It is tradition, here are Chez Interrupted, to post my New Year’s Resolutions. As I sit here today, reviewing previous posts and reflecting on the past year, I realize that this year’s resolutions are pretty much the same as last year’s, and the year before that. I guess that it’s easy, in a way, always trying to work on the same stuff, but does that really amount to improving myself?

Here’s my knitting to-do list for 2009

1. Finish my Master Knitter, level 1. (Only one swatch, the hat, and the written work left to do!)

2. Design and knit Mr. Interrupted’s Sweater of Rassilon. (Shouldn’t be too difficult. I’m planning on doing a seamless hybrid à la Elizabeth Zimmermann.)

3. Tackle Colorwork. (Time to finally get around to knitting Kate Gilbert’s Bird in Hand mittens.)

4. A lace shawl. (Kiri‘s been queued since November of 2007.)

And here’s my reading list for 2009 (I want to shoot for a book a month and am 3 books short. Any suggestions?)

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi
Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff
A Bad Spell in Yurt by C. Dale Brittain
Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman
Wings of Wrath by C.S. Friedman
A Memory of Light (the final WoT book) by Brandon Sanderson
Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen (the first NaNo novel to be made into a feature film (now filming))
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Lastly, yoga. Yeah. I’ll get right on that.


Finished in 2008

In spite of a bout with tendinitis this summer, I managed to complete a lot of knitting projects. I know that some of these are pictures of WsIP, but in many cases, the finished object was shipped off to its intended recipient before I could get a picture of it.


What I needed was a witty retort.

On Sunday, Mr. Interrupted’s grandmother took us (including his 4 cousins, aunt, uncle, father, father’s wife, and one of the cousin’s bride-to-be) all out to have brunch at “The Club”. Now, there are two things you need to know. First, I am not a “The Club” person. I am descended from a long and proud line of emphatically blue collar folk. I may be the first person in my family history to ever have brunch at “The Club”. Second, no one told us we’d be going to brunch at “The Club” so I failed to pack appropriate “The Club” clothing for myself, the children, and Mr. Interrupted. He and I wore jeans and a nice top. The kids wore jeans and their snow boots. We arrived, feeling festive and ready to eat and socialize. After they took our drink orders, I took the boys up to the buffet line to get them some food. It was then that Some Woman approached me and said, “Excuse me, just so you know for next time, jeans are against The Club rules.” Of course I apologized and explained that I didn’t know we’d be coming to “The Club” today. It’s possible that I said something that sounded sarcastic like, “well, if I’d known…” Whatever. But after a while I realized that I felt really embarrassed about not having the proper attire and mortified that someone thought they had to tell me about it. I was so embarrassed that, since the dining area was filled with snooty, jacket-wearing “The Club” members, I didn’t go back to the buffet for more food, even though I was still hungry, or for any dessert, even though I really wanted to try their carrot cake which looked very sinful and delicious. I just felt too uncomfortable and unwelcome.

Now, a day later, I’m angry. I mean, why should I have to apologize for how I was dressed for gods’ sake? It’s not like I was all schlobby in torn sweat pants and a dirty tee-shirt. Geez. And I keep wishing I’d said something to that woman to turn the tables on her–to make her feel bad and embarassed, but I can’t think of anything appropriately scathing and hilarious. Any suggestions?


Oh, the memories!

Only with a kazoo.

free patterns · Knitting

Teeny Tiny Christmas Sock

Merry Christmas!

Teeny Tiny Christmas Sock (Toe-Up/Magic Loop)
An Ornament for your tree

Materials: Some left over sock yarn
Needles: US Size 0
Gauge: Teeny Tiny

Using Judy’s Magic CO, cast on 6 stitches (3 per needle). Knit one round (knitting into the back of each stitch on the second needle according to the directions found here).

Round 1: [Knit 1, YO, K1, YO, K1]
Round 2: Knit, closing up the YO’s by knitting into the back of the loop.
Round 3: [K1, YO, K3, YO, K1]
Round 4: same as round 2. There are now 14 stitches total.

Work plain stockingette stitch for 7 or 8 rounds.

Short row heel:
Knit to last two stitches, wrap and turn the next stitch*.
Slip wrapped stitch. Purl to last two stitches, wrap and turn.
Slip wrapped stitch. K2, wrap and turn.
Slip wrapped stitch. P1, wrap and turn.
Slip wrapped stitch. K1. The next stitch to be worked is a wrapped stitch. Work wrap**. Turn.
Slip 1, P1. Work wrap. Turn
Slip 1, K2. Work wrap. Turn.
Slip 1, P3. Work wrap, turn.
Slip 1. Knit to the gap. SSK.
Resume working in the round, knitting across the “instep” stitches.
SSK the two gaped stitches (the first two stitches on the heel). YO, K3, YO, K1. (When you come to the YOs on the next round, close them up by knitting through the back loop.)

Work plain stockingette stitch for 8 rounds.

Work 3 rows 1×1 rib.

Bind off all stitches, leaving an 8 inch tail to make a hanging loop.

*Wrap and Turn (knit side): with the yarn in front, slip the next stitch. Turn work. Yarn will now be in back. Move yarn to front. For purl side wraps, move yarn to back of work before slipping the stitch.
**Work Wrap: From the knit side, lift the wrap over the stitch and onto the needle and knit the wrap and the stitch together through the back loop (tbl).

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A Detour

The sweater and I were getting along famously. I’ve finished the body and am partway down the first sleeve. I figure I could have it finished in just a couple of good long knitting sessions over a couple of days. I guess that’s why I decided to take a break from it and cast on and finish these fingerless mitts.


I loves them. They are my precious.

knitting oddities

More Knitted Biology

Check out the awesome anatomically correct knitted brain at The Museum of Fabric Brain Art. I love that it has a zipper for joining the two hemispheres! (Thanks Craft Magazine!)


Yeah, I pretty much figured that was the case.

Is your cat plotting to kill you?


Wollmeise, Hooray!

Last week was WDD (Wollmeise Delivery Day). The yarn was spectacular, of course, but it was the little goodies that really made my day. There were Christmas gummies (which didn’t even make it to the second picture, hah!) and a sweet little shooting star cookie cutter. But the best thing was a small ball of yarn that, when unrolled, contained a special and festive stitch marker. Hooray for Wollmeise!


Who throws a shoe?