Thursday, September 29, 2011

I done got Sexy-fied!

Sarah Wilson (the quite-adequately-aka'd "Sexy Knitter") just posted a Get-to-Know-Me interview over on her blog, this-a-way! There's a giveaway and a sale, to sweeten the deal ;-) And if you haven't seen her stuff before, you oughta check it out- Sarah is handsdown the most fashionable gal in the biz (and has damn great hair. Not that I'm jealous, or anything.)

(...maybe a little.)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Crafty As Fuck

So guys, in the end I decided I did want to do a separate blog for my less-personal, less-knitting-related pursuits. I hope those of you in the "Just put it all here!" camp will forgive me. I just really like the layout, ok? ;-)

As you may have gathered from the title, this blog may include no-no words and other such atrocities. If you don't care for those things, you've probably already stopped reading THIS blog... but still. Fair warning. I don't want to hear any whining about it, mom. But mostly, it's just a craft blog.

<3 Craft on, mothafuckas!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

VKL Pattern Preview

I figure since they're now released at Vogue Knitting Live, I can show you the sooper-sekrit-hats-of-mystery. Knitculture will have them exclusively for a few weeks, then they'll be set free into the wild!

First up, in Lobster Pot Cashmere (mmm) is Peek:




Shaped with shortrows to radiate out from around the i-cord edged keyhole, which can be worn to the side or back (or, you know, if you LIKE it in the front....) A very satisfying amount of slouch.

The second one I call "Space Case", and I will be the first to admit it's kinda silly. But I totally love it anyway. I met the KnitCollage folks at TNNA and they are super sweet, and their yarns are just gorgeous- so when KnitCulture offered me a chance to try them out I went for it.



It reminds me of a space helmet from a 60's B movie about alien babes from the planet Alaska. Or... something.


I'm a professional model, btw. No big deal.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

VKL Designer Profile

Hey look, there's a neato little feature about me on the KnitCulture blog!

I (and a handful of other designers) am doing a few exclusive pattern releases at Vogue Knitting Live through KnitCulture, so if you're one of the lucky folks who gets to go, keep an eye out for them in the KC booth! (They'll be available to the world at large shortly thereafter.)

They might look something like these yarns....


Monday, September 5, 2011

Odd Bonnet

Happy third day of weekend, most Americans! I hope you are enjoying your beer and grilled meat products. We don't have a grill, so I'll just eat a popsicle.


Odd Bonnet!!


If I look a little bit like I want to cry in these pictures, it's because it was one of those bright-white-light days and I couldn't keep my eyes open, haha.

This is a strange yet fairly adorable little hat, knit front to back, flat to round, with a little short-row shaping for maximum head-huggage. It's shown in Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Kale, which is the one color I am guaranteed to pick up and be all "Oooh what's this one?!?" every time I look at Tosh, anywhere. It is a good color. Also, kale is good for you. So I'm told. I only eat it covered in salt and butter, which I think negates the goodness.


Anyway, hat!

On Ravelry here
or if you're so inclined:

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Aww crap, it's that time of year again

The time when all wise knitters start cranking out holiday gifts, because it always takes longer than you think it will. In the interest of giving you a headstart, here's a round-up of patterns (both mine and not-mine) that I think would make pretty bitchin' (and reasonably fast) gifts:

For Mom

Everything Sivia does is absolutely filthy with elegance and class. She is like the Greek goddess of lace and beads, except I'm pretty sure she's not Greek. Her shawls are works of art but I'm betting you don't have time for one of those, so these gloves are a nice alternative.

You think you have time for a little lace? Well okay then. Here's a nice one.

Everyone's mom sews, right? Well, not mine, but if she did, I'd make this, because it's adorable.

Oooh knitted jewelry! Now we're pulling out the big guns. If this doesn't scream "Classy lady who shops at Coldwater Creek" then I don't know what does.

For the Menfolk

Every good man needs a dopp kit to hide his manly accoutrements in.

Actually, for the whole fam-damily. Did your mom used to say "fam-damily" a lot? I think mine did. Weird. Anyway, this is a really cool hat. And better yet, when I swiped this photo from Vivian to post, I learned that the file had been entitled something like "Money-2." As in "Alright! This one's totally the money shot!" I guess. I love you Vivian!

It's hard to talk about men's knits without bringing up Brooklyn Tweed (and Stephen West, but he's next.) And for good reason. Jared is the absolute champ when it comes to timeless knits that work well for anybody, photographed so beautifully it makes you want to puke, especially when you think about the inadequate guttercrust you've been passing off as photography. Conclusion: this is a nice scarf.

Ain't nobody works a manshawl (or a Myspace-shot) like Stephen. He practically invented the genre, smacked everyone else's genres in the face with it, and scrubbed his floors with their delicious, salty tears. I find this scarf particularly awesome, but there are plenty to choose from, if your guy is the type to rock a manshawl. There's even one that looks like a fuckin' hawk crashed into your neck, it's wild, man.

For the Kiddies

Do you crochet? Are your kids totally into goofy internet memes? Perfect.

Knits up quick and does magic tricks!

If you love your child, you will make them this whale. Also, if you love me, you will make me this whale. It is one of the awesomest things to ever come out of yarn.

For when you're feeling business-casual-formal-cozy. Or... something. Oh shush, just make it, I think it's hilarious. For the record, though, boys can wear pink, but only if they're super stylish. Don't you want your kid to grow up super stylish? I thought so. Start him off right.

For your Sisters/Girlfriends

I made these for my sister a year or two ago and she wore them until they fell apart, and then called to demand more. We'll just see.

These totally crack my shit up. You're a deer!

The brioche knits up surprisingly quickly, and gives an overall impression of lushness (particularly in a nice yarn.)

I had a pair of these made for me awhile ago because I was too lazy busy to make them myself- they are like an instant "I feel pretty" tonic.

For your Pets

My dog would destroy this immediately, but if you don't have a "this is why we can't have nice things" personified (dogsonified?) as a pet, it's pretty adorable.

Let's get one thing straight right off. Your cat does not want a frog costume. But you know what? Your cat already thinks you're an asshole, so you might as well go for it.

It's totally ok to knit for greyhounds, because they actually get cold, and because they're so big and regal that it won't make you look like a total nutjob the way you do when you stick a sweater on your maltese. (But let's face it, if you have a doofy little dog, you already look a little crazy, so you might as well dress it up and put it in a purse. And I say this lovingly, as someone who is totally weird about her two dogs, so please, no angry emails about how dignified your malti-poo or cocker-shihtz or poo-shitz or whatever is. They're not, and you know it. But it's ok, they serve other functions.)

You remember what I said about cats in costumes, right? Ok, good. But seriously, look at this. This cat has more pimp in it's dewclaw than you'll ever have in your whole body. Cats do have dewclaws, right? I'm not making that up? I don't know, I have dogs.
(Also, PSA: Don't leave your cat hanging around with strings around it's neck, they are not smart enough to cope with that. And at this point, offing themselves is going to sound pretty good. Or possibly garroting you.)

Another day we'll have to talk about how "it's ok to not knit everything" and "only knit for people who will appreciate it and not lose everything or be all hypercritical and dick-y." But for now I'll trust you to decide whether or not Fido or cranky Aunt Mildred is knitworthy. Seriously, though, START IN SEPTEMBER, it will make your life better.


...who went to the fair and got piggy snot on her hand but it was totally worth it because !!PIGGY!! ?

(That wouldn't all fit in the title bar. But the answer is me.)


I would let this little piggy get snot on my hands any day. As long as he keeps wiggling that weird little flat nose back and forth and going "grrrntgrrnt."

I mean look at this butt:


It's almost enough to make me write off bacon. Almost.

Other things at the fair that are cute:


Baby wool tree


Baby Squeeeeeeeeee!s


Baby Cashmeres (kinda)


A chicken who got left in the dryer without a static sheet.


The absolute handsomest bunny I've ever seen.


Vincent VanGoat (not kidding.)


Some sort of... STD + burn victim + tumor + thanksgiving.


I would not let this creature snot on me, as her nose is not as cute as the piggy's. But check out the tongue:


Like a giraffe or something.

Of course there were other things at the fair, like fried food and noise, but I didn't really partake (we were there too early for the fried oreo booth to be open, sadly.) I always sort of think about entering some yarn or knitting or something into the judging, but then I remember that first prize is like four bucks, and that's not enough to motivate me off my ass, so instead I just go look at the winners and reassure Travis that I could TOTALLY beat that, you know, if I WANTED to...

Friday, September 2, 2011

Polaris now available!!

The three months are up and now I can make Polaris available to the public! Hooray!


This is a nifty, very wearable hat- another take on the star motif from Hollywood Boulevard. I love, love, loove this yarn- Malabrigo Rios in "Playa". When the pattern was released as part of Twisted's Single Skein Club, and they did it in Cumparsita which was also pretty gorgeous.


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