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February 8, 2006

Reader Q & A ... or "Do you think this Email thing will catch on?"

In honor of finally being able to open my email, and also that I am going to tell you right now I am fully incapable of wading through 1500 pieces of email, some of it apparently from a guy who really wants me to enlarge a part of the body I do not even have, I decided to do some reader mail Q & A. In here you will find one knitted roadkill, two adorable cats, a dog, a lawsuit, several interesting knitting dilemmas and much overusage of commas. ( I do love to make a comma splice!)

It's Wednesday! Humpday! Hump wisely and well.


I have been working on knitting dog sweaters that are fast and easy. My Yorkie is my current model (see photo.) Once happy with the prototype, I can do them up in fun and fab yarns and donate to the Tucson Humane Society fundraiser. It gives me a chance to polish my pattern-making skills and help others. Everybody wins.

Anyhoo, I have a pattern from a book that is easy to make but it requires making two separate pieces and then seaming them together.

I would prefer to do it all in one piece -- much faster. I have a template sweater in the works on circular needles. The only part that stumps me is making ample room for the dog's front legs. It is no problem to bind off several stitches in a row to create an opening for each of the legs (lengthwise)... but I also want the leg openings to span several rows for some height. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!

Naples, Florida

Dear Pickette,
Hi! That dog is so darn cute you just want to eat him up!! I have no idea how to solve your knitting problem, but I know someone on these innernets will know. Ya'll help a Florida girl out, and I just want to dognap that puppy... too cute!!

Pickette's Puppy! [click on the picture for a bigger view]

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Rachel asks, "When you go to Paris will you take pictures of some strange French food for us?"

Dear Rachel,
HELL YEAH! I plan to show ya'll some snails crawling across a plate if I can figure out the video settings on my camera. Oooh la la!

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My name is Amanda and I have just started browsing through your blog in the past few weeks. I took up knitting around that time and somehow found your site. OH MY GOD, this shit is addicting!!! It is so fun. I actually prefer crocheting to regular knitting but I just bought a Knifty Knitter loom set and thought before I spent hours going through your site to see if you have ever used one, that I would just email you directly. I figured seeing that you know a fair amount about this addicting sport ( :) ) that you might have some info or know someone who has tried these things. I was looking for patterns online but sometimes it is nicer to just ask people directly. Also, if you know some really good sites for free patterns for stuff, I'd be interested in checking them out. It would be greatly appreciated.

Hi Amanda!!
Thanks for your patience and for re-sending the email. I really have technological issues, ya'll, also I am such a hermit and I really do have a hard time with correspondence. I will put that on my never-ending list of things to change about myself. Anyway! Less about my neuroses, more about your email!

I have not used a Knifty Knitter, but it sounds cool. If anyone here can help Amanda out, that would be awesome. And I agree, knitting is addictive!


REVISED TO ADD: Shannon from TechyGeekGirl Knits has used the Knifty Knitter and has pictures of her finished pieces on her website! Check it out here: http://techygeekgirlknits.blogspot.com/

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Reader Laura, who is temporarily webpage-less but is an amazing crocheter, made a kitty pi using crochet instead of knitting. No, I have no idea how she did it, but maybe if she is reading today she will post the pattern in the comments. But! Look how cute! She added some flower details on the side, and frankly the kitty pi filling is as cute as can be, thanks, Laura, for these pics!

Reader Laura's kitty pi PRE-FELTING:

Laura's kitty pi AFTER-FELTING:

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Reader David, who also did not leave me a webpage link (ya'll! help a girl out!) sent me possibly the most disturbing link ever. Normal humans would not foist this upon their friends, but by now you have given up any notion of my normalcy.


Well, David. That is a whole new way to use yarn. Also, may I mention that I do love a surprise hello email, and am so pleased that I was the first person who crossed your mind when you saw that link. Heh.

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I still read the L.A. Daily News just to keep up with MY SFV. I was just checking out Dennis McCarthy and read this article:
This sounds like a great program doesn’t it? And what a positive image for us knitters!


Dear M.A.
I loved it! I used to work at the Daily News a hunnerd years ago, and I emailed Dennis to tell him that he has some new knitter fans now. He has not responded, presumably because being stalked by a newly-divorced woman with four cats is not high on his list? Anyway! I loved the article, too, thanks, M.A.!

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Reader Mona from Minneapolis sent me a link to the L.A. Times story that talks about the West Hollywood Stitch 'n Bitch group. Thanks Mona! The story features our very own Miss Kendra quoted prominently!

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Speaking of Stitching and Bitching, Readers Nikola and Sonia wanted to know where to find the WeHo S'nB. Well! Glad you asked! Thursday evenings at the Farmer's Market at the Grove... you know The Grove, right, the shopping mall? Well, they have a cute Farmer's Market out at the side, on the corner of 3rd and Fairfax. You park in the open lots outside the Farmer's Market, walk in and you'll see all the food vendors and little open-air shops. They also have places to buy booze, whoo hoo! Then look for the stairs (by the Argentine meat place) that lead up to the second-floor seating area. Folks meet up there starting around 7 p.m.-ish and going strong until at least 9 p.m. You gotta join in! I haven't been in a while, but I plan to return haunting them soon. Consider yourselves warned!

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Oh, and while we are on the subject of stitchin' and bitchin' ... got this from reader Jackie:

Dear Crazy Aunt Purl,

I am a regular reader of your blog, and I love it. I don't know how much you know about it, but Sew Fast, Sew Easy, a sewing company in New York, is trying to use legal bullying tactics to shut down Stitch & Bitch Groups. They claim they own the trademark for the term 'Stitch & Bitch' (which they don't, they are one applicant for the trademark for the term, Debbie Stoller is the applicant also for the TM on Stitch & Bitch), they also claim that they invented the term Stitch & Bitch in 1997. They are doing their best to get people not affiliated with Sew Fast Sew Easy to not be able to use the term. This situation has a lot of knitters very angry and upset.

You can read a lot about this at:
http://Craftster.org (on the knitting forum)

I was wondering if you could post about this on your blog and it would help get the word out about the boycott.

The funniest thing about this is that 99% of the knitters I've chatted with about this had never heard about the Sew Fast Sew Easy company before they send infringement notices to the yahoo groups.

Jackie D.

Dear Jackie,
I am so glad you sent me this! I had heard a little about this, but had no idea it was a big legal stink. Good Lord, people. The earth is warming, people are getting poorer, we're at war, and some company is out making people who want to knit and crochet flee from the law? PEOPLE. Time to come to Jesus, as my Uncle Truman would say. Good grief.

Thanks Jackie!

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This is getting long... I'm sorry I am so behind in my techmology. Also, apologize that I call it "the techmology." But I love the email and especially the cute pet pictures!!

Speaking of cute pet pictures...


Posted by laurie at February 8, 2006 1:39 PM