Test Knitting—The Palette Shawl

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  A few months ago, I had my very first test-knitting experience. If you're not familiar with the concepts, it's when a pattern designer someone knit a brand new, unpublished pattern to check for typos or mistakes in the design itself. When Chandi of Expression Fiber Arts told me she'd chosen me to test knit for her, I was pretty excited. The number of people that had applied to test knit for her was pretty sizable and, well, I'm a bit of a EFA fangirl. I mean, I really, really … [Read more...]

Finally! A Brownie Recipe That I Love!

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I'm 37 years old. I've been baking solo for about 30 years....since I could pull a barstool up to the counter and get permission to use the oven. Baking is my thing. I could bake all the live-long day. Cookies, pies, cakes of all kinds....no problem. But when it came to brownies, I never found a recipe that I loved. They were all dry, crunchy, or bland. I wanted soft, fudgy, chewy, make-your-tummy-hurt-because-you-ate-too-many-with-too-much-milk brownies. So I used storebought … [Read more...]

Nanny’s Brown Sugar Cookies

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Meet Nanny and Daddoo, my great-grandparents. Daddoo had a mind like a steel trap, could tell stories like you wouldn't believe, and was always up for a good laugh. Nanny had a soft, gentle voice and skin like velvet. She always smelled like dusting powder and hugged like nobody's business. (Man, I wish that photo weren't so damaged.) I have a cookbook with a few of her recipes in it. It's one of those small town, fundraising cookbooks. If you know them, you love … [Read more...]

Advice for New and Wannabe Knitters

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Whether you're a wannabe knitter or you've already started dabbling with basic knit and purl stitches, I wanted to share a few things I've learned through experience....for what that's worth. Keep in mind I'm not a fast knitter and I make plenty of mistakes. Just wanted to put this out there because so many people I talk to express interest in knitting but are either afraid to try it or have just begun and are wanting experiencing beginner's frustration. So. For those who haven't started … [Read more...]

Tutorial: Interchangeable Knitting Needle Case Made from an Old Book

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  I was a terrible knitter in the beginning. Slow and scared. Terrified to make a mistake or take on a project that was anything past garter stitch. Several years later, I've lost my fear. I'll take on lace, colorwork, socks, you name it. Fear no longer keeps me from tackling a project. Because I've actually reached the point where I can both correct mistakes as I go and finish most projects in a reasonable amount of time, I feel alright about splurging on luxurious and quite … [Read more...]