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Pants!!!

Well, we are more than 3/4 of the way through the year, and I finally hit one of my beginning-of-year sewing goals: PANTS! On Tuesday, Lorajean and I made some Pants No. 1, in matching-ish fabric, because of course we did. No one who knows either of us, or has seen my forays into sock-obsession will be surprised to know …

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KAL’ing this fall…

I love a good KAL. There’s nothing like being held accountable to ensure you actually work on a project. My life is all about knitting/designing on deadline, so it’s really easy for me to set aside a non-design project in lieu of either more designing, or, more frequently, a sock (because you all know how I feel about socks)… But, …

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How to: fringe it up!

My latest pattern, That 70s Shawl, is a fringerrific piece of dreamy squishy radness, and as I was adding fringe, I snapped some photos so I can share how I do it with you. (The verbiage below is in the pattern, but the photos are not)… Block your shawl prior to adding fringe. Once it’s blocked and dried, grab some …

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When in doubt, sock it up.

I’ve been immersed in socks this summer; I’ve made a bazillion socks (ok, so not a bazillion, but close: I’ve made twenty-two single ones since Memorial Day), and have taught three different classes at two different shops, with a total of seventeen new sock knitters loosed upon the world. I published four new sock patterns throughout the summer; the Socks …

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Socks on Vacay: the socks so far

We are about halfway through Socks on Vacay, give or take, and I’m super happy about my sock-knitting progress thus far. My goal is 6 finished pairs (12 single socks), and I’m sitting pretty at 9. I feel like I’ll surpass my goal, but there’s no telling, right? Last year, I made 17 single socks. Wowza, eh? I’ve got six …

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Thanks so much!

OMG, friends! Because of you and your support, I am able, today, to donate $403.44 to organizations working to help reunite the families separated by our horrendous administration’s racist and ugly policies at our southern border. We need to keep on doing this kind of work, people. Those of us who can donate money should. Those of us who can …

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I’m teaching this summer!

Want to learn toe-up sock knitting from me, the self-professed sock-obsessed? If you’re in the Portland area, you’re in luck, because I’m teaching at couple of shops this summer.. For both classes, we’ll be using my Sundae Sock pattern, and the description/materials list is pretty much the same: Throughout this three-week course you’ll learn how to work Judy’s Magic Cast …

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Family separation update: organizations doing good works

So many people have messaged and emailed me regarding my newsletter (thank you so much for that, friends!), and some have shared some awesome resources that could use our support. If you’re looking for other organizations to donate to, here’s a list, with links. These organizations are all looking for financial support. Most are providing legal support to these families; …

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What is happening?

I know that the American history we’ve been taught in schools is so disgustingly white-washed that many of us don’t even know or realize just how many horrible things this country has done, particularly to people of color. And I know that this current crisis is absolutely in line with the true American history. Othering people of color so that …

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The Empowering Dress Society

In one of those typical-of-our-age instances of rabbit-hole internet’ing, I stumbled across a reference to The Rational Dress Society, and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind ever since… The society was a reaction to the absolutely not-practical dressing standards imposed on women of the time (the late 1800s in Britain). Their self-described purpose was this: …

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TNNA!

We are knee-deep in trade show life, y’all! I love being a part of this community, and spending time slinging yarn and meeting shop owners and hanging with other wholesalers and feeling the vibes and laughing and funning and connecting. It’s all so so good. These are all of the projects I’m bringing (and hoping to finish) while at TNNA …