Things I Finished Long Ago

I realized that I had not posted a finished knitting project for a long, long time. Here are those cardigans I made for Mr. Pumpkin’s nieces. This is Wee Chickadee by Ysolda Teague. It’s an easy, simple pattern, even with the colorwork. Knit Picks Stroll Tonal. These are some vanilla socks I made for my friend, Penny. These are Graffiti on the Metro mitts. Super simple and fast! These are the socks I made in October (Socktober). Two of them Continue Reading ››

Bath – Part 1

I love having tons of washcloths available. The ones on the left are just white washcloths from Target. I keep them in this box, also from Target. Storing them upright seems to keep them fluffy. The cloth on the right is a shaving cloth for Mr. Pumpkin. It’s twice as long and slightly narrower. It fits better on your face than a regular square washcloth. This is my soap collection from Goatboy Soap. In the foreground is one of the Continue Reading ››

On Process

There is something wonderful about the process of a thing. I’m currently knitting Saltwater in more Sundara Yarn, Fingering Merino Cashmere, it’s deep purple. This pattern is quite easy technically, just knits and purls. But it’s a counting pattern. You can’t just knit obliviously, you’ve got to keep track to make sure you get the welts the right width. My Ravelry friend, Louise, taught me a method for tracking my knitting using a Moleskine and grids. It is satisfying to Continue Reading ››

On Knitting

As of this moment I have two sweaters, two pair of socks, a washcloth, a shawl and a hat on the needles. I also work full time. I just finished that sweater and am about to cast on a bigger project for my husband. I have Brussels sprouts in the oven, wine in my glass, freshly colored hair and a new, non ookie shower curtain in my bathroom. I am happy.

Gaining Skills

{{unknown}}The thing about a craft is that you have to learn. You could just keep doing that same bit you do, the one you know. Or you can expand your skill set and your knowledge. For years all I knew how to do was knit long rectangles. I made horrible scarves. Absolutely terrible things out of horrible yarn. It was fun, but I realized at some point that I had no real skills as a knitter. I FINALLY learned that Continue Reading ››

I am a terrible blogger

Sorry, dear blog. I stink at blogging right now. Knitting continues. This is Mr. Pumpkin’s new vest made from more Sundara yarn. This was DK Merino the 2nd in Lichen over Slate. Yummy yarn that is, sadly, no longer available. I got it from a knitting friend who wasn’t going to use it. I made this same vest two years ago for my Dad. I’ve learned so much since then. I didn’t understand why the armholes were weird, now I Continue Reading ››

Golden Finishing – Winner!

Winner of the absurd hat is Anne! (I went to and entered the number of comments, and VIOLA! It came back with 1.) I love this shawl, a lot. It’s done and lovely. I hope to get better pictures at some point, but again, if I waited to get wonderful pictures, nothing would ever be posted. There was another shawl that had been languishing for awhile because. I finally finished it last week when the I got The Dreaded Continue Reading ››

Golden Progress Reports

I’d love to be able to knit miles and miles of yarn at a clip. I just can’t. I’m not slow, but life. I’ve reached the end of my first skein of 200 yards on my His Golden Lair shawl: Don’t look at the foot in this picture! When we last visited this project, it looked like this. I’m hoping to finish it this week. I’ve got so many more projects I want to do. There are sweaters, hats, shawls, Continue Reading ››