Trump Stole My Knitting

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Those who have known me for any length of time know that since about 2006, knitting has been a huge part of my self-identity and a regular recharging activity for me in between building my business, doing social justice work, and writing and playing video games. Knitting after the Trumpocalypse Since the Trumpocalypse of November 8, 2016, I can’t knit. I can try, but ten minutes or so in, I’m done.  I’m prone to self-reflection, so I’ve thought about this a lot. I don’t have the words for the feeling I get when I think about knitting, but “dread” comes…

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On the Needles: Knitting a Double Warm Entrelac Bedspread

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After all my gift knitting this year (sorry I didn’t blog it), I had a ton of extra yarn to use up, so I thought I’d make a blanket. You know, a cozy little lap blanket. And I decided I’d use the entrelac technique, a technique I had only used before on the pockets for a scarf I made for my son’s girlfriend. Then I decided that I really need a new bedspread. Because, reasons. So I had a couple of cancellations at work, and spent a couple of hours adapting a basic entrelac pattern to get what I want,…

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Gift Knitting, Superwash Wool, and the Big Bang Theory’s Dreaded Itchy Sweater

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It’s gift knitting season again, especially for those of us who never start early enough (raise your hand if you have far more gifts in mind than you can possibly knit before the end of the year). Big Bang Theory had a recent episode that centered around Leonard wearing a sweater his grandmother had knitted him that was so itchy that he was literally covered in red welts by the time he took it off. It was horrible, and too many of us have had that experience. Thank goodness it was fiction. As a knitter, I know that episode only…

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13 Ways Knitting Can Make You Happy

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Building Happiness Through Knitting? Everyone builds happiness in their lives in different ways, and of course your way is probably different from mine. However, some activities, once learned, have multiple benefits for building happiness. Knitting is one of those. Crochet is another and many of the reasons below apply to it as well. I learned to knit (badly, and only a bit), before I started kindergarten. I then dropped it for forty years and picked it up again in about 2007 or 2008. Why would a professional woman, a geek and a feminist take up a hobby so tied to…

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