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Tipping point(s)

It’s mid-February. Today is February 14 which, by definition, is halfway through the month. I don’t know what happened, because it was January just a second ago, and then I thought I’d just read a page of my book to remind myself where I was up to… Anyway, here we are. I love February because […]

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Aaaand scene.

Imagine my pride in putting aside my hunch and gut feeling in favour of science. Diligent swatching and measuring and hmmming over the pattern told me that my new cardigan should be cast on in size medium, not small, as is my instinct. Imagine my disgust when, after a week of error-free work, I separate […]

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Turn it around

Do y’all remember Knitty’s pattern Cheesylove? It was published in 2002, which tells you all you need to know about my ability to react to inspiration. Anyway, after having it on my to-knit list for some fifteen years, last year I finally cast it on and dedicated myself to it with an impressive degree of […]

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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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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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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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How Not to Knit Lace

Or “How to Not Knit Lace”. There are three primary ingredients required for your failure to successfully knit lace: Some lace knitting you’d like to knit: ideally, a lacey cardigan such as Girl Friday. Some Sambucca. A few episodes of Spongebob Squarepants. Time required: 1-1.5 hours. Level of difficulty: moderate. Serves: 1. Now, I should […]

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A slight interruption

Progress on Black Coffee bumped into two roadblocks today, one minute, the other gargantuan. The first: lack of yarn. The second: my need to weigh pros and cons for an hour before spending money on yarn. Charging along merrily, congratulating myself on not fucking up the cast-on/join-do-not-twist stage, and then admiring some of the nicest […]

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F is for F(l)ail

I gotta ‘fess up — I didn’t finish all the Unfinished Business that I had hoped to before we moved house.  I’d like to tell you that it was by the skin of my teeth, that it was entirely due to bad luck and that I was *that* close to finishing all the knitting projects, […]

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Finishing II – Yarn

So I mentioned before that I’m using my forthcoming Moving Day (just under three weeks now) to light a fire under my reading list — trying to get all my half-read books completed before the day of the shift. Well, this is part of a broader plan to really get stuck into my To-Do box […]

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