i’m still here.

I really *am* still here. I just got back from an internet-less trip to Germany (lovely) and am now enjoying the pleasures of Vermont in the summer — but with dial-up only.

I’ll post some pictures soon-ish.

Surprisingly little knitting has been accomplished.

Oh well.


just some pictures.

In an attempt to get myself together for moving (ugh), I decided to photograph my books.  A much quicker alternative to creating an actual bibliography, but a handy reference none the less.  This bibliophilia obviously influenced my knitting poses.

An appendage-less Kate in the Mets’ colors.

An unfinished Kate just jumped right up to join my early German mystics and Mr. Garden Gnome.  Quite a feat with no appendages. 



My lonely Dashing wrist warmer decided to relax with some Bourdeiu, Beauvoir, and Bachmann.


Noro Kureyon no. 185

My Lizard Ridge square, always thrifty, chose a backdrop of every grad student’s best friend: Reclam editions.  Small, cheap but hard to lose in an eye-catching yellow.

Only the Clapotis balked at the suggestion of dusty old tomes.


Noro Cashmere Island no. 5

I promise a real post sometime soon.

p.s. I ❤ knitty.


I have been trying to keep to the knit from your stash ethos.  It hasn’t been going too badly, really; i.e., I haven’t bought nearly as much yarn as I might have.  But recently, I’ve fallen, well, if not off the wagon altogether, then slight afoul of the wagon.  I’ve been playing dangerously close to the edge, shall we say?

I blame Victorian Lace Today.  So many lovely lace designs, some even appropriate for novice lace knitters like myself.  I was mesmerized.  Not myself at all.  I simply *had* to start something.  Hence:


Four balls of kidsilk haze in shade 606 candy girl.  Doesn’t it make your teeth hurt, just to look at it? 

I have this in mind for it:


large rectangle with center diamond pattern

Or perhaps this:


scarf or shawl with a center pattern

But two possible patterns?  Four balls of lace-weight yarn?  Obviously, I needed more yarn.  Duh.


Sundara Yarn silk laceweight hand-dyed in eggplant over spice

At a generous 1000 yards, there’s plenty of this lovely laceweight for a large version of the second pattern: scarf or shawl with a center pattern.  I will err towards the shawl. 

And a close-up of the silky loveliness.


The colors are wonderful.   One runs out of superlatives.  Superlatively superlative.

Also, I finally caved in the face of a wicked elann.com deal and bought enough R2 fuzzi felt for this project from the second R2 book:



It seemed like a nice, easy-peasy project.  But the diamond lace as so far defeated me.  I can’t seem to get the pattern to come out right: not enough stitches remain when I follow the chart.  Why?  It is a mystery.  I wonder if I’m misinterpreting the yarn-overs or some such small point.  I mean, I think I can count to three … which is really all that is required.  I gave up, but will make another attempt.

I went for a slightly less understated color than the one modeled:


red.  schazam!

It’s a very pinky red.  But I like it.  I’m thinking it will perk up a gray winter day like nobody’s business.  And speaking of red, I can’t forget a certain couple of hanks of Lorna’s Laces red rover.


My Sockapalooza yarn.  I’m very nervous about starting … I’ve never really knit socks before and I want these to be really nice.  My Pal requested Jaywalkers or something similar (with ripples, basically); I’m just hoping it won’t be beyond my limited talents.  Having discovered the magic loop method, though, I am feeling much more confident with the small diameters.  Perhaps I’ll wind the yarn today … a good start.

At least it will distract me from my cold and my academic angst. 



… or at least that’s what Mr. B. thought Ravelry should be named.  Anyway, I got my invitation the other day and — holy carpal tunnel, Batman! — I spent all Sunday night entering my projects.  It doesn’t look like much work, but, wow, I should really keep better records, I guess.  I’ll need a file for my knitting, just like the one I’m supposed to develop for my dissertation.  Anyhoo.

nr. eight


Noro 102 (with cat hair accents)

Unfortunately, my new square didn’t distract me enough to avoid a total dissertation-related meltdown this week.  I’m feeling better, though, after some stern words from Mr. Sternberg.  Fuller Brush man, indeed. 


Well, maybe just a little bit pr0n.  Because yarn doesn’t narrow it down much, does it?

I’m all bright-eyed-and-bushy-tailed this morning thanks to the cat, but instead of heading off to the library to ring in the day among the scholarly stacks, I’ve decided to take pictures of my knitting and blog a bit.  Time management has been something I struggle with.

Firstly, another finished pair of Fuzzyfeet.  (I keep linking to the pattern because, really, you all should get some too.)


RPM Pink + Fuchsia

A trip through the washer for Mr. Jumbolarge and they’re ready to be mailed off to California.  And there to await the coming of … um … winter. 

Now I just need to get started on the pair for my Sockpal.


Chianti + Autumn Harvest

My Sockpal requested warm reds and oranges, but isn’t opposed to blues.  I hope these colors fit the bill.  Since they’re just slippers, though, the pressure was decidedly less than when selecting *the* yarn, *the* sock yarn for *the* actual socks.  I went with Lorna’s Laces, a yarn I’ve been wanting to try:


Shepherd Sock in Red Rover

I spent a lot of time thinking about the possibilities: hand-painted, self-striping, colorways, deep vs. playful, pooling.  The Lorna’s Laces is variegated more that self-striping, which I think should add to both the depth of color and interest of the pattern without risking egregious pooling problems or other self-striping mishaps.  The pattern is still up in the air: Jaywalkers are a strong contender (named by La Sockpal as a favorite) but I’m not rushing into anything.

Which is how I found time to finish another Lizard Ridge square:


nr. seven: color 188 (the non-duplicate emergency Noro)

And have moved on to number eight:


color 102 (newly-released-from-UPS-captivity Noro)

I’m quite addicted to these squares … the pattern is easily memorized, the colors mesmerizing, the gratification almost instant.

Except for keeping my Noro and Lamb’s Pride supplies topped up, I’ve been pretty good about this knit-from-your-stash business.  Which is why falling off the wagon the other day was particularly sweet.


Aurora 8 (heather color 26), Blue Sky brushed suri (early grey), Blue Sky bulky naturals (porcupine)

Each is so soft and lovely; each was bought for a specific project.  And all are obviously vital to my continued progress as a scholar.  Just look how well they coordinate with my favorite genre: academic self-help:


Don’t laugh.  One woman’s neuroses is another’s book deal.

p.s. I will not be defeated!


new project wishes and procrastination

I’ve got a hankering for a new project.  It’s not that I’m dissatisfied with the Lizard Ridge squares or the Fuzzyfeet; I’m enjoying both quite a bit. 


This is my emergency Noro, bought to tide me over until I managed to get my package from UPS.  Which I did today, risking life and limb on Route 1.  What a scary road.  I was almost in two accidents on a 15-minute drive to Trenton.  Anyhoo.

I managed to duplicate all but one colorway (of course).  The Noro on the left is destined for a modified carpet bag, something like this one at Between Stupid and Clever.  The hot pink colorway is still without a project …

Now I’m just waiting for more Lamb’s Pride worsted so I can go to town on yet another pair of Fuzzyfeet.  My sister’s Magenta RPMs are almost done.  (Thanks Return of the Jedi!)  I’m working up to a real pair of socks. 

What I’d really like is a new and exciting project.  I started and rejected many over the weekend but managed a super-cute, super-stash-busting neck warmer

The last of my Blue Sky Alpacas bulky hand dyes.

I might start this scarf or these wrist warmers.  What to do?

Actually, kpixie has kind of made me forget the knitting blahs.


feets of fuzzy

More Fuzzyfeet!


Lamb’s Pride Worsted: RPM Pink (main color) + Fushia (constrast color)

This pair is for my sister; the next for my sock pal.  Oh boy!  UPS has taken my next installment of Lizard Ridge Noro hostage and until I make the trip to Trenton, it’s Fuzzyfeet for me.

I’m back in New Jersey with only a bit of knitting to show for my two-and-a-half weeks in the Northwest.

First off:


Fuzzyfeet in the recommended Lamb’s Pride (color Chianti).  The socks are monstrous until felted … it’s kind of more fun that way.  As you can see, though, felting yields a reasonable size and hides my wonky toe grafting.  Actually, the Fuzzyfeet are my first completed socks; there’s not arguing that the worsted weight made them quick and painless.  I was surprised, however, at how much I liked the magic loop method.  I was worried that it would be somehow too complicated and, well, dangly like the two-circs method — a method I could never really get to work for me.  All those ends, just dangling there waiting to tangle up my yarn.  It was too much for me.  The magic loop seems much more streamlined and quick.  A good thing to learn before starting my Sockapalooza 4 socks.

My first magic loop project (and stash buster!):


A hat in rowan biggy print (color joker); the design is basically the easy rolled-edge hat from Oddball Knitting, minus the rolled-edge, plus pom-pom.  To my mind, the pom-pom really makes the hat.  (My first pom-pom, too!)  Too bad it’s way too hot to wear anything woolly …

Finally, my current personal money pit:


L-R: 156, 92, 88, 153, 95, 40

Lizard Ridge squares one to six.  A quarter of the blanket!  Most of my yarn budget!  At least it’s pretty.


For the next six squares (all my budget and storage space allow at a time) I’m concentrating on adding in more reds — this was a very blue/grean/purple batch.  The yarn should arrive any day now …

yarn for sale, again

I realized that I would never post all of my yarn-for-sale photos on ebay, so the album is back.  If you’re interested in something, send me an email <brokeknits [at] gmail [dot] com> and I’ll send an invoice.  Voila! 

* Shipping isn’t included in the price, but I’ll keep it cheap. *

I’m at home, relaxing and doing a bit of knitting.  I finished another lizard ridge square last night (no pictures since I didn’t bring my camera: brilliant!) and started on nr. five.

Maybe I’ll start on my mohair nemesis sometime soon.