Knitting In Bed | How to Make a Slipknot & Cast On

Are you new to knitting? Well that’s neat. Welcome to this weird and wonderful club of the people of the yarn!

The first thing you need to know is how to make a slipknot and cast on, because these two simple techniques are the beginning every knitted piece you will ever make. Today I’m going to show you how to do it.

Knitting In Bed | How to Make a Slipknot & Cast On

And I mean show you for real. Although I have always felt myself better in writing than live action, today I am premiering a new feature, a video series called Knitting In Bed. Talking! Whee!

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Selfish Knitting Update

News from the front.

Selfish Knitting is not going well.

I think I’m losing the battle on this one, soldiers.

Monty Destroying Everything

It’s not that I haven’t been knitting. I have been, really. And even learning to crochet!

Here’s the problem. I have a 99% finished hat that does not fit correctly, a pair of gloves frogged so many times, I’m not sure the wool can be salvaged, and an un-started pair of socks. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. [Read more…]

365 Photo Challenge | Day 67 | A Hobby

Day 67 - A Hobby

Day 67 of the 365 photo challenge is “A Hobby.” It’s knitting. Obviously. This is what I do.

Shall I Compare Thee to a Glass of Booze?

Hello friends!

Today I’m turning Leave Me to My Projects over to Project Community member and friend of the blog, Holly, otherwise known as SillyLittleLady. She makes swoon-worthy pretty knitting patterns, and is the creator of those insane bearded Viking Helmets you may have seen in your travels about the interwebs.

I freaking love this girl. Kindred geeky spirits, for real. And we both like wine. I hope you enjoy her comparative musings on the two addiction-inducing substances today. And don’t forget to check out her blog, Etsy and Ravelry!

Love,

Natalie

Hi, I’m Holly of SillyLittleLady and I’m a knittaholic.

Holly Priestley

It all started back in my single-digit years; I was introduced to the addiction early. Like a fish to water, I took to the craft, gathered many needles, even re-used a few from “friends” who were really enablers of this dependence. Over the years my need grew, the craving could never be satiated and the paraphernalia started adding up. A bag here, a drawer there, it took over my living arrangements, my car, my job.

Money was spent, accouterments obtained, I was so far down the rabbit hole that I didn’t even know there was an “out.” The habit is an easy one to fall into, a tough one to break, and it’s been so long since I was clean that these days, I can’t even fathom what life would be like outside of this obsession.

Over time, I’ve found that this compulsion can be compounded into something even greater if I combine it with other things that bring me joy – certain people, particular sources of sustenance, even my favorite spaces. While I enjoy a good knit, I really enjoy pairing it with a good glass of wine.

In my years of knitting and sipping, I’ve come across a few likenesses between the wines I drink and the yarns I use, surely you’ve done this too? Here are a few of my favorite pairings:

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Things I Love Thursday | Valentine’s Day Edition

It’s Valentine’s Day! And I could not be happier.

Being a barber (although this applies to pretty much all service industry folks), I prefer to make money instead of spend it on holidays like this. This is a really good money week, is what I’m saying.

Sheldon and Pancakes

Sheldon is a tiny dinosaur that thinks he’s a turtle. He loves you enough to share.

But still, in the spirit of the season, I thought I would round up some Valentine’s Day fun for this inaugural edition of the new Things I Love Thursday feature. This one is for those of us who hate pink, and could definitely do without all the hearts and flowers and lace and frills, and I’m pretty sure there are a lot of you guys out there.

For the record, I am madly in love with my husband of 6 months, partner of 3 years, but even so this particular hyped-up holiday is way too much for me.

So here are your Valentines, in love or not fellow Valentine’s Day downers, with some neat, sweet (but not too sweet), and delicious V-Day love from some of the most crushable folks on my blogroll(s).

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