Small projects…

Saturday, September 27th, 2014 | At the office, FO's, Geekery, hats, knitting, Pattern | No Comments

Have I ever mentioned how much I like small projects? I actually feel like I am accomplishing something. Good thing too since most of my knitting projects have pretty much been cast to the side for all the rest of the stuff I am trying out.


Small projects are great for lunchtime knitting at work!

This is a special hat though. My mom had mentioned that she knew a woman through one of her scrapbooking sites who had a little girl that just had a brain tumor removed. Her name is Rori and this hat is hers.

I was sitting in our editor’s office here at work not too long ago when I got a message from Rori’s mom saying that they had just received the hat and sent me a picture of her wearing it. It totally made my day.

Funny how the internet can bring people together.

If you’re interested in this hat pattern, it is Hermione’s Cable and Eyelet Hat and you can find it here.

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Forced relaxation…

Monday, January 6th, 2014 | blah blah blah, FO's, hats, Holiday, knitting, stash busting, UGH! | No Comments

Wow, what a hectic year this is shaping up to be! I have been very busy, but it looks like I’m getting a little break coming up soon.

I met up with my knitters on Friday night but I didn’t do any knitting. I think the holidays did me in and, once again, the repetitive motion injury fairy has come to visit. The knitter’s have instructed me to lighten up on the crafting time.

But, how in the world will I survive without my knitting?!? (Insert dramatic flailing here.)

It’s not so bad though. Courtney and I must have been reading each other’s minds because we both think that instead of exchanging Crafty Christmas gifts on Twelfth Night (which was…um…yesterday), that we should exchange them at Stitches West next month! That way we are all together and hopefully that gives everyone enough time to get their projects done.

I’m not worried. I already made the prediction that I would be done first, despite my splint.

While I wait to get back to crafting, presents are starting to be delivered to relatives back home! I haven’t heard from everybody yet, but hopefully I will soon. There is a big snowstorm happening in the midwest right now and my packages are being delivered to some of those areas hit hard by snow and ice. Keep your fingers crossed!

My folks are happy that they are here in Cali where it a lovely 70+ degrees and they have been taunting the folks back home in Michigan with pictures of the two of them wearing shorts and sandals. It means that my Mom hasn’t had the opportunity to wear the hat I knit her for Christmas.

Oh well, maybe she can get some use out of it when she gets home in March.


Nicole by Grace Akhrem

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“Pretty cunning, don’t ya think?”

Friday, April 19th, 2013 | blah blah blah, FO's, Geekery, hats, start to finish, UGH! | No Comments

I have really over thought the blog thing the past few days. “Fake it till you make it” has been really hard to do lately.

Everyone is pretty much aware of all the yucky stuff happening in the news right now…Not everyone is aware I just got word I wasn’t hired for yet another job. The former being far more serious than the latter, however, both have had me more than a little emotional.

I had lost my crafting mojo recently. I was spending my time just sitting here staring at projects, full of ennui. There is so much to do…crocheting, writing, sewing…so I started trying to seriously adopt the “fake it till you make it” philosophy.

I decided to kick it off with the now controversial Jayne Hat.

(If you are unaware of the controversy, click here or here.)


So, Monday night I cast on the hat. I knit most of it Tuesday morning while having coffee at a local Starbucks with my friend Dana. By lunchtime on Tuesday I was done. I decided to snap a pic and post it on twitter…then my husband retweeted it.

Had I known he was gonna do that, I would’ve thrown some makeup on or something.

Of course, my knitting group was a little annoyed because I have a reputation of “pooping out” projects, but it has given me a small jump start to get some stuff done. I started working on some of the projects I have been sitting here staring at…and that is a good thing.

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I’ve been sitting here staring at a blank screen for over an hour thinking about what I could possibly write. I’m bored, but not for lack of things to do. I’m feeling listless…impatient….like I am waiting for something to happen.

I have creator’s block.

The thing with blocks such as this, regardless of how it started, it seems that it can only be resolved with time. I’m impatient though, so I push through.

So, what am I doing? Well, I’ve cut fabric for one project and am halfway through crocheting another. I finished the actual writing of a pattern yesterday…but that object has been done for a couple of months now…so there was no actual thinking involved.

I finished a knitted hat on Friday night! A real FO! I asked the guy that works at our local hangout for advice on the accent color. He went with the lime green…I decided on the orange. I have a bad track record when it comes to agreeing with men regarding color choices for projects.

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The orange stands out more.

Of course, this hat was knit and blocked long before Friday night…so the only thing I really worked on was weaving that orange yarn though. Yup…that’s all I worked on.

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Photo of my goofy head compliments of Courtney.

I wore it the rest of the night…and Court and I were approached later that night by two guys who offered to buy it from me. I can’t part with it.

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I am not a machine…

Friday, March 29th, 2013 | blah blah blah, hats, WIP, yarn snobbery | No Comments


Would it be so terribly bad to say I haven’t been doing very much knitting? I went about a week without any knitting at all. I’ve mostly been spending my time on other things. I’ve been pinning and repinning fabric like some crazy seamstress with a bad case of OCD. I’ve done some pattern writing and a little sketching. I even took a day, much to the surprise of anyone that knows me, to read a book…FICTION even. How very unlike me.

The truth is, even when it comes to hobbies, everyone needs a break once in awhile. I took it while I could.

Yesterday, I decided to return to it. I’m not going full tilt…just a little here and a little there. I’m making a Wale and Course hat with my Miss Babs Yummy Superwash Sport in “You’re The Only One”. I assure you that the yarn is greener than my picture. I bought a little skein of Yummy Toes “Ghoulish” in a lime green color to go with it…but I feel like I may change my mind about that being the accent color…because I still have scraps of all sorts of colors hiding in my toy box.

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Getting things done!

I have been a busy girl! Between looking for “real work” and doing…”freelance” work, I haven’t had too much time to do my own thing.


I finished my sample knit for Miss Babs and it is packaged and ready to be shipped. I was really happy with the finished dimensions. I have been toying with the idea of taking that yarn I bought for weaving and use it to make another one of these Merging Ripples Shawls. Apparently, I can’t have just one.


I also used my needles to pry in a little time to finish a hat. I stayed up late this past weekend to work on my Varia. I knit it completely out of leftover yarn. I used the leftover Cephalopod Bugga! yarn from my Merging Ripples Shawl and some Anzula Cricket from the Hermione Hearts Ron hat.

I know things are happening with my own things too…even if I am not seeing them. I still have patterns out to testers and I am waiting to get this last wave of feedback before tweaking things and then, hopefully, releasing something! I am chomping at the bit to get stuff moving! I need to keep reminding myself to be patient!

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I have something to say!

Monday, February 11th, 2013 | blah blah blah, FO's, hats, knitting, Ravelry, stash busting | No Comments


One of the patterns I test knit recently just went live on Ravelry. I can actually talk about it. Yesssss!

This is the Lutine Cap by Alex Tinsley. It is a cute little cap that is super easy to knit up. Of course, I love Alex’s patterns, so when she put the call out for test knitters, I jumped at the chance.

Lutine Cap

On Ravelry I call it “Hat a l’orange”.

The pattern calls for fingering weight yarn held doubled. I used some Koigu KPPPM that was lying around in my stash.

Lutine Cap

This might be the first project I’ve done with bobbles.

Lutine Cap

I’ve been wearing it with the flaps in the back, but they can be worn in the front or on the side.

Of course, trying to take pictures of your own head while not looking at the camera is super easy, right? I always seem to get some interesting gems while attempting to take photos of myself. This is just the latest one…

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I’m blue!

I’m calling this “My Blue Period”, which is appropriate since I had my hairdresser pop some blue into my hair yesterday.

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Time to “out” myself…

Friday, February 1st, 2013 | blah blah blah, FO's, hats, UGH! | No Comments

Hey, I can admit when I make a mistake. Sometimes those mistakes come because I over think how a project will turn out.

Here is a picture of my latest FO.

Another hat done. Now my head will be warm in the morning! #hermioneheartsron #knitting

“Hermione Hearts Ron” hat.

This hat was finished Monday night. I wore it to an appointment I had on Tuesday morning. Tuesday afternoon I took it apart and reknit it the RIGHT way.

You’re probably wondering what I had done wrong…

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I thought for sure it would be too big if I did it the right way.

And now you know.

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It’s just a virus…

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 | blah blah blah, felting, FO's, hats, knitting, UGH! | No Comments

Once again, I have deemed my home “The House of Sick”.

Over the holiday weekend, my daughter caught some nasty cough…then my son. They have been getting up in the middle of the night and coughing like crazy. Two nights in a row, I couldn’t get a decent nights sleep to save my life. It’s cold and uncomfortable when you’re trying to sleep on the floor next to the sick kid on the couch.

Because there isn’t much to do 1 a.m. on a Monday morning when your kid is miserable and wants to chat and eat popsicles, I did things like knit and felt a couple of antlers.

So this is what I have to show for taking care of my sick kids, and starting to get run down and sick in the process.


Sumptuous Cowl

Last nights project...

Deer with Little Antlers Hat.

I would consider each of these quickie projects. Each took just hours to finish because they were knit with bulky yarn. My stash is a little bit lighter now.

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Staying on the path

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 | charity, knitting, UFO's | 3 Comments

So recently, a friend of mine was giving me some advice. I had felt like I needed a little guidance from someone wiser than myself and he wanted to help me out. He decided to tell me a fable and right away I could see what he was getting at. “Stay on the path” he said.

I’ve been telling myself this over and over again recently, but I find myself sort of, well, stuck. I know I am on the path, but I think I am at a fork in the road.

So, boys and girls…imagine me standing there, knitting… waiting for word on whether I go left or if I go right. Unfortunately, patience is not one of my stronger qualities. So, I am being a little fidgety.

While I spend all my time waiting, I have started Rosemary’s hat! I talked to one of the teacher’s at the center where my kids go after school and I asked what size hat I should make. I am going with a large.

Hat project

Soft cotton yarn.

The poor girl is going through chemo, but I am told her hair is starting to grow back a little. The teacher asked if I could make something that might be a little cooler because Rosemary complained her head was getting hot and itchy. I am going with cotton. My daughter assures me that this girls favorite colors are pink and purple, so I am headed in the right direction.

I should have plenty of yarn left after making this to make another hat for her.


My progress.


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