knitxcore.: May 2011

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

camera drama.

The pictures for the next two posts are stuck inside of my camera!!! I don't know if it's the battery or the USB cable, but something is going on. I'll try to fix it in the morning.

Have a beautiful night!

Monday, May 30, 2011

PMV: The Honey Trees

the honey trees

I'm really terrible at watching movies. It's almost sad, really. Every time someone starts discussing cinema, I look at the floor (or go get a coffee, or count the ceiling tiles, or become really interested in the state of my fingernails). It's not that I dislike movies, there just doesn't ever seem to be enough time to sit around for 2-3 hours.

That being said, I am always "out-of-the-loop" as far as watching movies is concerned. After discussing how I had never seen "Breakfast at Tiffany's", a co-worker loaned me their copy. It took me more than a month to find a pocket of time to sit down and watch it.

AMAZING. I never cried so much while watching a film.

This song rings around in the back of my head at all times now. I keep searching YouTube for covers of "Moon River" and The Honey Trees and Morrissey may share the title for "Most Heart Wrenching Cover of Moon River That I Have Ever Found on Youtube and Listened to Repeatedly". That's not too big for a nice beauty-queen style sash, is it?

Friday, May 27, 2011

the martha list.

the martha list

I have been exceptionally lazy this week and have not properly cared for my Pinterest boards, so there is no Vocabulary Lesson. Instead, I've decided to share a daily inspiration list from my magic little notebook.

Every night before bed, I watch an episode of the Martha Stewart Show (gotta love the DVR!). As I'm falling asleep, I scribble down craft ideas or recipes that I want to try. I also keep an impeccable inspiration + source list in OneNote.

As I started to fall asleep on Monday night Dave suggested that we make rock candy. I have only made rock candy once in my life, and I failed miserably. I checked the refrigerator every 20 minutes, and all I ended up with was a big glass of sugar water. Here's to second chances!

Cucumber + Hondeydew Juice sounds amazing! Our juicer has been getting dusty, and I think this maybe the perfect juice to get things back in order. It sounds so refreshing!!!!!
Does anyone have any good juicer recipes? I've really only juiced apples and kale; it's time to branch out.

I saw Mint Chocolate chip cookies on a blog, and can't wait to try them!!!! The recipes seems easy enough. I am usually threatened by baking just about anything, but these seems reasonable.

How do you organize all of your own crafty plans?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

first day of school (sort of).

first day of summer session

Today was the first day of "Interpersonal Communication" class. I just found out that I need to complete 2 courses this summer so that I can graduate in the Fall/Winter. It's not sooo bad,
I get to wake up at 8am and chug terrible cafeteria coffee. I would bring my own but, I have a tendency to "misplace" travel mugs. Last Fall, I lost three (and one of them was fancy). I left them in classes, in hallways, and I may have even threw one out. It's far too much responsiblity for me. So, I have given up being a "travel-mug-guy".


After 3 hours of discussing body language, I sneaked into a classroom to these this pictures. I walked by it twice to make sure no one was in there. I don't know why I was concerned; I do pay to go there. It shouldn't be a big deal if I use a little chalk for a photo op.

science hallway

Coming Up:
-Acrylic Stash Busting Ideas
-A Photoshop Tutorial
-A Woodland Wreath
...and so much more!!!!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

PMV: Sia

Sia and I have had a lukewarm relationship. I first saw her on Meet me At Mikes blog (Pip and I have similar tastes in music), and I wasn't impressed. I thought that she had a clever "avatar" but I was trying not to subscribe to her "gimmicks".

Last week at work, we found a copy of her album, "We Are Born". I turned up my nose and said some sort of passive insult. However, later in the day a song came on and I rushed to the stereo to see who it was.

Of course, this is the part where I tell you that it was in fact the same "Sia" that I had thought I hated. I read her bio, and it got worse.

I feel terrible. I am the worst kind of person.

I am baking cookies tonight, and mailing them to Australia in the morning. I hope she accepts my apology.

See for yourself:

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Vocabulary Lesson: "Ensemble".

This week's vocabulary lesson is inspired by the 1992 movie, "Buffy The Vampire Slayer". Long before Sarah Michelle Gellar scored a sweet weekly with her band of minions; Kristy Swanson was doing back flips in the valley. I couldn't find a suitable video clip of the scene in question, so I've painstakingly copy/pasted a portion the script:

"A stranger, walking the other way, bumps into Buffy,
doesn't stop. A man of about fifty, he is dressed
shabbily, in a wrinkled black suit and a black shirt.
He somewhat resembles a priest.

BUFFY:(continuing) Excuse much! Not rude or anything.
KIMBERLY:(calling back)Nice ensemble!
NICOLE: What a homeless.

The girls continue walking. The man stops, turns to stare
after them. His look is intense, slightly worried, his face
somewhat haggard. Intelligence shines through his eyes.
He holds himself stiffly, arms close to him, almost as if he
expected something to strike at him."

I was ten years old when I first heard the word "ensemble" and I still use it
regularly. So, thanks Joss Whedon!


Ensemble: [ahn-sahm-buhl]

noun, French origin (1740-50).

The entire costume of an individual,

especially when all the parts are

in harmony.


thunder bag copy

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

some days are better than others.

sometimes, i type the way that i feel into google.
i wonder if people have felt/are feeling the same.

some days, i find minor consolation.
other days, i find a product i can't live without.

today, i found this:

"some days are better than others" by matt mccormick.

"The film explores ideas of abundance, emptiness, human connection and abandonment while observing an interweaving web of awkward characters that maintain hope by inventing their own forms of communication and self-fulfillment. "

Sunday, May 15, 2011

PMV: Beck.


Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell; July 8, 1970)[5] is an American musician, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, known by the stage name Beck. With a pop art collage of musical styles, oblique and ironic lyrics, and postmodern arrangements incorporating samples, drum machines, live instrumentation and sound effects, Beck has been hailed by critics throughout his musical career as being amongst the most creative and idiosyncratic musicians of 1990s and 2000s alternative rock.

The four-time platinum artist rose to underground popularity with his early works, which combined social criticism (as in "MTV Makes Me Want to Smoke Crack" and "Deep Fried Love") with musical and lyrical experimentation. He first earned wider public attention for his breakthrough single "Loser", a 1994 hit.


Friday, May 13, 2011

Vocabulary Lesson: "Flocculence"


"Flocculence" means having a fluffy or wooly appearance, and is usually associated with the color white.

I have been collecting "flocculent" images for you all week. My Pinterest board is insane!!!
I really can't stop pinning fluffy clouds, or cozy looking beds.

Symbolically, a cloud could be a prelude to an important revelation; while white represents purity, innocence, or even enlightenment. So, the term "flocculence" is really loaded; it's suggesting both a revelation and enlightenment. Try to approach this weeks "Vocabulary Lesson" with these things in mind.

There is definitely something magical about this collection of things.
I love this little guy! I thought about trying to make some spun cotton ornaments myself, but for now, I'll leave it to the professionals...

I don't think I have the patience to work on such intricate lace, but this photo is so inspiring!

I can't even believe this is real! I am blown away by the talent of this etsy seller!

4. bulky knit throw (source unknown)
SOOOOOOOOOOOO squishy!!!!!

There's nothing I love more than a single-ply worsted weight yarn!
I confess . I may have a tiny craftercrush on Crystal. I saw her on Martha a few weeks ago, and I can't stop thinking about her work.

Be sure to use this word "flocculent" in conversation today!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

o sailor!: a work in progress.

o sailor!; a work in progress.

i'm moving along on the kenneth mcneil cardigan.
by moving along, i mean i knit for two hours every tuesday on it.
i'm exactly halfway to the armpit.

last night, i was working on it; just a little bit while we watched "king of the hill".
something fell in the kitchen; a regular occurrence when you have a kitten.
i jumped up and ran in to make sure she was alright. she was fine.
however, the needle slipped out of the sweater when i tossed it aside.
i was up till 1:00; picking up stitches with a tapestry needle. i was seeing double by the time i went to bed.

oh well.
these things happen.

Sunday, May 08, 2011


"PostModern MTV was a nightly program in the late 1980s and very early '90s on MTV, originally hosted by Kevin Seal and later by Dave Kendall featuring such pre-grunge "alternative" artists as The Cure, Depeche Mode, Siouxsie and The Banshees, and Love and Rockets." -wikipedia

i'd like to try to resurrect that spirit with a weekly blog feature on mondays called "pmv"; exploring the bands listed above and their peers.

if you have any suggestions for videos that would like see featured, leave them below in the comments section. i'll dig around in the annals of the internet to appease each of you.

i have chosen sonic youth's "kool thing" to help pioneer this journey into sound.


Saturday, May 07, 2011

Guest Feature #1: Poncho Peligroso.


i'm more than proud to present my very first guest feature; a poem about horses by poncho peligroso.

"rocking horse" by flickr user cadoux


(this is assembled from google search results and @horse_ebooks twitter accounts )

Show your horse the Internet. What have you done

Horses for sale

Horses for sale in Ohio

Horses for sale in texas

Horses for sale near your home

Horses for sale low cost

Horses for sale cheap

Horses for free

Horses freed to good homes

Horses and high heels

Horses and hooves

Horses and hounds

Horses and hope

Horses and glue

How horses communicate with humans

How horses came to North America

How horses care for their young

How horses can hurt people

How horses can help people

How horses can be killed

Horses around the world

How horses are euthanized

How horses are slaughtered

How many horses are in the wild

How many horses are left in the world

How many horses can you see?

Horses care

Horses can't fly

Horses can't vomit

Horses can't lie down

Horses cantering merrily

Horses are terrible people

Horses are bad people

Horses are stupid

Horses think

Horses love

Horses die

Horses are like potato chips

Horses are better than cars

Horses are better than boys

Horses are like chocolate

Horses are livestock

Horses are beautiful

Horses are pretty

Horses enemies

Horses hate

Horses in dreams

Horses undead nightmare

Punish your horse. Click

for more details Horse discipline and you

Horse Tax. Best Horse Training

Down this majestic animal with

a single shot every time Click here for details

Patented method for shooting a horse

Impress Onlookers. Don't hold back.

Pinch that horse. Really pinch


This never fails to impress onlookers

Demolish a horse with your furious kicks

Murder an animal using only the power of your body. Learn


It’s impossible for a horse to really die

For instance, you ll see a surprising way to heal a cut or

Rendering your horse immune to poisons

Hi, my truth is not my truth is

This book shows how I do

I was not


2011 Poet Laureate

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Thursday, May 05, 2011

friday faves is back!!!


"American Fairy Tales" by L. Frank Baum

To be honest, I've only read the first story. However, I already love this book. I mean I should have expected it to be amazing, he did write "The Wizard of Oz".

The first story, "The box of Robbers", had it all; Italian bandits, a dusty attic and a smart little girl named Martha. You can read it online for free HERE.


Bright Eyes - "Shell Games"

Dear Conor Oberst,
I'll never stop loving you. Ever.


"make it yourself" (vintage craft book) from etsy seller clubhousebooks

i've been trying not to buy any *new* craft books, so vintage doesn't count, right? who could resist a cover like that?

Wednesday, May 04, 2011



i can't believe it's been over a month since i've blogged last.
time just escapes me every now and then.

since last month, i have knitted a sock (just one) and destroyed the kitchener on the toe; and i have started the back of the sweater some of you had voted on.
i folded shirts for 160 hours, finished 23 pounds of homework, and washed my hair twice.
i have finished two jars of green olives and have drank at least 10 gallons of coffee.
i planted a white and green garden next to my front door.

i finished a mohair tube scarf that took nearly an entire year to knit.


ΔΔΔfull disclosureΔΔΔ

Source: "Alterknits" by Leigh Radford
Materials: three discontinued balls of rowan kidsilk haze and a vintage bedsheet from montgomery ward.

Time: FOREVER. it seemed like 600 years.

Loved: the FO.

Hated: -the join on addi natura's; switched to addi turbo's.
-knitting with mohair in general; how do you get so much "halo" in your mouth?