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Hemisphere Half Pi Shawl

Tomorrow is Pi Day, (March 14th, 3/14, 3.14 rounded off from 3.14159…) and we’re starting the Hemisphere Half Pi KAL in my Ravelry group. It’s not to late to join in! The pattern is available on Ravelry and you can stash dive to start right away, or order a kit from Craftsy and start late.. read more →

My Knitting Life #2

Can you believe it’s already January 22nd? There’s just a week of this month left. I have my knitting cut out for me. I’ve officially entered the new Ravelry Challenge for finishing my UFOs in 2018. Have you seen that feature yet? It’s cool. You can put deadlines on your WIPs or projects in your.. read more →

Reading about Japanese Knitting & Culture

Are you in Our Knitting Roots Book Club yet? It’s a free Facebook group. On Feb 1 we will start reading again! Our topic will be Japan and we’ll be reading two books. Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Patterns by Hitomi Shida, translated by Gayle Roehm. This book is a drop-dead stunning stitch dictionary,.. read more →

Friendly American Knitters

In Our Knitting Roots Book Club on Facebook, over the last weeks, we’ve been discussing Timothy Snyder’s short book, On Tyranny: 20 Lessons from the 20th Century. This week’s chapter is “Lesson 12: Make Eye Contact and Small Talk.” Rachel, who is leading the discussion says, This lesson is a reminder of how simple resisting.. read more →

Resistance Update 1/3/2018

Blue Wave 2018 It’s January 3rd and Donald Drumpf is off the golf course and back on Twitter, being completely authoritarian, unAmerican, nasty, undemocratic, and insane. He’s comparing nuclear strike button sizes with his nemesis in North Korea. We have to get rid of him. Yesterday I contacted my reps to encourage them to do.. read more →

My Knitting Life #1

I’m getting ready for 2018, the year of finishing. My knitting journey next year is to finish all of my personal WIPs and UFOs plus my mother’s (because she’s not knitting presently). I guess the best way to get started with the finishing is to make a list of the projects that I have piled.. read more →

Year End Reading Roundup

Happy December. Here’s my year-end reading roundup. It’s short this year, with just three books in each category, but I hope you enjoy it. Knitting Books Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Patterns by Hitomi Shida translated by Gayle Roehm is the most coveted book of the year for knitters who use stitch libraries and.. read more →

Get Ready for 2018!

Oh my gosh, I can’t believe this year is already ending. I’m glad because so many of my friends have had terrible years, and the USA isn’t having such a great year as a nation either. But I want to be ready for the new year, and I bet you do, too! I don’t make.. read more →

★★★★★ Book Review: Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible

“Discover the Beautiful World of Japanese Knitting” is the tagline written across the top of the book Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible. I think I am going to steal that for the name of my workshops. I have been calling them “Explore Japanese Knitting” but exploring just doesn’t have the same appeal as discovering a beautiful.. read more →

Meet Beatriz (Betty) McTiernan 

My grandmother taught me how to knit. This was a few years after I emigrated with my family from Habana to Miami. read more →

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