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It's Not What you Know But...

...who you know.  And in Blogland it could be anyone!  How many times have you asked a knitting question, a parenting question, a question on the meaning of life and someone, a fellow blogger or blog reader, has answered?  It happens everyday somewhere in Blogland, right?  Cassie talked about her experience in yesterday's post.  My comment was that she was smart, when given help from others.  But isn't that true for us all?

Help comes often just by reading blogs and sometimes the answers to questions you didn't know you had come to light.  Laurie had some creatively technical knitting information in her post yesterday, including how to incorporate the Fibonacci sequence into knitting. (Wish her a speedy recovery, ok?)  Another trick, kind of an 'ah ha' moment, came while reading Claudia's blog a couple of days ago.  She is knitting a fun, springy sock with a picot edge.  She tells in the post how to do the picot edge and mentions that when picking up the cast on edge you should pick up BOTH stitches and not just one as 'this could cause the picot edge to flare out unattractively'. does.

Now, I don't believe that grrls should beat themselves up and use terms like 'dummy!', 'you are so stupid',  'how can you knit for 30 years and not know that?'. So I just said...'grrl, you just learned something new, something you can use NOW!' 

On the needles is Alison’s 'Nothin’ but a T' from MagKnits. It was up to about 3",  the hem 'flared out unattractively' and when I double checked my gauge it was 1 1/2 stitches to small (it is difficult to not call one names, but I am kind to myself). Yes, I swatched, but my knitting usually tightens up when knitting the project, therefore, the gauge recheck. How unfortunate that the opportunity, nay necessity, to dip into the frog pond was written all over this lovely 'T'.  And yet, it was fortunate in that I could not only make the sweater fit (what a concept), but also utilize this newly found technique.

Backontracktshirt I am thrilled to report that after spending my morning, lunch time and after work knitting time, this 'T' is back on track.  The gauge and hem are both 'perfect'. That Claudia is a smart cookie.

Did you notice who was under Weekly Zen?  Ann and Vicki celebrate 4 weeks smoke free today.  You are two awesome grrls in my book!  Congratulations and keep up the good work.  And Neena has a new name and look on her blog. Watch for pictures of So. Utah on her blog this summer.


I come to rely on your wisdom. Can't figure out yet why it still requires so much second-thought to not beat up on self. It's a work in progress...

I think we're all still works in progress. You're right, the tendency to beat oneself up is often strong, but best left undone.

I have found so many answers in blogland to questions I didn't even know I had!!

Thank you! ; )

Hey, happy to be of help.


I love finding new and useful information on blogs. Especially when I find something, and someone else can use it, or when someone else finds something I can use. It's nice to share.

Loving the 'Weekly Zen,' and I am all-too-guilty of the self-beating. I used to call it verbal self-flagellation, but that gets some strange lloks in the grocery store.

Sara, stop that verbal self-flagellation RIGHT now!

Need I say more?

thanks for the shout out Margene! you and I are on the same page today - I just posted about light-bulb moments!

It's totally true--some of my best knitting help comes from other bloggers who either comment on my blog when I have questions or post their own helpful info on their own blogs (which is much appreciated, as I am a beginner!). That "T" is a lovely color, by the way!

I love knitting bloggers. And love getting to learn from someone else's mistakes before I make my own.

And to pass the 'picot hem' chain along, I started knitting up the hem in my Dale sweater this evening, and am knitting both strands of the stich because of reading your blog. Which, of course, is not how I'd planned. Seridipity!

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