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A Kindness of Knitters

Written on September 30, 2014 at 2:55 pm, by

During our closing ceremonies at the make, wear, love retreat this weekend, someone shared a wonderful quote from the wonderful Cat Bordhi: That the word for a collection of knitters is “a kindness”. I couldn’t agree more, and feel so incredibly lucky to have spent the weekend with such amazing people. I’m looking forward to  Continue Reading

Surreal, in two flavors

Written on June 17, 2014 at 7:17 pm, by

Squam was every bit as magical as I had imagined. It was so glorious, everything felt a little surreal. We breathed deep, and sank into peace, quiet, and the presence of fellow makers. My students were amazing, and the whole weekend was such a lovely island in time. And then it was back to a  Continue Reading


Written on December 19, 2013 at 9:39 pm, by

Christmas is almost upon us, which probably means your needles are frantically flying through your last gift (or three). How are your projects coming? (Hint: If that question makes you groan, you still have plenty of time to give someone CustomFit gift certificates. Even if that someone is yourself!) Personally, I’m considering giving away my  Continue Reading


Written on December 2, 2013 at 2:47 am, by

Thanksgiving is a reflective holiday for me even in a good year, and doubly so as we’re celebrating our first holiday without my father. So like always, I’m knitting. And thinking. I’m so glad you like Morning Coffee, and I’ve been knitting like a fiend, lining up a bunch more: But today, I want to  Continue Reading

CustomFit and Rhinebeck

Written on October 17, 2013 at 12:54 am, by

My Saturday Rhinebeck sweater this year comes to you courtesy of CustomFit, which is now open to everyone. (Please, come! Set up an account and if you’re going to the festival, spend your time dreaming about the yarn you love instead of worrying about what pattern you’ll use to knit it.) So I wanted to  Continue Reading


Written on September 10, 2013 at 8:57 pm, by

I have a new job. Or more to the point, I don’t have an old job anymore. Though I may not have mentioned it often in this space, I’ve never exactly hidden the fact that I have a day job, either. I’ve been working, these past 15 years, as a researcher (first) and then a  Continue Reading

Anticipating Fall

Written on July 31, 2013 at 12:57 am, by

What’s that, you say? It’s 90F where you are? You’re at the beach? You’re still languishing in hot summer nights, ice cubes clinking in your glass, a crisp schedule blown to the winds? (Unless you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, in which case, you’re thinking “Are you crazy? Bring on the WOOL!”) Well, most of those  Continue Reading


Written on July 18, 2013 at 9:32 pm, by

Thank you all so much for your kind words and support. It is a difficult time, but it really helped to hear from all of you. There are a few happenings to share with you, and then it’s onward toward a new normal around here. Do you know about the very cool thing that is  Continue Reading

Where I am

Written on July 15, 2013 at 6:56 pm, by

First off, it looks like I’m going to be knitting something in deep teal next, which is brilliant because I love both the yarn and the design I have planned for it. The splendid Leigh has won the contest; Leigh, I’ll be contacting you about color choice and sending some very nice sock yarn your  Continue Reading


Written on May 30, 2013 at 11:18 am, by

There are times when my job and my knitting happily co-exist. When it’s easy to leave work at work, and most of what I have to do for this second career is knit. It’s easy to blog, then. I have knitting progress, my head is clear, and the things I want to share come readily  Continue Reading