Wishing for Spring

February 18, 2018 Even as we dig ourselves out of another pile of snow, the feel of spring is alive in the extra day light and the heat of the sun, when it actually finds its way to shine. At the Twisted Purl our spring and summer yarns are arriving and I am imagining...

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Slowing at the speed of winter

It is the Last day of January 2018, the moon shines full for the second time this month and the sun lightens the dark corners of my mind. I write today having survived a snotty nosed cold this month, survived the celebration of turning 60 years, and the endless days...

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Self taught knitting

Self Taught Knitting Yesterday amidst the piles of Shetland wool, just arrived, someone mentioned that they were a “self taught knitter” in a voice that made it seem like they may not be a good enough knitter. Later that evening as Bernice and I were in the Learn to...

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Knitting out Loud

Knit Out Loud Some Wednesdays at the The Twisted Purl knitting is loud and boisterous. some Wednesdays knitting is intense and you can hear each person whispering, “one, two, three..., Oh no!! #*#* or Isn’t this lovely.” When we knit we are engaged in the act of...

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November Tales

November 30, 2017 This November slides into December in a burst of rain and coolness that makes me long for a warm woollen blanket, toasty slippers and a hat that keeps the dampness away. I imagine a fair isle vest I can wear over top as I sit working on a shawl that...

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Slippers, slippers and more

November is Slipper Month My mother made me wait until my 9th Christmas to get a bicycle. Up to then I had ridden all my friends and cousins bikes but mother said she wanted me to be a responsible bike rider and that came with age. So on Christmas Morning 1967 there...

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Harvest Mooning

October 19, 2017 Harvest Moon   Tonight the moon, misty and wistful shines bright enough to cast shadows. The coolness of an impending winter finds my exposed skin, I shiver walking in pants to short and sleeves not long enough. Ben, my son arrived home this evening...

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Why You Should..

October 13th, 2017 The first set of needles that I learned to knit with were red plastic. Single pointed needles, they were about 12 inches long and with the acrylic yarn that my grandmother had in the basket by the couch, I cast on with the Backwards Loop method. The...

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Off To The City

September 29, 2017 Off To The City We Go I have a significant passion for knitting. Its biggest attraction for me is the endless learning that you can experience with this amazing art. This weekend Bernice and I and “the new girl” Aubrey are heading to Knit City in...

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Falling into fall

September 18, 2017 Harvest Time There something about harvest time that is paradoxical. As everything comes to fruit it also decays. The tomatoes ripen red, plums soften and are perfectly purple, pears become plump slowly becoming the amazing fruit that they are. At...

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