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Civil War Couple

Let me tell you about Galena.

Given the crabby nature of that last post, it was clear that we needed to get out of Dodge for a while.  Stash the kids with their grandparents, head South.  So we did. To Galena, IL.  Perched in the Northwest corner of Illinois, it was hardly much of a trek from Madison; it hardly garnered us any of the temperature
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The Man Hat

First off the needles from my own stash of From Drought is a basic hat for Captain Daddio. I always forget how quickly a hat can knit up – so fast that one can knit it up, block it, find it’s 17 sizes too big, hide it before the Mister comes home, frog it, and reknit it in a handful
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Yarn Heavy

My last semester of college was spent near Florence, Italy in a study abroad program offering a steady diet of art history.  We regularly ventured into the city to spend hours within the chilly confines of chapels more ancient than I could comprehend.  I met Michelangelo there and read, for one of my courses, some of his homoerotic poetry. I
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This Moment.

I’m joining SouleMama today with a moment I’d like to remember.


This might be my favorite sweater of all.

Oh, I’m so excited to show you my newest sweater!  Such a labor of love it was, from start to finish. What a joy!  I had been waiting to knit this up for a long time – a few weeks ago I mustered the courage to begin.  For the yarn, I sought out the fattest wool I could find. I
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Winterlit Herringbone Cowl Pattern

At last, a cowl. It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of this knitting pattern, so carefully designed to complement the unique hand of First Harvest yarn.  Winterlit, it is called and indeed, the saturated hues shine like a beacon through the grey.  Winterlit is knit in Herringbone stitch, an elegant but easy to learn stitch pattern
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Be on the ready.

Something wonderful is waiting to be born.  A skein of yarn has yielded a magnificent antidote to late Winter.  Woolen loops and knots, made with sticks, have been arranged just so, the choreography has been recorded, the results tested and loved.  I am now fashioning it all into a virtual paper airplane, giving it wings to reach you all, wherever
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Monogamy wins out.

  There are so many titles I could give to this post:  Knots with sticks and string.  Things I’d like to wear before Winter’s end.  Woolen gluttony.  That point in Winter where I hit my knitting stride and crank out projects which have languished on the needles for more than 1 or 2 years. Instead, I’ll stick with the theme
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Failure is in the eye of the beholder.

It starts with the most lovely of roving, a cloud of Coopworth wool studded with silken jewels.  Whir, whir, whir, whir chants the spinning wheel, revolving with such sensory joy that it’s a wonder the wheel and spinner alike do not levitate out of sheer meditative elation.  The shimmering fibers slide through our fingers so effortlessly, practically spinning themselves.  Fill
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The first orders are starting to ship out today!  Blue Jay's stay here was fleeting; he's now completely sold out.

This is why we got sheep.

If I really boil all of this down to one pivotal experience, I can honestly say that we got sheep as a result of forgetting to pack sleeping bags on a camping trip. The local yarn that I found that weekend led me to the farm where it was grown, which was precisely where we bought our own starter flock. 
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