Listening to the Crickets and The Happy Hooker

I’ve been in a bit of a knitting rut as of late, hence the “crickets” on the blog-front.  Not sure what it is, but I need to snap out of it and fast.  To tell you the truth, I’ve been working on a pattern submission for knitting e-zine.  I can’t say much more about the project, except that I’m frustrated beyond belief and ready to pull my hair out.

Which leads me to the hooking I’ve been up to.  And no, not that kind of hooking…

Happy Hooker

I decided to go back to my roots, where it all started, where I first caught the yarn bug nine years ago.  Crochet!!  Oh, Crochet, my first love, how I’ve missed you so!  From the moment I taught myself how to wield that hook and yarn into loops and ultimately fabric, it was love at first sight.

I’m crocheting the Fat-Bottom Bag, from Debbie Stoller’s Stitch ‘N Bitch Crochet book, in Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Almond.  A new crocheted accessory should be just what I need to get me out of my creative rut. 
XX crossed fingers XX


Lust or Love? Definitely Love.

If you don’t know, I have a thing for musicians.  Coincidentally, My Guy is a musician, and I made a point of letting him know this very fact when we met on Match a year and a half ago.  Lucky for me, he interpreted this fact to mean I was creative and artsy and not some groupie bimbo.

Lust or Love

Well, I could not be more excited to report that My Guy’s solo project, Headphone Intercourse, has its first song, Lust or Love, on iTunes!  Headphone Intercourse, My Guy’s one-man-band, is featured on Electric Underground Volume 6, which was recently released on February 11, 2010.

Congrats to My Guy!  You’re such a sexy rock star!


Sclemeel, Schlemazel, Hasenfeffer Incorporated!

I had family come in from Phoenix (and to be honest, not just any family but my most favorite cousin and her wife) and we met up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (the land of good beer and plentiful cheese) for a few days before heading up to Fond du Lac to visit more family.  My cousin and I aren’t even blood related, and actually, we’re not even related by marriage anymore, but we’re closer than any two blood relatives can be and two peas in a pod when we’re together.  And when you throw in her spouse and My Guy, we make quite the group.  It was good times all around.


Between going to the Harley Davidson Museum, eating at a great tapas restaurant called La Marenda, and visiting Anaba Tea Room - the cutest tea room I’ve ever been to - we managed to go to Loop, a yarn shop in Milwaukee.  I picked up 3 skeins of Spud & Chloe Outer in Sequoia.  I also picked up this delicious Maghreb Mint chai tea from Anaba.  Ooh, it’s so good.  Looking forward to a night of sipping chai and flipping through the Spring/Summer issue of Vogue Knitting.  I’m sure I’ll be posting my list of ooh’s and ah’s soon enough.


Beach Baby

I finished Austin’s baby blanket, which is appropriately named Beach Baby for its beachy colors and summery vibes:

I FINALLY settled on an edging and knit a 114” long I-cord and stitched it to the blanket’s edge.  I cannot express the relief I feel from having this blanket done.  I am elated.  Overjoyed.  In a tizzy. 


Speaking of tizzies, I experienced quite the knitting fiasco late last night with the Brimster Beanie I’m working on for My Guy.  Too traumatized to rehash the details today.  Perhaps tomorrow when I’ve recovered.

BTW, I’m hoping to have the pattern up on the site soon, so keep your peepers peeled.


Over The Edge

Over the edge is where I’ll be if I don’t finish this baby blanket soon and MOVE ON!  I’m sick of it, I tell you; I need to work a another project.

Not to mention I have projects up the wazoo, like My Guy’s Brimster Beanie or a tam I’m planning on designing for myself using some lovely grass green yarn I picked up recently from my LYS.  (Pic coming soon.)

So, back to the matter at hand: I’ve been playing with different edges since my last post.  Nothing seems to jive with the feel of this little blankie.  What am I to do? 

Time to think outside the box… Maybe I have one oh-so-simple solution up my sleeve.  One technique so basic and classic, and staring me in the face, it could have bit me.  Can you guess what it is?


Feeling Edgy

I am currently pondering over what edging to use on Austin’s Baby Blanket.  Originally I was going to pick up stitches around the edges and knit a few inches in seed stitch, until it occurred to me that I’d need a really long circular needle (which I don’t have) or two medium long circular needles (which I don’t have two of the same size), and therefore decided I really wasn’t up to it.  I mean, at this point, I’ve had it with this blanket.  I just want to be done.

But of course I can’t be done because all these squares have been so meticulously sewn together and are just calling for a knitted edge to bring the whole darn thing together.

So the search continued, I pressed on, and I came across some knitted edge/trim patterns on Lion Brand’s website.  Here are the runner-ups:

Bias Binding


Zig Zag Rib

Nothing too fancy or flashy.  Nothing lacy or holey – don’t want little baby fingers or toes to get caught…

As it stands now, I’m leaning towards the bias binding trim, but I’m in a pretty fickle mood today.  Talk to me in ten minutes.


Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m bored with all the heart patterns available for this Hallmark holiday.  I mean, if you’re going to celebrate with knitting, let’s try for some fun and originality.  Enter Knit.1’s Heart Pillow:

Heart Pillow

I especially love the arteries and veins.


The Hardest Part

So My Guy says to me, “What’s the hardest part of knitting that blanket?  Knitting the squares or sewing it together?”

Sewing Squares

I look at him from my spot on the floor, squares strewn this way and that.  If he only knew.

Seaming can make or break a project, at least one of my projects.  If I don’t take my time and do it right, it definitely shows, and I end up with a lumpy, awful looking thing no one wants to touch with a ten-foot pole, let alone wear or wrap themselves in.  So, I’m taking my time with the mattress stitch…

So I tell him as much and he says, “It looks like you’re using invisible yarn.”

He’s so sweet.  He views my knitting just as magically as I do.


I’ll have good music and a beer. Thanks.

Butterfly in Traffic 2

My Guy and I hit the town last night for an evening of good tunes.  Playing at The Elbo Room was Butterfly in Traffic, with our friend and frontman, Ed.  It was a fabulous time – good vibes all around. 

With the sweet sounds of guitars in the air and the drums kicking up a sweet beat, I really was itching to go dancing.  Too bad it was a work night, or I would have put on my boogie shoes. 

Sometimes, I hate being a responsible adult.

It’s So Easy Being Green

Who said it wasn’t easy being green?  It’s definitely easy when you’re wearing an adorable, green hat like this one.

Kermit Hat

The best part?  It’s KERMIT THE FREAKIN’ FROG!  Those two white “ears” on top are really his eyes.  Can you just picture it?

I really wanted a picture of the front of the hat, but I didn’t have the guts to ask for her picture.  Just use your imagination…


These Boots are Made for Knitting

Fewer things make me happier than red nails and new boots.

Boots & Knitting 010 

Whether I’m typing, or knitting, or reading, or whatever, when I catch a glimpse of those red fingertips, my pulse quickens and the blood rushes to my head.  Perhaps it speaks volumes of the power of red.  Maybe it’s just that it’s been my favorite color since, like, I was five.

And then there’s the boots.  Like any woman in touch with her womanhood, I like shoes.  I like heels and flats, strappy sandals and open-toed.  And with a red pedicure, don’t get me started… Above all else, I love boots, and I just treated myself to a new pair.  My Guy and I went to DSW Shoe Warehouse, aka Mecca.  Love that place, and love my boots.  I’d wear them to bed if they matched my pajamas.

On the needles is the Brimster Beanie. I’m using Bernat Alpaca in Tomato.  It’s a 70/30 Acrylic/Alpaca blend, and I wouldn’t normally use yarn with such a high Acrylic content (please don’t read “yarn snob”), but it’s actually pretty great.  Soft and drapey, and of course the price is to die for.  Highly recommended.


What’s the date?

Austin's Baby Square

As I’m sitting here knitting, my Christmas tree is hovering near and looking at me incredulously.  Yes, yes, I know.  It’s February 6.  But, I like the light it brings to our living room.  And, let’s be honest, when it comes to these types of things, I’m just a little lazy.


Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater No More

You’ve probably all heard of what inevitably happens after you knit that intricate Fair Isle or cable-ridden Aran sweater for the man in your life.  Yes, that’s right, you inevitably break up.  Well, I’ve never knit a boyfriend a sweater, but I’ve knit them other things, and I vowed a long time ago never to knit for a man again.  But then I met my guy, let’s call him “Guy,” and he turned my world upside down and inside out.

From the moment he found out I knit, he’s been begging me to make him a pair of wool underwear.  Now, of course, he’s probably joking, but regardless, it’s NOT happening.  Instead, I’m making him this Brimster Beanie pictured below:


It’s coming along quickly.  Which is just lovely, since I have other projects in the wings.