176 A skill to fall back on

In this episode I’m taking the valley with me, trying to knit grey yarn at dusk, committed to life-long learning, and enjoying Dracula, daily. This week the bra I planned to (eventually) wear with Against All Odds has gone from inspiration and a loose collection of materials, to an actual…

175 Two sweaters

The first and best news, Tonia is home. Teaching herself to mend in order to stave off boredom, and providing a lap for grateful pets who are as relieved that she is home as I am. I’m using Susie Myer’s method for working contiguous set in sleeves in a top…


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174 The long game

Fiddly false starts. Ambushed by linen. The sound of knitting freedom. The answer is in the question. I’m sure there is a very good multi-syllabic German word for the feeling…

173 Not yet

Simple tools. Sweaters for the Littles. Jeny Staiman’s amazing heel construction. And my spring sweater shortlist.  Lilly’s Dahlia is officially FO! I bought my new toy/tool, the Simflex button gauge,…

172 Flotation device

The eye of the storm has moved. Possibly. And there are many things about which to celebrate. But not knitting. Worst knitting month ever, at the end of which I…

171 The eye of the storm

The return of a Skyscrapa. Flowers in pots. Books in stacks. Enormous sleeves. Hand sewing. Time, and what to do while it’s passing. Our house is officially for sale, and…