Tuesday, December 11, 2012

This? or That?

I'd like to introduce a little game I'd like to call:

This game takes mass-produced items and pits them against hand-made versions. Which one is better? You choose! (There are right and wrong answers).

The first one should be easy.  Tell me:
*Adorable nephew not included
Beardo - for hipsters everywhere

Ok, if you answered "THIS," you are correct. It's my version of the "beardo" that can be found on fab and other places. I made it for my nephew. The materials were <$10 and it took me a few hours of work. I was able to custom-attach the beard so that it fits well. Plus, he got the remaining yarn! The price of the Beardo: $39.99 (plus shipping!)(Note: at time of post, it was sold out. You know what's never sold out? Your aunt knitting you something wicked cool!)

Next up, Geeks everywhere love it:
Just like Mama Cobb used to make

NERD!Again, the winner is "THIS!" Fans of Joss Wheedon's tragically short-lived Firefly will recognize the Jayne Cobb hat, sent to the macho man by his dear mum. Not the prettiest hat, but it is quite cunning. From a skein each of red, orange and yellow, I was able to make two adult-sized hats. That meant each hat cost about...$15. My personal-favorite, thinkgeek.com, sells it for $24.99. Theirs? Acrylic. Mine? Cotton. Theirs may be officially licensed, mine comes with a license to be the hero of Canton.
Bonus: one recipient wearing his favorite hat.

More after the break.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Emily: 2, Complicated Sweater: 0

I have been MIA for a little while, but with good reason. I've been knitting my fingers off on these really really really really cute, but fairly complicated, sweaters for my friend's kids. They are so adorable. I'm very happy they fit, as that was my biggest worry. I'm so child-illiterate, so I have no idea how to gauge children's sizes.

I also made a Lovey Dovey dress for my friend, Beth's, daughter, Ellie. It's really cute.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Or "For SMAME!" as the Liz-ards used to say in the comments section of the WaPo's Celebritology blog.

So, one of my lovely AV neighbors turned me on to this tumblr page, Dog Shaming. It's kind of a spin off on the social media public shaming parents have recently inflicted on their children. Except instead of being a form of punishment, this is a form of pure hilarity. There are a number of posts that mention panty stealing or some form of bodily waste, which is completely unsurprising. One of my friends found this great one of a Rikku doppelganger! I have no idea who or where this dog is, but s/he is a dead ringer for my girl! Long lost twins. If you can't read it, it says "I roughly stab my nose into the testicles of all men I meet." Rikku definitely doesn't do that.

So, of course I had to submit one of Rikku. I had a hard time figuring out what to do. Finally I settled on this one:
If you can't read it, it says "I've jumped out the 2nd story bedroom window...three times! Not a scratch! (I didn't run away. I just wanted to be outside!)" It was the easiest to execute.

Some others that didn't make the cut:
I'll pretty much do anything for a tennis ball.
I love my neighbor more than I love my mom. I stop listening to her when he's around.
I eat cats.
I pulled a dead rat out of the bushes, and keep going back to see if there are more.
I herd other dogs, but get mad when they try to herd me.
I put puppies in their place.
I curl up in my mom's spot when she gets out of bed to take a shower, especially on cold mornings.
I can break out of a vari-kennel in under 10 seconds.
I chipped some teeth and lost another while chewing my way out of a wire crate. I got out, though!
I like to roll in things and put my "war paint" on so that the squirrels don't know I'm coming.
When my mom first put the gentle leader on me, I got mad and ate her Oakleys, her prescription glasses and her bluetooth headset. I have expensive taste.
When I'm excited to see people, I'll grab the nearest soft thing to bring to them. If there are no toys, I'll grab socks, shoes, bras or panties.

Anyway, if you get a chance, head over and check it out. Some of it is really funny.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Time flies...

It has been almost a year since I wrote. A lot has happened, not all great. Part of the reason I haven't written is because I didn't want to be a "Debbie Downer" about all the pain and suffering that has happened since September 27, 2011. The other part is because, for most of the past 11 months, I had little to no knitting mojo. In the past 11 months, I have completed 8 projects (for some perspective, I have a total of 99 finished projects since November 2008). The last one I bound off was in April. I'll show what I've done in a sec.

But first, here's what's happened over the past 11 months, in a nutshell:
The day after my last post, my Aunt Bev succumbed to cancer after a 2.5 year battle. I left my USCIS project of 2+ years for a project at ICE. I turned 30 (and freaked out about it quite a bit). A dear friend passed away on Thanksgiving. I had a 2cm kidney stone resulting in 2 hospital procedures and 11 days off work (therefore ruining any chance of a vacation this winter). I scaled back on ICE and ramped up on a FEMA project, on which I've been working ridiculous hours. I went to all three Yankees v. Nationals games and watched the Pinstripes SWEEP!

I'm getting my mojo back, but it's still hard because I'm so incredibly exhausted all the time. I can only really focus on one project at a time, which is probably for the best. Meanwhile, my stash has continued to grow, although with greatly decreased velocity. I've been avoiding yarn stores like the plague, except for when I absolutely need something, or when there's an irresistible draw (like an Anne Hanson or Miss Babs workshop). Even though my wallet is happy about it, my motivation has suffered. I've got a project "to do" list that is growing as people keep having offspring, but at least baby clothes are quick.

Speaking of baby clothes, I've made a bunch of them this year. Of those 8 finished projects, 3 of them were for little girls. The one I'm currently working on is for a 5 year old, but more about that later.

When I wrote the last time, I mentioned the Lovey Dovey dresses. Well, those are the three little girl things I made.
For Catherine Watson
For Genevieve Rizzo

For Vanessa Rasmussen
They all came out really cute, if I do say so myself. I've got at least 4 more on my to-do list (Eleanor Freeburt, Eleanor Pomerance, Ruby Bradford and Katie Greiling). Thankfully, once I get past the hem, they go fairly quickly.
Jayne Hat, quite cunning.
I also made three hats since last October. One was a "Jayne" hat for my brother-in-law for Christmas. It's SO awesome. My landlord liked it so much, I made one for her, too!!! I also made a beanie for me out of sparkly alpaca. It's pretty, but like every other beanie in the world, I didn't make it deep enough. I might go back and try to add ear flaps to it. it's too pretty to go unworn.
As for the other things I made, I made a headband for my neighbor, Janene; a shrug for my friend, Stacey, and then a really pretty scarf for me. The scarf is cool, because it's made from a hank of absolutely GORGEOUS sock yarn I got as part of the Cookie A Sock Club. And why didn't I make socks? Because the yarn is RED. And not just a little red, it's cherry, fire engine, piss off a bull red. And, if you haven't guessed, I flat out refuse to make red socks. So I found a beautiful pattern with a cockleshell edge that shows off the beautiful color and stitch definition.
Janene's headband
Stacey's shrug

And what am I working on now? It's a commission for my high-school bestie, Greer. He has two boys, Derrick and Michael. He asked me to make these absolutely adorable hoodies for his kids. They've got stegosaurus "plates" down the arms and on the hood. SO CUTE! I made the mistake of showing the pattern to my cousin's 5 year old twins, and was immediately met with "Will you make one for me?" *sigh* We'll see, sweet boy. But I want to finish these four little girl dresses, first!

I'm also working on a pair of Cookie A socks from last year's sock club. They're very intricate and take a lot of concentration, so I haven't gotten very far. This might be my first-ever bout with second-sock syndrome, which is bad because I can't even get through the first one!!!

So, hopefully this will reignite my writing. I'm looking forward to finishing these hoodies soon and can't wait to see how they turn out.