Monthly Archives: May 2012

Faggotting and Faggots

The other night I met with a couple of friends over our various fiber projects. All of us that night were ex-academics, and I have to admit that we actually put our needles and hooks down (gasp!) when our conversation … Continue reading

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Grand Blankets for Wee Ones

Most of us fiber folk find our fingers itching when we hear about new babies coming. There is something exciting about creating a gift to celebrate a baby’s birth. Of course, if the baby is a new addition to your … Continue reading

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Pilling is a Pill

Yesterday I posted a picture of a sweater, now 39 years old, that my grandmother made for me. To the left is another picture of that sweater – a close up.  Notice that there are no “pills” on the sweater. Compare this to … Continue reading

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A 39-Year Old Norwegian Cardigan

 This is the back of a cardigan my grandmother knit for my 16th birthday.  It is 100% wool and buttons up with old pewter buttons. I loved it and wore it regularly all through high school.  (As I was living … Continue reading

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Norwegians: Not Just Good Knitters, Farmers & Fisherfolk

Norwegians are not just good knitters, fisherfolk and farmers. 🙂 Because I was raised in the U.S., most of the Norwegians I knew well were related to me and, except for my cousins, much older than I. The Norwegians I … Continue reading

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Parlors of Old Ladies

When I was a little girl, my mother routinely visited elderly Norwegian ladies, dragging me along in my Sunday best. Seen, but not heard, was my mother’s motto for me. I would sit quietly on a hard couch, my white … Continue reading

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Nursing & Knitting

The uproar over Time Magazine‘s latest cover – the one showing a nearly 4 years old boy nursing (admittedly unusual for the U.S.)- seems strange to me, primarily because nursing is natural, good for the child’s short-term and long-term health, … Continue reading

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