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July 17, 2009

Just a reminder, I’m no longer posting on this blog (Well, this is a post, but it’s the last one! For reals!). Please head on over to my new home on the internet, and don’t forget to bookmark the new site or add it to your feed reader.  Thanks!

Goodbye, for now.

June 28, 2009

I would like to invite you to my fancy, new blog. As an incentive, there will be a prize.

end of blog

The hat pictured above is from a pattern called End of May that I designed. You can win your own copy of the pattern.  But you must go to the new blog to enter.  See you there!

the swap

June 2, 2009

I sometimes refer to the kitchen as MY kitchen, but it really is more my husband’s kitchen. He does most of the cooking, so it’s just natural that things are more his way than my way. If I had my way, we would use color coordinated potholders and hot pads. But since we do things his way, we just use ratty dish towels when we need to put a hot pot on the counter.

hot pads

In a way, then, it doesn’t make sense that I would sign up for a potholder swap since we don’t use them and I can’t foresee us ever using them in any practical way, but that’s just what I did. Then I went ahead and made a butt load of potholders. Not only that, but I crocheted them!  Crazy talk.

The swap, officially know as hot pads! and potholders – the swap, is coming to a close and I expect to receive my shipment in the next few weeks and I can’t wait. It was super fun to spend time crocheting (and I went a little over the top and now have a bunch of granny squares) and if nothing else, I learned that I am a fantastic granny-squarer. As of right now I could spend the rest of my crochet life making granny squares and be perfectly content.

Here are my hot pads:

hot pad

hot pad

hot pad

hot pad

hot pad

hot pad

The yarn is all worsted weight wool of varying brands, and the most fun part of all was putting together the crazy colors. I used the free pattern called Sunburst Granny Square by Priscilla Hewitt, on Ravelry here. They were super-curly until I blocked them.

In other news, the chickens have moved to the coop down the hill. They love it down there and we love going down to watch and talk to them. Here’s the coop.

the coop and chicken run

See the cat? She hasn’t bothered the chicks yet, but we have our fingers crossed. The chicken run is well fortified, and we leave the chicks in there all the time.

Here they are after I opened the door:

chicks, exploring

I think this picture is from Friday and they have grown so much even since then! They are gonna be some big chickens.

This is Bugsy:


She (I’m still using that term loosely, we’ll know hes from shes in a couple of weeks) is our favorite because she is the friendliest. She follows Maggie around and it’s very funny. Jerry named her Bugsy because when the kids were trying to feed them bugs, she was the only one who would come right up to them.

There are two others with names (Veronica, as in Veronica Mars and Angela, as in Angela Chase) but I’ll have to get better pictures of them.

Until next time!

not about knitting

May 11, 2009

Mag with chicks

I have got to tell you about a few things that are non-knitting related today. If you can’t tell from that picture, we got chicks!  My husband and I have talked about this for years and finally this winter he got serious about it.

When we bought our house there were all these dilapidated buildings out back, in an area we call “down the hill” because it is. The main shed was full of piles of junk and it was too dangerous to go in.  Gerald tore it down (by hand, it took a while) but realized that a smaller shed next door had once been a chicken coop.  It had feeders and nesting boxes and little doors for chickens to go in and out. The coop is in good shape, and just needed a good cleaning out. It will also need new screens on the windows and new latches on the doors, to keep these little critters safe from big critters.

day5 chicks

Gerald also built a run, or an enclosed but movable place for the chickens to be outside.  We’re nearly ready. And that’s good because the chicks will soon be ready for the coop!

They are about a week old now, and growing quickly.  The chicks are living in the back porch, and I’m pretending that my whole house doesn’t smell like a farm.

We got straight-run chicks, which means that they haven’t been sexed (we don’t know if they’re girls or boys). If we have roosters we may eat them, or find a farm for them to live on.  But our main goal is to have layers, who will provide us with eggs. We thought six chicks would be enough, but I came home from the farm store with many more than six.

We got 11 chicks:

We’re learning as we go, and so far everything is going well.  I’m feeling more like a farmer every day.  I’m desperately resisting going to the store to get overalls and wellies.

The other non-knitting thing happened on Saturday when I was mowing the lawn.  I saw a huge snake. I was home by myself while Gerald had the kids at the grocery store.

it is a snake

Eeeew. Sorry to any animal lovers out there, but I didn’t want this thing around my house and my kids and my chicks. I don’t know why I got my camera first (bloggable?), but I ended up getting a shovel, chopping it in two, and burying it.  Seriously, it was the most empowering thing I’ve done in a long time.  My mother-in-law and I even celebrated my bravery with champagne on Mother’s Day.

I grew up knowing that women can do anything men can do (thanks, Mom!), but I don’t ever mind when my husband does some of the dirty work (building chicken runs, taking out the trash, going grocery shopping, etc). I’m feeling pretty damn proud of myself today, having taken care of business all by myself.

I think I should reward myself.  Maybe pink wellies?

I Heart You, Available Now!

May 7, 2009

Dear Jerry,

If you’re here for the hearts, then I am happy to announce that the pattern is ready! I must heartily (heh) thank CrossroadKnits Liz for being a wonderful test-knitter.

The pattern is a three-page download, available for $6 by clicking on the button below.

Or visit the I Heart You pattern page on Ravelry for all the deets, including yarn, needle size and gauge.

Thank you!!

on to the next

May 4, 2009

fair isle pullover, sleeve 1

I’ve started another child’s seamless sweater, this time with yoke, but still for the same class at Gate City Yarns (Custom Pullover for your Kid).  Beginning with a sleeve is an attempt to trick myself into thinking that the knitting is going quickly, but I think it doesn’t work.

I’m working from another Spun Out pattern.  This time Spun Out 4 – Child’s Yoke Sweater, but this pattern has appeared many places, for adults or any size if you’re an EPSer. I’m going to use the original charts from EZ – it makes me feel connected to the past in a way that is very comforting.

I started the cuffs with a peak of each color that will appear in the yoke design. This is less of a “feature” and more of a way for me to see what the colors are like together. I like it.

The yarn – sigh – is Rowan Felted Tweed and it’s pure bliss. Rowan is usually out of my price range, but these large balls go a long way and the quality is worth the extra cost.  And the colors!

This morning, on my List of things to do, I wrote “cast on sleeve 2” so I’m going to get to that right now.  I also wrote “pattern” on my list, which refers to putting the finishing touches on the I Heart You sweater pattern. If you’re waiting around for that, you will be able to get it this week.  And that’s a promise!

everything in its right place

April 30, 2009

I love this new sweater.


I’m calling it done even though it’s not quite. I have one underarm to graft and a few ends to weave in and then blocking.  I made it lickety-split. I swatched then cast on on Sunday afternoon.

Kid sweaters usually come together lickety-split; that’s probably why I knit so many of them.


This sweater doesn’t belong to me. I made it for a class I’m teaching at my LYS (“Custom-sized Pullover for your Kid” is the name of the class). The striped raglan will live at Gate City Yarns for a while, but maybe if I make them another sample, they’ll give this one back to me after a while.

The yarn is O-Wool Balance (organic, how fancy) and it was really, really nice to work with. I am in spazzy love with it. The blend is 50 Merino/ 50 Cotton and it has all this lovely tweediness that I think gives the sweater such charachter.

Can you guess the pattern? Of course, it’s EZ, but I used a Spun-Out design called A Family of Raglans (SO45/WG69 on Rav). I have Zimmermann raglan patterns in the books, but this – a single page leaflet available for $1 from Schoolhouse Press – is a pattern chock full of new-to-me information. Worth $1? Damn straight.

short rows
baby got back

There are short rows hidden in there to make the back longer than the front. I’m terrible at knitting short rows, and if I showed you a better picture you might see how unsightly they are on the yoke.  This bothers me only slightly, thank goodness, because what’s really important here is that it’s a highly serviceable sweater.

my Mag

Cute, no?

Some basic notes on the design:

  • I used a smaller needle on 100% of the stitches for the edges.  It really doesn’t get any easier than that.
  • The decreases at the raglan lines were suggested in the pattern: Dec rnd: K2tog, p1, ssk. Plain rnd: knit. I’d never used it before and I like it a lot.
  • Um, that’s it. It was a really easy sweater.

Now all that’s left is that other underarm, and blocking!  And then I say goodbye to this sweet striped raglan for a long, long time…