American Wool Series

Friday, November 25, 2011


Monster #2 of the birthday party craziness happening in Little A's preschool. Stash yarn for the win!

Pattern: Petunia by Rebecca Danger
Yarn: Samoa GGH (partial balls!)
Needles: US #6 Addi Turbo
Mods: I shortened the body by a couple of inches since I was running out of purple yarn. Buttons from my sewing box for eyes. This little monster is super cute but my favorite thing about it is that I was able to rid my stash of two partial balls of yarn. Hooray!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I made a kick-ass apple pie and brought a vegetarian entree over to my in-laws for dinner and we all ate ourselves into a food coma. I even managed to get some knitting time in before we all sat down at table. Unfortunately, the item I'm knitting is a Christmas gift so I can't share it with you but I can tell you that it is knit from Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in one of her rogue colorways. That's happy knitting for my hands and the colors are waaay easy on the eye. Love that stuff.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and may you find time in your busy day and weekend to get some knitting done.

Friday, November 18, 2011


Ever since Little A started pre-school she's been a social butterfly and attending birthday parties like nobody's business. I knit this little guy up for the first party and I have to say that it was mighty fun. Also, mighty cheap since the yarn came straight out of stash along with buttons, stuffing, and felt. 
Pattern: Baldwin the Bathroom Monster from the Big Book of Knitted Monsters by Rebecca Danger
Yarn: Spud & Chloe Sweater in Splash & Firecracker
Needle: US #6 Addi Turbo
Mods: I used magic loop for the whole shebang and regular old buttons since it was late at night and I didn't have any safety eyes to hand.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Thanks for all of the kind comments on my new hat pattern. Mary and strickdoktor - I'm sending you each a pattern! I can't wait to see how your hats turn  out. It's been pretty well received on Ravelry and I'm eagerly awaiting some finished object photos. That's it! I'll contact you through Ravelry and send you the patterns asap.

Sunday, November 6, 2011


As soon as the weather starts to take a drastic turn toward chilly I have the urge to knit all kinds of warm, bright things to keep the cold at bay. I also have the urge to buy waaaay more yarn than I could ever reasonably knit in one cold season. Don't we all? I saw this color of Noro Silk Garden (#349) and knew that I needed to knit a hat out of it. But not just any hat, a hat with simple texture that would show off the awesome color changes of Noro. Voila, Turning. To knit this hat you'll need two balls of Noro Silk Garden and US #5 and US #8 needles. And the pattern, of course! I'll give away one pattern on this here blog (you'll need to be on Ravelry for me to gift it to you) to the reader who comments on what color of silk garden (or alternate yarn) that you'll make your hat out of. Deadline for the giveaway is, hmmm, next Sunday, November 13th.

If you can't wait until then the pattern is available in my Ravelry shop for $3.00.

Big thanks to iknityouknot for helping with test knitting and picture taking. You're the best!

Thursday, November 3, 2011


There's nothing like a 12 hour work day to kill any good intentions I had about starting my next writing assignment. It's midterm week and I'm tiiiiiiiiired. Tired. Very tired. Barring caffeine (I drank the equivalent of 6 shots of espresso today) and heavy doses of amphetamines does anyone have any suggestions for getting my huge to-do list done? An extra day in the week would be nice - can we have that instead of daylight savings?

I've got knitting to share with y'all and as soon as I find myself at home during the day and with daylight (Sunday perhaps?) I'll update pictures and share. It sounds like a great way to waste some time in lieu of writing a paper that I'm not all that jazzed about. However, I did just finish a paper that basically equated Hester Prynne with Ted Kaczynski. It was an unintentional parallel but after having N read it for feedback that's what he said. Bosh. You try to puzzle out that cause I don't follow. Maybe more coffee...