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    Hi! I'm Traci. I'm a nursing student and CNA who loves quilting, knitting, cross stitch, and the great outdoors. In my pre-scrubs life, I owned Real Photography, and you can still see my old wedding and portrait photography site here .

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Category Archives: knitting

Donder and Blitzen hat

Remember when I used to make lots of stuff?  Me, too.  That was nice.  Oh well.  There’s a season for everything, right? I thought I’d share this Christmas hat that I’ve been poking along with.  I started it late in the Christmas season and had hoped to finish it before the semester started, but got […]

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knitting bag

A few months ago my sister-in-law sent me a link to this adorable bag on Etsy.  I knew I could probably figure out how to make one, but I feel strongly about compensating people for awesome ideas, so I asked the seller if she’d considered making a pattern for it.  As luck would have it, […]

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Teaching Kids to Knit

Ellie’s been asking to sew and knit for…well…as long as she could speak.  She’s five now, and since child labor laws were put in place partly to prevent five year olds from professionally knitting for 12 hours a day, I figured it was time to pour myself a glass a wine, pretend I am patient, […]

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Spring lace: helado hat pattern

Yesterday afternoon was beautiful and it was my recovery day, so Ellie and I spent a goodly part of the early evening on the studio porch finishing my hat and watching the neighbors attempt to bring down a tree branch America’s Funniest Home Videos style. The pattern is Helado by Tanis Gray, and the yarn […]

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Colorwork warmup: bismark hat pattern

I’m going to be embarking on a massing colorwork project soon, so I figured a little warm-up was needed.  I chose the Bismark pattern and some Road to China Light yarn from The Fiber Company from my stash that my parents had bought me last year and was off!  I was undecided about the pompom […]

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The Plucky Obsession

If you knit and haven’t tried plucky yarn, well…actually…keep that up.  It’s like crack.  It’s brilliantly marketed and limited and hoarding becomes inevitable.  Avoid it.  But if you are a knitter and HAVE tried plucky, then you’ll appreciate these lovelies that came in the mail today (camomile, top hat, punchy, and thank you note on […]

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