Sunday, April 13, 2014


I had a conversation with a friend the other day about neighbors, how there are mostly bad ones and the good ones are rare.  Bad neighbors live above us.   Unfortunately, we still have to pay them.  With the hostility of the landlords to our household, there is no reason for them to not be a disturbance to us.  Loud is my Kryptonite.  Most especially loud television, or metal music so loud that things in my apartment vibrate.  Is this why Mad had a little seizure last night?  This is not how I want to live.  I am venting here because this situation is such a frustration to me.  I am coming to the realization that headquarters may seriously need to be downsized for us to afford anything.
This is a really cool shawl that I am knitting for myself and the store.  It will live at the store for a while before it goes into wardrobe rotation.  Two different colors of Kauni.  The pattern is called Dovetail Shawl.
I get to escape the noise tonight to see the play that I knit the sweater for in January/February.  Sorry that I'm leaving Mad behind.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014


With the change of seasons, I've been giving more thought to my wardrobe.  I don't have that much, or at least that much that I really like.  There's less knitwear as the seasons get warmer.  I've been giving more thought to sewing.  I have some fantastic patterns ordered, but the waiting has been getting me a little itchy to get started.  I spent some time at JoAnn's looking for patterns, but didn't find anything that really spoke to me.  I left there with just a little bit of quilting fabric.
Knitted garments rarely disappoint lately.  I've been wearing this a lot. The Modern Tunic by Lori Versaci.  I used Hikoo Kenzie.  My only complaint is that it's a little too large.  I'm going to make another, and I'll be monogamous once the yarn arrives.  I'm going to do it in Schoppel Wolle Linen Los.  I need some things that I can wear to the trade show I'm going to the first weekend in May.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Where's the Pot of Gold?

There were plans being formulated to move the Lucky Penny HQ to a safer place.  Which have very sadly fallen through.  I could just scream.  What makes me even angrier is that the person we live with has chosen to forget all the hideous behavior of the owners.  "Look for a place if it makes you happy."  That is not a happy activity.  Anyway, today is a day for wearing green, and Mad has on a new sweater knit from Schoppel Wolle Gradient.

Thursday, March 13, 2014


A few months back I was saying that I don't mind winter all that much.  Now I'm ready to scream.  Just take a look at these socks that I finished not too long ago.  As my hand knit sock wardrobe dwindles, I wore this pair a lot.  I've never worn a pair out this fast.  It's not just a little hole--the entire heel is gone. So much for reinforcement.  I may just cut the cuffs off and knit new feet.  I hardly have any wool socks left.
Every day I'm on line looking for a new place for Lucky Penny HQ.  The Man is being useless in this process.  That's not new.  But so frustrating.  I looked at one place that was so tiny that I would have to get rid of at least 50% of my furniture.  The thing that really appealed to me was the idea of being able to do laundry at home.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that a strong lead on a reasonably priced place with laundry and parking in a really good location comes through.  The search is getting depressing.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Really, Neptune?

I read my horoscope every day, and look forward to Susan Miller's monthly forecast.  She's been mentioning Neptune in my chart for some time, and suggesting I get flood insurance in my homeowner's policy.  Being a renter, I didn't think any of it applied to me.  I am fearful of water.  I love to drink, cook, and  bathe in it.  But I have seen the damage that it can do.  It damaged Lucky Penny Headquarters earlier this month.  Two water related incidents in two consecutive days.  Resulting in the building owners coming completely unhinged, and demanding that we leave.  Really over a clogged kitchen drain.  I am now filled with fear and rage at these people.   Packing and moving is such a hardship, and it seems that we just did it.  And, we were happy living here!  I do not like the idea of living in another owner occupied building again.  I think I have some idea of what may have happened with the previous tenant of my current place, and why the apartment was empty for years before I took it.
In the midst of all this chaos, I finished this.  Maybe the most ambitious project of my knitting life besides Doggie Knits, and with the shortest deadline.  It's for the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production of Russian Transport, open now through early May.  I couldn't have finished it without help from my friend Tammy, and Lynn, who kindly allowed Knit 1 to be Madeline and my safe refuge  on the last day of sweater finishing.  While screaming insane people were hand rodding the kitchen drain in the apartment.  The tragedy of all of this success is that the earnings are mostly going to be funding a move.  I don't know why my head doesn't explode.
The sweater is sourced by a vintage 80's sweater, the original fit to the actress, and sent to me.  It's a hybrid leopard/tiger road kill.  I used Shibui Pebble in four colors selected by the costume designer, and held two of the colors together with metallic threads.  If you can't source sparkly yarn in just the right color and weight, you just have to make your own!  I didn't use a chart--just free formed the intarsia pattern as I knit it.  The photo does not include the shawl collar applied in the last hours of finishing.  My camera at the time didn't have enough memory to take one.  One day hopefully I will have a good photo of it being worn.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Tiny Valentine

My Mad, freshly groomed in a new sweater.  I knit it in Quince & Co Puffin, a chunky single ply that's just luscious.  She's wearing the color of the year for 2014!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

I'm Dreaming About What I'm Going to Make Next

There's been silence on the blog because I have ten more days to complete this.  An intarsia leopard/tiger road kill 80's inspired sweater for a play opening at Steppenwolf Theatre in a few weeks.  I'm thrilled to be working with them again, but the knitting is consuming me.  It's two strands of Shibui Pebble with various metallic threads.  Talk about a tangled mess in the back.  More details and back story later!