How to Make a Slipknot


Something very peculiar happens when someone starts learning to knit or crochet: They forget how to make a slipknot. I’ve seen this again and again; there’s something about applying an old learned skill to a new art that causes them to … Continue reading →

By a Thousand Cuts


This post is summed up pretty well by the fact that I already wrote it once… and then my iPad WordPress app deleted half of the first draft. It’s been a long couple of months, where everything felt like it … Continue reading →

The Thirteenth Hour


I just finished the thirteenth hour of my workday. It has been a good but long day, starting in the morning with my crochet student triumphantly finishing her first amigurumi: Yes, she crocheted Yoda! The Star Wars crochet kit is … Continue reading →

Drowned like Ophelia


Hello all! Rest assured, please, that my radio silence does not indicate anything other than an exceedingly busy life! Changing schedules, dance shows, additional work shifts and sundry special events have kept me away from writing here, though I have a multitude … Continue reading →


Cinder by Jen Lucas from Sock Yarn Shawls II, knit in Wooly Wonka Fibers Arianrhod Sock colorway Rain Forest. Shop sample for Knit Locally, which currently has both Sock Yarn Shawls II and a variety of gradients (including Wooly Wonka’s Arianrhod Sock) in stock.

Full of It


Over this past spring, I got quite into fulling, so I thought I’d share with you all the hows, whats, and whys of fulling. First, both “fulling” and “felting” mean roughly the same thing: both describe the process of agitating … Continue reading →

The Age of Brass and Steam

Age of Brass and Steam

Occasionally I finish something! This is the free pattern The Age of Brass and Steam, knit in Blue Ridge Yarns’ Footlights in the River Rocks colorway. I thought the colors of Footlights’ four mini-skeins fit the pattern name, as if a sepia photograph … Continue reading →

Cute as a button

I have kind of an unspoken but well-understood agreement with my friends who are in committed relationships: they don’t ask when I’m going to meet someone, and I don’t ask when they’re going to have kids. This is actually completely unnecessary, … Continue reading →

Oh man…

On Monday, I cast on what is turning out to be a very satisfying garter-stitch project. Unfortunately, I’m hitting the point today where my hands are starting to ache from knitting. Foolish me doesn’t take enough breaks / stretch my … Continue reading →

Year of the Ram

The Lunar New Year (also commonly known as Chinese New Year in the US) begins on Thursday! Even though I haven’t been to any full-on celebrations since I left California over a decade ago, and haven’t celebrated at all since I stopped living in … Continue reading →