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I’m traveling by train this weekend. You know what that means, folks…who needs clothes, my bags are packed with yarn. New projects. Old projects. Eleventy billion needles. I can’t wait!

My iPod is stocked with 11 of 12 discs of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Even if it continues to make a fool of me. Damn failed cheese. I’ve read over half but my sister raved about the audiobook, so it’s coming along.

See you Sunday! ๐Ÿ˜€


Why I dread booties:


I was sucked in by the overpowering cuteness and allure of Saartje’s Booties. As soon as I saw Stacey’s, it was all over — I knew I must cast on as soon as possible. The knitting? A snap. Two hours tops. The finishing? Let’s just say my track record isn’t stellar.

The first version of the Cabled Earflap Hat pattern is ready to test! For starters, it’s infant-sized…about 15″ around when finished, to fit a 16″ head. You can download the PDF here…but please don’t link to it yet!


Theย  eleven-cable (cables all over) version will follow soon.

Yarn Ahoy is having a contest! Please go take a look and vote for me if you like my gorgeous socks…or just leave a cheeky comment of some sort, it will make me feel all warm and fuzzy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

jaywalkers OR wee tiny sock

Really, you can vote for someone else if you want, but I’d love to win because her yarn is faaaaabulous.

Seriously…yum: yarnahoy

…to everyone who offered to test-knit the hat pattern. I really am almost done writing it up, but I am knitting it (again!) at the same time because I’ve run into a few things that looked iffy to me while transferring my notes. It’s a Big Crazy Birthday Weekend at our house, so I might not finish until Sunday.

Aside from dyeing gobs of fiber and mildly stressing about the possibility of moving, here’s what I’ve been up to:


I’m pleased to say that it only took five tries to get the earflaps right. It’s interesting how cables affect the shape of the flap, and you have to put the increases in the right places or they look reeeeally wonky.

I’m in the process of transforming the pages of scribbled notes to a coherent and readable pattern — if you’ve always wanted to knit a cabled earflap hat and wouldn’t be scared to test it for me, leave a comment and I’ll send it your way. As with the earflapless cable hats, there’s a few-cabled and a many-cabled version.