Tuesday, November 27, 2007

In the Ann Arbor area?

It's cutting it off but just click to see the whole thing.

It's gonna be sweet, guys. Also I'll have some small amounts of yarn for sale, so it won't be completely already-knitted stuff.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Yet more mail!

Been a good month for packages, eh?

I got my Ravelry scarf exchange package (sent out the one I made just the other day- pictures later, I hope)...it is pretty sweet:

Yay!!!!!! The scarf is beautiful and happens to match my new coat perfectly and arrived just in time to accompany me to the boyfriend's freezing cold rugby game tomorrow. Can you believe I didn't own a decent wool scarf before now? I looked while I was packing. I didn't. Good timing, haha. I am also pretty pumped about the needles and pretty stitch markers and yarn-headed-earring-creatures.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Oooooh!!!!!!!! Alpaca lovin'.

Look what came in the mail for me today:

This lovely bundle of fiber deliciousness was a gift from Linda at Blue Moon Ranch, who apparently really liked one of my patterns :-) I know, is that seriously generous or what?

Mostly I am just excited that she liked my work so much, but I'd be lying if I said this package isn't AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!! Both the yarn and fiber are sooooo soft. I kind of want to roll around in it, but I won't 'cause I don't want to muss it up. If you are ever in Utah and you need some seriously tasty alpaca fluff (or an alpaca, for that matter,) I recommend looking these guys up.

Thank you Linda! And thank you, Cesar-the-Alpaca! (I love when I can put a face on my yarn. Haha.)

Now I just have to decide what best to make with it...

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Oooh, Ravelry shirt!

Look what came in the mail today:

While I know that buying a beta t-shirt for something sort of makes me an elitist tool... I like the site and I'm happy to support them, and (most importantly) it's a nice t-shirt. So....neat!

By the way, I'm "Presents" on there (duh) so...feel free to add me. Good fun.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007


2013 update: This pattern was one of my older, more amateur efforts, but has been revamped and re-released to meet my current professional standards- I'm pleased to introduce the new and improved Slouchy!



The classic flattering slouchy shape, stripped down to its barest bones and brought to life with beautiful handpainted yarn. The large needles and bulky wool mean that this hat flies off the needles- great for gifts or just for a bit of immediate gratification. Want to jazz it up? Try a pompom, some embroidery, or even a colorwork motif.


You can check it out on Ravelry here, or...

Original version

And hey, here's the yarn I used to make it, looking quite slouchy itself:

It's a navajo-plied silk/wool blend. I bought it at The Spinning Loft in Howell, MI, but the proprietor had bought it for herself at some wool festival, and was kind enough to sell it to me anyway when I mistook it for merchandise as long as I promised to show her what became of it. Pictures will be sent.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Blurry pictures ahead.


I turned my sister's bedroom into a yarn studio/computer room. It is super excellent. It looks cluttered but it's organized, I promise. Those two tubey things are filled with yarn or unspun wool (in plastic bags to fend off insect invaders), as is the silver chest off to the left that you can't see. The shoeboxes are empty, waiting to be filled with a bunch of stuff I have to block so I can attempt to sell it somewhere, somehow. The mats on the floor are for blocking and rearrangable. The dog is for...shedding. So yeah. Neat. I'm excited. Too bad it's so damn hot up here...
I also inventoried all my needles and frogged all my abandoned projects I had lying around, which feels good. Hooray!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Show-Off Scarf

2014 update: This pattern was one of my older, more amateur efforts, but has been revamped and re-released to meet my current professional standards- I'm pleased to introduce the new and improved Show-Off Scarf!

This scarf got its name because the broken rib stitch pattern is so fantastic for showing off a special skein of yarn, be it hand-dyed, handspun, or just a favorite. Contrasting fringey-tassels really set off the colors when using a variegated yarn, but you could use matching yarn as well.

You can find in on Ravelry here, or...

~~~~~~~~~~ Original Version  ~~~~~~~~~~~~

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Michigan Fiber Festival! Woo!

So I dragged my mother and boyfriend to the Michigan Fiber Festival in Allegan today (never thought I'd hear the words "Sure, I'll come to the yarn thing with you" out of a guy). It was raining, but not as bad as I feared, and most of the vendors were indoors anyway. In any case, excellent haul. The picture is being obnoxious, but if you want to see number 11, right click and do "view in new window". Ugh.

The key, for those who care:

1: Mohair. Not as soft as I prefer, but the price was right and the color so pretty.
2: Suri Alpaca/Merino/Silk. Really nice lustre.
3: Not actually from the festival, but a nearby knit/cafe place: Corn yarn!!
4: More mohair
5: Superwash merino
6: Merino
7: Wool, denim, "wool thrums", nylon (sparkle!)
8: Alpaca
9: Kid Mohair, very fluffy
10: Merino and Tussah Silk
11: Merino and Bamboo

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Mr. Peen!

Hopefully I'll be putting together a pattern for this little guy in a bit, and I'll update then. There were some things I wanted to tweak a little... (get your mind out of the gutter.)

This little dude was whipped up rather quick-like as a gift for a friend overseas. I'm pretty much the best friend ever.

And because he looked so cold and naked (and because I've got a lot of crappy handspun to use up) I made him a little hat & scarf.

UPDATE: Sort of pattern kind of here: http://presentsknits.blogspot.com/2007/11/peen-pattern.html

Monday, July 16, 2007


I've decided to try my hand at writing a pattern book. I thought "Oh, you know, maybe I should start by publishing patterns online first, you know, go slow, blah blah blah"...but I've got some time off school and notebooks upon notebooks of sketches for things that I've never bothered to get around to, and hell, even if I spend the next few years bugging publishers, I should at least write the thing while I've got time, eh?

Anyway, that means slower updates on here...though I do have a hat for you. I was going to submit it to knitty but given the rather...intuitive nature of the short rows, I think it'll better serve the world free. I just need to take pictures of it.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Wipe your nose.

Is it just me, or is the online knitting community full of asskissery? "OMG, YOU POSTED A LINK TO SOMEONE ELSE'S GARTER STITCH SCARF PATTERN THX SOOO MUCH YOU ARE SO AWESOME."

Are we just, like, ridiculously enthusiastic? I don't....I don't get it. I mean, genuine appreciation is one thing, but unnecessary gushing just gets annoying. I guess I'm just a grump :-)

(Side note, and this is important: No matter how bad a knitter you are, you do NOT, I repeat DO NOT, need a pattern for a garter stitch scarf. Seriously. People who think it's good filler for their pattern books are assholes who want to eat your money and babies.)

Tuesday, June 5, 2007


My excellent friend Lee finished making my super sweet heart logo! The colors seem to look different in different applications, though, which is strange...Ah well, I'm excited. Sorry no patterns lately, I've just moved across the country and left most of my yarn behind. I do have an interview at a yarn store tomorrow, though, and if I get the job I imagine my stash will be increasing at an alarming rate.

Saturday, May 26, 2007


I got my Ravelry.com invitation today! It looks pretty neat...I'm a compulsive organizer at heart, so I think we'll get along just fine. I'm tempted to go back and put everything I've ever made and yarn I have into it but I think it'll be easier just to update those things as I go along. I just moved cross country and a lot of my yarn still isn't even here, so that's another good reason to take it slow, I suppose. I hope to get a designer/spinner account eventually, but I've got to get my shit together first. Ah well.

(By the way, I'm "Presents" on there, feel free to add me)

Monday, May 14, 2007

Zig Zag Scarf

This pattern is temporarily unavailable while it is revamped.


A close up of the front

The wrong side...I don't think it looks too bad, really.

...and yours truly modeling it in a smudgy mirror. Hooray for quality!

Salad Wristers*

This pattern is temporarily unavailable while it is revamped. 

I love this yarn, it's really silky (I thought it was pure silk while I was knitting with it, but I'm wrong) and pretty.

They look neat under other things.

Close up of the "lace" detail...if you can call it that.

The Materials

So you can see what I'm starting with. I've got plans laid for some of these, lots of sketches and so forth...others are still waiting for inspiration. We will see what becomes of it all. My camera is having some sort of ridiculous crisis...a lot of the pictures came out with the yarn heavily saturated and the bedsheet behind it (which should be green, as you can see in some of them) almost gray...I've edited them to show the yarn colors pretty accurately, so just ignore the background. Ugh.

Trendsetter Yosemite in Raspberry Sorbet (she wore a raaaaspberry sorbet....)
Only a bit of this left, so I don't know what will happen to it or if it will get used at all. I could always unravel the mostly unfinished neckwarmer i used the rest of it on.

Tahki Star... likely to be paired with some other yarn in order to make something more sparkly.

Tahki Lucky...I don't even really like this but I got it cheap, so I'll find a way.

Tahki Baby in a nice dark brown. No plans really, yet. Most of these are single or double skeins and will end up as some sort of accessory.

Mystery mohair. I'd like to use it but I'm hesitant to use something I can't identify....I just lost the damn label at some point. Dammit.

Plymouth Baby Alpaca Brush

Nashua Julia in, I believe, Coleus...I've already used it for some wristbands that I didn't write patterns for, but maybe I'll make more.

Misti Alpaca Lace, ideally for some lace bracelets or lace edging on other wrist/neckbands.

Malabrigo Merino in Velvet Grapes and Polar Morn...some of my favorite yarn ever. I already used this combo for a pretty awesome hat, I'm not sure what I'll do with it here, or if I'll even combine the two.

Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in, I believe, Chocolate (though it seems sort of reddish for that to be the color)...and one half of the pair of gloves I'm making from it. I've got the pattern written down somewhere, I just have to find it so I can make the other one...


Knit One, Crochet Too Temptation (color 227), no plans yet.

Malabrigo Merino in Amoroso, and a cutesy devil's hat in progress...I need to figure out how I want to make the horns, and locate the rest of the pattern.

Crystal Palace Yarns Glam (color 2138)...I usually don't go for the novelty stuff but this is kind of pretty and it was on sale. Haven't swatched it yet, so what it becomes will depend on how it knits up. Maybe I'll use it for the fringe and some sort of accent on a scarf, or something.

Cascade Jewel (color 9970, a dark charcoal gray)...probably armwarmers.

Cascade Eco Wool in some sort of red. No idea. A shrug?

Buzz yarns Vegas in gray/silver... some sort of small accessory, more likely than not. I don't have much and I'm not sure where to get more.

Berroco Ultra Silk, black... already used this for something that you'll likely see up in just a bit. Will probably use it for more, I really like it. I usually lean towards wools and natural fibers, but this stuff is nice.

Berroco Softwist in (I think) Palmetto...these are tagged for some small, ruffly cuffs/wristwarmers.

Berroco Lullaby in black and color 4208. Probably long striped armwarmers, legwarmers, or a shrug.

Berroco Boho in black and color 4276. This stuff is really cool. I tried to use the black for a thong but it had some structural difficulties I'm still working on fixing..er. The rest will probably go for a little decorative scarf, or headbands.

Adrienne Vittadini Trina color 112, I'm not sure where these will go yet.

Adrienne Vittadini Dianna in black...there's actually enough of this for some sort of garment, so that's likely what will happen to it. A tank/bustier/corset, probably.

Skacel Alpaca Seta in gray/black and burg/black. I've used some of this for hats in the past... I don't know what the rest of it will be, or even if the gray will get to be included. It's very soft but the two-color ply doesn't lend itself to every situation, you know?

And that's that, for now...as much for my reference as yours :-P

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