Sunday, December 27, 2009

Now for some actual knitting content

So, it turns out that I didn't burn my hand as badly as I thought (and the aloe helped a lot too). Which means, I had some actual knitting time and I chose to spend it working on my pockets for the Jackie Jacket (Knitspot creation) that I had to order justonemoreballofyarn to make. I tend to underestimate the amount of yarn I need sometimes. Hey! That sounds like a New Year's resolution to me!
I ... will ... remember ... to buy ... enough ... yarn. There.

Friday, December 25, 2009

And to all a good night!

The food was great, the gifts were fun, and that's another Christmas in the bag!
I finally have a complete and respectable set of sock-size-DPNs (and the new Zephyr circular set, not pictured)! I love my family, especially because they think the knitting is kind of ... crazypants, yet they have been cajoled into supporting it :-D

And I got the new camera too, but you already heard about that. Still reading the owner's manual. I know I don't seem like a "reader-of-directions", but I really really don't want to miss out on any of the cool features because I didn't read the manual.

Now, look at the shiny! Oooh, shiny!

This was a gift for my mom, Birthday or Christmas, whichever she feels like. It was made especially for her by the supa' talented Kelly, who is awesome (and also a very nice person)! She was able to take the inkling in my brain and turn it into this. I know, awesome right?

My Grinch moment for the day was when I burned my hand on a hot! hot! pan. So there isn't any knitting per se, but I'm totally thinking about what my next project will be. Hmmm.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas all you happy people!

I am getting a new camera, which means that meaningful blogging (without the use of iPhone photography) can begin again.

Hey, don't walk away! I really mean it!

Since I'm not much of an expository writer when it comes to knitting, I need Pictures! to show you what I'm rambling on about now. So when the old (old old) camera decided that it wasn't going to speak to my computer ever again, I sort of ran out of steam. It happens.

I like having this little piece of the blogosphere, really I do!

P.S. I'm also getting my favorite type of sweater ... "some assembly required"! So it's going to be a good day :-)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Aha! I can post things from photobucket.

I was not aware of my ability to post photos from photobucket before! This is a nice feature, especially since it means that you get to look at my Linoleum Dishcloth (by Mason-Dixon knitting blog).

I liked (very much!) the scrubby texture of the finished dishcloth, and I expect that it will be quite effective in dish-cleaning-endeavors. I don't plan to investigate personally, but I'm sure it will suffice ;-)

I followed the pattern, used the correct needles, and thoroughly enjoyed the results! Well whatdayaknow?! Also, I have enough yarn left for another one, maybe two.

Edited To Add: Hmm. It seems that these pictures come in a one-size-fits-all format. I guess I won't be posting photos this way anymore :-( Dangit, it would have been so convenient!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Hey, I have a blog?

Well, I've completely forgotten that I have this place to write, record, and create. Let's see if some resurrection can occur here, because I really do like my little blog. Really. I do!

So, what's OTN you ask?

I'm working up one of the latest patterns from knitty, dubbed Girl Friday, which is very neat so far. In two senses of the word; neat = crisp & tidy and neat = cool & engaging. Not in the last sense, which refers to a manner of serving whiskey or scotch ;-)

I think my mom will like it. It's being done up in navy colored cotton, so if she doesn't like it I would totally steal it back, haha!

I'm hoping to have this sweater-ette finished by the end of the month (so I can turn it in for house cup points too!).

Also seeing some progress is my Jackie Jacket (by Anne from knitspot) which is a bit more long term, but should be done for wearing this autumn. If autumn ever decides to get here! It was 90 degrees today.

There should be pictures of these things, but I'm just getting back into the swing of blogging. You'll forgive me this once right? Thanks!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


I'm sorry blog, was that you flat-lining? Stay with me! I'm not going to lose you!

My goodness, I've missed the entire month of August. Not that it was particularly interesting anyway, but it went by without a peep!

Well, as soon as this BIG week is over, you can expect some much needed attention.

For now:
  • The summer gardening went well, many tomatoes and peppers, happy happy herbs, the swiss chard really took off (which is a shame, since nobody likes it, live and learn!)
  • The knitting has been intermittent, usually eclipsed by more important studying.
  • The HPKCHC is back in full swing (expect more HP related dorkiness), so is Reducio Round 7
  • The holiday gift knitting has begun. Really. (Felted slipper socks for everyone this year!)
I'll be seeing you again soon, I promise!

Your absentee blogger

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tiny sock knitting

Well, the people over on Ravelry that are responsible for the Reducio Mini Sock Swap are at it again, and so am I!

I don't have an assigned 'spoilee' yet, but that hasn't stopped me from knitting a pilot sock:
The penny is included for scale, and the Felix Felicis is included because this might be my Defense Against the Dark Arts homework assignment for the month as well.

I'm supposed to come up with something from Book 6, and hopefully stump the professor (for bonus points!), so this is the old sock of Uncle Vernon's that Harry uses to keep his prize bottle of Liquid Luck Potion. [Side Note: Not to be confused with Liquid Courage, a.k.a Adult Beverages.] Betcha didn't remember that! (If you did, kudos to you!)

True to my word, I posted it here first! Now, if someone could please tell me where the entire first week of July went, I'd be much obliged.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Can she knit it?

Yes, she can!
I have knitted a hammock. I'll let that sink in a bit.

That's right, a full-fledged, person-sized hammock for my enjoyment in the backyard! It was a bit trying at times, but since I was doing it as another "homework project" I persevered.

I'm going to copy/paste my homework submission now, because I worked really hard on it, and I don't think I could write it over again very well tonight. (Don't mind the HP dorkiness.)

Hello Professor! LNS of Slytherin, turning in my Transfiguration homework … a HAMMOCK!
hammock done!
I began this adventure with some closet-dowel, 8’ of 2x2 pine, and 800’ of 0.5” nylon rope. {Aside: If someone happens to know a good whittling spell, it would have been a big help, because doing it the muggle way (with a big ol’ knife) gave me blisters.}

I tried to cast yarnio, but the rope just gave a little wiggle and flopped down again. So, I tried to be more specific: Yarnio Hammock, no dice. One more try: YARNIO GARTER DROP-STITCH HAMMOCK and that did the trick. The unwieldy rope behaved like nice pliable yarn, and my giant kniting needles went to work (seriously, 1.5” in diameter, that’s huge! {which is also what she said}).
made of awesome

Along the first edge, I cast on through the spreader bar (pine 2x2, sanded, drilled with 30 odd holes, and stained walnut). Then the spell really went to work, and it created a nice open net with a lot of stretch.
The ends from the cast-on were ~4’ long, so they could be lashioed to 3” solid steel rigging rings. I also used some muggle eklectical tape to carefully keep the nylon rope from fraying. Fire was also employed.
long view
Once the knitting was complete and attached to both wooden spreaders, I enchanted some smaller cording to lace itself through the edges in order to stabilize the structure. It worked like a charm (obviously) ;-)

time to relax
And, lest you think that this is only for decoration, here I am putting my feet up and relaxing before the July classes start up.

Thank you professor, for your encouragement and input! I really enjoyed this class :-D

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Holy Backlog Batman! (4 of many)

Here's another little project that was a homework assignment, but also highly useful and needed. It's a pouch, made out of cascade 220 superwash, and emblazoned with an apple logo (from the Tech Guy Sock Pattern).
It's used for, you guessed it, wrangling various bits of technology. All of these were churning around in the spin-cycle that is my big canvas bag, so to keep them from getting dirty and/or damaged they now all reside together in this simple drawstring pocket.
P.S. I wonder if I can sell this idea to apple? I mean, I could never keep up with the demand, but I'll bet they could charge $30 for one of these, even if it was mass produced.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Holy Backlog Batman! (3 of many)

Huzzah for mini sock swaps! I recently participated in the Reducio mini sock swap and, pictured above, is what I received from my lovely Spoiler. That is the fluffiest, loveliest cotton yarn I've ever come across and I'd love to make, well, anything out of it! The awesome inverted holly will be decorating my table top christmas tree this year :-) Not pictured were the little Toblerone treats. Because they were eaten.
This is the package that I sent to my spoilee. She got a mini weasley sweater with her initial on it (and some little Lavender buds) a couple socks (one quidditch and one regular house sock) and some other applicable goodies.

[Side Note: The sweater counted for HPKCHC homework, because it had a monogram on it! Sweet!]

I really liked participating in this swap, and I think I'll do it again in the future. It made going to the mailbox fun again!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Holy Backlog Batman! (2 of many)

Um, yes. It is a wand-tip protector. This is the toy wand that came in my stocking this past Christmas and I needed a quick and easy homework assignment.
Besides, I keep accidentally setting off the Lumos charm whilst rummaging through my bag. It makes the muggles suspicious you know ;-)

Also, there's no need to mock the dorkiness. I'm well aware of my situation. I have decided to adopt the "embrace it" approach, and I recommend that you all do the same.

P.S. Is this the wizarding equivalent of a pocket protector? Oh lord, I think it is. ::facepalm::

Monday, June 22, 2009

Holy Backlog Batman! (1 of many)

This little beauty is my doily version of the Jared Flood Hemlock Ring Blanket. My prize winning doily I might add! Seriously, is there anything better in this world than having your work appreciated by people you love and respect and admire? It fills me up with knitterly pride :-D.

I used crochet cotton (cardinal and gold, of course) and my newly acquired (on sale!!) addi turbo size 0 circular. It wasn't tedious until the picot edging. ::GROAN:: I have long entertained the idea of making this in the intended blanket size, but that border has made me think twice about it. I already have one giant blanket project languishing in the corner, sending me forlorn, neglected vibes; it sure doesn't need a partner to commiserate with!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all you Dads, Grandpas, Uncles, Godfathers, etc. out there!

I'm spending the day with my dad, watching baseball and grilling up some dinner. I might also take this opportunity to cast on something for my dad, most likely to be a Christmas gift. His mom (my late grandmother) was a marvelous knitter and accomplished crocheter, so he has the proper appreciation for yarny goodness, which makes him a great person to knit for!

Unfortunately, we lived clear across the country from my grandparents and she passed away before I was bitten by the knitting bug. I sort of hope that she is peeking down from time to time to see how my projects are going. (Lots of love Grandma Rose, and I really appreciate all of the time and effort you put into the little sweaters you made for me when I was just a tot. Especially the red one. With the little scotty dog buttons.)

Ravelry has eaten my blog.

I figured out where all of my blogable content is going. Right on to
So, my plan of attack from now on is to post things here first. Simple eh?

Let's start with my Cable and Bobble Mitts.
These are going to be turned in to the HPKCHC (that's Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup, for you muggles). They are my herbology homework, which was supposed to incorporate bubbles (a.k.a. bobbles) this month. Twelve bobbles, present and accounted for!

These were knit to pattern specifications [Side Note: this is code for "I'm too lazy to look up what the needle size and pattern gauge were."] but I used some of the reclaimed sweater yarn that was used last summer in my Cable and Bobble Scarf project. (I also used this yarn to make my dad a hat. He loves it. He also wears it with no regard for the weather. As in he wore it driving a few weeks ago, when it was 100 degrees outside. Sigh. Parents.)

I might have enough yarn left to make myself a headband (or Calorimetry, those are quite popular on rav) and then I'll have a complete set!

See, that wasn't so difficult now.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Dear Blog,

Where did all this time go?  I really haven't posted in over a month?  Wow.  I am such a slacker!  

I think I mentioned that I was participating in a great big knitting competition/game on Ravelry (way back before this unplanned hiatus).  Well, it has been immensely fun, but bad for the blogging, because I've been putting all of my blogable content on there, and not here.  For shame!

I have recently made:  a wand tip protector, (no real purpose IRL, oh well, it's shiny and pretty) a scrub cap (see last blog post, prior to absence), a fancy-pants doily (the doily version of the Jared Flood Hemlock Ring Blanket, and it WON A PRIZE ::insert happy dance::!), a fluffy white tree-skirt for a table-top christmas tree (with silver buttons!), a blue market-bag for hauling groceries, and a mini weasley sweater that got sent to my Reducio swap buddy (along with a couple mini socks).  Whew!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Muggle Studies

I finished my first 'homework' assignment in the Ravelry, Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup!  [Side Note: this whole school dynamic is addictively motivating!]

The assignment for the Muggle Studies class was to knit something inspired by a muggle entertainment source (film, tv, etc).  Sooo, I designed and knit a Grey's Anatomy inspired scrub cap.  
It's a clever bit of shaping and careful use of reverse stockinette, and it worked out marvelously.  Here's the free pattern link!  CLICK HERE for PDF  

I made myself the medium size, but if I had it to do over again I'd make the large. 

Also, there are i-cord ties at the very back.  But it's physically impossible to take a picture of the back of your own head with an iphone and a bathroom mirror.  

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Commence Happy Dance

Well, I've been sorted into my #1 (and only) choice, Slytherin for the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup.  [Side Note: Which I'm pretty sure also qualifies me for my "geek" merit badge ...]Anywho, I'm looking forward to the motivation that this group will provide to actually finish a knitted object sometime soon.  Oh, and making some like-minded knitting friends will be nice too!
They are going to post a list of "classes" tomorrow, so I'm looking forward to casting on for something interesting and new.  I'll be looking for patterns that use the same size needles as ones already tied up in other projects, you know, so I'll be forced to finish it to get the needles back.  I'm tricky like that with the self-motivating ;-)
P.S. Dark Mark Drawers! [Because I've posted them everywhere else already today, haha!]

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Dear Blog,

Dear Blog,

Missing you!


Sometimes life gets away from me and I have to spend time catching up, and the blogging time suffers.  But no more!  I am super-dee-duper excited to get sorted into a Hogwarts house in the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup (HPKCHC), which should be happening any time now.  I will have PLENTY of blog fodder from the competitions, and I've got a few things up my sleeves now as well.  Secret things.

I am participating in my first-ever swap on ravelry and I've already knitted some reducio-ed things for my spoilee.  I'd also like to include something for his/her little one(s).  I have really enjoyed the blog-stalking and ravelry-stalking!  It's fun to see how much you can learn about a person without interacting with them.  

And speaking of sleeves (no really, I said sleeves somewhere up there ...) I really must use some of my time off tomorrow to sew that second sleeve into my gathered pullover.  Really. 

Finally, some whining:  Something happened to my US 1 dpns, something bad :-(  I'm down to 4 of the original 10, and they just keep breaking.  What's wrong with me?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Can't escape the gravity!

Sooo, I'm maybe a bit enthralled with Guitar Hero World Tour at the moment.  I'm becoming quite a drummer, and I just can't seem to put the sticks down.  At least not long enough to pick up the other sticks, you know, the ones used for knitting?  
So far, what I lack in 'natural rhythm' I'm making up for in obsessive practice.  There has to be a breakthrough moment where it all gels and I'm drumming like a pro, so I'm working towards that.
This might not be a very interesting blog post for anyone who hasn't played this game, so I'll wait patiently while you go pick one up ...
... (and for any karaoke fans out there, it has a microphone and scrolling words and everything!)

Aaand in other news, I've signed up for a swap on ravelry!  It's centered around tiny things, tiny socks, and the Herbology theme.  Yes, it's Potter related too!  I'll be knitting a mini sock and something else tiny while also including my swap partner's house colors as well as something Herbology-ish.  This is my very first swap, so I'm a little nervous about living up to expectations etc.  I mean, there are far better knitters out there than I'll ever be. 
I also have to rustle up some goodies to go with it, but I'll have to wait until I know who will be receiving them (personalization.  WANT.)  

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Here is the front left side of my Soap Bubble wrap (a leeetle too much flash).
I like the bubble details a lot (even if they require much "paying attention").  It looks pretty wonky now, but I don't think I made any errors.  Hopefully everything will block out alright when it's done.  [Side Note: If I did make any errors, they're getting chalked up to 'character' or 'rustic charm'.  Whichever one means I'm not ripping it all out, no matter what.]
I was just trying to be artsy with the camera.  This is a little garter stitch road (a.k.a. the border) trailing off in the distance (a.k.a. the end of the dining room table).  

I'm nearing completion on the back of the sweater and it's at a stage where it's impossibly wide due to the fact that the sleeves are being knitted at the same time through the clever use of the backwards loop cast on.  It's so scrunched up that I didn't bother to take a picture.  

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Gettin' Goin' in the Garden

I don't know where that kitchy/cheesy title came from, but once I said it out loud I knew it was a keeper.  Sorry.

These are my floppy Freesias, being held up with kitchen twine and sticks.  
And the wide angle effect.  It looks a lot more 'finished' now with all that bark there.  I should have put the garden hose away, but you don't mind do you?
My raised planter bed, full of pine tree related junk.  I could spend a week picking out those little pollen related thingies, but I just don't stock that particular brand of crazy.
This is Pete, the garden gnome who protects the plants, wards off neighborhood cats, and gives nosy pigeons a sharp jab with that pick-ax (at least I hope he does, because they deserve it).  Pete is very pleased with himself and his work in the garden.  Verrry pleased :-)
Here we have a Brandywine tomato plant, looking the way they are supposed to when they are alive and cared for by a nursery during the delicate seedling stage.  Mine are all long since deceased.  So I bought this one at the nursery too.
This Jalapeno plant was on sale at the nursery, so I figured "eh, why not.  Peppers are pretty hard to kill aren't they?"  This concerned the staff.  But, here it is, completely alive and producing flowers like crazy!  There are little wee pepper buds forming inside the flowers, hopefully to become full grown, fiery fruits.  It took a little battering by the wind, but it seems to be doing ok.
And finally, the neat little row of swiss chard.  When they get about 2" high I'll thin them out to about a foot apart.  I should be able to keep 8 plants that way, allowing for a few of each color.  [Side Note: I'm not completely sure that I even like swiss chard, but I was drawn to the bright colors on the seed packet.  Magenta!  Gold!  Red!  White!  Pathetic.  If they ever make shiny seed packets I'll be in real trouble!]

A list:

  1. It's April. 
  2. It's been April for a while now, and yet no April blog posts?  Oops.
  3. I'm convinced that wallpaper removal is destined to be my own private circle of hell, ala the Alighieri construct.
  4. The swiss chard is sprouting!  I haven't killed it yet, so we're doing pretty well here.
  5. Happy Belated Birthday to Fred and George (April 1, how fitting)!
  6. I've decided that it's ok to reference fictional characters as if they are real people.  Sometimes. 
  7. My bubble wrap ... wrap has a back and some sleeve progress now.  I will take pictures of many things for the next post.  When it is not 1 AM.
  8. I am convinced that I went to bed with a breathe right strip on my nose last night, but I woke up without it.  Curious.  I hope it isn't stuck to the sheets!
  9. Nope, I guess this list ends at 8.  

Monday, March 30, 2009

grooowing; plants, sleeves, tangent side stories

The hydrangea plants that I ordered arrived today!  They didn't look anything like that picture there though.  These were some bare root, dormant little twigs that ship more easily from the nursery in TN.  They looked a little more like ... 
Yeah.  Forgive me if I am a little skeptical about their survivability.

I managed to put quite a few rows on my Gathered Pullover sleeves.  [Side Note: Yes, that's a plural because I am knitting both of them at the same time!  It was very exciting at first, but after some 8" the novelty has tempered.  I am able to do this because of the power of superglue.  Remember the bellyaching about the knitpicks needle that wouldn't screw together properly?  I made it fit.  In a permanent manner.  So when knitpicks sent me the replacement (a harmony wood set, but I don't know why.  I had the nickel plated to begin with.  oh well.) I now had two sets of circs and figured, why not?  Also, the harmony needle came unattached from its metal fitting, so more superglue was employed and all is well.]

Also, the  house is still standing after the windstorm, and no additional plants were harmed.  We didn't end up in Oz either.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Woah! It's windy out there!

I thought March was supposed to go out like a lamb, what the heck is going on here?!  This is like an ornery lamb that's quick on its feet and does not want to be sheared and will fight you every step of the way.  I'm harkening back to an episode of MarthaStewartLiving where they tried to make her shear a sheep, but the sheep had other ideas (namely knocking martha over without a fragment of fleece to show for it).  [End of extended analogy and use of sheep imagery]  

Seriously though, I've seen some high desert winds before, but not for weeks-on-end and not so violent!  We have a lot of mature trees and I'm beginning to worry about them losing branches or toppling into the dining room totally uninvited and without a hostess gift.

Bottom line, if the house blows down, or I end up clear in Oz, I won't be surprised.

This has hampered my pending "look at my garden isn't is pretty" post because I had to cover all of the plants with pots to try and protect them.  Also, I put in a whole bunch of Freesias in the backyard (the shaded, well watered part) and it promptly blew over.  Frown.  They had already bloomed for the year, but maybe they'll survive and bloom properly for us next year.  Or do they bloom continuously until their blooming season is over?  I didn't do proper research on these guys.

The pine cones from the giant tree in the front yard keep dropping on the roof and pitter-pattering all the way down the shingles.  That should be real peaceful for sleeping.  SIGH, is it summer yet?

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Blog!

My blog turns a year old today!  
My knitting has improved a whole lot in that time:  I'm faster, more confident, and have a whole bunch of new skills.  The blogging has probably gotten better too, though maybe less frequent.  I'll make a blogiversary resolution to blog better (not necessarily more, or more often, just to always do the best that I can).

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Gathered Pullover: Progress is being made

   These have been some busy weeks around here, what with Spring and all.  Now that the weather is nice, all of the outdoor chores that were neglected during the winter are demanding to be done (right now!).  I work and work and work, yet the list just keeps getting longer!  It's a race to get everything done before it becomes unbearably hot here.  It's actually the same exact time each year; exactly one week before I finish.  So I end up with heatstroke and a sunburn from standing on the garage roof, painting the trim in 110 degree weather.  Good times.
I will write up a post about the more fun/interesting house projects soon.  Like my garden!  [Side Note: It has 1 brandywine tomato plant in it.  I bought it from the nursery.  All of my seedlings died.  No big surprise here.  I just wish I knew WHY!  They never made it past the 'first two leaves' stage.  I avoided fungal rot at the base of the plants this year though.  That's progress!]
My gathered pullover has an entire body, eagerly awaiting sleeves.  The fabric is lightweight and has enough drape along with really defined stitches.  I think the larger needles (US 7) really help this pattern live up to its potential. 
Here's a close-up view of the ribbed, cabled, gathered area on the front of the sweater.  It's like an island of intricacy sitting in a sea of stockinette.  It was a very welcome change after nearly a foot of knitting a straight tube!

Alas, I don't think I'll finish this in time to wear it this spring.  We've already had a few 80 degree days.  There's always the office though, kept at a crisp 68 degrees during the hotter months.  That sounds like light sweater weather to me.

I'm going to have to adjust my knitting calendar so that I'm a season ahead from now on.  Note to Self: Begin spring things immediately after Christmas.  Begin fall things in July.  Begin winter things by September.  That ought to do it.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

My bubble wrap sweater is coming along pretty well (if you don't count
the time I had to rip back 20 rows because I didn't read the
directions thoroughly). This sure has some unusual construction
methods that I've never done before. Short-row shoulders? Hmm. I can
tell already that I'm going to love this little sweater to fuzzy bits,
as soon as I finish it that is...

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I can haz ball band dish cloth?

Yes, I can. This is actually the second one I've made already and I
think I can squeeze one more out of the leftover Sugar-n-cream cotton
Edit:  It didn't occur to me that people would want to know where to get the pattern.  This lovely creation came from the Mason-Dixon Knitting gals book and can be found online here: Ballband Dishcloth.  It's the 'official' one too.  Don't be put off by the simplicity.  It turns out great!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Hey,What Ever Happened To ...

Remember those curtains I posted about a while ago? They didn't work out.

There were marks all over them that needed washing (I was willing to overlook this as long as they came clean). So, they went through a gentle wash cycle, on cold, as per their instructions, but the problem areas remained and they got a little Spray-N-Wash and OxyClean in the water. The marks were gone, but after letting them air dry and ironing them ... they shrank! So much that they no longer fit in the intended area. Unacceptable!

Grumble*lousy curtains*Grumble. So they got a one-way ticket back to the store for being defective, deceptive little buggars. I haven't found a replacement yet, so my desk area is still unusable at peak afternoon times. Sigh.

It isn't that I mind toting the laptop around or working while sitting, ok laying, on my bed. It's a little too comfortable though so I tend to do more "napping" than "working". There's also supposedly an associative problem that can crop up if you start to associate 'bed' with 'work' and it leads to insomnia. I wonder if they've studied the reverse effect of associating 'work' with 'naptime' and discovered a well-rested, though underachieving population. ;-)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


These are my tiny tomato plant seedlings! The reaction I had when these little guys sprouted up over night was akin to the reaction Tom Hanks' character in Castaway had when he finally made fire. "I have made plants, from tiny lifeless seeds in a packet. I have made plants!" As you can tell, I am not much of a green thumb. Truth be told, I've never planted anything and had it live. (Herbology, D for Dreadful, sigh.) We'll see how this goes, but I'm looking forward to some heirloom Brandywine tomatoes circa 1885.
This is my Gathered Pullover. The color is a bit off, but trust me, it's a light blue with hints of purple-e-ness. Yup. 6" of knitted tube. Ok, moving on ...
[Side Note: My nifty new Options circular needle, via knitpicks, is having a problem. The one side won't tighten up. It's doing it on both ends, and on another cable as well. I called knitpicks to see if I might be doing something wrong and they are sending me new interchangeable heads! Now that's customer service! Meanwhile, my knitting sort of catches in that space, which is cumbersome and also rather annoying, so that sweater is in timeout until the new needles arrive.]

Here we have my bubble wrap. It's actually called the Soap Bubble Wrap, but bubble wrap sounds more fun to me. Bubble wrap also = entertainment, who knew? Try the Manic Mode, you'll be glad you did.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

It's been a long time hasn't it

Jeez, February just got away from me there! Unfortunately, there have been recent posts that never posted. I tried to use the email/remote posting thing to add some fun internet content and commentary (and knitting and stuff too), but it appears that nothing has actually made its way onto the blog. :-P Drat! Outsmarted by technology again!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

"It's a work in progress really."

Sometimes I get a tad ... overambitious let's say.
Sometimes I jump right in and start 2 (!) cotton and cotton/linen sweaters at once.
I am maybe a little crazy.  Like I don't have other things to do with my time or something?!
Well, I stalked the Gathered Pullover pattern on ravelry for a while and I knew that I had to make that sweater.  I'm going to assume that you know the feeling.  [Side Note: It's going well, but it's basically just 5" of knitted tube right now, so I haven't bothered with a picture.  It's in knitpicks CotLin in color Glacier, which is very much like the font color here.]
Then, out of nowhere, Interweave Knits (via knitting daily) released a freebie pattern called Soap Bubble Wrap.  It beckoned and I answered (with some re-claimed cotton yarn that used to be a nice raglan pullover, belonging to my brother when his arms were 6" shorter than they are now).  This is a complex pattern with lots of charting, but I'm enjoying it in the same intellectual way that I enjoy the Sunday crossword puzzle: tough but rewarding results.  [Side Note: Ok, maybe more like the Thursday crossword.  Sunday is mostly frustration.]

Sunday, February 15, 2009


Did you know that Lion Brand Chenille yarn has been discontinued?  It was news to me, sadly.  I found a great sale price at $2 a ball and ordered it (to make a throw blanket in "antique white") from Jo-Ann.  I bought the only ball they had and I swatched with it.  I even blogged about it.

A month went by and there was no word on my special order, so I called the store.  They told me that the yarn had been discontinued and that they wouldn't be able to fill my order :-(  I got my money back, but it would have been nice if they had told me this BEFORE the yarn was ordered errantly and my time wasted.  Grr.  

Also, where else can I find a decent chenille yarn?  This is a novelty project, but I was kind of attached to the idea.  I even went to Pottery Barn and snuggled/felt up one of their Chunky Chenille Throw Blankets in the name of 'research'.  

In conclusion, "oh poop!"

Friday, February 13, 2009

Acid Pop (TM) Scarf, totally finished now

The Acid Pop (TM) Scarf is completely done being knitted, washed, and put on one of our more eccentric beach towels to dry.

  It might need some de-fuzzing and a few ends taken care of, but I'm calling this one done!  Yay! There will probably be some additional pictures when it's completely dry and ready to wear.

Also, this post was supposed to go up last night, but the camera and the computer weren't speaking to each other.  I don't know what's going on between them, but they seemed to have made up in light of the holiday.  On that note, Happy Valentine's Day everybody!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The mitt idea took flight ;-)

I apologize for the poor modeling job, it ain't easy taking a picture of your own hand!

The owl mitt worked out just like I envisioned it. Well, except for the thumb, but I figured if I was going to have to pick up stitches and knit tiny rounds anyway, I might as well have a full thumb to show for it. That will be an optional design feature when I write up the pattern.

For now though, I'm going to bed; it was a long, busy, and drudgerous day.

Monday, February 2, 2009


Look at that cute little owl cable pattern! I'm making myself a pair of mitts before I freeze my fingers off on the long walk from the parking lot into work in the mornings. I'm winging the pattern (bad pun intended) and making them out of my Hedwig Opal sock yarn :-D

I outlined it, in case it wasn't all that clear. He says "Hoot!". He's excited to be on the blog. Anyways ...

If the pattern works out, I'll post it when the first one is complete. If not, trust that they will never be spoken of again (It's so cute and I want it to work so much that I would feel personally
betrayed if it didn't. Wouldn't you?).

[Side Note: My team won the Superbowl! Yay! *happy dance* Sorry if your team didn't win today, just know that my love for Matty means I cheer for your team too!]

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Acid Pop (TM) Scarf!

My mom wanted a bright green scarf this year, so I ordered 4 balls of Shine Worsted from Knit Picks in Green Apple.  It's quite a color, and the Cotton + Modal yarn is sooo soft and buttery!  Also, it was just enough to push me into the free shipping category, yay!

I then went paging through some stitch cards to find something I wanted to turn into a pattern, and I found the Eyelet-Diamond Pattern.  After two repeats of the pattern I knew that I had a bona-fide WIN on my hands, so I'm sharing it with the world even before I'm done knitting it!  It reminds me of the embossing that the Harry Potter book covers have (if you have a hardcover, American version).  The color of the yarn just lends itself so nicely to the title I decided on : *Acid Pop (TM) Scarf* 

CLICK on the Pattern (and HERE) for a FREE PDF download!
The pattern can also be found on Ravelry.

Speaking of Ravelry, I put the pattern up this morning and people LOVED it!  I was so pleasantly surprised to have 130+ people download it today, wow!  :-)

[Side Note: I know the pattern says to end on Row 1, but it really makes more sense to end on Row 2 and then bind off knit-wise.  That's minor though.]

Friday, January 30, 2009

Finished that Noro Stripe scarf!

I finished my 1x1 rib Noro Cash Island scarf and I love it! It's super soft (duh, cashmere) and doesn't make my neck itch. Ok, if I think really hard about it, I can feel a little itchy-ness, but I'm sure it's imaginary. Like when you think about little creepy crawly critters like ants and all of a sudden you can feel them on you. [Shudder]
I've decided that this is my favorite section of the scarf, because I love the turquoise color, and the way it transitions into pink.
This is the whole scarf, or most of it. It's pretty skinny, as scarves go, but I like it better that way. I tried a bunch of different widths during the 'Knit 6" and then change my mind' part of the process, and this one was perfect. 36 sts wide, on size 7 straight needles.
P.S. There hasn't been any pilling, but if I keep petting it, it might felt. Oops!
P.S.S. Also pictured are the pretty bathroom towels that no one is allowed to use.