Starting Point

Posted by on Sep 9, 2017 in Knitting | 0 comments


This is Joji Locatelli’s Starting Point, and it’s gorgeous. It’s knit in whatever fingering weight yarn I had lying around, in whatever colors I thought might maaaybe work, and dang. They do.

It took me forever though. I was very far behind on this MKAL–partly because whoa, that’s a lot of garter so it takes a while, and also, um, whoa that’s a lot of garter so it’s boring.

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Zen & Sereknity

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Knitting, Life Strategy! | 0 comments


It was complete chance that I got a chance to speak with Bernadette Murphy, author of *lots* of books, including Zen and the Art of Knitting and, most recently, Harley and MeOver the course of our conversation, I learned that while Bernadette and I have very similar feelings about the spiritual power of crafting.

The thesis of SereKNITy is that the act of knitting or crocheting is meditative, is peaceful. This seems, well, fairly obvious (unless you live with a knitter or crocheter, and then you know that it also includes a lot of cursing and ripping out. But set that part aside). Of course knitting and crocheting are peaceful activities. But in her memoir Zen and the Art of Knitting, Bernadette dives more deeply into the questions of why and how.


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Ley Lines

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Knitting | 0 comments

I’m a little bit obsessed with ley lines. This is Maggie Stiefvater’s fault (though I blame her, perhaps unfairly, for many things, including my daughter’s insistence on calling seals capaill uisce).

Ley lines are energetic tracks arcing across the world. They are often dotted with historical landmarks–Stonehenge is for sure on a ley line. You might have heard them referred to as fairy roads or corpse roads.

Here’s my understanding of them…you know how when you’re walking in a wide open space, with no particular direction or destination in mind, you’re just walking, and you feel like you ought to walk that way. Your body is at ease when you walk that specific path.

I believe, when that happens, that I’m walking a ley line.

I’m always trying to incorporate magic into my crafting, and when I saw Joji Locatelli’s Ley Lines, well…there was just no way I could avoid knitting it, and I wasn’t going to let all that ribbing deter me.

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