Lesson: Knitting Mohair

Working with mohair yarn can be a challenge. Because the yarn is so fuzzy and the fibers are clingy, the yarn will stick to itself as you knit, making it almost impossible to rip out. If you do have to rip, slowly unknit the piece stitch by stitch, using a sharp scissor to separate the furry halo if it gets stuck together. But be careful not to cut the core of the yarn! read more →

Don’t be a Yarn Snob

Two things happened this weekend that made me think of this: On Facebook, Gaye Glasspie aka GGmadeit, has a weekly knitting Q&A and she asked who was going to Vogue Knitting Live. Well, I’m not, and it’s because I can’t afford to go to a knitting event unless I’m working the show. People often make assumptions.. read more →

Parts Unknown Viking Cowl KAL

This Knit Along has concluded. Are you ready for a winter KAL? How it Works Sign up by downloading the Parts Unknown pattern PDF on Ravelry. Use coupon VIKING to get it for free. Follow along in my Ravelry group. If you didn’t pre-order a custom-dyed kit, you can use your own stash yarn or.. read more →

Resistance Update: Take Back America

Welcome to 2018, the year we take back America or go down with the sinking ship. Are you ready? What happened? Donald Trump came back from his extended golfing vacation just in time to hear about a new book that reiterates how stupid he is hits the shelves. Well, it wasn’t supposed to come out.. 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 →

Our Knitting Roots — Now on Knitty!

You all, my Our Knitting Roots column has just appeared on Knitty, along with another pair of toe-up socks from the Middle East! Check it out. It may be difficult to look at a sock or mitten that you’ve made with your own hands and feel a connection to a group of people who seem.. read more →

Black Lives Matter – In Knitting and Everywhere Else

My BLM Black Lives Matter hat is available for free on Ravelry. The chart is also included in the Knitting as a Political Act ebook. I, perhaps, have a weird life and a weird family. But I prefer to think of myself as quintessentially American. I have cousins who are Black, Asian, Hispanic, and White… read more →

Free Ebook: Knitting as a Political Act

Just in time for anti-inauguration day, here’s my new free ebook, Knitting as a Political Act. It includes four of my polictially-motivated patterns, but It’s not just a pattern ebook, but a collection of ideas, tips, and activities you can use in your life to protest injustice and work for causes you believe in. People knit for.. read more →

Free Pattern: Resistance Hat

Resist Hat Resist racism, resist xenophobia, resist sexism, resist hate of all kinds. Wear this hat to proclaim that we are the resistance! The diagonal motif is based on the American symbol for a resistor in electronics. This can go in the St st portion of Pussyhats … or you can make a plain hat with.. read more →

Singing (and Knitting) as a Political Act

This week I’ve been thinking about diversity, xenophobia, empire, nationalism, genealogy, and family history. How can we embrace each other even though we are different? How can we all be Americans and work together to make a better world for the future? How can we embrace our pasts, live with love in the present, and plan.. read more →

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