Versatile Blogger

I’m sure most of you have heard of the Versatile Blogger award and I am honored to say that I’ve been given it by Yarn Berry!

How the Award Works

  1. After accepting, thank the person who gave it to you, and link back to them
  2. Share 7 things about yourself
  3. Pass the award on to 15 blogs you’ve found recently

Seven Things About Me

  1. I like it when waitresses call me things like “Doll” and “Darlin'” and other sweet things
  2. I dislike velvet always
  3. I knit more in the car now that I live in the city
  4. You’d be surprised how much knitting you can get done at stop lights
  5. I wear two dangley earrings in each earlobe on most days and an industrial bar with a star charm on my right ear and two cartilage rings in my left everyday
  6. I paint my own toenails
  7. I make the best cookie dough in the entire world.  Seriously, my roommate asks for it a few times a week and we have it as dessert, stick it in the freezer and munch on it for as long as it lasts (usually not all that long…)

15 Blogs I’m Giving the Award To

  1. Rows Red
  2. Tami’s Amis
  3. LylianMae
  4. Freshy
  5. Untangling Knots
  6. Knitting to Stay Sane
  7. Cravings
  8. Clumsy Knitter
  9. Knitting With A Y
  10. Tentenknits
  11. Elephant Juice
  12. Countess Ablaze
  13. JayKayKnits
  14. Picnic Knits
  15. Through the Loops

FO Friday: A 1st Birthday

Not only do I have an FO for you, but I have some time to actually show you!

Because the parents of my nephew are both nerds, their son is bound to be a nerd too and I plan on facilitating future geekery as much as possible.

A Previous Nerdy Gift

He turns a whole year old in November and I decided to knit up his present right away because I knowthat by November I’ll quite possibly have been smothered by all the yarn and Christmas knitting I’ll be carrying around with me that he may never get his gift.

Warm and Green

Ravelry Details here 🙂

A Nerdy Gift

Visit Tami’s blog to see more FOs and share your own!

Shift Knob Cover – Pattern!

Remember those two shift knob covers I made for my friend Dylan? The first and the second?

They’ve gotten some interest around Ravelry and on the blog and I’ve been asked if I was planning on writing up the pattern, so I have!

Cover Numba 1

These two particular covers were made for a Subaru although I can’t imagine that they wouldn’t fit a range of other makes and models as well.  I used stash yarns for both covers in a worsted weight and I tried to stick with acrylic yarns because I find them a bit more durable and better able to handle all the grabbing, pushing, shoving and whatever dirtiness might come their way.I imagine this cover can be easily sized up or down to accommodate different sizes by changing the yarn or needle size

Cover Numba 2

These only take a few hours to make (quick gift!) and not to mention, it’s a great way to use up some stash yarns that you haven’t the heart to throw away!


a few yards of worsted or dk weight yarn

Size 6 double pointed needles

CO 16 evenly across three of the needles leaving a bit of tail to use as a drawstring when we tie it to the shift knob

PM and join in the round being careful not to twist

work in K1 P1 rib for 6 rows

[K3 kfb] repeat to end of row

K for 2 rows

[K4 kfb] repeat to end of row

K 1 row

[K5 kfb] repeat to end of row

K 4 rows

[k5 k2tog] to end of row

K1 row

[K4 k2tog] to end of row

K1 row

[K3 k2tog] to end of row

K1 row

[K2tog] to end of row

k1 row

{K2tog] to end of row

Break yarn and pull through remaining stitches, weave in the end

kinda looks like a hot air balloon

When putting the cover on the shift knob, it should fit fairly tightly, the most difficult part being stretching the ribbing over the largest part of the knob.  Once its over, pull the original drawstring-tail through the first row of stitches tightly and tie off, weaving in the end.

If you do knit one, don’t forget to link to it on Ravelry!  I want to see what everyone makes 😀

Designer Dilemmas

Designing is a tricky business.  Many times the issues faced include those along the lines of having too many designs in one’s head and not enough time in the day/week/life to knit them all.  Others include grading for various sizes, arithmetic (you’d be surprised at exactly how much math is used in designing, really), yarn or stitch pattern behaviors conflicting with intentions.

Much of my current designing dilemmas surround a finite amount of yarn.  I have only so much yarn but so many ideas for it.

So many options

A skirt would be great out of this linen!  Or a summery top!  Or some curtains!  Or a lacy wrap!

This wool would be perfect for a long sleeved pullover!  A cabled cardi would be oh-so-cute though, not to mention a matching hat/scarf/mitts set!

Which choice to choose?

Sometimes, designers just have to bite the bullet and pick their most inspirational idea, or their most practical.  Sometimes we have to flip a few coins, roll a few dice.

How do you decide what to create when there are a plethora of options and only so much yarn?

Guess Who Got Bound Off and Blocked This Weekend!

You know this little guy?

The beginnings

The one I’ve been teasing you with for months?

Some body

Well he finally got off the needles and was blocked on Friday night.  I do believe I’m going to redo much of him though as he’s a bit small for my preferences, but now that I have much of the hard work and math done, I’ll be putting out the call for test knitters!

festive points

If you’re interested in test knitting a small shawlette on size 6 needles with a flexible gauge allowing for different sized shawlettes, let me know 😉

Just Around The Corner

Its almost half way through August already and do you  know what that means?  Fall knitting!  And Winter knitting!  And Christmas knitting!

My latest designwould be perfect for a transitional fall-to-winter-to-spring piece:

The Braided Slouch

Looking for a flattering, customizable top?  My best sellercan be made into a tunic length for layering or shorter for those who’d prefer a quicker knit:

The Green T

Want other accessories, cardigans or gift ideas?  Perhaps one of my other designs would suit your fancy 🙂  Whatever you choose to knit, don’t forget:

Knit Fast. Die Warm.