Saturday, December 20, 2008

On and on...

Semester is over, I got my A's. Somehow managed to make that neat little bow of Foucaultian executiony goodness. For my Christmas Break, I will be researching for my thesis. Next semester will be my last in graduate school, and I am more than a little relieved. It will be nice not to have homework for once.

Anyway, some knitted items completed. First, those Noro socks:

Pattern: Universal Toe-Up Sock Pattern by Amy Swenson [Ravelry Link]
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Sock, colorway S245
Needles: US 2 1/2 (3.00mm)
Notes: I am working over 56 sts with larger needles because the yarn is closer to a sport weight.


I liked these so much, I cast on another pair, this time using Size US 3 needles, working over 52 stitches:


Also finished another Christmas gift.

Pattern: A Better Bucket by Amy Swenson [Ravelry Link]
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarns Merino Worsted in Black
Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) and 8 (5.0mm)
Recipient: Grandma B.


Happy Holidays to everyone, I will probably post again in the new year.

Friday, December 5, 2008

No Worries, Still Procrastinating

A few days later, completing ignoring an obstinant paper that refuses to write itself, and voila:


Yes, my feet are that long. I haven't weaved in the ends yet because there are quite a few. One knot (so far) and the yarn was so loosely spun in some spots that it broke in my hand as I was knitting. I still love the rustic look though. I'm going to restrain myself and not cast on its mate until finals are over. Pffft.

Ok, admittedly, I'm not actually ignoring the paper. I've written two-thirds of it (and it's not due until Monday!) but I am having some serious organization problems. Once I deal with the pesky four-page introduction, all will be well.

Any tips on how to tie Foucault/Discipline and Punish/David Henry Hwang/M. Butterfly into a neat little bow of executiony goodness?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Got my Knitting Mojo Back

Been a little unsure the past few months about my knitting mojo. I've had several failures, so when I decided to cast on a toe-up sock, I was a little worried I might snap my DPNs and give up entirely (for a week).

Instead, I got this on the FIRST try:


Pattern: Universal Toe-Up Sock Pattern by Amy Swenson [Ravelry Link]
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Sock, colorway S245
Needles: US 2 1/2 (3.00mm)
Notes: I am working over 56 sts with larger needles because the yarn is closer to a sport weight.

AND, just so I can brag a little bit more. I finished a bit of Christmas Knitting:

Pattern: Basic Mitten Pattern from a leaflet I got at my LYS
Recipient: Michelle
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted
Needles: US 5 and 7


I am on a roll. Now if I could only get those two 20-page papers done for next week....and study for that pesky final exam. And maybe work on my thesis.

Or maybe I will just work on my sock for a while longer.

(Also, thanks for the compliments in the previous post's comments about the hat and robot. The robot is actually a pencil sharpener too. How freakin cool is that? Scott knows what I'm talking about.)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Please Put on Your Protective Headgear

As my head may explode from the sinus headache. Apologies for the rash of blog titles as the beginnings of sentences. Not especially original of me.

Look, yarn with silver in it!

Very busy recently. Writing. Procrastinating. Much to do. (And much to clean up--head-exploding and all).

Just wanted to point out a new addition to the blog for all those who want to comment somehow, but are too bored busy to do so. At the bottom of the entry, you will find three words, each word with a number to the right and check boxes to the left. All the fun of commenting, but no bothersome spam filters to go through!


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Elizabeth, Watch Your Mailbox

Because Grandma's socks will be shipping out on Wednesday. And there may be a little something for you in the package too...

Pattern: Basic Sock Recipe by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee [Ravelry Link]
Recipient: Grandmama D.
Yarn: Fearless Fibers Superwash Merino Sock in Discipline
Needles: US 1 1/2, 2.5mm
Mods: None, just...don't look to closely at the cuffs (I made a little oops..)


Next, Finished Christmas Gifts:
Pattern: Celtic Cable Neckwarmer by Lindsay Henricks [Ravelry Link]
Recipient: Grandma B.
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarns Merino Worsted in Emerald
Needles: US 8, 5.0mm
Mods: None. I'm not sure how I feel about this project. It is wrapped and ready for Grandma B., but the buttons didn't turn out like I wanted, so I'm not sure how she will feel about it. Pictures aren't the best...sorry



Pattern: Liesel by Mary Joy Gumayagay [Ravelry Link]
Recipient: Michelle
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk Aran (2 skeins) in Purple
Needles: US 8, 5.0mm
Mods: I only did one repeat of the pattern because I didn't have that much yarn. After blocking, it is probably around five feet long. The picture doesn't really show the pattern, but if you follow the pattern link, you can see more accurately what the scarf looks like in real life.


Not much else to say now. Work and School have been insane busy recently, and it probably won't ease up until I graduate. I even have most of Christmas Break dedicated to thesis work. At least I'll stay busy?

Saturday, November 1, 2008

A Blanket...Finally

Here it is, proof that I can actually finish a project larger than a scarf. It took a while, but I trucked through.

Pattern: Hemlock Ring Blanket [PDF compiled by theraineysisters]by Jared Flood
Yarn: Cascade Eco Wool, 2 skeins in 8688 Silver
Needles: US 10 (6.0mm)
Mods: None (except a few minor mistakes). I *cough* did a crappy job blocking, but the space kinda limited me. I will have to block again some time in the future to fix the edge.



A special thanks to dear Izzy. The pins I got in the sewing kit gift you gave me came in very handy blocking this. (Speaking of which, it is very difficult to block in such a limited space).

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Some Christmas Items

I finished up some items I planned on giving as Christmas gifts and a pair of socks for myself.

I made this hat for my Grandma D. because her other one went missing while she was in the hospital. I was planning on making one for Christmas, but this one will be going to her early:

Pattern: A Better Bucket [Ravelry Link] by Amy Swenson
Needles: US 7 and 8
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted in Verdeazul, 1 skein
For: Grandma D.


Next up is an actual Christmas gift. Grandma B. doesn't have a computer, so I don't have to worry about spoiling the surprise.

Pattern: Branching Out [Knitty] by Susan Lawrence
Needles: US 8
Yarn: Malabrigo Silky Merino, 2 skeins
For: Grandma B.
Notes: This thing GREW after I blocked it by about two feet. It is probably longer now than Grandma is tall.



Finally, a pair of plain old vanilla socks I made for myself.
Pattern: Basic Sock Recipe [Ravelry] by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Needles: US 2
Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock


Friday, October 3, 2008



Today I went to an oral surgeon. When my wisdom teeth were cut out, a bit of gum went willy nilly and decided to grow over top of one of my back teeth. So today, they cut out a piece of my gum and some bone too. I was numbed for the procedure, but it isn't the most pleasant thing to listen to. Essentially the guy took a scalpel and sawed out a little piece of my mouth. Not all the way though. He took some tweezers and yanked until it was out. (Don't take this to mean he did a poor job, as oral surgeons go, he was an excellent doctor). I was tempted to ask if I could keep the little piece and put it in a small vial on a necklace. A keepsake, you know. Like those people that get their named engraved in grains of rice. Too far? Yea, that was particularly gross, even for me. Right now my stomach is seriously upset from swallowing blood. They gave me a whole line of pharmaceuticals including an antibiotic and Vicodin (like House). It will heal in six-eight weeks. I wish I would have considered this before signing up for a forty minute presentation in class on Monday. Irony, woot...


Finished a Kureyon Scarf. Can't seem to ever take a decent picture of a scarf, but here it is:


Used four different balls of Kureyon (can't remember the colorways) on size 7 needles. Just a simple 1x1 rib scarf a la Jared Flood's.

Finished the Hedera socks by Cookie A:


No mods, made them exactly to specs.

Going to go lie down now, for the reasons listed in the first paragraph. Hopefully will get some homework done today. Got just about everything except for the presentation finished. I was feeling exceptionally studious this week...

Monday, September 22, 2008

Max Doom

On Thursday, I managed to fall down the stairs. I know, my usual grace. Because of the fall, I was cranky and extremely sore for the next several days. To help you better understand the moment on Thursday, I have constructed lifelike representations:



I guess my artistic skillz don't really surprise any of you.

This morning (when I was finally able to wake up and move instead of lying in bed in pain for a little while) I thought it would be a good idea to fling my backpack (laptop and drama anthology and such) onto my back and head to school and work. And twinge. My back, which I hurt the most in my dive down the steps, immediately tightened up. Although the rest of my bruised self (my tailbone--yes, I mean my butt, and my shoulder) are doing just fine, my back has started hurting yet again. Crankiness ensues.

I would have finished my sock if it hadn't been for the proverbial banana peel on the steps. I did manage to finish my homework just fine (oh, cruel fate!). This is what I get for so casually talking about how many times I've broken my right arm. At least roommate #2 (roommate #1 was not there) was a good enough person to leave his shiny new addictive MMORPG to check on me AND not laugh.

I'm currently considering stretching out on the library floor so I can lie down. And why not?--some professors do it in their office all the time for a quick nap.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Five Minute Window Curtain

So I wanted something to cover the top half of my windows to block some of the heat from the afternoon soon, but I still wanted to be able to lie on my bed and see to read (or *cough* knit) without the lamp. So my solution was to make a half window cover to hang on the hideous brass cafe rod in my room.

Two yards of fabric, the rotary cutter, and some velcro strips later, and voila:


Fabric close-up:


I made a no-sew curtain. Essentially, I cheated. The fabric isn't anything special. It just caught my eye at JoAnn's. I'm just thankful it's not crooked. I am the queen of cutting fabric at bizarre angles. I can't draw a straight line with a stencil, let alone cut one.

Going to go knit something now....I mean, do homework.


Monday, September 15, 2008

One Day, Elizabeth Will Rule the World

My cousin Elizabeth is awesome. As soon as she got the hint that I was getting into sewing, she found me this awesome gift to help me with the process. It is a sewing box!


I got it in the mail on Friday, and just kept looking at it thinking how awesome it was. Then I opened it up and holy shnikeys:


There is stuff inside too! I admit. I squealed. Living in the area I do, where just about every person is rude and EVIL, it always surprises me when someone does something kind. For instance, yesterday, I was at Michaels because they were having a sale. I wanted to get an OLFA mat and rotary cutter. If you know anything about those, you know they are EXPENSIVE. I had both in hand, standing in line, waffling about whether or not I should put them back. I only had a coupon for $5 off and that just didn't seem like enough. Suddenly, the woman behind me asked whether or not I could use the coupon she had. It was for 50% off the price of any item. She said all of her stuff was on sale, and she didn't want to waste a good coupon on something that was already so discounted. I was a little befuddled. I didn't understand. Did she want something in return? My coupon? Candy? Compliments? ....Nope, nothing, nada. She was just being nice. I know, try to hold back your surprise. Anyway, the OLFA board that would have been $28 was suddenly $14. So thank you kind woman from Michaels. Your generosity will be immortalized forever in blog form.

In other news, I got some Cascade Eco Wool to make the Hemlock Ring Blanket [Ravelry Link]. I was looking over the yarn as I always do (in this instance thinking--this is a huge freaking skein of yarn) when I discovered a little flub on the label.


Do you see it? I am thinking of writing Cascade Yarns a letter or an email about it (although they probably already know). Typos happen. I know that very well. Lucky for Cascade, the wool is so fantastic, it makes up for any small flub. Almost 500 yards. The skein is like a brick. I could defend myself with it if need be.

And just so this post can have something knitted in it, look, I made a sock!


Pattern is Hedera [Ravelry Link] by Cookie A. I haven't really made any modifications to it (not intentionally anyway). I started its mate on Saturday or Sunday, but won't really be able to knit on it until later in the week (class). I am making this for the Sock Knitters Anonymous [Ravelry Link] September 08 Sockdown. I actually finished this sock in about ten or eleven days-- probably the fastest I have ever finished one.

That's all for now I think. I need to get to work and help those aspiring freshman writers (or just sit in my office, waiting for someone to show up if they are willing to admit they might need a little help).

Monday, September 8, 2008

Hiccups make me drop stitches

No, seriously. They do. If you have been around me while I have had the hiccups, you know that they are embarassingly loud. Some people get gas. I get the hiccups. And they are loud, and they give me a headache, and they make me drop stitches from the Shedir I just restarted after a severe failure with my first attempt in some tweed.

I suppose this is my punishment for knitting at work. (The hiccups are also causing frequent typos so if you see a misspelling don't give me any of that oh but you have a degree in English crap).

Inyweigh, I have actually finished some knitting projects despite my hiccups. Knitted up two Foliages (one bulky, one worsted).

First was done in Noro Iro (I can't remember the colorway)...not sure how I feel about this one:


Second was done in Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Autumn Forest and I love this hat:


I have some other big projects going on. Finished the back of the CPH. Am finishing up Christmas gifts at a surprisingly steady rate, but unfortunately can't show pictures of those yet.

Ten minutes and the hiccups still have't gone away. I think I am starting to scare the students that walk by my office. I imagine this is the sound a baby dinosaur would make. If a baby dinosaur knitted that is.

Well, I just haven't had nearly enough sleep to sound the slightest bit sane.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Doom Doom deDoom Doom

So neat yarn with interesting names make me happy, like this one from Blue Moon Fiber Arts, called "Jabberwocky:"


But I doubt you know about another joy. I like to hand sew things (the by hand part isn't really a choice--I don't particularly have the money or space for a good sewing machine).

These will be a few pillowcases:


I'm a sucker for the Asian themed fabrics and the Batiks (new additions to the collection).

In other news, I have had a tremendous headache for the past two days that no amount of Ibuprofen can seem to get rid of. It makes reading difficult. No worries, I haven't really gotten back in to the school rythym anyway.

The first sweater (Central Park Hoodie) I am working on is coming along nicely. The back is almost done:


My next three big projects (deep breath) will be another hoodie from Vogue Knitting and a pair of mittens from the same issue. Vogue Knitting has notoriously difficult patterns, so I'm looking forward to the challenge.

The real challenge will be the Faux Russian Stole from A Gathering of Lace. Pictures of someone else's project here.

Elizabeth, if you are reading this, keep an eye out for a package in the mail.

The headache is raging now. All for today.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Let's All Sing the Doom Song

Let's just say it has been a really crappy three weeks. I don't really want to explain it, especially not in a public forum, but I feel I should at least explain my silence (and crankiness).

Anyway, I did get something in the mail that "brightened" my day:


That my friends, is a pig flashlight. It reminds me of something from Invader Zim (hence the title of today's blog) and made it giggle worthy x gazillion.

Some knitting projects to share:

Another Koolhaas by Jared Flood


A pair of Fetching by Cheryl Niamath


And Alamosa Mitts by Nanette Blanchard


I really enjoy the colors of the Alamosa Mitts. It was a happy surprise. And they fit...also a happy surprise.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Leaving Again

As I have finally found the inspiration to return to the blog, it is only fitting that I will be going out of town (sans internet) for a week (Aug 9th-18th-ish). I hope Elizabeth is well prepared for my visit, with yarn stores to visit and piping hot fresh donuts.


Anyway, I have finished several projects in my downtime, most of which I cannot show yet because they are Christmas gifts. Here are two, however, that I knitted for myself:

First, the Jaywalker socks by Grumperina:


Next, the Fake Isle Hat by Amy King


Finally, another pair of Dashing. These are actually a gift, but for my mom's friend, and I doubt she will ever see this.


That's all for the next two weeks I suppose. Later.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

14 day silence

I'm not going to be online for a while. The internet at the new place will not be installed until the 23rd, and I am moving in tomorrow. I'll try and check my email or drop by some places with wifi, but it will probably be a quiet two weeks from me.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

In Which the Heroine Goes Slightly Mad

I'm moving to a townhouse next week. I haven't packed a single thing yet. Just thinking about packing makes my stomach turn. Thinking about all of the bills do too, but that is a story I'm not going to share in detail here (although many thanks to Scott for a surprising and entertaining letter receieved yesterday).

I haven't been talking much online partly because I have been busy at work, and partly because I've just been in a really, really bad mood for the past three weeks. Also something I'm not going to discuss in detail here except to say I'm sorry if any of you feel ignored. It is not my intent. I just don't want to ruin anyone's day with my Debbie Downer routine.

The gloves from a few posts ago are finally finished. Knitting has been slow recently because of moving and work issues.

Apologies for the crappy pictures (a tree outside blocks all my natural light during the summer, and if I go outside I sneeze uncontrollably):



I'm looking forward to being able to wear them. Also, I have a second pair planned, with the ribbing done in blue, instead of green because I'm unsure if I will have enough yardage for the second pair.

In other less important yet mildly interesting news, I chopped all my hair off again. It is above my shoulders once again. The reason? To save on shampoo costs.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Socks are Safe

Yes. Socks are very safe. Except for the occaisional stab from a double pointed needle, they cannot do anything to harm you.

I made a pair of socks for Izzy's birthday, and now that she has gotten them, I can share the pictures.

Pattern: Diagonal Rib Socks by Ann Budd [Ravelry]
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Mediumweight in Spinel
Needles: US 2

If I knit this pattern again, I will modify the toe to a different kitchener. Pictures


and a close up


See how safe socks are? They won't try breaking into your apartment at 1am like the guy last night did here. He was very drunk and trashed all the items outside the apartment and then kicked the crap out our neighbor's car. I called the cops and they hauled him off, but the experience was pretty nerve-wracking. I like to think I do well under pressure. It is just after everything is done that I freak out. Freak out is over I think, just sleepy now.

I am just going to stick to my safe socks and stick to my normal, uneventful life. I'm not sure if this has made any sense. I will go over it later after I've gotten more sleep.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Free Books!

First things first. I have a job! I am working at Books-A-Million (hence forward known as BAM). The prospect of a paycheck is pretty exciting. Also, the man I interviewed with seemed really nice...a good guy, so I think this will be a good experience.

Now, to the books. Most of them will be free, but I do expect a little cash for shipping. I will be cross-posting this to my livejournal and will keep it updated as people claim books. First a picture, then a list (I tried to sort by genre):



Sharper than a Serpent's Tooth by Simon R. Green
Paths Not Taken by S.G.
Hex and the City by S.G.
Nightingale's Lament by S.G.
Agents of Light and Darkness by S.G.
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
The Endless Knot by Stephen Lawhead
The Silver Hand by S.L.
Virtual Unrealities: The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester
Eragon and Eldest by Christopher Paolini ---Sara
The Chronicles of Narnia (complete set) by C.S. Lewis -----Sara
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis ----Izzy
Grendel by John Gardner-----Scott
Spearwilder's Tale (three books in one) by R. A. Salvatore----Scott
The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick----Scott
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

American Pastoral by Philip Roth ----Izzy
Reading Myself and Others by P.R.
The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
The Foutainhead by Ayn Rand----Scott

History(mostly Cold War) and Current Events:
The Fifty-Year Wound by Derek Leebeart
The One Percent Doctrine by Ron Suskind
How Did this Happen? Terrorism and the New War (essays) ----Izzy
Terrorism by David J. Whittaker ----Izzy
The Cold War by John Lewis Gaddis ----Izzy
The Sling and the Stone by Hammes

Suetonius Divus Claudius-----Scott
Suetonius Nero

Collected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay
The Northon Anthology of English Literature, 7th Ed, Vol 1($10)
The Northon Anthology of English Literature, 7th Ed, Vol 2 ($10)
The Norton Shakespeare Based on the Oxford Ed. ($10) -----Scott
The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare by Russ McDonald 2nd ed.

Some of them, you see, I am asking a little bit of money for. Mainly because shipping for those will be higher. Ask for as many books as you like, first come, first serve. If you know me, you know I take care of my books. The school books may have a little writing, but nothing obtrusive. All of the books are in very good condition, though The Gulag Archipelago and the Collected Poems of Millay were bought used and show a little wear.

I'm giving them away because, as most of you also know, I love my books. I want to share that love and make sure they go to a good home with people that won't use them as cupholders or to even out tables.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


My roommate and I are currently looking for a new place to live. The entire process is stressful, annoying, and expensive, but we are troopers and are working through it.

I will be going through my book collection again, picking out the books I will probably never read again. I really have way too many books. This time around, however, I'm going to let me friends have a shot at them. I will post a list here and on livejournal of the titles, and if you want one, just leave a comment or send me an email and the book will be yours for free (unless I list a price with it). I just ask that you send me a little cash for the shipping.

I've been doing a fair amount of knitting in the past week or so. I completed a sock and a scarf. I'll apologize in advance for the blurry photos. My hands have been really shaky the past few days and its not like I have a tripod or mad camera skills, people.

First, the lone sock (I will finish the other eventually, I'm just working on a secret project right now that I have to get done first). The yarn colors did crazy things....
Pattern: Jaywalker by Grumperina
Yarn: Keegan Lane Toasty Sock in color Northern Lights



Yes, my dresser is blue. Sexy, isn't it?

Next, a scarf I have been working on since JANUARY.
Pattern: Noro Scarf by BrooklynTweed
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden (I got this ages ago on uber sale, I don't remember the colorways)



I do have a job prospect in case you are curious. I'm not going to say much more about it because I don't want to jinx it.

And for now, lunch!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Not much to say today...

My sinuses are mostly cleared up (has something to do with the eight pills I take everyday).

Made this and am very proud of it:


All for today, Monsieur Antichrist.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Tissues, please?

In the past three weeks, I have gone through three full boxes of Kleenex. I am going to the doctor tomorrow. I just bought another three boxes though. I'm also taking ever allergy med under the sun and still my sinuses are clogged. Sudafed 12-hour (two a day) takes me from that level of downright miserable to head above water. I have to go to sleep with my hand holding a tissue under my nose. Not a pretty sight.

Anyway, being so stuffy has kind of put me in a perpetual snarky mood, so if I have not been talking to everyone like usual, I apologize in advance. I should be back to my normal cheerful (and by cheerful, I mean cynical and sarcastic) self in a few days. Maybe I can even take the dog on an actual walk. This is all because I went fishing a few days ago. Spent two hours and outside and my sinuses go from bad to 50 tissues/day. I went home for and surprised my mom for her birthday, and while I was there, I went fishing with my dad and nephew off the end of the dock. Nothing special, just caught a few catfish we had to throw back, but it was nice seeing them. My nephew has this habit of backing up when he feels a fish nibbling as he pulls on the rod, and he managed to back right off the dock. He was okay, just a little scared and freezing cold. Really I think he was just channeling me. Falling off the dock is something I would totally do (...again).

My sinus problems have also affected my knitting. Since finishing my final papers I have only finished a pair of socks that I started back in February.

Pattern: Charade by Sandra Park
Yarn: Fearless Fibers Superwash Merino Sock, Colorway: Spellbound
Ravelry Project Page (membership required)

charade socks 003

charade socks 001

Recently a few people have asked me to make socks for them. For those that have, I hope you understand the investment of time these suckers take. My cousin Elizabeth will be getting a gift pair, but everyone else will have to cough up some cash for the yarn (check with me before you buy anything though). Also, you can't pay me to make socks from a pattern--copyright laws and all.

---For Elizabeth Only, Skip to Next Section---
Izzybelle, take a look here and here and tell me what colorways you like (leave a comment to this post, I know how you are with email). At the first website, make sure you stick to the Superwash Merino and avoid the Merino/Tencel blends, and at the second site, just make sure if you like a colorway it is available in mediumweight.

I got my final grades yesterday---two A-'s. Okay, I guess. I know I shouldn't complain, but I'm sure I could have done better if my brain would have just focused. My final papers were crap, and I know it. I just churned them out so I could finally breathe again (figuratively because in reality that isn't going as well). And I can. Having this break is going to help me refocus and be a little bit happier.

I didn't intend for this to be such a long and rambling post, but that's what happens when you have free time I guess. Also, to explain the last post, Descartes is the philosopher who said "cogito ergo sum" ("I think therefore I am").

Off to knit some more.