Shameless shameless pretty

Yes, yes  the obsession continues.  No, I am not sorry.  I'm also not done, so there are going to be at least a few more of these. But, in the interest of being useful, I'll answer a few questions.  Yes, it's skinny pencil roving (about sport weight maybe?  I'm knitting on 4s.).  No, I'd never seen it before either, but I'm fond of it.  No, I don't know where to find this exact stuff (I got it at Rhinebeck, three years ago, at a jewelry stand that just happened to have this one kind of yarn), but if you search [...]

September 28, 2015|

One more row

Right, so, I'm starting to want everything I knit to be in gradient yarn.  The knitting would go much much faster.  Everybody else really really really wants to get through one more color change before they stop too, right?  That's totally normal I'm sure...

September 26, 2015|


So you know me.  You know I knit with skinny yarn.  Skinny gray yarn (with occasional hints of grayish blue or grayish brown for variety).  I knit small things, mostly tubes, and on dpns. Which makes the appearance of this at the top of my stash somewhat perplexing. And the slow emergence of this doubly so. Not quite sure how I feel about this development, I'd better knit some more to check...

September 22, 2015|

Stanch the Bleeding

When last we left the pillow, it was in a rather precarious state, feathers open to the world, at the mercy of any of the Kitten Overlords.  I want this pillow to be an elongated tetrahedron (think a 4 sided die, stretched).  So basically I needed to close the open side up perpendicular to the original seam. It quickly became apparent that this would be an iterative process.  First stanch the bleeding by whatever means necessary  (the feathers wanted to escape everywhere).  In this case, binder clips. The next step was to get a seam - any seam - in [...]

March 20, 2015|

No really, I have a plan

Remember the most boring soothing knitting ever?  The pillow case made with pencil roving in lovely shades of calm and sleep? Yeah, it's fought its way back into my lap for some knitting time.  But before I could go too much farther with it, I needed to actually get the pillow it's going to go around.  I want the final product it to be pretty big, so I went with one that's 18x26.  So if I left well enough alone, we'd be somewhere like this. But I am not leaving well enough alone.  Because what fun would there be in [...]

March 13, 2015|

Wrap up

So, the pillow is approaching its end, and I find myself with a question. I began with Judy's Magic Cast On, which let me get all my stitches on the needles and ready to start knitting in a nice, tidy, seamless fashion.  If I were working with a sturdier wool (ie, not pencil roving), I would just kitchner the sides together when I was ready to bind off.  But, kitchner (where you have to drag your working yarn through each stitch two times) is too taxing for this pencil roving.  It won't take the stress of all that tugging. So, [...]

September 18, 2014|


There is probably some sort of limit to how many times I can show you a rectangle of brown fabric and expect you to continue to feign any sort of interest.  We've probably actually reached that limit already, and I fear the addition of a few stripes, no matter how lovely, may not make much difference.  They're proving unreasonably entertaining to me though. I'm taking them as a lovely demonstration of how nicely all the various undyed shades of sheep-y goodness seem to go together.  The next step is to obtain (and them modify) a pillow form.  I have an [...]

September 3, 2014|

Withhold Judgement

I know this looks like a jumbled mess right now (I assure you, I am very very aware of that), but I have absolute faith that it will be exactly what I pictured when I'm done.  I'm going for this whole elongated tetrahedron thing.  It will be an extremely snuggly pillow (that I can already tell just from petting it), and I will be delighted with it.  But right now it looks like a willful pile of mistakes and regrets. I did get more pencil roving (thanks for the suggestions last time, I have a feeling I'm go want to [...]

August 28, 2014|


I'm as surprised as you are.  I know what I normally knit socks and accessories, with fairly small fairly soft yarn, using intricate stitch patterns.  So imagine my surprise when I found myself clicking away on the plainest pillow in the world, made out of pencil roving (which is neither soft nor small).  I'll be doing something interesting with the shape, but pencil roving does not lend itself to fancy stitch patterns, so lots and lots of stockinette it is. Speaking of pencil roving, I'm totally going to run out.  Or rather, I'm going to want to make several of [...]

August 25, 2014|
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