Knit sweater Christmas Ornaments

Christmas is fast approaching, so I’ll do my best to get these up as quickly (and accurately. eek) as possible.

Sweater ornament

Supplies

Leftover worsted weight yarn

Size 6 (4 mm) DPNs or circular needles

5 stitch markers

Waste yarn for holding stitches

Needle for weaving in ends

Gauge

Unimportant

Notes

There are lots of patterns for sweater ornaments that are knit flat then seamed, but this one is knit in the round using the same method that you would use for a human-sized sweater. If you haven’t knit a raglan sleeve sweater before, the basic process is:

  • Cast on for the neck then knit in rib for the collar
  • Place markers to designate right half front, sleeve, back, sleeve, and left half front
  • Increase before and after the stitch markers on each round until yoke is large enough
  • Knit to first marker, place sleeve on waste yarn.  Join with back and knit across to next marker, place other sleeve on waste yarn.  Join again and knit across front half.
  • Knit body to desired length, bind off.
  • Pick up sleeve stitches, knit to desired length, bind off.
  • Pick up second sleeve stitches, knit to desired length, bind off.

One final note — my final sweaters are the perfect size for holding a gift card!  I’ve already decided that if I ever give out gift cards, I’m doing so in little knit sweater ornaments.

knit sweater ornament steps

Top left:  Markers in place, as seen from the top.  Top right: The body, with arms on waste yarn.  Bottom left:  One arm complete, other arm on waste yarn.  Bottom right:  Turned inside out for weaving in ends.

Body:

Cast on 12 stitches, place marker, and join to knit in the round.
(k1, p1), repeat to end, for 4 rounds
On next round, knit 2, place marker, knit 2, place marker, knit 4, place marker, knit 2, place marker, knit 2 to end of round

With your markers now in place, we’ll do a series of increases before and after each marker.

Round 1:  knit to 1 stitch before marker, kfb, slip marker, kfb.  Repeat sequence to end of round.
Round 2:  knit all

Repeat rounds 1 & 2 four more times

Now we’ll place the sleeves on scrap yarn and join for the body.

Knit to first marker, remove marker
Place next 12 stitches on scrap yarn
Remove marker, join, knit to next marker, remove marker
Place next 12 stitches on scrap yarn
Remove marker, join, knit across front

You’re now knitting just the body.  Though not required, I like to rearrange stitches on my needles so the front of the sweater is on one and the back is on the other.  I then place my stitch marker underneath an arm, using that as the beginning of my round.  Though you’re shifting the beginning of the round off by a few stitches, I think you can do so without consequences on something like this.

Knit 12 rounds
Purl 1 round
Knit 1 round
Purl 1 round
Bind off

Sleeves:

Pick up 12 stitches from sleeve, evenly distribute on needles
Join new yarn, leaving a long enough tail to seam underarm.
Knit for 9 rounds
(K1, P1), repeat to end, for 3 rounds
Bind off in established pattern

Repeat process for second sleeve

Sew up underarms to close any holes and weave in ends.  Done!

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free pattern for little knit sweater christmas ornament

 

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christmas tree hand knit ornaments

Our family was slated to come to Wyoming for the holidays this year so I jumped into the holiday spirit with unprecedented gusto.  When plans fell through (no big deal, we’ll survive) my holiday cheer sort of disappeared in tow.  After digging through my yarn stash, I decided it would still be fun to make a few ornaments.  The simple ball I showed last week, a tiny sweater, maybe a little mitten and Santa Hat.  What I did not expect was to have a ridiculously fun time doing so.  I ended up with a pile of ornaments on hand but nowhere to hang them so, while putting Alan’s Christmas present away in the garage a few days ago, I finally convinced myself to drag the tree inside and see what we could make of it.

Turns out, our standard tree trimmings have gone missing since the move.  I think we’ve gone through all the boxes from our Michigan house, so either they’re hiding in my parents basement or lost for good.  Since I was having a pretty good time with this knit ornament thing, I decided to just go whole hog and do all handmade decorations this year.  I didn’t expect it to make for the cutest tree we’ve ever had!

christmas tree hand knit ornaments

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The crochet snowflakes and leaves I cannot take credit for.  I’ll direct you to these fantastic tutorials here and here.  I tried my hand at a crochet ball (green, 2 photos above) to emotionally deal with the final episode of Sons of Anarchy.  I would post a pattern, but crochet is so very much not my strength and I’m sure it would embarrassing. I said I would try my knit ball ornament in a smaller weight yarn and I did, seen in the red ball above.  Instead of adding more rows to make a larger ornament, I just followed the pattern as written and ended up with an adorably 2/3 sized ball.  The “garland” won’t win any awards for crafting genius, but it was the easiest way I could think of to get some more color on the tree.

easy crochet garland

The garland is just literally just a crochet chain.  I used two colors of leftover basic craft store bulky yarn and a huge hook.  I believe it’s this one, though mine isn’t labeled.  I just tied both colors together then chained until I thought the garland was long enough to wrap around the tree.  One skein of each color would be more than enough for most trees.  Up close, it’s no technical masterpiece, but I think it looks cute wrapped around our tree!

I realized we’re rapidly running out of time here, so I’ll get a pattern for the sweater and Santa Hat up this week.

christmas tree hand knit ornaments

Can we sidebar to talk about the tree itself? I’m very much bored of ours though it’s in good shape, so I’m sure I could sell it or pass it along to my parent’s house so they have a tree here in Wyoming.  This one was well suited to our Michigan house but it looks absurd in this house thanks to our soaring ceilings.  In Wyoming, you can actually get a permit to cut your own tree from the forest which I find ridiculously fun in concept, I’m not sure how it would go for us in reality.  Alan’s Christmas present (I’ll show it here soon!) would make the process easier next year.  When I was a kid, I vividly remember my parents taking us to Christmas tree farms but instead of cutting one, we would have them dug up with the root ball in tact.  Once the holidays were over, we planted the trees along the property line in our yard.  When we moved out of that house, there was a row of 7 trees in various stages of growth, a permanent reminder of our years in the house.  I still LOVE this idea and want to see if it’s legal to dig up forest trees in Wyoming.  What do you guys do? Fake, cut, or is someone out there a pro at digging up trees you can re-plant?

 

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Simple brioche stitch cowl in Manos del Uruguay Maxima Stratus and Rainforest

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I’m rare to play favorites with my knitting, but if we’re talking about the near perfect combination of gorgeous yarn, a new technique that comes together beyond my expectations, and a finished item that wears effortlessly, this brioche cowl just jumped to the top of my list.

Simple brioche stitch cowl in Manos del Uruguay Maxima Stratus and Rainforest

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The yarn is – say it with me here – Manos del Uruguay Maxima.  Whaaaat? No way!  In an unplanned bit of stash busting, the light blue was on hand from a failed Christmas gift last year.  I was sure I ordered Foil but Stratus arrived.  It didn’t work for my intended recipient so I set it aside knowing I’d find the perfect use for it at some point.  The amazing variegated colorway is Rainforest, purchased from the sale bin on an impromptu visit to Knit on Pearl in Jackson, WY.  Can we sidebar for a moment to talk about how I’m matching up with my list of Stash traps pretty much perfectly?  This is a text book #2: Failed Gifts and #1 + #4: Sale Bin + Fear of Running out.  If this is an indicator of how the rest of my Stash Busting endeavors will go, I’m really excited to get underway.

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The pattern is hardly a pattern, I guess you could call it my own pattern if you want.  I added to the list of knitting techniques that I wanted to conquer by finally tackling brioche stitch.  I knew it couldn’t be that difficult, but I’d already gotten discouraged multiple times while just reading through the instructions for brioche stitch.  Once I sat down with yarn in hand and some videos queued up on the iPad, I discovered that brioche stitch is quite simple.  I found it to have enough rhythm to keep me interested while still being easy enough to tackle in front of Netflix.

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The cowl wasn’t entirely without hiccups.  This one is actually my second attempt, progress photos from my first are above.  The first was a casualty of lessons learned while trying new techniques.  I cast on far too many stitches and worked with needles that I eventually decided were a few sizes too large.  I ended up frogging the entire thing and sizing my needles down.  I’ve talked before about how I’m likely to barrel on through even when I don’t see things going along exactly how I’d like, so go ahead and file this one under my self-improvement column.

If you’re interested in making a cowl for yourself I’ll include my notes below, thought they hardly amount to a pattern.  For a great video of Brioche Stitch in the round, check out this one from Alex of Dull Roar.

Materials

1 skein Manos del Uruguay Maxima in Rainforest

1 1/3 skeins Manos del Uruguay Maxima in Stratus*

Size 6 (4 mm) circular needle

Cast on 130 stitches, join

Knit 5 rounds.  This gives a curled edge which I normally do not like, but I find it works really well here.

Beyond this, there is hardly a pattern.  I used my bold color for knit rounds, the accent color for edging and purl rounds.  I finished the brioche stitch on a knit round, then transitioned back to my accent color for another 6 rounds of edging to finish it off.  I did not use a stretchy bind off and I’m thankful for it.  I find the slightly tighter bind off edge gives some structure to the slouch of the cowl.

*So here’s the issue with not writing a pattern and just saying “do as I did”.  I originally had 2 skeins of Stratus on hand but used a good portion of one to make a hat.  I wanted to use every bit of my bold color so I played yarn chicken, adding rounds until I thought I’d come just sort of finishing the last round, then switched back to my accent color for the edging.  If you want to replicate my cowl, you could buy two skeins of your accent color and know that you’ll have enough to make a hat to match.  If you want to just purchase 1 skein of each color, its certainly doable, but you’ll have to better watch your yardage to ensure you have enough for the edging.

To be a bit more helpful, I just counted rows on my finished cowl.  Think of brioche as layers.  The front and back layers work together to make the final brioche effect.  When knitting brioche in the round, you do one knit round and one purl round to make one visible row of brioche.  In my case, I have 80 visible rows, which is actually 160 rounds.  If you wanted to use just one skein of each color, I suggest 5 rounds of edging, 75 (so 150 rounds) rows of brioche, then 5 rounds of edging.  I suspect you’ll end up with a bit of each leftover but use that as a guide and play chicken to your hearts content!

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I was recently chatting with my blogging buddy and fellow knitter, Kate, from Oh Katie Joy when she asked if I’d heard of a certain new yarn club.  I won’t spill the beans on what club she was talking about, you’ll have to check out her site for that info and you should because it’s a gooooood one, but I told her that I’ve had yarn clubs on the brain lately and was thinking about doing a round up before the holidays.  When she mentioned that her own gift guide would go up this week, I gladly accepted her suggestion that we both post for Friday.  I tend to get plenty of ideas for the blog but lack follow through, so I appreciate any little nudges that keep me moving along.  My (perhaps overly detailed) roundup is below and Kate’s is available here.  At least four items from her list have already jumped onto my own, so it’s well worth the visit!

review of yarn subscription clubs

If you have a knitter on your gift list this year and are struggling to find the perfect gift, if you are a knitter yourself and aren’t sure what to ask for, may I suggest one of these yarn clubs? Sadly, I haven’t yet tried one myself but they always pop back up on my radar this time of year.  Buying a hobby specific gift can be tough, especially because your recipient knows their personal craft preferences better than anyone, but I think any of these are a total slam dunk.  I’ve subscribed to a few makeup subscription boxes over the years and they are always fun to receive, fun to open, and I love trying out new things I wouldn’t otherwise buy.  If we’re comparing my love for makeup and my love for yarn, makeup is like a 1 to yarn’s 10.  Short of a total yarn shopping spree (hey, we can all dream?) there’s nothing I’d love more than to receive one of these in my stocking.

 

Yarnbox Subscription Yarn Club

Yarnbox – Yarnbox was the first club to cross my path and the one that opened my eyes to the whole notion of a monthly yarn subscription.  I see that they’ve grown the club to include Classic ($39.95/month), Luxe ($69.95/month) and Sock (coming soon!) options.  As with most clubs, discounts are offered when paying for multiple months in advance.  I ran through a test purchase and see that you can indicate knit vs. crochet, needle size (nothing too big, nothing too small, I can handle them all), favorite color and hue (muted, vibrant, no preference) and, perhaps most important for me, least favorite color.  This option is a standout from the clubs that I’ve researched and I love the option of firmly indicating a color I don’t want to receive.  If you give this as a gift subscriotion, your recipient can change all these options later.

If Yarnbox is active on social media, I haven’t stumbled across them yet in my social circles.  For me, this is the biggest drawback.  I dug around for reviews on all these clubs and haven’t yet seen many details about Yarnbox.  Do they favor big brands or indie dyers? How much do you receive? What kinds of patterns are included?  Is it different every month?  For the sake of trying to do a legit job on this post, I just checked out their Facebook page and see they recently sent out skeins from Neighborhood Fiber Co.  I would love (loooooove) to get a surprise shipment of this in the mail, so that sort of puts my reservations at ease.

 

Fiberista Subscription Yarn Club

Fiberista Club -  Fiberista Club crossed my path thanks to Instagram and is what prompted me to start obsessing over yarn clubs again.  This is a new club, but they’re killing in on their instagram.  Like Yarnbox, you can subscribe monthly or receive discounts by purchasing multiple months in advance.  Unlike Yarnbox, they segment their boxes into Yarn and Spinning.  Their needle sizes are more clearly segmented than Yarnbox (Lace to DK, Worsted to Chunky, All sizes) which I appreciate and it makes me feel – whether true or not – that I’m getting supplies from actual knitters who understand the craft.  Colors are separated into Warm, Cool, Neutral, and All Colors.  Once you chose a color set, you can indicate hue as well (soft, vibrant, all hues).  For me, this is both a huge perk and a complication… as my knitting and yarn taste has developed, I’ve definitely expanded my color choices.  Among cool colors, I love green, blue, and indigo, I do not love purple.  Among warm colors, I love yellow, orange, pinks, I very much dislike reds.  In general I love vibrant colors but don’t like rainbow and would worry that “all colors” + “vibrant” means I’m getting rainbow hued sock yarn.   I’m sure I’m just being paranoid and realize this is a failure of my preferences, not Fiberista Club’s setup, but I can see how it would be difficult to cull these options when you’re gifting a subscription.  My takeaway? Were I to subscribe myself, I’d be brave and just respect the process and select more inclusive options rather than trying to micromanage what I receive.  All colors, all hues for me!

While this isn’t a negative of Fiberista Club specifically, this is a good place for one of my reservations.  So far on social media Fiberista Club has posted giveaways for Brooklyn Tweed Loft, Dream in Color Classy Worsted, and Madeline Tosh Merino Light.  I love all these options and I’m going to assume they’re a pretty good indicator of the type of yarn they’ll be sending monthly.  However, the monthly cost is roughly equivalent to purchasing any of these two skeins directly. Were I more responsible, I could just budget for two “nice” skeins of yarn once a month and probably have a similar cash outlay.  The club sends two patterns and a bonus every month, so that does push the “value” a bit beyond just the yarn itself.  If you’re looking at a club as some sort of “savings”, I think you’d be disappointed.  If you, like me, are looking at a club as a fun way to get surprises in the mail and curb the desire to constantly stash more yarn, I think you’d be thrilled.  If you are doing it as a gift, surely your recipient would love any of the above yarns!

 

Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Color Subscription Yarn Club

Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Color – Unlike the monthly boxes above, Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Color Club is a one-time purchase for an entire year of yarn.  Packages are sent every other month and there is no control over what weights and colors hit your mail box.  Tanis Fiber Arts describes this best, “The Club features a wide variety of yarn weights and fiber contents. Expect to receive anything from lace weight to aran weight yarn. Six different bases will be highlighted throughout the year. The Club also features six exclusive colourways! Light or dark, neutrals or neons, there are no rules. The Club colourways are designed to be inspiring!” 

I’d argue in this case you’re buying into a club with pedigree.  I’ve long admired Tanis Fiber Arts yarns, though I haven’t yet purchased any myself.  A look at previous years clubs are available on the site and I think they’re all really lovely.  Like… really really gorgeous.  Though some of the colors shown aren’t exactly in my wheelhouse, I wouldn’t complain about receiving any of them.  The club cost divided by six shipments results in a per shipment cost right in line with the two clubs listed above.  I personally don’t love that shipments only go out once every two months but that’s really the only drawback I can identify.

 

Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Subscription Yarn Club

Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Club – Blue Moon Fiber is another brand that I’ve followed but I didn’t know about their Socks That Rock club until recently.  This club is most similar to Tanis Fiber Arts.  A one-time purchase gets you a year of yarn, delivered once every two months.  Like the name suggests, the club is centered around their Socks That Rock yarn.  For the 10th Anniversary, the yarns are exclusive colorways that will not be made available to the public.  If you or your knitter love socks, this could be the perfect club choice.  I’m a big fan of sock yarns because you are guaranteed enough yardage to complete a project.  If the yarn doesn’t strike your fancy for socks, there are plenty of shawlette patterns designed specifically for sock yarn.

For me, the only drawback of the club is that I’m just not sure how wild the colors may be.  The club offers one final warning of, Before purchasing, please take a minute to consider very carefully about whether or not a Sock Club that chooses the yarn, pattern, and color is right for you. We promise to challenge your color boundaries and expand your sock knitting horizons.” I love the idea of this club and know plenty of knitters that it would be perfect for (ahem, my Mom), but I think the total lack of control scares me just a little bit too much.

If you absolutely force me to pick one right now, no more contemplation allowed, I’m torn between Fiberista Club and Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Color.  I’ll give the slight edge to Fiberista Club because I like interacting with them on social media and I’d personally prefer to receive something every month rather than every other.  Bottom line, though?  You can’t go wrong.  If your favorite knitter is in need of a gift but isn’t offering helpful suggestions, pick yo self up one of these and you’re guaranteed success!

 

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Easy Christmas ornaments - a pattern for the basic knit ball

Easy Christmas ornaments - a pattern for the basic knit ball

Let’s face it, the blog is swiftly headed towards all knitting, all the time.  The door is over there and I understand if you leave.

I could spend a few more posts ruminating on why I have a yarn stash and all the lovely things that are currently in that stash, but I decided I needed a “quick win” to eliminate some old projects and use up some scrap yarn.  I also decided that, for the first time in three years, we’re actually decorating for Christmas this year, so making a few ornaments seemed like a pretty decent idea.

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Writing patterns is not something I… do… so if this is painful, bear with me while we figure things out, yeah?

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Basic ball Christmas ornament

Thought I haven’t tested it extensively, I would imagine this pattern could be used as more of a recipe, adjusting to the yarn that you have on hand. I’ll test next with worsted yarn and report back!

For this sample, I used a bulky roving and sized my needle down from the suggested size to ensure tight weave on my fabric.  You definitely don’t want the stuffing to pop through your stitches.

 

Supplies:

scrap Bernat Roving or similar bulky yarn

5.5 mm (size 9) DPN or circular needle

Poly-fil stuffing

Stitch marker

Needle for weaving ends

Gauge:  Unimportant!

Notes:  I started my first test ornament on DPNs but find them too fiddly to work with these days.  I much prefer using interchangeable needles with a long, very flexible cable.  Of course, do whichever you prefer.

Cast on 8 stitches, place marker, and join to knit in the round.

Row 1:  (k1, kfb), repeat to end

Row 2:  (k2, kfb), repeat to end

Row 3:  knit all

Row 4:  (k3, kfb), repeat to end

Row 5:  knit all

Row 6:  (k4, kfb), repeat to end

Row 7:  knit all

Row 8: (k5, kfb), repeat to end

Row 9 – 14:  knit all

Row 15:  (k5, k2tog), repeat to end

Row 16:  knit all

Row 17:  (k4, k2tog), repeat to end

Row 18:  knit all

Row 19:  (k3, k2tog), repeat to end

Row 20:  knit all

Row 21:  (k2, k2tog), repeat to end

Row 22:  (k1, k2tog), repeat to end.  8 stitches remain.

Cut yarn with ~6″ tail and thread onto needle.  Loosely thread tail through remaining stitches, then firmly stuff ornament with Poly-fill.  Pull thread tight and weave in ends.

So easy, right?!

Easy Christmas ornaments - a pattern for the basic knit ball

Easy Christmas ornaments - a pattern for the basic knit ball

We haven’t really decorated since we’ve been married – or even dating, actually – so we don’t have many ornaments with sentimental value.  My plan is to knit until I’m worn out or the yarn is gone, whichever comes first, and share the patterns here.  So far I’ve done this basic ball, the little sweater and Santa hat, plus a mitten.  I’d also love to come up with a bird and either a star or crochet snowflake.  Stay tuned!

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yarn stash

As is typical with any great resolution, I’ve totally failed on my plan to stop buying yarn and start eliminating my stash.  I have this abstract journey of self-improvement on my mind for 2015 and among the countless line items is a general determination to reduce the stuff around me, become better intentioned with the things I buy and make, guard our budget and savings, and stop buying things purely because I think they’ll make me happy.  I should probably start this journey by unsubscribing from store and sale emails and unliking things on Facebook, because I bought more yarn last week during the Knit Picks Big Sale.

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I’d love to say I was inspired solely by self-improvement, but the real jumping off point for tackling my mountain of fiber is the discovery of a lovely blog, The Craft Sessions, and her Stash Less series.  I’ve identified this stash issue before but only with the abstract goal to “have less”.  This time around I though it might be helpful to consider why I have one in the first place.  I’m definitely curious to know if you have one as well and what your personal triggers are.

1. Champagne taste on a beer budget

By far, my biggest contribution is sale purchases.  I’m a sucker for those really nice fibers that you can only find in specialty shops but they’re rarely in my budget so I go bananas over a sale.  If there’s a 20% off bin, you’ll find me there.  If I stumble across a going out of business sale, I somehow spend a fortune because I’m getting things at 40% off.  I tend to tell myself that I can’t afford them if they’re not on sale, so if I don’t buy right now, I’ll never have another chance.  Without question this approach costs me more in the end and I’m just playing mind games to rationalize my purchases.

2.  Failed gifts

I love knitting for others and have quite the large pile of yarn that was intended for gifts, but didn’t work out as planned.  The worst part of this segment of my stash is that I was originally buying for someone else, so I’m stuck with yarn that doesn’t really appeal to me.  In most cases I certainly tried my original vision, so the boxes are littered with half wound skeins and abandoned objects.

3.  Cast offs

As big as my stash is, my Mom’s is bigger.  She let me pick through her bins on our last trip home and regularly passes things along to me if they aren’t working out for her.  I also have bits of leftover yarn from her finished projects.  Generally speaking everything in this segment is great and will be used, but they aren’t always my ideal yarns or quantities that lend themselves well to the types of projects I favor.

4.  Fear of running out

An absurd notion, you’d know, if you saw how many boxes of yarn I’ve accumulated, but I have a fear of not having a project on hand since we’re so far from the closest yarn store.  Buying online is always an option, of course, but I think I’m similar to most knitters — when I want to start a project, I need to start it immediately.  Within this section also falls those yarns that I know I love, so if I see a really great new colorway I’m lulled into a trance and make impulse buys.  The one perk of this behavior is that I definitely keep projects in mind as I’m buying, so I rarely purchase without getting enough hanks to make something.

yarn stash

I have a rough mental tally of what’s sitting in my stash, but once I start digging through boxes I’m always shocked (maybe a little scared) by what I find, both my choices and how much is really there.  At this point my stash overfloweth and I can’t possibly run through things one by one, but next time I’ll try to identify what among my stash can or cannot be used and how I can start working from what I have on hand.

I know there are a few knitters out there and I’m really curious how you deal with your stash.  Do you try to avoid having one all together or are you, like me, overrun by your supplies?

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Wherein I compromise my values for pie

November 28, 2014

This pie is not my original Thanksgiving pie.  A few days ago I saw a new pumpkin pie recipe on Smitten Kitchen (me, I am predictable) and knew we needed to have it.  Homemade all-butter crust, homemade filling, creamy, dense, not too sweet… In short, everything I love in a great pie. RIP, pie :( […]

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Beginner lace knitting / my finished Follow Your Arrow shawl

November 25, 2014

Sometime earlier this year I decided I was only going to tackle things I didn’t know how to knit.  Instead of my normal gray or blue worsted toddler sweaters, I wanted to use fingering yarn.  I wanted to improve my short row techniques, try new bind offs, learn how to read a lace chart, turn […]

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Rethinking how I treat the kitchen countertops

November 20, 2014

Posts like this are precisely why I don’t aim to be a DIY blogger.  I barely know what I’m doing myself, so I couldn’t possibly announce This is How Something is Done and then discover a better way and have to back peddle, feeling dumb.  So, obviously, I’m here to tell you that I wasn’t […]

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The office is painted and I’m reconciling my attachments to Things

November 18, 2014

We failed to get my office in any sort of reasonable shape before my parents came to town but I’ve since made significant progress.  I originally picked paint for this room from our local hardware store (read: not many options).  The color was a lovely subtle tone somewhere between mint and aqua.  Great color, horrible […]

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