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The next shawl in the Viking Love Song series is blocked, and the two versions of it--fingering weight and DK--are both gorgeous. They were knit by Michelle, seen here blocking with me, and by Annmarie. The shawl is worked sideways,...

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These are pickled blueberries, above. They have nothing to do with last night. Last night, we had snacky dinner (no big entree, lots of little gems of tasty things and fruit, wine and cheese). I had frozen blueberries from berry...

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Here it is, the mystery...thing! It's called Dactyl. You may have gotten my newsletter or seen the final result on ravelry. It's a tiny shawlette, with a pretty point in back and a 16-row-deep ribbing that folds in on itself...

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craftygrrrl is the winner! Yay for craftygrrrl. I loved hearing your guesses. My favorite had to be Joan who asked "Is it a squid?" I might as well call it that, because I honestly don't know what to define it...

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I went for a title that would grab even the most inattentive knitter in town, right? For my blog-reading friends, I have this idea about a springy design I have coming out on April 30th. I'd like to give away...

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Awww heck, how cute is that? We fought ALL day long yesterday, and then at dinnertime he noticed this swatch, and he busted out with saying he loved it without any prompting. These see saw days make me feel so...

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It's one of those quiet mornings that I imagined, when we first had a child. I'm at the big table working on my projects, he's in the living room on the floor, tongue sticking out while he concentrates on building...

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Ideas and projects are piling up, while I sit glumly with tendonitis. I have six designs ready to be knit! Writing Gloves in Glacier colored yarn from Quince & Co. (that's the bottom center,) a cowl called Arrowbite in the...

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It's that simple. And yet pretty odd and cool too, the way this scarf comes together. The Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Geranio is like the deepest reddish pink lipstick. So gorgeous. I hope when this is finished I can capture...

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There were so many ways I could try to pique your interest in this post. From the cheesy but adorable, "Listen up!" (Bolt is mostly ears.) To the eponymous. Basically, I just have a few bits of business to relate....

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Waves seem to be a recurring image for me these days, in my knitting and in my writing. Water is equal to time in my novel, and my character is sometimes stuck, standing atop Icelandic glaciers or sitting deep in...

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Years ago, when Blackberries were new, my husband hacked one to make what he called a snacktop. He added a small folding stand and roll-up keyboard. It was tiny, but he could write at coffee shops and libraries without carrying...

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I would like to say that I'm knitting gorgeous, inspiring things. Textures that leap off the swatch! Laces that lovingly drape. The kind of simple, classic designs that make your fingers ache to knit. Instead, you may notice a photograph...

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I just published the pattern for my Luft shawl, which I've loved knitting and am wearing right at this minute. When I'm not wearing it, I like to set it on the table and admire it. The yarn - called...

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Though I'm showing you here a picture of Sebastian out in what passes for snow here, this post is about Martin's birthday dinner. Whenever I have a number of people coming over, I make my go-to dish. Sausage and peppers....

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Sebastian working on his new bridge building set. I've tried it before - giving some little thing randomly, to surprise someone I don't even know and delight them for just a moment. It feels great. Many people are doing that...

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It was the day after Christmas, and all through the house mommy could be found knitting eyelets. I had this Polwarth and silk yarn from Luna Grey Fiber Arts, which was dyed just for me! * And I had this...

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I've been thinking of knitting some things for some people for Christmas. I think this will turn out to be idle dreaming. But in case you are really going to attempt this at the last minute, I've been meaning to...

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In the freezing sun, I got one decent picture of this shawl. I'm excited about the little braid that holds it together. I'm not one for shawl pins, and I think this adds some wintry charm to it. I'm practicing...

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This one is in Fleece Artist DK weight. I'm not sure which I like better. I don't really want this blanket to be a sock yarn blanket, and though this is gorgeous, it's kind of a sock yarn. I may...

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It's suddenly gotten bone-wearying cold in our house. The socks do nothing. So I started knitting a blanket (not finishing one I already have going, no.) I like this new pattern, with its simple lines that will make bold X...

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Is this gorgeous? I love this Madelinetosh Chunky in Ink. Sitting here in the side yard, I'm amazed that today is a sunny day with no gruff engines of any kind, no chipping, no blowing, no whining of saws. In...

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I feel like I used to be able to do this. I used to offhandedly, oh so casually take beautiful pictures all day long. They were clear and evocative and lovely. Now my photos are blurry no matter what I...

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Hi, friends! Summer is slipping away before it's begun. Martin is watching a last-day-of-camp-movie, while I sit and think about the fall and winter designs in my head. A whole set of them are inspired by the speculative ficiton romance...

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Orange yarn is not sufficient, but it is lovely. (It's Tosh DK in Citrus)

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Reading just a few entries back, it occurred to me that before life spun sideways, before bad things happened and I became numb for a while and winter slumped into reluctant spring...before all that I had posted about Sebastian getting...

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This little blanket is still kicking along. I've been waylaid by so many things I don't know where to begin, but I am 2/3 through knitting the last strip. It can't be long now.

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