The most popular post this year was Markers, Increases, Decreases and Short Rows in Miniature Herringbone Stitch followed by Miniture Herringbone Stitch – an introduction which seems a little backwards to me, but perhaps folks are skipping the intro to dive into the subject? I Continue reading Top posts of 2016
Monday morning on feedly I saw this post: Mended: black Uniqlo jeans mended with Sashiko stitching with a link to instagram for other sashiko stitching suggestions. Which reminded me of a jeans repair strategy from my college days: My Continue reading When I mended my jeans with crocheted lace patches
I’m still trying to track down the quote I read in a fashion book years ago defining “The woman on the Street.” I heard this term a lot from Elsa Klensch on CNN while eating breakfast as a teen, but Continue reading Woman on the Street
Just like I loved chemistry, the smallest framework you could get without falling too far into quantum mechanics, I love stitch patterns. I think I want to make stitch patterns up more than I want to make up objects, but Continue reading so that’s who I am as a designer
I became intrigued by the Miniature Herringbone Stitch during Christmas of 1990. I’d never seen it in a magazine pattern but I was sure that I would knit my new yarn in it. By the time I knew why this Continue reading Miniture Herringbone Stitch – an introduction
I was 15. Mom and I had bought too much acrylic worsted yarn, it was tricky to substitute for the ribbon yarn the pattern called for, and since we’d bought the pattern at a going out of business sale. The Continue reading I didn’t know any better – but it still worked.
My Dad often encouraged me in the middle of a conversation about how something I had done was unacceptable. I was boiling the sausages before simmering them in jarred spaghetti sauce, as Mom’s list told me to do after school. Continue reading Gifts of encouragement; delivered a bit sideways
I didn’t actually set out to make friends; but when I made her daughter a hat, it was as if I’d planned a campaign. My new office mate was an interesting person, she’d studied photography, and worked as a lab Continue reading As If I’d Planned a Campaign
Now that I’m incapable of knitting as many gifts as I can dream up, I do a lot of spying before pulling out needles or hooks. There’s even a checklist: Does this person understand wool? Will I enjoy an alternative Continue reading “No One’s Ever Made me anything Handmade Before.”
Back when I had healthy carpal tunnels and incredible optimism, I began a project of making a sweater for each of my cousins, and the boyfriend-I-married’s siblings, as well as my parents and then future in-laws. My father said, “You Continue reading Gift Crafting – the drama, the pain, the triumph?