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A consummation devoutly to be wish’d

Friends, the most fantastic thing happened. Now, to stop everyone getting all excited, I want to make this clear: this is about knitting and knitting projects. We’re not talking life-changing events or meteor showers or anything else that gives you a new perspective on this sparkling rock upon which we’re all spinning around the sun. […]

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And twirling, always twirling!

I really have too much yarn already. There is literally no need for me to buy more. I have enough to make M a beautiful sweater; I have enough for socks for years—it’s seriously like apocalypse prepping in the sock yarn basket—enough yarn for another three sweaters for me me me, and then more yarn […]

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Deep and unnerving realisation

I’ve been working on my lovely Pinoli zippered hoodie for *mumble* months now (in case you didn’t catch that, the mumble was a number greater than twelve), and I think I’ve realised the cause behind my exponential increase in reluctance to work on it. I’m not sure I want it. I mean, I desperately want a […]

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Snagged

I rummaged through my goes-with-me knitting bag before we went out. “I don’t feel like I’ve got anything to knit.” I grumbled (to myself: externalising such thoughts attracts misplaced derision). And yet…there’s a lot of unfinished business kicking around the knitting cupboard, so what gives? Item 1: Pinoli Cardigan Cast on god-kn0ws-when in 2015. Here […]

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FO Report: Patchy the Pachyderm

Having had some shall-we-say-issues with knitting lately, I did the only sensible thing an irked knitter could do: I put all my projects to one side and took up the needles in honour of a new arrival in my friends’ life. Behold Patchy the Pachyderm! The Skanda Vale Hospice prepared and distributed this pattern with the encouragement […]

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Sheepy beeps

During a recent month-long dalliance with cruddy health, I did not do a lot of knitting. Fatigue was a big part of this, and not just how you’d think. I felt too tired to concentrate on a pattern, remember where I was up to, and maintain a level of trust that the on-the-needles hot mess would turn […]

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Oh dear: anatomy of a dud

Friends, I’ve been knitting for a super long time. As a subset of that knitting length, I’ve been knitting 3-in-1 (Rav link) for a long time. I am too damn experienced a knitter to cock up so comprehensively, in so many ways. And yet, here we are. Exhibit A: (We’re experiencing an unseasonally overcast and cool […]

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FO Report: Origami

According to Ravelry, I cast this on last December. (Cursed accurate record-keeping.) I bought the yarn, along with plenty more, in a birthday-fuelled fit of self-indulgence, and I don’t regret a damn thing. Last year I reluctantly threw out my secretly-called ‘poet cardigan’, which was covered in holes and stains, but which draped beautifully, came […]

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FO Report: Hitchhiker scarf

Oooh, baby, do you smell a scarf addiction burning? Cos I do. After a near-completion, followed by a complete-restarting, I finished Hitchhiker while we were travelling. I’m glad I had it with me while we travelled (which is not the same as saying “I’m glad I royally cocked it up once already”) because it was […]

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Back to zero

I don’t get to use this baby nearly enough. One of the things I like about knitting is being able to start over. Few mistakes are irretrievable. And then you can revisit the happy honeymoon days of when you first cast on! Which is the next best thing. Y’know, after having a completed project.

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