19 February 2015


I did actually just "Whoa!" out loud. My blog traffic has suddenly skyrocketed. Thank you to all my new visitors, and I hope you'll be regular readers. Also, fuck, where did you all come from?

We just wrapped up the Sock It To Me: Revenge of the Stripes KAL here, so let me take a moment to plug the winners. Our grand prize winner is Emily at Snapdragon Crafts, second place went to Meegan, a.k.a. TheKnitDr, and third place is Jean over at Candy & Bagel! They all completed some very gorgeous socks in the past month, which you can check out here (you'll also see the pair I completed, because I like to do the patterns too in case anyone has questions). A pretty simple pattern, but it makes a stripey yarn shine and the heel works for most feet, plus it's fun to measure someone's thumb to make them a sock and leave them wondering.

15 February 2015

Quick reminder

Don't forget, today is the deadline for a completed entry into the Sock it to Me: Revenge of the Stripes KAL! If you're almost done with your Fork in the Road Socks, hopefully this will be the push you need to get them finished. Remember, there's yarn and Ravelry patterns for the top three (by which I mean first three names out of a hat, unless we get a lot of last-minute entries)!

01 February 2015

Rabbit, rabbit

First day of a new month, hope you all remembered your superstitions this morning. Supposedly if the first words out of your mouth on the first of the month are "rabbit, rabbit," you'll have good luck for the month. Well I survived my bronchitis last month, so I'll say it works for me. Plus then I think about bunnies first thing in the morning and that's always nice.

21 January 2015

Ugh, make it stop

So, I have bronchitis. I thought it was a virus and I would just ride it out, but two weeks was a little too long to keep carrying on. So yesterday I left work after less than two hours, sat in traffic forever and got home at nine, the woke up Boston Husband and had him take me to urgent care. The last time I went to urgent care, I walked. I couldn't handle even that this time, and it's only six blocks (if that). They had me wear a mask--sexy--and kept asking me if I spoke English. Ha. Ladies, don't take a Portuguese last name if you get sick of that question easily. The nurse had a hard time getting my blood pressure, then said it was pretty high (Boston Husband later said no, it was narrow, because I'm kind of having a hard time breathing with all the congestion and crap in m lungs). When I finally saw the doctor, she said while it was smart of me to try to ride out a virus, given my history of asthma (and pneumonia in college, and an upper respiratory infection a couple years ago) I'll need to be more careful. She wrote me a script for a Z pack and a new inhaler. Dandy.

05 January 2015

Sock It To Me: Revenge of the Stripes

Okay, knitters. Select your yarn. Grab your needles. Check your gauge. Are you ready? You have ten days left to decide if you're in or out for the second Boston Knitter sock KAL. I do hope you'll join us. I promised you guys some rules (ha, rules, coming from me. Hilarious), but here's a general outline of my plan.

02 January 2015

A delightful challenge

How's that hangover coming? Are you still in the dark, praying for cheeseburgers and/or bacon-wrapped bacon to cure you? Poor thing. You know what will fix you right up? Yarn. I'm still working on funeral scarves (okay, I'm still on the second and third ones, two-at-a-time, but I'm hurting because I hate garter stitch, despite the ease of knitting it and its charming reversibility), but I heard about this great thing and I think this great thing will do wonders to help me get the closet back under control.

01 January 2015

A fresh year

Oh my, I'm so tired. I made it to ten-thirty last night and then Boston Husband and I went to bed. Today he's off at Home Depot to try to secure materials for a class plaque for his graduating class at the academy, since no one else wanted to get the plaque made when he originally suggested ideas back in September. Good job, guys. Meanwhile, I'm home knitting the funeral scarves I mentioned on Monday and marathoning (that is a word, spell check, you can go straight to hell with those red lines) Criminal Minds. Grammy's funeral is the 10th, so I'm trying to crank these bad boys out in time. Then we'll start a new sock KAL, with the Fork in the Road socks suggested by Jean. Get your self-striping yarn ready and start your swatching now so you're ready to go on let's say the 15th of January. You need a gauge of eight stitches and eleven rows per inch, and don't forget to swatch in the round (or, you know, just pretend like we did for the first Sock It To Me KAL). I have a mountain of self-striping yarn so this might be my new favorite sock pattern for all of it.  And this time, I'll have prizes! So go raid your stash, work up your swatch, and don't forget to join the discussion over at the Boston Knitter Fanclub group on Ravelry!