my sweetie backtack pal has gone completely bonkers! i'm in shock! i love my amazing amy butler bags, my sari yarn, merino, spinning book, wheel, sample spinning yarns, and OMFG! she gave me lots and lots of 100% cashmere. this girl really knows how to treat a lady! thank you kerrie, you have no idea how great this makes me feel. i took a look at her site hipknits and ofcourse she's the wonderful kerrie from magknits


i've been looking to buy some phildar magazines of late and i stumbled on this:

looks like a bulky mini cardi to me, phildar...


open sesame...

i've received a gift. i wonder from wence it came?

Lambypie is sooo jealous. he knows he's had a broken leg (i like it)
don't worry, she can be your gf!


my secret pal is so wonderful!!! in my package was knitpics sock yarn sock landscape yarn, debbie bliss dk aplaca, soft straight needles, floaty candles, and a little sheep tape measurer! thanks!


my pilates, s factor, yoga, jogging marathon has paid off, and i lost 10 pounds of fat! AND... now i'm nearing the snobbish couple*hun$skinny*designer*jean*club. i know it's rediculous, but hey, a girl gets tired of watching people trotting around town in their hot jeans, meanwhile i'm stuck wearing non designer jeans just cuz i had to go and get myself hitched 'n gain all that comfy "sorry i'm taken" weight. i still have a ways to go, but i check it out. and after only one month (well o.k. couple hours 3 x a week) i know... look at my but ha ha now i just gotta keep going...


my sp6 info...

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
yes i am a y snob i avoid red heart

2. Do you spin? Crochet?
no no

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)

4. How long have you been knitting?
2 years but i am FEARLESS!

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
currently, milk & honey liquid soap at target, just bought a big jug of it. if they made a room spray, i'd be in heaven... so "honey" essential oil

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
absa fuckin lutely

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
nuttin but knit

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
i use a 30 gig video ipod and rhapsody so i have access to everything. i do like female (non country) artists though

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
don't like dark colors. i'm currently into white or natural yarns i can dye

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
i have one husband and two cats one domestic black haloween cat and one snow shoe siamese

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
to be the next nanette lepore. nanette lepore life dream to be a fashion designer (already am) curvegirl.com AND to have most everyone wearing my creations. haven't got there yet.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? favorite:
anything with cashmere or silk like that rowan summer tweed in bright blue but haven't bought any yet. least favorite cotton or acrylic

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
cotton, acrylic (but don't mind so much if it's blended with naturals)

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
foreign (japanese, french (phildar tendences) knitting magazines don't have any

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
well, i've been knitting sweaters and boleros lately so i'm good on those, i have plenty of pattern ideas, just not enough time.

17. What are you knitting right now?
http://www.rebecca-online.de/cont_en/heft_archiv/heft_28/seite_05.php >first picture here

18. What do you think about ponchos?
cute but have plenty of them. don't need anymore

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
circular addi turbos don't have size 3 5 6 8 13 15 17

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
metal addi turbos

21. Are you a sock knitter?
on 2 ciculars have a set of 2 and 4 and a 1 for trying the magic loop thing

22. How did you learn to knit?
taught myself from a book 2 years ago. i'm gung ho and obscessed and fearless about knitting socks on 2 circs was my second ever project. just took an intarsia class from deb abrahams. her stuff is not my style but i learned a lot!

23. How old is your oldest UFO?
2 years

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
i love cats, i love to feed wild birds out of my window i like canaries and stuff like this girl's website: copacetique

25. What is your favorite holiday?
i totally and utterly hate holidays. i only like valentines day because i like hearts and my mom used to always buy me a cute card. since i am an orphan since age 25 i don't get into holidays too sad. (i'm sure my heart is in there somewhere... : P)

26. Is there anything that you collect?
amybutler fabrics and patterns

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
rebecca rowan

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?
i check every book out of the library i can get my hands on. i'm sure the librarians think i'm totally nuts. (i just picked up 15 the other day.) but i like any of the new rowan big series books don't have those knitted babes cuz i wanna make a knitted blythe doll

29. Any patterns you have been coveting, but haven't bought for one reason or another??
hmmm, rowan big series


well, i'm picking up new projects because i'm getting bored with what i'm doing. i wanna finish my skirt, felted bag (haven't posted pics yet, but am going to put a huge wonderful cute flower on it), hollywood knits style purse, fendi bag, boy's sweater (hey i'm married so no curses here) (but the thought of knitting boy stuff bores me to tears!!!!), apricot jacket (feb fix), chamonix pants JUST TO NAME A FEW. are you seeing a pattern here? YES!!! that's it!!! i have a hard time finishing projects. i suspect it's a similar thing as when i'm making a wedding gown for a client and i procrastinate the finishing details... something about not wanting to let the beautiful gorgeous thing out the door. hmmm same same, like they say in thailand. just don't want to let go. it's frustrating. anyone give me any tricks on how to trick myself into finishing? lemme know! well, guess i'll go knit on that cute chocolate thing or maybe attempt to finish my felted bag so i can have something to tote around my other billion projects i have. cheers ladies!


well, i can't resist. i'm joining the candy knit-a-long.

the top is just so cute. hope it looks cute on me too. i think i'm going to use a bunch of different yarns for it. we'll see :)


chocolate bliss

i've been working feverishly on my "eyelet skirt". it's coming along very well! i'm using debbie bliss cashmerino aran in chocolate instead of the denim called for on the knitty website. i may be two skeins short because i knit so loosely. there are two panels and each panel seems to be taking about 6 balls. the good news is i put down a skirt i LOVE on the floor and put it on top of it and it was the same size so at least i know i'm not wasting my time. i like the ruffly bottom. i'll have to wear it to my new fabulous yarn related job as soon as i finish. yep that's right! i did it! i landed a fabulous yarn related job and i'm sooooo happy to go to work and work around fun people who are just as yarn obsessed as i am. (well, maybe i'm a little more) ;)

curb your enthusiasm

wow, i just added up all the yarn purchases i made last year with a few books (but i'm sure not all) thrown in there. it has created a real freeze in my spending as it came out to nearly fifteen hundred dollars. the only consolation is i added up how much i would have spent in cigarettes if i was still a smoker. that came out to about twelve fifty, so i'm only off by a few hun. notice how i can only spell these amounts out and not write them in their actual numbers. i think it takes the edge off somehow. somehow sounds (looks) better. it's crazy to see how nickeling and dimeing yourself can really add up. maybe i'll be strict about using all my yarn in my stash and not buying more. hope so. yarn diet here i come.


it's my birthday and i'll knit if i want to. :D


here's a few pictures of my trip to copenhagen, denmark. it was chilly there. (and so was the weather :P) if there are any cool people from denmark, be sure and sign my comments section... the design was beautiful there and textilhuset is my favorite fabric store. i visited one yarn store but didn't get a photo, i did knit at this way cute chrarity shop/thriftstore/cafe (butik fisk, krystalgade) which was one of the highlights of my trip, i was invited to a knit together on sunday but sadly that was the day i flew home. i bought a cashmere sweater that has a somewhat large ply so i'm going to frog and reknit it. even though i looked and the needle size will need to be size 1. oh well, maybe next year i'll be finished with it :)



all the girls wear cute coats, cute scarves, cute boots and ride cute bikes!

scarf i'm knitting at butik fisk

two girls i met at butik fisk very cool!

wearing finished scarf at cecil cafe

textilhuset my favorite fabric store (and someone's face)

tiv, didn't go in, don't like tourist traps

weird dog everyone eats

caught this ad on a bus of woman knitting in a hurry, not sure what it says.

my british airways stitch markers : )

all in all an interesting trip. had 3 days stop over in london. my favorite place on earth.

i took a picture of the splendor and the glory we woke up to this morning. both coco and hana were enjoying it fully!

i even took a screenshot of my pixie to commemorate our minute of snowy weather.


i just ordered my red cross commemorative knit kit well, actually i ordered two, for the disaster relief fund and i'm going to donate more money directly to the Tsunami relief fund. this organization will actually get the donations directly to the people who need it and not to the military who have continued to do sweeps of villages and are withholding donations and sometimes selling them. wow, and we were just in thailand in september. crazy! this area of the world has the nicest people on earth. i'm truly shocked.


hana has decided to take over one of my knitting project bags. i use old zippy bags you get when you buy luxury sheets for my knitting project bags. pillowcase ones work well for all my knitting tools. last one i got says "nicole miller" on it, cool.

hana decided to chew the christmas tree this year. she really hates holidays!


i think i just need to stop (in the name of yarn)

take a deep breath

and stop... buying... yarn. there i said it.

suuuuuuuure, after i get that elann yarn i wanted. ughhhh!

sob sob, i'm having a paris loop tragedy. (hee hee) i bought the yarn all the way from germany because it's DISCONTINUED! a month later it came and ugh! it looks like spider bodies! ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww! (got the jeans color) so i started making out of plassard versatile color 008 which looks like colinette point 5 but costs 1/2 as much and it's from gay paree. i got tricked into buying more and more because of the 54 yards crap. anywhoooooooo i got it almost finished and yuck bleck yuck yuck yuck it's awful! i look like the cookie monster. paris loop=football shoulders cuteness! it's a terrible color for a poncho (which i'm totally sick of by the way) and ooooooooooooohhhh i thought it'd be sooooooo cute on me. not! anyways. after all that time spent knitting (3 days worth) boooo hoooo

oh, and this is the kicker! since yarn "A" didn't work out (cicco "jeans") i ordered 4 black, 4 pink and 4 green from germany and they're on their way! blahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh haaaaaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaaa 5 million dollars later, i'm going insane. i think this election has sent me to the nuthouse. i'm all over the place, starting a new project everyday. i have so much energy built up. i can't get no, bla dun dun, yarn satisfaction... when i'm driving in my car and i'm knitting at the stop-a-lights and a man comes on the radio and he's telling me more and more about some useless non yarn related information...

back to the drawing board. (insert the sound of ripping out freshly knit project)


just finished my rowan hat. i knit it at the library while reading a book. this was fun and i'll have to do it more often.

this hat was very fun and VERY fast to knit. it's all knit rows with some slips and purling the slips. there was also knitting through the back loop. those were all new to me but i feel more comfortable and got into a zone while knitting it. i knit this hat 3 times. first too loose (made it huge) second used smaller needles and came out too small. third time back to needles it called for but knit tighter. JUST RIIIIGHT...

i like the way the slips turn it into a crown. now i'm queen of my cotton candy knitting castle.

on to the next project...


how cool. i just walked into the yarn gallery and the owner was like "hey, aren't you that famous lady in the stitch n bitch nation book" and i was like "what?" and she was like "your picture is in stitch n bitch nation book along with a write up" she showed it to me. how cool i'm really in there. only cuz i'm really obsessed w/knitting. i think about it day and night.

now only to get published patterns. i'm working on it. :P


this is how i feel

this is what i'm making (hat)

out of this yarn (it's 1 of a kind handspun hand dyed from weavers guild party)


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i know i haven't written in a while. i've been to far away places where they don't use yarn (or at least i didn't see any)

where the beaches are sandy and the mosquitos eat you alive

we went to longislandresort.com (where they filmed temptation island) and kulaypan.com these places were amazing. i say we've been samui-ized.

i finished my rebecca sweater. i'll post a picture of it shortly. i'm going to make a black one too. i'd like to knit the sleeves again because even though i knit them both twice, they're still a little larger than i'd like.

i know, pics pics pics. i'll get on it. o and sorry for the broken pics on the site, i cut my yahoo habit and changed web hosters so i've been having to raw ftp it up, no more easy beasy interface to do it, so it's been slow going. not to mention i think i left in a little bit of a haste and may have forgotten to copy some of my pics from one domain and may have lost them. it's ok. i'm wanting to redo the whole thing anyways.

so what's been up with all of you?


hi ya'll (no i'm not suthern but my mommie was born in birmingham, alabama--but she was raised in the nw so she had no accent... but mysteriously i've been diggin my dixie chicks cd) Anywayyyyyyyyys, hi ya'll, i've been out of commission for a while. i've been sewing up a STORM. you see in my real life i make gowns for a living and boy o boy is it my busy time.

(ok, ok, i been sneakin in some time to knit
this. i have 2 fronts and a back and am gittin ready to knit two sleeves at once, YEE HAW!!! i'm so excited!!! )

oh yeah, work. anyways it's 11pm pst right now and i have ONE MORE CHONG SAM DRESS TO MAKE and then i can sleep. see i was supposed to sleep during the day today, but i just putzed around instead and now i'm am HELLA sleepy and don't want to make another chong sam dress, i just want to sleep. boy it's REALLY difficult to work for yourself sometimes. i'm so frickin tired. it kinda reminds me of finals at university when i used to stay up really late to cram and then take the test the next day. some of my BESTEST work ever has been made by severly procrastinating. i think i'm going to have to get schooled in time management or sumpin because this is starting to effect my daily life in a malificent way. (is that a word? if not i just made it up) i'm going to look it up, just a sec... not really a word i think but the name of some disney character.

here's malificent:

anyways my point is, there's soooooooooooo much i want to do and i just don't feel like i use my time very efficiently. for instance i'd like to get all my ducks in a row concerning my blog, but by the time i try and blog i'm just exhausted. anyways. thanks for listening. c ya later knitty kitties.

allow me a minute to whine, my progress bars broke because the person who's site i referred to from another person took down her site so i have no progress bars, they're in shambles. (damsel in distress) can someone help me by giving me some code i can use to put up progress bars again. and maybe some code that i can make proprietary instead of having to rely on someone else's site or images and such. i'm sure someone knows of what i speak. thank you so much <3 ya!


i've finished all 4 panels of my "no sweat" pants knitted in jaeger chamonix. i swear i don't put my cat in all the pictures, as soon as i put knitted items on the floor, hana ALWAYS comes over to see what i'm doing. she'd be a designer if she was a person.


look what jumped out of my head this weekend.

it's extra special cuz it has sparkles and it took a day or so to knit and i even knit some of it at the theatre during eternal sunshine of the spotless mind which is a really good movie. kate winslet rocks! i wub my poncho!


cathy and i have been churning out the knitting (of course not fast enough for me), so here's my finished poncho. i really like it, it's fluffarific and reversable (has a V in the back). i double stranded it with novelty and cotton yarns and used size 15 needles. i ripped it 5 times so it was 4 other things before it became this poncho. i'm very happy how it turned out. now i'm working on my no sweat pants. it's just not going fast enough for me. can anyone help me get one of those progress graphics with javascript so i can put up all my works in progress. thank you so much. that's my friend cathy in the pic. she and i are knitting obscessed.