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Fair Isle…and Foul

It’s official, I need a knitting intervention. I fully expect to get a thank you note from my local craft store as well as an invitation to their child’s college graduation — I’m pretty sure I’ve paid for it single-handedly by now.

“Aren’t you bored with that yet?” Jason asked me this weekend. “You’ve been working on that for hours now.”

Short answer…No I am not bored. I realize I haven’t discovered fire here, but there is something so fantastic about turning a few balls of yarn into some sort of useful thing, that I could do it all day and not get tired of it. Although my aching fingers tell another story.

I’ll be honest, I’m not even all that concerned about what I churn out. Whether the product is good, bad or indifferent, the process is enthralling. If you don’t knit, you’ll just have to trust me on this one. And suddenly realizing, “Hey, I think I know how to make this pattern better!” makes me feel incredibly clever. Considering my brain has been slowly rotting under the onslaught of The Wiggles and Bob the Builder, it’s reassuring to realize there’s still a spark of creativity in there somewhere.

Speaking of…check out my latest creation.

Tom in Hat

I made this hat in a solid for Jason, but then bought a book that shows different stitches and patterns. I thought this Fair Isle Star looked promising and managed to tweak it a bit so it would fit my stitch count.


I’m really pleased with how it came out, and Tom seems to love it as well. He insisted on wearing it for all four hours of Mother’s Day Out yesterday which totally makes up for the fact that I had to knit the whole thing twice before I got the size right. On the upside, with the second one I finally got the hang of weaving, so the inside isn’t such an unholy mess.


Please don’t ask me why it looks navy blue in this picture. But at least my stitches look (sort of) tidy!

Now I’m off to do more laundry. Potty training is NOT moving along as quickly as I’d like. And a certain child who shall remain nameless (but don’t even think I’ve forgotten who you are) managed to soil two outfits before 9 a.m. this morning. Lovely. With pull-ups running around 40 cents per item, these kids are SERIOUSLY cutting into my mad money.

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  1. bells says

    you made a fair isle hat! And it’s gorgeous!! My God you are good. It looks so great on him. Well done!

  2. B says

    One word: Esty………… I’m just saying………. you’ve got to be able to support your habit. You are SO talented. I’m once again impressed!

  3. Nicole Williamson says

    from one knitter to another, you did a fabulous job!

  4. chrissie says

    you have totally been hiding your talent!!! you cook, you KNIT…you win! Way cooler than me!!! 🙂

  5. Tamara says

    Those hats are AWESOME! Definitely Dept. store worthy! REI, watch out!

  6. Kimmy says

    If I didn’t love you, I would be very jealous. Beautiful, funny as all get out, super stylish, a fantastic mom and you can make gorgeous things!

  7. jodi says

    Seriously, Kimmy…you’re already my BFF, but thanks for laying it on so thick anyway. And I’m only a pale shadow of your greatness. Love you, too! 😉

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