Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Crocheting in Israel

I'm in Israel now! I'm less than 60 rows away from finishing my Clapotis, and each row gets shorter, so I might finish it tonight or tomorrow. Which means I'm going to have to copy down a sock pattern since I have no way of printing here.

Right before I left I finished my big spinning project- turquoise colonial wool, 2 ply, no clue on the yardage. It took forever. But the recipient was very happy with it and that's what counts and now I can go back to my commissioned knitting.

Today I was in Tel-Aviv and Yafo (Jaffa). There were a bunch of galleries we visited, and I saw this shop.

Of course I had to go in. Turns out this one woman crochets all these decorations by hand. I didn't take any pictures while inside the store itself, but here's a closer look at one of the wall-hangings so you can get an idea.

That's all crocheted. If I still crocheted, I would totally try making some of these.

Also, behind a curtain was a room which housed this woman's ginormous yarn stash. Unfortunately I did not get a picture of the giant yarn stash.

Hopefully there will be more knitting-related pictures from Israel in the near future.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Spinning and socks

A friend of mine recently commissioned a scarf from me. She gave me the choice of yarn, after I had given her a bunch of options. One option was for me to spin my own fiber.

So she wanted a cream scarf with some purple. The purple I have leftover from a set of wrist warmers and hat I made her that this scarf is supposed to match. And I figured it might be cheaper to spin the yarn. So I drafted from the fold in order to get a very thin yarn. First I tried it out on some light blue merino I had, and then when I was satisfied with the results, I started on the alpaca.

It turned out I spun really thin, so I tried my hand at Navajo plying. (Also because I didn't want to spin another bobbin at that moment.) This was the result:

It looks like real yarn! This is the first time I'll be knitting with my own hand-plied yarn (unless you count non-plied one-ply yarn as "hand-plied"). I have to wait to knit until my friend tells me specifically what type of pattern she wants me to use.

I also decided to try making a sock. I've never made one before, and a friend gave me the pattern for a baby sock. Since it's such a quick project, it wouldn't be such a big deal if I needed to restart. Here's the sock.
I messed up in 2 places where I misread directions, but both were minor enough mistakes that I kept going. Now I have to make the second, but since I'm not even sure if I'm giving it to the person who i think I'm giving it to, I can wait until I've made myself my clapotis and my llama scarf (since it's freezing in Cambridge right now.)

My self-indulgent knitting spree is called "Operation Warm Up The Knitter of Shiny Things."

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Cambridge is a knit-friendly city

Cambridge is a knit-friendly city. Or at least my knitting has led to some friendly encounters. Lately they've been happening a lot more frequently. This past week:
  • I saw someone with Lion Brand Big Prints in her knitting bag. I asked her what she was making and it turns out she was bringing the yarn to her friend's house to teach her how to knit. She then asked me if I had made my headband that I was wearing, which I did.
    • It turned out that when I was taking the bus back to campus later that night, she was on the same bus. So there was some other knitterly conversation before she got off the bus.
  • I was working on a ribbon scarf, and someone complimented me on that. Then told me about how she had tried to learn knitting in the past, but never picked it up. So another woman on the bus told her that there were knitting classes in the adult education center in Cambridge (or whatever the place is called. I had never heard of it before.)
I got a bunch of compliments on my possum wool scarf.
And that's all I can remember at the moment.

I'm thinking about printing up some business cards with my name and contact info on them, for one-on-one knitting (or crocheting) tutorials. I can definitely teach beginning knitters, and perhaps some intermediate techniques. (I'm not good enough to be teaching classes on Fair Isle, Entrelac, lace, Intarsia, sock-making, etc. But I can teach cabling, increasing and decreasing, yarn-overs, and working with DPNs.) I could also perhaps teach introductory spinning, but that would be harder to get supplies for.

This would be a fun and easy way for me to earn money.

And maybe it would be an impetus for me to start learning the aforementioned advanced techniques. The more I know, the better a teacher I can be. Of course, I'm afraid to start any of these things, except maybe the intarsia or fair-isle, since those are similar to my kippot in color changingness.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Sales, stash-busting and kippot

Both pairs of wrist warmers are finished. Alpaca is soft again, though it's still not llama. And now I'm making a few more items before my craft show on Sunday. Unfortunately it's going to be really hot out, so it won't be so easy to sell the hats and the scarves. Luckily I also have a lot of bags and ribbon scarves to sell. Like these ones.

It probably would have been a good idea to not buy any yarn for it and to just use up my stash instead. That's what my mom did for all of the things she made. But I bought yarn because it was on sale. There was some extremely cheap yarn at Ocean State Job Lot that I bought a while back.

For better or for worse I didn't make any ribbon scarves out of the more expensive sale ribbon yarn that I bought. Most of them were made from things I already had or the Job Lot yarn. So I guess I did do a bit of stash-busting after all. Or it could just be that I didn't get around to making that many more things since I started grad school. Yarn snobbery has a way of making someone not want to make cheap acrylic ipod cases.

If I were in a different venue, I would have probably made a few items out of more expensive yarn and charged as much as I should be. Like a pair of wrist-warmers out of a ball of $8 alpaca that took 2 days to make would be sold for $20. A llama hat out of 1.5 balls at 7.95 each that took 3+ days to make would cost $30. A normal-sized scarf out of 4 skeins of possum wool at $8 a skein would cost $75. An alpaca scarf like that would take over 5 skeins to make and would be $85. And that's me very much undercharging for the labor. But it's a lot easier to charge more when you make things out of nicer yarns, and it takes the same amount of labor. Assuming I could actually sell my work at these prices, it would be better in the long run. Or I'd have a bunch of really nice well-made gifts.

So that's the other part of the strategy. Only make things that if not sold would be good for gifts. That way you're not losing the money since you'd have to spend it to make the gift anyways, and now it's already made for you.

I don't think I could ever earn a living as a professional knitter. But it's nice to get money from commissions every so often, assuming these commissions are not kippot.

Like this one. It seems innocent enough. But I've actually made this kippah 5 times! 4 were a set for a wedding and this one was the commission. At least the colors were different. But I've officially retired this design. If anyone wants a kippah that looks like this, they'll have to commission someone else.

In general I've stopped doing kippot since the injury this summer. I'm afraid of them. I also am having too much fun with my knitting and spinning. And the yarn snobbery doesn't help.

And I think I realize why I like knitting more than crocheting- I've never crocheted with yarn that was not cotton or acrylic! When using nice yarns, I always knit. Because crocheting is usually reserved for kippot (cotton), trivets (dishcloth cotton) and blankets (cheap acrylic since blankets are ginormous.)

So as an experiment, I may try crocheting a hat or a scarf out of nice yarn and see what happens.

Monday, October 15, 2007

More on the wrist warmers, side-effects of llama

The first one is finished!

Close up on the detail.

I'm really enjoying making these. So I decided to work on a pair for myself. I have a bunch of balls of alpaca from a frogged Beret of Doom sitting around, so I decided to use those.

The project is going well, and I finished one in a day. The problem is that when I started working with the alpaca, it didn't feel soft. Alpaca always feels soft!

I've been spoiled by baby llama. God help me. This fiber snobbery is going to put me in debt at some point...

Luckily I think the cure is to make something quick out of acrylic. Then alpaca will be soft again.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Wrist warmers!

This is what I'll be using the maroon llama for. They'll be the first wrist warmers I've made. It seems like a non-scary pattern. :)

Comfort yarn

Lately I've been knitting with a lot of acrylic. I'm trying to make things either for charity or to sell at my craft show next week. With the craft show I don't want to invest my yarn and energy into an expensive project that won't sell- it's just too risky. I don't mind using real wool, but I'm not going to risk a skein of alpaca on a hat that ends up unwanted.

So since I'm being good about finishing projects and stuff, I haven't been working on the things for me. And thus no nice yarns (except for when I'm spinning, but even then the spinning has mostly been for others.)

Yesterday I was in an awful mood, due to lack of eating, lack of sunlight, and whatever else. So I decided that I was going to take a break from the acrylic and knit with my "comfort yarn."

The yarn pictured above is from my visit to the LYS in Harvard Square on Monday. It's 100% baby llama, and it was really affordable, and the proceeds go help build schools for children in Peru. You can't really go wrong with it. (The background yarn was a special type of koigu that was on sale.)

The problem is that I need to find a pattern for it. I have to decide whether the maroon skeins will become a hat or wristwarmers. The others are for a scarf, but I'm not sure what I want to do with that either. I'm sick of 1x1 ribbing or the Good Ole Cabled Scarf that I've made twice already. But I want something that will be thick and fluffy. Maybe I can knit it lengthwise or something.

Until I decide on the llamas, I'll be working on my Clapotis, which is made out of silk-wool.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Classes, day 1, and a choka!

Classes started today. I decided to bring my silver alpaca roving and my new Ashford drop spindle (since my old one sadly died. I bought a new one. It arrived this past Wednesday. Huzzah!). I'm such a bad person, spinning for the attention. But I really like the attention. It gets people to come over and talk to me, and then I can make new friends!

So I started spinning before my German class. Lo, and behold, people noticed. And of course I let the people around me pet my alpaca. They all thought it was really cool. And the girl sitting next to me (I forgot her name, since I'm bad with names. Bad me!) lives in a convent in upstate NY during summers/breaks where they raise Kashmir goats and spin the wool! She herself tried learning on a wheel and had trouble with it. So I showed her how it works on the drop spindle. Maybe she'll buy herself a spindle and I can give her lessons. (And maybe she'll give me some Kashmir roving. That's wishful thinking on my part, though.)

But I've been working a lot on my wheel as well, which is in my room, and the only audience I have for that usually is the cat. So that's proof that I don't only spin for the attention.

In other news, I noticed a blog called Sock Pr0n, where she has regular contests where people have to submit a couplet to Choka on It, a site where they are attempting to write the world's longest Choka. They've probably already succeeded. It's a fun site. And Sock Pr0n's contest goes until September 28th. (For the 1 or 2 hypothetical readers of this blog...)

Hopefully I'll post pictures of things soon. I made a small pouch today for Homespun Helper's sunshine sweets project. My hopes are to make a bunch of items for charity before Yom Kippur, with the thought that one is supposed to be doing teshuva (repentance), tefila (prayer), and tzedakah (charity) during this time period, so I can work on the latter, which is more fun and helps more people anyways.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Knitting in the Divinity School

Today marked the beginning of my orientation for my Master's of Theological Studies program at Harvard Divinity School. I decided to work on a calorimetry headband in green wool. I made the entire thing today!

A lot of people commented on my knitting. I happened to mention spinning in a conversation, and someone said that I should bring my wheel to campus. Unfortunately that isn't so practical. But I might bring the drop spindle, just to show off enlighten people about the wonders of hand-spinning.

And the Div school has a knitting circle of some sort, though I'm having trouble finding information on it. I bet they do a lot of charity knitting, though, since the Div school is full of awesome people who want to save the world.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

More adventures in plying

I'm still having some trouble getting the wheel to run smoothly when I ply. It kept on stopping for some reason. But I managed to ply this. It's all merino wool. And it was decadent to work with. (Unfortunately I don't get to keep it. That seems to be the norm with everything I create.)

At least I'm getting a lot better at keeping the yarn consistent. Pre-drafting helps a lot.

In other news, I am now in Cambridge. As is my yarn. I have a lot of yarn.

I also learned today that cats are entranced by spinning. My housemate has a psycho cat. Said psycho cat has been hissing at me a lot since I moved in on Sunday. But she was very nice to me when I was spinning, and kept poking her head into my room. And now she's hissing at me less. She's in my room right now, sniffing the wheel and the yarn.

If I get a chance, I might knit her a catnip mouse.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Adventures in plying

A few weeks ago, I bought a giant ball of corriedale roving. It weighed about 1lb (they didn't have a scale, so the storeowner guesstimated).

So last week I decided to spin this corriedale. Or at least a small portion of it. 2 bobbins later it was still a giant ball of roving.

Then I decided to ply the roving.

I have a lazy kate, which is a thingy that holds bobbins. You put the bobbins on it, take the 2 strands of yarn, and you have the wheel going in the opposite direction from what you spun the yarn in. Animal fibers are supposed to be spun clockwise, so thus I plied counter-clockwise.

And behold! It worked!

Isn't it pretty?

I ended up giving it to the friend who I stayed with last Shabbat, since she is a knitter. She said that if it weren't for the fact that I had brought it and she knew I was making her something, she would have never guessed that I had spun it myself!

Now I'm excited to do more spinning, but unfortunately I have a lot of other projects I need to finish first.

Monday, August 13, 2007


I had to organize my stash yesterday. Actually, the word "my" is a misnomer, as much of the yarn is my mom's. The majority is mine, though.

We sorted it by yarn type, and from there boxed it based on whether it was staying at home or coming with me to Cambridge.

Here are the results. I'd put up the pics individually here, but they would take forever to upload. The album has captions, though.

gigantic stash of doom

Saturday, August 04, 2007

On Knitting Charities

At Warm up Winchester there is a contest going on, where if we write about our favorite knitting charity in our knitting blog, we'll be entered into a drawing for 2 skeins of Noro Kureyon. Who am I to pass up the chance at free yarn?

Of course, no one really reads this knitting blog besides me thus far, but perhaps someday people will start reading it, and will come across this post, and will learn something about knitting charities.

Personally I don't have a favorite. I haven't been knitting for charity for that long, though I also haven't been knitting for that long. I learned how to knit during winter break of my freshman year of college, and I just graduated, so I've been knitting for a little over 3.5 years.

So I'll do a profile of the knitting charities I've donated to:

The very first knitted item I donated was a scarf for the annual OCP auction. It actually took me quite a while to finish it, but eventually I did. A friend of mine, J.S., was the person to win it. Actually, the bidding went between a few of my guy friends, and I was pretty touched that they all bid on it for me. This was when I first started knitting. It might not have been the first finished item, but it was the first donated (since I donated "a scarf" which whoever won would tell me what they wanted exactly.) My sophomore, junior, and senior years I donated kippot, again made to the specifications of whoever won them. Each year the OCP picks a different charity who they donate the proceeds of the auction to. Usually it's a Jewish charity who gives the money to poor people who need food.

Then there was the annual raffle for the Providence Hebrew Day School. I donated scarves to them my sophomore and junior years. This past year, unfortunately, I was very busy and was unable to knit them anything. But hopefully I'll be able to make them something for this coming year. The money for this event all goes to the Day School. I like being able to support the Orthodox community in Providence, since even though I never went to the day school, the community has been so wonderful in hosting me and making me feel welcome. I love my Shabbatot that I spend in RI. So they're very deserving of my knitted goods.

This then takes me to senior year. Around February or March I came upon this amazing group on livejournal called 3000 in 2007 a.k.a Crafting for a Cause. Their goal is to craft 3000 handmade items in the year 2007, since at that time 3000 American soldiers had died in Iraq. People could donate the items to whatever charity they wanted. I joined, and thus started my real journey into charity knitting.

In march I knitted a beret, which I donated to the Dulaan project.

Then I made 2 scarves for the Mary Read Memorial Knit-along. Mary Read was a student at Virginia Tech who died in the massacre. She was also a knitter. So in her memory we knitted fuzzy scarves to donate to elderly people. The knit-along isn't really going on anymore as far as I know, though obviously people can make fuzzy scarves in her memory and donate them to people.

I've made a square for Warm Up America, though I want to make a few before sending them in. Or at least another one. They assemble the squares into blankets and donate them to homeless people. Though in this case I'm sending the squares to someone who will turn them into blankets and send them in as such.

And then I went off to Israel and injured myself. Alas! But luckily I got better, and resumed my knitting, albeit with a newfound fear of crocheting kippot, since those can hurt.

Since my return to America and knitting/crocheting I have made 4 items for Warm up Winchester, and also a scarf for the East Bay Coalition for the homeless. My mom's women's club (the General Federation of Women's Clubs of RI/specifically Barrington in this case) is doing a scarf drive for them. So I made a scarf for her.

I also had a bunch of squares lying around that I crocheted into a small afghan which is going to a local animal shelter.

So it's hard to pick favorites. Crafting for a Cause/3000 in 2007 is my favorite community, but they themselves are not a charity so much as an organizing force that gets people to donate to different charities. Donating auction items is fun, because it feels good to have people pay money for your knitted goods, even if you don't get to keep that money. It gives you validation as an artist. The drive my mom is doing gets points for being easy to donate to, in that I can just give the items to my mom and not have to worry about mailing them. Of course, they only want washable items, so no fuzzy scarves for them. The Mary Read Knit-along was nice in that it felt like I could do something constructive after the tragedy of the massacre. Being a college student then, I think we all felt a connection to Virginia Tech when it happened. Warm up America squares are easy to make, and are good for getting rid of scrap yarn. And Warm up Winchester is small and new, and I feel like they can definitely use my items, and I'm definitely making a difference in their quest to have 100 items by the end of October.

But ultimately, I don't think it really matters where you donate to, as long as you're doing something good, and giving things to those who need them and can't otherwise get them.

In general, I like knitting for charity a lot more than just donating money. Perhaps it would be more economical to buy winter clothes for the charities rather than making them myself. But I really feel like I'm doing something when I can create it myself.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007


I ordered about 50$ worth of roving last week, and it finally arrived today!!!! It's all shiny. And I also managed to locate my huge bag of alpaca that my friend GM gave me as a thesis present. I started spinning with it on the wheel, and it's coming out quite nicely...

Of course, now I need to learn how to ply. And dye.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Another FO

Here it is, as promised- my crocheted scarf. I messed up at the beginning and as a result the whole thing is 1 stitch narrower than it should be. But other than that it's fine.

I alternated between single, double, and triple crochet, so I could get the hang of doing them all linearly, and also because I'm lazy and impatient and wanted to be done with this scratchy scarf so I can crochet something less painful to work with!

Here's a closer look:

Isn't it shiny?

Saturday, July 21, 2007

World's biggest yarn stash

It's a stash!

Look at the yarn! There's so much of it! Isn't it shiny?

Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Knitter of Shiny Things spins shiny things

I got a wheel yesterday. A Lendrum Double Treadle Complete. It's shiny.

I was having trouble with it yesterday, but I seem to have gotten the hang of it now.

So here it is. A ball of handspun yarn. Huzzah!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Fake knitting

Here's a hat I just made on the knifty knitter, a circular loom with pegs that you wrap string around, pull strings through loops of strings, etc. until you create some finished object. It's a lot easier and quicker than regular knitting. So far I've only used it for hats.

I'm teaching knitting and crocheting at a summer camp, and some of the kids are just not getting it. Now obviously with young kids I'm not going to have a bunch of expert knitters by the end of the summer, but it frustrates me that no matter how many times I show them, some of them can't figure it out. I feel like I'm failing them.

So I've decided to bring in my set of knifty knitter looms, and my mom's set as well, and lend them to the kids who aren't getting the regular knitting. That way, they can still make things, and feel good about it. And it's kind of like knitting. And I think that maybe if they can get the mechanics of it, some day knitting will come easier to them, because they'll understand the concept of pulling strings through loops to create new loops. I hope it works!

And I'm working on my Clapotis now. I'm really excited about it. I'm finally on the straight rows, and soon (in about a row or so) I will get to drop stitches!

Sunday, July 08, 2007


I've been knitting and crocheting for 3 1/2 years now, and only today did I learn how to crochet scarves.

Don't laugh! I can hear you laughing out there...

I have good reason. Why crochet scarves when you can knit them? With knitting you can do all sorts of things, like ribbing, and cabling, and seed stitch...I've been happily knitting scarves all along. I crochet kippot and granny squares. That's it.

But since I'm going to be teaching knitting and crocheting at a summer camp starting on Tuesday, I figured it might be a good idea to learn how to actually crochet linearly. So I asked my mom, and she showed me how.

It's actually quite easy. You just chain the width of the scarf, and then crochet into every chain, and chain up one if you're single crocheting the rows and 3 if you're double crocheting. It's probably the same for anything else, like purses or belts. So now I can crochet things!

I still like knitting better for linear things, though.

If I'm not lazy, I'll post pictures when I'm done, though it doesn't really look so pretty at the moment. But it's my first crocheted scarf, so it's only to be expected, right?

Wednesday, July 04, 2007


I'm back to knitting and crocheting again! Huzzah!

Unfortunately, I have to take lots of breaks while I'm doing it.

But now that I'm back in the states, I can go back to my old projects, and perhaps do some more spinning. This is probably my way of forgetting about the kippot that I'm supposed to make. I'm sooooooo sick of kippot. But I've promised them to people.

Pictures will come soon, as I finish the things I've started.

Sunday, June 17, 2007


I gave myself a case of tendonitis doing archaeology. It all started when my hand started hurting when I was using the trowel and the patiche. And sometimes I'd get a sharp pain if I picked up a bucket incorrectly. I thought it would go away. But it didn't.

At first I tried to crochet a little when I got off the Tel, but then I gave up. And when I was told I couldn't do archaeology for the rest of the season (at least digging) I gave up the crocheting. And now I've been diagnosed. I'm thinking I might not knit or crochet again until I leave the land of Milk, Honey, Acrylics, and Archaeological Injuries.

Which sucks. A lot. And my fingers just started to hurt now. You know how you can tell? I just swore. That's a bad archaeological habit I picked up. Luckily I didn't pick up smoking. Or heavy drinking. Yet.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

From the country that brings you ancient spindles and huge flocks of sheep...

I was going to post an entry with lots of pictures, but the blogger picture thing is being annoyingly slow, so I bring you this rant instead.

Once upon a time, I was an anthro major at Penn. (And by "once upon a time, I mean "until I graduated a week and a half ago.") Penn has a great museum of anthropology and archaeology. I basically lived there.

In the museum is an exhibit from Canaan, that has a lot of Bronze Age and Iron Age artifacts. There's even a model of a 3-pillared building, complete with goats, and a mannequin of a woman spinning wool on a drop spindle.

According to my advisor, who helped organize the exhibit, that mannequin costed the museum over a million dollars.

So here I am, in the land of wool-spinning artifacts, and I hit up a yarn store. And what do I find?

There's some cotton. There's some acrylic (like a whole store full...)


No sheep for me. No alpaca. No possum. No yak. No bambo or soy-silk for that matter. It's all cotton and acrylic.

What the hell is wrong with this country?

And where did all the wool go?

Monday, May 21, 2007

They should just call me the Yarn Innkeeper*

(From 6/21, since now I have a good internet connection and it's letting me put up my pictures. Huzzah!)

I'm trying to be good. I really, really am.

As you may or may not know, I'm currently in Israel, awaiting the start of my excavations.

I had to pack minimally, so that I'm only lugging one suicase and not two. It worked. It also meant I had to choose small crochet projects (ie kippot) which would take a long time and would keep me occupied for the next 6 weeks.

As a reward for all the kippot I was going to make, I also brought some random yarns, just a minimal amount, to make some squares and stuff.

But then I went shopping, since there was a yarn store nearby. And got this:

Yes, it's acrylic. I know, I know. But there's really nothing else. Well, there's more kippah yarn. I might get that at the end of my trip, but for now I have enough kippah supplies.

I'm justifying it by the fact that I need to work on samples of my projects that I'm going to be teaching kids how to make this summer. And I can make other charity items. And it was there. And, well, it's yarn!

*If you don't get the reference, look up an artscroll chumash (first 5 books of the Torah) and see how they translate "Zonah."

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Yarn woes

Is it just me, or does it suck when yarn gets tangled and you spend hours untangling it, only to realize you still have to cut it? Or when you're winding a skein of recycled silk, and it actually breaks apart a bit?

Both happened today. But my yarn will survive.

I wish I had shiny things to post. Hmm...

That's the tangled yarn, pre-tangleage.

That's my first kippah for a non-Jew. Random, but a fun project. And it took like no time at all.

I've also finished a blue scarf (same as the purple one, only blue and slightly larger) and a dishcloth/trivet/placemat that I don't know what to do with.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Aforementioned scarf

And now I'm making a second one.

Also on my needles:
The makings of a new kippah (which will take forever)
2 socks on 2 needles (well I'm still casting on there...)

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Knitting Embarrassment

In the past year or so, I've turned into a yarn snob. I'm not proud of this, but I'm not particularly ashamed either. It's what I am.

Now mind you, I still work with acryllics on occasion, such as making a Jayne Hat, or an afghan (since that requires a lot of yarn and I can't afford to make a giant wool blanket). But I've shied away from such things as fun fur.

But now, with the Virginia Tech Massacre, there has been a coming together of knitters to knit things for charity in honor of one of the students who died, who happened to be a knitter, Mary Read. They are knitting scarves to donate to elderly people in her memory. The knit-a-long's site is here.

So I happened to have some microspun and some fun fur in my stash, and I decided this would be a good use of it.

Though knitting it in public has caused me to become a bit embarrassed. I shouldn't be. I'm knitting it for a good cause. But there's something about a bright purple fun-fur scarf that exudes rediculousness.

And the thing is, I doubt any normal person would notice or thing anything of it. And even many fellow knitters wouldn't care. They'd just think, "ooh! a knitter!" But yet I still get the feeling of being stared at when I pull this scarf out.

Despite that, I still plan to knit this thing in class (and by "class" I mean "while working on my thesis" since my classes are over). Or outside on locust walk, or on the green in front of the library, in plain view of everyone. Hopefully I'll get over it.

A New Blog

So I've decided to follow in the footsteps of many dedicated [read:obsessive] knitters and start my own knitting blog. I'll update it when I have shiny things to put on it, or when I want to bitch about patterns going awry, or whatever. Unlike my other blogs, this one is solely about knitting, and probably will not be issues-related. I already have another blog for that. So my guess is that this blog will only be of interest to fellow crafters. Or people who like looking at shiny things.