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Yarn Destash Sale!

December 12, 2010

Help me pay for the GREs! I’m destashing yarn. All come from a smoke-free environment and a closed space with no cat or dog contact, though there’s one of each in the house. I can accept paypal. Shipping additional. Post a comment with your email and we can work out the details!

This is Colinette Jitterbug. 100% merino sock yarn. 110g of squishy hand dyed awesome.

There are two skeins of “Jay 85” (same dye lot) and one of “Marble 88” $18 each or all three for $50 (retail is $25)

Cascade Cloud 9. 50% Angora, 50% merino. 50g/ 109y.

The color is 113 and is a touch more violet than that picture. I have 12 skeins and would like $60 (retail $7)

FibraNatura Baby Merino. 100% superwash wool. 50g/ 190 yards.

4 skeins in “Nicholas” for $10. (retail $8 each)

Lamb’s Pride Bulky. 85% wool, 15% mohair. 113g/ 125y.

Red Baron, 2 skeins for $10

Valley Yarns Northampton. 100% wool. 100g/ 247y.

Three skeins. $10


Are you as crazy as I am?

November 7, 2010

I’ve been awash in a sea of lung butter. I had no idea that my 27 year old ass could get pneumonia. Surprise!

I’m trying not to think about the loss of 1/4 of my month’s income from this week off. Instead, in the days that it’s been possible for me to focus on anything more complex than the Kardashians (and believe me I did plenty of that) I’ve been accomplishing crafty things.

First finished was a quilt for a fundraiser:

It’s made of donated activist shirts from years of struggle. The method I used was simple:

I had 16″ wide lightweight fusible interfacing. 14″ seemed to be a design width that neither exceeded the smallest shirt dimensions nor cropped the largest designs.

I roughly cut the silkscreens out, ironed them to the interfacing, and trimmed with a ruler. Alternating orientation and color I sewed them together, aiming for 4 strips of equal length. A few strips got an extra few inches and a few got trimmed and then sewn together. That’s the quilt top.

There is no batting. The backing is a heavy denim (tee shirt and jeans, get it?) and the two layers sandwiched seemed like a nice weight and drape. There was a moment of horror when my once-huge denim came out of the wash too small. I trimmed and things went on their way.

The quilt is tied with red yarn. Dale of Norway Baby Ull, to be exact, left over from a pair of fingerless cycling gloves made years ago.

When I can breathe like a normal person I’ll be stenciling something on the back in spray paint. Still deciding on what.

Next up was finishing work for a sweater for my mother:

It still needs a good blocking and some ribbon facing on the neckband. Full disclosure, the knitting had been done and the pieces sitting for several months.

It’s Lillian by Lucy Sweetland. Well written pattern that I highly recommend.

I also blocked the Ishbel made with the yarn that was the first ever gift from my darling.

And I finally started the tea cozy that my father has been asking me for since I can remember. (He got a Dale of Norway Olympic Ski Sweater last year in 6’5″ man size. He hasn’t been neglected.)

Improv kinda-logcabin squares that aimed for 6″x5″ dimensions. I used lots of my bird fabrics and several from the generations of fabric stash. I think these will get poly batting, terry cloth, and a backing fabric. I think I’ll tie the layers together.

Do you share my madness? I’m not done here. I’m just whittling away the Giftmas list and the WIPs. My boyfriend’s sister and parents each need something and my best friend’s quilt is still in pieces. I saw this coaster this morning:

and I think I know what I’m giving someone. Linky!

It’s even raining today. Save our dog’s first obedience class, there’s nothing but fabric scraps and cough syrup until tuesday.

Making things easier for you.

October 22, 2010

I finally got my Width socks pattern formatted to my liking in pdf form. I hope this makes it easier for knitters to use this resource. I’ve made a few minor changes to readability. I hope this makes knitting easier.


I’d love to see your socks on Ravelry!

Hats Off.

September 21, 2010

My brief flirtation with making movies taught me that I do not have the kind of insanity I’d need for stop motion animation. I adore it, though.

Off the needles.

April 21, 2010

Oh, yeah, that’s my cornball dad.

Here it is.

April 10, 2010


Dale of Norway releases a ski sweater for the nation’s team at every Winter Olympics. I picked the sweater from the Nagano games because I liked the look the best and something possessed me to make a sweater that would hurt.

Almost two years later, here I am crossing the finish line.

The yarn is from a kit I found online. I’ve since forgotten the site or price but the yarn is Dale of Norway’s Falk and I liked it well enough. It’s a superwash wool and had the texture of one. I’m in love with this project ending, though, and the yarn was a good workhorse.

My father’s ape arms required 2 inches added to the sleeves after all was finished. I had to do this heartstopper of a move:

It was stuck in Donner pass over the winter with the rest of my stash.

All is well now. It will be boxed up and mailed to Maine on Monday. Heavily insured.

I’ll indulge myself a few more shots.

On humility.

February 11, 2010

Sweater surgery is underway. I attempted to block the sleeves to the proper length. That aggressive blocking changed the fabric. I’m expecting to be able to fix that with another blocking. Notice the ridge where the two new inches join the old.

I just have to keep glancing at the Nagano to remind myself why the irritation is worth it.

This was never meant to be a vest.

To add the length after having done all the finishing, snip a leg of a stitch and work the cut round out of the rounds above and below it, catching all the stitches onto two circular needles. Once they’re free of each other, work the length necessary and then graft them back together.

In other news, here’s a sweater that worked out!

Norah Gaughan’s Kingscot from Twist Collective. Fun.

Width Socks

February 6, 2010

I have very large feet. They’re wide. I don’t do a lot of sock knitting as a result. When I make socks I go toe up with a recipe that I’ve memorized. These are a variable width sock. The motif needs no alteration in order to expand or contract the circumference. There’s no math to work out to fit the width to your foot. I provided the motif in both chart and written form. Enjoy.

New pfd!

Yarn: 100 g Reynolds Soft Sea Wool

Needles: 5 US1 dpn, or size necessary to obtain gauge

Gauge: 8sts/1” unblocked

Toe: Using figure-8 cast on CO 16 sts onto two dpns.

Round 1: Work across first needle, divide evenly between two needles, work across second needle.

Round 2: (K1, yo, k 6, yo, k1) twice

Round 3: K all stitches, working YOs through back loop (TBL) to avoid making a hole.

Round 4 and all even rounds: (k1, yo, work to one st before end, yo, k1)

Work round four until the toe fits over 1/2 of toe area of the foot. Alternate increase rounds with round 3 until the toe fits snugly over 4/5ths of the toe area. It’s best to have a bit of negative ease.

Foot: Work across two smaller needles. Center lace chart on larger needle (instep) by subtracting 16 from the total number of stitches, working half of those, working the first row of the lace chart, and working to the end.

Work until sock measures about 2” less than foot, ending after a row 1 of the lace pattern

Shortrow heel: I work the heel using CosmicPluto’s genius method. I debated writing it out but nothing I could explain could match her clarity.

Leg: Center a lace motif over the heel as previous. Work until leg measures length desired, or until you’re nearly out of yarn. Switch to working all sts in rib. I worked p2, k2tbl rib. Use a very stretchy bind off.

\ 0 | | | | | | | | | | 0 / 12
\ 0 | | | | | | | | 0 / 10
\ 0 | | | | | | 0 / 8
\ | 0 | | | | 0 | / 6
\ | | 0 0 | | / 4
| | | | k/p | | | | 3
\ | | | 0 | | | / 2
| | 1

| knit

– Purl

/ K2tog

\ Ssk

0 Yo

k/p knit and purl into the yarn over

Written lace instructions:

1: k1, p 14, k1

2: k3, k2tog, k3, yo, k3, ssk, 3

3: p3, k4, k1 p1 into yo, k 4, p3

4: p3, k2tog, k2, yo, k2, yo, k2, ssk, p3

Odd rows 5 – 11: k k sts and yo’s, p p sts

6: p3, k2tog, k 1, yo, k4, yo, k1, ssk, p3

8: p3, k2tog, yo, k6, yo, ssk, p3

10: p2, k2tog, yo, k8, yo, ssk, p2

12: p1, k2tog, yo, k10, yo, ssk, p1

Don’t ask me why

January 25, 2010

Once in a while I’ll get a real hair across my ass to knit something so complicated it might be dangerous to my health. Enter the Nagano:

Notice how I didn’t just show a shot of a completed Norwegian ski sweater modeled by my dad? Yeah, funny that. I was up two nights before Christmas, madly steeking and attaching sleeves, then tacking down selvages over the rough edges and weaving ends. There were a few nail-biter moments with that and I had to pull out some things but no big deal. It got wrapped. It went under the tree.

The sleeves were Two Inches Too Short. I said, “No problem, this is superwash!” and dashed to the bathroom sink to submerge the sleeves in hot water and pin them to size. Somehow that didn’t work. The damned things were still two inches shy and guess who only brought what seemed necessary for the finishing to Maine?

It fit just as easily into my checked bag on my flight home and now it sits mocking me from its favorite spot in my WIP bin.

That hair? That hair across my buttcheeks that I mentioned earlier? The one that won’t go away until I shower take on a project that makes my best knitting buddy toss his head back and cackle about my insanity? Turns out that picking apart my effing Nagano doesn’t make it go away. I’m doomed to screw up colorwork. Just as a cruel trick, it’s not the technical aspects of the skill that poop on my parade. No. It’s the basics of sweater construction and fit.

Ten Stitch

January 24, 2010

I am a scratchy yarn person and a color person. Can anyone say Noro?

The wonderful part of this project is that I’m buying my expensive yarn slowly. One skein every time I need one and a lazy pace on the project. It’s a good one to have in my hands while drinking at the kitchen table with comrades.

I have a goal that might be a little nuts. I want our living room to have only handmade blankets and pillow cases. The house gets chilly at night, like any place lacking heat or insulation in 60 degree weather. Snuggling under something I made with my hands is so nice. Spilling dinner on it, less so. The Red Heart granny square afghan works fine for that, though.