Winter in progress

Winter in progress

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Well hello there. Are you knitting? That’s a silly question, of course you are. This owl visited for a few hours last weekend. A couple of times an hour, he’d shake off the snow, and then go back to sleep. Devotion I never cease to be amazed by how prolific and tireless and devoted knitters … Read More

A new book!

A new book!

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Hello my knitting peeps! A penguin and a house? On a box? Could it be a book? Yes, it’s my new book, Idiot’s Guides: Knitting Sweaters! Available very soon! More to follow…

Knit Picks Curio. And big changes ahead.

Knit Picks Curio. And big changes ahead.

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Phew, it’s hot today. Forecast: severe thunderstorms and constant perspiration. It has been busy here at the Tricksy Knitter household. School musicals. Birthdays. The big news is in the Careers section. I’ve been working from home for a few years, either as the creative brains behind CalmSea Media, or the knitter behind Tricksy Knitter. It’s … Read More

Sad and sweet

Sad and sweet

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Today, I am grateful for my family, the ground under my feet, and the roof over my head. First, the sweet: Since we last talked, the sun has shone and several robins have been spotted. Yesterday, a bright red cardinal perched atop the big tree in the front yard and shouted, “Tweet! Tweet tweet tweet … Read More

This again?

This again?

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Since this is my third March in Ottawa, I should be used to it. Snow on the ground. A suspicious scarcity of robins on March 23. And, really, I should have noticed earlier that in Ontario, Spring Break is not actually called “Spring Break.” It is called “March Break.” Ah, I’m catching on. The persistent … Read More

Spring cleaning, unfinished patterns

Spring cleaning, unfinished patterns

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It’s that time of year for knitters (and for everyone I guess) when you do a lot of spring cleaning. The sun is shining a little more, bouncing off the cobwebs and dust bunnies, and you are struck by the sudden need to de-clutter. All the yarn came out last night. I used to sort … Read More

Crochet and the G-Square

Crochet and the G-Square

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Some random thoughts about crochet. I like it that it’s new and I don’t know much about it. There’s no pressure to be expert at it, turn it into a pattern, write a book about it, etc. Whenever I knit something, I’m always concerned with the project’s viability as a blog post, a pattern, or … Read More

New swatches and my retirement from machine knitting

New swatches and my retirement from machine knitting

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The knitting machine adventure is on indefinite pause. The machine in question is an Elna EK2300. If you are up on your knitting machines (and I knew nothing about them until my recent, self-imposed, crash course), the name Elna is not usually associated with knitting machines. You probably associate it with quality sewing machines. For … Read More

New patterns for Spring

New patterns for Spring

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Oh hello there. Happy Friday! Adventures with the knitting machine continue. The learning curve is steep, but every time I exasperatedly decide to put the damned thing away, I get sucked back in. The speed with which I can knit a square of stocking stitch is mesmerizing. But the carriage really needs some TLC, because … Read More