Thursday, November 8, 2018

How I design a gansey sweater

This is a repeat of a post I made about 4 years ago.  If you knit and would like to try your hand at designing a gansey, this might help.

How I design a fisherman's sweater, AKA a gansey.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018


Go, vote!  Vote as if your life depends on it, because it does.  Think of the 11 innocent people shot in cold blood in a Pittsburgh synagogue.  Think of the 2 African-American people shot in a convenience store for the fun of it.  My life depends on who wins this election.  Yours might, too.

Understand that the terrorists who perpetrate these hate killings are neither Muslim nor folks, illegal or otherwise, from south of the border.  These terrorists are home-grown white men.

If you have not been effected by the killings of the last few weeks, your group might be next. 

Vote as if your life depends on it, because it does. 

Monday, October 29, 2018

Thank you

Thank you, my friends, for your love and support.  I cannot tell you how important it was for me to read your words. Thank you to all the Christian and Muslim clergy who have supported the Jewish community; you are a tower of strength for us.  Thank you to friends who have called.

Thank you to the first responders who so bravely tried to protect the congregants.  Thank you to the Steelers and the mayor and all the good people of Pennsylvania who have spoken for us.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

My heart is broken

I'm sitting here, crying.  I have no words.  Every time some innocent person is killed in this country, I say "this is not America."  Maybe it is.  I am heartbroken.

Thank you, my friends, for your love and support.  I cannot tell you how important it was for me to read your words.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Blob

The Blob.  This is what a lace shawl looks like before blocking:  a blobby wrinkly mess. 

Wait 'til you see what it looks like when blocked.

Started sometime in Jan and finished yesterday.  It could have been finished a while ago, but I got distracted by all the sweater knitting.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Clover sweater is finished

And here she is, all washed and dried and smooth as if I had machine-knitted her.  That's what a good wet blocking does when you work with wool.

The specs:  Knit in KnitPicks Palette wool, about 5.5 balls of the dark green yarn, and bits of the other colors.  Size 3 needles for the body, and 2 for the ribbing.  Knitted in the round, of course, top down, and inspired by the Birkin sweater.  I rarely follow another sweater design, since I'm quite capable of doing my own, but I was too lazy to figure out the increases in the yoke, so that came from the Birkin.  The little green design on top of and bottom of the yoke, and also used on the sleeves and sweater bottom, is from Birkin. 

Birkin is a lovely sweater, and uses 3 colors/round in many cases, but I'm an experienced Fair Isle knitter, and no way do I ever use more than 2 colors at a time.  So, that was the first to go.  Plus, I prefer long sleeves and a usual sweater bottom.  I can say that this is a Birkin-inspired sweater, but adapted to what I like. 

Took me about 6 weeks off and on.  The yoke went quickly because it's interesting to do, the rest is just donkey work, knitting round after round after round.  I can't knit hours of stockinette without really hurting my hands, wrists, shoulders.  So I just motored along somewhat slowly. 

Finished it and decided I was done with the winter's sweaters.  And now I can't help but think that I need to make one for me, too. 

This fall/winter, I made 6 sweaters (not pictured are a red sweater for the little guy, and a cable sweater for Miss R):

Out of the 6, I got one, the pretty lavender one.  I'm so bored with my sweaters.  Need to make some for me.  Given that I wear them from Nov through March, I could use a few new ones.  Hmmmmm.


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