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Monthly Archives: February 2011

I’ve been working on a few chemo caps for Philly Care Caps. Unfortunately, I’m not very good with gauge, so I’ve ended up with two baby caps instead of the ones they really need for toddlers. I’m just drawn to DK and sport weight yarn, instead of worsted, which seems part of the problem.

Charity Knits

Cute bear, hopefully cute hat

I have a third hat on the needles that should work for a tween boy, and another one half-done that should work for toddlers. After that, I may try another cap or two specifically for teens. I’m leaning towards the Jacques Cousteau Hat by Typy and the Garter Stripe Beanie, in case anybody has advice to share.

Currently listening to: Wikinomics, How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

Currently Reading: The Art of Fair Isle Knitting: History, Technique, Color & Patterns by Ann Feitelson (guess which knitting class I’m taking next…)

“If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.” – Bob Hope

Alpaca Breeders Alliance of Northern Colorado is having their Alpaca Extravaganza this weekend at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont, Colorado. Saturday February 26 9-5, Sunday the 27th 10-4.

Shopping and hands on opportunities abound, as well as free lectures on alpaca breeding, contract language, marketing, and including alpacas in your sustainable living adventures. Free to the general public.

“The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.” – William Shakespeare

“There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women.” – Madeleine K. Albright

The 100th anniversary of International Womens Day will be March 8, 2011.

What will you do to celebrate? You can attend or host an event or participate online. Some options:

Send a message to UN Women

Submit your artwork for possible inclusion in the online gallery.

Consider joining Knitters Without Borders or Weave A Real Peace

For those in the US, there are big events scheduled in 10 cities organized by International Womens Network.

Send along other suggestions!

“Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.” – Margaret Mead

“You don’t have to be anti-man to be pro-woman.” – Jane Galvin Lewis


“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

Lion Brand and Instructables have extended the deadline for the Build with Yarn Contest to March 6, 2011. Probably good since my effort is looking too realistic to be fun. Not sure if I will finish this project in the current woven format, or if I will switch entirely to knitting. Still in the experimenting phase on making a building out of yarn.

Lion Brand 2

Do these look like walls?

I also finished up the shockingly green riesines (wrist warmers) with the lavender beads. You can see the pattern here, and although it looks a bit like an insect, they are attractive in real life. Again, I highly recommend the long tail provisional cast on for these.

Riesines IV

Green and lavender?

Currently on the needles: Gooseberry Hat in Royal Bamboo by 50 Villa Peikkoa for a charity project to be named later.

Currently listening to: Mysteries of the Middle Ages and the Beginning of the Modern World by Thomas Cahill

“No great thing is created suddenly.” – Epictetus

“There is always some frivolity in excellent minds; they have wings to rise, but also stray.” – Joseph Joubert

In my current state of Unhappy With the World, I’m seeking a silly and frivolous task. I’m going to make a run at the Lion Brand Build with Yarn contest. Here are a few of the things I’ll be using, which will involve weaving, knitting, and sewing.

Lion Brand Contest I

Yarn Building Supplies

If you’re going to attempt this to, be quick about it. Instructables are due on the 20th, but they have to be approved by the moderator. At this point, best to write your instructions as you go. There just isn’t time to make a sample, then attempt to re-create it in order to write the instructions. Good luck!

Currently Reading: About to start Parisians – An Adventure History of Paris by Robb Graham

Currently Listening To: The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“The best things in life are silly.” – Scott Adams

“Silly is you in a natural state, and serious is something you have to do until you can get silly again.” – Mike Myers

She was there to help liberate a people, all of them.

She, along with other reporters, brought stories out of the region that helped put pressure on officials and the military.

She is strong, intelligent, hard-working, and dedicated.

She had every right to be there doing her job, so don’t you dare blame her.

She was brutally beaten and raped by some of the men she worked to help liberate.

She was eventually EVENTUALLY rescued by a group of women. Women who are not free in their own country.

Her tormentors will never be caught or punished; they will live their lives relishing their new “freedom.” The freedom she, and other brave souls, helped them achieve.

She will live every day with the consequences of their inhuman and inhumane actions. And so will we.

I do not have it in me to rejoice in the liberation of such men. I fear for the futures of the women and girls in such a place.

A man is not more important than a woman.

A boy is not more valuable than a girl.

Your version of the divine is not more important than anyone else’s.

You are not more important than everyone else.

A man’s freedom is not more important than a woman’s.

A boy’s freedom must not be achieved at the expense of a girl’s.

There are 6+ billion people in this world, half of them female, and millions of woman and girls are oppressed through slavery, sexual assault, forced marriage, lack of education, sexual slavery, and more.

In honor of CBS reporter Lara Logan, I am sending a donation to a group liked by Half the Sky and going shopping at Joyful Heart.

I urge you to do the same.

“I would have girls regard themselves not as adjectives but as nouns.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Sent along by NekoMade

Lion Brand Build with Yarn Contest

Re-imagine your world in yarn. Crochet. Knit. Glue. Knot. Whatever.

What kind of fantastic things can you make out of yarn? Grand Canyon? Eiffel Tower? Dr. Seuss landscape? Hurry up – deadline is February 20.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” – Dr. Seuss

“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius

Riesines IV - Three Needle Bind Off

Kermit or Green Lantern?

I tried the provisional cast on with this Kermit green sock yarn from Tofutsies. Expensive yarn, but I used next to nothing making one wrist warmer. Not my first choice of color, but I’m making these for a friend and her favorites colors are lime green and lilac. The beads, shown strung on the yarn, are a frosted lilac when you see them in person.

The trick with the provisional cast on is, you have to be able to get the waste yarn back out of the work without destroying anything. On size 2 needles. I commandeered two of the folks at Shuttles and they graciously got me out of my mess. Then one calmly and logically showed me the three needle bind off. Not nearly as difficult as I thought, and fairly easy to do with this stretchy sock yarn.

You can’t see the seam all that well in the picture, which is the point I suppose. I would have taken a photo in process but 1) I forgot my camera and 2) I needed five hands to do the bind off and didn’t have any left to take pictures. Definitely a prettier and sturdier seam than what I put in the other pair. One down, one more Kermit green wrist warmer to go.

Currently Watching: Just finished Sanctuary Season Two. Complete cliffhanger, Goddess of Destruction poised to destroy the world. And I’ve missed most of Season Three on tv so I don’t know what happened. Hulu anyone?

Currently Reading: A Calvin and Hobbes collection. Whenever it snows I think of Calvin’s snow sculptures and dive back into re-reading these comics.

“It’s not easy being green.” – Kermit The Frog


“To accept good advice is but to increase one’s own ability.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I knitted up another pair of riesines (wrist warmers), this time in Panda Silk in 3021 cafe mocha.

Riesines II

From an Icelandic pattern

The folks at Shuttles were correct again; now I’m crazy about this yarn. Expensive, but I only used about half a skein making these wrist warmers.

I botched things when I went to sew up the seam, however. I wasn’t able to follow the written instructions given out at class. Not the fault of the instructions, which even had pictures with them, I just tend to learn better from experience. Again the ladies at Shuttles had a suggestion:

“Use a provisional cast on at the beginning, then use a three needle bind-off to knit up the seam.”

They said this as though I had the slightest idea what they were talking about. They told me to come back in and they’d show me (they know me well). I decided to try to figure out provisional cast on on my own, then I’ll go back in for the three needle bind off.

Tried these instructions on the great KnittingHelp but still couldn’t get it. Then I found these from Knit and Tonic using a long-tail provisional cast on. Success!

Currently Re-Reading: Redwall by Brian Jacques

Currently Watching: Sanctuary Season Two

“The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.” – Oscar Wilde

Brian Jacques, creator of the Redwall universe, passed away on February 5, 2011. His work reached across age and cultural boundaries, and made avid readers of the most reluctant-to-learn. His official website was started by an 11-year-old fan – how can you not love that?

I’ve spent the past few hours re-reading Redwall. A few gems:

“Knowledge is a thing that one cannot have enough of. It is the fruit of wisdom, to be eaten carefully & digested fully,” Brother Methuselah, REDWALL

“The mice of Redwall Abbey were peaceful creatures, but that must not be taken as a sign of weakness.” REDWALL

“Forty seasons now, and forty seasons hence, if fate and fortune permit, I will still be inviting you all to continue the saga of Redwall. Come with me, my Warriors, off on the trail of high old adventure!” – Brian Jacques, Recorder of Redwall Abbey, Mossflower Country