the ritual

The Ritual

When I am finished knitting a project, it’s not really finished finished until I’ve blocked it. And as I blocked this hat today it got me thinking. With many of you perhaps knitting or crocheting things to give as gifts for Christmas (or whatever holidays you celebrate), I wanted to remind you of my Blocking Tutorial. It should be a PSA. Don’t Give Unblocked Knitting as Gifts!  If you’re one of the hopefully few people who haven’t tried blocking yet, or you think it’s too hard, or takes too long, then please check out that tutorial.

For the rest of you, I’m sure you know at least one last hold out, a knitter friend who thinks they don’t need to block their FOs. Here’s a little gift, then, from me to you. Print out this shiny new one page PDF blocking tutorial (reprinted from The Red Collection) and give it to your friend with a little bottle of your favorite wool wash. She or he will love you for it, I promise. (Yes, the file says “personal use only” and you may not print out one hundred and sell them or give them away at a yarn shop. Just be reasonable, people.)

Today I blocked Jerry’s new Girdwood hat (pattern soon!), with that unruly curled edge that was driving me nuts.


The Ritual

The Ritual

Ahhh. Curly edge tamed. I am the boss of my own knitting! Now we wait for it to dry.

**Don’t forget, the Asheboro Hat is still just $3, but tomorrow is the last day to get that deal! A HUGE thank you to everyone who has already purchased the pattern! There’s already a few other projects, YAY!**


Noro Scarf

I don’t know why I stopped knitting in the middle of the row, but something Very Important must have come up. That’s my current project that I can’t seem to find any time to work on. Yesterday was lovely, but nary a stitch was knit. Today, also lovely, but there are lots of things to work on and they are not related to knitting. I started this Noro Striped Scarf a week ago and had about 5 inches knit, but I didn’t like how the edges looked. So this morning I sat for a bit, unraveled what I had and started over. It’s much better now, slipping the first stitch of every row knitwise, and working a 1×1 ribbing over an even number of stitches. I long to sit down with it and get a few more rows knit today.

Thanksgiving was super fun. We made a craft! I love it when something I pin turns into something I actually DO. Love it. Interestingly, though, I based this craft only on viewing the picture of the pin, I never actually looked at the directions for the turkey hat (and alas, didn’t really have the right supplies to make them all into hats, so we ended up displaying them instead).

Family Craft Time: Participation Not Optional

We made a craft!

We made a craft!

We made a craft!

We had the best guests for dessert. They came with their party hats on and brought pumpkin cheesecake.

newspaper hats

We also continued a relatively new tradition. The one where Maggie stands at the hot stove and helps Sean Bhean  make the gravy.

in the kitchen

The pictures don’t really do this tradition justice, so this year – oh, I’m so smart – I took a video. Then uploaded it to YouTube. Then embedded it here for all to see. Enjoy!



Many Sundays are spent with my mother-in-law. Today, knowing that we were headed to her house, I decided I’d bring my camera and get some photos of her yard then come home and write my post this evening. I brought all the knitting, but OF COURSE I FORGOT MY CAMERA. So instead I grabbed her point-and-shoot and snapped this picture of Jerry clearing the leaves off her porch, uploaded it using her computer and am posting from her house. I am considering this a sort of cheater post, but then again, haven’t they all been cheater posts? That’s how I feel, although I do see the value of this whole NaBloPoMo thing in that it’s forcing me to post even when I have nothing to post about. Like right now.

A few minutes ago I got a tweet from my sister. “Mimosas in the hot tub in the snow in the daytime.” And she wanted me to come over to join her. I would, except that it takes approximately forever to get from High Point, NC to Anchorage, AK. That kind of tweet makes me miss my sister a lot. But I do get to talk to her often and she likes my daily posts, and that’s enough for me to see this challenge through until the end of the month. Even if this post and the ones that follow seem like total cop outs.

There is a fire in the fire pit outside, and the kids are urging me to join them. Until tomorrow, dear readers.