Stitchy McYarnpants

Confessions of a husband-neglecting, cat-shooing, yarn-hoarding knitaholic. But in a good way.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Houston, We Have a Sweater

Ze Scoop, she is done! Hazah! Please ignore the fat-headed picture. It was the best of the lot and we were out of paper bags.

A few facts about our little Scoopie:

She was lovingly handcrafted from 6 skeins of TLC Cotton Plus in Kiwi. The pattern was written for Cotton Ease and the gauge in Cotton Plus was off a little, so I went up a needle size. Her bust size is 40” (ooh la la) and her measurements are just as the pattern says they should be. She likes puppies and long walks in the rain, mainly because she’s machine washable. Scoopie is currently not attached because she has no buttons, but hopefully that will change soon, if the right buttons come along. She’s looking for a little glamour, some sizzle to brighten up her days and nights.

Here’s another, more jarring look at da Scoop. I forgot to put it away after I measured it and it was instantly descended upon. No worries, I rescued it before Dot got her choppers on it. But check out that biscuit action shot!

Last Saturday, I attended a fantastic yarn dyeing party hosted by the delightful Julia at Moth Heaven (trust me, it is a name well deserved. Her stash room is the stuff that moth folklore is made of.). After initial alarm at hearing that I was going to Julia’s to dye and thinking he’d have to take care of the cats on his own from now on, Jon asked if we were going to buy anything. I tried to explain that just because we were going out on a yarn-related adventure, it didn’t mean that we were going to be making any purchases. Knitters can actually have an afternoon where they don’t buy anything at all. And then Kellee ended buying a drum carder from another knitter (I can’t remember who), so I stand corrected. I guess we can’t have those kinds of days.

Also, I got a special treat from Teresa at Knitting the Blues (who was wearing the tank top that I have so admired.) She was trying to de-stash and I got this pretty cotton chenille in “Stone”. I’m not sure what I’m going to make, but it’s going to be soft and it’s going to be pretty, dammit! Thank you, Teresa!! It was great to meet you and help myself to your yarn. Here is Chloe, modeling the yarn. She’s a nice shade of Ginger Sand. It goes well with Stone, doesn’t it?

And here is the yarn I dyed. It was kindly donated to me by Kellee because I just couldn’t get it together enough to get my own. Its KnitPicks previously undyed sock yarn. Hmmm, there’s a theme here of people handing things over to me. I like it. Knitters are wonderful, as it turns out. And for that, I’m very thankful.

The top one is hopefully going to stripe in purple and green with little pink dots here and there. Hopefully. Maybe. Who knows. The other one is sort of randomly splotched with color.

You can see that one side of the skein is entirely different that the other when you peek inside. This could prove to be totally heinous, but again, we’ll see. I am officially motivated to make some socks now. Does anyone have a favorite, easy pattern for sock virgins? * filthy innuendos deleted *

And to continue in the I’m-too-lazy-to-do-it-myself, I got a new winter coat yesterday! Charlene went shopping and couldn’t decide between two coats, so she bought both and just figured I’d want whichever one she decided against. She was absotootely correct! Its wool, has big buttons, and is very smarly tailored. It’s an actual flattering, girly coat. A far cry from my usual shapeless lump of a winter coat. I tried to get a picture, but black wool is kind of hard to capture. Just trust me on this one.

Plus . . . .

It’s a J-Lo. Because, you know, I’m still Stitchy from the block. You have to love a line of fashion clothing that has a category called “Dresses & Jumpsuits”. I can only imagine how I would look in a JLo jumpsuit. The mind reels. Then wretches. Then throws up a little.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally. It has be tooooooooooo long since your last post. And since you keep me in *stitches*, I was seriously suffering withdrawals. Zee scoopie, zee kitties, and zee yarns are lovely, as are you.


8/18/2005 06:20:00 PM  
Blogger carrie said...

what a fetching color on the scoop! the action shot really frightened me, tho. and i think j-lo should be honored that you'd sport her gear. and, really, does anyone above 4 look good in a jumpsuit?

8/18/2005 06:23:00 PM  
Blogger claudia said...

It was the JLo soundtrack to that website that frightened *me*.

Great to see you (and the Krispy Kremes and...well..the Sangria) on Saturday. Those skeins will make kick-ass socks.

8/18/2005 07:37:00 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Scoop looks fantastic! It's good to know that TLC cotton plus works nicely.

I can't believe that JLo has a line of clothing... Ugh.. Glad you got a cute coat though.

8/18/2005 08:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Lee Ann said...

I'd click on that link but my husband is sitting next to me...JLo has swingy coats too? Oh boy...

Love the dyed yarn. Love the fact that much sangria was consumed in making it :-)

8/18/2005 08:37:00 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Everything looks great!!! How did you like knitting with TLC Cotton?

8/18/2005 09:29:00 PM  
Blogger Stitchy McYarnpants said...

Thanks, ladies! I love the sweater. I'm actually working on another one in black.

I really liked the Cotton Plus. It has a nice sheen and it's really sroingy for cotton. It doesn't have the stretch of wool, but it knit up very easily and didn't hurt my fingers. Oddly, the black feels a lot different. Less sroingy, more . . . I don't know . . . dry feeling? It feels more like the cotton that people hate kntting with. Weird. It must be the dye or something. It almost feels a littel thicker, too.

Now, if only there were JLo brand yarn . . .

8/18/2005 09:36:00 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

When I began my sojourn into the sock blackhole (I'm warning you- they're addictive- and so is buying sock yarn!) I used knitty's practice sock, in the last issue. It's quick and you get the gist with scrap yarn. For my first sock, I used a cuff down basic from my local LYS. But, I'm sure you can find a great one for free on teh intarweb. Cheers and good luck!

8/19/2005 01:20:00 AM  
Anonymous melanie said...

Fat head my ass. Very smart pose up there at the top. I think you should keep that one for when you're famous!

8/19/2005 06:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scoop looks great!

That Dot . . . she's a pisser, ain't she?


8/19/2005 07:35:00 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

I like the sweater!!! Great color.

For socks, try the broadripple sock from, or check out lion brand's site for a free sock pattern. Socks are lots of fun!

8/19/2005 08:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Jackie said...

Hey Stitchy - for the most basic sock pattern, which is what I've done my first socks in, go to google and type in:

Elizabeth Bennett's sock calculator

That way you can use any yarn with any gauge, for any size foot and it will produce a basic, no frills, sock pattern.

Oh, and choose the Round Heel option, it looks better. :)

Good luck!!


8/19/2005 08:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Colleen said...

I love Scoop! It seems as if I should know the source of this pattern, and yet I do not.

Whatcha gonna knit with all that hand-dyed stuff? Just socks?

8/19/2005 09:56:00 AM  
Anonymous elisa said...

Please go get a JLo jumpsuit. I think you *really* need one. Or 10. I'm just sayin'. ;)

Scoopie looks TERRFIC by the way! I can't wait to see what buttons she gets.

8/19/2005 10:03:00 AM  
Blogger mf said...

Scoopie looks great! Love the kitty rolling on the yarn pic.. Great dye job! Enjoy!

8/19/2005 10:20:00 AM  
Blogger Bookish Wendy said...

The sweater looks fab. But the JLo website? It plays music. BAD music that is now stuck in my head.

Step into my WOOOORLDDDDD.

8/19/2005 10:36:00 AM  
Blogger TheBunny said...

Knit Picks has a great basic sock pattern for free download. I recommend this because it is two socks at the same time on circular needles (avoid that second sock syndrome) and they are toe up so no more wondering how long you can make the leg.

8/19/2005 11:07:00 AM  
Blogger spaazlicious said...

Pretty, pretty, I love those luminous skein guts!

8/19/2005 11:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Rebekah said...

The kitties are great models, you should pay them extra with tuna.

When I knitted my first pair of socks I used the freebie pattern on Lion Brand website. It was very easy to follow and I found it actually well written. It's still the basic pattern I use when I just want a sock with no frills.

8/19/2005 01:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Pam said...

Welcome back! Was seriously missing your milk-through-the-nose brand of humor. Sweater is lovely, er, can't say the same for the large openings in the plaster. Hey, whatever ya gotta do for safety...

8/19/2005 03:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Lisa D. said...

OK, how many of us are moving Scoopie up on our "to do" lists because of you? This turned out fabulous! Great job!

8/19/2005 04:14:00 PM  
Blogger La Cabeza Grande said...

Oh, I have Cotton Plus in that Kiwi color and you're right - photos don't quite seem to capture it. Great job on Bonne Marie's Scoop and absolutely love the feline models.

Ball winding (for the new hanks) and extra tuna all around!

8/19/2005 07:25:00 PM  
Blogger Bonne Marie said...

Darnit, Stitchy - that is one yummy Scoop du Jour!~ it made me wiggle with delight, chica! :)

(I have that color in TLC, too - I was wondering how it might substitute for the CottonE. Thank you for boldly going where...)

8/19/2005 09:06:00 PM  
Blogger ErLeCa said...

Wonderful scoopie darling! You saved it from the kitty just in time.

Oh, and I think only you can pull off a J.Lo! That's awesome!

8/20/2005 09:03:00 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Scoop looks great! I did one in Noro Silk Garden, but I'm thinking about knitting up a new one in a solid colour.

8/20/2005 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger Micky said...

Gotta love them biscuits.
Beautiful sweater. And those colors are great.

8/21/2005 06:24:00 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

You look great in the sweater! Love the color! I too am glad to see you posting again.. I have missed my daily laughs with you.

And about the JLo Coat...I am sure it will look great on you, but are you going to have to stand like a contortionist for it to hang right??

8/23/2005 07:44:00 PM  
Blogger Tish said...

That's a lovely sweater. It looks great on you.
As for a sock pattern my favorite is "Tiptoe" over at knitty. It looks intimidating but it's easy to skip the intarsia on the heel and even the color changes, and then you have a good, basic sock in a perfectly understandable pattern.

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