Episode 13: Grumpasaurus is Grumpy

Hello everybody!

Plurk Podcast Challenge: Started by Knittingsmybag (“needlework project bags” on Etsy)

Works in Progress:

  • Entrelac Scarf
  • Mom’s felted bag
  • Yoga socks from HELL – pattern by Patons, yarn is Regia Cotton Stretch Ocean Color, knit on 1.5 US/2.5 mm DPNs
  • Flutter-by socks – pattern by Shannon Robalino, yarn Huckelberry Knits in the Copper Patina colorway, on size 0 US/2mm HiyaHiya needles
  • Catkin – pattern by Carina Spencer, yarn Madelintosh Tosh Merino Light in the Nutmeg colorway and Malabrigo Sock in the Boticelli Red colorway, on size 4 US/3.5mm Addi Turbo Lace

Finished Objects:

  • Grumpasaurus! He’s grumpy and vaguely shaped like a dinosaur! Pattern by Kat Lewinski, yarn is South West Trading Company Vickie Howell Craft in the Suss and Share colorways.

Future Projects:

  • Lots more monster type toys.

Stash Enhancement:

  • Dream in Color Classy, Purple Rain colorway, 5 – yes, count them 5 – skeins that I bought from the beautiful and talented Becca of the KnitBytes podcast!


  • Interweave Knits: bleh
  • Nation by Terry Prachett – very good and enjoyable
  • The Tin Ticket by Deborah J. Swiss – Just beginning this but am really looking forward to reading it. I imagine it will be a little hard to get through simply because it is a heartbreaking TRUE story. Heartbreaking FICTION, no problem but when the tragedy has happened to a REAL person, it’s hard for me to read.

Episode 12: Summer Break = Cohost

I apologize for Jael’s insanity. And maybe she didn’t bug you all but she bugged me. Next week, I will try to arrange a play date for her while I record. What a nut.

Works In Progress:

  • Entralac scarf, in Red Heart Super Saver, Soft Navy and Cherry Red
  • Yoga socks, in Regia Cotton Stretch Ocean Color, colorway 04449
  • Catkin, in Madelintosh Tosh Merino Light, colorway Nutmeg and in Malabrigo Sock Yarn, colorway Botecelli

Future projects:

Stash Enhancement:

  • Mystery Yarn
  • KnitPicks Comfy Fingering, Lilac Mist colorway

Book Reviews:

Pics Instead of Podcast

Obviously, I did not get to record any episodes, mini or otherwise. That is because while the fan is, in fact, the correct one, the tool I need to take apart my comptuer has disappeared. I have ordered a new one but, alas, it is shipping from California and, honestly, can you get much farther from Germany than California and still be in the continental United States? So I am waiting again. However, I did set up our secondary computer which runs Xubuntu OS. This mean that I can access the internet, email, Facebook, Plurk, and Ravelry but I can’t watch podcasts and I can’t record. Well, I can record using my digital camera but I can’t edit, upload or anything else. *sigh*

But, despite my continued absence from the podcasting world, I’ve still been knitting and accumulating stash faster than I’m knitting it up. And really, isn’t that the life goal of all yarn addicts?

The Craft Fair:

It was poorly advertised, as per standard operating procedure of our base, and so the turn out was less than spectacular. I felt that I sold items, primarily sewn fabric bags, at a decent rate for the traffic we had. I assume that had there been more traffic, I would have sold even  more. I left with more money than I came with but it did not cover the material costs of the products I brought. Good thing this is a hobby and not a business, huh?

Bitchin’ Becky – the business:

I talked to the people I needed to talk to regarding having a home based business in Germany and the process, while lengthy with lots of paperwork and lots of random-ass signatures from people who really shouldn’t have a say in whether I can have a home business, is not as arduous as rumor had it. I need to write a letter to a guy (can’t remember his title) outlining my business plan and then he will begin the paperwork process. I will sign a piece of paper promising to follow all the myriad rules, go downtown and get a tax ID number (which costs something like 10 Euro), and I am good to go. I think. Obviously, I will get more info as I got through the process but right now, I just need to get that letter emailed.

Works in Progress:

Yoga socks:

Firewing Shawl:

Entrelac Scarf:

Flutter-by Socks:

Finished Object:


Stash Enhancement:

Highland Handmades, Firestarter Colorway, graciously custom dyed by Heather – who is freaking awesome. She also sent a sample of her lace weight in the colorway Moss.

  Oh, and that day, I also bought some strawberry daquari mixer and rum. It was a good day. 🙂

Huckleberry Knits, colorway Patina, base: Willow 80/20, BFL/nylon:

Schaefer Yarn, Nichole Two-fer, colorway Julia Morgan, 80% superwash merino, 20% nylon:

And lastly, my daughter is really missing her dad. We both are but she has no faith that he is coming home. This is what I found on her hand the other day:

And yes, she always looks that gooney in pictures. She has her father’s photogenicness, poor girl. 🙂

That is all for now. More has been going on but there is a reason that I do a video blog and not a photo blog. Photos are boring and time consuming and I do NOT like doing them. So you all know how much I love you because I am seriously not digging the whole play-with-photos thing. 

I leave you with this promise: I will be back.