… 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.

school’s out forever …

… I wish.

But classes are over and I have a week of glorious freedom before the final essay drafts come in.  Yay!  I’ve actually been thinking about my *own* work.  <gasp>  Because I have plenty of it.

I’ve only ever hinted at my occupation here on the blog … because, well, it’s mostly about knitting, right?  But my work affects my knitting and my blogging (or at least the time I have to devote to both), so it doesn’t seem completely out of line to talk about what I do.  I’ve also been shy about revealing too much about myself … I didn’t want to come off all freaky-weird and overly bookish.   Remember: knitting. 


Anyway, all this to say: I’m a graduate student in German at [ETA: an Ivy League University] and have been for four years.  That means I get paid to read books in German, write about books in English (I’m no native speaker), and teach German.  This sounds idyllic.  What they never mention in the viewbook, though, is the crippling, soul-destroying doubt and insecurity that will plague your every moment, thought, presentation, paper, etc.  Not to mention the guilt that will suck the joy out of the moments you’re not working.  At least for me.  Because I got it in my head that I wasn’t here to learn but just to *be* smart.  Very different things.  This last year (thankfully over) was an orgy of failure and rejection: no fellowships, no writing, bad exams, no idea why I was here or what I was doing or what I was interested in.  I basically stopped working, focused on teaching, and dreamed on escaping to … anywhere.  An academic mess, really. 

Things have been better lately, though.  Not that I have any answers, but I’m okay with my bad exams, my master’s degree that took 3 1/2 years to get, my slow progress towards a dissertation proposal, my incomplete coursework.  I’ve never been an academic mess before … now I’m figuring out how to stop feeling like one.  It’s no self-help journey of discovery; it’s more about doing the work I’m supposed to be doing. 

I’m moving to Germany in the summer for a year of study at a university there and even though I’m scared about a lot of things (especially losing Mr. B.), I’m super-excited about getting out of town.  [ETA: Ivy League Town] may be lots of things, but it’s never really been the place for me — academically or otherwise (friends and the wonderful Mr. B. excluded).

So here I am on campus, trying to get some stuff done.  Like reading.  See:


  Basement cafĂ© on a beautiful day. 

But not before I took some pictures of my knitting … as I was rushing out the door.


Lizard ridge squares 1 – 3.

I have to say, I was one the fence about square #3.  The alternating green was somehow too emphatic — it is just so very green; the ridges don’t blend like in the other squares; the colors are so starkly separated.  But it’s growing on me. 


The purple at the top kind of saved it for me.  This is the Noro 88  I used for the Halfobi way back when; alternating ends of the ball definitely gave the square a different feeling. 

I’m certainly not suffering from anything approaching miter-madness, but the squares are awfully fun to make.  An eighth done, only 21 more to go …

I’ve also determined to keep on slogging with my sister’s Rebecca wrap sweater with eyelets.  Why it has that little appropriate-for-beginners flower on it is beyond me. 



I ordered some more ggh soft kid in purple — a year or more later and from a different store — and got the same dyelot.  So now I have enough matching purple mohair to … what?  Make lots of sticky, hairy garments?  I was thinking I might search for something appropriate in my newly-acquired Victorian Lace Today.  But first the cardigan.  It really is cute: check out Anna’s longer version.

To change subjects: Sockapalooza 4.  I’m excited and nervous … first real socks and all; first exchange, gifty thing.  I found some lovely yarn and lots of possible patterns, but it still needs some thought.

Okay.  Time for real work.      


I thought, since I really don’t have many readers (any readers?), ebay might be the better option for yarn sales.  I’ll do that sometime soon.

yarn for sale

So I’ve decided to destash.  I’ll be moving to Germany sometime in the summer and a good bit of my yarn will have to be left behind.  Instead of just throwing it in storage with my other stuff, I thought it deserved to find nice new homes where it could be loved and appreciated. 

If you’re interested in purchasing, send me an email.  I’ll send an invoice.  Viola.

I’ve tried to be clear about the condition of the yarn — what has been used, how much has been used, what has been used and rewound, etc — but I’m happy to answer questions.  I don’t have any means of figuring yardages for the yarns I’ve swatched.  I do, however, make small swatches.

I’m also open to haggling.  Although I really did try to make the prices fair, if you’d like to suggest something, please do.

Shipping is not included in the prices, but I’ll try to keep it cheap unless you request a super-fast service. 

Everything will be sold on a first come, first served basis.  No returns just because I’m trying to get rid of the stuff.

Anyway, take a peek.  I’ve never done this before, so patience would be greatly appreciated.

In other news …


The buttony raglan body is finished.  I’m on the fence about this sweater — it’s really big on me and just kind of … hangs.  The yarn is rather heavy and the shape too big and boxy (my fault, not the pattern’s).  I don’t know if I’m going to finish or frog … I’m giving it a few days before I decide.