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Monthly Newsletters

Hello fellow knitters. The blog this week is to let you know about our transition from the weekly blog to a monthly newsletter/ blog. We will be using this transition for many purposes, which we will explain in the first newsletter, which will be sent to you in July. Meanwhile, what have I been doing?  Well, among the changes in the last 20 years in New York that I notice is that there are now many fresh fruit and vegetable stands in most neighborhoods. These stands have quite good prices but often not the freshest product. Mostly, one must plan to use them the same day or one day later which isn’t so bad as I often shop there at...

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Using Up My Stash

It took a while but I did finish my first knit out my stash project and then discovered a lovely yarn that I had bought years ago. This yarn, called Qiviuk, comes from the down of a musk ox and combines musk ox down and silk and it the softest and loveliest yarn I think I have ever touched. It comes form Windy Valley Musk ox in Alaska. Of course, it was pricy but I didn’t resist and then I put it away and finally took it out and then looked for a pattern to use with it. This is where my collection of knitting books really comes in handy. Went to the bookshelf which is organized by topic and...

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A gift to yourself

Maybe it is I but I can’t imagine that someone else would be able to find the perfect gift for me as I think that I have very specialized desires. In addition, I am not a fan of gifts that have been commercialized so that the giver feels obligated to find something, almost anything, to give. That type of gift especially includes things like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. How many gifts have we gotten that were bought under holiday pressure and relegated to hidden places. I am reminded of visiting a friend in Florida many years ago and she said that shopping for jewelry in pawnshops was fun and cheap so off we went to a local pawnshop and...

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3 Free Mother’s Day Knitting Patterns

Moms love handmade gifts, don’t they? They appreciate the time and thought that goes into a hand-knit item. They are happy to know that you’ve spent time thinking of them and working on something special just for them. So, it is only natural that instead of buying a generic box-store gift, you put some lovely yarn on the needles and whip up something special just for mom. Here are three free patterns moms are sure to appreciate. Customize them to her liking by selecting yarn in her favorite color.  Pattern 1: Reyna shawl by Noora Laivola Image credit: Noora Laivola The Reyna shawl is designed by Noora Laivola and is available as a free download on Ravelry. This shawl is...

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Mother’s Day

I myself have mixed feelings about holidays like Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day because, although they have an important component of taking time to recognize people in our lives, at the same time they have been coopted by the retail industry as another “shopping” excuse which somehow seems to take away from finding a way to express our love. Nevertheless, if your Mother is a knitter, this might be the perfect opportunity to express your appreciation. I want to put in here the concept that there are a number of women in your life that you could think of as mothers. I myself have a very close friend who is 94 and whom I met when I was in my...

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