11/26/2013 16:08:00 PM
I recently joined a mystery knit-along hosted by Craftsy.
10/31/2013 13:13:00 PM
It's always important to learn new techniques and knit things that challenge you but sometimes it's also nice to just knit something familiar, easy and stress free.
10/05/2013 16:09:00 PM
It's hard to believe it's that time again.
09/13/2013 15:42:00 PM
If you've never worn a pair of hand knit socks then you just don't know what you are missing.
08/12/2013 16:37:00 PM
I have an infatuation with all things western so it's only natural that this shawl named for
07/28/2013 20:22:00 PM
I don't know if you've noticed, but so far it's been a particularly hot summer and I just couldn't bear to talk about knitting.
07/20/2013 17:51:00 PM
If you've followed this blog for any time then you know that besides knitting and baking I also enjoy a variety of crafting projects including working with wool felt and I thought it was high time to share a template for a wool felt project of my own
06/24/2013 11:21:00 AM
This summer I highly recommend that you hitch a ride with the rest of us hitchhikers and knit this super simple and fabulous scarf pattern designed by Martina Behm.
05/20/2013 15:38:00 PM
This is one of those items where until you have one you don't realized how much you really needed one all along.
04/18/2013 21:02:00 PM
It's almost May 1st, which is
03/21/2013 21:34:00 PM
I am so happy to finally have this scarf off the needles!!!
02/18/2013 19:04:00 PM
It's been a particularly hard stretch of work lately and so a little down time in San Clemente has been welcome.
01/21/2013 20:36:00 PM
Hum hum ~ girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes; snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes; silver white winters that melt into spring ~ these are a few of my favorite things ~
01/01/2013 22:31:00 PM
It feels like forever since I've finished any knitting and all I've got is a hat.
12/09/2012 14:39:00 PM
Knitting and making a project that is truly your own is largely a factor of picking colors and texture that best compliment you.
11/19/2012 18:30:00 PM
This is the well-dressed bunny and it's going to the first child of Steve's second cousin.
11/03/2012 23:02:00 PM
This is the Amstel Hat from the Fall 2012 Interweave Knits magazine.
10/17/2012 12:48:00 PM
Who knew knitting with self-striping sock yarn was so much fun!
09/20/2012 16:26:00 PM
One reason I enjoying knitting as a hobby is because I'm able to create clothing for myself evocative of an earlier time in history. Something I can't simply purchase off the rack. The Wandering the Moors shawl that I'm wearing is a great example of this because it positively oozes medieval charm from it's homespun feel to its mystical reference to the moors. I am intrigued by
08/26/2012 11:38:00 AM
Just in time for Fall 2012 I finally finished and am wearing my new Gaucho Vest knit in La Lana Wools plant dyed yarn.
08/01/2012 18:37:00 PM
Lockets have always appealed to me, ever since I received my first locket as a gift when I was a young child.
07/08/2012 12:39:00 PM
I'm out for an evening stroll in my new cardigan.
06/12/2012 15:53:00 PM
Socks are the comfort food of knitting.
05/17/2012 21:43:00 PM
This is the third installment in my series on exotic teas of the Far East.
04/30/2012 13:25:00 PM
Growing up in Central California I have always been surrounded by oak trees. They are ubiquitous in that region and where I live now in Southern California. If its not California's state tree, then I think it ought to be. For that reason, it's only natural that I wanted to knit these mitts.
04/10/2012 13:01:00 PM
Topanga is known for it's crows, rattlesnakes, and coyotes.
03/19/2012 21:30:00 PM
I have to admit that fancy occasions are always a little awkward for me because I don't enjoy getting dressed up and never know what to wear.
03/02/2012 16:11:00 PM
A hot breakfast on the weekend is a luxurious way to ease into the day. If I had my druthers I would begin every day this way. But during the work week I'm dashing about and can't relax and enjoy the experience as I would like. Instead it is purely a weekend indulgence.My enjoyment of breakfast comes from my childhood memories. My father loved (and still loves) a cooked breakfast and so my mom would occasionally cook a full breakfast on the weekend. I remember mornings that began with the [..]
02/11/2012 22:55:00 PM
I really love the big cozy oversized cowls so popular this winter. And I was all set to make myself one....until this winter turned into the "winter that wasn't." A big nonevent. No rain, no damp cold, no clouds and nothing drizzly or gloomy on the horizon. How disappointing.It's one of those warm winters that Southern California is well known for. Since I couldn't see myself wearing a big bulky cowl anytime soon I chose to knit a soft drapy cowl instead. But then I'm not a "process" knit [..]
01/20/2012 13:00:00 PM
Over the past few years I've knit a fair number of shoulder shawlettes which have their place and are very popular for good reason, including a delightful instant gratification factor. But for my money nothing compares to the satisfaction of knitting a traditional lace shawl which is ethereal and warm and truly transformed from a good severe blocking. The yarn I used for this shawl is a wonderfully rustic wool and the moment I saw it in the LYS I knew that it would make a beautiful shawl. It' [..]
01/08/2012 19:09:00 PM
It is with great pleasure that I'm sharing my mother's recipe for English Sherry Trifle. This is one of my favorite desserts and is relatively simple to make. It is an authentic English recipe that she learned from her mother growing up in England (and in all likelihood came into the family from their family cook, as my grandmother lived in a household that employed a cook).I think of sherry trifle as a traditional Christmas dessert as my mother always makes one for afternoon tea on Christmas [..]
12/21/2011 14:45:00 PM
My first post of the year was a handspun project so it is only fitting that my last post this year is also using handspun. Curious because prior to this year I had never knit anything using handspun and then for whatever reason it suddenly captured my attention and I've knit four projects this year with it (Handspun Scarf, Pamuya Shawl, Fingerless Mittens and this scarf). Now I'm hooked on handspun and of all the many things that I've knit over the years, these projects are my favorites.Before [..]
11/26/2011 16:00:00 PM
A trip to Florence street in Sebastopol, California that is! This Thanksgiving we were fortunate to visit Steve's family who live in this quirky little town in Northern California and whilst there happened upon this residential street filled with whimsical sculptures. Come stroll along Florence Street with me in my new Asking For Roses wrap and imagine living on a street where an artist in residence has made the neighborhood his gallery with sculptures scattered throughout.Northern California [..]
11/03/2011 17:43:00 PM
At this time of year our thoughts turn toward the holidays and I find it helpful to have a few quick and easy gift ideas and reliable recipes to make the season a little less stressful. To dispel a common perception, a knit gift does not have to be fancy, expensive, or take weeks of complicated knitting to be a gift you are proud to give or wear. It's all in the finishing touches.Both pairs of gloves in this post are based on a basic pattern that has used a simple but effective design elemen [..]
10/23/2011 20:11:00 PM
I chose to knit the shawl that I'm wearing because it reminds me of the American Southwest and its gorgeous sunsets and the clothing inspired by that region. The Southwest is a beautiful part of America and has a distinct culture that is seen in its art, food, and clothing. Steve and I once traveled by motorcycle all through the Southwest beginning in Albuquerque, New Mexico traveling up to Sante Fe, New Mexico and back through Arizona and ending up in Palm Springs, California.I loved traveli [..]
10/09/2011 22:27:00 PM
Some of the ways that Knitters alleviate the boredom of the long Summer months is to join a Swap, a Mystery KAL, or a Yarn Club. This Summer I did all three. What can I say? I'm a joiner. While it can be risky to commit to anything sight unseen such as a yarn club or mystery KAL, I lucked out and really love the yarn and my mystery socks (and the Swap too, which I'll tell you about another time).The "clues" in a mystery KAL are released weekly and in this case there were a total of 4 clues. [..]
09/24/2011 18:45:00 PM
We are having a spectacular Fall in Southern California with glorious cloud formations billowing high in the sky whilst fog seeps up from the valleys and ocean below. This morning I am happy to be out with Simcha and Steve enjoying the scenery while wearing my new Autumn Vines Beret. With the arrival of Simcha into our lives we go for a hike every morning because, if I've failed to mention it, Simcha is a "high energy" dog and we all have a more relaxing day if it begins with a hike. The amazi [..]
09/10/2011 16:43:00 PM
I'm back! I'm back! What? No one noticed I was away? Gee whiz. I thought you might like to know that I've been through a bout of poison oak (severe), a late summer heatwave, out of town company, and work hassles, only one of which was enjoyable. In any event, I'm happy to be back in my space waffling on about knitting as usual. This time about my rock n little handspun mitts.I'm a huge fan of handspun yarn, and although I don't have the time to spin I find it a treat to knit. Especially s [..]
06/27/2011 11:21:00 AM
Some people lose interest in knitting during the Summer months when the days are sweltering hot, humid, and sticky and the heat is oppressive. But not me. I knit year round regardless of the weather. And yet. When it's very ho
06/12/2011 08:13:00 AM
You mustn't think that I'm not aware I have a fixation on an earlier period in time. Many of my projects reflect that fascination. I particularly like projects that bring alive clothing items worn in an earlier era such as some of my tria
05/30/2011 18:21:00 PM
It's hard not to have a great day when wearing hand knit socks that give your feet unparalleled warmth, comfort and pizazz! But it never hurts to be told to have a great day either. San Clemente is a sleepy little surf town just North of San Di
05/07/2011 21:42:00 PM
This little bunny is made with my own handmade felt. I made it without any knitting and virtually no sewing! To make felt you simply lay out an interlocking pattern of merino wool and agitate the fibers using your hands with soap an
04/26/2011 21:49:00 PM
As a child I was brought up on a steady diet of nursery rhymes and stories of magical creatures. As a result I have had a life long love affair with all things fairy. This shawlette is dainty enough to remind me of frilly mushrooms and cl
04/14/2011 15:50:00 PM
One of my favorite things about Spring is the sound of birds chirping to greet the day.Every morning Simcha and I take a long hike in the beautiful Santa Monica mountains where I allow him to run off leash and we enjoy a time of peace and quiet befo
04/03/2011 21:51:00 PM
When Hilary (The Yarniad) announced she was having her first baby I was so happy for her I just had to knit the baby a sweater. And in the process of knitting the sweater I thought about the things that I was given as a child that I have kept t
03/22/2011 17:08:00 PM
I am finding it difficult to write this post in the wake of the crisis in Japan and so many around the world facing difficult times. A sobering reminder that all things can be swept away by the tides of time or tragedy. I recognize how ea
03/06/2011 15:50:00 PM
I made this Woodland Flower Powder Puff simply because it makes me smile. That and I actually use dusting powder. But why did I really make it as I can obviously get along just fine without it? For the simple reason that explorin
02/22/2011 21:24:00 PM
This sweater is nothing extraordinary. Just a comfort knit. The equivalent of mashed potatoes and a warm hug. But wearing it at home lounging about with nothing to do is sublime after working long hours these past few weeks.The sof
02/01/2011 14:26:00 PM
I call this my Lumber Jack Shawl because that's the name of the colorway and because it suits the personality of this shawl so well. Something I would know because I have a history with lumber jacks having come from a family of manly men who know som
01/18/2011 13:53:00 PM
I always have knitting to share but occasionally I like to mix it up with a recipe or other fiber related craft. In this post I'm sharing a recipe that is special not only because it is an authentic Italian family recipe but also because it cam
01/04/2011 15:18:00 PM
Sometimes it's the simplest things in life that bring the greatest pleasure. The feel of the sun warming your skin after it has rained or a walk on the beach as seagulls circle overhead. I forget these things until we return to San Clemente, Califo
12/18/2010 18:11:00 PM
We can't always be traipsing about in heavy woolens, now can we? At this time of year when there are Christmas parties and family events to attend it's nice to have a little something extra special to slip on.Not that I have all that many opportunit
12/07/2010 16:25:00 PM
This morning I'm out and about early in my new Sssssnake Hat which is a design inspired by the Harry Potter books and I'm in search of a little magic here in Topanga.I'm sure that if there are any wizards or magicians to be found in Los Angeles, then
11/23/2010 13:35:00 PM
As a knitter I rarely purchase any winter accessories as I prefer to make my own. But last Winter I saw a super cute hat that I just had to have even though I knew it was made with an acrylic yarn. And while I like the look of that ha
11/11/2010 16:40:00 PM
I love immersing myself in the rhythm of the Seasons. The colors and flavors of Fall particularly resonate with me. There's just something about this season that touches the inner Pilgrim in me. I know that Steve would disagree, but I'm sure that
10/26/2010 21:53:00 PM
We are house bound these days as our dear Simcha is recovering from a difficult neutering surgery that was aborted. The good news is that he's doing well and we are very pleased with his treatment course and the surgeon who will do his next surgery
10/09/2010 21:52:00 PM
When I first saw these gloves I thought "oh how perfect for Fall!" But then I hesitated. They were knit in pink and day glow white and the effect was just a tad too girlish for a woman of my mature years. But then a kit for the gloves became availa
09/21/2010 09:45:00 AM
The Shaelyn Shawl is a relatively new pattern and is sure to be popular this season because it is an easy and quick knit with stunning results. But why have the same shawl as everyone else? Instead break a few rules and have a shawl that