Posts from the ‘knitting’ Category

Thank heaven for skinny arms.

Mama’s Dress

2 years and 3 months later.  It’s done.

The husband asked me what I’d do if it didn’t fit her. 

He’s so funny.


I have to admit I’m a little worried about the arms.  Luckily she’s skinny.

Happiness is

…successfully pulling off the middle school production of School House Rock.  Because it did.  Rock, that is.  🙂

Listening to my daughter sing her homework instead of reading it.  (She so gets that from me.)

Realizing later that the tune she is using is Soak Up the Sun by Sheryl Crow.

Knitting the second arm of my mothers dress.

Drinking hot chocolate while the snow falls.

I am a copycat.

At school a couple weeks ago, one of the 1st grade teachers was wearing a super cute short sleeve sweater.   After developing an acute case of sweater-envy, I decided that I was smart enough to knit a copy for myself.  I dug through my stash and found some half knitted chunky grey wool which I then un-knit and re-knit into a sweater.  I knit a neck band, picked up stitches along the edge and used the proportions from cosmicpluto’s top down raglan sweater.  Size 13 needles and chunky yarn means a quick sweater!  The yarn was a little musty so I washed it and it grew.  I love the length that it ended up, but now my carefully planned waist shaping is now butt shaping.  Best laid plans.  Now I need a button.

Not a great picture.

Mama’s Boy Socks

I’ve been making socks.  I actually made these for J quite a while ago but he lost one and was devastated.  Every day when I was knitting he’d ask for a new one, so yesterday I indulged.  They’re basic turkish toe up socks with a short row heel.  I don’t even remember what the yarn is.  I think it might have been the first skein of sock yarn I ever bought.

YSC Hats 1 and 2

I was housebound yesterday since the roofers came and their trailer blocked in my car.  So I had to do some knitting then.  Darn it.  Grins.  Anyway I finished the first hats so I can get them in the mail on Monday.  Princess Isabella Monkey-Bear and Bob were very gracious to model them for me.

ysc 1 and 2 003 The earflap hat is the Thorpe pattern from Through the Loops!  I used LionBrand wool and some purple Jiffy for accent.  The beret is the One Day Beret from the same designer.  I used Wool Ease Thick and Quick that I got from Vera Chappell.  She was a very nice lady who went to my church when I was a kid.  She bought Girl Scout cookies from me.  And probably a lot of other things I don’t remember.  When her health started to fail, she donated her yarn to the crafting people at our church.  She passed away this last week.  I’d like to think this kind of thing is what she’d like her yarn to be used for.

The Thorpe hat is for the girl in Canada who I wrote about already.  The beret is for one of my fellow Stage III ladies.  A mama and 3rd grade teacher down in Alabama.  I hope the wool isn’t too hot.

Throws Like A Girl

So my daughter asked me what “Throws Like a Girl” meant.  She’s already heard the negative version at school.   I told her that some people use it as an insult and how it’s not ok to use someone’s gender as a cutdown.   L is a girl and is frighteningly accurate with a ball.  So we talked about how it’s silly to say it and the best response for her would be to say, “Of course, I throw like a girl, I AM a girl.  And I throw just as well as you (annoying little boy, I add in my head.)”

When I named the blog, I had two things in mind.  Using the insult Throws Like A Girl to mean something positive and a clever (or so I thought.  Grins.) play on the knitting aspect of the blog.  I knit by “throwing”.  I’m a girl.  etc.

I am actually quite offended by the idea that being female equals being weak or subpar.  That’s probably why I love Sarah Haskins over at so much.  She is great at pointing out how the media encourages us to stay in archaic gender roles.  She points out the absurdity that yogurt will fix all our problems and that men can’t cook dinner or do laundry without the help of some special cleanser.

I always thought Throws Like A Girl would be a great name for a girl’s softball team, too.

Hats and Friday Feel Up.

So I’m still knitting.  Socks.  Arm of Mom’s dress.  And hats.

I made a lot of hats last year.  Mostly for myself.  Some for others.

This year I decided to cope with Pinktober by making hats for some of the new girls (and old girls) over at the YSC.

This hat is for a 29 year old.  Who was just diagnosed with a recurrence.  She already went through this once when she was 26.  26!

red earflap hat 007

I guess if there’s anything to take with you as October progresses, it’s that young women can and do get breast cancer.  When it comes down to it, it’s not about ribbons, fundraisers and charitable donations (though they are nice and helpful).  It’s about women being disfigured in a way that’s incomprehensible until it happens to you.  It’s about facing issues with fertility after diagnosis and treatment.  About the possibility of leaving our loved ones behind too soon. Our tumors are measured in centimeters (the average breast cancer tumor of someone over 50 is measured in millimeters.)   It’s a very different disease from breast cancer in older women.  So go check ’em out.  Stay healthy.  🙂

Know what this is?

cable luxe arm 006 It’s an arm!  I finally finished the length of my Mom’s dress.  And now I’m working on the sleeves.  I started this in January of 2008.  I actually knitted quite a bit of it while I was in the waiting room at the Urgent Care in Florida waiting to find out about my lump.  I had to take a hiatus during chemo.  (People on chemo shouldn’t do cables!  I had to frog it back to the yoke due to all mistakes I made.)

Anyway.  ARM!  I’m finally on the arm!

Bunnies, Bunnies! IT MUST BE BUNNIES!

So I have been knitting.  Still working on my Mom’s dress, though it’s hard to take anywhere due to its size.  Lots of sock knitting in doctor’s offices.  AND since just about everybody I know seems to be pregnant, I’ve started knitting bunnies. The pattern is from 101 Designer Knits and I think it’s called the Blanket Buddy.  This is made from CottonTots  which I’ve never worked with before but now understand why people love.  It’s SO soft.  And washable.  Awesome.

BTW, bonus points to those who guess where the post title comes from.  Not too hard if you know me well.  Grins.

Extra lyric hint:  Bunnies aren't just cute like everybody supposes.  They've got those hoppy legs and twitchy little noses.  And what's with all the carrots?  Why do they need such good eyesight anyway?!?!

Extra lyric hint: Bunnies aren't just cute like everybody supposes. They've got those hoppy legs and twitchy little noses. And what's with all the carrots? What do they need such good eyesight for anyway?!?!