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

August 29, 2013

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

"Let's make Big Ass Knits even more uncomfortable."
"Yeah. That sounds great!"
"What if we make them really stiff and unyielding?"

August 22, 2013

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

I have officially found my new favorite designer.

"But, wait," you say, shielding your eyes and slowly rubbing your now throbbing temples. "I can't really see the designs."

I think I'll call this one, "My Eyes Are Up Here."

Um, "Psychedelic Poodle Go-Go Dancer."

"Dia de los nutsos"

Lastly, "Ay yi yi, I Give Up!"

August 20, 2013


Every day I think I'll do a blog post. And then I don't.

There's quite a bit of knitting going on here. This heap is a Retro Prep I started back in April. I did a crocheted steek on it. When I was picking up the stitches for the bands I noticed one stitch that looked a little dodgy, like I hadn't quite caught it in the steek. I set it aside to run under the sewing machine. And it sat for weeks. Last week I finished the bands and when I tried it on I felt the collar was too wide and floppy. I set it down. Another week passed. Finally at knitting last night I completed the bind off with enough decreases along the back of the neck that I think it sits right. It needs a bath and a good blocking.

I knit that crumpled hat with some of the leftovers. I still have enough for another hat. That also needs a good blocking.

At the bottom of the pile is my Seamless Hybrid in O-Wool Balance. I completely ripped out the entire sweater back in July then reknit it. I need to machine stitch the steek since there's cotton in the yarn. I'm also teaching a mini class on steeking at the Seattle Knitters Guild next month. So I'm going to stitch it but won't cut it until I show it to my students.

In other sweater ripping news, I started a Rorschach sweater, also by Elizabeth Zimmermann, on a road trip to Oregon. I cast on on Thursday morning and on Sunday afternoon I realized I had reversed my set-up row and had increased stitches on the wrong side of my sweater on the eleventh row. I ripped it back and began again.

This is it before I realized my mistake.

I'm still doing lots and lots of walking and spending lots of time at the zoo. The otter pups have been out a few times and they are adorable! And a giraffe was born two weeks ago. He's got a webcam.

August 16, 2013

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

How did I miss Thursday again? It was right there after Wednesday...

I've been hearing a lot about "leaning in" lately. I suggest this model lean in immediately before she topples over backwards.

August 8, 2013

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

Lord help me. I can't resist posting when I see a crocheted pant.

Add in fringe, evil eyes and stripper shoes and I am done for.

But it just keeps coming.

And coming.

Oh my word, someone get me a fan and a drink.

August 1, 2013

Thursday Is for What the Hell Is This?

I have been harboring secret knowledge since TNNA. I didn't want to share it because I didn't want it to be true. But now I must warn you.