knitxcore.: I'm Crazy for the Hogs!

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

I'm Crazy for the Hogs!

Hedgehog and Lumberjack's Vanishing Oatmeal Raisan Cookies

I can't stop making hedgehogs! It's time for an intervention I think.

Pattern Particulars

Needles: Clover Takumi Size US 10.5

Yarn: Lamb's Pride Worsted in Wild Oak and some weird cotton I had in my stash.

Time: Approx. 2 hours (most of it was spent pulling through loops of yarn for hair)

Loved: How quickly the yarn felted and the new animal eyes I bought at JoAnn's.

Hated: nothing.

I ran into JoAnn's tonight to pick up a few things I needed to continue working on Dave's Valentines gift. In addition to what I needed, I found official looking eyes for my hedgehog and future sock monkeys. I also picked up the new addition of ADORN. There is a lot of cute stuff in this one. Shrinky Dink Jewelry and ruffled flowers made from grosgrain ribbon are my to do list. There is also a pretty exciting contest from the people @ Velcro. All you have to do is use their *new* Fabric Fusion Iron-On velcro in a project and you could win $500, a Rowenta Professional Focus Iron and a 1-year subscription to ADORN. I'm kind of excited and I want to send something in.

Our dinner tonight was the biggest fluke ever!!! I was making an easy-peasy recipe I've made a few times and I only changed one thing. It was a baked chicken and rice dish, and we only had black rice in the house. We bought it one day because it looked exciting. IT WAS NOT EXCITING! It turned into a strange gelatinous sludge in the casserole dish and it had a very strange flavor. In order to make up for my kitchen blunder, I made Lumberjack's Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from "I Like You" by Amy Sedaris. They are so tasty even my new hedgehog treid to steal a few. When I first got this book I thought that the recipes were jokes. I've tried three or four and all of them have been AMAZING! Amy Sedaris is a goddess!

I wanted to take a second and talk about something important. I'm not sure if you guys know what the AIDS Lifecycle is or how you could do anything to help. Here is the info from the website: "(It) will take place June 3-9, 2007, as cyclists and volunteers will travel 545 miles through beautiful California from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
(It) is the official cycling event of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.
(It) is about HIV/AIDS and raising money to help the beneficiaries continue to provide the critical services and education needed to meet the growing needs of our community.

(It) increases awareness and knowledge about HIV/AIDS among participants, their donors and the general public,addresses the widespread misperception that HIV and AIDS are no longer a problem -- in fact more people are living with HIV & AIDS today than ever before, which means a much greater need for services....

(It) provides a reminder that the rate of HIV infection is increasing, particularly in communities of color and in individuals under the age of 25. In California alone there are more than 55,000 people living with AIDS, and another 125,000 living with HIV, many unaware of their infection....

(It) requires each cyclist to raise a minimum of $2,500. Each cyclist is assigned to a personal "Cycle Buddy" for assistance with training, fundraising, and emotional & practical support from the moment they register through the event's completion."

The last part is the one I would like to address with you all. One of my dear blog friends will be participating in this ride and they need help from our blogging community. I'm not asking for a miracle, or for someone to donate a zillion dollars. I know we all need yarn money.

Ms. Brooklynne Michelle is the AMAZING host of "The Mosh Knit", my absolute favorite knitting podcast. She has been knitting for almost 12 years and always has great advice on new yarns, patterns and music. A lot of people listen to her podcast but, unfortunately she has only raised $175! The money she raises will still be donated to AIDS research but, I'd really like to see her go all the way and make a huge difference, and to do that she needs our help. You can donate, check out her progress or stop by and offer her support @ The Punk Pedaler.

I'm sleepy and I think this qualifies as my longest post ever! So, Goodnight! Don't let the bedbugs bite! Sweet Dreams!


Mandi said...

You can never have too many hedgehogs!

sko_G knits said...

i think this is my favorite of the hedgehogs. he is slightly CRAAAAZY lookin' with those eyes and that hair!! maybe it was the restraint he was trying to use in front of those cookies...

daverichards said...

Hey this is really cool...thanks for sharing it with us...and a great job keep up the good work...well hey i'd also like you to visit my blog sometime for some really cool resources that i've posted there!!!

Dave said...

Very cute, and I love those eyes!

Charles said...

Iam selling my stitch marker to help Mosh knit !!! Visit my blog!!

Little guys~~ Hedgehogs is so cute!!

lupinbunny said...

the black rice.
it's not for savouries.

japanese use it to make the yummiest dessert.
boil it like normal rice, but use coconut milk instead of water to boil it in.
chill, stick it in a bowl, pour a little more coconut milk over, and top with sliced mango.

*drools a little*

pinsandneedles said...

mmmm... that rice recipe from lumpinbunny for black rice dessert sounds yummy. Don't worry about dinner blunders. You live and you learn.

Hedgehogs are so cute!

It was very nice of you to post about the AIDS lifecycle. I with that speech, I had to donate money. Especially if its a knitter trying to do good.

Obsidian Kitten said...

daaaaam you and your hedgehogs!!!!

i actually shrieked out loud at this one.

i wanna cookie now, too

gawd, he has THE CUTEST friggin face...

Brooklynne Michelle said...

You really rocked my boat with this post first the amazing cute ADORABLE hedgehog(you should really make me one) and then this touching part about my lifecycle ride thank you!!!!


Star said...

hedgehog love. Those eyes and hair - very very wonderfully cute!

Maria said...


I was searching the internet for some knitting patterns and have been DIEING to make that hedgehog...but it turns out I'm poor and would love to not spend $10 to get a pattern. Would you be horribly against sharing that pattern with me? pretty please.

~Maria, a fellow knitter...