Confessions of a Sock Knitting Packrat

February 23, 2010

Meet My New Friend

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My Little Monster

Feed me!


 One of the local high school’s is doing The Little Shop of Horrors  as their Spring Musical this year.  The parents of one of the students in the musical commissioned me to make a scarf of Audrey II for their daughter.  This is one of my favorite musicals and I jumped at the chance to make an homage to my favorite killer plant. 

It took several hours of internet research, a lot of sketching, and several poked fingers, but I managed to make a wool version of Audrey II.  I’m really proud of how she turned out.  Audrey II is entirely needle-felted out of hand-dyed wool roving.  The only non-roving element is a piece of wool yarn that runs through the vine to give her stability.  After all the work I put into her, I didn’t want her to fall apart.  She was the darling of the market stand while she was waiting to be picked up.  Several people would have loved to adopt her, but she was already adopted. 

I love  making needle-felted flowers and Audrey III was no exception.  The chance to create a killer plant only comes along a few time in a life.  I’m glad I was given the chance to create her.  Also, she might be worn in the play.



February 16, 2010

Happy Faschnacht Day

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I’m not Christian but I am Pennsylvania Dutch and that means today is the day for heavy sugar covered donuts.  New Orleans gets a big party full of beads, great food, great drinks, and jazz.  The Pennsylvania Dutch get a donut made from lard that sits in your stomach until Easter.  I seriously think that is how my ancestors knew Lent was over, by the fact they could no longer feel the Faschnacht sitting in their stomach like a rock.   I have a standing order of 1/2 dozen faschnacts with Hartman’s Bakery at the York Central Market every year.  I’m glad I pre-order mine because they sold out again.  It was fun watching the people rushing in at lunch time, grabbing thier bags and scurrying away.  It’s really cool to see people of all different background enjoying a donut.  Faschnacts may not be as much of a party as Mardi Gras, but hey, any excuse to enjoy a donut.

February 12, 2010

Olympic Knitting

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I am joining the Yarn Harlot in her Knitting Olympics.  My goal is to knit a pair of socks by the end of the Olympics.  I have a skein of Socks That Rock in the colorway Rockstar that is going to go from rockstar to sockstar.  I”ll keep you posted.

We are finally getting dug out of the snow.  The car was excavated today and we were able to get it out of the lot.  That’s a good thing. This evening a backhoe was removing the snow from the lot where we park.  Tomorrow, we will be able to get our little car in and out of here with ease.  At least, until the next storm hits.

February 6, 2010

I Thank the Gods for Wool

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I don’t know what god came up with the idea of wool, but I would like to send them a big “Thank you”.  I was at a friend’s house last night when this little snow shower started.  There was maybe 1/2 an inch on the ground when we arrived at her daughter’s birthday party.  By the time we left 2 hours later, there was a good 3-4 inches on the ground.  I stayed nice and warm thanks to my wool sweater, wool socks, and wool mittens.  My feet were covered with snow by the time I got to the car (don’t wear mary janes in a blizzard) but my wool socks kept me warm. 

Well, it stopped snowing about 2 hours ago.  The end result of this blizzard is a lot of snow.  Hubby estimates a little over 2 feet.  It’s pretty and all, but there is a lot of snow out there.  My job today is to knit and keep the tea kettle hot on the stove.  I don’t plan to go out until the walks are found. 

According to the weather report, we are to get more of this white stuff on Tuesday.  Thank the gods for the wool to keep me occupied and warm.

January 5, 2010

Pattern Writing

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Everytime I create a pattern, I make notes for myself so I can make it later.  I’ve decided that now is a good time to take those notes and translate them into patterns other knitters and crocheters can follow.  It’s hard work taking my shorthand and making it understandable.  If we could just send patterns through brainwaves, I’d be good, but since I lack the ability to project my thoughts, I guess we are stuck with me pattern writing. 

For those of you who don’t know, there are a lot of steps involved in pattern writing.  First, the idea.  Then I need to knit/crochet the idea while making notes on each step of the pattern.  Then I need to translate my notes into standard pattern speak.  Then I need to test knit/crochet the pattern and make a sample to be photographed.  Edit the photos, add them to the pattern.  Make sure the pattern looks good and hand it over to a beta tester or two.  After I clear up any questionable spots.  I’m good for sale. 

If you knit or crochet and would like to be a pattern tester, let me know.  The only pay is you get a free copy of my patterns.

December 23, 2009

Jammie Day

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It seems the gods of suffering have decided that I need to take a break.  They have blessed me with a sinus cold.  I took the day off.  I really want to be knitting on my socks (yes, a me project) but alas, I have the attention span of a 3-year-old after a four pack of red bull.  I have however managed  to out-nap the cat. 

Tomorrow will be a better day.

December 22, 2009

Word of the Day-Snowhawk.

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Today’s word is SNOWHAWK.  A snowhawk is that pile of snow that is on the roof of a car because the owners were too lazy to completely clean off the car.   It looks like a mohawk made of snow.

We had a blizzard last Saturday.  Outside the apartment we had 18 inches of snow. I love snow but I hate the icy on the roads.  And there is more snow in the forecast for Christmas.

November 26, 2009

I Give Thanks

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I give thanks today for all the bounty in my life.  



Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2009

I need to step away from the yarn

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You know you knit and crochet too much when your response to the follow headline is “Gee, I wonder what pattern and yarns he  will use!”


“President Obama to announce Afghan strategy next week”

Waste Not One’s Scraps

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I love knitting socks.  I confess, sock yarn is my herion.  The softness, the colors, the comfort of hand knit socks.  But alas, I have small feet and always have sock yarn left over.  I really hate the idea of throwing those little balls of  joy away, so I hit on an idea.  The throw blankets in my living room are warm, but not all that pretty.  They are boring Indian style blankets that we purchased years ago,  They lack personality.  Hence, my idea.  I’m going to take my sock yarn scraps and crochet a scrap granny square blanket for the living room.  Insane?  Possibly, but I want to do this.  Each granny square measures 2 1/4 inches by 2 1/4 inches.  This is a work on it whenever project.  I can keep a ball of yarn in my purse and the hook in there and make a square while I have to wait. 


I’ll keep you posted on the progress.

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