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Owner of Knitting Today, enjoy knitting, tatting, crochet, spinning, weaving, and any other fiber-y goodness I can get my hands on.

Friday, 11/21, open knitting

Friday, 11/21, noon – 5, bring your knitting and join us for an afternoon of friends and fun. In-store specials on patterns, books, and accessories. Now taking orders for a new yarn, toybox, too!!

A couple weeks ago we had the opportunity to see some of Sue’s finished projects. I’m sorry i don’t recall the book the shawl came from, but the yarn was a cone of superwash merino she snagged out of the backroom sale. And she made the hat too match.  Aren’t they lovely?


And since the cold weather but, grandson Evan has been making good use of some hand knits.


How are you staying warm?


Ultimate Knitting Club soon to be launched

Do you own an Ultimate Knitting Machine, lk-150 or other mid/bulky hobby machine? Scoot on over to and sign up for the launch.

First up will be a series of basics by me, Lea-Ann, introducing techniques I use all the time. The pattern/class will be available for purchase on Ravelry, but the club members will receive an email with a coupon code so it’ll be free!! See? It pays to sign up!

First project: quick to knit fingerless mitts.
Yarn I’m using: rimu DK
Techniques: choosing yarn, calculating gauge, latch tool cast on, converting ribbing, fixing mistakes, latch tool bind off, mattress stitch, sewing in ends.

Woohoo! End result? Warm hands!!

Sign up now!


Knit club: Friday, October 17, noon to 9pm

When: Friday, October 17, noon to 9pm
Where: Knitting Today
What: bring your knitting, a comfie chair, a snack if you wish. I’ll have the cider hot and coffee in the pot.

While you are there, look over the hundreds of patterns and books. Plan your next project and order the yarn. We have several ideas to share and will be announcing some November make-it, take-it classes perfect for holiday gift



Looking forward to knitting with you!! Lea-Ann


Who am I?

If I’m not a journaler. I’ve tried over the years and basically I only journal during life changing emotional times, no day-to-day or funny stuff. But I have funny things happen through the day, usually grandchild related.

If I’m not a photographer. But I take oodles of pictures. They sit in shoe boxes or on various devices around the house. But I have tons of pictures and inspiration of knitted projects.

How can I be a blogger? Do i need to be excellent at writing and photographing to tell the world wide web something? What if I just want to share scenes of life with Lea-Ann. Would it be interesting, educational, entertaining? …. [Stay tuned]

felted clogs

Warm tootsies

I felted my clogs last night.

Monumental because I found a Facebook picture of them started January 1, and then finished and waiting for seaming uploaded on February 22.  And they have been sitting in my basket waiting for me since then. Why so long? I didn’t have a chibi!! Can you believe it? That’s like the cobblers children.

And, in July, I got a new-to-me washing machine with tons of water levels, temperature levels and spin cycle. Talk about confusion. The one I had before was simply a stick it in, turn it on and everything felts. Lol.

So, an hour television show, a chibi, and a couple runs through the washer and look what I have.

Felted Clogs

Warm tootsies!! Wet, but still warm. Amazing!! Yarn was two strands of Stonehedge Shepherd’s Wool in two different greens (leftovers) and two strands of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride (available by special order). They felted a little bit differently, I’m assuming due to the mohair content in the lamb’s pride, so I felted them a little longer but the Shepherd’s Wool gives a little once on the foot. Overall, I’m happy. And after wearing my last one for about ten years, even with my toes peaking through, I need these in the mornings.

Woohoo, one empty basket! Have you made felted clogs?? What is your favorite yarn?


Some day I’ll weave ….

I won, I won! I bid on an online auction and look what I won…


It might not seem like much but it has a lot of meaning to me. It was from my great uncle’s estate. It was probably woven by another great uncle and great aunt. It has a prominent place in my office, under my feet when I stand at the computer. Yes, I use them. They are made to withstand tough use. The jean rugs given as a gift at our wedding 26 years ago are just now falling apart. As i work, I wonder… whose dress, whose shirt, sheets???? What history has this rug’s fabric seen over the years? And I think, what a legacy passed down from generation to generation.

Some day, I’ll weave ….


*(Knit, tear out, reknit)repeat from*

Group knitting is the best. It gives you time to catch up and visit with friends, make new friends, and eat. Oh, and knit too!!


Members of the Creative Machine Knitters gather together once a month in Fort Wayne and once a quarter meet at Knitting Today. Occasionally, it’s a knit-in and we spend the day. Here, Terri, Kathy and Darla are discussing their next projects. Darla, Kathy and I were all going to knit Stormy Weather, a tunic pattern by Mary Anne Oger and Terri is starting a top also by Mary Anne called ?? All published in KnitStyle, now out of print.


My Stormy Weather is knit in Linen Concerto, color 75, oceana-type colors. This is a sport weight yarn made of rayon, linen and cotton, that I expect to be a three season garment. Instead of the tunic, I’m making it a hooded cardigan. I’m a little concerned about the length because I’m short waisted, and this is knit side-to-side but I figure as a cardigan it doesn’t have to fit lengthwise as much as widthwise. That was after knitting half the back once, holding it up, and deciding to do a different size (and, no, I didn’t do a gauge swatch… Shhhhh!!). I think Darla is the only one who made progress without having to tear out for one reason or another. Thankfully on the machines it is a quick reknit. Both Terri, who is using Hempathy a linen blend s well, and I found using Easy Knit Spray helped these yarns knit smoother on the Lk-150s.


I’m wondering how common our knit, tear out, reknit experience might be. Do you find you have to tear out after group knitting session, hand or machine? If so, tell me your opinion about what causes it. Doors that stop you from gathering?


Knitting and coffee

Lyn texted … Are you available Saturday morning? I have a split stitch about 40 rows back and it’s in garter stitch.


Sure, said I. I’ll bring my seed stitcher/fix it tool. (sorry we didn’t turn off the mic) garter stitch repair with seed stitcher/ fix-it tool (you tube link)

And after a cup of coffee for me and smoothie for her, time with a friend, back to the daily to-do list … And thank you for preserving that relationship, Lyn, without even realizing that I needed it.


Enjoy your weekend!!