Sunday, December 10, 2006

"I keep on playing our favorite song, I turn it up while you're gone"




Squee! I'm published in Knitty! Thanks so much for all your comments and emails. All the support warms my cold little heart! Now show me pictures of your Twinkletoes!

(BTW, this is the full pic from which my headshot was cropped. It was taken at the CIA in North Hollywood where I opened for a friend's band by doing a fire fan performance! See below for an action shot from the show.)





















Wednesday, December 06, 2006

"let me see you shake that @$$ and break a hip on me."

Sorry, for the title; I'm listening to some gangsta.

Hey kids! I know it's been a while, but you all know, I have been wayyyy busy! This opening up a yarn shop is hard work.

So today is my birthday! Forgive me if I go a little maudlin or introspective here.

This is my last year in my twenties. (Well, technically 30 is the last year of the decade, but this is the last year I'll have a 2 in the tens place.) I feel like I'm in the right spot. For once I really like I've accomplished enough to earn my age. I've spent the morning reminiscing and reflecting on the last couple of years, which have been so full. I've had so much joy and quite a few heartaches. There has been a lot of fight going on. All the family illnesses, personal relationship troubles, and job issues have been worth it to get to my current position. I've got the best husband ever, good friends, a healthy family (KNOCK! KNOCK!) and a beautiful yarn shop. Life is good and every moment is precious and appreciated for "Gam zeh ya'avor."

Required Knitting Content:

Be sure to check out this season's Knitty. ;) Best birthday present so far!

Monday, October 09, 2006

"I just can't stop loving you."



Run by blogging here. Blah, blah, blah, exhaustion, blah, blah, terribly excited, blah, blah, blah. Cant' form complete sentences! Just wanted to let my secret pal know, I got my package and thank you very much! The whole exchange was a pleasure, Miss Kirby! And look, Chen-san likes the package, too! (I TOLD YOU I WOULD TORMENT YOU WITH KITTEN PICTURES! MU-HA!)

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

"Weave, my mother. Weave, my child."


It's official' I am now a bonafide knit-blogger. I have cats and I am knitting Clapotis. I'd like to introduce you to Chairman Kaga and Chen Kenichi. You will now be mercilessly tormented with pictures of my kittens.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

"Ania si Rosas Pandan"



I GOT SPOILED! Unbelievably spoiled. Check out the initial contents of my lace swap package. Everything was wrapped in sassy red tissue paper, except the yarn. The yarn came in a handmade calico bag, which is too cute for words!
The rolled up letter was a really sweet enumeration of the contents written with wit and warmth, and had the most beautiful picture of Saravati printed on it!




Look at all my goodies; Two (!) Fiddlesticks patterns, Peacock Feathers AND Flirty Ruffles, six ounces of Black Zephyr (DROOL! TOO DECADENT!) two handmade soaps (the sandalwood smells divine,) lucky no. 6 perfume(my favorite number, by the way,) Knitpicks Needles (I've been wanting to try those,) Knitpicks chart keeper (which is very classy looking and such a good idea,) some sour candies (freakishly delicious and sugarfree!) and some gorgeous purple beaded stitch markers (hands off, Emy.) Thank you so much, Tonni! You totally made my month, and it's been a pretty good month so far!

Friday, September 01, 2006

"Everybody gets high, everybody gets low, these are the days when anything goes"

Howdy, y'all. So, big announcement time. First off, I am not pregnant. I promise, I will tell you when that happens!

I am changing jobs. The time has come for me to leave commuknity. I have had a wonderful year, met so many great people, and learned a lot. It wasn't an easy decision to leave, but it was the right one. I am really doing this for me and my future. My next opportunity involves a lot of growth potential. Finally, I'm becoming a woman and doing something extremely positive for myself.

I am now a local yarn store co-owner along with Nathania and Sandi. We'll be opening our own yarn store specializing in in-house designs. I am very excited about this for there is much excitement to be had! I am coming into my own and becoming the Mistress of my own Destiny!

Purlescence Yarns
586 S. Murphy Ave
Sunnyvale, Ca 94086
408-735-YARN (9276)
www.purlescenceyarns.com

See you October 14th!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

"And life's like an hourglass, glued to the table"

Watch this blog for a pretty big announcement, coming very shortly. Just know for right now, I am experiencing the first cold I've had in three years and I am super grumpy about it.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

"You must be my lucky star 'cuz you shine on me wherever you are."

One hundred things about me, in no particular order.

1. I was born in Santa Clara, Ca, on December 6th, 1977.
2. I was married October 31, 2004.
3. My first cat's name was Rube.
4. My middle name is Sparkle.
5. I actually own my car, a 2000 Hyundai Accent named Angggggus!
6. Billy Idol was my first crush.
7. I made a scrapbook devoted to said first crush.
8. My first concert was Pat Benetar.
9. My last concert was Twiztid.
10. I've been to Europe twice.
11. I love skulls, muertos, and calaveras.
12. I think pirates and ninjas are cool.
13. I love the Gamara and Mothra movies.
14. I drink way too much diet coke, at least 5 two liters a week.
15. I want to design knitting patterns for a living.
16. I got my driver's license at 16.
17. I took behind the wheel training from a guy who would nap the whole time I drove.
18. I got a 70 on my driver's test. (Hey, I took it downtown, ok!)
19. My first instrument was piano; I only studied for about 3 months, but in that time I learned to read music.
20. My second instrument was clarinet. I played that for four years.
21. I sang in different choirs for 8 years straight, from Freshman year in high school to senior in college.
22. I got my degree in Music, vocal performance.
23. My senior recital consisted mainly of Schubert Goethe Lieder and John Jacob Niles artsongs.
24. I had my first real kiss at 17.
25. I have a scar on my upper lip from trying to place a cat on top of a speaker cabinet. The cat used his back leg to get his balance and I ended up needing 3 stitches.
26. I have one tattoo, on my upper back. It's Sarasvati, and she protects me from infatuation.
27. I was in a motorcycle accident when I was ten. I had the scars for a long time. Now, I can hardly see them
28. I've got a pretty decent scar on my leg from trying to stand on a fish tank and crashing right through it.
29. I used to sleep in a 6 and half foot high bunk bed. It was hand made by my carpenter neighbor.
30. My first computer was an Atari 800.
31. I first dyed my hair as a sophomore in high school. Red.
32. I studied dance for all four years of high school
33. I was way into musical theater as well. My first solo was "Send in the Clowns."
34. I've met most of the Psychopathic family.
35. I've met Tori Amos.
36. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is one of my favorite books. All you have to do is say, "Hey Boo," to me and I'll start bawling.
37. Red is my all time favorite color. Really pure reds.
38. I like Pinot Noir.
39. "Evil Dead 2, the sequel to the ultimate experience in grueling terror," is on of my all time favorite movies.
40. "Pet Sounds" is one of my top ten albums.
41. I got married in a red wedding dress.
42. I have a soft spot for vampire novels.
43. My yarn stash isn't really that big.
44. Pastels look awful on me.
45. I love blue glass.
46. Gardenia and Nag Champa are two of my favorite smells.
47. I can eat fire.
48. My husband and I own a wall sculpture call "Mr. Poopy, the octopus."
49. Debbie New and Barbara Walker are my knitting heros.
50. "Preacher" is on of my favorite comics.
51. Batman is my favorite superhero.
52. My first lunchbox had Carebears on it.
53. I like Decepticons better than Autobots. Soundwave rules!
54. I watched a lot of She-Ra and He-Man growing up. What ridiculous names. He-man, geesh.
55. I never owned a Strawberry Shortcake nor a Rainbow Brite.
56. I want to visit India.
57. I'm pretty vain. Flattering my vanity will get you everywhere.
58. I dig costume jewelry.
59. "The Faberge Egg" coffee table book holds endless hours of fascination for me.
60. The "Pinkerton" books were a big part of my childhood.
61. I can be still and quiet for very long periods of time.
62. I have a serious weakness for tall boys with side burns and a "little more to love."
63. Conan O'Brien was my teenage crush. From 16 to at least 20 years old.
64. I'm currently taking traffic school online.
65. I volunteered at the suicide and Crisis hotline of Santa Clara County for three years.
66. I'm pretty good at making friendship bracelets.
67. I love Mortal Combat, the movie and the video game.
68. I play World of Warcraft.
69. I play Texas Hold 'em.
70. Chinese art really appeals to me.
71. Stained glass makes me happy.
72. My first modem was 4800 baud.
73. I had an obsession with Marilyn Monroe for a long time. I had posters of her all over my room.
74. I made a weak attempt at being rockabilly. I did rock me some Bettie Paige bangs, though.
75. I am woman, hear me roar.
76. I've seen "The Thing!" on highway 10.
77. I like platform shoes and boots. I always wanted to be very tall.
78. The Cure is probably one of the very few "80's bands" I obsessed over.
79. I've got greenish brown eyes. You have to look very close to see the green, so they mostly just look brown.
80. I had awful acne as a teenager.
81. Lace knitting makes me happy!
82. Movies are a great passion for my husband and me.
83. I think Will Ferrell is kind of attractive. It must be that whole sideburns/tall thing.
84. I like long, flowy skirts and halter tops.
85. I wish I took more pictures.
86. I love my family to pieces and I treasure the relationship we all have now, as adults.
87. I want to be a 50's pin-up girl.
88. I've done "Burlesque." In fact, I've appeared in a book on the new movement.
89. I'm fairly shy until you get to know me.
90. My favorite chocolate is "Mayan Quest" by Schura's.
91. Smarties are my favorite candy.
92. I have a pet snake named "Milton." You know, Paradise Lost...
93. I've seen Michaelangelo's David and the Sistene Chapel in person.
94. I've been to Berlin's Love Parade.
95. Neil Gaimen is one of my favorite authors.
96. I always wanted green eyes.
97. I want to get my maiden name tattooed across my knuckles. D-Y-D-O.
98. Handpainted yarns are the way to go.
99. I feel quite lucky to have my life.
100. Richard Scarey's counting books also held endless hours of entertainment for me.

Woo. Did you read all that?

Friday, August 11, 2006

"Sigh no more ladies"


My secret pal has struck again! I've have been spoiled with the best candy in the world, smarties, a "clue" magnet from Maryland, super cheeky retro style cocktail napkins (for cosmos of course!) two super funkalicious balls of a luxuriously soft red yarn made in Turkey, and a gummy lunch (see the other photo for details, too cute!) I think this yarn wants to be a hat, definitely with ear flaps. It's got a lot of elasticity in it, though, so it make some super cozy slippers. Hooray presents! Thank you so much, secret pal!

Saturday, August 05, 2006

"If you strip away the myth from the man you will see where we all soon will be"

I yoinked this from the SP8 hostess' page.


1) What is your favorite season of the year?


Autumn. The weather is just right out here in San Hoser, warm, not too hot, cool enough to knit heavier things. It also is the season of my birthday and my wedding anniversary which fall on my favorite holiday, Halloween.

2) Where is your favorite vacation spot?

I really love Berlin. The city has so been through so much in the last century and you can feel that as you walk through the streets. On of my favorite memories is dancing at all hours during the Love Parade underneath the ruins of Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche.

3) If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?

I really want to visit India. I've always beenfascinatedd with her art and culture. Plus, now that there are so many freshly transplanted Indians in the bay area, I'd like toexperiencee their homeland.

4) If you could pick any job, and be paid well, what would it be?

I'd get paid fabulously to be a house designer for a superior yarn company.

5) If you were going on vacation for 1 week, and had to take ONLY one project with you, what would it be?

Depending on the destination. Cruise ship type stuff: lace shawl. Somewhere much more exciting: believe it or not, probably nothing. I'd be too busy!

6) If you won a shopping spree to your favorite Yarn shop, what would you get?

Quiviut. Cashmere. All the luxury fibers I really can't afford. I'd probably also run through the lace patterns and definitely snag a copy of "A Gathering of Lace."

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

"When I am king, you will be first against the wall."

Finished object report:



The loverly Icarus Shawl from the most recent Interweave Knits. I used Zephyr (50% merino, 50% silk) by Jaggerspun in Cinnabar. I am extremely impressed with yarn; boy howdy, can it take a beating. I aggressively, nay, fiercely blocked this puppy. The results are superb, a drapey, ephemerally soft garment with a hint of shine. Tre jolie!

Sunday, June 11, 2006

"The suburbs they are sleeping, But he's dressing up tonight, She likes a man in uniform, he likes to wear it tight."

Look!

I got secret pal goodness! Included in my lovely packge were sour patch kids (see photo bellow of Eddie plundering the candy,) some other sour candy which features a "real baby bottle nipple" (yes, it said nipple ) a stitch marker with a beautiful red and black glass bead, a cute sheepy card, and some gorgeous hand dyed fingering weight yarn.

Monday, May 08, 2006

"You take me for a walk, under the sycamore trees, the dark trees that blow, baby, in the dark trees that blow"


As said by the One-Armed Man: "In the darkness of future past, the magician longs to see. One chance outs between two worlds... fire, walk with me."

I got my sockapalooza socks and they are Fire on the Mountain, Socks that Rock by Blue Moon Fibers! Now, this is terribly cool and an awesome coincidence because I was just eyeing and envying Miss Melodie's sock yarn in the very same color way. But not only did I get awesome socks that fit perfectly (they even hug my arch,) I got a whole batch of goodies from my dear sockpal, Annette (a California native now living in North Carolina who possesses a Doctorate in Biology! My socks were made by a smartie!) My socks were paired in a super cute sock label featuring the sockapalooza logo, too clever. The package also contained absolutely beautiful handmade stitch markers (which you can see in close up on her blog,) the rest of the fire on the mountain (YES! I'll make matching cuffs!) a postcard from Duke, AND two balls of silly cute, funk-a-licious Regia sock yarn so I can make myself a pair of socks! Too awesome! I am totally spoiled! One detail I adore on these socks is the cuff is a zig zag caused by the pattern on the actual socks. Thank you, Annette! So Happy! Yatta!

Saturday, May 06, 2006

"change in the air, and they'll hide everywhere, no one knows who's in control

Finished object report and some other lovely, lovely news.


My sockpal got her socks and made me feel like a total superhero with her enthusiasm! Yay Jenny! Follow this link to see her wearing them.

The pattern is "ruffle skirted tutu" from Filatura Di Crossa's "baby...bebe...bambini." The yarn is artyarns Super Merino in colorway 130.














Final thoughts: yummy! Artyarns must be made to run over addi turbos and create an extremely pleasing sensation! The pattern was pretty simple; there was one error, which could have been avoided had I compared the schematic to the written instructions. I hope my friends love it as much as I do. Congrats to Ryan and Mona on their brand new baby girl!











But what I'm really proud of on this item is something no one but knitters will ever care about.....Look at my seaming and fear me!!!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

"she's like the wind through my tree, she rides the next close to me"

As a courtesy to my future secret pal, here are my answers to the questionnaire. Everyone else, enjoy the rare sharing moment.

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
My favorite yarns change almost every time I pick up a new project. Currently, I love RYC 4 ply Cashsoft, but I am also in love with Artyarns Supermerino. Handpainted yarns turn my crank. The only fibers I absolutely do not like are plastic-y acrylic (micro fibers and polymides are fine) and angora (because I am allergic to bunnies.)

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I use two Lantern Moon needle cases, both in coordinating orange, one for my single points and circulars and one for my double pointeds.

3. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I'd say I'm intermediate. I've been knitting for over three years now (nearly constantly.) I've had experience with intarsia, moebius knitting, socks, sweaters, cables, scribble lace, lace, entrelac, felting, tiny needles, and very large needles. I haven't done any Iris Scherer style modular knitting nor any fair isle on a large scale. But I'm always open to trying new things and growing.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Nope, but maybe I should start one.

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
I love gardenia and sweetpea. I like clean, single note scents.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Boy, do I ever. I totally dig on smarties. I like hyper sugary, sour stuff such as sweet tarts, lik-a-maid, sour patch kids, and crybabies. I'm drooling right now making this list.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I only spin after doing whippets. Craft wise, I like to renovate furniture, play with fimo, bead, make shrinky dinks, sew, and dye my hair.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I am mp3 compatible. As far as music, whew. Okay, I was a music major in college; I have a bachelor of arts in music, vocal performance. My tastes are so varied there's no real point in listing them all. I pretty much like anything done with heart, even if it's slightly out of tune. So that being said, here's the short list of bands I like: Twiztid, The Cure, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Queen, Smokey Robinson, The White Stripes, Jeff Buckley, Monserat Caballe, Alice Cooper, Etta James, Tom Jones, Insane Clown Posse, Tori Amos, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Bjork, Lamb, Blaze, Beck, Switchblade Symphony, k.d. lang, Nikka Costa, Christina Aguilerra, NOFX, Outkast, The reverend Horton Heat, PJ Harvey, Billy Idol, Mindless Self Indulgence, Abba, Dark Lotus, Eazy-E, Buddy Holly, and many, many, more.

9. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
Red is my favorite color. I like it in combination with Black or Army Green. I love striking colors, jewel tones. I'm pretty pale and I have a lot of pink in my skin so most pinks don't sit well with me, and pastels tend to not work, either.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I am married, no kids, one house mate. We've got two snakes, a ball python and an African sand boa. We really want a kitty but our lease doesn't allow furry pets.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
I wear scarves and hats; it's too warm for mittens out here. I never wear ponchos, unless it's to amuse my co-workers with how bad the thing looks on me.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I like projects that can be completed in about a week. So, I dig knitting gauntlets, hats, and scarf-ish things.

13. What are you knitting right now?
A shawl, a pair of socks, a clapotis (yes I gave in,) and a baby sweater that needs some snaps.
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
I prefer it! I love it when somebody gives me something they made with their own hands, while thinking of me, and hoping I'll appreciate it.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Circular needles are my main preference; I love me some addi turbos. For double pointeds, I like Crystal Palace Bamboo. I haven't really given plastic a chance.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
I work in a yarn store, so I have access to both.

17. How did you learn to knit?
See my post from 11/18/2005 for the details.
18. How old is your oldest UFO?
It's Birch from October of 2005. Not that old, eh?

19. What is your favorite holiday?
Halloween, definitely. It's my wedding anniversary and the best day of the year.

20. Is there anything that you collect?
I collect vintage knitting patterns and costume jewelry.

21. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
Books and magazines I do not need. Yarn, however...anything we don't carry at commuknity! In particular, lightweight socks that rock by Blue Moon Fiber Arts in Ruby Slippers.

22. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
Fair Isle, hands down. I'd like to learn two socks on a magic loop, too. I think Fiber Trends has a booklet on it...

23. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
I like to knit socks. My feet are about nine and a half inches long, about eight inches around the ball of my foot. My ankles are about eight inches around.

24. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)
December 6, 1977. I'm a Sagittarius born in the year of the serpent, so I'm doubly vain!

Monday, May 01, 2006

"Cuz I go loco and apply the chokehold"


Whee! Just in time! I finished my sockapalooza socks with seconds to spare. The pattern is Fiber Trends' Walking away socks. The yarn is Claudia's Handpainted in Passionfruit. Both are, coincidently, available at commuknity! The yarn was sooo yummy and the pattern was so fun that I might just have to buy myself (or make?) some clogs and whip up a few pairs of these babies for me!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

"Kiss today goodbye, and point me towards tomorrow"

Things I learned while knitting these socks:
1. People tremble in fear at the size of my husband's feet.
2. Toe up socks are the way to go when you're knitting on the fly for someone with huge feet.
3. I can rip out three inches of already bound off sock and fix ankle decreases!
4. One ball of Lana Grossa sock yarn is just enough for a pair of socks for a large man.
5. I tremble in fear at the the size of my husband's feet.

I read in the yarn harlot's first book that a pair of socks averages 20,000 stitches. I must do it for love....















Or to avoid being squished!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

"It's the multpile man and I'm deuce in line, With a gauge to your dome about to free your mind"




What Kind of Knitter Are You?




You appear to be a Knitting Goddess. You are constantly giving and are unconcerned with reward, you simply want others to love knitting as much as you do. If someone wants to knit miles of novelty yarns, you are there for them. If someone wants to learn short row shaping, you can help. There are no taboos in knitting, only opportunities to grow. Everyone should have friend like you around if they want to learn to knit, and there's a good chance that your passion has rubbed off on a few others.http://marniemaclean.com
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I have to say, this pleases me. Especially after the day I had at the store today. People were trying to adopt me into their families!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

"Hello, I'm sorry I lost myself, I think I thought you were someone else."


Chloe

is a Giant Lizard that eats Rocks, breathes Poisonous Gas, has Crablike Pincers, and controls the Weather.

Strength: 9 Agility: 6 Intelligence: 2



To see if your Giant Battle Monster can
defeat Chloe, enter your name and choose an attack:

fights Chloe using



I control the weather.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

"It's some other man, and they're hand in hand, and they look so happy, you don't understand..."

I am a winner. I finished my Olympic sweater with hours to spare. I must say, this is my best seaming job ever. The real challenge for me was to not rush it and actually line all the stitches up in their proper places. I decided not to add the sash because the sweater was a bit roomy (even though my gauge was smaller than stated) and a empire style belt just made the whole thing very unappealing to me. Pictures will follow. In the mean time, enjoy my flashy medal, created by Franklin..

In other news, I'm teaching a top down raglan sweater class, 3/4 & 3/11, 3-6PM, at commuknity. Come sign up so I'm not teaching the dustmites how to create an awesomely fitting sweater custom fit to your measurements.

And just one more aside...
I saw an ad on the side of a bus for "Disney on Ice presents Finding Nemo." My question is how do fish ice skate if they don't have feet?

Thursday, February 09, 2006

"maybe I'm the afterglow 'cause I'm with the band, you know."

hee hee

Maybe it's the Tylenol PM....

I was reading someone else's blog and I misread "Blogless" as "Blogress," as in, the mother Blogress is fierce in her devotion to her cubs.


I'm going to bed now.

"We're only making plans for Nigel. We only want what's best for him."


I have joined my first knit goods exchange, the sockapalooza! My sock pall shall be receiving a pair of socks made from Claudia's Handpainted Yarns in Passionfruit:


She said her favorite colors were pink and brown, so I hope these will please. Now, I need to find a pattern, something with a lot of movement. Any suggestions?

"Every little thing she does is magic"


The Family that watches Firefly together...

wears Jayne hats together.

Poor hubby was feeling ill the other day so I thought I'd cheer him up with a handknit surprise. We'd started watching Firefly on DVD after loving Serenity so much. I knew of the mysterious Jayne hat, but we hadn't gotten to the episode which featured it. I
figured we'd hit it that night because we were down to one disk. So I placed Eddie's gift in a leftover x-mas gift box, and waited for the hat to appear on screen. Lucky for me, it was within the first five minutes of the first episode. Jayne receives a package from his mom; I hopped up from my chair and gave the gift box to Eddie and told him, "Open it at the same time Jayne opens the present from his mom." He obliged and gave me the most priceless, wonderful look. "How did you know that was going to happen?" was his stunned reaction. Later, in telling the story to our housemate, he said, "It was magical." And that, dear friends, is a good reason to knit.


Sunday, February 05, 2006

"I had a dream that you danced just like Fred Astaire"

It was time for a diet. I needed to lose a few ounces. Cut away the fluff and get to the lean. By fluff, I mean acrylic, fun furs, and anything that had given me undue attitude over the past few years.



These are my sorted piles; you'll get a special prize from me if you can name all the fiber categories into which I sorted my yarn. The prize: glory, baby, glory...And all my redheart and lion brand stuff.

I also found all these needles and tools I'd been searching for (my size 6 addi natura 24" circulars still elude me!)

Check out the reorganized stash closet. Pretty swanky, eh?

Friday, January 27, 2006

"I'll be your number one with a bullet, a loaded God complex, cock it and pull it."


I am joing the knit olympics! I'll be knitting Belle Epoque for Team Angstylvania! I figure, joing the Angstylvanians gives me an out if I don't actually finish.

Monday, January 23, 2006

"I don't care what they say anymore, this is my life"

So, uh, hi!

The most wonderful, heartwarming thing happened to me over the last couple days. A young girl, named Olivia, and her mother came into the store yesterday, asking if we had any knitters who could do a little knit repair. The object in need of some care was a kitten doll, created by the Great Grandmother (who is no longer with us) of the young lady. The poor little kitten had lost her mittens and was in dire need of a replacement set (and I figured a new matching scarf as well.) There was great sentimental value attached to this kitten but Olivia was brave and trusted her precious kitty to my care for the night so I could fit her with a snappy new set of handwarmers. I glady obliged and whipped up some knitterly love.

Today, Olivia and her mother came into the store to pick up the kitten and presented me with this:


I swear, I got a little tear eyed and overwelmed. I think I got more out of this exchange than Olivia did.









Three Little Kittens

Three little kittens,
They lost their mittens,
And they began to cry,
Oh mother dear,
We sadly fear,
That we have lost our mittens.

What! Lost your mittens,
You naughty kittens!
Then you shall have no pie.
Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow,
No, you shall have no pie.


The three little kittens,
They found their mittens,
And they began to cry,
Oh, mother dear,
See here, see here,
We have found our mittens.


What! Found your mittens,
You silly kittens!
Then you shall have some pie.
Purr-r, purr-r, purr-r,
Oh, let us have some pie.

The three little kittens,
Put on their mittens,
And soon ate up the pie;

Oh, mother dear,
We greatly fear,
That we have soiled our mittens.


What! Soiled your mittens,
You naughty kittens!
Then they began to sigh,
Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow.
Then they began to sigh.

The three little kittens,
They washed their mittens,
And hung them out to dry;
Oh mother dear,


Look here, look here,
We have washed our mittens.
What! Washed your mittens,
You're good little kittens .
But I smell a mouse close by!
Hush! Hush! Hush!
I smell a mouse close by

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

"Better make your reservations for next year's anarchy camp"

I haven't quite gotten used to this blogging on a regular basis thing. That's not true; I haven't at all gotten used to this blogging on a regular basis thing. I tend to be one of those people who don't volunteer information about themselves; I wait for questions. Hence, my hesitance to blog and my tendency toward reticence. So forgive me, dear bloggland.


Check out my Christmas knitting success:





I knit these for a friend of my husband's to give to his nieces. They were declared "most favorite presents," even over the gameboy and the bicycle, and have ensured Paulie's postition as "favorite uncle" FOREVER!


This pattern is now available at Commuknity or you can buy it directly from me. My alien hats will take over the world. muhahaha.