Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Hooded Scarf

It still needs to be blocked... Remind me to do that before I leave Ohio.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Yarn Tourism: Columbus

Can I really call it yarn tourism in my place of birth? I say yes based on the address listed on my California driver's license. I stopped by at the Knitter's Mercantile this afternoon for a quick visit on my way to a previously scheduled encounter. Was it as lovely as I remember it from 6 months ago? Yes it was. I picked up some of my favorite ever multi-purpose yarn(Nashua Creative Focus superwash wool), and a few sale silk skeins for a new moebius.

Saturday, December 27, 2008


From Knitty.com in Nashua Creative Focus Cotton for Patrick...

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Sockeye Moebius

This moebius scarf was made for Crowe using Lamb's Pride Worsted from the sockeye salmon... It came out rather well.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Fulling advice?

I knit a hat (100% wool) for my brother that looks as though it would be too big for Magilla Gorilla. My brother is not a gorilla. Any ideas on felting/fulling it? I already started by hand, but it just keeps getting bigger!!! Ack!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

New Favorite Yarn

(image ganked from birds and yarn)

I don't usually work with DK weight yarn (I'm not British!) But I am making an exception here. It's very economical and absolutely gorgeous. Be on the lookout for Fern Glade from the latest Knitty.

Sunday, December 14, 2008


Orange makes me happy, usually. I think I need something stronger today.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Rifle Cozy... Complete!

I think I may have a touch of something, and shouldn't be wasting time posting about my knitting projects, but I was excited about finishing this guy! I plan to write up the pattern over x-mas break at some point.

Detail of the flap.
The only idea I had for showing the whole thing... it measures 6 inches wide by 40 inches long to fit the rifle specs I got from my Uncle Sonny. Hope Dad likes it.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Random Picture

This was an oddly painted tractor at Casa de Fruta near Gilroy where I stopped to avail myself of the facilities on my way home from Bakersfield. The Casa de Fruta experience was kind of lame and overpriced, but I liked this combo of blue, green, and orange.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Banana Slug Socks

This is my first attempt at 2-at-a-time socks, I don't think I like it. I prefer double pointed needles, I get nasty laddering with circs as you can see above... These are for me though, so I'm not being too picky.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Kitty Beret

Yes, you heard me right, kitty beret. There is an entire line of international cat hats at the blog Spindles and Spices. You see here Le Mieux, the french beret. I am currently catsitting these two lovely fellows Ulrich and Armstrong. I knew going in the odds of actual hat modeling were low.

In the end, this is the closest I ever got. I will take it home to try on my Mom's cat over Christmas.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Wavy Gravy

I roughly followed the idea of Cat Bordhi's Sage Rhythm Wrap for this scarf. It was a hostess gift for Thanksgiving related festivities. I love how the long color changes in the yarn made pretty lozenges. The alternate name for all you geologists out there would be the "Boudinage Moebius".

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Yarn Tourism: Bakersfield

Officially, I went to Bakersfield to check out stuff like what is pictured above. But you know what, if I drive 4-5 hours each way, there's no reason why I can't check out the local purveyors of yarn. In Bakersfield, this takes me to Classy Knits and Yarns.

They have a pretty good selection of yarn, plus embroidery supplies. The owner/operator was very nice and had more energy than I could muster in a month. There was a great big table to work at, which is always a big bonus in my mind, and a good schedule of fibrous gatherings. Check them out if you're in the area!

I bought even more sock yarn. This was too pretty to resist.

Monday, November 24, 2008


This is my favorite cat currently imprisoned at PetSmart. I call him Joebiden because of his tuft of white hair. If I was allowed to have a cat in my apartment, he would be my BFF. I will knit him some hats in anticipation of our eventual friendship.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Yarn Tourism: Felton?

Now I know what you're thinking, can you really call it tourism if you only drive 6 miles to Felton? I say yes. Any store other than home base is considered a foreign destination to me. So I have conducted my usual photographic reconnaissance of Luminous Threads in Felton, CA. They had lots of stuff in the 40% off area, and I picked up some Arucaina sock yarn, which I will share at a later date.

For those of you left wanting more, I will be visiting Classy Knits and Yarns next week in Bakersfield.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Envy Me!

Linda gave me a Tom Bihn Knitting Bag! And a grape pie! Envy me!!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


This picture doesn't quite do justice to the shiny rayon wraps. I'm such a sucker for a little sparkle, and they were in the 40% off section. It was a must buy.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Fibonacci is Finished!

I finally finished these "Fibonacci's Rib" socks for the Sneller. I'm afraid they won't fit, and even if they do, they'll wear through too quickly. We'll just have to wait and see.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Moebius Electric

The colors of this Noro sock yarn are so bright, every time I hit the blue stripe, I yelled "Electric Company!!!!" Why? Because I can. (nod to the intrepid if not obstinate Evelyn)
I am currently wearing the lovely scarf to cover a burrito drip stain on my brand new shirt.

Saturday, November 8, 2008


I've been busy, so here's a quick piccy of some yarn. It's Austermann bambou soft ready to make a super warm Koolhass.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Staying Awake

How do I stay awake when it looks like this outside? Brightly colored yarn, that's how.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


In commemoration of the removal of my broken thumb splinty-thing, I am working intermittently on some scarlet and gray entrelac. The yarn is the most beautiful kettle dyed bamboo courtesy of Crowe in ZA. I have been thinking about this yarn for well over a year, trying and frogging things... but this is pefect!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Second Moebius Experiment

I had bought this yarn because I loved the color, but had no idea what to do with it. It's 100% wool, and supposedly good for felting... but sport or DK weight. I'm not sure why you go to the bother of felting for anything less than worsted. Anywho, I made another Cat Bordhi Moebius scarf, this time with a little lace. It turned out pretty well, and I'm going to keep it. YES you heard me right... I knit it for myself!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Gun Sock in prep

I'm going with knitpicks Wool of the Andes for this project. It was economical and beautiful. I swatched a range of stripe variations and simple colorwork before settling on the 1x1 rows of scarlet and gray. I was afraid anything with floats could catch the rifle on the inside of the bag/sock, and there were gaps with bigger stripes. This is nice and simple.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Moebius Experiment

I am not obsessed with Cat Bordhi, but I do certainly enjoy exploring certain mathematical and sock-ical elements of knitting with her assistance. This time I took advantage of the knitpicks 40% off book sale and got her two magical knitting books. For my first experiment, I am playing with the simplest moebius scarf, which I must admit is just fascinating. I only wish I had the unlimited financial resources to buy a large range of 60" circular needles.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


I was attempting to crochet this bowl for a christmas gift while my broken thumb was imprisoned in the horrible splint. I decided that felting would remove pretty much any defect from my pained and irregular stitches. It's only been through one wash cycle so far and will indeed require more.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Rifle Cozy

When I can knit again, I have to catch up on Christmas crafting. First on the list, a rifle cozy or "gun sock" for my Dad. See a commercial version available here.

Doesn't that just sound like a delightfully odd thing to knit? I'm thinking scarlet and gray stripes. OK, nobody tell him. He doesn't know about the rifle either.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Sockeye Salmon Pattern

You may or may not remember the sockeye salmon I knitted awhile back. Well, I was testing the pattern for the intrepid knitter/geologist/fisher lady Christie Rowe. It is now available for purchase so you too can make your very own!

Every cent from the sale of this pattern is donated to the Cordova District Fishermen United’s Scholarship Fund (www.cdfu.org) to support the education of fishermen and their families.
Purchase the pattern here through the Ravelry pattern download store.

Rowan Kidsilk Night

Sunday, October 5, 2008

I can't even twiddle...

so you can forget about knitting. I have tried crocheting sans two opposable digits, but it was a wholly uncomfortable experience.

Khristine at the Swift Stitch paid me for making a store sample item, so I went on a shopping spree today! You'll just be getting pictures of yarn until the bones mend.
Installment #1:

Friday, October 3, 2008

Dish towels

Before I broke my stupid thumb in a barfight (sic), I decided to knit one of my grandmas dishtowels for x-mas. Here's one of them.