Posts by nikkivandecar

Fisherman’s Brioche (Or, Sneaky Tips & Tricks)

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Knitting | 4 comments

I started this cowl six months ago, paused to write a book on crochet, picked it up again, discovered that it had turned into a tangled disaster, spent hours detangling it, worked halfway through it, decided I didn’t like the edging (the stitches should have been slipped, not knit) ripped it allllll the way back, kept going, and finally finished it.

It’s a delightful, thick, squishy infinity cowl, worked in fisherman’s rib. I like it. It was totally worth it. I’ll offer it as a free pattern as soon as I take some decent pictures of it, so stay tuned!

But in the meantime, a question for the ages: what is the difference between fisherman’s rib and brioche?

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Nevertheless, She Persisted

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Life Strategy!, Thoughts | 0 comments

A friend of mine is cross-stitching “Nevertheless, She Persisted” for me (note to self: new craft to learn!) and I’m going to put it on a pillow and lean on that pillow and therefore symbolically lean on all the persistent women that have served the rest of us so well.

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Imbolc

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Life Strategy! | 0 comments

Merry Imbolc, everyone. It’s a day to peer out from the darkness of winter, searching for crocuses and daffodils and other signs of the coming spring.

Honestly, in a lot of ways, it doesn’t feel like spring is on its way. It feels instead like we’ve entered eternal winter (or at least a 4-year winter). So when I got up this morning, the idea of celebrating Imbolc felt a little fake, a little bit like a waste of time.

But as I’ve been sitting with that feeling, it occurs to me that Imbolc falls on February 1 for a reason. Spring is totally not here yet, people. In fact, for me, February has traditionally been The Worst Month of the year, as by this point I’ve hit the peak of my Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Imbolc isn’t about being past the darkness, it’s about looking through it to the other side. Imbolc is about cleaning your house and doing the work of getting ready for spring. So, this year, I’m taking Imbolc as a Call to Action, a time to get to work, and not to be lost to despair.

We will get through this.

And so, today, Maile and I will make a Brighid’s cross (she’ll love that!) and maybe go to sleep with some amethysts under our pillows. I’m not quite sure I’m up for the hair-on-fire dangers of a crown of candles, but I’ll cook a hearty meal, and we’ll eat by candlelight.

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