Shibui On My Mind

by Cathy on July 22, 2014

Shibui Mix No. 34 Working on first pattern section.

Shibui Mix No. 34
Working on first pattern section

I’m knitting with a super soft yarn combination and I’m so excited about it. One strand of Shibui Staccato and one strand of Silk Cloud in Ivory held together are making up the most beautiful and fun-to-make cowl.

Recently, I became part of the Shibui Spark program and I’m lucky enough to be knitting this brand new cowl pattern from this amazing yarn manufacturer.

My LYS, Jessica Knits, (where I work and teach) has a fabulous selection of Shibui yarns that you mix to make simple, classic garments and accessories. The store has a trunk show in right now and I am so excited about Shibui’s fibers. What’s amazing is how soft it all is. You can double up a fiber or mix two different fibers together. We just had a mix party at the store where customers knit a swatch substituting different fibers together to see how the combinations look and feel. Shibui makes it so easy to follow their recommendations for their patterns but it’s fun to mix on your own, too!

I’ll keep posting my progress on this cowl because it’s just too wonderful not to share with you all!


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

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; […]

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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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