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In Uncategorized on July 2, 2015 at 9:49 pm


Hot Tip: Mark your armhole depth

In Uncategorized on March 16, 2015 at 9:07 am

Interesting tip…

Fringe Association

Hot Tip: Mark your armhole depthIf you’re ever knitting a sweater from the bottom up, there comes a point where you work the armhole shaping and then are told to continue knitting until the armhole measures X inches deep — and I think it’s a measurement a lot of people have trouble with. In the event you’re working the body in one piece and then dividing into front(s) and back at the armholes, you’ll be told to put some part of it (most likely the fronts) on waste yarn while you work the other bits. When you put those held stitches back onto the needles, if you leave the waste yarn in place, you have a clear point from which to measure. But without that, it can be tricky to tell exactly where you’re measuring to, as you attempt to measure straight downward from the top of your knitting to the exact row where the…

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Stitches n’ Scraps blog

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2014 at 6:42 am

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How to knit and measure a cable swatch

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2014 at 12:53 am

Good to know

Fringe Association

After a lot of lead-up and planning, it’s finally time to get this #fringeandfriendsknitalong going! And Kate is here today to do just that, with her thoughts on how to properly knit and measure a cable swatch. If you’re new here, we’re knitting the Amanda cardigan from the book Essentially Feminine Knits. More details here.

How to knit and measure a cable swatch


I’m going to assume that, as Fringe Association readers and knitalong participants, you’re all smart cookies and on board with the value of swatching. If you’re not convinced, let me know, and I’ll give you my spiel. (Watch out: It’s long. And determined.)

How to knit and measure a cable swatchPART ONE: YARN CHOICE

When choosing a yarn for this sweater, there are a few things to keep in mind, most importantly recommended gauge, fiber content, and ply.

The gauge listed in the Amanda sweater pattern is 27.5 sts and 28 rows to 4″…

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Knit All The Things

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2014 at 11:13 pm

” I like this one! No, this!” Queued, favorited and put on needles… these are the options.  Oh, the endless choices! This is the perpetual story of my knitting life.

We are drawn to the patterns that speak to the very depths of our souls.  It is no issue to knit them, but the daunting task is just to begin.  There is a journey that must be taken to knit all the things.

I find that my mood influences the decision making in project selection. What could have been good one moment, in a flash can no longer be; the need is different. The timing just has to be right to knit all the things and cannot be forced.

My queued and favorites list grows daily. A million queued projects and I keep adding to it despite knowing consciously or subconsciously that I will never get even half way through it in this lifetime or the next two. Why do we keep doing this to ourselves? It’s like a game we play and always lose.  I know the newness of the patterns keeps us interested and inspired, but, for me, it adds an internal pressure to knit all the things.  “Delete, delete, delete.” I say, but there are elements of the patterns I love and I cannot let go of and I keep on adding.  I love them all!

How do I address the overwhelming feeling I have that paralyzes my progress, when all I want to do is knit all these beautiful things?

I focus on my stash. I focus on projects in my queue that align with what is readily available in my stash. In choosing a project, I have decided to ask myself these questions, because it is not a matter if it is beautiful or not, because they all are.

What can I realistically make right now? Will I get bored?
Will it make me happy? 
Is it my style?
Does it truly tug at my heart strings?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have all the time in the world, but the time I do have,  I want to spend knitting all the things I love.


In Uncategorized on June 30, 2014 at 12:58 am

Admit is coming along. I’ve gotten about 8″ of 13″ of the body. At about the 5″ point I realized that I made a mistake. The mistake is not the stitch pattern because it is stockinette in the round. But what it is, is an error in needles.

I’m on 6’s going round and round, but then I realized that I was using 1 needle in size 8 and 1 in size 6. I started kinda panicking, but I’m thinking that I can make the size 8 half the front. I have no intention of ripping back so I just have to make it work.

Has this happened to you? What did you do?

Wool and the Gang project

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2014 at 8:30 pm

I need Wool and the Gang in my life! That Jolene dress is fiyah! #dopeness

Lost in Knit

This week I started knitting the Jolene dress by Wool and the Gang. The parcel arrived early in the week and I was really happy when I opened it. The yarn feels great and will knit up really well. When reading the pattern it looked easy to follow and I also learnt some new cast on methods and stitches.




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One Year Ago Today

In Uncategorized on June 16, 2014 at 8:36 am


I registered on WordPress to document my tragedies, successes and everything in between, about my knitting experiences. It has been an immense pleasure and I thank you all for allowing this to continue and giving me the drive.

Tell me what you’d like to see, what could be better and anything else that you’d like to say.

I don’t have any anniversary giveaways or anything like that, but I offer you you warm blessings.

Thank you.

Another one bites the dust

In events, Uncategorized on May 25, 2014 at 10:47 pm
The only yarn shop in Westchester County (at least before the Tapanzee Bridge) is closing.
A lot of shops are dropping like flies.  This just goes to show how much more we need to be in support of our LYS. I’m guilty too.I did not shop here much; I’m not sure if I can buy anything, but I’ll look and see.
This is the email I received today.
It is with a heavy heart that I announce String Theory will be closing its doors permanently on June 30th, 2014The last 3 years have been a great ride but the combination of online competitive pricing and declining sales have made it impossible to keep the store open.
The Liquidation sale begins on Tuesday, May 27th 
Cash or check ONLY (NO credit cards)
Everything must go All yarns and accessories are selling for 20-40% off
All knitted samples are available for purchase
All fixtures and furniture must be sold
We will continue to accept all store credits and gift certificates until we close.  Thank you for allowing us to share our passion for knitting with you and for allowing us to share a small part in each of your projects over the years. Pictured are some of the many beautiful samples that are available for purchase.
All sales are FINAL

Photography 101: The Rules and Elements of Composition

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2014 at 6:57 am

Helpful photography tips on composition.

The Daily Post

Recently, photographer Wenjie Zhang introduced us to the fundamentals of light. Let’s continue our journey through the Photography 101 series and move on to composition. For the next few installments, photographer (and active Daily Post participant) Jeff Sinon takes the reins. Here in part one, he introduces some of the “rules” and elements of composition, and in part two, he’ll offer insights and tips on how to find the best shot.

Jeff illustrates his points with stunning landscapes and nature scenes he’s captured, taken mainly with his Canon 7D, but you can apply his techniques to your own images, no matter your camera or subject matter. Let’s go!

No matter your skill level in photography, or how “honed” your visual eye may be, we’re all naturally curious about what we see. Images take our eyes on a journey, whether we’re looking through a viewfinder or examining a photograph. These next…

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