Other things: STOP. Cute: GO!

Friday, March 7th, 2008
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Traffic Light Nest

This is an adorable pattern. I love the mouth details! And the antennae! And everything!

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Guys… OMG Guys… GUYS, OMG!!

Saturday, March 1st, 2008
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Free Cat Pattern

Amy Butler Cat. That is all.

New Phildars Out!

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008
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You didn’t think I could hear about new Phildars without talking about them, did you? Especially since some of the catalogues are now also 50% off?!

Phildar 486 Canasta Phildar 486 Tunic
Phildar 486 Bouton D'or Phildar 486 Tunic 2

These are my favourites. I’m not sure I would make the tunic on the top left as long as it is, though. Wearing it without pants, sure, that could work. But with a long dress over a pair of pants, you’re going to have some belt loop outlines. Which may be sexy to belt-loop fetishists, but I’ll stick to a tunic length, thank you.

But yeah, the rest are really pretty, too.

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More DIY Ornaments

Friday, December 14th, 2007
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Holy cow! A lot of ornaments and Christmas decorations have been popping up on the knitterweb lately. Here are just a few. Ornaments made of:

It’s a good day to be a Christmas tree.

Winter Knitty!

Friday, December 7th, 2007

The Winter Knitty is up. I’m not sure if I’m hugely impressed with it, but I’m hard to please. I do like Ice Queen, Square Cake and Jeanie. I think Square Cake is the most knittable for me right now, as a possible New Year’s Eve purse. I could use the silhouette and use a different stich pattern if I feel like it. (I love square patterns!)

Two Weeks?

Monday, July 16th, 2007
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This poll isn’t going the way I wanted. Sigh. I’d like to knit the Shetland Triangle but triangle shawls don’t work when you’re running around and playing croquet and badminton and don’t want to tie it up into horrible bunches. I’d rather a long rectangular shawl, but it seems like you folks disagree with me. It makes sense; the Shetland Triangle is so tempting. In the hopes that beginning-of-the-weekers are of a different mind and to accumulate more than a paltry 14 votes, I’m opening up this vote for another few days. Remember, I have two weeks! I’m not even sure what yarn to use.

If you’ve knit any of these before, leave a comment and let me know how long it took you. Think I can knit it in two weeks?

UPDATE, an hour later…

OH, SCREW IT! I love you guys. I really do. I spend the whole weekend at the cottage working out a pattern for a lace parasol but then I come back and I see the tally and it’s 6 for Shetland Triangle, 1 for parasol. And I try to convince myself that the parasol is a good idea but the Shetland Triangle, oh the Shetland Triangle. So then I’m musing over it and trying to stick with the parasol and then I come across this post again after having bookmarked it because I didn’t have time to read it on Friday and I realize that it was knit for the same reason as mine; that the Shetland Triangle has a wonderful stitch pattern but she doesn’t want a triangular shawl. And she knit it on an insane deadline! It’s serendipity-do, it surely is. I am going to knit a Stashmina. And you guys knew I was going to knit a Stashmina, you just had to let me figure that out myself. You guys are so smart!

Japanese Knitting Symbols

Monday, June 25th, 2007
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Fleegle’s Blog has a post about Japanese Knitting Symbols that’s quite interesting. She explains how such complicated cable representations as the following make any sense whatsoever.

Complicated Cable Representation

Ah yes, I recognize this cable, although I was taught a slightly different version.

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OMG, I M totalz PO’d w/ IK

Thursday, June 7th, 2007
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So I subscribed to Interweave Knits in March (that’s 72 days or 2 1/2 months ago), and my copy only just arrived in Toronto about a week or so ago. It took two months to get to my doorstep. What’s more, they said that I would receive the Spring issue as well as the summer issue. Boy howdy did that so not happen. I am angered! Angered and enraged! Not only did it arrive heinously not-on-time, but it was also emblazoned with a big 29 across the front, as if to suggest that 29 post office employees had personally licked the spine as it passed through customs.

Interweave Knits Summer 07

Does anyone know what this 29 means? Because I think it is a rating of my anger out of 30.

I am actually not really angry (I am Canadian after all), but I think everyone needs a little fake angry post on their blog every now and again. The patterns are still all there (obvs), so it’s not like I hugely care. Still, if all my IKs show up with big frickin’ numbers on the front, I’m going to get royally ticked off. What kind of a resale value am I going to get on these babies if I have to clarify that “no, the number on the cover is not the number of individual semen samples that are sticking to the inside pages” or “no, the number on the cover is not the number of times I sneezed on it when I had bird flu”? I’d like to keep them, but if I have to de-stash at some point and the patterns really suck in one issue, I’d like to be able to sell or trade them.

Anyhoo, at this point I’m putting Canada Post ON NOTICE. You watch out, Canada Post. If you do this again, you will be DEAD TO ME.


Monday, June 4th, 2007

TejemanejesTejemanejes is a new Spanish knitting magazine. I’m not a Spanish speaker, but I’ve had some success reading the patterns with Google Translate.

Without further ado, here are my favourites: some pretty lacy socks, a cute Domokun backpack (the only pattern available in English), a hat with adorable stuffed bear ears, and a hilarious monster.

Kathryn Ivy

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
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Kathryn IvyI found a marvelous blog a few days ago called Kathryn Ivy. She just finished a brilliant space shuttle project in felt! She’s also got a tutorial for Double Pointed Needle Pouches and a template/ instructions for making a Knitting Journal. Last but not least, there’s a pattern with the same name as a character near and dear to my heart: Hawkeye.

M*A*S*H M*A*S*H M*A*S*H. That is all.