Thursday, April 27, 2006

Cthulhu and knitting

While I was surfing around some knitting sites the other day, I came across this interesting pattern which reminded me vaguely of Cthulhu (yes, I'm as much a flibbertigibbet in my thoughts as I am in my knitting) and that I wanted a Cthulhu doll. Specifically Summer Fun Cthulhu but that's just because I like that one.

So it occured to me to go looking for a knitted Cthulhu doll pattern to keep as a future project idea. I did find one (scroll down) but it startled me just how much Cthulhu and knitting pop up in a google search.

Who knew?

Friday, April 21, 2006


So, following the links from other blogs (as I am wont to do) I have found myself at a blog with knitting podcasts courtesy of It's a purl, man.


The first fingerless glove is coming along nicely, had a bit of a snafu yesterday though when I lost a stitch and my friend Marian was kind enough to babble in my ear and ignore my muttering curses at my knitting. After a bit of fiddling, I was able to pick up the stitch again with only frogging 1/3 of a row. Okay, there's gonna be a small hole there, but I have all my stitches still!

One of these days I'm going to hit up a proper knitting store. I just need to figure out how to get there. Why do they have to be across the city from me?

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


This is interesting. The Knitting Curmudgeon is holding a contest.

I'm tempted to enter. Will have to think on this.

Monday, April 17, 2006


I have two projects currently on the go, enough for me considering how little time I really have, usually found while watching TV shows or listening to audiobooks.

Grandma always hated idle hands, and though she didn't teach me knitting she always made sure I had crochet or cross-stitch going so I wasn't completely idle. I like the habit though, it means I get to do two things I enjoy at the same time. One is watch Lost and Amazing Race, the other is to knit or do other crafty things.

So my current projects are a lovely Harry Potter scarf, using the Ravenclaw colours from the movies (I always thought I'd be a Ravenclaw) and the Azkaban Pattern at Atypically Knit.

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I still have 8 more captured stripes to go, but the scarf is coming along nicely, especially as this is my first knitting project in years, all of which were previously done on straight needles and in one colour to make little scarves.

The other project is the fingerless gloves pattern from The Yarnpath. This is an interesting undertaking in itself as I've never worked dpn before, nor have I worked cabling. Probably more complex than some would suggest for a beginner but the first glove is coming along nicely so far. I've also had great help in the form of the free videos at Knitting Help to get me started.

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Angle 1

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Angle 2

I figure I'll get them long enough to be almost at my elbows. Maybe.


I've decided I've gone completely round the bend. That could be the only reason I'm starting a knitting blog.

This is also perhaps the only thing to explain my sudden obsession with yarn and needles.

Or my rekindling obsession with yarn and needles.

You know how many types of yarn and knitting/yarn projects I had as a girl? I had plastic knitting needles, I crocheted all the time (and damn that pillow with the cover I crocheted should be around here somewhere), I had those round knitting thingies where all you did was loop the yarn over and ended up with long tubes of knitted yarn. I had ones that were Barbie kits to make Barbie clothes (I still remember that tube dress I'd made, pink on top with black on the skirt that had silver tinsel shot through it..).

Yeah, gone round the bend. I've been reading knitting blogs galore, looking at patterns that I couldn't finish anytime soon (especially since I'm, well, such a flibbertigibbet). So right now I'm going to keep it at two projects going, that's plenty for me and as I know myself if I did more I'd just put one or two away in my closet and forget about them for ages.

That's what happened to some (okay, all) of my cross-stitch, but I have good reason for that. Little toddler hands do not go well with needles and lots of threads. Knitting can easily and quickly be tucked aside and if little hands get into it the worst I have to worry about is it being accidentally frogged and annoyance, not tears from being poked.

So here's the start of my insanity.