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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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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Gloves on the Needles

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I haven’t done as much knitting lately as I would like to… life and arthritic hands getting in the way. Since November, though, I have been working on a pair of gloves for my father based on the World War II pattern provided by the American Red Cross for knitters to provide gloves for soldiers serving ‘over there’.

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