So Many Ideas, So Little Time


I have so many things I want to post about and and just haven’t been able to get to them! I want to write about having finally sent off my level 2 projects to the Craft Yarn Council: the new puppet I’ve worked on with the ‘helpful’ guidance from a four-year-old: more work from my students: an emoji puppet I’m almost done with: my balcony that I never use but was excited about when we bought the house 18 years ago and how I might finally start using it: what I might do with all the swatches I’ve accumulated: how I want to rearrange my office so I can open my window and so many other topics.

Instead, I have found one excuse after another to dilly dally.

mini me reading.jpgReading is never to be considered dilly dallying!

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Free pattern: Up and Down Crunch Sweater

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If you came here just to download the pattern, scroll to the bottom of this post and download away! Updated September 27 at 12:30 AM CET. Reason: corrected instructions for foundation dc stitches. Now you are told to pm in the middle stitch of the group of three. UPdated again September 27 at 11:05 PM CET. Reason: changed wording of decrease rounds for sleeves (picky change).

Well, I finally got this crochet sweater pattern written. In the end, I decided to go with myself as the model for the small and large sizes of the sweater. My blog followers get to see and download this pattern first, before I put it on Ravelry, since a couple of people asked me to write it all up. In the pictures, above, you can see me wearing two different sizes. The brown one is size small, or 42″, with 0″ of ease (yikes…

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Unraveled: Baby Poncho and Love of Country

fiber and sustenance

After the short novel I wrote yesterday, I promise this is just a quick pop in to join up with Unraveled, which I’d like to be back in the habit of doing each week!

This week is all about clearing the deck — both in terms of knitting and the house, to get ready to start some big (knitting) projects and settling into a more normal routine in a mostly put together new place.  My Wood Warbler is happily finished and got some wear this weekend — hopefully I’ll get some pictures of it soon! My Bousta Beanie’s drying on the window sill as we speak.  I’m on the home stretch of a baby poncho, pictured below, knit in some vintage stash Madelinetosh DK yarn, which is destined for a dear friend in Montreal whose due to have a little one arriving this October. I thought the…

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Purple cardigan on a WIP Wednesday

The Yarn Blabber

I’ve been knitting away at my purple top-down cardigan. I’m almost done with the body and then I can get going on the sleeves.


I haven’t knit stockinette stitch flat in years. Wow, is it boring! I really made a push on it over the weekend to try and get it all over with. I almost made it to the bottom, but not quite. I wanted a sort of plain cardigan and I’m getting one, it’s just I have to make a real effort not to yawn while knitting and purling back and forth.

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Apple Pickings, A Rusty Meat Hook, and The Many Things You Can Do With Yarn


Sometimes I sit down to write here and I just have no idea where the story will lead. Tonight is one of those times.

It’s been a while since I’ve sat down to write here. It wasn’t because I haven’t wanted to, but just because I haven’t been sitting much lately. Shortly after I published my last post, we jetted over to spend a couple days at my parents’ house while Mr. Knitting Sarah had meetings. The highlight of the trip was the tried and true fall pastime around here: apple picking. My parents have an orchard a short and scenic drive from their house, so each year the kids and I go with my mom.


This year the rainy, rainy spring and summer led to an apple crop that was not the best looking. The proprietor explained that many of the apple skins had blemishes because of the weather, but…

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Demo Last Weekend


This last weekend my guild did a Demo at the Carp Fair I went on the Sunday.  I took a blending board to make some more rollags. I had some hand cards with me and I had a spindle I was spinning a rollag on so I could explain it all.  It was very popular with the visitors to the fair. .

Bernadette was spinning Rambouillet on her wheel. In this picture she is Chain plying it.

Jan was working On the Edo Challenge. And Yes that is an octopus. I am hoping to get her to do a post about her progress. Here she is explaining it to some visitors.

Her fish was there on display and tried to eat a passing child.

Julie was weaving. She is doing shibori on the loom. She weaves the draw strings right into the scarf ready to be tightened up and then…

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