Monthly Archives: May 2009

I blame the Vicodin

On Thusday I had all four of my wisdom teeth pulled. This means the Dr. was kind enough to prescribe some powerful drugs to help with the “discomfort”.  While I had planned to be competely miserable all weekend, it would seem that the procedure went very well and by Friday morning I felt fairly normal. I asked my friend David(you all remember David right?) what I should do with the day.  He told me about meeting the Yarn Harlot the night before and asked if perhaps I would like to write up the pattern for his little design.

I blame the Vicodin.  Why else would I spend all day writing, knitting and shooting this garment?  Especially when I had perfectly good reason to lie in bead and watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I definitely blame the Vicodin.

So without further ado–allow me to introduce “The Harlot’s Revenge”

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It turns out that if you knit if out of something nice, instead of wool that resembles barbed wire, it’s really a lovely item.  Good work David! Thanks for letting me help. You can download it for free at


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New Pattern–L’il Slugger

It’s been a long while since I’ve released a new pattern. Over the next few weeks I hope to correct that oversight. We’re starting with L’il Slugger.  A fun stash busting amigurumi project. I made it up in a bulky weight yarn, but any yarn is fine as long as you use a hook small enough to get a dense fabric.  I’m thinking these would be great in a lace weight or sock wieght yarn and used as jewelry elements.

l'il slugger both long

As always, my pattens are available on Ravelry and on Etsy.

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Let’s test a theory…

Here’s another field trip report.  This one has a guest. 

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David from was in town so did my best to show him a good time.  How do I know him?  We went to college together. Way back when I was trying to design with woven fabric and he was making chainmail and neither of us knit.  Ok, I do have a sweater from that era. It was the first thing I ever made, (that’s right no scarf, no washcloth, started with a sweater) but I don’t think it would persude anyone that I was a knitter. I have advice for any of you in college or about to be in college–choose your friends wisely, if you’re lucky they’ll be there forever.

Friday we hit up Weaving Works. I bought yarn for a “coming soon” project.  Sunday we headed out to Brainbridge Island and went to Churchmouse.  How can you not go to Churchmouse?  There’s a ferry ride, great yarn, ice cream nearby and now there’s wine too! At Churchmouse I was very good and resisted the Handmaiden.  Someday I’ll have some of that…someday.

Anyway if there’s one thing I’ve learned from reading David’s blog it’s that nothing generates hits like a picture of a boy in a kilt.

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A little virtual Champagne.

I went to Reed College, where in order to graduate, each senior must turn in a thesis.  Understandably this is sort of a big deal when you’re going through it. Seventeen years ago I turned mine and participated in the ritual of the Thesis Parade.  (There’s supposed to be a picture inserted here of me after my champagne drenching–but the years seem to have whisked it away.) 

What exactly is a Thesis Parade?  The day Senior Theses are due, all the seniors gather outside the library, get drenched by their all their friends, are led through the library by the marching band, and out the orignal library door and up to Eliot hall where you should have turned in your thesis already because at this point all is chaos and joy.

So why am I bringing this up on a random year?   Because this is Alex. She turned in her thesis this week and she marches in her own thesis parade today. She and I met last fall when we were both in the same issue of Knitty. I had Versatility and she had Oncleows.  Later we co-taught classes this past winter at Reed.  She makes great yarns and patterns and is about to be thrust out into the real world. As an alumna I feel I should tell you all to check out her stuff. You should also buy liberally from her. Those student loans don’t pay themsleves.

A huge congratulations to all the Reedies celebrating today.  You did a great thing.

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