Friday, March 30, 2007

More Cartman pics

Happy Bloggiversary to me!
Happy Bloggiversary to me!
Happy Bloggiversary, dear Moonlight Stitches!
Happy Bloggiversary to me!
For my real Bloggiversary, you get a pattern. ;) Happy Day!

I was sitting in my car listening to the radio the other day because we do not have trustworthy radio reception in the house and I wanted to hear just one more thing. So, as I sat there, I finished the decrease rounds and the pom pom for my cartman beanie. I guess cartman appeals to me so much because he is so outrageous. My defunct air freshener does show that my personality has balance between cartman's appeal and the desire to only keep nice people around. This lightly hidden bite to my personality is also illustrated by my enjoyment of Happy Bunny.

As I got shutter happy while gathering pre- and post-pompom pics, I began to feel like I was channeling the director of photography from the Alanis Morisette video for Ironic.

La la la - "It's like rain on your wedding day
It's a free ride when you've already paid
It's the good advice that you just didn't take
Who would've thought... it figures" - la la LA - Alanis Morisette

(Please forgive the visual redundancy...I just love that last picture on the right.)

Here is the pattern as given in the podcast:
Materials: One Skein Lamb's Pride Bulky - Lemon Drop
One Skein Lamb's Pride Bulky - Aztec Turquoise
Tools: one #10 16" Circular Needle
four #10 double pointed needles

Med. (lg.)

With lemon drop, cast on 72 (80).

Join round.

Work in K2, P2 for 10 rounds.

Switch to Aztec Turq.

Knit all stitches in all rounds for 20 rounds of stockinette.

Start decrease countdown.

It goes like this: Repeat each instruction all the way around:
Switch to 3 DPNS.
K6, K2tog
Knit a plain round.
K5, K2tog
Knit a plain round.
K4, K2tog
Knit a plain round.
K3, K2tog
Knit a plain round.
K2, K2tog
Knit a plain round.
K1, K2tog

Now Last round - K2tog all the way around.

Cut a tail. Feed the tail through last 9 (10) sts. Pull up tight and hide the tail inside through the center of the crown.

Add a lemon drop pom pom in your favorite method.

Episode 4, The Wren Ross Tribute Cast

Glad that you have returned! Super THANX!

Check out the audio here or here.

Music this week is compliment of and the talented artists Wren Ross and the Lascivious Biddies.
It Had to Be Ewe, Wren Ross
76 Stitches, Wren Ross
Greensleeves, Wren Ross
I Will Knit for You, Wren Ross
Holly Ann, Wren Ross
Ba Ba Blacksheep, Wren Ross
After the Ball is Over, Wren Ross

Hell of a Boy, the Lascivious Biddies

Stash & Burn, Episode 3
Tea Rose Halter designed by Wenlan Chia
Home of the Stash Builder
Twinkle's Big City Knits, Wenlan Chia
Skinny StringTheory's Opinion

Some Log Cabin Sweater
Rainy Day Socks, Yuliya Sullivan

In The Que:
Ruffled Surplice
Cable-Down Raglan

Lace Nightie

Literate Knitter:
Changing Patterns:Discovering the Fabric of Your Creativity, Daena Giardella and Wren Ross

Knitting in the Dark:

Etc. Etc. Etc.
Happy Hour Knits on Knitty Gritty; Check it out on Apr. 2.
Star Athena
Back to School Washclothes

Make sure you leave a comment by 11:59 pm on Thursday, Apr. 5 to be entered in the drawing. If you have already listened, then you know what to do to get a second entry as well.

Happy Needling!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Episode 3 -Let's Go to the Movies

Thank you for coming back!

This week is all about the movie/knit overlap. There was some excitement out in the knitters' collective consciousness this week - Check out the Yarn Harlot and Guido 2skiens.

Music this week, all found thanks to
Zombie Love Affair, Johnny O and the Jerks
Half as Cool as Han Solo, Dan Beahm and the Invisible Three
Orange Soda, Jody Aaron
South Park Remix, housemetal
1970 Something, Lee Szwast's Rock Project
Sad Movies, Shari
Hollywood, Orange
Suil a ruin, Ceili Moss

Check out the creator of the Princess Leia Hat; she is famous now. Please vote for her and other clever fiber artists at the Softie Awards 2007.

As you can see, mine gets around town. Who wears it the best? Vote in the comments ;). I know my choice...perhaps the natural blond on the far right?

Literate Knitter:
Please forgive the grumpiness in this section. ;) I hope I am not too obnoxious. I do admire Suss's prolific and accessible nature.
Celebrity Scarves, Abra Edelman with Isaac Mizrahi
Celebrity Scarves 2: Hollywood Knits for Breast Cancer Research, Abra Edelman with Daryl Hannah
Hollywood Knits, Suss Cousins
Hollywood Knits Style, Suss Cousins
Starsky, Jr.
Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter, Alison Hansel
Weekend Knits, Melanie Falick
Nature Babies, Tara Jon Manning

Movie Mentions:
Search Internet Movie DataBase for the movie titles mentioned. Upon review, there were 33. I just don't want to practice my HTML that badly.

Top 5 Fave Thrilling Horror:
The Shining
House of 1000 Corpses

Top 5 Fave Cheesey Horror:
Urban Legends
Urban Legends III: Bloody Mary
Scream 2
Scream 3

Top 4 Fave Zombie Movies:
28 Days Later
Shaun of the Dead
Dawn of the Dead
Day of the Dead
***28 Weeks Later*** (pending entry)

Others Mentioned:
Star Wars
Scooby Doo
Love Actually
South Park the Movie
Matrix Reloaded
Starsky and Hutch
Cats & Dogs
Master and Commander: the Far Side of the World
Escape From New York
Harry Potter
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Breakfast at Tiffany's
The Very Long Engagement
Pan's Labrynth
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Crossing Jordan

Bleu Arts
Cinema Knits
The Blue Blog
Amelia Raitte
I May Be Knitting a Ranch House

Oh my Stars' Marvin Pattern
Sock Pr0n - I realized after looking at her comment count and site counter that I may be the only person who hadn't already heard of her ;).

Star Wars Exhibit - free and going on until Apr. 29, 2007 (parking is $6)
KnitFlix @ Winter Delights - came and went already but take a look anyway

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Things that are yellow

Yesterday was a gorgeous half rainy half sunny day. It called for a sweater (a yellow sweater, in fact) in the morning and short sleeves in the afternoon. It is the kind of lighting that I love to take pictures in. Not that I am any great photog, but I like the way light filters through the clouds on overcast days.

The dandelion bouquet and the dutch iris are from yesterday's garden. The daffodils were photographed about a month ago, during the last overcast spell, and have since faded.The yellow flowers are delightful, like sunshine given form. However, there is another yellow something that comes with spring's blossoming that is not so delightful. Attack of the pollen has arrived - the yellow dust of sinus doom is dusted on everything and now the bit o' rain has caked it on the walkway. It is patiently waiting, lurking even, to dry out and be tracked into the house. Thank goodness for the defense system of generic Claritin types.

The last yellow thing is the remains of a quickly finished object that will act as listener bribary in a bout two weeks. Happy day for yellow as spot color.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

3 Cheers for Wren Ross

Just for this Friday, I wish that I lived in Madison, WI. Wren Ross, famed knitted songstress, is going to be performing at O'connor Center on March 23, 2007 at a Knit Out sponsored by the Madison Knitters Guild. So much good talent and good karma - needling, singing, and collecting canned goods. So, in case I am lucky enough to have any readers who live in that vicinty, could you go so that I can live vicariously through you? I am going to keep my eyes and ears open for Ms. Ross visiting soCal. 'Till then check her out at
I would have put the flyer up that the artist provided but it wouldn't it could not have been user error....

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Never Ending 5 hr Baby Sweater

My dear, sweet Jody just had a monumental milestone today. This sweater was cast on from the famed 5 Hour Baby Sweater over this last summer. There was some stuff lost in some translation so this project was slowed down a bit. However, tonite the endless 5 hours struck done. The ribbon was hidden in her portable stash housed in her knitting bag and matched perfectly to cover the buttonband with loving sentiments.

The adorabely striped baby cuddling item is going to a brand spanking new Hollywood tot. Tori Spelling is recieving this emerald number tomorrow with matching booties that Jody is swiftly turning out tonite. Hopefully, she will be able snap a shot of the finished booties on the famous tootsie.

Monday, March 19, 2007

15 mins

One more thing! I just found out that one of the Knitty Gritty episodes that you get to see a cool guest and my geeky presence is going to air way earlier than expected. Set your tivo for Apr. 2 at 2pm eastern.

The cool guest, Star Athena, has been published in You can find her blog here. I would tell you more but I don't want to be a spoiler. ;). I will say that she is a really lovely, talented person who has great taste in handbags. Goodness, she makes some amazing yarns, award winning even.

A little errata of ommission

Wow, Kit left a comment that brought my attention to something rather obvious that I skipped. I never said who I am as in je m'appelle. My nom de plume is anneland22. My real name is Anne Lecrivain (do you see where the frenchie theme came from?). I live in the outskirts of Los Angeles County, California and work in the center of it all.

I will be certain to follow better ettiquette next episode and cordially introduce myself. I think that I have fallen into the trap of feeling like I have already put myself out on the net enought that I didn't have to explain myself in the simplest terms. Here is the blur of the real world and the cyber world blurriong my manners.

thanx to everbody who has listened so far. I am open for suggestions so don't be shy. big hug.

Things I left out in shownotes that are worth looking at:

Razor Lace Cami:
knitlit's FO - the original pattern - check her home out

The other FO:
calorimetry - which I have been apparently saying the wrong name for ;); sorry, Kathryn, but thanx for the rocking design. As you can see the one that is pictured is not the one described in the cast - this is the second one that I cast on immediately after my faux camo one and the one that I was in the mood to wear today - 3 cheers for a chill in the air today. I am going to need to make some cotton ones for the summer. Ah, stylish hair laziness.

Last thing for now:
Apperently, though Blue Moon is a wheat beer, it is not a hef. Please forgive me, Germany and Belgium, for mixing up beer classifications for your countries' contributions to yum, yummy yeasty enjoyment. Thanx, Mr. K, for the correction. I heart you and will be a good beer snob one of these days. (Check out the lack of head. He practices that.)

I am sure I missed something else, so please let me know if I mentioned something that you would like a link to.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

This is my very favorite holiday because all I have the do is wear green and have a great time.

Sadly, Mr. K does not like corned beef and cabbage. So, we are having a cabbage
relative, brussel sprouts (actually a favorite veg of mine), and a cousin of corned beef, chicken fried steak. I am not compromising on the mashed potatoes though. ;) As for the green beer, we decided to go with our favorite Hef, Blue Moon. We might try to make it green.

Dignity, Green Druid
Green Man, Canadian Celtic Cowboy
Beer, Beer, Beer, Brobdingnagian Bards
Mari Mac, Dust Rhinos
Rose Song, Jane Valencia
Graceful and Charming, Great Big Sea
Rattlin' Bog, Marc Gunn
A Dozen Bloody Roses
Night Dance, Green Druid
Suil a ruin, Ceili Moss
Hanging Johnny, Great Big Sea

Literate Knitter:
Arans and Celtics: The Best of Knitters Magazine
Maggie's Ireland, Maggie Johnson
Knitting Neels

Knitting in the Dark:
Far and Away
The Snapper
Dancing at Lughnasa
The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Irish Blessings are compliments of corsinet.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

As an early bloggiversary present/celebration, I made my first podcast yesterday. I have been itching to do this for at least three months, if not longer. Really, ever since I had listened to Cast On for the first time, I had wanted to get my big mouth involved. I have learned a lot from those who have bravely gone before me; nonetheless, I am still fairly raw. But, what fun would it be if you didn't get to listen to me evolve. I have a vast set of interests and room for all different ways of living it and seeing it and I simply try to give you my honest perspective.

I am linking my favorite podcasters, the musical talent used in the episode, and how to find the books I mentioned.

Cast On
It's A Purl, Man
Sticks and String
Lime and Violet
Sleepy Eyes Knits
Stash and Burn

Brand New Day, Clockwise Stereo
Make New Friends, John McCloy
Aliens Get the Blues Too, Erik Lee
I Will Knit For You, Wren Ross
>Eye Candy, Ape House
The Reader of 360 Million Books, Shams
My Thoughts Are..., Jeremy Fowler
Plaster Rinse Repeat, Aces Up


The Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework
Knitting into the Mystery

An Early Present

Real shownotes coming momentarily... but here is the episode till then....
Episode One, The Genesis


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