Wednesday, September 27, 2006


I have finished my first pair of socks for Sock Wars! I'll be sending them to my victim tomorrow! I used an absolutely luscious yarn - something Debbie Bliss - wool, cotton and viscose blend. I am going to have to make another pair or more of these - they're delicious!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Oh My!

A friend of mine emailed this to me:
Yarn thief gets year in jail

Published on: 09/25/06
A woman prosecutors called a serial yarn thief will spend a year in jail after pleading guilty to shoplifting Monday in DeKalb County.

Audrey Yandel, a 70-year-old Atlanta grandmother and a retired nurse, has been convicted 12 times in the past two decades, mostly for stealing yarn, according to DeKalb Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney John Melvin.

In the DeKalb cases, Yandel was caught stealing yarn at a Decatur shop in January 2005 and knitting needles at a Dunwoody business in May 2006.

Her attorney, Charles Pekor, said she's been suffering from "compulsive behavior disorder" and has been seeking psychiatric help.

After serving a year in jail, Yandel will be placed on probation for six years. She's now forbidden from entering any specialty store that sells yarn.


Sunday, September 24, 2006


Yarn Monkey has finally started the first ever (that we know of) International SOCK WARS! I have the first sock about 2/3 done. My victim lives in Northern Ireland - isn't that cool? Her name is Catherine, too!

More later - must go knit!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Chains and Kippahs

Did I mention I finally found the lost sock again? Well, I'm ready to finish off the toe, but I've been avoiding it because then I'll have to cast on the other sock and I can't find the paper where I wrote down how many stithces it is. LOL This one looks good, though, and finally long enough to go on a foot bigger than my own! Yay Christmas!

I've also been working on Marley's Ghost Chain in a Fibonacci Sequence. If you don't know what that is, look it up. Now I need to decide - to felt or not to felt!

I have a few friends who are Jewish, and I've been thinking for some time now that I'd make some Kippahs (Yarmulkes) to give away. Obviously not for Christmas presents, but you know what I mean. Anyway - I accidentally made one when I was trying (still futilely, obviously) to make the perfect hat for my friend Gary. I don't think it makes that great of a Kippah, though, and my friend KnittingBrow was over the other night and suggested I pick up stitches and knit sides to it, making it a cool pillbox. I think I'll do that.

I can do that partly because I did manage to find a Kippah pattern. I've made one, but I think it's too small for adults, so I'm back to the needles in a few days to cast on a larger one. Sigh. This one is really love - Stork yarn that is so soft you can barely stand it.

Speaking of unbearably soft - I got the most beautiful yarn what in PA. This is Lana Grossa Cool Wool and it's absolutely delightful. 100 % wool, but it has some stretch AND it guages out very oddly. KB and I were each knitting swatches Wed. night and we came up with MORE stitches on larger needles than on smaller. Oddlings. At any rate I've now finally taken the plunge to knit myself the shell I've wanted forever. I love this yarn, and even though it took me all evening to knit only one inch, I think it'll be great! yay!

I'm also planning to start on the Moebius cowl - a true moebius from Cat Bordhis magical books. I got some other really vibrant blue yarn that is soft as anything, but I need a longer circular needle to do the moebius. LYS, here I come!