sweaters and I really (really!) like them to fit. I need to know my stitch and row gauges so my finished piece turns out to be the size I  expect. Case in point. Meridian. That cute cardigan from the latest Shibui collection that I’m knitting in black. I faithfully knit my swatch – not a huge one, but still a decent 5″ square. I wet blocked it, let it dry flat and then hung it for a day to let…

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    A Tale from the Yellow Table.

    …y’all know how much I love the yellow table at Cast-on Cottage. Hands down it’s the best place to knit with friends. It’s also where we have class – and a whole lot of fun – on Wednesday afternoons. Yesterday morning, one of my students texted that she had roofers at her house and would miss class. I texted back that we’d miss her, and she’d miss all the stories. She replied that I should take good notes. My quick answer back “what happens at the yellow table stays at the the yellow table.” ha! I guess she knew what was in store. The girls had a big surprise for…

  • Just Life

    on procrastinating.

    …I don’t think of myself as a procrastinator. in the five plus years I’ve had this blog, I’ve never written “procrastinate” or “procrastination” and I’ve only used “procrastinating” once. I am a “plan it, then do it” kind of person. the “good” sample, the “not-so-good” sample and my notes…. so when I found myself procrastinating about finishing the preparations for my upcoming double knitting workshop (it’s this saturday and it’s full with seven students signed up), I took notice. I’ve bumped the due dates for the various tasks (finishing a “good” sample, finalizing my notes and the class handouts, getting copies made, maybe making a “better” sample to entice signups…

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    talking in class.

    creature comforts, barely begun …I love many things about teaching knitting. sharing inspiration, seeing that light go off on a new technique, finished projects, “firsts” of any kind. and the conversation. there is something about a group of knitters sitting around a table, even when they’re concentrating on their work (and hopefully learning something new), there’s non-stop chatter. about knitting of course (patterns, yarn, who’s doing what, what we love – and hate, new crushes), but also about cooking and books and movies and tv and life. I noticed that folks were pulling out notepads to jot down things to check out later. that’s a bit distracting when you’re trying…