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Friday, September 16, 2011

A sad, sad day (sort of)

Please join me in mourning the passing of my all-time favorite pair of pajama bottoms. My mom sewed these for me a few months before I moved to Rhode Island (10 years ago...).  The seat finally gave out and there's just no more wearing them.  They are survived by one pair of lavender flannel pajamas (the last of the five pairs that she sent me away with).

I loved these pants for several reasons.  First, I was a huge wrestling fan for several years and my favorite wrestler was Stone Cold Steve Austin.  These are Stone Cold p.j.'s.  Second, the little blue and white skulls in the background.  Third, the giant skulls glow in the dark!  I know, right?!  So, I've worn these constantly through the last 10 fall's and winter's, but now I have to toss them out.  I'll miss them greatly.

It is also a sad day because I have faced the realization that I am addicted to hexagon puffs.  I've pulled out various left-over balls of sock yarn (and was just SHOCKED to see exactly how many of those I actually had) and I've knit about 7 in two days.  They're pretty quick and they're easy to pick up and put down when I'm teaching knitting class.  I can see that this is going to be a problem.  Good thing I can turn them into a blanket when I'm all done (a year from now, lol).

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Look what I got today!

Today was a good day!  My book order arrived from Knit Picks, including Modern Top Down Knitting (by Kristina McGowan), The Knitters Handy Book of Sweater Patterns (by Ann Budd), and Itty-Bitty Hats (by Susan B. Anderson).  I've wanted these books for a long time now, but I've always held off until now.  I really need the handy book of sweaters to help with an upcoming project, and since Knit Picks has that trusty free shipping with purchases over $50... I just had to get the others.  Really!  Don't look at me like that.  I was only going to get two but the price difference was only about 7 dollars after shipping was added in, so I just decided to spend that money on another book instead of shipping.  I managed to literally squeeze them onto my bookshelf, but if I try to add one more book to my collection, I'm going to need a new shelf.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Bride of Frankenstein!

 My latest pattern  for the Super Sock Scarefest!  Click the link to see all of the beautiful photos taken by the talented Raini Stout
 It was a dark and stormy night...
 The monster demanded a mate, and Frankenstein was working hard in the lab to give him one
 When we finally see The Bride, she's all wrapped up in gauze from head to foot.
Now you can have matching feet, just in time for winter pedicure season ;)

The pattern is free to Super Sock Scarefest members, and available for download for a short time.  After the group winds down for the year, it will be available to the general public through Ravelry, as well as this blog.  Please feel free to email me if you would like to be notified of it's general release.