Done and Not Done

Done – the plastic bag project (photos revealed tomorrow)

Not Done – Ellette’s Halloween costume (needed tonight)

Done – the Stitch Diva sweater (must block)

Not Done – Ellette’s second sock (but started!)

Done – the hat for Kiona

Not Done – the laundry

Done – picking out holiday knits

Not Done – grocery shopping

Done – my work week

Not Done – my housework week

Done – the prefelting of Ellette’s slippers

Not Done – the finer felting and shaping of Ellette’s slippers

Coming up – another design, a reknit of the Keyhole Cowl (with pattern available soon after), holiday gifts added to my Etsy shop, and an actual Saturday off.

Zombies Ate My Brains


To prepare yourself for the impending Zombie Apocalypse (i.e. Halloween), I offer you the perfect disguise:

The “Zombies Ate My Brains” Beanie!  Pattern is available for free here until November 1st.

Horse of a Different Color

Thursday night, Ellette and I went to the bookstore to meet the Yarn Harlot and have a book signed, and boy, did we have a fantastic time.  The whole room was laughing, some to the point of crying and I think I may have heard one woman hyperventilating in the corner.

I bought Ellette a Fancy Nancy book (or rather, she spent most of her allowance on it and I pitched in the rest after the promise of good behavior).  Ellette is always excited to be included in things, even if they have the potential to be boring to a 6 year old.   She did find some things amusing, however, and was really happy to be the one to hand the book to Stephanie for the signing.

I took with me my new work in progress that I started before leaving.  I have named it the Keyhole Cowl and finished it yesterday afternoon.


The sample was made out of Blue Sky Alpaca Organically Grown Cotton and I used most of a single skein.  It’s a weird mustardy color however, and I can’t for the life of me remember why I bought it.  I figured, a yarn that I don’t really care for will do just fine for a sample knit.  And, while several people have admired the design and even the color, no one will take it off my hands.  I am going to make another (or two or three) because it is such an awesome little thing and I need to double check my pattern.  When that is complete, it will be available to you!

In the meantime, I really need to work to work on this project with the plastic bags.

On The Table

Last night, in a fit of indecisiveness that overwhelmed me, I decided to be completely obvious with myself and my tasks by laying out all of the kips and holiday projects on the table, literally.

Realizing that part of the reason I felt unmotivated was the sudden cold and rainy days, I looked at the thermostat and saw that I had it set at 62* Farenheit.  We live in an 1890s apartment with 8 foot windows and an rickety heating system.  All of the hot air that was being pushed through the vents was being sucked out of our not quite right fitting windows, so I’m pretty sure it was colder than I was reading.  I turned up the heat, with a firm mind to put plastic over the windows in the next week or so, then cranked up the radio and sat down to examine what lay before me.

First up, Ellette’s future slippers from French Press.  These were such a fast knit!  I reversed the shaping really easy (even though I read that this is where a lot of people were having difficulty.  I just figured each k2tog could be swapped to the other side and become a ssk – voila!)  After watching Melynda’s videos for seaming, the slippers now look like this:

Pre felting. I modified the pattern so that after they go through the wash they will be about a child’s size 1.  I’m waiting to felt until Laundry Day – which should have been two days ago really, but it’s been cold and rainy and I have to go outside to get into the laundry unit.  I can wait.

Up next, the Simple Knitted Bodice from StitchDiva.  It looks almost done, doesn’t it?  It would be – I was hoping it was.  However, do you see that neckline?  See how wonky that is?  I doubt that would come out in blocking.  I originally cast off with larger needles, because my cast-offs tend to be really tight.  It was wonky, so I ripped it out and tried again with the smaller needles.  Still wonky.  I think I had picked up too many stitches per inch and need to rip back the whole darn neckline and start over.  I didn’t work on it.  It’s in time out.

This is my Halloween costume.  Er, it will be.  It needs to be by the 27th, at least.  (Please refrain from pointing out how close that is).  I’m going to keep it secret for the time being, but will be uploading a tutorial or two following it’s completion.  I did start working on it last night, and will continue this evening for a bit.

This is the pawn for the chess board.  I am glad I wrote up the pattern prior to casting on because I ended up making some changes as I went, which means that this pattern is almost perfect.  Luckily, there are 16 (I think?) pawns in a game, so I will have plenty of opportunity to double check.  I did not work on it any further last night, although I am itching to work on more of the pieces.  I’m very excited.

This has to become a hat I forgot I promised to make for someone.  She brought me the yarn yesterday and let me borrow the sample hat.  At least it’s really simple and I get to work with yummy Noro.  I wound it last night, but didn’t go further with it.

This is part one of Ellette’s costume, which turned into this two hours later:

We have every hope of finishing the costume this weekend – luckily that just requires acquiring a green hoodie.

This is the start of my holiday knitting – I keep looking at it know I should start something, but can’t bring myself to put aside my current projects.

I also have the second sock for Ellette to make, but I am happy to show you the first one is completed.  Maybe I will cast on tonight before heading to Skokie to see the Yarn Harlot.  We are looking forward to it.


I definitely felt like having all of the projects sitting there staring at me was helpful for my sense of motivation.  I’m sure if I hadn’t had class last night I would have more done.  Chastise me if I cast on anything new.  But ignore the fact that I am working on something that I haven’t shown you because I just cast on.

I’m going to cut up plastic bags…

Well Met and Sorely Parted

Sunday marked the *cougcoughcough* birthday of my grandfather and we all gathered round to wish him well.  I scrambled to finish my gift to him, finishing blocking Saturday night and weaving in ends Sunday morning before loading into the car.  (I don’t know why I prefer to block and then weave in ends – it gets me into so much trouble, but I just like doing it that way).

I did run out of yarn before the end, and Thursday at Knit Night I took drastic measures.  I unpicked the cast off edge on the other end.  I unraveled about three quarters of the pattern repeat, slipped those live stitches onto a needle, and work the rest of my end until I reached the same part of the repeat.  I judged how much yarn I had left over, and purled two rows and cast off on each side, with the strand of yarn still connected to both.  I was knitting one side while unraveling the other and I found it kind of amusing.  It reminded me of this cartoon.

In any case, I wrapped it before leaving and it was well received.

Now that that project is finished and the Doctor Who scarf has been handed off, I am looking at what else I have going and realizing that I keep forgetting about projects because I have so many on the needles.

I am working (and almost finished with) the Simple Knitted Bodice by Stitch Diva.  I also have the second sock of Ellette’s to complete.  Before you point fingers, no, I did not suffer Second Sock Syndrom (SSS).  I lost the book and couldn’t find it until yesterday.  Unfortunately, the metal DPNs I was using for it were transfered instead to the pawn for the chess board that has been stuck in my head for a few months now.  I am excited to actually have it started and hope to complete it by Thanksgiving next month.  I also have Ellette’s Gir hat to complete before Halloween (one ear, the tongue, and some embroidery to go!).  I also promised my neighbor a completed Aviator Cap for her daughter’s Amelia Earhart costume.  I figured it would push me to complete the pattern and work out the kinks (I foresee at least one frogging before I find the right set of increase/decrease).

Then, I downloaded the Felted Slipper pattern by French Press Knits because we have hardwood floors and the nights are starting to get awfully chilly.  I have also been obsessed with mittens.  I think as the days get colder I”m going to start doing my equivalent of a Ravelry Roundup to show you all of the amazing patterns I’m looking at.

There are also two more patterns that I am writing and charting and hope to test knit and upload sooooon.  Like, by December 1st at the latest so you all have time before the holidays.

Which reminds me that I actually want to do holiday knitting and Odin bought a bag of yarn for me to make gifts for his family.

I’m hanging in there, just need to remind myself that I need to stay focused.  I do not need to buy more yarn!

Danger! Danger, Knit Robinson!

I have allotted time to this scarf I have to make by Sunday.  Complete one pattern repeat each day leaves 12 hours for a light blocking to make the cable pop.

I have been terribly hopeless in the face on new knits.  This sweater is irresistible.  And I have just downloaded this slipper pattern to comfort my chilly feet. (That’s the Ravelry Link – this is her blog)

All the while knowing that I have neglected the cabling that needs to be done for this scarf.

Oh, if only I had worked on this scarf more, I would have noticed my error sooner.

A scarf does not need to fit specific dimensions.  A scarf looks good on anyone, of any size, of any gender (although, I doubt most men would want a hot pink lacy scarf for the winter).  Therefore, in my mind, gauge does not matter.

But it does!  Gauge does matter if for no other purpose than yarn purchasing!  For instance, the Seaman’s Knot scarf I am working on calls for 200 grams of worsted weight.  I happened to have 200 grams of worsted weight.  So, I grabbed a circular that I thought looked right and cast on.  Now, I realized I have this much yarn:

To work this much of the scarf:

I have lined them up so they are a mirror of each other.  I have about 3 pattern repeats to go.  I doubt I am going to make it.  The scarf is pretty long already, so I am going to do the best doctoring I can.  But boy, do I feel silly.


My Escape

We ditched Chicago for the weekend in exchange for wide open spaces and delicious autumn fruits.  It was one of the best weekends I’ve had in a while.


Last night, Odin made applesauce.  This afternoon I began apple butter, which is sort of like making applesauce except you let it simmer much much longer.  I haven’t found the energy to make apple pie yet, but the desire is there.  And I want to experiment with muffins, breads, and other fun apple things.

Heaven knows, we got enough apples for it!

Journey’s End

The project:  An Authentic Doctor Who Scarf

Started: September 8, 2011

Completed: Octobr 7, 2011 at approximately 4:25 pm

Finished Measurements: Pre-blocking – 10.5 inches wide by 10 feet long (11 feet 3 inches with fringe).  I did not block, knowing full well that the sheer weight of the fiber will stretch the scarf out over time.

There was a real push in the end to complete the finishing process.  Took several hours to weave in the little ends (which I really really wish I had worked in while I knit) and then add the fringe.  In the end, however, I used far less yarn than I expected.

Yarn: Lamb’s Pride Superwash Worsted in Mysterious Fuschia, Wild Honey, Oats ‘n Cream, Red Baron, Cactus, and Charcoal Heather.  When the last color – Pecan Toffee, turned out to be back-ordered, I instead subbed Cascade 220 Superwash Worsted (I can’t find the ball band, sorry)

Invaluable Reource:

I am totally in love, and I hope the recipient is too.  I will send you photos of his complete costume.  He owes me one.

Part of me wants to make a second one.  I may not have escaped with my sanity intact….


Things I May (Or May Not) Have Done

  • I may (or may not) have made peach cobbler.
  • It may (or may not) be delicious.  (No, seriously.  I haven’t had a bite of it yet)
  • I may (or may not) have finished the Doctor Who scarf.
  • I may (or may not) have finished the Seaman’s scarf.
  • I may (or may not) have let myself be distracted by a fancy little sweater that may (or may not) be made with the most squishable chocolate wool available.
  • I may (or may not) have had to rip it back. Twice.
  • I may (or may not) go to Knit Night tonight.
  • I may (or may not) make my family dinner before I leave.
  • I may (or may not) take the above two projects with me that are on a serious timeline.  (One more week.  I can do it in 1 week, right?)
  • I may (or may not) instead spend the evening making an orange poncho for a paper mache ghost that will hang in the shop window over the Halloween season.
  • I may (or may not) have promised my daughter a knitted Gir hat as part of her Halloween costume.
  • I may (or may not) think I have too many projects on the go and they are messing with my sanity.
  • I may (or may not) have spent the entire day lounging on the couch, knitting a sweater, and watching Doctor Who.  (Watching Doctor Who may have felt like working on the scarf.  And at least I got myself dressed)

Medival Fair in Autumn

We have had a very busy weekend over here.  With Odin out of town, it was me and Ellette finding ways to amuse ourselves.  Saturday, we attended the Stronghold Medieval Fair with a friend and her son, and Sunday – a glorious Sunday – we did absolutely nothing.  I couldn’t bother updating when I had my first true day that I could do absolutely nothing.  I did not have to wake up at a particular time, I did not have any intention on going anywhere, and it was a beautiful autumn day.

But, to tell you about the fair!  See below:



A day when I did not have to work.  I opted out of selling at this show in exchange for a chance to be social and relaxed.  The weather was beautiful, and we were a little surprised at how quickly the day got away from us.  The kids absolutely loved it as well.  The most appealing part for me was that I didn’t have to wear a bodice.  I woke up, decided I was going to dress up, but as my inner pixie instead of regulated costume, and enjoyed adding layers and adornments.

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