Category Archives: Crocheting

Review: “Making Life More Beautiful: A Maker’s Handbook”

For several years I’ve been following Kate Davies’s blog, “Fabrickated.”  London-based Kate has a “real” job, but among other talents, she is a skilled and creative clothing designer/maker with a keen eye for assessing fashion.  Kate’s mission always seemed to … Continue reading

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Schematics, Design & the Bell Curve

Many of knitters and crocheters – and I include myself – get rather annoyed when we pay for and download a pattern to find that it contains no schematic.  In this post I decided to discuss sketching one’s own. Due … Continue reading

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Holiday Donations

Around the holidays there seems to be an uptick in the number of people knitting or crocheting items (particularly hats) for holiday or charitable donations. When I have seen the contents of “donation baskets” – the  containers into which handmade … Continue reading

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Mormors Klem/Grandma’s Hug

When Thor and I went to my daughter’s house for for Thanksgiving, I brought the two gifts I made for the grandchildren:  a mitered square afghan for Grandson O and a granny square afghan for Granddaughter F.  As I gave … Continue reading

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Knitting With Large Needles

Because of damage I sustained to my hands many years ago, I do not knit with wool heavier than worsted.  The weight of heavy wool on top of the strength needed to manipulate large needles aggravate the damage. I recently … Continue reading

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Poncho Pattern Problems

Thinking of the ponchos so in vogue in the late ’60s and early ’70s (what my parents called “hippie garb”), I wasn’t particularly excited to learn that ponchos were again “in.”  (This picture [source] may bring back memories for some … Continue reading

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Where Do Your WIPs Live?

Perhaps because I routinely have multiple WIPs at any one time, my WIPs are scattered in an array of containers – a cloth basket hung on a wooden frame I bought 20 years ago (similar to the one on the … Continue reading

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Guerrillas or Rogues?

Recently two friends in the San Francisco Bay Area, neither of whom is a knitter or crocheter, emailed me news items about yarn bombers.  One article was recent and looked at yarn bombers in Scotland; the other article was a … Continue reading

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What Are Those Numbers?

Have you ever found a cone of interesting yarn, looked inside the cone, read “8/2 cotton,” 10/3 linen or “10/3 wool” and wondered what those numbers mean?  It’s the yarn or thread count.  The yarn count or thread count is … Continue reading

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Strengthen Your Pattern: Schematics

Recently I received the newsletter of a knitting organization that focuses on knitting and crochet patterns (some rather pricey – up to US $12).   I skimmed the patterns but only two caught my attention.  I gave them a closer look.  … Continue reading

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