Happy (Knitting) Holidays

I wanted to take this time to thank all of you for your humor, friendship and support this past year. This blog is such a blast and I hope that next year will be even better.

Whatever holidays you celebrate this season, please enjoy yourselves and make sure to at least do one thing that would make your mom blush. (You get extra points if you do something that would make your mom dis-own you for at least 24 hours.)

With the new year comes a list of new excuses to buy more yarn and knit more items. Have fun with the after-Christmas sales, but don’t go too crazy on wools. Remember, summer is just around the corner, so make sure to stock up on some cotton too.

I’ll be busy with my own family traditions this next couple of weeks. I also have the job of keeping my Boy Toy from going overboard with the Christmas cookies and spiced wine.

So, I am wishing all of you fun-filled holidays along with a new year full of yarn and enough time to knit everything  your heart desires. See you all in 2012!!!!

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I Will Resist

Oh my. The stripping on this sweater is just hot. No, I’m not looking at the guy who is wearing it. You can’t make me look into those deep hungry eyes. I won’t be tempted by that wisp of hair that plays in front of his face. I will not be seduced by the arm muscles that the sweater just can’t hide. No! I will resist. I will resist!

Okay, maybe just one little peek. . .

In Good Hands

Wanted to let you know that I am taking a week off to spend some quality time with my Boy Toy. But don’t worry, I won’t leave you alone. I wanted to make sure that you would be in good hands while I’m gone. So, I have scheduled a week of eye candy for your pleasure. Sexy guys wearing sexy knits- what could be better. If I have time I may just pop my head in to say hi.

So, enjoy your week and I’ll see you again shortly.

Here’s a preview of what to expect. Enjoy!

Grey Temptation

Naughty Granny

I saw this photo and just started laughing. Found out the photo came from another blogger and after reading their entire blog entry I just had to share. Below is a excerpt from the blog regarding this photo. You can read the full blog entry at Brain Debris.

 

“While not provocative, this photo did bring up several questions. 1. WHAT is she willing to knit for sex? Is she giving away swatches or sweaters? Does it depend on the requested act? Do men who provide merino alpaca blend get “bonuses”?Maybe she’s knitting patterns from Naughty Needles or DomiKNITrix. 2. Why is the man behind her so enthusiastic? Is he her pimp or is he just finally glad he’s figured out how to get her to HAVE sex? Notice the lip prints on his shirt? HMMMMM. 3. Who is the slightly inebriated looking gentleman with his dirty hands on gramma? Maybe he’s the infomercial guy and the man in the back is the testimonial happy customer. Maybe he’s an alpaca farmer and is throwing her this party for increasing his profits through her innovative entrepreneurship. 4. How long does it take her to knit for sex? She better be using Addi-turbos if she’s got a high sex drive! 5. Why is she advertising on a paper cone hat? Couldn’t she knit one? 6. Does this mean that we know what all the little old men wearing scarves have been doing? Is the length of the scarf indicative of anything? 7. Is this why so many elderly ladies take up knitting? I thought it might be because they needed something to do while waiting for the Viagra to kick in. At the very least I thought the needles would be a great deterrent. Seems not so much!”

Hoopla for the Hobbit

Well, among the many other things that I use this blog for, I see it is a virtual refrigerator door. And what usually hangs on a fridge door? Well, any school age kid will tell you, it’s the place to hang your best work. A showcase for bragging about your recent achievement. And with that in mind, I’d like to hang on this virtual fridge an achievement by one of my followers.

You may remember a while back I did an interview with sock designer Mary the Hobbit. Well, if you weren’t already a fan of her work back then, you’ll become one now. One of her latest designs,  the Uzu Sock, can be viewed in Knitty’s Deep Fall 2011 issue!

So, head on over to Knitty, knit the pattern and then run over to Ravelry and show the pattern some love. I’ve already got the pattern in my query. It’s on my ‘to-do’ list for 2012.

Uzu Sock by Mary the Hobbit

It’s My Party and I’ll Knit If I Want To

Tiny rainbow Cake Slice by Trish Young

Happy Birthday To Me!

Yes, Saturday, December 3rd, marks my 34th year of life on this earth. And I must say that after 34 years, I still haven’t grown up. (However, my nieces and nephews repeatedly tell me that I am old because I remember when computers use to only have black screens with green letters.)

34 is such an odd year. Its like when you turned 12. You weren’t a kid anymore, but you weren’t a teenager yet either. Turning 34 feels that way. I’m no longer a ‘young adult’, but I haven’t hit that mid-life point either. (Some say mid-life starts at 35.)

So, what are my plans for the big 3-4? Well, in a perfect world I’d be spending the day in Las Vegas watching the Tournament of Kings show at Excalibur, winning big at the slot machines, having one of those drinks that come in a fish bowl and ending the evening seeing Garth Brooks live in concert.

But reality will find me knitting, getting a free meal at a local restaurant and listening to some unenthusiastic waiters sing me ‘happy birthday’.

Boy Toy is unfortunately out of town, so I won’t get to spend it with him.

I do plan on spoiling myself by buying some yummy yarn and getting my two free pieces of chocolate from Godiva. (Sign up for the Godiva club and you get one free piece of chocolate every month and one extra on your birthday. Score!)

Yes, there will be alcohol involved at some point over the weekend. My mom has been threatening to buy me my own bottle of Tequila Rose. (Tequila Rose to me is like kryptonite to Superman.)

I mainly plan on spending the day being open for whatever may come my way. Usually my birthdays are more well planned out, but this year I just feel like winging it.

As usual, I’m curious to know, how did you spend/or how will you spend your 34th birthday?

Beading It Up This Winter

I’m still getting my feet wet with more advanced knitting techniques. The other day I actually did a cable stitch for the first time. It was scary and I messed up, (a lot), but it was nice to finally face doing something that I have been putting off learning for years. (And, in case you were wondering, no, I will not show you my work. I frogged it with a passion after I finally got a few cables done right. )

I recently picked up the Winter 2011 issue of Interweave Knits and there is a hat in there that has me really thinking of trying another knitting technique. On page 71 is the Holiday Lights Tam designed by Catherine Shield. It is, ‘a simple slipped-stitch pattern with a twist (that) drapes glass seed beads across like strings of twinkling lights.’

Holiday Lights Tam by Catherine Shields

So, this tam would require me learning to knit with beads, which, while a beautiful and rewarding technique, it has been something I have purposely avoided. Don’t get me wrong, I like beading. I use to design jewelry before I ever knitted my first stitch. But the thought of having to string all those beads falls under the same category as organizing paper clips by size and color.  I can do it, but there better be alcohol involved.

Close up of Holiday Lights Tam

Yet, this tam is really calling my name. Of course the lazy knitter in me would just as well knit this puppy without the beads, but honestly, it just wouldn’t be the same. I may just have to suck it up and learn how to knit with beads.

 

Holiday Lights Tam

 

Anyone else out there knitted with beads before? How was your experience? Is it really worth it? Would you ever do it again?

Stuffed

So, are you still rolling yourself out of bed after all that Thanksgiving food? Or are you still just recovering from your Turkey-induced coma?

Are you just now picking up your knitting project only to find it stained with cranberry sauce? Or your crochet hook still smells like pumpkin pie?

I hope that you all stuffed yourselves with enough good food to make your scale run and hide.

I stuffed myself to the point that I will just assume that elves came into my closet and shrunk my clothes while I was cooking the turkey. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!)

As my Boy Toy and I still argue over wheather or not pumpkin pie is considered one serving of vegetables, I’ll leave you with a couple of turkeys that managed to survive the cutting block:

Turkey Coasters by Joanne Loh

 
 

Otto the Turkey by Ruth Homrighaus