Last month I started on a sweater from the October/November 1992 issue. It’s a fine sweater, just a basic cardigan, and I’m hoping to finish it for my neice.  It has several elements of design that I don’t care for, pieces, smallish needles, and row after row after row of stockinette. I much prefer a more complicated knit, or a sweater worked in the round, or size 10 needles, or all of the above.  I’m still chipping away at it though, and have about 1/3 or so of the back done. Read More →

Well, I’ve done it, I’ve finished the first issue! There were a few more things I could have done, and I do hope to do them for future issues, but sadly that issue left me a bit underwhelmed. I was stuck in a tight spot because to push it farther would leave the blog a bit empty, but I also didn’t want to skip anything. Ultimately I discussed it with a few people and decided to start a new issue for the month of November. I’m really in love with the new issue, and can’t wait to get started! (In fact, I’ve already started something!)Read More →

As I write this it’s the Saturday before Halloween (the post is scheduled to show up in a few days, so it’ll be after Halloween when you read this.) My son sat at the table carving a pumpkin, and I sat on the couch knitting Christmas Ornaments, well, Christmas Ornament, single. I’ll probably make more, but probably not today.  Behold, the tiniest stocking I’ve made so far in my life: The pattern was super easy, no mistakes or errors, very easy to follow, and only took maybe an hour or so to complete. I chose not to sew on any extra ornamentation, but I didRead More →

I’m not a coffee drinker, I’m a coffee guzzler. It’s true. I can easily drink a pot, or more, a day. There is not a single time you could offer me coffee and I’d say “no.” I don’t get the jitters, I don’t get withdrawal headaches, I just get lots of lots of the liquid of heaven.  The October/November 1992 issue features this full cover ad on the back.  If there is two coffees I will sneer, jeer, and fear, it’s instant or decaf, but I’m dedicated to this blog, and said I’d take one for the team.  This is the smallest possible jar IRead More →

The October/November 1992 issue features surprisingly few recipes, but I was intrigued by the spaghetti fritatta.  It features egg, mozzarella, parmesan, bacon, and the main ingredient cooked spaghetti. The great benefit to this is how impossible it seems to be to make the right amount of spaghetti for dinner to match the right amount of sauce. When you end up with leftover spaghetti you can put it in the fridge and make this later or the next day.  I whipped it up and vaguely remembered having made something similar before.  It was pretty good! I ate some plain, some drizzled with Frank’s Red Hot, andRead More →

And it begins! Here’s my first issue to play with!  Issue: October/November 1992 How it was chosen: Random Number Generator. Entered the range of years I have in my collection, then chose the nearest year that I had a November issue. In this case it worked out extra well because it is a bit early in October to start a November issue, but this particular year has them combined. The random number generator chose 1990, and I didn’t have an 88, 89, 90, or 91 November issue.  Thoughts: This issue is new to me, just got it a few days ago, but it is probablyRead More →

Now that I finished the potholder I’m moving on already! This Issue (October/November 1992) has a little girls sweater. The sweater pattern has a duplicate stitch pattern of reindeer and a design. I’m not really into it. I think the design would still be cute on a small girl, maybe 4-6 age range, but I don’t have anyone in that range to knit for. So I’m using the basic pattern, a colorful modern yarn, and making it in size 10 for my niece. (Shh, don’t tell her, it’ll probably be in her Christmas presents)  And so I’m casting on! Will post progress as it goes,Read More →

One of the top patterns I wanted to do this month (October/November 1992) was the placemats. Not because we actually use placemats, we don’t, but it seemed quick, easy, and we do love a table centerpiece. I decided to make one using cotton yarn so that it could also function like a hot pad and we could be a little less careful about how we used it. Plus I have a nine year old boy, and cotton washes easily.  So I sat down with a big cone that I had in my workbasket and have been playing around with, a random sized hook from myRead More →

This particular issue (October/November 1992) didn’t have much that inspired me to dig in and craft, but there were a few useful things. One of them was these potholders.  My family uses amazing amounts of potholders, I don’t really know why, but we do. So I was excited to give this one a shot.  The pattern calls for “Speed Cro-Sheen” thread, which according to my search no long exists, but Ravelry informed me was a size 3. So I hit up my local craft store and saw I could find. Aunt Lydia’s Fashion 3 seemed like it would do the trick, and came in some greatRead More →