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I’m gonna make an afghan for an Afghan!

This is the best possible result of a spinning wheel and a POUND of green roving. I’m thinking just a tightgarter stitch, maybe with a border of other handspuns.

Anyone up for a knit along?


If not given a lesson plan, I knit while I substitute teach. Unlike other subbing activities (i.e. reading, painting one’s nails, nodding off during the filmstrip), knitting allows me to keep my eyes on the students while they work. Yesterday, one of the girls in the seventh grade English class noticed and said, “Oh my gosh. She’s knitting.”

Instant attention, and not from the other girls.

The three boys in the front row instantly started asking questions. What are you working on? (A second sock. Here’s the first one.) Do you make all your own clothes? (No, but I’d like to.) What else can you make? (Mostly hats and scarves. This is my second pair of socks.) Can you knit anything? (Lots of things.) Like, could you knit a book? (Hmmm… Maybe…) You could knit the pages, and then sew on the writing! That would be so cool!

If they hire me full-time for next year, I’m totally offering a knitting class or club. I hope to see all those boys there.

Socks! Again!

I have embarked upon my second pair of socks. The goal is to make them in two weeks instead of fifty-two.

The pattern is entitled “Diagonal Lace Socks” and can be found for free on Ravelry. I cheated a little and used the toe from the Universal Toe-Up Sock pattern from Knitty, because it’s my favorite… I’ll do the heel in pattern, though. Just to try something different. Using Berrocco Comfort Sock again. I love a good nylon/acrylic for socks. No shrinkage!

Speaking of socks, you know those purple ones I thought the pug ate? Finished in time to give them to Mumsie for Christmas!

Pug, meanwhile, is maintaining his stance that yarn is the best place to sleep or sit. I have worked on two scarves and a sock since coming home, and his favorite thing EVER is to sit directly on the yarn ball. This is not kindness towards alpacas, little Pug.

Kitty is delighted to be back in RI, as am I. We have a lovely room. The stash, however, is very small. I gave most of my yarn away before leaving FL, and I’m utterly out of roving.

New adventures in crafts

Greetings, fellow crafters!

Bit of news: I’m prepping to open an Etsy shop.  Things to be sold: dice bags, shell/wire jewelry, knitted joy.

I embarked into the world of jewelry for the first time since undergrad last night, and I must say it’s a good bit of fun.  Bottlecap earrings make me joyful.  Pics soon on Etsy!

Much love, all.


This made me grin like nobody’s business… via

…Where did my projects go?

Some of my projects are missing in action… I have particularly noticed that the socks have run away/been eaten by a sock monster.  Need to clean the apartment.

In happier news, homework etc. is coming along thanks to technology.  Downloaded a French spellcheck for Open Office today, which makes typing in French much easier.  Also rediscovered that Linux has a handy list tool called Tasks that provides a checklist for your chores/to-do stuff.  More and more, I love this OS.

Need new glasses.  Considering artsy frames to make me look like a semi-responsible adult.

Meanwhile, here’s a pug. He might be the sock monster: