Archive for September, 2007

Last Call for Griffin Yarns Sock Club

Hi Folks —
Just wanted to let you all know that memberships are closing for
Griffin Yarns’ inaugural sock club! We will stop taking subscriptions Wednesday, or when we get 4 new members, whichever comes first.
For your last chance to join our first sock club, come to


September 25, 2007 at 8:38 pm Leave a comment

CHOKE and laughs

Sorry to take so long getting this post out. I had a lot to do yesterday and I had to be at my clinical site at 5:45 this morning.

The Yarn Harlot visit was a riot. She had us rolling in the aisles, and the warning beforehand to use the bathroom or risk wardrobe malfunctions was needed. I then ended up hanging out and visiting until midnight getting my books signed somewhere in there. Now what you really wanted to see:

Here is Stephanie doing her Vanna impersonation showing of swag she got from Twisted Yarns



Here is a side view of the basket full of hats with the traveling sock.


And finally Stephanie pounds some knitting mojo in to the Missoni Scarf Knock off I am knitting for my sister. Currently my sister does not knit but she has taken to looking through my Interweave Knits to find things she might like to have, and she has recently expressed some interest in possibly learning how to knit. Hopefully the mojo will work its way through the scarf and my sister will learn how to knit.



These next 2 pictures are of the 53 hats that will be going to the Star of Hope mission one of the largest organizations helping the homeless here in Houston.



These 17 preemie hats (2 with matching socks) collected will be going to Texas Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit along with a number of hats that Twisted Yarns had from their regular knitting group (that’s the pile in the bottom picture)




Thank you to everyone who donated hats, including but not limited to: Susan Wallace, Hanna Pierro, Martha Elizabeth Winston, Dolores Rose, Ruth Parks, Ray Whiting of Knitivity, Kat Rocha at Kat Gets Cross Eyed, and Kim Christiansen KimnCocoa. If you donated a hat and want your name/blog here leave me a comment and I’ll add it to the list.


Now it’s time for me to go to bed. I was up at 4 this morning, and it is now almost midnight. I promise the follow-up post on substituting yarns in the next few days. I have the samples done and photographed, now I need to write the post around studying for an exam on Monday.

September 20, 2007 at 10:31 pm 2 comments

Hey, A Movie!

Stole this off Elemmaciltur

SUPPOSEDLY if you’ve seen over 85 films, you have no life. Mark the ones you’ve seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this list, go to your own facebook account blog, paste this as a note. Then, put x’s next to the films you’ve seen, add them up.Have fun!

(x) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Grease
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean
( )Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest
( ) Boondock Saints
( ) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
(x) Neverending Story
(x) Blazing Saddles
(x) Airplane

Total: 6
(x) The Princess Bride
( ) AnchorMan
( )Napoleon Dynamite
(x) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
( ) Anger Management
( ) 50 First Dates
(x) The Princess Diaries
(x) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Total so far: 10

( ) Scream
( ) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
( ) Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
( ) American Pie
( ) American Pie 2
( ) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
Total so far: still 10

(x) Harry Potter 1
(x) Harry Potter 2
(x) Harry Potter 3
(x) Harry Potter 4
( ) Resident Evil 1
( ) Resident Evil 2
( ) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
( ) The Village
( ) Lilo & Stitch
Total so far: 14

(x) Finding Nemo
( ) Finding Neverland
( ) Signs
( ) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
( ) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
( ) 13 Going on 30
( ) I, Robot
( ) Robots
Total so far: 15

( ) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( ) Universal Soldier
( ) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
( ) Along Came Polly
( ) Deep Impact
( ) KingPin
(x) Never Been Kissed
( ) Meet The Parents
( ) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
Total so far: 16

( ) A Cinderella Story
( ) The Terminal
(x) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(x) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( )Final Destination 3
( ) Halloween
( ) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving X-MAS
(x) Flubber
Total so far: 19

( ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
( ) Practical Magic
(x) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
( ) Hellboy
( )Secret Window
( ) I Am Sam
(x) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards
Total so far: 21

( ) The Day After Tomorrow
( ) Child’s Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
( ) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
( ) Gothika
( ) Nightmare on Elm Street
(x) Sixteen Candles
( ) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
( ) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
Total so far: 22

( ) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Sleven
(x) Ocean’s Eleven
(x) Ocean’s Twelve
( ) Bourne Identity
( ) Bourne Supremecy
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
( ) Predator I
( ) Predator II
( ) The Fog
( ) Ice Age
( ) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George
Total so far: 24

( ) Independence Day
( ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
(x) ET
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
( ) Maid in Manhattan
( ) War of the Worlds
( ) Rush Hour
( ) Rush Hour 2
Total so far: 25

( ) Best Bet
( ) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
( ) She’s All That
( ) Calendar Girls
( ) Sideways
( ) Mars Attacks
( ) Event Horizon
( ) Ever After
(x) Wizard of Oz
(x) Forrest Gump
( ) Big Trouble in Little China
(x) The Terminator
(x) The Terminator 2
(x) The Terminator 3
Total so far: 30

(x) X-Men
(x) X-2
( ) X-3
(x) Spider-Man
( ) Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
( ) Catch Me If You Can
(x) The Little Mermaid
(x) Freaky Friday
( ) Reign of Fire
( ) The Skulls
( ) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek
(x) Shrek 2
Total so far: 37

( ) Swimfan
(x) Miracle on 34th street
( ) Old School
( ) The Notebook
( ) K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf’s Tribe
( ) A Walk to Remember
( ) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
(x) The 40-year-old Virgin
Total so far: 39

(x) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
( ) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
( ) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(x) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(x) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(x) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Total so far: 43

( ) Baseketball
( ) Hostel
(x) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
(x) Elf
( ) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
( ) American History X
( ) Three
Total so Far: 45

( ) The Jacket
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
(x) Monsters Inc.
( ) Titanic
(x) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
(x) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard
Total so far: 48

( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
( ) Hulk
( ) Dawn Of the Dead
(x) Hook
(x) Chronicles Of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
( ) 28 days later
( ) Orgazmo
( ) Phantasm
( ) Waterworld
Total so far: 50

( ) Kill Bill vol 1
( ) Kill Bill vol 2
( ) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
( ) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) the Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
( ) Army of Darkness
Total so far: still 50

(x) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(x) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
( ) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(x) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(x) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(x) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks The Battle For Endor
Total so far: 55

( ) The Matrix
( ) The Matrix Reloaded
( ) The Matrix Revolutions
( ) Animatrix
( ) Evil Dead
( ) Evil Dead 2
( ) Team America: World Police
( ) Red Dragon
(x) Silence of the Lambs
( ) Hannibal
Total: 56

I only have 2/3 of a life according to this, but it is very skewed towards the horror/scary movie genre and I don’t like horror. It’s hard to knit to.


In other news, Represent! Hat #2 and my Rainbow Socks are Done! Here’s pictures Rainbow Socks Represent! Hat 2

September 17, 2007 at 11:59 pm Leave a comment

Represent Hats

I was asked to take over the hat collection for the Yarn Harlot’s Houston visit next Tuesday (Sept 18th). I am excited to be a part of this. I promise pictures of the collection and a full accounting of where the hats go.

I was trying to get my hat pattern up on the Griffin Yarns site, but we ran in to some trouble getting our free patterns up. For now I will be hosting the patterns on my account. The link is in my sidebar.

The pattern is for a simple roll brim hat in worsted to heavy worsted weight yarn. The picture shown in my last post is made of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride, and I am working on another in Brown Sheep Country Classic (discontinued). This hat can be made in many colors or one color. Since it takes approximately 100 yards of yarn, it makes a great stashbuster. My first hat was finished in one evening. My second one is taking longer, but that could be because I only get 5 minutes to work on it in bed before I go to sleep.

September 14, 2007 at 9:42 pm Leave a comment

Represent! Hat


This is a free pattern I designed to have a satisfactory hat for the donation table at the Yarn Harlot‘s visit to Houston on Sept. 18. The pattern will be up shortly on

September 8, 2007 at 11:14 pm Leave a comment

Ch, Ch, Ch, Changes (part 1)

I am one of those people who can’t leave well enough alone when following a pattern. It even spills over in to my cooking and drives my mom nuts. I’ll take a recipe that is totally new to me, and change it up without testing it first. I have been pretty lucky and my changes are usually in grouping tasks together, performing a task in a slightly different manner to get the same result or modifying the seasoning.

This tendency to play with a pattern or recipe is very visible in my knitting. I have only used the specific yarn designated in a pattern a handful of times. I also make alterations to the pattern to get the garments to fit me better, or allow me to use my own handspun with a slightly different gauge. What I don’t get is the fear some people have about substituting yarns. I have seen people who have to use not only the exact yarn, but the same color as the model. This is fine if the look of the finished garment is exactly how you want it. For example my sister wants me to make her the new Caroline sweater from Louet in that exact colorway and yarn, but that is because she loves it exactly as shown.

I have developed a simple guideline/corollary to follow when substituting a yarn in a pattern.

The more alike the yarn the easier the substitution.

For example I made the Chinese Sweater from the Fall 2003 Interweave Knits. The pattern calls for Lamb’s Pride and Nature Spun Sport by Brown Sheep. While I really like these yarns I would have had to order it by mail didn’t like the colors I could get. I chose to substitute Araucania Nature Wool and Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Wool in the pattern. These yarns worked well as a substitute because the fiber contents were essentially the same as the called for yarn, and the color variation in the hand dyed and tweedy yarns, was acceptable or even desirable.



I also substituted Knit Picks Shine Worsted for the Berroco Touche in the Alexander Romper. The gauge listed on the ball bands was pretty much the same (there’s a range on the Shine) and the fiber content of cotton and modal was almost identical.


I however would not substitute the Shine Worsted in for the Lamb’s Pride in the Chinese sweater even though they have the same gauge because the different fiber contents act in a very different manner.

General rules for substitution using this corollary:

  1. Compare the gauge on the ball bands. Do not use the pattern gauge!
  2. Compare the fiber makeup.
  3. Compare the construction.
  4. Compare the colors. Solid vs. variegated.

I’m working up some samples to demonstrate these rules for a future post

September 7, 2007 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

It’s alive!!

Griffin Yarns is now open!! We are taking reservations for our sock of the month club. Come by and take a look. If there are any European yarns you are having trouble finding in the US let us know and we will try to find it. There will always be a link in my sidebar.

September 2, 2007 at 10:45 pm Leave a comment


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