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Posts from ‘May, 2007’

Instant gratification

As a break from the socks, I started a pair of mittens this weekend. Zoom! After working on socks on small needles, the heavy-weight mittens go extremely quickly. I’d seen thrummed mittens online and decided I must try it! A holiday weekend with temperatures in the high 80s F is a great time to start […]

Thinking about knitting Ia

Hm… After work today I was revisiting Annie Modesitt’s information on combined knitting. When I looked at it last year, I’d come to the conclusion that her method matched what I did, but I obviously didn’t pay enough attention! Taking only the knit stitch, since that’s what I wrote about and photographed already, the “cloth […]


Dogs and cats, living together… Some photos of the cat Morgan have snuck in, but only one incidental picture of Grendel as a decorator landscape accent. So here, by popular request (meaning that one person asked), are some pictures of my dog. (For those who know our critters, there is unfortunately only one cat nowadays. […]

Merry month of May

I love this time of year. The garden changes daily, and while this means that I can’t possibly keep up with the mowing, it also means that there is something new blooming every time I go outside. The azaleas are in full swing and the rhododendron is getting started. The unidentified purple things (probably also […]

Books, books books

This weekend was the annual AAUW State College (Penn State) used book sale. We go every year, on the morning of the first day, and scour the room for neat stuff. My only real find this year was a facsimile book of hours, though that was by no means the only thing I acquired. It’s […]

Naalbinding for knitters

Let me preface this by saying that I adore the Yarn Harlot and read her blog and her books. I aspire to some day knit like that (and to have time to do it!) But nobody’s perfect, and when she ventured into the history of naalbinding and knitting in Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off, she inspired […]

Long weekend

I took a four-day weekend. My mother came to town on Thursday, and this required half a day of frantic efficient housecleaning, so I just took the day off. We shopped for plants, and food (and ate very well over the weekend – Nick is an excellent cook). More on the plants later. My mother […]


My socks are taunting me. You see the problem – they are trying to get between me and my work, sticking their little toes out and trying to jump into my hand when I reach for an article. An impressive feat, when you consider that said socks consist entirely of one ankle piece. Why yes, […]

What’s up?

Three years ago I bought a house with lovely landscaping. It had been vacant for a year, and was pretty much untended. I’ve been slowing becoming familiar with what’s there, cutting back some exceedingly overgrown bits, and trying to undo some bad landscaping decisions. (WHO plants English ivy along a house with vinyl siding??? It’s […]

Thinking about knitting I

When I started knitting socks, rather than scarves and other flat rectangles, I got completely tangled in the decreases. I don’t knit like most people, and certainly not like any knitting pattern I’ve ever seen. I did a bit of research, and what I do is like what Annie Modesitt calls combined knitting (although I […]