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Winter Knitting in the Heat

Whew! - these past two weeks certainly have been scorching hot in the northeast! A cold snap the final week of August faked me out and the subsequent heat wave caught me hauling out blankets and packing away my summer clothes. So here I sit with the air conditioner blasting, knitting snowflakes into a sweater that - true to its name - is making me sweat just pooled up in my lap. 

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Square Summer Scarf

This past December I was with some friends Christmas shopping at Nordstrom when I found a super-cheap ultra bulky square scarf about four feet long on each side. It's enormous - actually so large that when I wear it I can't see my feet when I walk (do other people look at their feet when they walk down stairs, or is that just me?). I had no idea how to wear such a garment when I first found it, but it was a pretty blend of pastels like a watercolor painting - and cheap - so I took it home. It was only when I wore it to my frigid office building that I discovered the wonderful versatility of square scarves: when chilly at your desk, you can use them as blankets!

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Cashmere Cowl

Cashmere Cowl

One of the most agonizing aspects of travel is, for me, that hour spent the night before departure deciding what, oh what, to knit on the journey. Perhaps those less clumsy and accident prone than I are faced with an easier decision, but for me a great deal rides on this choice. Indeed, I believe I am the queen of the crafting-while-traveling faux pas. There was the fateful dpns-on-a-plane incident in which I dropped a needle from my work and, after a great deal of fuss, located it under a fellow passenger's rear end. Or the time I brought a color work hat on a megabus and one of the many balls of yarn slipped from my hands and rolled beneath the seats all the way to the front of the bus. Are you getting the picture? I'm not one of those people who travels with poise. 

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Cable-Band Scarf

Cable-Band Scarf

I have to make a confession: I have a complete mental block when it comes to variegated yarn.  Seriously.  I dislike wearing garments made of variegated yarn, inspiration runs dry when I'm designing patterns for variegated yarn, and I refuse to make socks - the great domain of variegated yarns - on principle (I so so so so so don't want people walking on my hand knits...is that unreasonable?).  

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