Friday, December 30, 2005


Okay, so the green socks I made over the holiday? They will always have a special place in my heart - your first always does. But now? I am beyond them. I have entered a higher plane of sockmaking existance. I've now got needles from 0-2 in plenty, resting lovingly atop balls of yarn that thy are destined one day to conquer. Right now, though, I'm making the Friday Harbor socks from Folk Socks for sweetie out of that Senso Cotton from Hobby Lobby. It's about as cheap, per pair of socks, as Magic Stripes, and I like the feel of it better. Plus, being a solid color, I can actually play around with, you know, interesting patterns that aren't Jaywalker. Self-striping is nice, but there's definitely something to be said for a well-made sock with texture. I hope to finish this pair by Monday (yeah right!) so that his boss-who-likes-me may be suitably impressed.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

More Socks

Okay, so the green Kathmandu socks turned out very well indeed :) They were knit on 2.5mm needles, at 7 stitches to the inch, with short-row heels and toes, and they are marvelous. Obviously, the next step is to try Magic Stripes on 2.0mm needles, and see how they turn out. I picked up 3 skeins over at Hancock's, the first one I'm trying is colorway 206 (for myself - obviously, I have to try MY socks before I can do any for my sweetie. Right? Right? XD) I found a cool online retailer of patterns, and a cheap fix for Regia, so here's the listing:

Regia 50% off:

Heel and Toes Gazette!

Friday, December 23, 2005

Christmas means Nose Rings!

Well, it's christmas time again. Time for all the christian folks in this country to remember the birth of their founder, and give toys to children. Since I'm neither christian nor a child, however, things are a little different out here. To whit, christmas this year means knitting for family, and painful face holes for me. That's right, my aunt is keeping her word from thanksgiving, and taking me to get my nose pierced the monday after christmas. At a piercing parlor. With a needle. Into my nose.

I expect to get a lot of prime knitting done during my convalescence.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

"Random" in the sense that it isn't.

Okay, so my plan? Was to make socks with random crazy-stripes, different widths, different placement, etc. etc. I finished one, just changed colors whenever I thought it could use a good bit of changing, and it turned out really nice. So, I go to start the next one, again, just chaning colors when I thought it could use it, and not even LOOKING at the other sock (which was in my purse).

The end result? The same. damn. stipe. pattern. Only not exact enough that the socks are actually, you know, a pair.

To frog or not to frog? This is the question.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Oh. My. God.

I just ordered so many books on interlibrary loan. ALL of 'em for knitting!

Simply socks : 45 traditional Turkish patterns to knit
Folk socks : the history & techniques of handknitted footwear (worth buying!)
Knitting on the road : sock patterns for the traveling knitter (worth buying)
>Knitting vintage socks : new twists on classic patterns (worth buying!)
Socks, socks, socks (worth buying!)
Sensational knitted socks
Latvian mittens : traditional designs & techniques
The twisted sisters sock workbook
Heirloom knitting
Folk knitting in Estonia
Enchanted knitting : charted motifs for hand and machine knitting (By the Hennapage lady!)
Yarns to dye for : creating self-patterning yarns for knitting

Can you tell I've caught the sock knitting bug? I've only finished one of my pair, and already I'm in love!

Monday, December 12, 2005

Ferrets and House Pie

So, this sure was an exciting finals season at the old Casa del Pen Name. I was working on my ten page final paper (over how Helene Deutsch's Psychology of Women is biological deterministic patriarchy-affirming craptasms), and it actually got cold enough that College Station actually froze over!

So, me and K. are sitting and knitting and watching Buffy and most studiously not-doing-homework and we hear a little bell from outside. Thinking that it's Maggie, an adorable indoor/outdoor Calico who roams the apartment complex, we go open the door to let her in out of the cold.

And a ferret comes in.

He's got a little collar with a bell, seems friendly, so we put him in the cat carrier, stick a sign on our door, shrug, and continue with the Buffy. K. goes back to her own place, where half an hour later she hears someone shaking the bushes and crying. She peeks her head out, and it's the owner of the ferret! She directs said owner to our place, they are reunited, and all is well with the world again.

I now totally want to knit a ferret.

So, post-finals weekend sweetie and I went to his sister's house. Things basically ran down like this:

Sister: Okay, I'm off to work, be back soon! Enjoy the third season of the Dead Zone! *exits*

Me: *knitknitknit*

Sweetie: Hmm, I'm hungry. Oh look, pumkin pie! And it's only missing one slice! *eats two slices of pie*

Sister: *comes home many hours later, sees pie crusts* Oh.... oh, no. You didn't eat that pie we've got in the fridge, did you? Oh god, that.... we got that when we moved in! That pie's three months old!


The irony here? He eats house pie, but I get sick.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Pac-Man Hat (With Ghosts!)

So, for PrimaryBrother I'm making a christmas hat. It'll have Pacman himself on the front, a few ghosts on the back. Here's my directions:

Paton's Classic Merino wool, Black, 1 skein
Paton's Canadiana, Grey (opt: 1 skein yellow, 1 skein blue, 1 skein white)
Gague: 5 sts per inch

Hats should be made to the circumference of your head, minus 2". My head is 22" around, and I have to assume my brother's is as well.

CO 100 stitches (20 inches) and work K2P2 ribbing for 4".

Work stockinette stitch for 5".

Begin the decreases as follows:

Row 1: *K8, k2tog; repeat from *
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14: Knit.
Row 3: *K7, k2tog; repeat from *
Row 5: *K6, k2tog; repeat from *
Row 7: *K5, k2tog; repeat from *
Row 9: *K4, k2tog; repeat from *
Row 11: *K3, k2tog; repeat from *
Row 13: *K2, k2tog; repeat from *
Row 15: *K1, k2tog; repeat from *
Row 16 and all subsequent rows: K2tog

Continue knitting two together all around until 5 stitches remain. Thread the end of the yarn through these 5 stitches, pull through to the inside of the hat, knot and cut. With a seperate yarn of the same weight, duplicate stitch Pacman in the color of your choice from the following chart:

These were charted off the sprites I found here, which were converted from Namco's game Pacman. I obviously don't own Namco, or Pacman, but I do now have a very warm hat.

I Love My Breasts...

...but goddamn. I put the Circular Shrug on some circular needles (to join them post-armholes) and knit a few inches, until the whole thing was of a pretty good size, and I figured a few inches of lace would then do me quite nicely.

I put it on. I was wrong. There is still a nice, big, 19 inch gap in the front, while at the same time, the collar? Yeah, already beginning to flip itself over.

Time for emergency procedures..... time for short rows. I figure all I want, lacewise, is probably a simple little rib with some eyelets, maybe 4 inches worth. (the less lace I do, the less inches I have to work with twice the number of stitches, the more yarn I save. Smart, eh?) So that leaves me with, what, 9 inches more of work to do on the front?

So now I go and look up short rows. I swear, this will be done, and it will be good. And if it isn't, well... the new Knitty is up, you know.

Side note: PrimaryBrother's hat is doing very well. 4" of 2x2 rib, 5" stockinette, decreases, and done. Then to duplicate-stitch Pacman and his beloved dot, and I'm good to go.

[edit] Damnit, that Tubey from knitty keeps looking better and better. If this doesn't work out, I'm totally making that.

Monday, November 28, 2005

One-Skein Karaoke Wristwarmers Pattern

(This image is WAY darker, but it shows the stitches nicely!)

You need:
- One skein Karaoke
- Size 8 needles
- Two free evenings or one free day

CO 39 stitches

Row 1 [WS]: K1, (P1 K1 P1 K3 P8 K3) twice, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 2 [RS]: S1, (P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 C2R C2L P2 K1) twice, P1 K1 P1 K1
Row 3 (and all other WS rows): S1, (P1 K1 P1 K3 P8 K3) twice, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 4 [RS]: S1, (P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 C2L C2R P2 K1) twice, P1 K1 P1 K1

Repeat rows 3,2,3,4 six more times (7 honeycomb cables total), bind off.

Saturday, November 26, 2005


Well, I ended up just mixing up enough henna for my hands this time, though I did pre-sift (I used Hennaboy's morrocan, very nice, almost no loss of powder) and used honey as my sweetener. I would have liked to let it release a little longer, but I ended up putting it on tuesday night for about 3 hours, unsealed, in chilly weather, and got nice bright pumpkin stains that are still with me.

In the world of knitting, I picked up the barely-started circular shrug tuesday night and knit about an inch, then kept up with it on my many hours of in-the-car time between the homes of various family members. I've now got a delicious runway of about 12" of 2x2 rib, so only 4 more inches to go before I can stick this bitch on the circs and get going with the lace!

After, you know, a few more inches with the ribbing.

But it'd be circular ribbing.

Anyway, as far as the stripey hat goes, I'm getting about 2" of unstretched illusion knitting to each 3" of stretched striped knitting, so it's pretty interesting. The ribbing is 3" deep, so I figure that 4" of unstretched illusion knitting will cover the bottom of her hears just fine, and if she needs to she can pull it down to 6" stretched and fold up the ribbing. So, three more total inches to go, and I can start the decreases. Yay for decreases! Decreases mean I'm in the process of being done!

Monday, November 21, 2005

Henna Itch

I'm getting the Henna Itch again. You know the one. Where you skip class to go home and buy lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, honey and sweet-n-low, plain yogurt, cheap-ass conditioner... even though I know I'm gonna stick with lemon juice, yogurt, artificial sweetener, it's nice to imagine what the orange juice/honey combo would smell like. Mix it up, dump it on your head, aww yeah, let it wait a couple hours or, indulgence, overnight... yeah, that's the good stuff.

Ok, so I'm doing lemon juice and honey this time, mayyyybe with some nutmeg but probably without. Honeeeeeeeeey! XD


Cast On!

Last on last night for the Circular Shrug. My 16" shoulder is 88 stitches, and, damnit... I knit three inches of it already... and forgot to do the damn 2 titches of selvage! Aaaurgh! And it's not like I can do the other 25 inches like that without it driving me crazy, you know? Blast and damnation.

Come on, Jesus. We out.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Spiffy Idea #247

Ok, so since I figure I've had at least 246 spiffy ideas in my lifetime (figures to about 10.7 a year on average, so if I have one a month I'm still ahead of the game), I'm going to start at 247 for this one, which shall be duly recorded.

I am making a hat for A. (hitherto to be referred to as 'A.-of-the-stripey-hat') It's wool, either sport or DK weight, that's self-striping in blue and pink. Very cute, but all she wanted was a simple pattern, ribbing for a few inches, stockinette for a few more, decreases and be done with it. I've just finished the end of the ribbing section (3" ribbing, 7-ish" stockinette, then decrease, and it should be able to cover the bottom of her ears with the ribbing folded up), and something occurred to me. At any given point, this hat is striped blue and pink in some combination. Illusion knitting works by fucking up stripes. What reason would there be to NOT purl one of these colors, and make a self-striping illusion knit hat?

Update: A. has agreed to let me play with her hat, and attempt to illusion knit it. Whee!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Stuff to Recall

So, I came home tonight from a friend's, with a very nice bottle of Pomegranite wine :) I haven't tried it yet, but I'd like to have it with a nice dinner with said friend, who's Vegan. Ergo, possible foods listings:

The Joey Stuff
Three With Parsley

Also, due to wacked-out financial stuff, I've now got more motivation than ever to stick to free pattens and stashbuster projects :P I think I can make something similar to the White Lies pretty jacket thingy by modifying a pattern for a circular shrug - that'd be something fairly mindless to make (functionally, it's a big rectangle that you sew up) that'd end up nice. Also, I think shrugs/boobholders are starting to grow on me, and while I'm not sure I like that, this one is significantly cuter than normal. Also, if I make it out of recycled wool that I've got, the whole thing will have cost me a quarter, and if I make it ouf of my Baby Silk, then it'll look real nice and dressy - real swanky-like. I figure I'll need some dressy clothes anyway, eventually, and it might as well be something nice that I can say, "Oh, this old thing? I knit that up ages ago."

Because as we all know, I am a praise-based organism. Screw you, Carbon.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Circular Shrug/Jacket

Ok, so the recycled yarn looks like poo, so it's out. That means I have 22 balls of oxblood Baby Silk from Elann to turn into something that will sear the eyes with sheer beauty. (this is, incidentally, the largest stash of really nice yarn I've ever had, so I've been trying to find something worthy of it for months now)

Measurements a la Persian Pen Name:

shoulders: 16"

roomy armscye: 19"

armpit-to-mid-bust: 9"

Yeah, this is gonna be a long-ass piece of 2x2 ribbing to do, 28 inches in total.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

All About the Mandelbrot

So, knitting involves math, and I don't think anyone is going to dispute that. Math and knitting have the same kind of intimate relationship as yarn and knitting have - if it's not there, there's no knitting. After seeing this Super-awesome knit projective plane, I've caught the mathknitting bug, and I'd like to try my hand at some other shapes. I think a cross-cap cap would be neat, and one day I might even get an understanding of how fractals are imaged, andbe able to make cool things like fractal quilts or whateverthefuck these are.

Also, fractals? Fucking cool.
Case in point.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Giant Fuckoff Coat

So, it's finally starting to get cold here in texas - here, at the ass-end of october, we are finally starting to experience some pseudo-fall weather. Since the freezing months will soon be upon us, I have decided that my 10 year old, beat-up, torn-up, much-loved jacket is ready to be retired. Ergo, I'll be needing some new form of jacketry, and I've thought I might like to knit that.

My jacket will need:
- Warmth (at least 50% wool)
- To cut the wind (nice tight gague)
- To come down to the knees
- Sleeves to the ends of my fingers
- Giant fuckoff pockets
- Big neck protection
- Something interesting to knit, so that I love it
- Be fast to make

This pattern from knitty can serve as a jumping-off point, I think. Only mine will be less lumpy frumpy and more sleek hotness. Sketches forthcoming.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The Joy of Hats

I have made, these past two weekends, two very fine, very warm hats. One is in basic undyed Wool of theAndes, and while intended for PrimaryBrother, it has been promptly claimed by Sweetie. The other is two strands, one a grey 50/50 wool/angora blend, the other a white 50/40 nylon/angora with 10% wool, giving me overall a 30% wool, 45% angora, 25% nylon hat, in heathered white and grey. It is both floofy and warm, and will do wonderfully for LittlerBrother. Now I've just got to make something for Mom, Dad, PrimaryBrother, and Aunt, and I'm good to go :)

Friday, October 21, 2005

Ghawazee Knitting

So, I saw this very excellent painting of egyptian Ghawazee dancers, and now of course I want to make their outfits for RenFest next year. What's really interesting is how much of this might actually be knittable! In particular, the woman's hat on the right:

I'm thinking I'll use my Baby Silk, in Oxblood and Mocha, to make this hat. If I doubleknit it, not only will it be reversible, I won't have to worry about all sorts of strands hanging around all everywhere. Yay, I get to learn a new technique!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Botchulism Tacos at Ramadan

So, today was my birthday :) Sweetie and I cooked a large birthday meal, consisting of grilled salmon in a pomegranite marinade, steamed asparagus in a butter sauce, and, of course, Botchulism tacos.

I like to call them that, regardless of the fact that they have no meat products, and are not in any way tacos. They're more like biscuits. You get two whole avocados ($4), 3 cups of shredded cheddar/monterey jack with jalepenos cheese ($3.5), a box of bisquick ($2) that you only use about half to 3/4 of, and a can of diced tomatos with the mild green pepers in them ($1). Mash up the avocado real good, mix it all together, and bake for 15-20 minutes at 325 - they'll poof up and settle back down during cooking. A batch this size makes about a million (or 3 dozen, in our case). They are delicious. I will eat a pound of them for lunch tomorrow. Total cost: $10.50

Speaking of lunch, I also found out today that PrimaryBrother is keeping Ramadan this year! I'm really proud of him; dad's been doing it for about 3 years now, and I'm glad he's doing it too. Next year I should really think about joining them with that, I only eat once a day anyway and it's not too hard to push that back an hour for the sunset.

In other news, K-the-knitter got me two skeins of green Kathmandu for my birthday, J-the-roomie got me the Serenity soundtrack, and Sweetie, heart of my heart, got me firefly and unleashed :) I luff him. I'll make him some bo'tacs to take to work tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

The "Opinionated" Knitter

I hate ponchos. A poncho by any other name, be it "capelet" or "wrap" is still a butt fugly waste of yarn. There is no outfit I have seen where I go, you know what would really complete this look? A poncho! Also, I don't like shrugs. You know, those little sleeve-things that are connected in the back? Or maybe they come down to the boobular area? Seriously, if you're going to make a sweater, just make the freaking sweater, don't half-ass it like that. Shrugs were invented when someone ran out of yarn and decided to run with it. There is no shrug I have seen that would not look better as a complete sweater. If I wanted pointless clothing, I'd watch more anime.

Friday, October 14, 2005

My Town Is Run By Fucktards

So, I knew in theory that College Station is like what you'd get if the Dukes of hazzard played NationStates - a place run by close-minded WASP males who enjoy a good game of Beat the Minority every once in a while - but this week's events just drove that image home once again. See, our Mayor Silvia said that witchcraft is not a religion, and he refuses to apologize after a few of us Aggie Pagans came by and gave him a little bit of information - such as the fact that we have a 501C3-status wiccan church in our area, that the military/government accepts wicca as a religion, that while the majority might agree with him, hey, isn't givernment supposed to be protecting the minority too? So, yes. Our mayor is a dick. This whole thing, to quote punkrockknitter, is recockulous.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Mariah Status

So, I had to frog about 4" out of my Mariah sleeve, but I've almost made it up again. I'm almost done with the second set of rows 13-52, and I still kinda wish I'd done this thing all wool. I'm not sure if I want to do it as a ardigan or a pullover, but K.-the-Knitter suggested the other day that I could do both - a pullover with a zipper halfway down the front, and a kangaroo pocket in which to hold future knitting projects. That would be a nice middle ground, I think, to the breastly rat pocket idea, but of course I'm not going to make a decision until I've already cast on and worked a few feet of it in the way I'll ultimitely decide is the wrong one.

Oh, and I cast on for a mobeus scarf made of Paton's Upcountry. It should be interesting, and keep me warm. I'm doing it in moss stitch on my 42" circs, size 13.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Library Enrichment

Whohoo! I found Elizabeth Zimmermen's Knitting Without Tears today at halfprice books for $5! This brings the Official Library up to 4 books:

Knitting Without Tears, by Elizabeth Zimmerman
The Knitting Directory, by Alison Jenkins
The New Knitting Stitch Library, by Lesley Stanfield
The Readers Digest Knitting Handbook

Plus my own book for recording things :) Also, did another pattern repeat on Aunt Debi's Branching Out scarf, one repeat is 2 inches so I figure 18 more repeats will do me.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Christmas Planning

Ideas for Christmas Projects

Hat for TwinSister (to go with birthday scarf?)
Some kinda punkish scarf and/or guitar strap for PrimaryBrother (knitty?)
Plush squid for LittlerBrother (muahaha, cephalopods of doooooom!)
Scarf for Mom
Socks for Dad (worsted weight)
Scarf for Aunt (branching out from knitty)
Scarf for Uncle (chunky garter)
Scarves for Sweetie's mom and sister (need something classy and practical)
Scarves for S.-in-Dallas, T.-in-Dallas, L.-in-Galvy (same patt as TwinSister's birthday scarf)
Silly hat for Sweetie's dad

Ideas that can wait 'till after christmas

Sweater for Sweetie (no time limit)
Baby clothes for PregnantFriend (this can wait at least 6 months)

Monday, October 03, 2005

Fell Off The Wagon

I fell off the wagon today.

I ordered a lot of angora/wool yarn off ebay. I know I should regret this... I certainly don't need more yarn. But all I keep thinking is, oh, angora. I've never knit angora before. But then, since what I got is a blend, it makes me want to get more, 100% angora yarn, to see how it's different.

I also looked up pricing on cashmere yarns, but that was a good thing. It inspired me to finish recycling that lovely green monstrosity I got at the thrift store. I need to learn to spin, so I can make this cobweb cashmere less prone to breaking. And so I can do something usefull with all the floof my cat leaves on my black shirts - I'm having fun imagining giving a cat-yarn scarf to mom's boyfriend for christmas, and watching his eyes swell shut. That would be awesome.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Ain't It Fun

Yeah, so I'm not feeling too well today. Some stuff has come up, other shit has thrown down, and somehow I've regained my clarity of thought. I don't know why I put up with this shit, but there's a test tomorrow for a class that I'm already taking for the second time, and damned if I'm going to fuck this up again. I'm getting my grades up this semester, I'm getting my classes over with, and I'm getting the fuck out of here. That's the only important thing I have to worry about right now, and I will not fuck it up.

In other news, my Mariah-on-circs is coming along well. I've been working on it since friday, and I've got almost a foot done on the first sleeve. For some reason, I think the two sleeves are going to take me longer do than the stockinette body. I'm tempted to put in a between-the-boobs pocket for carrying rats around, but we don't have any rats yet. I can't wait to get my boys next summer.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Stash Overview #1

This is my stash, as it stands right at the moment.

22 Skeins Elann's Baby Silk, "DK" (actually fingering) weight, oxblood, lot #68
10 Skeins Lion Brand Wool-Ease, worsted weight, ivory, lot # 28286
8 Skeins Elann's Baby Silk, fingering weight, mocha, lot # 61
8 Skeins Southwest Trading Company Beyond Bold, green (not mine, holding for charity craft night)
7 Skeins Target $1 Fun Fur, grey
7 Skeins Target $1 Fun Fur, purple
7 Skeins Target $1 Fun Fur, var. (pidgeon colors)
5 Skeins Target $1 Boucle, oatmeal
5 Skeins Target $1 Boucle, earthtones
4 SkeinsCaron Bliss, plum, lot# 16018
3 Skeins Target $1 Novelty, purple (that kind with the squares on it?)
2 Skeins Elann's Baby Silk, fingering weight, peridot
2 Skeins Elann's Baby Silk, fingering weight, moroccan olive
2 Skeins Elann's Baby Silk, fingering weight, salmon
2 Skeins Elann's Baby Silk, fingering weight, seashell pink
2 Skeins Recycled Cashmere, laceweight, fucia (to be overdyed)
2 Skeis Kitchen Cotton, var. green
2 Skein Southwest Trading Company Beyond Bold, knobbly brown
1 Skein Peace Fleece, Lavender
1 Skein Peace Fleece, Russet
1 Skein Kitchen Cotton, var. blue
1 Skein Knitpicks' Merino Shadow, Vinyard
1 Skein Knitpicks' Merino Style, Nutmeg
1 Skein Knitpicks' Merino Style, Cinnamon
1 Skein Knitpicks' Merino Style, Butternut
1 Skein Knitpicks' Wool of the Andes, Worsted, Natural
1 Skein Knitpicks' Alpaca Cloud, Autumn
1 Skein Knitpicks' Paint Your Own, Laceweight, Natural (hanks cut and dyed assorted colors)
1 Skein Random Blue Acrylic Yarn?
1 Skein Random Lt. Blue Acrylic Yarn (that kind with the aloe in it)
1 Skein Randon Med. Blue Acrylic Yarn (also with aloe)
1 Skein Lion Brand Wool-Ease, worsted, white
1 Skein Paton's Upcountry, tan
1 Skein Opal, Fingering weight, var. blue (half-made sock attatched)
1 Skein Silky Wool, Indigo
1 SkeinSilky Wool, muted brown-taupe?
1 Skein Bernat Sock Yarn, grey
1 Skein Wool of the Andes, natural, dyed with natural indigo
1 Skein Southwest Trading Company Beyond Bold, knobbly green
1 Skein Bernat Denim Style, green and white
1 Skein Some Kinda red, flat yarn, with colorful bits in it.

Total Skeins: 123, plus assorted recycled cashmere and wool yarns (mostly laceweight) that I haven't gotten around to skeining, but it's got to be a couple pounds because those sweaters were fucking heavy.

Yarn Diet Goal: Knit down to 50 Skeins

Caveat: I've been planning the Dreaded Boyfriend Sweater for over two months, so getting yarn for that particular project doesn't count as falling off the wagon. Anything I get with it, will.

Projects Overview #1

Past Projects:

1. Cotton Beanie, gifted to Gamer-K. Was supposed to be a cabbie-style hat, and somehow ended up with a beanie, but she loved it anyway. Ran out of yarn, could not complete brim. Thank god beanies don't need them. Cost: $10, Yarn: Cotton Twist from LYS. Any leftovers? Not a yard.

2. TwinSister's Scarf, awaiting birthday. Alternated 4 rows of garter, 1 row of that garter where you make it really long by wrapping the yarn around a few times. Whatever it's called. Anyway, it's the style she likes, and it's finished, so all is well. Cost: $5, Yarn: Silky Wool from LYS. Any leftovers? I could make another scarf of the same type out of the ball. Maybe an extra-long one.Update: Decided it was too short, added on another few repeats, may use thw whole skein and have it be super-long.

3. Dishcloths. Cotton. Cheap. Boring. Totally don't count as projects, but I've been donating them to Katrina victims via the LYS, so I'm putting them on here anyway.

Current Projects:

1. Mariah from Knitty, on size 7 circs, with 10 skeins of worsted-weight Wool-ease in Ivory. It's 80% acrylic/20% Wool, which is really bothering my Yarn Snob instincts, but by gad it defines the stitches well, doesn't split, and has been heavenly to work with so far. Also, if I hate it when it's done, I can give it to my sister for christmas. So there. Also, I'm officially Fucking Up The Pattern to get it ALL done on circs, because I hate seaming. Amount done: Less than 1 sleeve.

2. Knit for the Cure Scarf, pink Luscious and crochet cotton, double stranded, with some shimmery-type acrylic alternated with the Luscious to create the contrast. I can't really can't describe it here, but there will be pictures forthcoming. Amount done: 3/15 4" Squares.

Future Projects:

1. The Dreaded Boyfriend Sweater, to be knit out of KnitPicks Merino wool, in Cinnamon. He just wants plain stockingette, round neck with 2/2 ribbing, with two stripes of undyed Wool of the Andes across the chest approx. 1" apart. Thank god for a boyfriend who knows what he wants.... and while I know it's mindless knitting, at least he'll wear it this way.

In the Beginning

In the Beginning, there was Knitting. And it was good. It was so good, that Knitting begat the Stash, and the Stash was good. Then the Stash overgrew its bounds, and became the Hoard, which was definitely Not Good. Thus, the Blog was born, to give documentation to the Hoard, and whittle it away until it becomes the Stash once more. And lo, it was so. And it was good.