Monthly Archives: February 2016

Cheers to Knitting the Pretties

Sometimes I stare into my stash or I squish some lovely yarn and I think to myself, “how could I knit this??!”  Yesterday, I pulled out some 80/20 Merino/Nylon fingering yarn from Log House Cottage and had that moment: it’s just … Continue reading

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Ready for Anything . . .

. . .  even a plane ride! Off for an alumni talk at my alma mater (eep!) and, aside from pulling my thoughts together, finishing some grading and reading and journal editing, I’ll be sure to make some time for … Continue reading

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Tuesday Pick-me-UP

This video gave me a wee smile on Monday morning. Click here for your Tuesday Pick-me-Up: Pixar’s short film “Boundin” Happy sheeping-and almost spring shearing season–everyone! Hat tip to Jennifer Rose Guyer (of Wild Lily Artisan Fibers)!

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Planz . . .

Busy, busy days at writing, teaching, and journal work. In the few, spare moments, I’ve been working on Hippety Hop #2; I cast on a quick pair of socks for Spencer in Regia Arne and Carlos; and I have been … Continue reading

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Why I Keep a Wheel in My Living Room

Yep. My spinning wheel is there: next to the couch and the computer and the knitting. Sometimes it gets in the way . . . sometimes I worry about my son and his friends getting a little too rambunctious around … Continue reading

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In Defense of DPNs

A hot topic . . . in knitting, at least. With magic loop and other circs available, I feel that many knitters have given up on DPNs as old-fashioned and hard to manage. I was knitting on some DPNs in … Continue reading

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Happy V-Day

I promise, it’s knitting related and well worth a coupla minutes 🙂

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Postcards from the Yarn Room

It’s a frosty morn here in Central Illinois . . . but the guest yarn room is nice and cozy. Thanks to deaccessioning from the youngest family member, my room has a large storage shelf with a huge top–great for … Continue reading

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Video Fun: Knitting Treadmill Workout

This is a guest post by Spencer: For this interview with Melissa, I caught up with her while she was knitting on the treadmill. As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I like to make things for spinning and knitting, so future … Continue reading

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Woolen Mills!

Happy weekend to everyone! I am WIPing away on my socks–maybe I’ll have one FO for you next week?? But, boy oh boy, is my teaching schedule truly kicking my butt this semester! For today, a couple of links to … Continue reading

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