Blog Visitors Appreciation Day

Today is Tuesday, August 21–the day I write my 100th blog post. There was a time, not too long ago, that I believed 50 posts was a lot. Now I know better. Even a hundred posts doesn’t seem like that many.

I started blogging back in June of 2006, but didn’t really get going with it until after I’d changed the name of my blog and made a New Year’s resolution to blog more. The first 6 months in the life of my blog saw 3 posts. The following 8 months saw 97. Blogging about knitting (and other things) is almost as fun as knitting itself. In fact, I can’t even imagine my life without blogging, I enjoy it so much, and I can’t remember what I was doing instead of blogging in the months between Aug of 2006 and Jan of 2007.

Thanks to all the regular readers and occasional visitors to my blog, and thanks for all the wonderful comments (comments are awesome!). Thanks also to my Bloglines subscribers and to everyone who has linked to me from their blogs. You all have made blogging so much fun for me! Here’s to the next hundred posts!



Arrived today–Yarn Pirate booty! It’s a beautiful colorway. I can’t wait to see how it knits up.

Arrived yesterday:

Sterling silver findings and Swarovski crystal beads for the contest prize. Have you entered yet?


Fashion Forward?

I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, a fashion trend-setter. I do my best to look presentable with what I can buy at Target or Lane Bryant. Occasionally, I watch What Not To Wear (US version) and I own the book written by the creators of the UK version. I have sort of a loose understanding of what’s in style and an even looser understanding of what looks good on my body, but I’m a stay at home mom. My primary goal is to be comfortable while chasing children and managing a household without wearing pajamas all day long.

Imagine my utter surprise when Buzz Feed posted these links. Now check out this, my little felted bag from January. And that’s not even the original. I based the dimensions on a tiny purse my friend Jen gave me as a bridesmaid gift when she got married 11 years ago (the strap on it finally gave out and I needed a replacement). I am really on the cutting edge of a new fashion trend or am I just having delusions of grandeur again? Oh dear.

Don’t forget to take the poll and leave a comment on yesterday’s post to enter the drawing for a set of hand-crafted stitch markers (made with Swarovski crystal beads!).


Short Row Heels

I turned the heels of the toe-up tigers this weekend.

The pattern I was using was from the Summer 2007 Interweave Knits article by Ann Budd. She has you do the YO method of short rowing but frankly, I just couldn’t grasp that. Something about doing the YO just hurt my brain, so I thought I’d try the wrap and turn method. I found that to be cumbersome and confusing as well.

So, I got my Google foo Google-fu on and found this post from nonaknits about Japanese short rows, but seriously? When you are knitting socks, do you want to have 9 million little stitch markers cluttering up your heel? Heck, socks are supposed to be a portable project.

Anyway, it was around the time that I was putting on the 8,999,999th little stitch marker that I realized all you’re doing to close the gap between turns is a M1 increase and then knitting it together with the turned stitch. That’s what all of those methods are about. So, I figured I’d just do that and forget about the stitch markers, or doing YOs or wraps and turns. Guess what. The heels look great. Well, maybe not great, but they sure are good enough.

Anyone out there ever do a short row heel before? What is your favorite method? Take my poll and leave a comment (be sure to include your email address). You could WIN a set of 5 lovely hand-crafted-by-me stitch markers! The winner will be picked by random number generator on September 1st, 2007 and notified by email. Good luck!

***Update 8/14: I will announce the reader on the blog and we’ll work out contact information at that point.***

***Update 8/15: A clarification: Only comments left on THIS post will be entered into the contest for the drawing. I figured I’ll probably post at least once more before the 1st of Sept.***

Knitting · life · Summer of Socks

Summer Fun

Last Sunday, we went to Lake Compounce. It was miserably hot that day, and dreadfully crowded (a surge of humanity). Mostly I stayed with my sister and one or both of the kids on the beach by the lake while my DH and her BF went on roller coaster rides (I’m just not a roller coaster person). I tried to knit. Here are my SIPs watching the children fight over who gets to own the patch of dirt we were sitting on build sand “castles”.

Here is the water slide we were sitting under. Isn’t the sky a beautiful shade a blue?

Afterward, we were all hot and dirty but decided to go out for pizza anyway. I tried my hand at Kinnearing my sister and her boyfriend. How come it looks like I said, “pretend I’m not taking a picture”? I totally didn’t.

Finally, here are my SIPs today. I’ll be turning the heels. How about a haiku?

knitting socks toe-up
goes faster if you can do
two at the same time


Interview Questions (another meme!)

Much thanks to my totally awesome sister who sent me these interview questions.

1) if you had the power to change the world, what would you keep the same and why?

Human beings have made such a mess of things, I think I would have to examine the microcosm to find anything to keep the same.

2) aside from having children, what event or series of events, changed you, made you the person you are today?

There really is no other event or series of events. Becoming a mother is THE life-changing moment. Ask me again in 10 years.

3) if you were a wealthy person and you had to choose three charities to sponsor, which would you choose? Why? And how would you delegate your budget between them?

Hands down, I would give most of my money to La Leche League. Happy, confident, loving mothers beget happy, confident, loving children. I would probably give the rest of the money to organizations working to develop renewable energy resources and to save the earth’s rain forests.

4) aside from wishing health and happiness for your children, what are your dreams and expectations for them? What do you think (or hope) they will choose to do with their lives?

Only that they contribute to society in a positive way.

5) you have a passion for knitting. Now that you been doing it for a few years, what do you hope to accomplish in terms of knitting skills, projects, “masterpieces?”

I want to knit a Bohus and am planning that for a project in the not-too-distant future. Also, I would love to knit beautiful, gossamer lace. But I hesitate to start that until the children are older and less distracting.

Would you like to be interviewed for your blog? Let me know in your comments and I will craft custom interview questions for you.

off topic

Alan Watts Theater

This popped up recently on Boing Boing, and then again in a link my mom sent me. I thought I’d share.