Let the swatching begin!

I really am terrible at keeping my blog up to date.  It really is a commitment, and one of the first ones I let go when life gets in the way.
I’m really not going to bore you with my typical “I’m back” post (apparently I’ve neglected this blog once or twice before, for months/years at a time).  Instead, I’m just going to get right to it.
I really haven’t been knitting.  At all.  But recently I’ve had the urge to create something, and thought I’d pick up knitting again.
I stopped at Windy Knitty today and picked up some yarn for a new project:
© Debbie Stoller
This is from Debbie Stoller’s Stitch ‘N Bitch Superstar Knitting.  It’s been in my queue for awhile.  When the knitting bug started to bite, I thought this would be the perfect summer sweater.  If summer ever comes… but that’s a different blog post all together.  (Perhaps even a different blog.  I could write for days about the hateful feelings I have toward this winter/spring weather.)
Anyway, I’m starting to swatch.  Actually kinda looking forward to it.  And kinda nervous.  I don’t think I’ve EVER been on a knitting hiatus like this.  But I’m sure muscle memory or whatever will kick in, right?  Like riding a bike?


Open for Business!

Last week I finally opened shop and posted my first item on Etsy

I imagine I’ll mostly be selling jewelry, but you never know.  My love of knitting is still present, but lately, if I’m knitting, I’m knitting for me.  I’ll be creating and listing more soon, so check back often.


And… she’s back.

Yes, yes, it’s been a LONG time since I’ve posted anything.  Much has happened, and yet much has stayed the same.

I’m still working my day job, working for “the man.”  If I haven’t mentioned before, I’m a legal secretary in the wonderful world of intellectual property.  Trust me, it’s not as glamorous as it sounds.  (I may be a bit delusional to think anyone even interprets it as such.)  I’ve been plugging along at my “career” (oh, it kind of pains me to call it that) for a little over ten years.  This is definitely NOT what I wanted to be when I grew up, but the money is good and I’m good at what I do.

I’ve also started a new hobby – designing jewelry.  It’s fun, definitely a wonderful creative outlet, and the instant gratification is killer!  I can whip up a pair of earrings in the time it would take me to cast on.  I’m hoping to start selling some of my wares on Etsy.  But for now, I’ve been making stuff mostly for myself (it was glaringly apparent that I needed to expand my jewelry wardrobe).  For Christmas, I made all the women in my life earrings.  They were a big hit, although now my mom is all-not-too-subtly  hinting that she needs a matching bracelet.  I think I’ve created a monster.

I haven’t been knitting much.  Not sure what that’s about.  I have a modest yarn stash – definitely enough to start a few different projects, but I guess I’m just waiting for inspiration to strike.  Until then, I occasionally open up my ottomans stuffed of yarn – I have three – and take inventory.  (Yes, I keep my yarn in ottomans, don’t judge me!  Where do you keep yours??)  I’ve also stumbled across a few stashes sprinkled throughout my apartment, totally forgetting that I’ve hidden them here and there, and think “Oh, that’s where I put that.”  But I’ve yet to come across anything that really screams “KNIT ME!”  So, I wait.

And last, but not least, My Guy, Jason Oppman has started a new music project, and I’ve moved into the role of musician’s wife.  His band, Girl Detective, boasts “original alternative and experimental music with a lush and cerebral postmodern / altrock sound.”  I’ve attended many late night gigs, schlepped a lot of band equipment, and met some cool people (and a few weirdoes, too).  I have to say, though, this rock star life style is a bit trying on someone with a day job.  But, it’s fun as hell.  And I don’t get out much otherwise, so it’s totally a two-birds-one-stone thing.

So, that’s the wrap-up of the past nine months.  I promise to post more and more often.  Til then, peace out.


Yarn Stash

Not sure if I posted this picture (or one similar to this) before, but I was looking through my picture gallery and came across this one.

My Guy and I were going through my stash, maybe a year ago or so, and wanted to artfully arrange my yarn stash and knitting needles.  It was a fun exercise.  I donated a whole bunch of yarn after this photo shoot – mostly Red Heart and other acrylic yarns.

This de-stashing also made me realize that I’ve turned into a bit of a yarn snob.  Not hardcore, but enough that I cringe when I touch a 100% acrylic yarn.  I’m not proud of this, but it’s the truth.  I’ve come to appreciate the finer quality yarns, which usually translates to the more expensive yarns.  I’ve always had expensive taste, but sometimes this gets in the way of a project getting underway.  If I can’t afford the good stuff, I don’t really want to knit.  And I love to knit.  I don’t like to think of myself as pretentious, but maybe I am.  At least a little bit.

On the current knitting front, not much going on.  As I’m writing this, it’s 89 degrees in my 3rd floor apartment, and I can’t for the life of me pick up my current project.  It’s just too hot to work with alpaca.  It’s too hot to do much of anything.  So, I’m writing this just to write and to let you know I’m doing fine.  Hot as hell, but fine.


Damn you, Harry Potter!

I’m sad to report that not much knitting is getting done.  And it’s all due to that damn Harry Potter!  My Guy and My Boy are majorly into video games, at times much to my dismay.  Well, my husband thought it would be fun for me to get in on the action and he bought Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4.  So much fun!  So much so, that I’m officially addicted to it, having spent at least 15 hours playing it over the last 5 days.  I just can’t help myself.  Little Lego Harry and little Lego Hermione and little Lego Ron are just irresistible.  It’s going to be the end of me!

Like I said, not much knitting happening, but I’ll soon post a pic of how far I’ve gotten with the circular scarf.


Miracle Grow

Ok, so I didn’t grow them.  And, some may say that calling them a “miracle” is blasphemy.  But these flowers STILL look great and I got them on my birthday.  April 1st.  Yes, I’m an April Fool’s baby, but that’s besides the point.  The point is, I got them on April 1st, and look at the amazing condition they’re in!!  I’ve never had flowers last on me this long, but with some water changes and a little pruning of the dead stuff, they’re still going strong.  Amazing!

In knitting news, there’s not much to tell.  My alpaca circular scarf isn’t going as planned:  I’ve ripped it out maybe 5 times while trying to find the perfect pattern.  So I’ve put my needles down for a bit.  Hoping to find some inspiration soon.  I’ll post pics once there’s something worth seeing.


Shout Out to All My Peeps Around the World

Just noticed on my blogger stats that I’ve had a page view from New Zealand.  Pretty exciting.  I’ve also had people from Ukraine, Canada, the UK and China.  VERY exciting!  Not sure if they like my blog or just happened across my blog from some random search, but either way, I’m happy my words have been viewed by so many.  Thanks all for checking me out!

In other blogging news, one of the most popular keyword searches for my blog seems to be the knitted jock strap.  Wow!  I had no idea!  So, even though I blasted the knitted jock strap idea, I guess there’s a high demand for them.  Kudos to you and your creative knitting.

[Post originally published 4/19/2012.]

4/20/2012:  I’d like to add that the above-mentioned stats are representative of the last week.  I’ve also had page views in Germany, Russia, Israel, India, Japan and Malaysia.  I’d like to give a shout out to all those folks as well!


Knitting Attention Deficit Disorder

Just yesterday I wrote about starting a new project and how psyched and motivated I was.  And then it went out the window.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still excited about the circular scarf and working with that gorgeous yarn, but I just wasn’t at all pleased with the way it was turning out.  I used a ridge stitch that was ok, but working it up, decided that it was all wrong. 

This happens to me often.  I was just telling My Guy that I LOVE to create, but it needs to turn out the way I envision it, or I’m not happy.  I create mainly through knitting, and I most certainly enjoy the act of knitting (or crocheting, or painting), but I also really enjoy having a finished project.  When my project seems wonky, or misshapen, or just plain ugly, it makes me sad.  And I’m compelled to rip it out.

So, in the past 24 hours, I’ve worked on a project, ripped it out and used the same yarn to start something new.  I’ve also started a new project.  AND I’ve started working on an old project that I completely forgot about.  In 24 hours!!

RIGHT: I ripped out the few inches I had knit for the circular scarf.  I’m starting to work up a cabled fabric that I’m confident I’ll be MUCH happier with.

LEFT: I found this project laying amidst the other forgotten WIPs and was inspired to pick it up again.  It’s going to be a circular scarf - it’s a trend that I absolutely love.

BACK: I started this project using the yarn I spun from my drop spindle.  LOVE the colors.  I have in mind a little wallet or change purse for this one.

So, long story short, I’m up to my ears in projects, and I’m loving it.  I’m back, baby!


It’s Been A While…

It’s funny how I can be chugging along, doing my blog thing, when suddenly I drop off the face of the earth, at least where my blog is concerned.  Life gets in the way, time is lacking as well as my motivation, and my blog is the first thing to go.  Knitting, I’ve noticed, is a close second.

But I’m back and feeling motivated, and I’ve started a new knitting project.  I’m working on one of those long circular scarves, the ones that you can wrap around and around.  It’s slow going, and it’s probably going to take a while, but at least I’m working on a project, and it feels good.  Forgot how much I love knitting and how much I’ve missed it.

I’m working with Alpaca Gems Yarn, hand dyed, by New Era Fiber (www.newerafiber.com).  It’s one of the things I picked up at Stitches Midwest 2011.  It’s super soft to work with and I LOVE the color.

As a side note, My Cat decided he’d make a great present.  Just add tissue paper.



Some People Knit the Most Fucked Up Shit

Since I’ve joined Ravelry (totally late in the game), I’ve been browsing patterns and I’ve found some pretty crazy shit.  And some pretty ingenious shit too.  Now, I don’t want to rain on anyone’s creativity parade, but sometimes I just have to say “Really?” and “What the fuck?”

For instance, while browsing, I came across a knitted jock strap.  Actually 2 knitted jock strap patterns, one for sale and one for free.  And a crocheted version, too.  Seriously?  I mean, I love My Guy to pieces, but I really wouldn’t want his junk resting in the beautiful mohair, wool, what-have-you, I just spent $15+ on.  For that matter, I wouldn’t even want his balls in the Peaches ‘N Cream cotton stuff I spent $2 on.  Topped with the fact that I’d have to hand wash this funky smelling thing?  No thanks.

I also found a penis cozy.  What the hell?  Please see above rant.

How about a knitted digestive system?  Really?  Why?  What reason do you have to knit such a thing?

Okay, now can we move to toilet paper cozies?  Seriously?  I’ve seen tp cozies shaped like a cactus, a Barbie toilet, and even Bender, that robot guy from Futurama.  I don’t know about you, but I just stick my spare rolls in a cabinet.  But that’s just me.  I also found a cozy knitted to look like a sushi roll.  Cute, but I wouldn’t knit that shit either.

One thing I did find during my meanderings on Ravelry is a knitted buddha.  It’s pretty awesome, but then again, I’m into that sort of thing.  At this very moment, someone could be blogging about how you’d have to be crazy as shit to knit it.  Maybe I am.


NOTE TO READERS: To those of you who’ve knitted or designed one of the aforementioned items, you must have had a pretty good reason, one that’s just beyond my comprehension.  These are just my opinions, not the laws of the knitting gods, so please, no hate mail.  Although, if you do proceed to post something hateful, I do hope it’s entertaining.