Sweater 101 – Drop Shoulder Sweaters June 11, 2015 – Posted in: Thursday This and That

I am a child of the 80’s and thus very familiar with drop shoulder sweaters. It is the easiest way to knit a sweater – if you will: two squares plus two trapezoids make a sweater. If you want to get fancy, you add a front neckline. The drop shoulder sweaters in the 80’s were very over sized, and the sleeves were huge. Fortunately, for the newbie knitter, drop shoulders are back in fashion, however,…

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Sweater 101 – Raglans June 4, 2015 – Posted in: Thursday This and That

If you are new to knitting sweaters, the sheer amount of choice out there can be daunting. Where to begin? I’ll tell you. That is, I am going to talk a bit about the different styles, knit in pieces or in the round and will try to explain the good, the bad and no uglies. Let’s start with the Raglan sweater. Any kind of sweater that has the sleeves attached diagonally to the front and…

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Interchangeable Tips May 21, 2015 – Posted in: Miscellaneous, Thursday This and That

I have a thing for interchangeable knitting needles – especially when they look so very pretty as the Marblz do. I also enjoy knitting with the Symfonie Dreamz from Knitter’s Pride, specifically when I knit with cotton or linen. There are things you can do with an interchangeable knitting needle set that you cannot with your regular fixed circulars. Today I have a few pointers in that direction, maybe you’ll even find something that you…

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One For My Fellow Sock Knitters – This Is How I Do It May 14, 2015 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

Hi there. Today I have something to show to my fellow sock knitters – it’s a little trick I do and that I teach in my sock class, so nothing special, unless you’ve had to deal with these pesky holes before and want to try to avoid them. When you knit socks and have just finished the heel, you need to pick up the stitches for the gusset. This requires picking up one stitch into…

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WWMD* May 7, 2015 – Posted in: How to, Random, Thursday This and That

Today another edition of *What Would Mona Do. As you might have heard me say, I do love knitting with linen. I do like the crisp fabric – often called ‘scratchy’, however, I don’t think it is – of 100% linen. Everything that follows is valid for 100% linen, not mixes, not cotton, I am talking about LINEN. We have a variety of 100% linen at the store: Euroflax Sport from Louet – it is…

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Mesh It Up April 30, 2015 – Posted in: Project Ideas, Thursday This and That

If you have paid attention to the knitting scene for a while, you might have realized that knitted mesh or net turns up every once in a while in a design. That could be interpreted as knitters being fashion forward – it is apparently a trend right now (see pic) or one could think that knitters really do not care and do/knit whatever they feel like. What it definitely shows is that you cannot go…

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Random on a cold Thursday February 5, 2015 – Posted in: Random, Thursday This and That

The mitten liners are growing slowly. I have been distracting myself with other projects, so it is my own fault that I still cannot line my mittens. One of my distractions was the Garter Gaiter – so squishy and cushy, I just could not resist knitting it up myself. Madelinetosh ASAP in Grasshopper and Silver Fox. Have you heard of the big event next weekend yet? If your are a regular blog reader, it is…

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Fine Tuning January 15, 2015 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

Let’s talk a bit about VHS tapes. Yes, I am aware that ‘VHS’ is not what comes to mind first when hearing the term ‘tuning’ but since I am more familiar with VHS tapes than cars, this analogy will have to do. Do the lot of you even remember VHS tapes? My VHS remote control had two buttons, side by side, that said ‘tune’ above them. With those you could try to improve the picture,…

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Still Here, It Is Cold, I Got Nothing January 8, 2015 – Posted in: Thursday This and That

This really sums it up. I do not know about you but now that the Holidays are over and we are back to our regular lives, I am left a bit empty. I was busy before Christmas, had a lovely time with my family and then went back to work on the 30th. Not that I do not understand, but the store was buzzing like there is no tomorrow. Every day until on Sunday the…

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Something Other Than Knitting December 18, 2014 – Posted in: Thursday This and That

The Holidays are near, and I do not know about you but I am all knit out. Looks like I am going to get all my gifts done on time (hopefully) and with luck everyone who gets something I made is going to like it. So, with the knitting all dandy, there is something else that I have been trying to get a grip on and never really managed: Cookies! Baking cookies for Christmas is…

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