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Sometimes…

Sometimes, you have a picture in your head of exactly what you want a knit item to look like…and to your delight, the swatch matches your mental picture. Sometimes, what comes off the needles isn’t anything close to what you pictured, and design “progress” is measured in negative numbers. Sometimes, progress is continuous and rapid. […]

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Button, button, who’s got the button

That would be me. I love buttons. Now, one might think that with 3 lbs. of wooden buttons, I’d be unlikely to ever need to buy another button. But not everything calls for a wooden button, right? Some projects need glass. Some projects need metal. And some projects need beautiful, beautiful clay. Cherry Blossoms Some […]

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On my needles…

…nothing. Absolutely nothing. And this is not the normal state of things for me. I’m a project polygamist normally; I like being able to jump from project to project as the mood moves me. According to my personal Ravelry notebook, I have 13 WIPs, but most of them I haven’t started yet. They’re either projects […]

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The Birth of a Design, Part III: To Swatch, Perchance to Knit

Read Part I here. Read Part II here. Ok, so small, all over stitch pattern with a lot of texture and an even number stitch repeat required. On my first go-through of the Barbara Walker treasuries, I looked just for all over patterns with a lot of texture. Granted, they didn’t meet all of my […]

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The Birth of a Design, Part II: What to Stitch, What to Stitch

Read Part I here. Having settled on a yarn base (Three Irish Girls Lindon Merino) and a clothing style (a sweater suitable for boys), I decided to try to work up a couple swatches. Here is where my Barbara Walker treasuries were absolutely invaluable. I pulled all 4 off the shelf and began flipping through […]

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