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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 […]


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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ACT I “How delightful! This charming seahorse-tailed scarf will be ready in no time at all! I’ll be finished by Friday and wear it on holiday!” ACT II “What a lot of extra yarn I seem to have. I’ll just double check the yardage in the pattern.” ACT III “Whoa, how long has that extra […]


With a curly seahorse tail

I burn slow and long. This is a beautifully poetic way of saying ‘it takes me about four years to catch on to a trend and then I refuse to give it up until it’s parodied on The Simpsons‘. Case in point: shawlettes. I don’t care for the term, but I acknowledge that’s what we’re […]

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Beginnings and ends (and weaving in)

I’m well relieved to have finished my Niecini’s wee green duffel coat. (Seriously? That’s how you spell duffel coat? Wow.)  Apart from the embarrassment of being the latest first birthday gift (Who am I kidding? She ain’t give a damn. The only first birthday present she cares about is the soft floppy sheepy she got that […]


FO Report: Snug and cabley and just in time

And by ‘just in time’, I of course mean ‘easily three or four weeks overdue’. My small niecini recently celebrated her first birthday! Hooray! Perhaps more accurately, she had her first birthday celebrations forced upon her. The look of horror that crept over her face as she realised everyone was singing a song at her embodied […]