Category Archives: silliness

Crochet Away Your Peculiar Insecurity, in Sixty Minutes or Less!

I wear a lot stuff around my neck, a fact that I only fully grasped during a recent clothing cull. I mercifully stopped counting after the twentieth scarf but, even so, it all seems excessive until you consider my persistence in wearing them. The very unstudied guess here is that I wear scarves, say, 90% of the time. Now while I could claim that it's an aesthetic sensibility or just plain cozy, most likely it's because I find my neck rather long and goofy looking. I mean, is that too strange? Is that totally unheard of? At least I'm not complaining about my nail beds. Whatever the reason behind it all, now's my time! I'm the annoying person who likes annoying weather and it's bulky scarf season.  

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In Brief Praise of Ugliness

With my clothing, I rarely venture outside dark colors and neutrals. The most thrilling sweater I own is in a shade of cranberry. However, that doesn’t prevent me from using color in the projects I crochet; lots of color and all of it at once. The lion's share of my handiwork is cheerfully ugly, the natural conclusion of higher gauges, a bird-like level concentration and all that aforementioned use of color. If a project goes as planned, it's so delightfully unattractive that I'm pleased and repulsed in equal measure!

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A (not really) Teeny-Tiny Contest!

I am so excited!  One of my all time favorite designers, Anna Hrachovec, has a new book out! As many folks know, I've been a fan of Anna Hrachovec's cute creatures for a long time now. And for the past year, she's been doing a weekly post of Tiny Things on her blog....and now there's a whole book of her Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi!   

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Happy long weekend!

(for many of you anyway) We hope you had a wonderful summer, now that the unofficial end to summer is this weekend!  We had a BBQ with our sister companies to celebrate the sunshine (our last one got rained out - it's been a very cold summer here in Oregon/Washington) We had the 3 perfect ingredients for a great BBQ: We had food...  

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Sock Summit Recap

It was just over a week ago that sock knitters took over Portland, Oregon for the second ever Sock Summit! I was lucky enough to have gone to the first Sock Summit, and was just as excited about being able to attend this year as well. First of all, I have to point out the obvious - knitters are pretty awesome people! No matter where I found myself or which table I sat down at, I was quickly immersed in conversation with other knitters. It sure is a wonderful feeling to have an instant point of connection to everyone around you, all connected by our simple love of all things fiber.

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World Wide Knit in Public Week Winners!

What an amazingly fun time we had this past World Wide Knit in Public Week.  If you were playing along on our blog, we thank you very much!  We have gone through our comment logs and found our winners.  Monday's winner was Karen Aguilar Tuesday's winner was Louise Wednesday's winner was Eleanor and Thursday's winner was Heather Thorn We had so much fun reading through everyone's guesses.  You folks are smart!  Next year, we'll have to make the challenges a little tougher.  We will be sending our winners an email shortly to verify information.  Once we hear back, they will get their gift cards! If you missed any of Kerin's adventures, here are the pictures from her travels.  They're sure to make you chuckle!

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Kerin’s Knitting in Norway!

In yesterday’s picture, did you happen to notice anything special about Kerin’s outfit?  That’s right, she was wearing her Norwegian-inspired sweater!   Today, Kerin is happily knitting away in the snowy Norwegian Fjords, bundled up in her beautiful sweater and that very nice hat!  Are those alpacas?  We wonder where she could be off to tomorrow…  Remember, use hints from this picture to guess where Kerin will be tomorrow.  Look closely because this one’s a ...

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Kerin’s Knitting in Alaska!

Did you guess correctly?  If you missed our post yesterday, we are having a contest to see if you can guess where Kerin is knitting around the world in celebration of World Wide Knit In Public Week.  Yesterday’s post showed a picture of Kerin’s trunk that contained a fishing vest.  Where better to fish than in Alaska’s beautiful rivers.  As you may have seen in our recent interview with Kerin, she LOVES to knit while she fishes.  Looks like she ...

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Kerin’s Knitting in Peru!

In yesterday’s post, you might have noticed that Kerin was wearing an amazing hat with little llamas along the top.  If you guessed that she would be in Peru, you guessed right!  While Kerin knits happily away amongst the friendly Alpacas in Peru, she daydreams of her next location.  My goodness, her Fair Isle sweater is just lovely! Can you guess where she’ll be next?  If you have any ideas, be sure to post them in ...

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Last stop: Scotland!

Did you catch the Fair Isle reference in yesterday’s post?  In case you don’t understand what Fair Isle has to do with Scotland, here’s a little history for you. Fair Isle is a traditional knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colours. It is named after Fair Isle, a tiny island in the north of Scotland, that forms part of the Shetland islands.  This is the last stop on Kerin’s journey around the world.  If you were playing along ...

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