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Reversible Knitting - the Blog Tour

Today I'm absolutely delighted to bring you another glimpse of Lynne Barr's newest book, Reversible Knitting. My participation in the blog tour for this incredible book was a given - just check out my review! This book is fantastic, and...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on December 8, 2009 09:56 PM

I put my knitting down, flip it and reverse it

My friends, I am blown away. That's the simplest way to put it. You might remember Lynne Barr's Knitting New Scarves completely and totally mesmerizing me. I didn't think anything could top it! But I was wrong. I preordered Lynne's...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on September 24, 2009 08:56 PM

Booya!

I know the perspective is a little bit wonky, but can we please address this important question: is there, or is there not, a working needle in that piece of fabric? Booya! The center square of the Crown Prince Square...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on June 28, 2009 02:32 PM

Vintage Baby Knits, part I

Though I'm not a mom, I had a fabulous Mother's Day this year. After chatting with my mom and grandma on the phone, I headed to Porter Square Books, a fabulous local bookstore, for the signing of Vintage Baby Knits....

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on May 14, 2009 10:58 PM

Dangerous, part VI

Background, 1, 2 3, 4 5, 6 7, 8 9 10. Loop Shawl in Malabrigo merino worsted   I completely passed over the Loop Shawl from Sensual Knits when I first leafed through the book. I think the pattern suffers...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on December 18, 2008 09:47 AM

I've died and gone to nupp heaven

Ladies and gentlemen, I have the book. Ever since my glowing review of Victorian Lace Today, and the three VLT scarves that followed (plus one in progress!), I have been looking forward to the next "it" book for lace knitting....

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on October 27, 2008 09:29 PM

The comings and goings of luck

I'm afraid of tomorrow. You see, today was pretty great - I wore a new coat and received a compliment as soon as I arrived at work, the science went smoothly in big ways and little ones, and now...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on October 22, 2008 11:15 PM

Helical stripe socks, in 8 simple steps

Contemplate sock yarn leftovers. Wouldn't some of the colors go oh-so-well together? Investigate the helical nature of knitting. Try knitting some jog-less stripes, remembering to go with the flow! Insert a short-row heel. Or a flap one! Accept Lorna's...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on June 10, 2008 10:46 PM

Gentle intrusion into my knitting

1. A little while ago I saw a post on the Ravelry forums which suggested we share videos of ourselves knitting. I liked this idea right away - I love to observe the different ways in which we knit, to...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on May 30, 2008 05:36 AM

I just can't stop!

My timing could not have been more perfect. Outside Mother Nature is creating a Winter Wonderland, and inside I've finished a lusciously warm brioche stitch neck warmer. Not much science to this one: brioche stitch in the round, worked over...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on December 13, 2007 04:36 PM

Loved.

I have loved this needle. It is my favorite type of needle for knitting socks. I never deliberately bent it or scratched it, and I don't recall a particular incident where this needle got hurt. Its scars are only...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on September 21, 2007 01:32 PM

There's always more.

Happy knitaversary to me, Happy knitaversary to me, Happy knitaversary, dear Grumpy, Happy knitaversary to me! And many more! On this, my third knitaversary, I will bask in the knowledge that there's always more. There is always another sweater, another...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on June 25, 2007 10:02 PM

Out the window!

It happens to the best of us. About a month ago I had convinced myself that none of my works in progress were "right." This one was almost done, and that one needed careful tinking, and the one over there...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on June 4, 2007 09:46 PM

Simpler stitches

The unlucky nature of the number 'four' in several Asian cultures has nothing to do with my particular brand of aversion. I think it's more about vision and perception, as many of you remarked. To my eye, the perceived middle...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on May 21, 2007 01:28 PM

Alpaca Twill

I first saw Classic Elite Princess about a year ago at Wild & Woolly, and made a decision to buy a sweater's worth as soon as I spotted some on a sale. There are the obvious reasons: rich, mouth-watering colors,...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on April 25, 2007 12:10 AM

Catalyst

Most often my catalyst is a pattern - "look at that! I want to make that!" - followed by an expedition through the stash, a trip to the yarn store, and a Google search to rival all Google searches. But...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on March 13, 2007 09:02 PM

Defeating the purpose

It's happened only a few times so far - a fully finished object appears, seemingly out of the blue. No swatches, no turmoils, no ripping... voilà! Here it is! I concocted it out of thin air! While I was sleeping!...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on February 11, 2007 06:26 PM

The return of periwinkle

And here, my friends, we have a nearly finished Brilliant Retro sleeve: Indeed, this Cobalt colorway of Classic Silk is remarkably close to periwinkle. And over here... the other sleeve, two fronts, and a back: Just like that, my Brilliant...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on January 29, 2007 11:47 AM

Silky ears

No better way to start the new year than with a wonderful new hat! (Though I technically finished it in 2006, but who's counting?) Pattern: Kristen by Bea Ellis Knitwear, generously gifted to me by Ashley. Yarn: Dale of...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on January 1, 2007 03:26 PM

One-minded

A new camera is a blessing in disguise - on the one hand, it can help me convey fabric, color, and texture like I've never been able to do before. On the other hand, during my spare time (ha!), I'm...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on December 5, 2006 12:34 AM

Spoiled

While visiting my family over Thanksgiving, my grandma showed me her sock drawer. It was filled with handknit socks of all different colors and patterns. I did not snap a picture: grandma was almost in bed and I didn't want...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on November 27, 2006 11:06 AM

Replacement: in my hot little hands. Scanner: fired up.

I hope you find my review of Victorian Lace Today by Jane Sowerby suffused with utmost excitement and delight. Truth be told, I had very high expectations for this book, and pre-ordered it from Amazon as soon as I got...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on November 15, 2006 10:56 PM

Shifting Sands

I always have the most difficult time coming up with names for patterns, especially when I admit to myself that, yes, names really do matter. Picovoli isn't the easiest thing to pronounce, and neither is Sharfik, and I can just...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on November 7, 2006 07:18 PM

Ends and beginnings

I must admit that I am enjoying these blocking wires: Compared to my previous blocking method, the wires speed things up a great deal. With the 'tensioned string' method, the most time-consuming part is securing the string in a fully...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on October 1, 2006 03:10 PM

Eat that!

Pattern: simple stockinette sock worked over 68 sts, featuring a picot edge, short-row heels, and standard toes. Needles: Susan Bates 5 dpns, US 0 (these are my #1 choice for sock knitting). Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in #26,...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on August 29, 2006 10:35 AM

Bummed out

Update on kitty/bum mat interaction: I am Kitty, and no one tells me where to put my bum. Kitty prefers the empty UPS box to felted bum mat 100% of the time. No sweat, little kitty, not everyone likes felted...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on August 27, 2006 08:20 PM

I am obsessed with Carolyn

Carolyn, you may wish to close your web browser and step away from your computer right now. Because I don't want to scare you away, I want you to continue to be my Internets friend, okay? :) Seriously. Name one...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on August 16, 2006 05:39 PM

I'm not caffeinated. Really.

You came, you saw, you commented... (sorry for the sub par photo) ... and I did whatever the hell I wanted anyway. Mwahaha! (it's my blog and I'll knit what I want to, knit what I want to, knit what...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on August 10, 2006 10:20 AM

Follow up(s)

I apologize for the scattered nature of this post, and also for allowing some of your e-mails to ferment in my Inbox to an almost-pickled state. As much as I try to run this knitting blog independent of my personal...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on July 30, 2006 05:45 PM

Marriage counseling

  So I finished the next Mountainash pattern repeat (highlighted in green). Big whoop de do. As Wendy would say, "do not alert the media." While I'm excited to show you some progress, any progress, I must admit that Mountainash...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on July 25, 2006 01:22 AM

As promised: much more interesting

It feels great to be past the ribbing on the bottom of the dress I’m knitting for Annie’s book. I’m rather excited to show you the lovely eyelet and chevron stitch pattern that makes up the rest of the garment....

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on June 8, 2006 03:03 PM

Winners and losers

Have you been following Carolyn's tragedy with the Basalt Tank from Knitting Nature? It appears that this pattern is absolutely ridden with mistakes, the sort of careless errors that drive us all berserk. But you know what, the Swirled Pentagon...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on May 24, 2006 12:49 AM

Pentagonilicious

The season of favorites continues. I'm freakin' squealing with joy, my friends, this top is a Winner! Pattern: Swirled Pentagon Pullover from Norah Gaughan's Knitting Nature. Yarn: Gedifra Korfu, 50% cotton, 50% polyacryl. Color #2022 ripe tomato, 11 skeins. I...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on May 18, 2006 10:32 AM

Clever

I'm such a sucker when it comes to clever things - clever experiments (if you only knew how giddy I get about a cleverly-designed experiment), clever jokes, clever men, clever travel routes (the kind that are equally speedy, but somehow...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on May 15, 2006 09:25 PM

Anatomy of a Russian dinner (alternatively, absence explained)

I bet you're sick of the Sheep & Wool reports by now. Or if you aren't yet, you might be soon. Tell you what - this post promises to be entirely sheep- and wool- and knitting-free! Okay, I manage to...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on May 8, 2006 01:50 PM

Raving, continued

Here it is, the culprit. It is a brand spanking new book by Norah Gaughan called Knitting Nature. Carolyn recently mentioned it on her blog, and I bought it immediately, sight unseen. Ever since I knit my first sweater, the...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on May 4, 2006 09:30 PM

Grumperina vs. Lace

Knitting a shawl, and more generally, knitting lace, has always interested me. I must admit that I've tried lace before but without great success. In fact (and this speaks of my challenge-hungry nature), only two months after I learned to...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on November 17, 2005 09:10 PM

Inside and out

Not to interrupt the Curlicue high or anything, but I've got something else to talk about - my sample knit for Annie Modesitt's new book, Men Who Knit (and the dogs who love them). The description of the sample knit...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on September 28, 2005 10:02 PM

Horizontal, vertical, insane

What do you think? I made it up myself :). When thinking of a pattern for this yarn, I insisted on thinking horizontally... let me explain. Consider cables, like the ones which adorn the cleverly-named Cable Rib Socks (Spring 2005...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on June 16, 2005 01:20 AM

It is!

Surprised! For two reasons. First, I so confidently posted about my grubby bamboo and wood needles because I figured everyone had this problem! And why shouldn't I think that? My wood and bamboo needles get coated with the crap of...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on May 12, 2005 01:05 PM

Anything but

Some of you may have noticed lack of Adrienne Vittadini content. There could be two explanations: I'm either almost done, and therefore saving all pictures for the final reveal, or my progress is so miniscule that I'm avoiding all talk...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on April 25, 2005 11:45 PM

Elizabeth Zimmermann buttons

I have very strong feelings about Elizabeth Zimmermann. Unfortunately, my brain is that of a scientist: my entire life I have been trained to boil down my thoughts to the bare essentials, to speak in a clear, concise, organized manner,...

Posted in Grumperina goes to local yarn shops and Home Depot on March 29, 2005 12:25 AM