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I can’t do any big posts today; I am too enraptured by socks. I’ll get back to you…

Alpaca KAL meme

Memes! The place is crawling with memes. Bear with me, I love them. This one is for the Alpaca Along, or Year of the Alpaca.

1. I’ve been hooked on the needles since?
Couple of years
2. I’m still a virgin, but not for long: to steeking, entrelac, cross stitch
3. She’s crafty – she gets around…to : knitting, crochet, and a mutant made up cross stitch
She’s crafty – she’s always down…for: writing, reading, singing, listening to music, doing interpretive dances (i kid you not), watching musical, opera going – should i go on?
She’s crafty – she’s got a gripe…about : yarn budgets. they suck.
She’s crafty – and she’s just my type. What type of knitter are you? OCD
4. I’m dying to try: quiviuk and llama and camel – oh my!
5. I gravitate towards colors like? blues and browns and reds and black and maybe even pinks (but not all together)
6. My most cherished possession (kids, pets, family don’t count) is: my writing, bad as it is.
7. I’m stuck on an island, what am I reading? Terry Pratchet, babeh!
8. If I were about to be executed and I was offered a last meal , I’d be dining on: Gale’s Root Beer and little chewy fruit things.
9. Music to knit by: OPERA
10. I have a crush on: Ummmmmm.
11. Least favorite celeb: Ummmmm.
12. Choose:
Johnney Depp
Madonna or Janet Jackson? Madonna
June Cleaver or Peg Bundy? Who?
Jackie or Marilyn? Who?
Love or Money? Love
Brains or looks? Brains
Math or English? English
Cat or Dog? Cog
Leader or follower? Leader
Beer or Champagne? grape juice?
13. My favorite smell? spring
14. Not many people know this about me: my worst fear is that i will have to work at mcdonalds
15. My hidden talent is: none

Look look look! ‘gurumi!

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This is the trio of Diddles. (If you don’t remember or haven’t seen much of the blog, I made the orange one first and named it Diddle.) From left to right, the names are: Diddle, Deding, and Devil. Devil is the newest. I put the patterns for these guys up – you’ll find the link on the sidebar. Enjoy!

Magknits review

The title? Is a lie. I would reveiw the Feb. ’07 magknits, but I find it totally unremarkable in almost every way. Thank you very much

A few musing on the beret

Ah, the beret. I have to say that I’ve always wanted one. The pattern in the Winter ’06 issue of Interweave Knits has been quietly but constantly whispering to me. “Bronach,” it says. “Look at me. I only take one skein of tweed handspun. They sell it at Erica’s! It coudl onlt cost eleven dollars!” When I try to quiet it’s voice, it gives the most convincing arguement yet.
“Bronach,” it says. “You could knit me in blue.” I love blue tweed yarn. It’s an unreasonable love, but that does not stop it in any way. Oh well. We’re getting of topic.

Here’s the thing, though.
It is soooooo *expletive deleted* hard to find a good beret pattern in a bearable yarn. Besides the IK one (which is very good), the only one I really like is The Last Minute “Purled” Beret. And here are the Top Three Reasons Why:
3. Excessive Pom-Pom usage. Yes, I know I could just leave the pom pom off, but wouldn’t you rather knit from a pattern that has never been associated with pom poms than something like this? Example:
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Ew. And by lion Brand, too.
2. The Furry Factor of Fury!
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And finally…
1. Usage of the adjective “jaunty.” I hate that! “Jaunty” is the most overused word to describe berets of all time. I especially hate it when they say things like “this beret can be worn at a jaunty angle!” For goodness sakes, people. Call it cheerful, call it perky (though I still might cringe), but don’t use the j-word. Please. Think of the children.

You know what? Forget it.

Lately I’ve had a very “I’m-Going-To-Make-Something-But-I’d-Better-Not-Blog-It-Because-I-Might-Submit-It-To-Knitty” attitude toward knitting. It’s good for buisness, but it makes for a boring blog. So here’s the plan… Blog the halter top.*

*What halter top, you ask? Well, come back later and find out…

Muahahahahahaha. Ha. Ha…

Yet another photoless post

I’ve got a lovely case of stomach flu. Well, actually, I don’t. I’ve been told that’s a fictional disease. Anyway, it ain’t feeling well. And the promised reversable scarf pattern? It hasn’t happened yet. I can’t find a good yarn to knit it with. I need to go to my LYS… ugh. Anyway, if anyone cares to knit a reversable cable/seed stitch scarf for testing, I would be more than happy to post a picture on my site. In fact, I think I need to put out a standing invitation here. Lissenup! Here goes:

Anyone who knits on of my patterns and sends me a photo of their creation will be featured (with a link to their blog, if they have one) in a yet to be created gallery on this site. This offer is valid until a) the apocolypse b) The Coming of the Great Green Argleseizure (see a) and Douglas Adams for more info) c) this idea falls victim to the wonton and uncaring whim of Fate

Thank you. Again, any takers for test knitting the scarf, post a comment and I’ll send you the pattern. Once it has been knit (either by me or another scarf enthusiast), postingof the pattern on this website will commence.

Thankyou. Thankyouverymuch.

Time to make a promise

I hereby promise that, either on here or Crazy Knitting Girls (or both), there will soon be a pattern for a completely reversable, cabled scarf. It would be up sooner, but I encountered a problem. I realized that I suddenly no longer like the color periwinkle, which was the color the scarf was in. So… I’m going to redo it in something nicer, like Noro, and get back to you on that.

Stash management strategy

Okay, I can so do this. I know how to manage my huge stash of yarn.
1. When you find a lucious yarn, do not simply buy one skein if you choose to buy some at all. This will lead to you looking mournfully at the skein, thinking “I can’t knit anything with this tiny skein!”, and it will be stored in your stash. This could be tricky. See, here’s my problem. A girl with a yarn budget like I have can’t usually buy more than one skein of that wonderful cashmere blend. One skein has very few possibilities for usuful knitwear, expecially since luxury yarn usually come in smaller skeins. I always end up with wristbands. Don’t get me wrong, wristbands are wondeful things. But at our school, our Wise and Benevolent Principal of Goodness thinks that they are gang signs. So… my wristband never get the usage they deserve.
2. Calculate yardage very carefully, and return all left over skeins. All those leftover skeins of yarn from those projects, even if they’re not a result of reckless stash enhancement expeditions, make me look like a wonton yarn shopper when they’re all piled up together. Overheard at my house:
Me: Ugh… I need to go to the yarn store.
Concerned Family Personage: But look at all the yarn you have!
Me: I can’t make anything from that!
Concerned Family Personage: Make something striped.
See the problem? Even when I do work from the stash, I always end up barely making a dent in my leftover skeins. Seriously, what do you do with a load of half-used skeins in colors that, if used together, would clash more than Che Guevara and Peron.
3. Sort yarn by color, and then sort the colors by weight. This helps. Really, it does. Seeing all my lovely skeins of worsted weight blue yarn all in a big bag together brings inspiration for more lovely, blue knitted objets d;art.
4. Get a better plan for stash control. Seriously, this will never work. Order and chaos constantly battle in my room. Guess what wins?

Sigh. Back to the drawing board…

Okay, deep breath.

Inhale… Exhale. Now, I’m going to have to figure out how to balance out my time between this blog and Crazy Knitting Girls. Hmmm… Howbout this. I promise to update at least three times a week unless the following happen:
1. I die.
2. Someone I know dies, including my dear cancerous rodent friend, Shabbi. (FYI: This will be soon. Very soon. :-()
3. Our computer gets a virus.
4. I go blind and insane.
If I break this promise, I’ll try to write a pattern for everyone or something to make up for it. I hear that there’s a need for iPod socks…
Here. An old FO. I finished it during the musical The Pirate Queen. (Excuse me while I bounce up and down and squeal with delight!) The musical wasn’t exceptional, but it starred my favorite actress, Stephanie J. Block.
It’s squiggle lace:
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Like it? I hope you do. In fact, if you like it, you can have it. Seriously. It’s a big panel with not purpose in life but to lie in my closet looking mournful (Anyone who says knitting can’t look mournful hasn’t seen the huge box of neglected knitwear in my closet). It’s too small for a shawl or a blanket, too dorky for a skirt, and the wrong size for a window curtain.

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