November 24, 2015

Borne on the Waves has been, well, born!

Finally, finally, finally.  Some five years after I made the first prototype, the pattern for Borne on the Waves has been released.


Well, kinda.  It’s a Mystery Knit-Along (MKAL), which means that it’s being released in sections (commonly called “clues”), and right now, the only thing you can get is the planning packet, with materials, gauge info, abbreviations, and general pattern notes.  The first clue will be released next Sunday, November 29, 2015 sometime around 3pm CST.  The other four clues will be released one each Sunday after that, through December 27, 2015.


If you’re a Ravelry member, you can follow the link in the pattern description to the MKAL thread, which has a contest to win a free copy of the pattern.  The contest ends on November 29, 2015, so you’ll have to hurry if you want a chance at it!  The pattern is available at half-price ($2.50US) through December 27, 2015.  After that, it will be available at full-price ($5.00US).


If you aren’t a Ravelry member . . . you should be (assuming you knit, crochet, spin, or weave, at least).  Go to, and sign up!

August 9, 2015

He’s Everywhere

Bruce Willis is not our favorite actor. Really. We just happen to own an awful lot of movies that have Bruce Willis in them.

One of these technically isn’t ours. Over the Hedge is one of the kids’ movies. But it just proves that we can’t get away from Bruce Willis, even in cartoons.

Anyway, this isn’t really about Bruce Willis. Continue reading

July 25, 2015

At a loss

I need help. Serious help.

Little Cat Z is like her mommy in a lot of ways. One of them being that she overeats. In particular, she sneaks food. (She’s ten years old, and I think she’s 120 pounds, and probably not five feet tall yet.) She’s also got my body type: skinny legs, big belly, a type 2 diabetes dream.

I’m not putting her on a diet. I refuse to put her on a diet. She’s ten, for fuck’s sake. I started getting put on diets when I was nine (thanks to the doctor). It did absolutely nothing for my weight, and ruined my self-image, adding to my weight problem, I’m sure.

For a long time, I got mad when I’d catch her, or find the evidence after the fact, and I’d yell. I’m so worried about her having self-esteem and health problems that I’d just lose it. (My mom never did that to me. I think I thought that if I was more serious about it, it would impress her more?) After I calmed down, I’d try explaining to her that the problem wasn’t so much that she was eating, as what she was eating (she doesn’t sneak veggies, in fact, until I moved the sugar bowl out of her reach, she was eating sugar straight from it), and the fact that she was sneaking it, which was like stealing. I’d tell her that before she took something, she should ask herself if it was hers to take, or if she should ask.

Naturally, the freaking out and yelling didn’t help anything. I decided that if the big problem was that she was sneaking food, I’d tell her that if she wanted a(nother) snack, all she had to do was ask. I don’t know if that just hasn’t sunk in yet, but she never asks for an extra snack. And she still sneaks food. Candy and cookies type food. So still, the problem isn’t so much that she’s eating, but what she’s eating, and the fact that she’s taking stuff she knows isn’t for her, or at least not for snacking.

Then tonight, I picked the good spouse up from work, and we came home. When we got here, around midnight, someone was in the bathroom. It was Little Cat Z. When she came out of the bathroom, she had a mouth full of something. Turns out it was Extra Strength Tums. I opened that bottle about a month ago. The other day my stomach was upset, and I popped a couple, noticing that the good spouse must have been having real trouble, since the bottle was over half-empty. Nope. It’s been Little Cat Z, sneaking medicine. And not particularly candy-like (although it is the fruity kind) medicine.

I’m at my wits’ end. Am I going to have to move the refrigerator, and all the food from the kitchen cabinets, and all the medications that might be almost candy-like (cough syrup, chewable vitamins, chewable pain-killers, antacids) into the pantry, and put a padlock on it?

I should add that Little Cat Z has some learning disabilities. She’s “graduated” from Early Childhood Education, and she’s doing well in school (she’s one year behind), but her thought processes still sometimes seem a little different from most people’s.

I know I need to work on my own bad habits, and having less sweets in the house would help, too, but she’s sneaking Tums. There are snack crackers and potato chips in the pantry, but obviously this isn’t about being hungry. Am I too late? Is she already a compulsive eater?

I could really, really use some good advice, if someone has any to give.

July 11, 2015

I have business with the moon.

This post will deal with girly/womanly stuff, so any folks of the male persuasion may want to skip it. Continue reading

June 25, 2015

A Year?

It’s been almost a year since the last time I posted anything here.  Like 10 and a half months.  I guess school really kept me busy last year!


So, what’s up with me?  I decided to haul out the shawl design I was working on last year, and acftually finish it.  I’m not quite done yet.  There were a lot of revisions that I still needed to make, but I’m over half way done knitting the latest (and should be last) prototype.  Then test knitting, tech editing, and an MKAL release!


I’m also going to do my scarf with rabbit tracks on it.  The pattern is practically written, and I finally picked out and bought yarn for it.


I’m also working on a Tantric Puzzle Top for Thing One.  I’m working on the second part, but it’s been set aside mostly while I try to finish the shawl.  And I’m making a Mariah cardigan for Grace.  And I’m working on my Steampunkery socks.


No, no linkies.  Maybe later.


I’ve been trying to do a lot more baking and a lot less storebought cookie buying, but I discovered that the peanut butter sandwich cookies Target sells (Market Pan) are really pretty awesome, and at Aldi they have these fudge covered peanut butter cookies (I think that’s what they’re called) that look like Girl Scout Tagalongs, except they have a chocolate cookie instead of shortbread (?), and they taste like PB Twix.  Honestly, the first time I bought a package, I ate almost the whole thing on my drive home, they are that good.


Anyway, I’m going to be better about writing here.  No, stop laughing and giving me those knowing looks.  I really am.

August 5, 2014

Summer Is Almost Over

Thank goodness. I’m not a summer person. Really, truly, and honestly, you will not find me wishing for summer in the middle of winter. I may pine for spring, or wax nostalgic over autumn, but even if it’s fifty below, I’m not wishing for summer.

It’s been a rough summer for us this year, for a variety of reasons, and I took most of July off from designing. I knit all through summer, except on the absolute hottest days (which, thankfully, this year have been few), but designing — however serious I am about it — is still at the hobby level for me. I put much more money into it than I get out, and this summer, I didn’t have the money to spend. But, that may be changing. At least enough that I’m back to working on the MKAL shawl I keep mentioning.

I spent about an hour last night working on the script for the video I’m going to do for the cast-on for the shawl. (Wow, that’s a lot of prepositional phrases.) Once I have that done, I’m going to start knitting the second prototype (the first one came out much larger, and used more yarn, than I wanted), and get a test-knit underway.

My original plan was to do this MKAL back in May, right after spring semester was over. Now it’s taking me so long to get it all together that I’m wondering if maybe it’s going to be next May!

June 22, 2014

How Goeth the Knitting?

I keep coming up with posts I think I should write, and then I don’t get around to them, and I think of others, and then I don’t get around to them . . . it’s a vicious cycle.

Anyway, I mentioned, very briefly, back in December that I was working on a shawl pattern for a mystery knit-along. I’m not done with it yet, but it’s definitely getting there! Spring semester was really, really difficult for me (largely my own fault, I think), and I didn’t get a lot of . . . anything, really, done between February and April. Then, around the last week of April and first week of May (aka finals week), I got a really special infection in my right thumb’s cuticle, for which I wound up having to take antibiotics, and because of which I still expect my nail to fall off any time now. There have been quite a few days since then when my thumb has hurt too much for me to knit. But, there have been enough when it hasn’t hurt — or at least it hasn’t hurt too much — that I’ve been able to work on the shawl.

I don’t know why it’s taken me this long. Well, no, I do know. I think I’m nervous. Not only have I never released a shawl pattern, I’ve never done a knit-along. Much less a mystery knit-along. And on top of that, this will be my tenth pattern. The supposedly magic release that so many designers have said, “I got a lot more interest in all of my patterns after I released my tenth.” (Although some say twenty, or even forty.) So, if I release this pattern, and I don’t see an increase in interest, I’m going to feel like a failure, even with all the other designers who’ve said it takes longer, because that’s just how I am.


AND AND! AND I think I need to start a YouTube account, because I want to do at least one video for the pattern, for the very pretty, but very fiddly, cast-on I used. I’ve never made a knitting video. I’m not entirely sure how to go about it. And while it isn’t exactly speaking in public, I get pretty nervous about that kind of thing, and I’m sure I’ll do a lot of fumbling, both with my hands and my mouth. And my thumbnail looks like it got caught in a combine. (If’n you didn’t know, people can be very critical of the state of your nails in knitting videos!)

Besides this, I’m working on Mariah, for Grace.

Oh! And I’m on Pinterest now, too. I spend way too much time on there looking at dessert recipes.

I guess that’s about it for me, right now. How goeth it with you?

March 14, 2014

Number Nine . . . Number Nine . . .

Why, yes! I am a Beatles fan! How could you tell?

I’ve just released my ninth pattern, Jump in the Line socks. They are available for sale through Ravelry, regularly for $4, but through the end of this month, you can get them for 25% off ($3)!

Jump in the Line socks

February 16, 2014

I think I’m in love

(If you now have an Eddie Money song on endless repeat in your head, you’re welcome!) (And I was going to post this on Friday for Valentine’s Day, but life happened.)

Some time ago, the lovely NEPatty (Ravelry name) lent me a pair of ChiaGoo Twist Red Lace tips and a few cables to go with them (two of the Red Lace, and one of the Spin), to help me in my quest for the Best Interchangable Needles EVAR. I liked them so much . . . I still haven’t sent them back to her. In fact, it’s been so long that she suggested they’ve acclimated to the atmosphere in my house, and I should just keep them. I am going to send them back to her, though. Especially since I finally succumbed to temptation and bought myself a complete set, sizes 2 to 15. “Love” might be a strong word for how I feel about them, but then again, maybe not. Continue reading

February 1, 2014

I’m only Ten Years Late

Stitch ‘n bitch: the knitter’s handbook, by Debbie Stoller, was published in 2003, and I’ve finally gotten around to reading it over. (It only looks like I’m eleven years late. I actually did this last year, but I kept putting off writing about it.)

I have reasons for taking this long. They may not be good reasons, but I have them! The book is part of Debbie Stoller’s mission to let people know that knitting is cool. Well, you know . . . I learned how to knit in the late ’70s, when I was nine years old. I thought it was neat, and fun, and if people didn’t think I was weird because I knit, they thought I was weird for other reasons. In other words, the coolness factor wasn’t an issue for me. Plus, by the time Stitch ‘n bitch came out, I was really tired of hearing that Julia Roberts could be found knitting between takes on movie sets. I did not think this book was for me.

But, my mom got a copy for herself at some point. After she died, I took it home, and eventually I decided that as long as I had it, I might as well give it a look. Continue reading


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