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Are you ready to cast-on and start knitting some mittens? Join my KAL as we begin our mitten lessons today!

I am thrilled with how excited and enthusiastic everyone is at my Knittin' Mittens KAL!

I just launched two videos for casting-on and knitting the cuff ribbing. Please join us or even just follow along over the next few weeks. You will learn something whether you actually have some yarn and needles in your hands or not.

Added by Kelley Petkun on February 9, 2010 at 4:07pm — 7 Comments

Ideal Knit-A-Long (KAL) for first-timers!

I launched my Mitten Tutorial KAL last week and, after reading the posts, I realized that it is a perfect forum for any knitter who has been hesitant to join a KAL before.

Number One

The lesson and project is…

Added by Kelley Petkun on February 8, 2010 at 5:30am — 8 Comments

Mitten, mitten, who's got the mitten?

Well, I have been working on a mitten knitting video series, and a Knit-A-Long so that we can all have mittens!!

I think the middle of winter is a perfect time to learn something new and quick to knit. This week I give a general outline of the course including supplies that you will… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on February 2, 2010 at 3:00pm — 21 Comments

There may be something to this New Years thing after all!

Maybe the holiday season is hectic so that we appreciate the quiet that follows. Time to ponder plans for the New Year, as I have been doing. Lots and lots of rain combined with a fire in the fireplace makes for a productive weekend. Sorry, Linda, but it was raining so hard on Friday that I didn't want to go out to find a Hot Chocolate Pot. But, it will be a priority for next week!

Let's play the "Remember This?"… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on January 17, 2010 at 7:24am — 11 Comments

Erica Jackofsky's colorway for her Shiver Scarf....

....and my color selection.

I know you are familiar with my choice of Kenai (Merino Style) as the scarf color. Particularly since I had to knit it twice due to my not paying attention to Erica's very clear… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on January 14, 2010 at 1:28pm — 9 Comments

W.I.P Review - Remember these?

Well, if I wanted to be grammatically correct I would say, "Remember this?" Because I still only have one sock finished.…


Added by Kelley Petkun on January 13, 2010 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Drop spindled sock yarn swatch

After reading through Respect The Spindle, I have become an avid drop spindler. After running over my Golding Aromatherapy spindle with a golf cart, I decided to use what I had already spun to knit up a swatch. The yarn that I plied up was a bit disappointing. Even after I washed it, thanks Peggy for the wishful thinking that… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on January 12, 2010 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Movies to rip by

I was chatting with a friend yesterday and she had discovered a mistake in the ribbing of her current project.

I loved her solution to this knitting disaster. As she said, "You can't really go back and fix ribbing easily. So, I slipped my Julie/Julia DVD into the machine and laughed my way through 10 inches of ribbing ripping!"

That got me thinking. When I had to rip out my Shiver Scarf, I chose… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on January 11, 2010 at 9:00am — 14 Comments

WIP Review - Classic Lines Cardigan

I had planned on beginning the New Year by sitting down with a pad of paper and assessing the status of my Works-In-Progress and the projects I would like to tackle in the future. Then I thought, "How much more fun would it be to share the process with you?!"

That way I have lots of company, and comments, to enjoy.

I have absolutely no idea why my Classic Lines Cardigan knitting came to a screeching halt. After all, it is… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on January 7, 2010 at 5:19am — 7 Comments

I thought I knew how to spin!

But you certainly believe I had much spinning experience given the result of my first "enthusiastic" drop spindling session fueled by my reading of Respect The Spindle. Remember the destruction of my aromatherapy spindle? Well, I decided to use what was on that spindle to make a bit of sample yarn.

The result seems waaay too fine for the fingering… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on January 5, 2010 at 1:11pm — 1 Comment

Ripping update

I left for dinner last night carrying my purse stuffed with my mis-knit scarf and new yarn. My plan was to do the heartbreaking ripping while in the company of loving family members and then get started again right away.

And, I am very happy!! I am knitting with one strand of new (fresh) yarn and one strand of ripped (used) yarn. The difference in the fabric is just like Erica's scarf in our office! Much, much, much better!! Today I am going to enjoy reading The Help by and knitting.… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on December 31, 2009 at 12:05pm — 5 Comments


Erica Jackofsky is one of the extremely talented designers participating in our… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on December 30, 2009 at 5:35am — 10 Comments

Sock Knitting Community Embarassment -- But, I redeemed myself!

Ok, yesterday was a crazy day!! I was running behind schedule and grabbed the first pair of socks that I touched in the sock drawer. And, look what I had to deal with all day!

Store bought socks!! Yes, I have, what? - eight pairs of lovely hand-knit socks in that same drawer!! What was I thinking! No more sock selection before coffee!

This morning I redeemed myself for this blow to the sock knitting community. I love… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on December 17, 2009 at 7:40am — 10 Comments

Seeking comfort

We are heading into the third week of renovation chaos in the office. Thankfully my office space is shaping up nicely and I've been able to be productive all day! What a nice change!

The problem is that Xena is not at all comfortable with boxes in hallways, strange men walking around pushing big, heavy carts and people in new spaces! When she does find someone in a "normal" space, she demands attention. Kate offered some love and comfort.…


Added by Kelley Petkun on December 14, 2009 at 4:42pm — 13 Comments

DPN or Two Circulars or Magic Loop?

As modern knitters we are blessed with a potentially mind-boggling array of new methods for knitting.

For centuries knitters used Double Pointed Needles (DPNs) for knitting small circumference items like sleeves, sweater necks, mittens, etc. But, with the advent of circular needles, knitting with two circular needles became another method.

When Socks Soar on Circular Needles came out,… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on December 13, 2009 at 7:07am — 17 Comments

My drop spindle arrived!

Actually it arrived on Monday but our office renovation has left me so exhausted at the end of the day that I couldn't do anything other than read and rest every evening. This morning I not only woke up ready to bond with my new little friend but I was determined to learn how to "Navajo Ply on the Fly"! More about that later.

Let's start with the comfortable feeling that came back amazingly quickly! Remember that my "crushed" spindle was a Golding Aromatherapy Spindle. I loved it but… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on December 10, 2009 at 3:45pm — 11 Comments

After 12 years, it's time for new paint and carpeting!

We are painting and re-carpeting one entire floor of our building. One section each weekend spread over a month. On top of that, we are moving departments around as well. That means that nothing will settle back down until the middle of January. What chaos!…


Added by Kelley Petkun on December 9, 2009 at 4:08pm — 7 Comments

Remember Mary's book signing?

Here are a few shots from her book.

Clearly Mary loves working with color!

My mother raised me to be kind and not laugh at other people's difficulties. Most of the time I manage to remember those lessons. But, when a blogger puts it out there then I consider it open season for a stomach aching round of laughter. I read… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on December 6, 2009 at 11:19am — 3 Comments

Always something new to learn!

I have been impatiently waiting for Abby's book to come out and it is a treasure!!

The life changing lesson I learned from Respect the Spindle is that spindling is even more portable than a small knitting project! I had often heard spindlers say that they, "spindle every day rather than spinning at a wheel once a month". It seemed to make sense… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on December 3, 2009 at 11:31am — 14 Comments

Absolutely crushed! Or, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished!

We are in Mexico with my sister and her husband. Sissy, Michael and Bob play golf. I prefer to sit in the cart and enjoy the day. Sissy and I had already decided that she was only going to play nine holes and then we were going to head back to the pool.

Well, Sissy totally muffed a shot on the 7th hole. For those of you who are not familiar with golf, that means she hit the ball so badly that it sort of hoped all of about twenty feet! I decided that I would be helpful and drive the… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on December 2, 2009 at 6:07am — 7 Comments

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