Maker Bee


Jen lives in my head : I live in Jen’s head
May 20, 2006, 11:33 am
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Further proof that jen and i are psychically connected…

jen’s new couch

my new couch

we bought the same couch – without discussing it. we don’t even have the same taste! 900 miles apart and we still do crazy shit like this.

TAAA DAAA!!!!

after over 12 skeins of yarn adding up to more than 3600 yards of yarn, i’ve finished.

it feels great. it wasn’t hard, but a real test of my endurance. i can’t believe that everything i just tried on a whim actually worked.
very happy

i’m leaving for georgia in 5 days.



fish…wtf?
April 29, 2006, 11:30 am
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So imagine stepping out side to have a smoke when you’re half lit and almost planting your bare ass foot on this.


eeeehhh. pile of dead fish on my back patio. so mysterious AND fucking gross.

this happened after a girls night out with these folks

serious fun. i love how julia looks like she’s about 2 feet tall in this pic.

hmm what else? oh i made some stuff, obviously.

a slipcover for this magazine file


and this little teddy bear… yang was kinda afraid of it.

but mostly i’ve been working on this…which is no longer secret since the roamer has somehow managed to a. get internet access & b. find me on myspace. hey babe! hope you like the blanket!
serious afghan progress:



Bustin’ out an afghan
March 28, 2006, 9:48 pm
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The roamer sent me some yarn for valentines day. it’s acrylic so it’s not really appropriate for a sweater or anything that you would where against your skin but perfect for an afghan because you can just throw it in the dryer when the cat pukes on it.
he sent this baby blue color and some off white. after swatching it up a little i decided if i made a blanket out of it, i would end up with a gigantic baby blanket. so i picked out some complimentary colors and worked up this design using blocks from this book.

so far i have this much finished:

6 blocks – 58 to go

this book is pretty cool because you can knit any block from the book and as long as you use the same needles and yarn they will end up being the same size. so far my blocks have come out pretty close but i think i will need to block the hell out of them. anybody know how to block acrylic?

also: yang muffin peed on my brand new mattress yesterday. any suggestions for getting that out?



I’ve been busy ya’ll
March 24, 2006, 4:21 pm
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I know i haven’t shared some pics in a long ass time but my life has been nuts ya’ll. nuts. grape nuts.

i been knittin’ like a fiend…

klaralund sweater in noro silk garden. jaywalker socks in trekking xxl. and a huge as circular throw in lionbrand homespun. (muffin shown for scale.)

i finished up the lace leaf pullover…

it was hard to photograph…even with help from the muffin.
all it needs is a button

which should i use?

ok one more set of knits – i told you i was a fiend… i just got all this great yarn for xmas, and i was kinda excited, and …

i knat up this little shrug in one night! so cool. the
one-skein-wonder that actually took 2 1/2 skeins of yarn that i got at tuesday morning for 2.99 each. wool! $9 sweater! (to be fair the skeins were only 35yds each)
a great big 8″ x 5′ red scarf of cabley goodness i use 3 different red yarns held together and used the
irish hiking scarf pattern.

i’ve done some things besides knitting too. like move out of my einsie apartment and into my fly new house except maybe there were issues….

like gettin that muffin down and into the crate for the trip. actually moving all of my shit from the third floor hell-hole in my lil crv. and then unpacking it all. but hey! i got a new bedspread! and then my piece of shit closet collapsed. after 3 weeks the landlord fixed it and then yesterday i came home and found that (the pic on the right). its awesome.

i had dinner with these folks while they were down here for the disney vacay.

the roamer’s family. it was really nice to see them, i haven’t hung out with them all since i moved in ’03… it was sad though because of course it made me miss the roamer himself.

we had an 80’s suprise party for our friend jen at our new house, good times.

boozin’ it up. julia and me – you know i knitted those leg warmers myself. a bunch of slutty, drunk girls on a bed – i think maries bf called us ‘a single guy’s fantasy’

and last but not least my sweet jess came down to visit.

we took and 8 hour trip to st. pete (i really only should have taken about 3 or 4)


on the way back we stopped by to see jana, keith and the new puppy finn. the next day we went to animal kingdom to see some anymulls. then, a bird shat on jess – hilarious.



I knat a hat.
January 10, 2006, 2:15 pm
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My first successful knit hat – ask joshua wade about my previous unsucessful attempt

it seems to be about right but it kinda feels like it might squeeze right off the top of my head. i think that it might not be tight enough? i don’t know. i’m sending this off to the roamer to get a wearability review.


simple ribbed hat from a free pattern vogue knitting sent me in the mail. only one! skein of noro silk garden color 203 on pink aluminum straights. seamed up the back using the mattress stitch (my first time seaming)

2 days-o-knittin – anybody else want one?



Fresh on the needles
January 9, 2006, 2:14 pm
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lace leaf pullover – here’s my swatch

pretty nifty flamin green yarn spun by women in rural uruguay – handpaintedyarn.com

“All the variety, All the charm, All the beauty of life is made up of light & shadow”



xmas gift 7
December 23, 2005, 2:12 pm
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xmas gift 7

once again this photo has been altered to protect the innocent.

ok… this one isn’t technically finished yet. but! it will be finished soon, possibly at the airport or on a plane today. and let me just say jessica is one lucky, lucky girl. ;)

i’m off to hurricane tonight. see some of ya’ll real soon.



Knit happens.
December 20, 2005, 2:09 pm
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So before ya’ll get too confident in my crafting abilities i thought i would post my latest miserable failure in land of craft.

this weekend, with only a small amount of knitting to finish before christmas, i decided to add more to my plate, just to make things more interesting.

must.knit.gnomes.

see! aren’t they so cute? must.knit.gnomes.now. so of course it was sunday, and the yarn store was closed, and i didn’t have the right yarn or the right needles…. you know where this is going, right? oh well i can make it work with some yarn from my stash.


I set off with passion and knat up all the peices. i did run out to joann and get some fun fur for the beard… see it looks like a furry thong.

“wow these pieces are a lot bigger than i thought they would be” *

*(when using yarn & needles bigger than the pattern calls for, you will get bigger peices. duh beth)


so i sewed up the body and head & stuffed ’em. see how the head in the first pic is white? yeah i didn’t have any flesh colored yarn so i used white. after stitching it up i thought that it looked dumb so i used so face powder to tint it to skin tone. that work pretty good! i’m feeling pretty confident. (please note that it will be all downhill from here) – so i’m happy about the head but less than happy about the body. i used those hacky sack type beads to make the butt heavy so it sat up straight but the polyfil was showing thru the black knit. this of course goes back to the fact that i didn’t have the right yarn and used needles that were too big. the stitch wasn’t tight enough. oh well move on. maybe it will work out.

next step the legs.

ok that looks fucking ridiculous. that foot is huge. kids, i can recognize creative failure when i see it and this, my friends, is failure. this is where i leave this project and continue on with the xmas gift knitting – hoping to put all this unpleasantness behind me.

any body want a faceless one-legged gnome for xmas?



xmas gift 6
December 18, 2005, 2:09 pm
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socks for dad

opal superwash on size 0 pony pearl dpns. lichen ribbed socks from knitting vintage socks. they are a 3:1 rib that doesn’t really show up in this pic.

finally i have finished these socks. remeber this yarn jess? i knit and ripped 3 socks before i got one that was the right size. after i figured it all out i knat up the second sock in under 24 hours – a new personal best. i hated this yarn by the time i finished these socks. so plain! so ruff! so i-have-knit-5-socks-with-only-2-to-show-from-this-yarn! but then a miracle happened! i put these in the washer when i finished and all the scratchy treatment on the yarn came off and they are soooooooo soft now. so nice, and the size? perfect



xmas gift 5
December 15, 2005, 2:07 pm
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my shit’s coming together now kids!

so the pics aren’t very discriptive and the the photos may have been altered to protect the recipient who may or may not read this blog. someone’s getting some nice knitterly goodness for xmas! more pics after the gift giving.