The Knitterly Hooker

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Let’s Make and Donate

In community challenges, Uncategorized on November 16, 2017 at 12:55 pm

There are many babies in this world who need our support and love we create in making hats. Recently, urgent calls have been made requesting that we – the skilled, talented, gifted – knitters and crocheters, heal the world. When we share and give of ourselves, and literally LOVE in action,  we create community and hope.

It is with urgency I request your support in making 100 or more hats to donate by February 11, 2018Although I favor the P.U.R.P.L.E initiative and Red hat project, there are others who need us. 

Make and mail hats to your favorite cause. Thanks in advance for your support. Please comment how many hats you will commit to make.

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Ends

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on July 25, 2017 at 7:35 pm


Ends typically refer to the conclusion of, final, or  last in place in a spectrum of time.  If something ends, typically a new beginning greets it with an aspiration of being better. Maybe that means making sacrifices in order to improve or to grow and enhance. After various life circumstances I have some ends I have to cut.

Memorial Day 2017 was just that…memorable. There was a fire in my apartment building…on my floor…my neighbor down the hallway. It was chaos. When it came to clean up, the process was overwhelming. I’m an artist, and as such, I have a lot of supplies, including various storage options oozing of yarn. Funny enough, my yarn was the last thing I checked for smoke damage….Anyway, amongst the several thousand yards of yarn, I found oodles of unfinished projects. This didn’t make me happy … and knitting is supposed to make me happy.

NOT ending, consistently and well, is my challenge and I’ve had enough….it deflects from my potential for greatness and creativity. 

What I’m ending:

1. Because of this abundance, as late as it is in the year, there will be a yarn fast, thereby forcing me to knit through my stash. I think this will push my creativity to the next level. It will be good for me.

2. No more UFO’s (unfinished objects) hanging around. I have to work through them all and finish them.

3. My knit work and art is important to me but an established UFO pattern has been my crutch…I’m ending my fear of being wrong in my creativity and I’m ending the rational of having no time. 

These are the odds and ends in my creative self….clipping my ends and increasing my odds of being my best creative self and end on a strong note.

Pattern release: Instincts

In designing, knitting, portfolio, stash busting on May 25, 2017 at 6:26 pm


Instincts is an expression of authentic emotions conveyed by colors that are outside the scope of aesthetically coordinated hues. This fair-isle hat is simple, yet makes a bold statement.  Be bold in your color choices.

Pattern is available via my new website: www.theknitterlyhooker.com 

Gumblebee Goodness

In knitting on April 1, 2017 at 5:47 pm

Eat, Sleep, Knit Yarnathon…I’m back at it again! 

This year I’m on team Gumblebee and the hive is amazing! 

One of the projects to earn stars is to make a project that has your team mascot in it. Looking through some of the hives projects, I saw Bumblebee socks. My hive-mate made it in pink and green, so it caught my attention. Of course I messaged them to tell them it was fabulous, but expressed my sadness because I don’t like toe-up socks and I don’t know how to do that.

The response I got was incredible and I’m not sure why I didn’t think of this myself…use a basic top-down sock pattern and insert the chart. Genius, right?! So that’s what I’ll be doing. My yarn is on the way.  

Going through more Bumblebee socks projects, just looking at outcomes, I saw another fabulous pair.  This person ripped theirs back (they didn’t like toe-up socks, I later found out) and their tension was damn near perfect. So of course, I message them and let them know. Messaging them, it turns out, has inspired them to start this project again, top-down….I’m hoping they’ll take me up in my offer to KAL.

For some reason, this KAL got me thinking that socks are basic items that everyone needs, but it’s something that homeless people often don’t get in care packs.  I felt inspired to make socks for some charity for the homeless.  I haven’t sorted the plan or done research yet, but maybe this is something we can do together. 

My first pair of Gumblebee socks, although I want it, will be for my friend who just had surgery.

Join me to KAL…START:April 8

Holey Moley

In knitting on February 9, 2017 at 10:33 pm

When people know you are a knitter, the believe you can do anything (and we can), including making repairs on tattered favorites.  With normal wear and tear, it is expected that items will develop 1 or 2 small holes…easy enough to repair.  What I was handed though, was ridiculous….one huge hole, at least 4″ in diameter. This monstrosity is situated right in the crevice and cusp in the underarm region. The fiber content is 50% wool and 50% camel hair; the weight could be DK or sport, maybe even worsted.

Take a look:

I’m taking ha problem to the streets! 

I got questions! What’s a gal to do?! I got nothin’. This here, is a situation!
Any ideas on how to go about attempting this repair?

February KAL

In community challenges, knitting, stash busting on January 29, 2017 at 10:35 pm

Month long KAL and CAL. Choose your own pattern and GO!

February is #heartdiseaseawareness month. Calling all #knitters and #crocheters to #knitred #crochetred. Dig in your #yarnstash or go to your #LYS for RED yarn.  Remember your health and wellbeing #therapeuticknitting #knittolive #reducestress … remember your family and your friends that have been affected. 

Join the event here.

#heartdiseaseawarenesskal2017 #kal #igknits #igcrochets #igknitters #igcrocheters #instaknits #instacrochets #instaknitters #instacrocheters #knitstagram #knitstergram #instagramknits #instagramcrochets #instagramknitters #instagramcrocheters #blackgirlsknit #blackgirlscrochet  #pinkgoesred #theknitterlyhooker

2017 Knit Year

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2017 at 11:10 pm

Every 365 days we renew, refresh, and revise our perspective, determination and drive. This pivotal period between the old year and the new, allows us to decide and define the steps needed to succeed, including changes to be made. We create internalized grandiose promises and goals that can affect the construct of our daily lives and direct our life course,  but in the end, sometimes unattainable.  Successs in meeting these resolutions, are measured in consistency; consistently striving to meet these goals despite obstacles that appear.

For knitters, we also face a similar struggle with our knitterlutions. We create here goals, without realistic consideration of our full lives and responsibilities that entails…after all, we are still social beings and cannot be isolated and solely dedicated to our knitting. Knitting takes up a lot of time…even the smallest of projects. We know this! We also know, to really see any progress in our work, we must knit a minimum of 3 hours per session.  As we plan our knitterlutions, we must keep that in mind.

I now submit to you, my own knitterlutions for 2017

1. PINK AND GREEN: the color scheme of the year for various projects

2. CROCHET: make at least 1 crochet project

3. STASH AND DASH: use the stash for projects or donate them

4. STITCH A DAY: daily knitting needed, even if for 5 minutes

5. DREAM IT, DO IT: design, knit mock ups, write pattern, publish AND/OR commissioned projects