Whale’s tail? Nope, tale.

I quite highly recommend that you read a thrilling tome about the history of whaling in America by Eric Jay Dolin. The book, Leviathan, is absolutely brills, really, with no detail left unturned and a comprehensive history of England and the role its “entrepreneurs” and “explorers” played on the entire practice. And for those ofContinue reading “Whale’s tail? Nope, tale.”

Long nights, hard times…everything that makes you feel….tired?

The home stretch for knitting, crocheting, and other assorted homemade gifties for Christmas has arrived…and I will feverishly be spending the next few days trying to complete any projects on the needles (or hooks), as well as conceive of and start several others in my brain, like I’ve been doing for as many late nightsContinue reading “Long nights, hard times…everything that makes you feel….tired?”

Peasant 3 was sure to note, “Well, she turned me into a newt!”

…thank you, Monty Python. There’s nothing better than breaking bread with a friend, something I’ve been trying to make a habit of lately. While my wrists are just about killing me from all that dough kneading, those moments when the loaf cracks in two and the crusty crumbs fly everywhere, make those pains in myContinue reading “Peasant 3 was sure to note, “Well, she turned me into a newt!””

A Muppet Christmas Carol? It involves pigs and humbug, right?

Happy (…almost) Christmas, kittens! Sorry you have heard nary a peep from this blog in recent weeks; I have been swamped with work and knitting for gifties that I haven’t had a moment to sit down and write a single thing. What’s more, I can’t post much these days because most of the projects onContinue reading “A Muppet Christmas Carol? It involves pigs and humbug, right?”

Box of socks…sock of socks? Just, well, socks. In a box. Not as a gift. Yes as a gift?

For some reason, I’ve coveted this box o’ knitting pattern socks for about a year now, mainly because the concept is cool (and same for the box of mittens, etc.). Alas, I’ve always pretty much detested sock knitting until a couple of months ago, when I decided an addiction was taking place because I canContinue reading “Box of socks…sock of socks? Just, well, socks. In a box. Not as a gift. Yes as a gift?”

Croch-eeeyy, I want one of those too.

Lately, I’ve been absolutely obssessed with crocheting up these absolutely giant 10-foot long scarves in extra-bulky weight yarn. And they are as delicious as I anticipated, like giant ropes of candy around the neck because I’ve stuck to complimenting autumnal tones like apricot or hazelut with bright bits of pink and green and neon yellow.Continue reading “Croch-eeeyy, I want one of those too.”

This is no slamming beer…it’s a sipping one.

As anyone who knows me well understands, if a plan doesn’t work out, and someone slyly mentions “Wouldn’t you rather nod into a pub and have a pint?”, I’m actually running…yes trotting, cantering, and half-passing toward the pub doors (dressage, anyone? in fact, yesterday, all these strides and discussions were used, including the moment inContinue reading “This is no slamming beer…it’s a sipping one.”

Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast? So says Mr. Wilde.

Yesterday, Mackenzie (who brilliantly dressed herself as Russell Brand for Halloween time this year) and I tried to descend on Bazaar Bizarre to check out all the great crafters’ wares, but instead, we were shut out. What’s that you say? Yes, we descended on the Castle around 4ish and found, much to our annoyance, aContinue reading “Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast? So says Mr. Wilde.”

“For those of you who like to scarf your popcorn in the sack, the good news is that Newman’s Own contains an aphrodisiac.”

Some nights are about stuffing oversized handfuls of popcorn in your face, hibernating from the whipping wind, and finishing up some projects that have been on the needles for a shamelessly long time. And so, after a busy day running around on Saturday, I came home, collapsed on the couch, decided to embark on aContinue reading ““For those of you who like to scarf your popcorn in the sack, the good news is that Newman’s Own contains an aphrodisiac.””

Favorite Finds: 1,236 reasons to remain drooling over this rather than wearing it…oh, it’s the price.

How badly do I covet this incredible Matchstick Yellow/Rose Gold necklace from Catbird?? I mean, the imagery alone is brilliant–light my fire, you light my flame…and yes, I’m clearly pathetic. Honestly, the thing is gorgeous and brilliantly understated. Alas, I shall sit and drool over it rather than ever own it, since it’s a whoppingContinue reading “Favorite Finds: 1,236 reasons to remain drooling over this rather than wearing it…oh, it’s the price.”

Bazaar Bizarre…this weekend!

I’m definitely going to check out the winter Bazaar Bizarre on Sunday at the Castle here in Boston downtown. Does anyone want to go? I had in mind I wanted to check it out, and I’m quite excited to see I actually know some of the vendors who will be selling their crafts at theContinue reading “Bazaar Bizarre…this weekend!”

Elaine Harper should have worn this one in Arsenic and Lace…don’t you think?

Last night, while unable to nod off, I decided to cast-on the recent pattern by The Purl Bee, called The Lovely Leaf Lace Scarf, which is absolutely gush worthy I knew I immediately had to make it up for my Mum as a Christmas gift. While I used a more reddish colorway than the exampleContinue reading “Elaine Harper should have worn this one in Arsenic and Lace…don’t you think?”