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IMG_5671That, of course, would have to be you. Oh, come on, now. Think about it. Look at what you’ve done for me, and what it’s meant. You got me out of homelessness, you fed me, you gave me a career and a life, all wrapped neatly in knitting. But, of course, it goes beyond knitting. It moves into compassion, into hope, into something much deeper than just the hands moving repetitiously to create something.

IMG_5521Much like monks, there is something much deeper and more contemplative to our craft. It isn’t the craft itself, but what the craft can accomplish, not only for the soul, and not only for the individual, but what it can accomplish in human contact, in the courage to be kinder, in the desire to extend to wherever you can a sense of peace and soulful connection. There is a prayer in our stitches, a divine communion…

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Spiral Legwarmers

Lilliputian Stitches

OK, I’ve been making legwarmers as gifts for my daughter’s dance teachers, so I have for you here another legwarmer pattern.  They are worked in the round with a simple spiral lace pattern which wraps up the legs in opposite directions.

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft (Worsted / 10 ply)

Needle: size 8 – 5mm(circular or DPN for your preferred method of working in the round) I used 2 circular needles, but 2 at a time (on 1 circular with Magic Loop or 2 circulars) doesn’t work because of the lace pattern.

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch in stockinette

Sizing:  Average adult woman [infant and child sizes below]

yo: yarn over

k2tog: knit next 2 stitches together

ssk: slip next 2 stitches one at a time as if to knit, Insert the left needle into the fronts of these two stitches and knit them together. 

CO 48 and join to work in…

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How do you get yourself out of a knitting rut like the writer describes below? I have just recently finished up several UFO’s, and now I am looking at starting something new as a reward.. More about that in a later post.

Glenna Knits

If you’ve been knitting for a longer amount of time – long enough that you’ve done enough knitting projects to think of yourself as “A Knitter,” then you may every so often start to find yourself in a rut. You still love knitting, you still look fondly at the yarns on your shelf and the projects you’ve made, but you’re just not feeling as excited about it at this particular moment. You want to push past that feeling and get back to feeling excited about your knitting again.

I think plateaus like this are a normal part of the pursuit of crafty-ness, and they happen to me still after 10+ years of knitting, too. They can also be opportunities to take your skills to another level, to push yourself towards a new aspect of the craft that will make you love it all over again in a new way. Allow…

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I have completed 44 inches of the scarf I am making. I think I may have another 10 inches to go before I bind off! Woo Hoo! I am SO close to being finished! It really is turning out beautifully. I love the stitch definition of the ribbing, how fluffy it is and how lofty, too. Can you see how pretty the ribbing looks? It looks different from any other ribbing that I have done and the weight of the scarf is heavier than a normal scarf. It comes up to my hips now, and it is just beautiful to me. I can’t wait to get it in the mail to Dina. I think she will love it.

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On another note, my stepmom loved her afghan! She was very pleased with my color choices and how it turned out. She said that she was cold all of the time these days so this afghan will get some use for sure! I knew that I was pleased with the way it turned out, but it is very gratifying to know that she loved it too.

How many of you sell your knitted items? How many of you sell your stash? I am about to list some of my stash for sale on eBay. I will keep you posted for the link to my eBay auctions. I really need to sell some of it. It is humongous and it needs to be pared down to something more reasonable. I have so much to sell. I just hope that I can sell it for a reasonable price. So, if you need some yarn wait for my auctions and buy from me. 🙂 Thank you!

Hot Pink Yarn for Sale!

Have a great weekend everyone!


My latest project is a…

My latest project is a scarf! I haven’t made a scarf in a long time, mainly because they bore me to tears. In this case, I am making another scarf to match the first one that I made for my former supervisor, Dina. She is married, so I thought it only fitting that I make her partner a scarf that matched hers in every way except color. The first one I made was a periwinkle color, and this one is a beautiful emerald green color. I think the emerald green would go well with Dina’s coloring but it will be totally up to her which one she chooses. Even though I have not seen a picture to know what color would go best with each person, I am sending both to Dina and she can decide which one she wants to use. She gets first dibs.. LOL.. I hope that she likes them as much as I liked doing them for her. I made her first grandchild a baby set when she was born 2 years ago now and Dina just had a fit over it. I love knitting for people who appreciate the effort that it takes to knit anything for any specific person. Dina loved the baby set so much that I thought that she would enjoy having a scarf made for those brutal Chicago winters that they have there. I think she will enjoy using one or both of them.. 🙂 I can’t wait to finish this one and get them both in the mail to her. She is not expecting either one of them so they will be a total surprise for her! YAY!! Unless of course, she stumbles upon my blog.. Ooops! Here’s hoping that she doesn’t stumble upon my blog. She crochets so hopefully, she won’t be looking at knitting blogs.

I am using Brown Sheep’s Lanaloft in Emerald Green for the second scarf. I used Brown Sheep’s Lanaloft in Periwinkle for the 1st scarf. This yarn is a thick and thin yarn, meaning that in some places it is thick like roving and in others it is tightly wound and thin but strong. It is 100% wool that has been moth proofed, and I have never seen yarn that claims to be moth proofed before, have you? The thick and thin wool makes for an interesting texture in the scarf and it looks quite neat across the rows. I am doing the Easy Mistake Stitch scarf pattern by Purl Bee Soho. Here is the picture of what I have so far:

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The pictures do not do the color any justice. It is such a beautiful emerald green. The green looks like a true emerald ring that you would wear.  Anyway, you can find the pattern here:  Easy Mistake Stitch Scarf

It can be either a feminine scarf or a masculine scarf depending on how long you make it I think. This pattern calls for it to be 8 inches wide x 48 inches long, and given Dina’s height that would be perfect for her to be able to wrap it around her neck once or twice. I may make it longer just because. I guess it will depend on how bored I get with it by the time I reach 48 inches.. I will probably start a pair of socks or some other project to break the monotony of this scarf. (See below.) It took me a while to finish the first scarf because I put it away for a LONG time before I decided to get it back out again and finish it to get it off my needles. I recently finished an afghan for the same reason. They had both been on my needles for over a year, maybe even a year and a half, before I pulled them back out to finish them.  I finished the periwinkle scarf first because that was the closest to being finished, and then I pulled out the afghan to finish it. I finished that last week and posted about it here on my blog. I am seriously considering starting a new pattern, again by PurlBee Soho that is what I call a partial sweater. It has arms, back, and neck but nothing else and it looks like a sweater that you could tie around your neck, pairing it with a buttoned down shirt or another sweater. You have to see the picture to visualize what I am talking about. See it here and get your free pattern too!

Sweater Shawl pattern from PurlBee Soho

Here is 1 picture of the above pattern:


Isn’t that just the coolest thing you have ever seen? It is, IMHO, an ingenious idea! Seriously! The pattern looks like it will be challenging but not so hard that I cannot do it. I haven’t ever done a brioche stitch, so I will learn something new with this pattern as well. I think I could make it without too many problems. My bestie, Therese, tells me that it would be a perfect fit for her! Ya think? She doesn’t get too cold in the NC winters, at least not cold enough to warrant wearing a whole sweater, so she tells me that this would be perfect for her. We shall see if I attempt to make it for her. Time will tell. Of course if I am going to attempt it, I need to get cracking on it cause Christmas is coming up fast! I don’t know that I would get it made by Christmas. I would have to work on it  pretty much nonstop in order to complete it by then. I am such a slow knitter.

I also have to find the right yarn for it in my stash. THAT I think I can do just fine because my stash is huge! I will just have to take a lot of it out to see it all spread out and see what I have to work with. I have so much yarn that I don’t remember it all. Hence the spreading it out to look and see what I have. There really is no rhyme or reason to it, no organization. Just yarn put into those huge Space Saver bags and vacuumed down to remove all the air out so that I could stack the yarn on top of each other in my closet. When I open my closet the yarn comes tumbling out. I have gotten more yarn since I did the Space Saver bags about 2 years ago, and I need to put that yarn in a bag and condense it as well. I won 50 hanks of yarn and a Jordana Paige Quinn bag about a year and a half ago now, and that is sitting on top of all of my other yarn which makes it slide out onto my carpeted floor when I open the closet door. I need to figure out a new system of indexing it all so that I can know what I have at any given time. Any ideas from my reader’s? If so, please post them in the comments! Thank you so much!

Anyway, this is what I am working on and contemplating starting. What are you working on right now? What is in your to-be-completed pile and why haven’t you finished yours yet? I get bored with mine and put them in the pile, but I rarely put where I am when I do that, so I have to read my stitches to find out where to pick up and start again. Note to self: Start pinning a piece of paper to each incomplete project with the row number you are on and the stitch pattern you are using. Maybe you could even pin the actual pattern to the project so that you know where you are and what you are making! Keeping notes is essential if you put things in a to-finish pile!

Until next time, happy knitting!


I finally finished weaving in the ends on my Cromwell Court afghan this afternoon! I am so excited to have it finished and off my needles! It was a long project, and I am glad to be done with it. Now when I go to see my step-mom, Rachael, I can bring it to her and give it to her. I know it is still summertime in NC and hot as Hades, but the winter is coming.. So, she can put it up until then. It is being washed as I type this post.

I used Lion Brand Pound of Love in white, Vanna’s Choice in burgundy and charcoal gray heather. I used about 3/4 of the Pound of Love yarn to do the white sections, and 1 skein each of the burgundy and the charcoal gray heather colorways. I always completed at least 5 repeats of the white before I added another color to it, and I started out with 2 repeats of the burgundy, then 5 of the white, then 3 repeats of the gray, then 5 of the white, etc. I repeated the colors burgundy with 3 repeats the next time, then 4, then 5. When I got to the middle of the afghan, when I was at the halfway mark, I did 18 repeats of the white before I started doing the end of it, and I repeated the color changes like they were in the beginning so that they would match when it was folded. I am quite happy with the end result.

Once again, this is the Cromwell Court afghan and you can get the pattern here:

Cromwell Court Afghan from Lion Brand

Here are the pictures of my finished afghan:

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I hope you enjoy the pictures as much I enjoyed doing this pattern. I don’t know that I will do it again because I just don’t tend to do a pattern more than 1 time. Maybe if I put some distance in between now and the next time I do it, it will feel like a brand new pattern to me. Who knows?

On another thought, I found out this weekend who taught me how to knit! It was my Aunt Katsuko. She taught me how to cast on and off and how to knit and purl when I was 15. My brother, Mike, and I stayed with her and my uncle for 2 weeks in the summer, and she taught me how to knit then. She does a lot of crochet as that is her preference, but I don’t do crochet. She tried to teach me how to crochet, but it just didn’t take with me and it hasn’t yet. I know how to do a chain stitch and a single, double, and triple crochet but I just don’t like doing it. It doesn’t bring me joy like knitting does. Even still, knitting didn’t take until 2010. Since then, I have been going strong knitting and purling my fingers off since Thanksgiving 2010. Oddly enough, another aunt got me back into knitting. That was my aunt Dorcas. She started to show me how to knit and purl and cast on and off, and my muscle memory took off and I have not looked back since. When did you learn to knit and when did it take for you? How old were you?

Until next time,



I am in the home stretch of finishing this afghan for my step-mom, Rachael.  She asked me to make her an afghan and I agreed because it would make her happy and because I love her. It is the Cromwell Court afghan from the Lion Brand web site. I made changes to the colors that I used. I wasn’t a fan of a solid colored afghan. I have 4 colors in this afghan, which are charcoal grey heather, heather forest green, burgundy wine, and snowy white as the background color. I have 12 more 4-row repeats until I am done with this afghan. I will breathe a sigh of relief when I am done cause I want to be knitting socks but I am sticking to finishing this afghan before I reward myself with a new project that I am dying to sink my teeth into. Another pair of toe up socks that fit as nicely as my Azurea socks do. I can’t wait to cast on!! Socks excite me, can you tell? LOL! So do shawls if the pattern is challenging but not overly so. I love this one from Dee on Ravelry:

Elizabeth shawl

This is one beautiful shawl, but then all of Dee’s patterns are beautiful!! Go check her out! On that note, I am signing off for the night!! Good night everyone! Have a great weekend!



Dear Person With Mental Illness,

You are not a monster. You are a valuable, unique, wonderful human being who deserves everything grand that this life has to offer. Come out from the shadows and stand proudly in who you are.

You are not damaged. You are WHOLE, regardless of having a mental illness. I like you the way you are. I wouldn’t change you. I see you differently than you see yourself. I am not afraid of you or your illness… I am amazed by you. I am amazed by your courage, willpower, gifts and talents. I accept you and your worlds of light and darkness.

Some people just have a “neighborhood” in their mind and they never get lost. You have endless terrain to explore and sometimes you take a wrong turn and can’t find your way home. I love your vast landscape and remember… we can make you…

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shawl in progress

another thing that my church knitting group does, besides these blankets, are scrappy prayers shawls. the fun part for me is that they nearly always come out of my stash… so i get to coordinate the colors and throw in odds and ends of everything. this is perfect for working with smallish amounts of handspun etc.  in my opinion, having several textures and kinds of yarn is key. click through the picture to flickr to see what yarns i chose. the other thing about these shawls is they can be passed from person to person and knit on by many, while still looking great.

here’s the how to:

get a pile of yarn. for this one, my pile ranges from bulky to worsted.
choose a needle size. we’re using a 10.5 US (6.5 mm) 24 in. circular. i usually do somewhere from 9-11 US.

set up:
cast 5…

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I am working on the Cromwell Court Afghan that I got through the Lion Brand web site. See the link below if you are interested in making this afghan yourself. I am making it for my step-mom because she requested that I make her an afghan. I think the pattern is very pretty even if it is repetitious. Did I ever mention that I don’t like repetition? I don’t know how I enjoy knitting because it really is a series of repeats and repetition to get your project done! I do love it though because of the pretty things that I can make with yarn!


Cromwell Court Afghan


I am doing this blanket in 3 colors. I am using white as the main colorway and accenting it with burgundy and gray. I have more of it done than this picture, but I wanted to get this out on my blog today and I have yet to take a picture of it in it’s current state and upload it. ( I have uploaded new pictures as of 07/16/2015.) I see the merits of doing it all in 1 color, but I really like the colors that I have chosen for this blanket and I know Rachael will love it.

I have made a few changes to how I am doing the pattern. I am using more than 1 color, and I am using US size 10 needles. The pattern called for US size 13 needles but I can’t get into a rhythm with those needles. They are just too big and cumbersome to knit with. I don’t know how people knit with those size 35 and 50 needles! As it stands now, even the size 10 needles are too long for me to knit with comfortably. I have a problem with longer needles, which is why I don’t use straight needles.

Do you find that you use circular needles almost exclusively or do you use straight needles almost exclusively? Interchangeable versus fixed circular’s? What is your favorite length for your needles? I think my favorite length for my fixed circulars is the 5 inches for the needle itself and 47 inches for the cable so that I can do magic loop easily. My favorite length for my DPN’s is 5 inches as well. The longer DPN’s get in my way and it makes for a very frustrating knitting session when I use the longer DPN’s. Sometimes it is necessary to use a long DPN because of the amount of stitches that wind up on the heel needle. In that case, I have 5 inches for the instep stitches and a 7 inch for the heel needle. For this afghan, the size 10 needles are about 6 inches long with a 32-inch cable on them, and I find it very difficult as my project grows to get into a rhythm with the pattern so that I can hit my knitting zen level that I usually reach when I am working on a pattern that I have memorized. This pattern is one that I have memorized so I don’t have to look at the pattern every 10 seconds to see what I am supposed to do. Most of the work happens on row 3. The other 3 rows are simple knits and purls. Row 3 is where you are doing the YO and the K2tog stitches to make the wave in it.

I did something stupid though. I got bored with the pattern and I decided to do stockinette thinking that it would be extra warm where the stockinette was. My plan was to knit a large amount of straight stockinette and then when I wanted to end it I would start back with this pattern at the end to make the ends match. I got several rows done and I just didn’t care for the way it looked, so I ripped it back to the lifeline and I am now about where I was before I did that stupid thing. I really have to stop changing things up like that, and if I insist on doing it, then I need to run a lifeline BEFORE I start doing the different pattern so that I don’t have to rip back many rows to get to my original lifeline that I ran way back. It almost feels like I am starting over. Once I got everything back on my needles, I counted my stitches to see if I had 114 stitches like the pattern calls for, and I had 124 instead of 114 stitches! I can’t remember why I have more stitches than called for. I started this pattern last year sometime, and I didn’t take notes on it so I have no clue why I have more stitches. Nevertheless, I did several P2tog stitches on my last purl row to bring the count down to 114. I hope it doesn’t make it look weird. I tried to space out the P2tog stitches all across the row, so I am hopeful that the difference between the 124 stitches and the 114 stitches won’t be too noticeable. It is a design element, yeah! That is it! It is a design element for this afghan. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!!

Notes to self:

1.  Always, always run a lifeline before you start to change a pattern in case you decide you don’t like it you don’t have far to rip back!

2.  Keep notes on your patterns so that you will remember how you did the first sock so that the 2nd sock matches it. If you would have taken notes for this afghan, then you would be able to remember why you had 124 stitches on your needles for this blanket. That would be so nice to know! **sigh**

3.  Learn how to use PDF Expert  better so that you can annotate your patterns right on your iPhone and not have to write anything down on a slip of paper that you will lose eventually. Hmmm.. I need to call my friend, Cheryl, because she knows how to use PDF Expert really well.. Maybe she can help me.. If you are interested in buying this app, here is the link to the App Store on iTunes for this app:

PDF Expert 5

Ya’ll have a great day and the rest of your weekend!
Until next time,


I finished them!


I have finally finished my Azurea Socks! In the picture on the left, that was the first sock in the pair. It was blocked in that picture. The picture on the right is both of the socks, one is blocked, the other one isn’t. Can you tell the huge difference that blocking this sock made? It opened up the lace pattern and made the yarn look better too.

For the particulars:  The pattern is called Azurea Socks. It is in the Interweave Knits Sockupied Fall 2013 issue. The sock pattern is for people who have wide feet and ankles because a lot of folks aren’t able to make socks that fit their wider feet and ankles.

Let me just say that I love these socks! They fit my foot so well! Perfect length, perfect width, everything is so cool! I don’t know what kind of heel this pattern had in it. The designer didn’t say or give it a specific name. I just need to remember how it was done so that all the rest of my socks will fit me this well too!

The yarn was MadelineTosh Twist Light in Flashdance colorway. It is a new yarn that MadTosh just released recently that has nylon in it for durability.

I used size 2.25 mm needles which falls between US size 0 and US size 1 to get a gauge of 9 stitches per inch. I used magic loop, one sock at a time. My next sock adventure will be 2 at a time toe up socks.

I found out that my foot is 10 inches long, that my foot circumference is 9 inches around so I need to make my sock 8 inches foot circumference so that they will fit snugly, that I needed to work from the toes up the foot for 6 inches before I start making the heel that equals out to about 4 inches long when it is all said and done. This gives me the perfect length for my socks. Previously, I was making the foot portion 7 inches long before the heel, and the heel was crawling up the back of my ankle towards my calf. That pair was so big! I am tempted to take those apart and re-do them so that they fit properly. I may just make another pair with the same type of yarn, only in a different colorway, which was the Lang Jawoll Atkion Yarn that I made my Southwestern Socks with. Those socks grow on my feet as I wear them, which means that I used a needle that was too large, and I made the foot portion too long, and that is why I have the problem with them moving around on my foot more than this pair. This new pair hasn’t budged since I put them on this morning!  I just LOVE them!

As this is the first patterned sock that I have done, I think that they turned out great. The other pairs that I have done were basic sock patterns that had no shaping. They just taught technique really. They showed me how to use DPNs vs. Magic Loop and top down vs. toe up. I think that I like the toe up best. Those seem to fit me better than the top down. I will have to make at least 1 pair of patterned top down to compare whether I like the top down or the toe up version better. I think I am gonna err on the side of toe up to be honest. I just like doing the toe up version.

I hope that all the rest of my socks turn out this good, and I hope that I get better with sock making as time goes on. I have to learn to tackle the gusset and the short row heel with the wraps and turns. I tend to shy away from any pattern that has those items in it, meaning the short row heel with wraps and turns, because I have had trouble in the past doing short rows with the wraps and turns. I need to conquer my fear of that technique, don’t I? I want to be making at least 1 pair of socks a month until I get a whole drawer full of them! How many pairs will that take? How many pairs of socks do you make each year?

Until next time,


Wow! She nailed it so perfectly! I can so relate to her story. Can you?


FullSizeRender-1FullSizeRender Today I went to a tattoo artist, and for $60 I let a man with a giant Jesus-tattoo on his head ink a semi-colon onto my wrist where it will stay until the day I die. By now, enough people have started asking questions that it made sense for me to start talking, and talking about things that aren’t particularly easy.

We’ll start here: a semi-colon is a place in a sentence where the author has the decision to stop with a period, but chooses not to. A semi-colon is a reminder to pause and then keep going. 

In April I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. By the beginning of May I was popping anti-depressents every morning with a breakfast I could barely stomach. In June, I had to leave a job I’d wanted since I first set foot on this campus as an incoming freshmen because of my mental…

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Glenna Knits

This past season I’ve had the chance to do a couple of LYS workshops on yarn substitution, which is a regular challenge for many of us knitters since we just have so much fantastic yarn to choose from in the 21st Century marketplace. One of the key steps in this process (which becomes much more intuitive, the more you do it, I promise), is to be able to read the labels (or ‘ball bands’) on your yarn. Because if you don’t know what weight the yarn is, you won’t be able to confidently use it as a substitute for the yarn called for in the pattern. You might not be able to use the original yarn in the pattern, but you CAN look for a yarn of the same weight (i.e. does it call for a fingering weight, DK weight, worsted weight, etc).

If you’re trying to figure out what…

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Glenna Knits

If you are me, when you walk into a yarn shop you are filled with great desire to hug all of the yarn. Then, once the initial euphoria fades, you start doing a mental catalogue of yarn weights and colours on the shelves, vis-a-vis what kind of yarn you want to buy and what kind of project it is going to be for. (Or you might just buy yarn not knowing what you’re going to make with it. I hear that sometimes happens).

[These helpful picture frames hang on the shelves at Needles in the Hay, which is think is pretty much the darling-est thing ever.]

Every yarn store is a bit different in how they arrange their yarns, but one thing that is quite common is to see general arrangements by weight (all the sock yarns in one section, all the laceweight in another, etc), or…

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Isn’t this just a beautiful sweater and cardigan pattern? I just love it, and I love that she used my favorite yarn maker, Tanis Fiber Arts, to make both the pullover and the cardigan.

Glenna Knits

Happy Friday, knitter friends! I’m pleased after a couple of months of working away at this to be able to share my new sweater pattern with you. Fortuna is currently available on Ravelry and will also be available shortly on Patternfish and Loveknitting. (I’ll update those links as they become active).

Now that it’s done, I love it, will totally be wearing it in the warmer seasons (especially if I go back to spending more time in an air-conditioned office, but also they’re calling for a cooler summer again this year, so one never knows), and even though this pattern started life as a pullover I think I love the cardigan version even more. Hurray for light lacy sweaters!



The cardigan is shown in Tanis Fiber Arts ‘lucky penny’ colourway, which is just super, and when I went to find buttons these little clover ones were so perfect and exactly…

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