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September 25, 2018

Ah, for the days of yore, when my biggest worries were how to pick up stitches, remembering to move the yarn toward me for purling, and how to continue in pattern when the next bit would be "knit 2 together" but you only have 1 stitch at that point (still don't have an...

September 20, 2018

I hope you're sitting, because I'm about to shock you: yes, it's another actually useful post from Uncle Stashley. I know, I know, it's been a while.

So: when you are knitting in the round, you're essentially knitting in a spiral (it's true!) which is both (a) kind of a...

September 12, 2018

Four years ago I began knitting, and oh, how my life has changed:

  1. I know how to knit now, and can characterize myself as a knitter.

  2. I have more (and more exciting) hats now than before (although none of them have the earflaps I like, since my one attempt yielde...

September 7, 2018

I have finished a hat. It's a lovely hat, based on the Coppe pattern by Kylie McDonnell-Wade, and it's made out of a one-of-a-kind yarn lovingly created by The Spinnacle Fiber Arts.  I can safely say I am the Only Person In the World with a Hat Like This, and isn't tha...

September 5, 2018

So I was sitting on my stash, picking up skeins, chortling with avaricious glee, and letting them slip through my fingers back onto the pile (as one does), when I received an email from a reader who noticed we have some yarn in common!  We both had acquired the Nationa...

September 2, 2018

Let's start with an analogy, because everybody loves analogies (at least Uncle Stashley himself does, and it is, after all, my blog!)

Picture if you will: dinnertime, in the average family home (here in Vancouver, that means a 3 million dollar single family home, but so...

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