The Knitterly Hooker

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Stash gripes

In knitting, stash busting on October 27, 2015 at 9:47 am

My stash is plentiful. Although most knitters don’t complain about this problem, I have to. It’s old. It’s not great quality. Sometimes I’m motivated to use it, sometimes I’m not. I don’t want to dump it though.

I’ve used some to make mittens and probably use it all to make the garter projects I identified before.


That’s the progress I’ve made. I did these 2 at a time.One is done…the thumb of the second has to be done, as well as seaming. Then both need weaving.

On a mission

In community challenges, finished projects, knitting, portfolio on June 25, 2015 at 8:19 am

Since the start of ESK KAL, I have been as involved as I can be. With life happening, there has been very little knitting. I knit in the mainframe of my mind…planning and calculating. There’s loads of ideas! They say when you visualize something you want to do it will get done…so that’s what I’m doing. I’m saving that energy to jump start my knitting dreams, projects and goals. The in between time is frustrating…to not externally express my internal creativity.

I’ve mainly been making hats; specifically Sand Bank. One every couple months it seems like, but it’s something. It’s simple and relatively quick. I made this particular one from Dream in Color in Lipstick Lava. I used 2 balls, alternating a ball every row. I’ve never done that before, but I saw that there was minimal pooling and whatever else yarn does. It was gentle graduated blending of the colors. I had restart the cast on literally a million times…I counted. I swear! Lol I’m glad I was watching Marvels Daredevil…well, maybe that’s why I had trouble casting on! Even though it’s hot, I’ve managed to finish it for my Chunky Knits KAL achievement.

I’ve also managed to gain more badges and just requested 3 more, as well as submitted for 1 KAL. My badge patches are coming along and I couldn’t be prouder of myself!

So what’s my mission?
1. Try and get all the badges I set out to get.
2. Finish my knit t-shirt.
3. Make more knit time.

More to come.

First in 2015

In finished projects, knitting, portfolio, stash busting on February 4, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Along with being first is a sense of pride and accomplishment. It means having done better than others…being distinguished. Being in first place means accepting a lot of praise and being exemplary. There is a lot of responsibility when one is first with an expectation to be great. A lot of unsung praise comes during the process of becoming first; a lot of work and dedication. It takes a lot not to quit.

I am pleased to announce my first finished object (FO) for 2015…Purl Soho’s Structured Alpaca Cowl. It was finished just in time for the NY cold weather.


I started this in January 2015, but I had to rip back some and I used a lifeline because I was lazy, not because the pattern is difficult. It’s not a difficult pattern.

I used a new yarn I’ve never heard of called Woolfolk in the DK weight, FAR. I must say, it is the most scrumptious, affordable, softest, cashmere feel yarn that I have ever used! This yarn doesn’t pill because of it’s chain structure, but does have a nice, non obstructive halo.


In community challenges, knitting on March 12, 2014 at 10:57 pm


Have you ever felt relieved that you never knit for someone?

For me to knit anything for anyone is a process. I gotta feel you out first; I have to be really moved in my spirit. I actually get this feeling a lot for different things…I don’t always listen, though, but I should because it is always 100% right…without fail. Note to self: Hence forth, listen. Seriously.

I read before somewhere that “you should stop crossing oceans for people who won’t jump a puddle for you.” That’s the truth ain’t it?! “Yes the hell it is!” is the answer that should be coming out your mouth right now!

To me, knitting for someone is like giving them your kidney. It’s that serious. Yes it is. Imma tell you why… Knitting is an act of embedding your very energy of that exact moment into that piece with every movement of the needle. You’re embedding your good vibes and feelings into the item. With each knitted stitch,you’re knitting a smile into the work; you’re knitting warmth and care. Making hand knitted items tell that person they’re special, but if you have that thing that every knitter feels, that internal radar that makes you cringe… that makes you say, “No sweater for you!” Knitted items are a reward for good behavior…for someone consistent, not a sometimish person. Pulease!

If I had knit this time around, I wouldn’t have felt good. It would have felt so false, that it would have sickened my stomach. That’s some bad juju that was just creeping its way into my life that just plain don’t need to be there! I would have had so much resent and contempt if I did any knitting; investing time and energy in exchange for such ingratitude, arrogance, false sense of entitlement, selfishness, narcissism, disrespect and control…The list can go on.

I thought about it though. Knitting. I did think about it. And I almost did it too. Almost. But almost doesn’t count.

I’m sure all this sounds terribly selfish, but I suppose at this moment the feeling of selfishness is inconsequential. Maybe I wasn’t being selfish enough. That’s the problem. My heartstrings were tugging on this and I’m glad I did not do any knitting.

Au revoir petit garçon. Temps de grandir. Bonne chance.

Anyway. Hmph.
I bounce back. I always do. Believe that.

My life goes on and something big is about to happen!
It’s going down! Deadline June 1, 2014. That’s all I’m saying and I hope I make it!

And after that, there will still be bigger things beyond my wildest dreams; and then and only then,will I knit.

Who do you knit for, if anyone? Why or why not?