April is Poetry Month! Poem #4

by Cathy on April 8, 2014

Oh me! Oh knitting! of the questions of these recurring,guy in sweater crying
Of the endless faces of the failed,
Of sweaters fill’d with errors,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more error prone than I, and who more knitterly?)
Of needles that vainly crave the stitches, of the sweaters mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the dropped stitches I see around me,
Of the rows and useless days of knitting, with fellow knitters me intertwined,
The question, Oh me! so sad, recurring – What good amid these, O me, O knitting?


That you are here – that yarn exists and beauty,
That the powerful needles click on, and you may contribute a row.


Original poem by Walt Whitman


April is Poetry Month! Poem #3

by Cathy on April 5, 2014

Two yarns I pulled from upon shelf
And sorry I could not purchase both
And be one knitter, long I stood
And thought about what I might make
With the skein I held in left

Then took the other, just as fair,
And having perhaps a better claim
Because it was bright and wanted wear;
Though as for that the waiting there
The gauge really about the same

And both that morning equally lay
On shelves no hands had touched for months.
Oh, I left the first for another day!
Yet knowing how project leads on to project,
I was sure I would come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two skeins were held in my hand, and I -
I took the one with cashmere ply
and that has made all the difference.

Original poem by Robert Frost

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April is Poetry Month! Poem #2

April 3, 2014

A swath of Yellow led the eye Unto a Purple thread Whose soft inhabitants to be Surpasses in my head If hue the silence contradict Or shade presume to show In that low corner of the Shelf Impossible to know. Original poem by Emily Dickinson

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Poetry Month

April 1, 2014

In honor of Poetry Month, the month of April, I will be posting poems that I have rewritten with a yarn theme. Enjoy! so much depends upon a red yarn skein spun with wool and cashmere waiting in the back Original poem by William Carlos Williams

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Your Summer is My Winter

July 25, 2012

What’s the best thing about waking up to 80 degrees and 42 percent humidity? Air conditioning! Grateful is merely the first thing you feel when you consider air conditioning. We could not live without it here in Phoenix – no way, no how. There is barely covered parking at major shopping centers, which shocked me […]

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How I Learned to Love Red Heart

April 22, 2012

Is it wrong to hate a yarn? Doesn’t every yarn have something to offer? Eyelash yarn was once cool. I knitted a few long eyelash scarves in my day. I’ve even seen it used effectively as an accent in a felted purse. And that popcorn yarn can be crocheted into an interesting necklace/scarf that makes […]

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Meeting an Idol

February 6, 2012

I was so excited to meet Ysolda Teague at our knitting store a couple of weeks ago! She is as charming and lovely as you would expect. She gave a talk about how she got started as a knitting designer and about her current projects, including choosing colors for Scrumptious yarns by Lantern Moon used […]

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Isn’t Knitting a Dying Art?

December 4, 2011

I have been knitting and crocheting since I was 14 years old. How many times have I heard as I sat working on my project, “My grandmother knits/crochets.” There I was, 21 years old, working on my filet crochet project, happy as I could be, and fielding yet another assault on the assumption that only […]

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Dyeing for the First Time

July 5, 2011

I finally did something I’ve been wanting to do for years – dye yarn! With the easy-to-use indigo dye kit I bought from Knit Picks, it was fairly simple to dye t-shirts and then yarn with my friend, Judie. I admit, I was excited but nervous. I was more worried once I started the process. […]

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