Knit Like a Boss: A Book Review

Knitting without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann, first published in 1971, is still a wonderful book for new and beginning knitters. EZ, as the author is frequently called, writes in a wonderfully irreverent and humble style.  She claims to be opinionated and even cantankerous about knitting.  Her goal is to teach all knitters to “be the … Read more

My Top 3 Summer Knitting Projects

As I write this, we’re on day 2 of a heat wave that will probably last 3 more days.  (Anyone else notice they’re not using the term “heat wave” anymore?  As if that will make it less hot.) It’s not good weather for knitting. Maybe I’m contrary person.  A heat wave hits, and I want … Read more

Knitting & the Not-Fun Needles

I’ve had both my required vaccine shots.  It wasn’t fun, especially the second one, but I am very much looking forward to the result:  getting back to life outside my house. Meetup groups, library groups, church groups, and our favorites, LYS knitting groups, are all coming back. Maybe in your neck of the woods they … Read more

Don’t Knit on Lumpy Days

My daughter and I got our 2nd COVID vaccines yesterday.  (Hurray!  A maskless future awaits!)  It took several hours for the immune response, aka side effects, to kick in. For me, my intestines are in an uproar. My daughter had some mild nausea, too, last night, but the real symptoms kicked in for her this … Read more

5 Life Lessons from Knitting

Be Persistent.  I find it’s fairly easy to finish small projects.  I’ve made a lot of hats over the years because I seem to ruin or lose my hats on a regular basis.  That’s fine.  It’s fun to make a new hat, but I don’t drool over hat patterns. No, it’s the challenging ones that … Read more

The Pros & Cons of Interchangeable Knitting Needles

Interchangeable knitting needle sets have replaced circular knitting needle sets, like this one, for many good reasons. I use interchangeable knitting needles almost exclusively.  I have some double pointed needles and some fixed circular needles, but I have completely gotten rid of my straight needles.  While there are cons to interchangeables, I find the pros … Read more

Knitting Needle Size Chart

Converting knitting needle sizes from American to metric and back again. You found a great looking European design, but you’re not sure what needle size you need? Or you found a great American design and don’t know if you have the correct needles? Look no further. Here are the most common needle sizes in American … Read more