Spent the morning teaching the kids to knit. It seems like the right time to stay warm and gather around for a quiet activity, close to family. My older daughter made up her own knitting instructions “through the fence, around the barn, save the pig, jump off the roof and gather up the pigs”. This might make sense if you’re a knitter, but I do think that creating a story about the process helps you pick it up. She said she was saving the pigs from becoming bacon. And look what a good job she’s doing! Both girls (8 and 10) are knitting now and both doing very well.

After the tragedy yesterday, I’m left with many thoughts about our society. Thoughts about gun control, mental healthcare and isolation. I talked to my kids about the event, figuring it would be better for me to tell them than have them hear something at school on Monday. After helping them process the idea that someone could do something so horrific and then reassuring them that they are safe at school, I told them that anytime someone does something bad in this world, many more people do good. I’m sure this is statistically true, but hard to remember.

More finger weaving

My kid is on a roll and has been falling asleep every night with yarn attached to her fingers! See my earlier post here for a link to finger weaving (or finger knitting) instructions. This is a great activity for fidgety 8-year-olds.

For the love of pink

My six-year-old loves hot pink. Wears it everyday. I don’t really understand children’s obsession with color favorites. When an adult visits a classroom, the teacher may ask the kids “Do you have any questions for our guest today?” and whether the guest is a visiting parent or Barack Obama, one child in the class will inevitably ask “What’s your favorite color?” This will be followed by oohs and ahhs if the color matches their own favorite, making a kindred color connection. And I’ve tried to stomp out the gender distinctions between colors around here, but it seems pretty well ingrained in our society. I think it’s best not to over-analyze it, so I just make my daughter pink stuff all the time. I’ll miss these days when she becomes a goth kid in high school.

Anyway, I made this dress from Burda 9702, but of course made some modifications. It’s a super simple pattern and a good dress for a beginner to make. And I made this scarf from this awesome yarn that my daughter picked out from Purl Soho when we were in NY. The yarn actually has sparkly trims and crocheted flowers in it. Yarn like this is good for me, since I can’t really do any fancy knitting.


These Days

Lately I’ve been getting tangled up in balls of yarn strewn about the house. This is due to my 8-year-old’s new obsession with finger weaving. She is making scarves, bracelets, necklaces, belts, doll clothes and all kinds of things with her finger weavings. If you’re not familiar with the process, you can learn it here.

Seems like life has been pretty busy for us lately. I’ll be working on some new projects over the next couple of weeks so I won’t have as much time to dedicate to the blog. More fabric and another book, perhaps? We’ll see where it all goes.

And if you turn to the back of the new family issue of Real Simple, you can see my name! I contributed a tidbit about making a homemade kazoo for their wacky holiday calendar. It’s a great issue full of party, holiday, and organizing ideas, so be sure to pick it up!

Studio Amano

My friend Trisha has an Etsy shop! I like to persuade (annoy, pester, badger) my talented friends to sell their wares on Etsy. So here’s Trisha’s shop, Studio Amano. Trisha taught our daughter in preschool six years ago and she’s been babysitting and helping us out ever since.

And Trisha likes to knit. I mean she loves to knit. She is a yarn hoarder-deluxe (and she could totally surround herself in yarn like this woman). So help her get rid of that yarn and buy one of her lovely fuzzy bowls. It takes her about three hours to knit each one from wool yarn; then she felts them in warm water. If you’re not familiar with the process, it’s pretty much what happens when you accidentally wash a wool sweater.

I still have these on my table. And if you want to learn more about what crazy things Trisha is doing with fiber lately, you can follow her new blog here.