Archive for September, 2004


September 30th, 2004 6 comments

Oscar Mardis GrasSo I’m working through my stash with an eye toward making sellable things.

So the question is, what do you think of this color combination? I *think* I like it, but I also keep thinking, “it’s like if Oscar the Grouch went to Mardi Gras.”


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Weak weak weak. Still so very, very weak.

September 29th, 2004 4 comments

Firecracker scarfHave no money. Am selling off possessions on eBay. No, really.

So why, why did I go into a yarn store? It was madness! Madness, I say!

Walked out with one skein of Colinette Tagliatelli.

Am now on severe yarn diet. Also, severe food diet if credit card gets declined. Whimper.

ETA: On the up side, I am fortunate to have kind friends like Tessima, who sent me the yarn I used to make this soft and funky firecracker scarf. Thanks, Tessima!

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New pattern idea.

September 26th, 2004 3 comments

So I’ve got this friend, let’s call her “Tessima” to protect her anonymity, who was getting on my case about using too much chunky and bulky and other “fat” synonym yarns. I wanted to make “Tessima” something, but the thing I had wanted to make her was a scarf out of Brown Sheep Burly Spun in Strawberry. See, there’s that word “burly” so I didn’t think it was going to fly. Her loss, because man, it was lookin’ cute. So, I thought, well, I’ve got the pattern for the reverse bloom flower washcloth, and this “Tessima” tends to like bath products. Gee, I hope that didn’t out her. I happen to have two skeins of soft, fuzzy Crystal Palace cotton chenille in red and blue, so that seemed ideal. It’s soft and cushy and absorbent.

So I worked up one petal, then looked at it and thought, “hmm. This gives me an idea.” So I made up this heart washcloth. (That’s a bar of Ivory next to it for scale.)

There’s room for improvement in the pattern. It looks kinda neat and knits up quick, but I think it’d look better smaller and rounder, and without so much flaring out on the inside of the bifurcation of the heart. I also don’t want the lobes flapping around and smacking someone in the face. If I can get this perfected, this might be something I could sell fairly cheaply.

Whatcha think? Suggestions, comments?

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One from panzermama

September 23rd, 2004 No comments

Take the quiz: “Which Random Irish Gaelic Phrase Are You? “

Ta mo bhriste tri thine
Ta mo bhriste tri thine – ‘My trousers are on fire.’You’re a few bricks short of a load, aren’t you? You’re probably not allowed to use sharp objects and you should be locked in a rubber room. With Rubber rats. Rubber rats? I hate rubber rats. They drive me crazy. Crazy? I was crazy once. They put me in a rubber room. With rubber rats. Rubber rats? I hate rubber rats…

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September 22nd, 2004 2 comments

If LJ Was a Bar by Karen_Walker
Bartender gracefully
Bouncer dartenian
Dancing Badly kwiltbank
Playing Pool tessima
Playing Darts jadziabryn
Singing Karaoke zadraes
Got in with a Fake ID gm_eisu
Guy with a Mullet arfn
Too Drunk to Stand cadaya
Hitting on Everyone ceosanna
Hot Chick meakah
Quiz created with MemeGen!
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Baby baby baby!

September 19th, 2004 No comments

The last hat was too big, so I’d be damned if I was going to make that same mistake again, and I hate sending things to people that aren’t quite right. The things not being quite right, not the people not being quite right. Most of my friends are “not quite right” if you know what I mean.

Bah. I make no sense. Where’s my coffee?


Ahhh, that’s better. So, using some more of the Noro Lily, here’s a little knot hat sized to fit newborn to about three months. The colors are more pastel than they appear in that photo. It was fortunate how the Lily made lovely swirls up the fabric. I’m very pleased.

I think this colorway of the Lily may be discontinued, so I’m considering going back to my local yarn shop to snap up another skein. This was a quick and easy knit, and I’d happily do it again for any future babies.

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Bottoms Up Bucket Hat

September 16th, 2004 1 comment

I finally bought the pattern to the Bottoms Up Bucket Hat from ChicKnits. I was going to make it for yet another baby. (Seriously, people. Just keep one foot on the floor. I can’t knit fast enough.) It knitted up nicely in Noro Lily, a blend of 70% cotton and 30% silk. It was fun! However, I knew it would be a little bit big. Soo… now, once again, I will probably wind up knitting another baby gift.

Aaanyway, here it is on my resident 5-year-old model. Brim down, and then with brim up. I’m thinking about making a little flower pin to go on the brim. We’ll see.

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Future hackers of America.

September 15th, 2004 No comments

So two days ago, Emily finally mastered the mouse. (Well, mostly mastered.)

Today, she popped in the disk for Grand Theft Auto III.

That’s bad, isn’t it?

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September 11th, 2004 No comments

Just in time for a baby shower tomorrow night, I’ve completed booties and hat. They wanted something pink, so it’s pink with a vengeance. The hat is a combination of the “Li’l Devil Baby Hat” and the “Official Kitty62 Hat” from I believe there’s an adult devil hat in “Stitch ‘N Bitch” too. In retrospect, I could have gone smaller and it would have been fine. The hat and booties together only used about 2/3 of a skein of Lamb’s Pride Worsted, and I even doubled it on the booties to make ’em nice and thick. So the whole project came in for less than 7 bucks in materials. We’ll leave aside the question of labor, of course.

It’s too small for my five-year-old, but nonetheless I made her put it on (before I attached the pom-poms) so I could see it. And now I must share with all of you.

I do like to do something new for every project, so for this one, the new thing was a provisional cast-on around a crochet chain. And pom-poms. I’d never made pom-poms. Pretty easy, since McGyverish directions are out there on the web. 🙂

I’m pleased! Now, I must wrap. And no, I won’t be hand-crafting the wrapping paper.

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September 9th, 2004 No comments

My husband works for the local newspaper, and he directed my attention to the Stihl ad they ran today. It’s halfway down on this page:

Heh. Heh heh. Heh heh.

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