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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 […]


Quitting’s for quitters

This weekend was unexpectedly dramatic. I quit sewing. Let me give you some backstory (why not): I have noticed a lot of tulle skirts on grown up women. Online, obviously, since I don’t go out unless I’m out of milk or need to get my scabies shots or whatever. So if enough women are wearing […]

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A learning curve

I can’t tell where I’m up to in Origami, my rendition of Paper Crane, but I’m having a great time with it. I mean, I know where I’m at in the pattern, but I’m not sure what percentage complete that is. But it’s very pretty. It turns out there are learning opportunities wherever you want […]

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Rut rut rut.

I hasten to clarify I don’t mean “rut” as in bull mooses going HEAD TO HEAD IN AN ALL OUT GRUDGE MATCH THROWDOWN, but rather “rut” as in “groove”. Which sounds lovely but isn’t necessarily so, as the song says. So I’ve been knitting these cute little ducky socks: …which are, I think you must […]

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FO Report: Urban Aran cardigan

As hinted at in my last Urban Aran post, there was one final hurdle before the beloved Urban Aran cardigan could adorn the beloved M. This is the first time I’ve ever attached a zipper to a knitted thing, and I was a little unsure about it. And then I remembered an awesome Grumperina blog […]

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Urban Aran: So close

And I gotta say, it’s beautiful. The Urban Aran cardigan is one of the most fun things I’ve ever knitted. It’s a straight up awesome pattern: there’s lots going on, but not so much that you get overwhelmed or have trouble keeping all the threads in your head. Even towards the top of the body, […]

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The infatuation continues

I’ve been working on M’s Urban Aran cardigan, and hot damn if it isn’t still my favourite thing to knit ever. EVER. I know I thought I felt this way before, but I was but a child then. This is the real deal. We had a rough patch, but we’re through it now. My fault, […]

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