23 August 2009

Good Bye

I find that more and more the purposes formerly served by this blog are being fulfilled by other services. I've been neglecting the blog and while I'm not posting often I think about it often and it weighs on me. It's time for me to let go of the blog.

So, while I won't be here any more, you can still find me all over the place in the tubes. Here are some other places I hang:
Good Reads

Later, tater.

17 April 2009

More Crochet and Giveaway Results

I think I finally settled on a pattern. I also decided to knit it out of cotton because even though it hurts my hands, it is machine washable and I was worried the worsted wool I have would be too think when doubled.

Scalloped in the sun

Pattern: Scalloped potholder Rav Web
Yarn: Elann Sonata
Hook: E, 3.5mm

I had to alter the pattern because I'm using a finer yarn than is called for but I wanted it to be big enough for the swap.

I started with 8 double crochet (1 ch 3 and 7 dc) rather than 12 because the petals were overlapping when I got to row 10 or so; it just wouldn't lay flat.
Also when I got to 4dc be dc between the fpdc I did this on the next row:
*2dc, 1 fpdc, repeat from *
This effectively double my original number of petals.

Edit: I also left off the row after the shells.

If this isn't clear drop me a line. knit.nerd [at] gmail [dot] com.

And finally, the winner of Crobots! knitXcore! I can't wait to see his finished robots. Thanks to everyone who left me some comment love.

14 April 2009

Crochet & Giveaway

Yep, that's right, I'm hooking. I've been wanting to teach myself to crochet for awhile but was lacking the proper motivation. The answer? Join a crochet swap and then learn.

I've been experimenting with different yarns and patterns and I think I'm getting the hang of it.

Gehaekelte Topflappen Scalloped Potholder
Left: Topflappen Rav Web Right: Scalloped Potholder Rav Web
Yarn: Dishcloth cotton
Hook: E, 3.5mm

The cotton's been a bit rough on my hands though so I decided to take a break and pick up some wool.

Underbite Big Green
Big Blue Rav Web
Yarn: Unlabeled stash yarn
Hook: G, 4mm

I also made a purple Big Blue but I haven't taken any decent pictures yet.

Hey wait, didn't I say something about a giveaway?
Well in my enthusiasm and total nerdiness I accidentally bought 2 copies of Crobots. That's right, crochet robots. That's where you come in. Leave a comment before Friday April 17 at 5pm EST and I will randomly pick one winner to get my extra copy of the book.

07 April 2009

VT Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Family FTW

That's right, Vermont does it legislatively.

I called my mom as soon as I heard the news from Shay and she was in tears.
She said, "I know I'm equal and just as good as everyone else but it feels so good to be publicly acknowledged as just as worthy of a loving, committed relationship as everyone else."

Today is a good day.

PS Suck it, haters.

13 February 2009


Finished Orchid

Pattern: Orchid Scarf web Rav
Yarn: Handmaiden Sea Silk
Colorway: Bronze
Purchased at: Lettuce Knit
Date Started: 7 November 2007
Date Finished: 10 February 2009

This is the yarn I bought as a pick me up when we were in Toronto for my dad's funeral. Our visit was filled with arrangements and questions and packing his hotel room and I needed to get away. So while the rest of my family went to the police station to gather my dad's things, I ran away to Lettuce Knit and stared blankly at all the yarn-y goodness for the better part of an hour.

I immediately cast on for this scarf thinking of my step mom (the one married to my mom, not the one married to my dad). I burned through the first half and then put it down until the beginning of February. My step mom's birthday is coming up and I was trying to decide what to knit for her when I remembered this and picked it up again.

I think she'll like it.

12 January 2009

You Spin me Right Round

I love yarn and I love bikes. While I don't spin, I love this marriage of two things I love.
(via Etsy)