Sunday, June 03, 2007


Oh, that's right. I have a blog. Forgot there for a minute. Actually, I started a new job and haven't had much time for anything, but I have some FOs to show off when I get a second to take some pictures!

Now, Twinsanity tagged me for five random things about me. So here we go.

1. My first car was a Honda Accord, which subsequently got the front and back end smashed in, so it was dubbed the Honda Accord-ian. *rim shot*

2. I know how to hand toss pizza dough. When I was 18, that skill got me a job. I went to an interview at a mall pizza place, and my interview consisted of them asking me to make them a hand-tossed pizza. That job sucked. Moving on!

3. I can read stenotype. /TPAOER /PHAOEU /AU /SUPL /SKEULZ !!!!!

4. In my sophomore year in high school, I failed English but passed Spanish 3 with a 100%. Figure that one out. I then went on to use English and grammar in my job and call myself an expert. Ha.

5. I worked out with Franko Harris. Whoopdedoo.

Now, this other one. I just wanted to do it. Nobody tagged me. Is that against Meme rules? Who cares. Bold is what I have done, italics is what I plan on.


Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch

Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
knitting with silk

Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns

Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with bananafiber yarn
Domino knitting (=modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
toy/doll clothes
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items

Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffitti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments

Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns

Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Button Holes
Knitting with alpaca

Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colours
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies…)

Knitting socks (or other small tubular items)on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone elses handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art
Knitting two socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars simultaneously
Knitting with wool

Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with selfpatterning/selfstriping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies

Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mits/armwarmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

About that sock nirvana...

Frogged. The yarn was just not solid enough to show the pattern the way it should be shown. So I started the Bayerische again in some maroon solid yarn. This time I was careful to knit the row before the hellish increase row extra, extra loose, and it was much easier.

But I did finish my Pomatomi! Pictures whenever it quits fucking raining. After finishing them, I really wanted to get back to some wooly wool. Don't get me wrong, I do love the merino/tencel, but it's just not very give-y. I need a break from it. That was another reason the Bayerische got frogged.

At least I have blog nirvana. I really do like the new look. I am forever in Ms. A's debt.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

A little late for YPF

But here is some yarn porn all the same.

The first is from Merlin The Cat on Etsy (and Knittyboard). It was so much fun to spin. I spun most of it at a demo, and people kept petting it and commenting on the colors.

WPI: I have no earthly idea. Eyeballing it, it's DK to sport weight.
Yardage: 350 yards
Fiber: Pink superwash merino, gray Peruvian Wool, white mohair, gray bamboo


Next up, some merino that I bought at Heritage Arts in Grandview. It was soooooo gorgeous I couldn't resist it. It looked like it was dyed in the locks and then processed, so it made a nice heathery yarn.

Yardage: 550 yards
Fiber: 100% merino

merino lace

On the Blogger issue, MAD PROPS to A at PinkPorcupine Knits. She is seriously awesome and has put in way too much of her personal time helping clueless me. Thank you! And go look at her blog. She is not only talented with the HTML, but has some serious sock yumminess over there.

Dame Wendy, I tried your suggestion but it didn't really fix it. :(

Edit: LOOKIE! Ms. A fixed it for me. It's great! WOOHOO!

Friday, April 20, 2007

sarcasm>Yay for new blogger/sarcasm>

I am warning you, there are filthy words in this post. If you are a small child or offended by four letter words, just move on, because I am NOT in any mood to cater to your delicate sensibilities, mmkay?

So yay! New Blogger, huh? Isn't it GREAT!?

What a pain in the ass. Seriously! UGH. No, really, I don't think my frustration is getting through.


Nope, not quite.

Just about...

There we go!

Anyway, I've got a beaded row counter for anyone who can tell me why, FOR THE LOVE OF FUCK, after messing with everything I can think of I have my blog title showing up under my header image and why it's so far down on the page.

If you can be pretty useful, I'll send you something pretty and useful. The row counter is red and yellow. Yes, Nicole, I know. Shuddup.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

All together now...


Too bad.

Yes, I'm an evil person and I'm going to hell. Whatever.

I'm not sure I buy the official story. If you're having trouble keeping up, why have 300 items for sale on Etsy? Why not cut back instead of closing the store entirely? I think it might have something to do with the fact that "yarnknitter," a user on Etsy that bought ONLY from Mystical Creations, 20 pages of feedback worth, and who always showed up to leave a page or two of feedback after MCY got a negative or neutral, is no longer a registered user. Things that make you go hmmmmmm.

Again, this is just my opinion.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Socks, glorious socks

By now I'm sure you've heard about the ridonkulous 52 pairs of socks in a year KAL, right? I'm not quite that crazy. I am, however, crazy enough for the Slow-Poke Socks KAL. Woohoo!

In other sock news, I finished my RPMs but they refuse to photograph nicely.

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Pattern: RPM, Knitty
Yarn: Socks that Rock Fire on the Mountain
Needles: Size 2 Knitpicks DPNs

And I finished a Pomatomus. Just one. This is a source of much mockery from Lauren who finished BOTH of hers ages ago. Yeah, I'll get around to it.

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I finished this while I was visiting Blogless Betty™ the other week. Oh, what fun we had. We OD'd on yarn shops. We chatted. We ate (which reminds me, if you are ever in Dallas and go to the Shabby Sheep, right next door is a little restaurant. Go there and order the chocolate pudding cake. You will orgasm right there). We Starbucked. It was so, so good. Also, she let me shop her stash in honor of my birthday, and I picked out this Ruby Sapphire Luster Sock (50/50 merino/tencel, 400 yards, DELICOUS purple).

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I knew before I even left her house what I wanted to make with it.

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Yes, that's Bayerische. First, let me say this. It is a lovely pattern and well written and Eunny is a goddess. I love it. Last night when I started it, however, I was thinking Eunny was a goddess kind of like Kali, the Indian goddess of death. Just evil.

Cast on, did the ribbing, all was well. Then there was an increase round straight from the fiery depths of HELL. Maybe I made it harder on myself than I needed to, but when she said M1 purlwise, I assumed that meant pulling up the bar and purling it through the back (which now checking the comments, yes, that's exactly what she intended), which was nigh on fucking impossible. Then I started the first pattern round. Want to guess how long it took me to knit that one round?

Just take a wild stab in the dark.

10 minutes? No. 20? Nope. 35 minutes. For one round. Of a SOCK, people! I know this because I listened to an entire podcast which was 35 minutes long while doing that round. Jeezopete. I don't think every round will take that long because my stitches were tight from all the inspired-by-demons increases, and then trying to do those wicked 7 stitch crosses without a cable needle was needle acrobatics. So yeah. I got through another two rounds before I hung it up for the night, and they went much more smoothly. So Eunny is back to benevolent knitting goddess status in my mind. I'm so grateful that she puts up such gorgeous patterns for free on her blog. She is so talented.

Okay! So as a treat for making it through that craziness, I finished up another iPod neck thingy to hold my Nano while I knit or clean or shop or whatever. It's from the leftover STR from the RPMs above. I love it.

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Alpaca demo

Yesterday I went down to BFE, Texas to a seminar where they had a bunch of alpaca farmers explaining things to people considering buying alpacas. We were there to demonstrate handspinning and the farmers were literally like, "Here, do you need some fiber? Take this. Here, take this too." I got to meet this chocolate brown alpaca named Domino, then spin his wool and knit up a little swatch. I also got to spin some Suri, which was *drool*. Oh! I also got a carding lesson from BJ and carded what I spun too.

Fun day!

I should have pictures of the cute alpacas a little later. I didn't take them, so I'm waiting for my friend to send them to me.

In the meantime, have some yarn porn.

This is the yarn. The top is Suri and the bottom is huacaya, which BJ and I were calling "Peanut butter cup.

This is a close up of the two. I tried to spin the suri with minimal twist and make it nice and furry. I haven't washed and whacked it yet.