The TooBoo crew went to see Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, aka “The Yarn Harlot“, speak a while ago and she handed out yarn and needles to make squares for Warm Up America! (I’d like to help on their Web site, I tried to spare you from the hideous intro page) while she spoke. Kate and I didn’t use that yarn for the intended purpose, but months later, we finally got our act together and sent the yarn squares that have been languishing in our dresser to Warm Up America! I unpacked them to get one final shot for the blog (complete with grazing kittens) and then had to pay for Priority mail because the post office guy said I had insufficient tape. meh.


Cassandra tagged me with the “listening while knitting” meme last post. I think that for me it applies more to “listening while cooking or baking.” Most of my multitasking energy from knitting goes to fending off the yarn-crazed cat. Like Cassandra, I like to knit while watching dvd’s. This weekend, I locked the cat out of the room and worked on my Vogue knit.101 airplane pillow while watching “Shoot ‘Em Up.” I know, I know, strange combo, but it worked well because I was able to pause while I looked up ssk on youtube. Watching the knit witch’s tutorial helped me make the cognitive leap of how to do this elusive (for me) stitch. Cassandra had patiently explained it to me already, but I just kept resisting. I’m forced to employ a sappy simile here: yarn, like life, tightens up and resists when you try to take it in the wrong direction, and only by easing up does everything fall into place. “Shoot ‘Em Up” also had a knitting moment where Clive Owen takes his knitted sock and places it on a newborn’s head, but otherwise, yep, completely unrelated.

For “listening while cooking or baking,” it’s usually whatever’s on my running mix. Here’s a pic of a recent cupcake experiment, VeganYumYum’s marzipan knitting.

Okay, Lauren. You’re tagged now. Let’s see what you’re working on.


Fingerless Gloves Bind one off: They’re the easiest fingerless gloves in the universe- a tube (I used double-pointed size 5 needles- 2 knit, 2 perl & cast on 16 stitches on each of 3 needles with cotton yarn that seemed a tad thicker than embroidery yarn). Then I sewed a few stitches at the top to make a thumb space, and they’re done! It’s as easy as the “tube with a hole” fingerless gloves project. A friend from work inspired this project- she was wearing a pair of gloves made just this way– and I couldn’t believe how great they looked, with such a crazy easy pattern.

Tie one on: Last weekend at the Museum of Art and Design we saw Cheers! A MAD collection of goblets. I love how there are so many glasses to match every different kind of beverage, and that there’s a reason for each design– the flat wide rim of margarita glasses that perfectly displays and distributes salt for every sip, and then the shot glass and espresso cup, both of which deliver the perfect little mouthful of delight, one warm and the other cold, one with a handle and saucer, the other without, both of which are sometimes accompanied by whipped cream.

I know this is supposed to be a knitting blog, but Miel the yarn-crazy cat is always up in my grill, so I have to be creative. On New Year’s day I made these paper cup holder bracelets, inspired by Susan Powter‘s bracelets. Guaranteed to make you feel like Wonder Woman (modeled by Kate).

I finally finished the fingerless gloves from “Alter Knits” that I started before the kitty ER snafu (and, incidentally, remembered my login and stopped posting as tooboo). I wanted to pose with Zoe the cat, but it’s a gazillion degrees outside and, frankly, neither of us was too excited by the thought of gloves. She’s poised to leap out of my arms in some of the pics. Luckilly for me, I also made pomegranate sun tea — much more seasonal. I asked Kate if I looked like Rogue in the gloves, but she said the fingerlessness of them was all wrong for the likes of Rogue.

A sewing needle went missing Sunday night during knitting circle and Mister Miel, the yarn ingesting cat, had a guilty look on his face. The circle made a mad dash to the Animal Medical Center on 62nd and York, and, after an overnight stay, we got one very sleepy cat back. A few days later, they mailed us the x-rays and the really gnarly needle and thread.

is running out of inspiration.

I’ve been in a virtual knit desert. Everything the same. Colorless and sweaty. Until today.

Guess what came in the mail? Hand Maiden’s Sea Silk in the Berry colorway. It is luscious. Soft and supple. I bury my face in it and sigh, inhaling deeply a delicate scent of seaweed. Yes I’m still talking about yarn! Get your minds out of the gutter. This yarn is destined to become the Melon Shawl from “Victorian Lace Today.”

I’m worried about being a project whore. Currently, my needles are churning out the “Flower Basket Shawl” and with some diligence it’ll be done before my trip to Louisiana. But I really want to start working with sea silk!!

One interesting note about the sea silk colorways: I also picked up Moss and both colors are very rich but Berry has a range of pinks and reds throughout the skein and Moss is more of a solid tone. Subtle series indeed! Moss is going to Martine, she’s suffering from wedding planning overload and needs some knitty goodness.

Photos to come, it’s too dark now for decent pics. But here is Zoe, the sweetest knitty kitty.Zoe!