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An Unusual Knitting Blog

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The Evolution of a Pattern

Thu, 05 Apr 2012 23:13:48 +0000

In the fall of 2001, I knit the second sweater of my knitting career: the Roll Raglan from Yankee Knitter Designs. As my first sweater was such a disaster, I chose this pattern with a much more informed sense of what kind of sweater I would actually wear. It’s nearly identical to the J. Crew […]

Oh, Do I Blog Here?

Thu, 01 Mar 2012 20:18:41 +0000

I just took a look at the archives and saw that it’s been over a year since I’ve posted. Sheesh! And to think it used to be like Grand Central Station around here. There is still plenty of traffic, though. According to my stats page, I’m still getting 150 -200 hits per day. An obnoxious […]

Kids’ Knits, Figs. 1 – 3

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 16:26:44 +0000

When I was a kid, I imagined that one of the features of the afterlife was a Statistics Room. In this room, you could learn any figure or number from the recently departed life. How many times did you sneeze? How many pairs of shoes did you wear? How much total time did you spend […]


Wed, 05 Jan 2011 16:23:17 +0000

I am a mediocre designer. This isn’t a matter of self-deprecation or dishonest humility—there are plenty of things at which I am totally awesome, and I’m happy to list them1. It’s not that my designs aren’t good, but by my own assessment, they are syntheses of other designs. For example, let’s take a close look […]

In Praise of Cookie A

Sat, 06 Mar 2010 05:06:40 +0000

I recently completed these Marlene socks for Z. I’m not sure how many pairs I’ve knit for Z at this point, but the number is probably near ten (I would count, but my 15-month old daughter likes to empty Z’s sock drawer every morning, and we haven’t put all the socks away yet today). A […]

More Shameless Self-Promotion

Thu, 25 Feb 2010 22:22:17 +0000

This is the Blue Lightning scarf, my second contribution to Knit Pick’s Independent Designer Program. Don’t be shy! The pattern is cheap! Go buy it!

There Goes My Savings!

Fri, 12 Feb 2010 03:22:49 +0000

A few months ago I was out for dinner with some friends, and the subject of that old TV show Babylon 5 came up. I hadn’t seen it, so I asked one of my friends for a quick recap. He provided the general premise, but he was vague about some of the specifics. There was […]

Oh, Darn!

Sat, 23 Jan 2010 00:31:11 +0000

Okay, now that I’ve abused the word darn for the title of this post by making the most overused joke in the fiber arts, I’ve decided to look it up. I’m too lazy to haul out my Oxford English Dictionary (1929 edition), so I’m going to use the dictionary that comes with my computer: darn […]

Joining the Ranks

Thu, 10 Dec 2009 22:51:19 +0000

A year ago this November, I joined two new clubs: 1. Parents 2. Parents of twins True, group #2 is really a subset of group #1, but having multiple babies at the same time is so much its own crazy universe that one can really feel like one has left the regular one. But this […]

The Color Purple

Thu, 19 Nov 2009 21:13:13 +0000

There’s no doubt that the biggest reason for the three months of silence is little Ms. M and little Mr. S, who are now a year old (!!!) and will soon fit into the Angle sweaters that Z and I knit for them . . . oh, a year and a half ago. I thought […]