Link Dance: What is the World Knitting Up?

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One of the joys of having my own website is having the opportunity to be able to share my favorite places on the web with you. Today’s link dance focuses on what is going on in the knitting world (kind of like the wizarding world, but fuzzier and with less chance of being turned into a toad). Knithacker isn’t about learning to knit or knitting sweaters or afghans for yourself, it’s about knitting as art, sometimes public art, sometime public guerrilla art. Today’s link is to an art show featuring an amazing piece of art by Agata Olek.  Do yourself…

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The Joy of Crafting

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Today a blizzard is hitting the Midwest, and my work had the great good sense not to encourage our clientele to drive in it, so I have an unexpected day off of work. I also have a new knitting project I’m working on, the Layered Turkish Gloves from Interweave Knit’s Knit Accessories 2009, using KnitPicks Palette yarns in rich blue/greens with orange and gold. I’m currently knitting the first ‘underglove’ using a coordinating JoJoLand Melody superwash that I picked up at the Yarn Barn in Lawrence KS last year (no shrinking!) yarn that unfortunately has a tendency to curl and split. If…

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Efficiency: Tackling Problems from Two Angles

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Chain Reaction Afghan (full size) from Interweave Crochet I have two separate, mostly unrelated self improvement goals for the year.  I want to lose weight (specifically, I want to end the year weighing about 130 lbs, which is thirty pounds down), and I want to pay down all of my debt except student loans and my mortgage to zero (this includes significant medical debt, the unavoidable tax debt from having to close out my 401k due to having to support ourselves while Husband has been unable to work, and some moderate credit card debt). Both of these goals are amenable…

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One Down, One to Go

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Husband had shoulder surgery on his right shoulder just under two weeks ago. He’s still in pain, but this pain has an end visible. It makes a huge difference in my life. I’ve been cocooning, reading a ton of books (reviews as I get a chance) kitting a baby layette and then crocheting an afghan for another baby (not done yet, but looking good), planning some sewing projects (planning is still much easier for me than doing, when it comes to sewing) and working upwards of 50 hours a week. I fought a nasty head cold to a standstill and…

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