pit stop

Being a weird local
Well, sometimes you're walking right past the Liberty Bell to get to the nearest metro station. I'm not sure if anything besides the urge to do something pointless drove me into the building, but I just walked in, took one selfie, and then loudly giggled the whole way out of the building to continue on my walk to the metro. I didn't even look at the bell. It's broken anyways! It's not even broken for some good or interesting reason, it was just made shitty. Seriously, look it up it's ridiculous.

I like being a local here, WE HAVE MORE FUN DAMNIT.


stash, be my bitch! baby sweater victory.

Bug warmer This project feels like it barely counts as something I made because of how accidental the whole process of its creation was. Just scrolling through my friends page on ravelry I saw the pattern, looked at the yarn requirements, walked downstairs to my stash and nabbed some leftovers to make it with and then cast it on within 20 minutes. It worked up so fast it was practically done before I even realized it. Four days of barely working on it! Baby clothes are great for that sort of thing. I guess that's what happens when you have a momentarily empty yarn bowl and a fairly extensive stash.

The idea of a short sleeved sweater seemed pretty smart to me because then maybe it will stay out of the way of drool a little longer? I don't know, maybe babies are messier than that… I guess we'll find out. It seems like a good layering piece and it took like five damn seconds to make and zero dollars of new supplies so it's a win win. Something from nothing! My fave. Plus it's not really ugly so there's that, too.

Bug Warmer by Tiaga Hillard Designs
Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky in Holi Festival Bug warmer


blanket: done AF

Mosaic blanket Just to start, no longer going to title posts "dirty doz" because like 90% of what I post about is things I am making or have made so it's kind of redundant at this point. However I'll still be tagging posts with it so they can be searched by year and craft.

Anyways, finished this dude a few weeks back, although I wasn't really sure how to take pics of it. I'm into it! It was meant to be a bit smaller, but with blankets I'm assuming bigger will be better in the end anyways right? I can't use it for what it was originally intended for but it's a blanket, it will get use either way I'm sure.

Really easy knit, super cushy end product, fun to look at. Win!

Mosaic Blanket by Purl Soho
Malabrigo Chunky Merino in Tiger Lily and Jacinto Mosaic blanket



So, big news… we bought a house! Right after we stopped looking for the season, Uzo begged for a walk and I saw the sign on this beaut right across from the park and community garden the day it went up! Every time Db or I see a new for sale sign go up in our neighborhood we take note and look it up together because it's fun to see inside all the local houses and even more fun to laugh at how absurd the prices are around here. Like $799k for a totally run down fixer upper? 1.25m for an ugly as hell and poorly laid out new condo? HA. So yeah, usually it's just entertainment.

Well not this time! This time when we looked it up not only was it a lot less expensive than most other homes in our area, but it has a big yard, the inside is actually done mostly nice and doesn't need very much major work, and the location is IDEAL. Like what? Then, by chance yet again, Uzo wanted another walk and it happened to be during the open house for it that weekend (mere hours after looking it up on Zillow) and I practically dragged Db inside to investigate. Good fucking call, because now we have a house! The whole situation kind of reminds me of how I convinced Db to get Uzo. Like there's no right time for this, but HE'S THE ONE! He chose us, and now he chose our damn house too. Smart dog went and got himself a yard.

It rules. We love it. So thanks to Uzo's very well timed walk begging, all of us get to live in a totally rad little home in the city. So excited to make it ours :)


dirty doz: one day baby hat

Rad beanie for Switchblade!Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails- Neon Peach- Antler- Button Jar Blue- Edison Bulb Baby hats.

They're those things that you will get endlessly scolded for not putting on your baby, can be made with little to no material/time and for whatever reason THERE ARE NO PATTERNS FOR PLAIN OLD RIBBED ONES. I'm all about knitting bunny ears onto things and other ridiculously pointless endeavors but how can there possibly be a dearth of plain ribbed fingering weight baby hat patterns when there are literally thousands of baby hat patterns on ravelry? It's like most knitters seem to have a stash of rudely small balls of sock yarn leftovers from tons of projects and knitting something small with them would be the perfect way to accomplish many things knitters tend to value; stash busting, making space for more yarn, saving money to spend on more yarn, the general feeling of industriousness and self satisfaction that comes from making something useful from seemingly nothing. Baby hats seem a natural solution.

So here is my super rad, hi viz, color block baby beanie!

I wrote a pattern for a very cute, very plain, very easy and very leftover fingering weight friendly baby hat. It knit up in one day and will supposedly fit from newborn to about 5 months based on average baby head measurements (thank you google!). The stretchiness of 1x1 ribbing and the fold over brim being able to be adjusted will make it an easy one to grow with babe's rapidly growing head rather than knitting multiple hats. Another fun part? If you're not into using leftovers or don't have any, it's absolutely perfect for using four Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails which are inexpensive, come in really fun colors and are very soft aka baby approved. I used the ones I had leftover from this sweater. Also, double stranding is cool, I'd never done it before! Db likes how it came out so much he asked me to knit him one just like it. :) That's how you know something has turned out good!

Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails in Neon Peach, Antler, Button Jar Blue and Edison Bulb
Rad beanie for Switchblade!Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails- Neon Peach- Antler- Button Jar Blue- Edison Bulb And a progress shot just because I think the pic came out so nice. Rad beanie for Switchblade!Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails- Neon Peach- Antler- Button Jar Blue- Edison Bulb


dirty doz: something sewn (with a pompom for good measure)

Wool bonnet Right when I decide I'm no sewer, I sew something.

I'm going to be totally honest about this one, I discovered a brand of bonnets on my instagram popular page, fell in love, then did my best to recreate it. When I saw it I was like, I can make that! I have more fabric stash and time than bonnet money and went on the hunt for a pattern. Lo and behold, Purl Bee had a free pdf template for a sunbonnet. So with some printing, stash digging and the mandatory heavy modifications I always seem to make this bonnet was born. Cost? $0. The lining is scraps of my favorite fabric ever Mum Toss by Martha Negley, which I ration almost to a fault, the outer is an undyed wool from Dorr Woolen Mills and the pompom was leftovers from a cowl I made for a friend. Not sure how practical a huge pompom on a baby's head will be but it'll be easy enough to cut off if it's really in the way. It's just so damn cute I couldn't help myself. I was vacillating between this size pom and the size smaller and was like "Fuck it!!! Babies are supposed to look ridiculous!"

This was an incredibly easy project. I knocked it out in one afternoon, even with all the winging it and making bias tape freehand. I just hope it fits!

And to give credit where credit is due, if you simply must have a super cute bonnet like this but can't sew (or just don't want to), the company that makes the inspiring bonnet is Briar Handmade. I'm seriously considering nabbing one of the Winter Floral ones because it is so unbelievably adorable.

Sewing isn't that bad!


dirty doz: almost black legwarmers

Some cloudy day legwarmersMadelinetosh sport - Duchess
Finished these SO FAST. However actually taking pics of them? Not the easiest thing to remember. I love this pattern, love love love. Currently sitting a mere three feet from me under the couch is a skein of Neon Peach waiting to be turned into yet another pair. Whatevs guys, I'm going to have a cozy winter.

Some Cloudy Day by Tiny Owl Knits
Madelinetosh Sport in Duchess
Some cloudy day legwarmersMadelinetosh sport - Duchess


dirty doz: *not quite as ugly as intended* baby sweater

fair isle cardi So I learned how to do Fair Isle correctly so that's cool.

I was just scoping baby sweater patterns using fingering weight to try and eat up some stash and stumbled upon this pattern by Purl Soho. It seemed like the perfect way to use some long forgotten leftovers from my Lauren cardigan aka: the single project that got me into knitting for real. Plus I could throw a few Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails in there for added color excitement? YUP. Db and I went online and chose the most garish colors we could and this sweater was born. It only took a little over a week to knit up (hell yeah for babies being small!) and I'm really into how it turned out even though it's not nearly as clashy and hideous as I was anticipating. It's still cute! I'm considering a matching hat or bonnet but so far haven't found the right pattern.

The pattern for the sweater however…

Did not like.

I'm not usually such a hater on patterns but this was just too annoying to work on to not mention it. The way the sleeves are attached? Super strange. It's knit from the bottom up which was surprising to me also. Overall, I like how it turned out but didn't like actually making it all that much. Just being honest. Not many other people mentioned this in their Ravelry notes though so maybe it's just me. However, when I buy a pattern from the place that has the best online technique tutorials out there AND it's costs $8 for a pdf… I expect it to be less nebulous than this pattern is.

Anyways, overall success! Can't wait to put it on an actual human baby, I'm sure it'll be endlessly cuter that way!

Baby Girl Fair Isle Cardigan by Purl Soho
Louet Gems Fingering in Goldenrod
Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails in Neon Peach, Button Jar Blue, Edison Bulb and Antlerfair isle cardi fair isle cardi
This last one is how I felt about knitting the damn thing. What. A. Mess.
Sweater from hell


dirty doz: i might like this pattern too much

Almost black leggies
Yeah yeah yeah, I've now knit these Some Cloudy Day legwarmers FOUR times and have another skein on deck for a fifth time. WHATEVS. England ruined most of my clothes (or should I say the "washing machine", aka clothes ruiner, we had in England did it) and I'm attempting to replace what I can with handmade versions and everything else with American made. You know, the usual. This pattern is tried and true and knits up so damn fast, perfect instant gratification to throw in there with the blanket that I currently have on the needles and the end bit of a shawl that seems to go on forever. The outer edges of shawls are murder, it's like a whole episode of something for one back and forth at this point and it is killing me. It's not just me right? Knitting a bit everyday and not finishing anything for a month and a half sucks some of the fun out of the whole endeavor. So, these.

I have an undying love for legwarmers and my low-qual, store bought black acrylic ones having shit the bed are now being replaced with these lovely wool almost black ones. The color is Duchess by Madelinetosh, it turned out a little less black than anticipated but it's still close enough to neutral for me. Legwarmers are the unsung heros of my wardrobe. They are so great for some extra warmth/extra color with boots and I love wearing them around the house to make my "catwoman outfit", which is basically black leggings, black tank top, black EVERYTHING, a little more fun. I don't wear color when I'm painting or dyeing, it's distracting. Plus you can't ruin black clothing with dye splashes and I'm never quite as neat as I want to be. And warm ankles? Never bad.

With a little luck these will be finished before this even posts. Bring it on fall! I am so ready!!!


labor day aftermath

Labor Day
Who doesn't love a long weekend? We did so much stuff it's hard to believe we can also throw "took two accidental naps" in there along with everything else. I love the summer, up in RI it was my absolute fave season, but I can't say I'll be mourning this one. Way too hot, I was basically trapped in my house the whole time with the central air on. I'm a windows open, sit outside person… after this summer fall can not come fast enough. Give me some jean jacket weather! A reason to drink some hot tea, maybe even wear pants in the house hahaha. The changing of seasons is always fun.

So Philly summer, peace the fuck out! You will find me outside wearing anything other than a sweat drenched black tank top. I hope you guys all had a sweet weekend full of adventure and mystery, I wonder the story this lovely chicken thigh we found outside our gate on Monday morning has to tell… 



Guys. Is this not the most absurd color/pattern combo ever? I am in LOVE with it! It looks like one of those horrendous, so tacky it's great late 60s crocheted blankets you see on interior decor websites as a passive item of interest in the corner THAT YOU CANNOT BUY. I knew the colors would be ridiculous when I chose them but damn, better than I imagined. That's just me though, I love loud.

This is a "gender neutral" baby blanket I decided to whip up. It was intended to be a little thing for the back of the car or in the stroller but I completely misfired and it's actually kind of huge. Whatever though, blankets are always useful no matter the size. I saw this pattern on Purl Bee and thought shit that's cool but I so dislike colorwork. I read the pattern anyhow and realized this is a different style of colorwork than I'd never heard of and decided what the hell! Why not give it a shot?!

It is SO EASY. Highly highly recommend. The person who invented this technique is Barbara G Walker and apparently she has a whole book of other pattern variations you can use this method for. So far so good, it's already eaten up 4 skeins of Malabrigo Chunky Merino and will be requiring 6 more. Stash busting!

The pattern is Mosaic Blanket and if you're contemplating color work or just want to try a different method just check out the vid in the post. Weirdly easy.



NH When I was younger my family used to go up to my Grandparents' cabin in the woods for a week once every summer. It was amazing, it's still my favorite place on Earth. Since I started working at 17 I haven't had the chance to do more than 3 days and although I've gotten to do tons of amazing things, a week in NH has been the white whale.

Well day dream of lazy reading on the porch no more! This year Db and I got our own week because you know, we're adults now (hahaha).

It kicked ass.

We didn't climb trees or play in the creek in the woods all day BUT WE DID get to play in a frosted donut shaped water tube and hang in a hammock by the lake all day. The weather was beyond perfect, especially compared to the annual Philly mid-summer sufferfest. It was almost like mother nature was saying "sorry guys" for raining on our wedding day, the majority of our camping trips and all our anniversaries so far. I'll take it!
Uzo got over his fear of water… mostly, and he swam every day like a champ. Just one week in the woods turned him into a mountain dog. His dirty little bandana gave him courage to do dumb shit and generally be more independent it would seem. It was super cute. He was even down with chillin' in the hammock!
IT WAS AWESOME. A far cry from our usual full throttle traveling escapades but equally as fun in totally different ways. Doing nothing is the best sometimes.

NH I love you.


knittannggggg! Jo's new cowl

My friend Jo from back home always has to have a warm cowl situation because "back home" is colder than "a witch's tit" as my Grandpa would say. Stupid winter. It's the least I can do, we ran around year round in tights when we'd go out so we appreciate some good wool wear. She shares her wine knowledge with me, I share my knit skills with her… I think I'm on the better end of this deal but I do what I can! Anyways, new year, new coat, new cowl.

This was my mindless knitting for when I could actually deal with knitting for a few rows. It's easy, I could put it down and never forget my place because the entire thing is the same and it's bulky so it looks like you're getting a lot done in very little time. Perfect project for when you suck at life. I felt so victorious when I finished it. Normally I can bang one of these out in a day or two and this one took me almost 3 months!!! I finally got around to taking pics of it a few weeks ago which was comically hard to remember to do. In my defense, who thinks about wearing wool accessories when it's 90ºF+ out?

Malabrigo Chunky Merino - Marine
Pattern my own


i'm back!

Untitled So this has been the longest I've gone without posting since I started doing this however many years ago. I missed it! Let's just be as vague as possible here, I was pretty unwell for a decent length of time and did nothing worth posting about anyways. No, not even knitting. I realized at one point I didn't remember the last time I'd even checked my email. It wasn't cute. I've seen probably every nature documentary on Netflix at this point so at least I got smarter! I'm better now and up to most of my old shit so it's all good.

I hope you have all had a rad summer so far!

* I left for a minute and Flickr got all weird. What are you guys using for image hosting these days?



Weekends never feel long enough do they? It's tuesday and I'm still wishing it was saturday. Waking up, watching Uzo take a sunbath, breakfast in bed. Damn.

Db and I have been traveling a lot on weekends for family stuff so having a chill weekend just for us was a really nice treat. Next weekend we're traveling again, and then again shortly thereafter. So much to do! Stretches like this are why people always tend to move back to their hometowns I imagine. So much driving, so little sleeping in your own bed. As for now I'll be holding onto this nice moment from a rare weekend at home and looking forward to when we get to have a few weekends like this in a row, especially because we're getting really good at weekend breakfasts!Untitled