Monday, September 14, 2009

I'm Moving!

I'm moving the blog over to another site and retitling it Knitting Up North.

Please find me at

Hopefully there will be a fun addition to the blog soon.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ohh ohh ohh

I love getting boxes in the mail! Even when I know something is coming, I still get it excited when it arrives.

This is 1 pound of Yak/Alpaca. I split it with alcarin (Ravelry ID). It's kind of an odd story how this came about.

This one time, at knitting camp (Sock Summit), I sat down next to some complete strangers. We talked about the great things in the marketplace and all the things we coveted (I strongly considered Socks That Rock Sock Club). Carin told us about some yak alpaca that was being sold because it was over processed for commercial spinning. She and I decided to split 2 lbs. Since my share arrived, I've been dreaming of a February Lady Sweater.

-- Post From My iPhone

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Boyfriend Hat

I took a little break from the Cinxia and Clapotis to whip up a Boyfriend hat for my nephew. Directions are at

Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 superwash wool in 004, a dark grey.

Mods: I cast on 90 and worked for just over 5" before starting the decreases. It used exactly one ball of yarn.

I'm thinking of doing a bunch of these in other colors as gifts for Christmas. This one took me just over a day to knit.

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Send Me Your Stories

Do you have a stash so large you could run a yarn store out of your home?

Do you have to bribe yourself to finish projects?

What's your oldest WIP?

I'm working on a new project and could use some help. Send me your Knotty Knitting stories (all the ones fit to print or speak) at knittingupnorth at gmail dot com. I'll tell you the details of the project soon.

-- Post From My iPhone

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Last night was Wednesday Night at the Races in Superior. The people who organize Grandmas Marathon put on little races for kids each week at a different park. Addie and Lily (and I) ran in the 4 and under category. Before we started I told Addie to run as fast as she could but if we got separated to just follow the other kids to the finish line. I should have told her to run like the wind, because she came in 3rd!

Afterwards we went to Culvers for dinner.

Addie wasn't too impressed with the dairy-free lemon ice I got for Lily ( be sure they use a clean scoop!) but when her friend AJ came to the table with an M&M sundae, she was lovin' it. What a great way to cap off one of our warmest nights this suet.

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There are Not Words

There really are not words for the wonderful time I had at Sock Summit. I came home inspired by the knitting greats that I had met. My head is whirling with design and color ideas.

Daisy Muir bag - quite possibly one of my best purchases.

The other thing that has come about from SS09 is renewed energy to finish up UFOs. I took out my Clapotis again (Touched by Heather Ordover and seen in a photo with Stephanie Pearl McPhee!) and might even consider picking up a cotton baby blanket.

The Clap - modified

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Sock Summit Day 1

The spinning wheel & I made it through the flight just fine. Despite all of the experts in Adam's office, the wheel fit just fine in the overhead compartment.

My first class was with Stephen from HizKnits. It was a funny class - I learned there is no lace in men's socks. However replace the YO with a make one and you might be in business.

And now, some photos...

The line to get into Marketplace.

And famous faces! That's a Kinneared photo of Stephanie Pearl McPhee.

-- Post From My iPhone