Wednesday, February 15, 2017

yarn along: beloved + after you

 joining the yarn along with Ginny & co.

I just started After You and just finished knitting a Beloved hat for Erik.

Moxie cat, hard at work helping me knit

 a happy customer

 new knitting books to peruse

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

yarn along: knitting from the north

So many wonderful new knitting books and magazines these days... Knitting from the North is what I'm currently perusing. I'm knitting a simple hat for Erik out of this amazingly cozy and cheerful yarn made right here in Michigan -- Stonehedge Crazy. No skein is the same -- Erik had so much fun picking out this yarn. I'd love to do a blanket with oodles of different colors!

joining the yarn along with Ginny et al.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

yarn along: between the world and me

reading: Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
knitting: Strokkur (still)

An important book to read at a historic time. I'm alternately hoppin' mad and heartsick these days.

B wore her Chouette hat for our local Women's March. I wish I had broken out the pink yarn, but I spent time writing letters and calling congresspeople instead. 

B wearing her Little Buds cardi (so sweet -- the silhouette makes her look like a smock-clad French painter)! Real life around here -- potty chair in the background, Matchbox cars, the kids' new toy mop and broom (which they love -- they "clean" far more often than the grown-ups do!).

I'm joining Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


knitting :: strokkur
color combination no. 1: teal with "straw" and "truffle hunt"

Far too many minutes have been spent mulling over color combinations for my strokkur pullover. I'm stymied.

Here's Ysolda's pattern photo:

What do you think? Color combination no. 1 above? Or one of the choices below?

 combination no. 2: teal with blue and natural

combination no. 3: teal with straw and blue

combination no. 4: teal with straw and natural

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

new year knits

 joining this week's yarn along

reading: Kazuo Ishiguro's The Buried Giant
knitting: Strokkur, by Ysolda Teague

I'm still sorting out colors for the yoke of my Icelandic pullover. I paid a long visit to a lovely yarn store in Royal Oak, Ewe-nique Knits (oh, knitters and their puns!), and vacillated over a beautiful array of yarns. I came home with two shades of Brooklyn Tweed's Shelter, then promptly set them aside as I rummaged through my yarn bins.

Bridget, looking sprightly and saucy in her Morpheus sweater.

 The holidays flew by in a blur. We did a Midwest road trip yet again, and as good as it was to see family and friends, I long for the year when we spend Christmas at home. Erik's gnome stocking is hanging on the mantel, but Bridget's stocking is still on the needles.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

yarn along: mabel again

knitting :: Mabel Cardigan

Detroit Hustle was an interesting read, and not what I expected. It truly is a memoir -- one woman's journey from a trailer in Colorado to hipsterdom in Brooklyn to fixing up a ramshackle house in Detroit's West Village, not too far from where we live. It's about her, not the house, really, and she and her husband aren't into DIY, so it's not a how-to guide. But it's thoughtful, personal, and (for me) local.

joining Ginny for this week's Yarn Along

Monday, October 31, 2016

Belle Isle: handknits in the wild

 The Christian Children's Temperance Fountain at the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory
Yesterday the kids and I trekked over to Belle Isle, an island park in the middle of the Detroit River on the border with Canada. It's beautiful -- a huge park with biking and hiking trails, a charming old aquarium and conservatory, the Detroit Yacht Club, all manner of things to do. It's one of the many places where you get a hint of how wonderful and prosperous Detroit once was, and hopefully will be again.

Erik is in the midst of an independent streak, and while he refused to wear his rain coat, it warmed my heart that he happily donned the Flax pullover that I knit last winter. It still fits, but just barely -- time for mama to break out the purple yarn again

 always in motion

 a few steps ahead