Knit-Strology; Or, Extrapolations Based on General and Specific Nonsense – Scorpio

Once every month, I’ll be re-posting from the old blog all the Knitstrology posts

This one was originally posted on January 23, 2012.

Sketching a Personality; Or, How I Have fun with Knitting and Astrology

Scorpio: The Scorpion Photobucket
October 23 – November 21

Greetings, Scorpios.

You’re great knitters for your determination. You’ll finish any project you set your mind to. You have almost limitless energy which you generally harness constructively. That’s where your productivity as a knitting comes in. You’ve got plenty of finished garments, and you’re very proud of each and every one.

Scorpios work very well on their own, and are quite happy being in their own company. You may be the type of knitter who knits with others, but you’re more likely to not.

If you do have knitting pals, they are all inspired by your passion for knitting. Your resourcefulness, keen observance and intelligence comes in handy in many-a-situation. Someone’s lost their stitch markers? (and there’s no perpetually-prepared Virgos at the table to lend one?) Well, the Scorpio can MacGuyver something very impressive in no time.

When a Scorpio gifts a knit, they are very, very good gift givers. Your probing insight allows you to determine the best kind of gift for any one person; what garment, colour, yarn, will please them the most.

On the darker side, you might be a bit suspicious or jealous of others. You’d never bring a new pattern you’re designing to knit night. Someone else might steal your idea!

The yarn you’re likely to choose will be whatever is most suited to your current project. You wouldn’t be the knitter who foolishly chose 100% bulky alpaca for a winter beret. Not you! You’d have done your research and known that something thick, with no elasticity, as lovely as it is, is not suited for a garment that’s going to be worn in precipitation and needs to be fitted.

Scorpio rules the genitals. What should I recommend that you knit? I think I’ll stick to the high road and say… socks.
Strong, fiery colours or red and rust do well to make you happy! Pick up a skein or two in their colour family.

Want to knit your own personalized astrological sign pillow? Check out my “What’s Your Sign?” design!

What’s Your Sign?


Knit-Strology; Or, Extrapolations Based on General and Specific Nonsense – Scorpio

Knit-Strology; Or, Extrapolations Based on General and Specific Nonsense – Libra

Once every month, I’ll be re-posting from the old blog all the Knitstrology posts

This one was originally posted on January 21, 2012.

Sketching a Personality; Or, How I Have fun with Knitting and Astrology

Libra: The Scales Photobucket
September 23 – October 22

Oh, hi there Libra. Sorry, was just lost in your eyes for a minute there. You’re so damn charming! I blush 🙂

You’re probably one of those people who show up to every knit night. You love to be around people, and especially love to be in posh, lovely surroundings (make sure your knit night’s in a trendy new cafe for ultimate Libra pleasure!)

Your easy going, sociable nature makes you a much welcomed fixture at thesesame knit nights. Others appreciate the vibe you set out, making knitting in a group a great way to unwind after a busy day. You love beautiful things, and seeing all the gorgeousness of other people’s knitting is very pleasing. You’re the diplomat of the group, balancing out difference of opinion and finding a good, common way to maintain harmony. It’s true, people’s hackles can be raised if such a salacious remark as “continental is the only way to knit!” is spoke, but you’re very good at calming those treacherous waters.

You may think less of someone for buying (in your humble opinion) cheap, horrid and useless yarn. But my goodness, you’d certainly never say anything about it! You loathe confrontation, and keep your “sophisticated tastes” to yourself.

When it comes to projects, you like your sophisticated, pricey and luxurious yarn. Unfortunately, you don’t care for tedious, hard work, and will usually either work in very quick, simple projects or be a habitual starter and stopper of knits. Those quick projects are also a great choice for you, since you’re sometimes indecisive and changeable.
You’re artistic and talented, but might steer away from that intricate, 2,000-hours-of-work-shawl due to your underachieving tendencies.

Libra rules the kidneys – maybe a luxurious, comfy sweater is the thing to knit for you? (well, your kidneys are in your torso… come on! Work with me here people!)
Friday’s you’re lucky day to start projects.
You’ll be sure to make a Libra happy if you gift them some (expensive!) blue or green yarn.

Want to knit your own personalized astrological sign pillow? Check out my “What’s Your Sign?” design!

What’s Your Sign?


Knit-Strology; Or, Extrapolations Based on General and Specific Nonsense – Libra

Amie Mitts

This is a throwback post published on February 19, 2011.

on Ravelry.

PatternAmie Mitts
Yarn: Mini Mochi, two skeins (approx. 550 m total)
Needles: 2.5 mm dpns
Gauge: 8 sts and 10 rows = 1″ on 2.5 mm needles in stockinette
Sizes: one size
I really love these mitts. They were inspired by a gift from a good friend
(and here’s the original ones).

These mitts are a long-cuffed, lightweight, versatile accessory that will carry you through Autumn, Spring and Winter. They can be worn pulled up over your arms, or scrunched down around your wrists to keep the cold wind out of your cuffs.
(that’s how I usually wear them!)

I’ve gotten quite attached to my Amie mitts. They come out with me every day now (but, with the weather beginning to think about Spring, I fear their days are numbered!)

They’re wonderfully soft and light, but still give my hands the warmth they need.

Wear them with your friends in mind – I always do!


Amie Mitts

Knit-Strology; Or, Extrapolations Based on General and Specific Nonsense – Virgo

Once every month, I’ll be re-posting from the old blog all the Knitstrology posts

This one was originally posted on January 19, 2012.

Sketching a Personality; Or, How I Have fun with Knitting and Astrology

Virgo: The Virgin Photobucket
August 23 – September 23

Bonjour, my fellow Virgos! I’m keen to intellectually penetrate and critique our shared personality strengths and defects (haha, look what I did there! I like, totally proved I’m a Virgo in the first sentence. I’m just so damn clever!)

Virgos are precise, analytical and are often labeled perfectionist. You’ve got the most perfectest knit garments on the block! You certainly wouldn’t be the type of person who, upon noticing a mis-crossed cable back near the beginning of your sweater, would just plod on and sport that handknit, shameful, glaring error and all! No! You’d frog, my friend. You’d frog.

You might have the most perfectest knit garments on the block, but you’re shy and modest about it if people compliment you. You worry that perhaps it’s not as perfect as it could be, you could certainly have made those stitches more even and done a much better blocking job.

It might have taken you a while to get comfortable with the new knit group you joined, but you’ve settled in well and are much appreciated for your dependability and helpfulness. Someone’s messed up their lace pattern. Emergency! Hand it to the Virgo, who is certain to have the patience and analytical skills to work backwards through your piece and discover the root of the problem.

Industrious and efficient, Virgos might find themselves to be the knitter who shows up to knit night one week to cast on for a sweater, and two weeks later is in the process of sewing up all the seams. You manage your time well!

And the yarn you’re knitting with betrays your practicality and love of all things natural. You’re drawn towards that environmentally-friendly eco wool; it would be perfect for the timeless, classy cardigan you’ve been raring to knit for yourself.

Virgo rules (rather unfortunately) the bowels and guts and icky stuff. That’s not particularly helpful when it comes to knitting garments, but Virgos love a good practical knit, so anything useful is a winner in their books!
Start projects on Wednesday – it’s lucky for Virgos (though you’re likely to always have some project on the go – you’re uncomfortable if you’re not constantly working!)
Colours for Virgo are like their personality; subdued and unassuming. Pick up a classy grey, beige or solid navy blue to make your Virgo smile!

Want to knit your own personalized astrological sign pillow? Check out my “What’s Your Sign?” design!

What’s Your Sign?


Knit-Strology; Or, Extrapolations Based on General and Specific Nonsense – Virgo

The Chicken, the Bustle and Me

This is a throwback post published on May 31, 2011.

My local museum’s olde-timey dress up day is fast becoming an annual event for me!
Remember that dress I referenced back in this here posty?
The day for the gown has come and gone, and it was a fantastic one!

Here’s photographic evidence of the fun:
First of all, chickens. Very friendly chickens, very chill too. I made friends with both of them. You’ll see in a pic below 🙂

Here we have Tic Tac the mixed breed sheep. Born in February, this babe was sweet and very single-minded. It was all about grass (and somewhat about my knitting basket!)

Here be me and Spot the chicken. She was so relaxed that, as you may be able to see, she fell asleep on my lap. I also had a bit of fun playing with the photo editor!

And here’s the final product! What you can’t see are all the pins I have holding the jacket in (with my minimal sewing experience, I didn’t realize the pattern was about 2″ too big for me!), nor can you see the craptastic hemming job I did along the bottom edge of the skirt.
I am rather happy with the (21!!!) buttons on the jacket. As was Spot, incidentally. She had a great time pecking away at them.

Now that the major sewing project has been completed, I’m hoping to be able to share with you some of the loads of knitting I’ve been working on!

The Chicken, the Bustle and Me

Holla Knits Warm Weather Accessories Blog Tour

This is a throwback post published on May 28, 2015.



I’m going to take you back for a minute. Take you back in my magical DeLorean, zooming away with your kick ass 90s threads on. We’re travelling back to those days where your pants had stirrups, your Walkman always had charged batteries, and your heart went a-pitter-patter at the sight of the newest issue of Seventeen (or 16, or Teen Beat, etc…)

You’d flip through the mag, going from those confessional-like advice letters through the ads and the ads and the ads. You’d be dog-earring some of the coolest stuff, and when you hit that QUIZ the world stopped, you grabbed a pencil and paper, and went on a fantastical, fun journey of meaningful self discovery.

Incidentally, if you’re not jivving with this description, fear not. I may be speaking to my fellow GenY/Millenials and you younger GenXers, but I’m sure all of you can get down with the super fun idea of a knitting quiz.

Yes! I had the immense pleasure of writing up a quiz for the newest issue of Holla Knits. And the title? Oooo, you’re gonna love this one:

What’s Your Knitting Spirit Animal?

YES! Oh man, the funs I had writing this one.
This quiz is jam packed with thoughtful, delving questions such as

You’re knitting in public; a stranger asks you “why are you knitting? Knitting is for grandmas”. You…


Your knitting is frustrating you. How do you handle this situation?

There are nine questions, each designed to get at the heart of your knitting personality and bestow upon you the great knowledge of your knitting spirit animal.

I’m a RAVEN. What are you?

Want to take the quiz? Just grab the latest issue of Holla Knits!

Incidentally, it’s full of fanTAStic patterns to fill out your warm weather accessories wardrobe. So get it. It rules.

Follow the rest of the blog tour!

May 26: Doog Knits
May 28: Canary Knits
Holla Knits Warm Weather Accessories Blog Tour

Standing on a Stump

This is a throwback post published on August 27, 2008.

I’m not usually one for revealing stuffs about myself, but you’ll have to bear with me, as hours of scanning family photographs (both figuratively with mine eyes and literally with a scanner) have left me feeling a tad reflective.
Here you see me, as an obnoxiously-wee one, standing on a stump in front of my grandfather’s farmhouse.
His farm was always a great place to explore (exploration, of course, being modus operandi for curious little ones).
He was quite an inventor, and made very many things himself.
My dad is the same way (see example here), and it appears that the trait has been passed through the genes to me (though I’d put my vote in for nurture, rather than nature). Not that I’m an inventor! I wouldn’t dare dream. But the “making” impulse is one of the connections that I never saw until I was far away from it.
My “making” has always been of a different sort than my patrilineal predecessors. I don’t believe they ever made anything that was wearable. Mostly stuck to the usable, drivable and function-able.
As I may have mentioned before, I learned to knit (almost) entirely from books. The one exception was the day I decided to learn, and asked my mom to teach me to cast on and knit. She learned from her aunt, who learned in school, as she was a professional knitter and seamstress back in the day in Portugal. (So, I knit Continental, not English).
So, that’s my knitting-lineage.
While I don’t imagine that I’d make a fantabulous teacher, I do hope that someday I can expand upon that little link there and give the happiness of a new craft and pastime to someone else.
I’ve never traced back my family tree, and have never really been too interested in doing so (mostly, I suppose, because I can’t. I’m a first-gen Canadian, and anything that came before me is likely lost to the proverbial mists of time on scant scraps of paper in some puny village on the Acores or under a grand pile of mouldy banker’s boxes on the mainland).
I think I’d rather place importance on a tree that was based on skill rather than birth.
A mertitocrical-tree! How very Napoleonic of me.
So there’s me, standing on a stump in my childhood happy place.
Blonde and everything (where the hell did that come from?!)

Standing on a Stump