Archive for the ‘Yarning’ Category

Back in the Saddle, or HoMD #33

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

This illness, this sickness, this ick of my body will not win. It will not triumph over me. I will survive its nasty phlegm and low-grade nausea.

How do I know I will emerge the victor from this protracted battle?

I know because hope shined on me today, and I basked in its warm rays. I saw in hope’s bright light that there is more to existence than mere existence. Life offers more than fitful naps and lame television. I can actually do things I like to do.

I can knit.

I said there was hope. I didn’t say I felt better. Knitting is as far as I go for now.

Beautiful Monsters, or HoMD #24

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Tonight was SnB again. Last week we decided to do a bit of show-and-tell this week, and I am in awe of the creations I saw.

One clever, clever stitcher makes “plushies” (stuffed dolls) that should be on sale across America. She is positively genius. Her work-a-day life in the retail world is nothing less than a travesty to the creative universe.

She brought several plushies, and I can’t choose a favorite, but here are three of the best examples of her work (you can find all her art at her site on

Who doesn’t want their own personal Igor?

Igor Plushie

I’m a big fan of pirates and Johnny Depp, so I love me some Captain Jack Sparrow. He even has tattoos if you push up his sleeves!

Jack Sparrow

And last but not least, the scariest Dr. Doom plushie in existence. I just want to hug him!

Dr. Doom

Multi-Tasking, or HoMD #20

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

I can knit and read at the same time! Genius!

Close Knit, or HoMD #17

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

When we lived in Austin I started a book club with my BFF. We met every other week, read some great (and some not-so-great books), drank beer, watched movies, even went camping. I loved spending time with other folks who shared my interests doing things centered around those interests.

Living in Fort Worth, I have yet to build a similar circle for a book club. I quit even trying to start another book club. But the yen for a similar social circle remained.

Tonight I attended the first “Stitch ‘n’ Bitch” with a new group of folks who love to knit, sew, crochet, etc. And these are folks I want to sit and chat with for a few hours while I work on my knitting.

I’ve gone to knitting circles at local yarn stores, but I never connected with any of the other knitters. I’m not your standard knitter, so it’s not easy to find people with similar interests to discuss while your hands are working. I don’t want to talk about projects or yarn. I want to talk about fun stuff.

So where did I find my new SnB group? At my local comic book shop!

I love my local comic book shop person. First, she’s a she. Secondly, she’s bubbly (in a good way) and interesting. We share a love of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and all things Whedon. And I just found out that she knits, too. I knew I liked that girl.

Of course, as soon as I found out she knits, I threw out the idea of a “Stitch ‘n’ Bitch.” Happily she loved the idea and knows other folks who might be interested in a regular gathering. We scheduled our first group for tonight.

We met at Bubbles’ house and had four stitchers and two voyeurs. Our hostess served spinach artichoke dip. Adult beverages were served. I got to teach the comic book store manager (a boy!) how to knit. And we’ve already decided to meet again next week.

It was a solidly good time.

Sock Update

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

I know. I’m the worst. You have all, I’m sure, been dying to know how the socks are progressing, and I’ve just ignored your pleas for updates. Someone should take this blog away from me.

Does it absolve me in any way that I’ve been working (just freelance, don’t get excited)? I didn’t think so.

Since I clearly have days and days of photos built up, I’m going to draw things out over several posts. Lucky you.

We last saw the socks at day six. Let’s see what happened next…

Despite being almost a week into the project, I was barely past the toes. I was working on the foot of the sock, and it turns out that I had to knit for three inches (instead of two as I thought way back in the last post) from the yellow yarn tied to the first sock. You won’t see a piece of yarn on the second sock because I counted the rows from the yellow yarn on sock one so I would know how many rows to knit on the other sock.

I learned that I needed to stop using the flash when taking sock photos. The flash was washing out the detail of the pattern. What I didn’t figure out for a while (until my smart husband told me) was that I needed more light to take pictures without a flash (that three-figure IQ is really doing me right). Sorry for the blurry.

On Day Seven you can really see the pattern–if you ignore the aforementioned blur–that wasn’t terribly clear (no pun intended) on earlier photos.

Socks — Day 7

The next day I was still under the impression I only needed to knit for two inches after the yellow yarn. I thought I was done with the foot of sock 1 and went on to sock 2. Can you see the pattern through the blur?

Socks — Day 8

On Day 9 I pretty much got sock 2 caught up to sock 1.

Socks — Day 9

Not a lot got done on Day 10.

Socks — Day 10

At long last, on Day 11, I finally started on the gusset. A gusset is, “a device, often triangular, used to reinforce a connection between two components” (from Wikipedia). On a sock, it’s the triangular area that connects the sole of the sock to the top of the sock on the way to the heel. You’ll be able to see more as it grows.

Socks — Day 11

On the next installment of sock madness:  Growing Gussets!

Socks, Days 3-6

Monday, August 27th, 2007

It’s been a busy few days.

Scampers (AKA Hell on Paws) did some experimenting with water. He could not figure out for the life of him why the water kept moving away from him when he got closer to look.

Scampers in the Sink

We had a wedding to attend over the weekend followed by debilitating hangovers the next day. Strangely all our photos from the reception look a lot like this one of The Husband.

Wedding Reception Impression

Regardless of all the activity, I worked diligently on the sock project. It’s gotten much easier since I managed to get the thing started.

Day Three — You can just begin to see the start of the pattern near the needles. Look closer, it’s there, I promise.

Sock — Day 3

Day Four’s photo has a special surprise. What’s that little bit in the front sporting white needles? Why that’s sock number two! I’m knitting a sock from each end of the skein now to avoid SSS (Second Sock Syndrome). A horrid condition in which the first sock is finished and then must wait and wait for the second to arrive.

Socks — Day 4

On Day Five you see I had to impale sock two to the skein to keep it out of the way. I also got back to work on the first sock.

Socks — Day 5

And yesterday, Day Six, I had The Husband try on the sock and make some measurements. See that yellow yarn on the left hanging from the sock? Well, I need to knit two inches more from that point before the tough work of the heel and gusset begin.

Socks — Day 6

So are you riveted yet? Hanging on the edge of your seat? I thought so.

Socks, Days 1 & 2

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

I didn’t post pictures after Day One because apparently the first day of sock-making involves nothing but Sisyphean repetition of casting on, knitting, finding mistakes, and ripping everything out for hours on end. Fun times, let me tell you.

I did finally manage to get a sock started on Day Two by aiming my head directly at a brick wall and smashing into it over and over until the toe of a sock appeared.

Socks — Days 1 & 2

I was so proud of myself for actually getting the thing going that I woke up my poor husband to show him my progress. I think The Husband might hate this sock before it’s finished.

The Socks Have It

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

How long does it take to knit a pair of socks?

That, dear reader, is what we (yes, you and me) are going to find out. I’m starting a new project today. It’s a pair of socks for my ever-lovin’ husband. I’ve never knitted socks before now, so this could be a long, long process.

Here’s a photo of my starting point — yarn, needles, and pattern:

Ready - Set - SOCKS

I’ll be posting photos of my progress because I know that you’re totally fascinated to watch this. Much like you enjoy watching paint dry or love going to snail races.