actual knitting content

So…actual knitting content!!!

here’s what I turned 8 skeins of the discontinued Debbie Bliss Stella (which was on sale at a store in Eugene) into:

Red Summer SweaterRed Summer Sweater 2Red Summer Sweater 3Slouchy Lace BeretSlouchy Lace Beret The sweater is the “#6 Cropped Hoodie” from the spring/summer issuer of Knit 1. I decided not to put a hood on it, and also to put buttons on it instead of a zipper. I don’t have buttons, I’ll get them out of my family’s buttone box when I go home for the weekend in two weeks, so for now I’ m using safety pins.

The hat was out of a desire for a slouchy beret. It’s my own pattern, not too hard, I’ll post it later.

Both of these were fun! The sweater was done in 10 days, the beret done in one viewing of “Mean Girls” (and side note…just because a limit is aproaching zero doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist!!! Seriously, if you’re going to have complicated math in a movie, try and make it, I don’t know, ACURATE), one viewing of the BBC “Northanger Abbey”, one episode of “Tough Live” (reality show on VH1) and one episode of “Sex and the City”. Which makes it about a four and a half hour project…not bad!!!

I really like this yarn, and it’s too bad it’s discontinued….although I like it when I can get a lot out of less than $50 of yarn!!!


Actors that make a movie worth seeing

(in no particular order)

1. Colin Firth

2. Johnny Depp

3. Heath Ledger

4. Anne Hathaway

5. Julie Andrews

6. Keira Knightly

7. Hugh Grant

8. Chris Pine

9. Julia Stiles

10. Catherine Zeta-Jones

11. Julia Roberts

12. Kate Winslet

13. Cameron Diaz

14. Jude Law

15. Jack Black

This is by no means a complete list, just the first 15 I thought of. And completely biased, of course.

Have watched “Bridget Jones Diary”, “What a Girl Wants”, “Love Actually”, and I’m either going to watch “Love Actually” again or watch “The Importance of Being Earnest”.

Which all have something in common……………..

_____ _____ Movie Marathon

Shows I have seen & loved

In the span of about a month, I saw four really fabulous shows.

Hello Dolly – I went home to see my high school do this (they do my favorite show THE YEAR AFTER I GRADUATE!!!!!!) and although it wasn’t really professional or anything, I LOVED seeing a bunch of people put on a show I know & love (I really wanted to sing along to most of the songs). And it was my favorite show I have EVER SEEN AT THAT SCHOOL (and I’ve seen shows there since I was in 3rd grade).

As You Like It – performed by the University Theatre at my school. They redid it so that it took place in Vegas and a resort-ish place outside of Vegas, but As You Like It (sort of a combonation of Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night’s Dream) is probably my new favorite Shakespeare play.

Wicked – this has been in Portland for the past month, and I saw it over spring break. It might be MY FAVORITE MUSICAL. Although not entirely true to L. Frank Baum’s Oz books (for instance, my sources tell met there is a book about the tin woodman that tells a different story about him than Wicked does) it is really freaking AWESOME. Elphaba is just a misunderstood animal rights activist. Gotta love that. I really just wanted to turn around and watch it again afterwards.

Fame – Over spring break I also saw Fame at Vashon High School (we went to Vashon Island – in Puget Sound just north of Tacoma). They did a really good production – better than my high school’s production of Hello Dolly, actually. My only complaint is that their orchetra needs to learn about DYNAMICS. You can’t just blast through the whole show (my HS band director would have called it a blast fest). However, the leads were really good. Seriously can’t wait to see this show again sometime.

So, favorite musicals/plays?


Hey, I know I haven’t posted in awhile. Truth is, I had a really bad/lousy/suckish/crappy winter quarter, and too much knitting had something to do with it. I’m trying to create better habits for spring quarter, and it may or may not be a while before I blog in the process. I’m not sure yet. So I’m not dead, just working on my GPA. And quite possibly a sweater also. Blazin’ Sticks is going to be here and there if any while I figure out if I can do this (this being college). I think I can.

Wish me luck?

Let’s-Get-through-this Playlist

Last week was….not a good week. A week from hell. Which happens periodically, but it made me realize that this year (school year) is the bad one that comes up every couple years.

Lately, (well, ok, since the start of college) I have become a YouTube Addict. Usually when I want to listen to a song I don’t have on my mp3 player, I YouTube it. YouTube being the BEST TIME WASTER EVER, of course.

So, here’s some of my favorite songs.

Perfect Day – this song is at the end of “Legally Blond”, which is kind of a silly movie, but this song’s really good, and we all have days like this.

Manic Monday – we all have days like this, too.

Lego Star Wars – this holds special meaning for those of us who had a high school band director who LOVES Star Wars, and was given a Darth Vader mask and Lightsaber at a concert one year.

Heath Ledger Singing “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” – If you’ve never seen “10 Things I Hate About You”, watch it ASAP. It’s on YouTube in 10 parts – it’s a short movie. SO GOOD. Especially this part.

And here’s the poem, “10 Things I Hate About You” (btw, the movie is based on “The Taming of the Shrew” and it takes place in MY FAVORITE CITY).

What Is Love? – It maybe cheesy, it may have been played at all of the dances I went to in High School. But it’s an excellent dance song.

Rhapsody in Blue from Disney’s “Fantasia 2000” – I remember seeing this in theaters when I was 10, and I specifically remember this animation.

Love Story – “Every Teenage Girl’s Fantasy And Yours Too, Don’t Deny It”

Pink Panther Theme – with the opening credits to the movie. Okay, I guess I like animations to my classical/jazz music.

What are your let’s-get-through-this songs?


I have FOs to share, and I’ll get them up here eventually, I promise. But probably not for at least 2 weeks – I have a paper, and a project, and several tests, and another paper…

It’s the last 2 weeks of the quarter. Whadya expect?

The Shrug

So, awhile ago I posted about two shrugs that were very similar. Stefanie asked her publisher about it, and if you scroll down on my post, you can see her comment. Basically, the shrugs had enough differences that no one coulde be accused of copying. I still think it shows a lack of ideas on CosmicPluto‘s part.

But the reason I noticed was that I knit Stefanie’s shrug over winter break. I used two skeins Berroco Ultra Alpaca, and size 5 (3.75) 24″ circulars all the way (even thought the pattern has you go down two needle sizes for the ribbing).  I used colors 6285 (the blueish) and I think the other one must have be 6279, although I’m not sure. (The yarn was in the clearence basket of my LYS. I love Ultra Alpaca, so I couldn’t pass it up).


caroline trying to be a model...

caroline trying to be a model...

(This isn’t my room, it’s my friends’ room).

from "Fitted Knits" by Stefanie Japel

from "Fitted Knits" by Stefanie Japel

This was a fun and easy knit I’d wanted to make for awhile but was waiting for the right yarn to come along.  I’ll definitely be making it again!

The Purple Shawl

Wait, are you saying…what purple shawl? Look at my archives. Yeah. Here. And also here.  Boy, it’s been a WIP for too long, eh? But it is no longer a WIP!



Yes! It’s done!!!!


My name for it: THE purple shawl

Pattern: Shawl for the July Chapter of “Knitter’s Almanac” by Elizabeth Zimmermann

Yarn: Baruffa Cashwool[rav link] I have a whole other skein, it’s this super-fine laceweight with 1460 yards per skein (I know, right?)

Needles: US 2 (2.5 mm) DPNS, then US 2 (3.00 mm) Addi turbos, 16″ & 24″

Mods to pattern: Umm, the pattern calls for like size 10 needles, and I used sized Size 2. I knew it would be smaller/take longer. Only not. NEVER doing that AGAIN.

More pics!





When two patterns are pretty much the same

So, I noticed something something a while ago. Cosmicpluto had a new pattern. Look carefully at that pattern, then go look at this pattern[rav link] published by Stefanie Japel in her book Fitted Knits (which was published in 2007).  Gee, it looks pretty much the same! Let’s see:

-Top down raglan construction

-Ribbing around edges of shrug

-Sizes on Stefanie’s pattern: 13 (14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20)” (from one shoulder to the other).

-Sizes on Cosmicpluto’s pattern:13 (14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20)” (measured from one armpit to the other)

I’m not saying the Cosmicpluto copied it on purpose. But is does seem aw-full-ly similar, doesn’t it?

What do you think?