Archive for the ‘knitting’ Category

Toe in the Water


After two months of silence, I thought I’d ease into this blogging thing with knitting ~


and showcase my new garden object of affection, a hand-forged iron tree purchased on my way to Washington Island in June.

This unusually cool summer has encouraged more than the usual amount of knitting activity.  In addition to finishing the fair-isle vest pictured above, I also completed the linen stitch wrap I began in February.


This project was a real stash-buster.  Many thanks to the Queen of Linen Stitch for the inspiration.

Gosh, I love that tree.


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And, it’s not the first time.

Desire is a funny thing.  Need a car to get from one side of a Greek island to the other?  No problem.  Just hand over your US driver’s license and sign the Greek contract by that “x.”  Done it.

Want to tour Poland with a group of 75 Norwegian high-schoolers?  Take your seat on the bus and hand your passport over to that officious little Polish man in a big-ass uniform and try to figure out what’s happening in two languages you don’t understand.  Done it.

Shopping for fabric in Provence?  Remember your manners and just keep handing over Euros until the goods are in your hands.  Done it.

See a mightily desired and mostly unavailable Japanese knitting book on a Japanese website?  Well, I think it’s headed my way but I might have just signed over my tax refund to get it.

japaneseStimulating the US-Japanese economy?  Done it.

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Knitting & Blago: Male Model

I have two current obsessions.

This clever vest pattern that I’m rendering in some handspun, indigo-dyed yarn that I found in Washington state last winter
and Blago’s hair


Bet you’re just as surprised as me to find out that Rod and Patti were former models for a famous knitting magazine in the 80’s.


Check out the campaign motto in the background.  “Getting Things Done for People.”  Well, OK.  Rod and Patti are people, too.  Rod looks like he could stand to get out in the sun a bit more often, but thank god Patti has lost the jihadist head wrap.

Oh, for simpler times when it was simply a fashion crime to pose with a tangle of rags on your head and stand next to a guy in a color-block sweater.  They finally got the fashion right, but the criminal element remains.

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Worn Proudly


What are they and how did I earn them?  awarded by Cast On

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Knitting Scout

As an underachieving girl scout, I longed to acquire the prettiest, most colorful merit badges for my uniform sash.  But, actually do the work required to earn one?  Not so much.

Knitting badges are so much easier to earn, and you don’t have to wear a dorky uniform or even play nice with your fellow knitters to get one.



In which the recipient is so passionate, opinionated and entirely convinced of his/her own superior knowledge about all things knitting, that he/she may appear pompous, rude, or self-righteous.  In the event you doubt the awarding of this badge, ask me what I think of “novelty” yarns.



This applies to both actual knitting under the influence, as well as achieving moments of stunning intellectual clarity about ones knitting under the influence. Presumes talking about knitting whilst under the influence a given. Achieved around a campfire somewhere in the Northern Cascade mountain range in August 2002, resulting in an embarrassment of dropped stitches and the stark realization (the next morning) that I was not, despite claims to the contrary, capable of knitting without actually looking at my needles.

knitty publication

knitty publication

The recipient has been published in a print or online knitting magazine.

Yeah, baby.  Check it out.

knitty rejected

knitty rejected

The recipient has had a design or article rejected by a print or online knitting magazine.

More than once.

MacGyver Level One

Mac Gyver Level One

The recipient must demonstrate clever use of a non-knitting tool in a knitting-related scenario. For instance, recipient has used paper clips as stitch markers, or successfully whittled and then utilized bamboo skewers as dpns.

Very proud of this badge.

medical Level One

medical Level One

In which the recipient has been forced to seek the advice of a medical doctor, nurse, or alternative healthcare professional for injuries sustained as a result of knitting.

Tendinitis, right elbow, three months of physical therapy.  More crochet-induced than knitting, but close enough.



A requirement for all Knitting Scouts, the recipient must do his or her bit to present knitting in a positive light, whilst at the same time avoiding all references to “hipness”, grandmothers, and yoga.  ‘Nuff said.

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Politics Aside

Yesterday was the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival.

there were winners

freak sheep

sheep in turtlenecks

OMG lambs!

about-to-be-nude sheep

and a charming companion and would-be spinner

As for purchases?  A strictly “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is in force.

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In the early morning hours of Friday, August 8th, an American woman attempted to board a plane to Newark, New Jersey from the international terminal in Copenhagen, Denmark, carrying a bag of yarn and pointy weapons that she was attempting to disguise as knitting needles.

An alert airlines gate agent was credited with thwarting the attempt to terrorize passengers and flight crew with 8.5 hours of aggressive knitting and purling by convincing the unidentified woman to voluntarily hand over her weapons without a struggle.

Authorities have posted this photo at all international airport terminals throughout Europe as a warning to passengers to stay alert for similar attempts to incite knitting mayhem.

one end of a double-pointed weapon cleverly disguised as a circular size 4 knitting needle

An anonymous source close to this story reports that the woman in question subsequently boarded her Continental Airlines flight without incident and was handed the item pictured below, complete with serrated edge.

Although the woman later threatened to use this item on the bio-hazard passenger who coughed for eight hours into her left ear, no outbreaks of violence were reported.

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