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Upcoming Hat December 19, 2011

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My Mom went crazy buying Louise Harding for a hat. She searched through ravelry patterns for said yarn and said she couldn’t find what she was looking for.

“Oh, you know what you want?”

And so she showed me this.


I told her I would make it so. Now, I need to figure out how to do entrelac in the round.

Wish me luck!


Taking a blogging break October 11, 2011

Filed under: Knitting Life — kniftybits @ 09:55

It’s been over a month since I last posted a blog entry. In that time my knitting productivity expanded exponentially and I ventured into unknown knitting territory – the wilds of intarsia, entrelac, stranded knitting, and felting. It’s been great fun trying these new endeavors, but not once have I wanted to write about them. This realization, that blogging felt like an obligation rather than a fun complement to my knitting projects, prompted this post. I need to take a break and I thought it was time to make it official, rather than just leaving it unsaid as the date of my last post sidled farther and farther into the past.

I hope at some point I will rekindle my passion for blogging, until then – Happy Knitting!


A New Project! August 23, 2011

The other day I posted about how I was in knitting burnout. I didn’t see a solution in sight – and then there was a ring of the doorbell.

However, I don’t ever answer the door. 99,999 times out of 100,000 if someone is knocking on the door, it’s not for any reason I am interested in. “Would you like to buy a left handed egg fluffer?” “Have you heard of the Church of the Flying Rabbit?” “I just broke your window with my soccer ball, can I have it back?” Etc.

So after an appropriate amount of paranoid blind peering I opened the door, grabbed the waiting package, and darted back inside.

It was a belated birthday present!

I am such a bag wh*re.

The contents motivated me to immediately abandon all my old boring projects and grab my needles to start  the project. And then I got to the first line about doing a provisional crochet cast on. Blarg! Time to find a youtube video.

If you’d like to get this project it is available through Knit Picks.


Never Say Never August 20, 2011

While I was visiting the Knitting Whisperer in Colorado we were discussing knitted washcloths. I poo-pooed them and said I didn’t see the point of spending your precious knitting time making something that will be used to clean dirty stuff. Additionally, I hate working with unforgiving, finger exhausting cotton. Yet another reason to never make washcloths.

Well, never say never, because not a month later I was at the store buying this yarn to make a certain person (who shall not be named, in case they read my blog) five washcloths and a hand towel for their birthday.

We're going to be five washcloths and a hand towel.


Motivationally Challenged August 16, 2011

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Motivationally. Sure, it’s a word – I just made up. If Shakespeare and Colbert can do it, why not me.

I am having issues with motivation. Such as, the motivation to blog, which is actually a byproduct of my knitting malaise. I just spent the last month making snails progress on my washcloth/handtowel project. Aside: The spell checker is telling me hand towel is two words. Ah, the vagaries of the English language, washcloth is one word, but hand towel is two. But, I digress.

There is really no reason it should take me a month to complete five washcloths and a hand towel. I should hang my needles in shame! Most knitters could bang that project out in a week. And I can’t even claim that it’s because I was working on other knitting projects on the side. It’s really because I just wasn’t doing much knitting.

But, why?

Maybe it was a lack of excitement about the project. However,  I’m finally done and I’ve picked my Mom’s tank top back up, but I’m motivationally challenged on that one too, slogging my way through the 240 st cable cross round like it’s some sort of penance. Nor am I interested in the sweater I’m making for myself or the sock I started before the washcloth endeavor.

This is why there are UFOs hidden in closets. Well, one of the reasons.

Maybe my motivation will return with cool fall weather. Or I will find it in the colorful swirls of a lovely wool. Or maybe it’s waiting to attack like a zombie. I don’t know, but I hope it’s out there somewhere or I’m going to have to turn this blog into a cooking blog or reading blog or something.


Bad blogger, bad! August 10, 2011

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Maybe I have blogging ADD. Or maybe life just keeps getting in the way. All I know is that for about a week I will blog and blog and blog and store those posts up to be meted out over a month or so. And then nothing. And once those posts dry up the kniftybits blogsite sits as desolate as an abandoned project in a closet.

So my apologies that it’s been 3-weeks since my last post.

I will try to do better.

Please stop yelling at me!


The Knitted Dollar July 14, 2011

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I am in the midst of reading a really depressing book that is more frightening than a Dean Koontz novel. The book is Aftershock: Protect Yourself and Profit in the Next Global Financial Meltdown. Apparently the folks who wrote it accurately predicted the housing bubble collapse and corresponding stock market collapse, which means, in theory, the future impending financial apocalypse they predict may actually happen.

For the purposes of this post there is one prediction that led to a moment of levity I want to share. They believe the dollar is overvalued and will collapse in the next few years resulting in worldwide calamity.

There is nothing funny about this and it terrifies me to contemplate, which is why we irreverently made a joke of it.

If the dollar collapses the knitters of the world can create our own currency which would be the Knitted Dollar. This currency would be worth much more than the standard American dollar, because of the time and fiber invested in creating each bill. The currency would be made of fiber according to their value.

$1 = acrylic

$5 = cotton

$10 = wool

$20 = alpaca

$50 = silk

$100 = cashmere

$1,000 = qiviut

There is a simple brilliance to this plan. No one could forge the currency, it’s not like you can pass acrylic off as qivuit. Plus, the knitters that would be gainfully employed to make currency would ease unemployment woes. So, if they are right, keep this in mind and we knitters can start our own economy.

What do you think? Do you believe they may be right? And, if so, are you ready for knitted currency?