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If I have to write EVERYTHING down....

Posted on April 29, 2010 at 5:21am 20 Comments

...I might as well enjoy it! Can you believe this notebook!! A very nice representation of some of my favorite colors! The cool thing is that I stumbled across it while I was grocery shopping!

I smile every time I have to write something down so it doesn't slip from my mind in the next five seconds. It is so appealing that I actually like keeping notes. How's that for an incentive for developing a good…


Green Smoothie (Monster) Challenge

Posted on April 27, 2010 at 10:30am 12 Comments

I have always been partial to “liquid” meals. Even as a kid, I liked to toss a bunch of fruit, yogurt, juice and ice into a blender at any time of day. I suspect it was because I could sip a smoothie and read at the same time. Using a knife and fork meant that I had to put down my book.…


I’m finally allowed to play with the new colors in our lace-weight yarns!

Posted on April 26, 2010 at 2:00pm 19 Comments

There are some rules that even the owner of Knit Picks can’t break. In preparation for yarn launches, we always receive boxes in advance for knitting up photo samples for the catalog. These yarns are absolutely sacrosanct since everything has been allocated to sample knitters or the photography department.

Yeah, right! Imagine walking into a room filled with all sort of new yarns and/or new colors and not being able to…

An unexpected knitting treat!

Posted on April 14, 2010 at 9:49am 14 Comments

Early this week I received a package from a dear knitting friend. Inside I found this note -

Notice to the reference that my friend kept this in her knitting bag and thought I would enjoy one myself. The box was very small and well padded with a layer of bubble wrap. I'm thinking, "Europe! Maybe a lovely painted tin for my stitch markers. Or, some sort of…


A lesson from the Knitting Gods

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 11:06am 12 Comments

It seems that the Knitting Gods feel I need a lesson in the benefits of embracing the act of ripping out my knitting.

First, there was the Stonington Shawl "lesson".

Remember that the Stonington Shawl had been my "mindless" portable project. I was in desperate need of a simple project to knit while we were out to dinner with friends. I had planned on…


This is the way to work a room!

Posted on April 8, 2010 at 1:08pm 11 Comments

We had our Yarn Tasting Event last night and I, ummm- the new yarn, was quite popular!

Look at all these lovely…



Posted on April 5, 2010 at 3:50pm 10 Comments

Wouldn't you think that this would be one of the first Ravelry names taken? Knitting? Chocolate? Well, you would be so wrong!!

Let's go back a couple of years to a lovely spot in Mexico. I'm sitting by the pool with Xena, knitting away on something when a young girl and her brother come up to me and ask if they can say, "Hi" to Xena.…


Mindless Knitting Crisis!

Posted on April 2, 2010 at 2:19pm 9 Comments

My Stonington shawl has been one of my Mindless Knitting projects. I usually only have a couple in progress with the rest of my WIPs being more intellectually stimulating.

Well, this…


The importance of documentation

Posted on March 29, 2010 at 4:30pm 31 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I spent a day gathering up my far-flung WIPs. I had bags in my library, in my knitting nook, in the living room, in the bedroom and in my office at work! Seeing everything piled up in one place was a bit daunting but, in the perverse attitude of a fiber freak, fantastically energizing.…


There is only one blog that scares me!

Posted on March 23, 2010 at 7:49am 18 Comments

I use Bloglines to organize and follow blogs that I find interesting.

No one's life is simple which means blogs don't always fall into neat categories. But, I think I do a pretty good job. Of course, there are the

'Knitting Blogs"

Some of my favorites include...

Passing Down Crazy…


It's time for a celebration!

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 1:30pm 9 Comments

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Knittin' Mittens KAL/class. It was just my second online class so I appreciated everyone's enthusiasm and questions. What I really love is the idea that an online class doesn't have to end! The videos and comments will stay up on the KAL page as long as there is interest. So if you have any knitting friends who want to give mittens a try, be sure to have them watch the…


All Thumbs!

Posted on March 9, 2010 at 9:40am 13 Comments

Are you ready to knit the thumbs of your mittens? Here are the videos!…


Neigh!!!! The Hobby Horse Knit Buddy winner is....

Posted on March 5, 2010 at 12:30pm 10 Comments



Kate will contact you to see what colors of Wool of the Andes you would like us to send to you! And, there will also be a copy of…


Short Row Videos

Posted on March 4, 2010 at 2:13pm 13 Comments

Just in case my monologue on Short Rows in Episode 134 of my podcast caught your interest, here are a couple of videos that I think will make Short Rows even more understandable.…


Knittin' Mittens - Hand Decreases and Kitchener Closure, Lesson Five

Posted on March 2, 2010 at 1:30pm 7 Comments

It's time for you to finish off the hand section of your mitten. Easy, peasy.…


Knit Buddy Giveaway - Hobby Horse

Posted on February 27, 2010 at 8:39am 92 Comments

This delightful project is one of many I want to make from Knitted Gifts.

Besides being such a cute little Hobby Horse, it is a lesson on the structure of hand-knit socks. A perfect project for someone who has been thinking of knitting socks. Just…


Oops! I forgot! --- Afterthought Thumb

Posted on February 23, 2010 at 5:32am 6 Comments

Just joking! I couldn't resist a little pun!

Enjoy this next lesson in the Knittin' Mittens… Continue

Shiver Scarf Winner!

Posted on February 19, 2010 at 2:30pm 8 Comments

Congratulations Araignee!

I hope you have chosen your Merino Style colors to make your own Shiver Scarf! We will be getting in touch to ask for your preferences!…


Knittin' Mittens - Lesson Three

Posted on February 16, 2010 at 10:30am 25 Comments

This lesson has just a tiny bit of stress because you will need to decide what sort of thumb shaping you want to use on your mittens. Don't worry! I walk you throught the pros and cons of each and then show you how to set up your choice of thumb opening.

You will be knitting the body of your mitten (with your chosen thumb design) up to the little valley where your thumb and hand meet. In the next lesson, I…


Knit Buddy Giveaway - Shiver Scarf!

Posted on February 14, 2010 at 8:39am 102 Comments

I've finished mine and it is absolutely perfect!

The perfect length!

Perfect holder for my spindling supplies.

I should put in a fabric liner in the pockets to keep the hook from my Golding spindle catching on the stitches. Or, I…


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At 6:36pm on April 12, 2010, gracej said…
I just bought an IPod and am very interested in knowing what app you have previously mentioned in your podcasts. Thanks in advance!
At 12:40pm on April 8, 2010, Yarn Basket said…
Hi Kelley:
what happened to your paper piecing baby quilt? did you finish it? Send photo.
At 5:17pm on April 1, 2010, susi maloney said…
Kelly, you talk about the Kendal a lot do you listen to it while you knit or read it
At 6:05pm on March 25, 2010, Peggy Stuart said…
Kelley: I just wanted to thank you (as a representative of KP) for a very rewarding online experience at KP Knitting Community and also Connecting Threads Quilt With Us! It has been a fantastic and rich year for me. Well, not rich in the $$ sense, but KP and CT have also made that better, too! More important, though, I feel as though I have made some wonderful friends, who will likely be my friends for life. Also, Rocky and Sunny would love to have Xena share their apple slices. --Peggy
At 6:02pm on March 25, 2010, Rita Gallion said…
Kelley, does Sidney need to create his own account so he can friend Xena?
At 6:23pm on March 24, 2010, Rita Gallion said…
Hey Kellie! If Zena needs a pen pal, my pom is named Sidney. He is 7. I think he is adorable. He's not a party animal, but very friendly. Likes wrestling with his sister Gracie (a Rat Terror). His hobbies include barking at invisible things, belly rubs and treats.
At 12:56pm on March 9, 2010, Kay Dickerson said…
Wonderful! I am going to orders some to take on my honeymoon. Also one more thought... Have you ever thought about carrying dyes that can be used on cotton yarn?
At 6:08pm on March 1, 2010, Merry Knitter said…
I love your book reviews. Would you please repeat the name of the book at the end of the review? Sometimes I want to get the book, but forget the title by the end of the review. Thanks for all the great info!
At 9:31am on March 1, 2010, cherylbwaters said…
Kelley, I cannot thank you enough for creating such a wonderful place for knitters to enjoy, not only their love of knitting but also a wonderful place for friendship. ♥c
At 12:53pm on February 27, 2010, cellogirl said…
I'm seeing more and more references to Tunisian Crochet--we used to call it Afghan Stitch. Could you please carry the needles and books for us? They showed it on Knitting Daily and I just picked up a book at JoAnne's on the subject--it looks like a great technique to add to our repetoire!!--Thanks

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