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16 Mar

I was working on my sock today in class. I’m pretty happy with how it was turning out then all of a sudden…


My exact reaction: “WHAT THE WHAT?!”

I’ve had it for all of 8 days and I already broke it. Well, there goes $8 I’ll never get back. I suppose I’ll have to upgrade to aluminum or Knit Picks’ nickel plated circular needles.

The end.


2 months later…

15 Mar

I wore my sweater shortly after my last post. It wasn’t until taking it off that I realized I haven’t blocked or washed it. This reminder came in the form of being covered in red lint for the rest of the day.

I’ve been trying out socks recently. Doing it on dpns was annoying, so I decided to invest in a size 1 circular needle, which is INCREDIBLY hard to find outside of the Internet and little knit shops.

But here’s a fun story:

Ryan and I made a semi-spontaneous trip to Kentucky. While driving down Baxter Ave in Louisville, I spotted a store called The Knit Nook. How could I not check it out? When we got to the door, there was a sign informing customers that they were going out of business and there were discounts on EVERYTHING. I was simultaneously sad and excited; it sucks to see small businesses close because of the economy, but now I could get bamboo needles (my favorite) on the cheap. Size 1 24″ circular needles were $8.25 instead of $10.25. In retrospect, I should have bought two.

I started the sock (yes, singular) yesterday in class and this is what I’ve got so far:

Knit Picks Stroll Sock Yarn in Dusk

And yes, if you’re a Greenville reader, I am in Jo’s Java.

In case you’re wondering, the yarn is Knit Picks Stroll Sock Yarn in Dusk, which I inherited from my sister when I was in California for her wedding.

& that’s all for now,


7 Jan

I did it! Yeah, yeah… it’s been two week, but cut me some slack. I was in California for 5 days & jetlag is a B.

I worked on the gloves quite a bit to and in California. Knitting on a plane? Not so good for me. I kept dropping my needles and thinking that they were lost forever. I found the needles during stops, but after a while I figured it was just time to put it all away. I also worked on the gloves the day before and the day of my sister’s wedding.

“Welig” from Knitting New Mittens & Gloves by Robin Melanson

To be honest, I’m not completely satisfied with them. Perhaps it’s because I haven’t blocked them. I really should block them. Fine. You’ve guilted me into it. I’ll start blocking them tonight.


I noticed something odd…

26 Dec

Take a look at this:

Can you see what’s wrong? Color choice, maybe, but that’s not what’s REALLY wrong. The problem is that none of these items have a matching pair.

This is why we can’t have nice things that come in twos.

I’m working on a pair of gloves (ALL TWO!) right now. I have no excuse for not finishing these gloves; I’m already mostly packed for my sister’s wedding and the apartment is clean. So! Check back in a couple days. Unless I get completely distracted by a Doctor Who novel or Guild Wars: Factions & Eye of the North expansion (thank you, in-laws!) I will finally prove that I’m not that lazy.


Since I made a new hat for nephew, I didn’t know what to do with the old one… other than put it on my own head.

Tah-dah! One baby’s waaayyyy-too-big hat is a Michelle’s awesome slouch hat.


TARDIH: Time And Relative Dimensions In Hat (It’s bigger on the inside)

24 Dec

I tend to be a little conflicted about gifting to people with Mid- to Late December birthdays. Do I give you a gift for your birthday AND Christmas? If I only give you one, will you feel cheated?

My nephew’s birthday is on the 14th. We gave him a Cardinals teddy bear for his birthday, but I felt a little guilty not having a Christmas present for him. So, this morning, I gathered up some blue, black, and white yarn for –wait for it — a TARDIS hat. Brilliant right?

It probably would have been better if I followed a pattern intended for worsted weight yarn, but alas, I never do follow those instructions. It turned out a little big, but I’m going to line it to make it fit… or I may even make a new one.

Regardless, here it is:

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Merry Christmas, everyone!


Um… blog much?

13 May

So I haven’t said much in …hm, let’s see… nearly a month?

I have a few half decent excuses:

  1. Papers
  2. Finals
  3. Pre-wedding shindigs for my friends
  4. Good ol’ Macbook Pro hard drive failed (again)
  5. Guild Wars

Okay, so maybe the last one isn’t even half decent, but I am not ashamed to say that I am a level 15 (almost 16!!) Ranger.


I have been doing a fair amount of yarn crafting. Normally, I’d say knitting, but I have been doing other yarn-y things, like crocheting lil’ amigurumi critters (and a David Tennant Doctor). I’m gonna toot my own horn and say that The Doctor is adorable (crocheted and f0rrealz). I also started on the SNB Big Sack Sweater earlier today. It took 9 episodes of Buffy (actual unit of time) to finish. I’d post pictures, but as I mentioned above, my laptop is out of commission. Then how are you blogging? I’m using a dinosaur of a laptop. The specs? 9.3 lbs, 60GB HDD, 512MB SDRAM, and a battery life of 18 minutes. I’m not at all ungrateful for my back up lappy; it’s just not quite ideal. Despite its prehistoric qualities, she runs Guild Wars pretty well… I suppose they were in the same generation of technology.

Wait… what’s this blog about? Oh yeah — knitting. I started the front panel, but I’m calling it quits for the day. I need a break from all the cotton fibers that have been flying in my face and sticking to my clothes. I was going to open this post with “what knits for hours and is red all over?” To which the answer is me. [insert lulz here]


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California & Stream of Consciousness

16 Apr

In ~14 hours, I’m going to be in Irvine, California. I’ll be staying with my good friend Paige Wesley (the genius behind Paige of Doom). Aside from collecting data for my linguistics class, I plan to hit up a yarn shop. I’ve only been to a couple non-JoAnn/Michaels yarn shops, but I’ve never bought anything. Here in Edwardsville, there’s a pretty sweet shop called Knit One, Weave Too. I went there once and they had EVERYTHING. I think the main reason I never buy anything is because I don’t know what I’m going to do with it.

You may remember that I bought a bunch o’ Comfy Bulky yarn from Knit Picks for a sweater (that I haven’t started yet I plan to after the semester’s over). I’m not sure buying yarn for another project is a good idea, but… YARN.

Now that I think of it, I have a LOT of yarn. Mostly nasty acrylic worsted weight.

BACK TO THE POINT. Any suggestions as to what I should make? Perhaps theBell Curve Skirt from knitty. Or Skating Queen? A cardi like CarolynButtony Sweater? Something for my nephew? So many choices.


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