A blog about my life, knitting, and other stuff.

June 27, 2013

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

Folks, we've discussed this before. Motif placement is very important. You must carefully consider which part of your anatomy you want to make look like a swirling vortex.

Once you've carefully considered this decision I think you'd make a different choice.

June 21, 2013


I'll be in Columbus through Monday for The National Needlearts Association trade show. See you when I get back.

June 20, 2013

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

Having a touch of déjà vu today. This massive round disks, so ill-placed...

It makes me want to shout, "hey baby, nice tams" all over again.

June 16, 2013

Kersti Mitts

Needles: US4 and US6 Clover DPN
Yarn: Koigu Kersti mill-end
Notes: I had a partial skein of Kersti so I made up these little mitts to try to use it all up.

June 14, 2013

Mariam's Bootees

Pattern: Mariam's bootees by Zuzana K
Yarn: Ancient handspun from 2007(?)
Needles: US6 Clover DPN
Notes: I knit these as written. They're very cute and a quick, easy project.

Squish Hat

Yarn: Lollipop Cabin Squish Superwash
Needles: 2.75 and 3.75 mm Addi Lace
Notes: Improvised plain hat for charity. The yarn pooled and flash in some pretty bizarre/dramatic ways.

June 13, 2013

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

I love a dual-purpose item as much as the next guy. (Fresh link to the New Shimmer ad)

It's a hat. It's a pot scrubber. It's a hat and a pot scrubber. Super-dead-eyed stare is completely optional.
Okay, that last one really is a pot scrubber.

June 7, 2013

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times. Gauge is really important!

And also, oy vey!

June 1, 2013

The State of Things

I had a massive photo session with my knitting bag so I can finally get my projects up to date. In no particular order this is where my projects stand.

  1. Retro Prep. I've been working on this for a month. I finished the entire sweater and had the steeek prepared to cut when I decided that the bottom ribbing as written in the pattern was just not deep enough. I unpicked the bottom of the crochet I used for the steek and cut a stitch above the ribbing and unpicked a round and got everything back on the needles. I reworked the crochet at the bottom of the steek. I've now set this aside so I can cut my steek at Purlygirls on Monday since a few people expressed interest in seeing it done.
  2. Little green tube that became a baby vest. This little guy has been sitting around for ages waiting to have its steeks tidied up and a button added.
  3. Zombie Vixen. Started these a while back and stopped after the first few rows of the pattern because there are no charts. I haven't decided if I want to go to the trouble of charting them out myself and I definitely don't want to move ahead on the project without charts.
  4. Bulky Skullcap with Big Button. I crocheted this in under an hour last night with a leftover ball of handspun. I just need to weave in the ends and find a button for it.
  5. Little woven squares. I bought a Zoom Loom (small pin loom from Schacht that we carry at the shop) a few weeks ago. It's really addictive. I've been weaving all my little bits of handspun that are too small to knit anything with into these little squares. I have no idea what I'll do with them all. Probably sew them into a blanket or a bag or...something.
  6. Mariam's Bootees. Another handspun project. I finished these booties just a few minutes ago using every last bit of a ball of handspun from 2006. I just need to sew up the bottoms and weave in the ends.
  7. Squish hat. This is a plain hat knit in a sample hand-dyed fingering yarn from a defunct company. It's been my movie knitting. 
  8. Happypotamus. I started crocheting this guy at the Purlygirls retreat in the beginning of May and haven't touched it since.  Putting the pieces together is a bit fiddly and stresses me out but the results are really cute.
So that's the state of things right now. I should hopefully have a bunch of these finished in the next few days.