Alright, so haven’t just been scurrying around painting and renovating secretly. I have been knitting!

I suffered a bit of a setback with a rather dumbass move a few weekends ago. I had been scrubbing the kitchen with Vim and got down to the sink and stove. I reached into the sink before realizing the stovetop would be a better choice – it would dirty the sink after all. Right, I’m so clever. So I reached over to pick up the heavy metal burners of my gas stove – forgetting of course that not one minute prior, said stove was my primary source of heat in this less-than-insulated box. Ohmyfuck, hot ! It took nearly 30 minutes for the nauseating pain to go away. 20 minutes later there was no feeling at all, and it turns out that the little spot on my finger is not so much burned as cooked.

Ow! Ow! Fuckity! Ow!

Ow! Ow! Fuckity! Ow!

Yeah, gross. I nearly puked again.

The not particularly awesome healing process has hindered me quite a bit.  It’s been two weeks and only just healed enough to pick up any knitting. I didn’t entirely waste my time, although I have watched more t.v. this month than anytime in the past year or so. I brushed up on some new knitting techniques and bam! I can knit in the round on double pointed needles now. I found a tres terrific green yarn that perfectly matches a pashmina I wear. I’ve even given a hand at writing my own pattern. Turns out my brain can wrap itself around a pattern much more easily when there’s no need to worry about the wrong side. If all goes well, I should be able to finish at least one tomorrow.

This means faster project turnout, very exciting!

Anyways, here’s a few scarves I managed to get done before branding myself.



I really like this scarf, and it was easy to make. The yarn is pretty fun, there’s a white version as well that I’m going to knit up into a scarf named Icicle (Is it bizarre that I name my scarves? Probably not considering my favourite rabbit is Finnegan Cabbage Esq., and his offspring were Hannibal and Brutus. I like naming things. Don’t even get me started on baby names.) This is a greyer version of that  yarn, hence Greysicle.

Gypsy Scarf

Gypsy Scarf

I like how this scarf looks in this picture, but it’s a little washed out with the sun. This is a better representation of the colour.


looks like this

It’s really light and meshy, but long enough that you can wrap it around enough to be warm. The twisted drop stitch is responsible for the meshiness, as well as the fact that I used needles slightly larger than the gauge of the yarn. I used the same technique on this last one.


Peasant Scarf

I finished this number at May’s house, hence the fabulous photo-op. Anyways, as per usual these are available for sale. If you’re interested, just hit me up in the comment section. As for me, I’m off to whip up a fabulous pair of wrist warmers, or ‘pulse warmers’ technically since I haven’t mastered a thumbhole yet (I just figured this out yesterday, give me a break!) If I can figure out a ruffly finish I’ll be set to start putting some up on the e-shelves ASAP.
Woot! Progress!


  1. teeni said,

    January 25, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Ouch about the finger – burns are so painful! I hate the throbbing. I hope it feels much better by now. Wow – you are churning out the works! Your scarves are awesome! I have to learn how to do the fingerholes too – I’ve been dying to make some fingerless mitts but I want that thumbhole. LOL. You and your rabbits remind me of the woman I saw at an agricultural fair who was knitting right from the bunny on her lap. I was amazed. Love the photo of you! Your wavy hair is so pretty!

  2. Pure Evyl said,

    January 26, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Take care of that burn. They can be nasty.

  3. javajunkee said,

    January 26, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    ouch damn girl! 😦 stoves= hot! That’s nasty!!!! I hope it gets better soon. I would imagine no more knitting until you are done healing? YIKES! Are all the scarfs long enough to wrap a couple of times around ones neck when it’s like 30 below zero? (refer to my chart on my blog) 🙂 How much do you ask for these beauties?

  4. Emerald said,

    January 26, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    @ Teeni: It was pretty gnarly, yes. It’s getting better though. I actually managed to MacGuyver a thumb hole yesterday with this pulse warmer that I’m super proud of! I’ll post pictures soon, and then proceed to learning thumbholes correctly. And I would LOVE to have a bunny farm to knit from! I’ll have to ask Josh what he thinks, we touched briefly on the bunny breeding topic although he said I wouldn’t be able to get attached to any of them…

    And thanks, it was a good hair day!

    @ PureEvyl: This burn was one nasty bastard, I tell you what. Doesn’t help that I pick at things…but it’s on the mend.

    @ JavaJunkee: I’ve actually been able to knit as long as I keep a band-aid on. Apparently cleaning dishes obsessively in bleach water does wonders for healing. And yes, all my scarves are at least six feet long, but I think the gypsy and peasant scarves are a bit longer, closer to seven or eight I think. I’d have to double check, but I can always make one longer for anybody who is interested. Scarves are $30 each, except skinny scarves, those are only $20 each. Paypal does these awesome invoice emails even for people who don’t use paypal, I’m quite thrilled with them. Oh, and pulsewarmers will be $30/pair when I get them up, I cannot wait to show off the one I finished last night! Fingers crossed I don’t get second mitt syndrome 😉

  5. CuriousC said,

    January 26, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    I about threw up reading about your burn. STOP THAT! hope it heals fast for you. Love the scarf. 🙂

  6. duffboy said,

    January 27, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    How about you naming that burn? I’d call it Stupid Shannon or Silly Sally (it just sounds appropiate;) Watch out, though, seriously.

  7. Emerald said,

    January 28, 2009 at 1:49 am

    @ CuriousC: Yeah, I seriously thought I was going to puke. Don’t worry, I’ll now be completely paranoid about the stove. It’s getting better!

    @ Duffboy: Dude, it’s totally Ralph, ’cause it tastes like burning.

  8. JavaQueen said,

    January 28, 2009 at 5:52 am

    Aww, you poor thing! It’s amazing to me how something can look so small and hurt like hell- i.e. a paper cut! Or, a little slit on your thumb where the skin cracks? But, that burn looks hideous! I could see myself doing the same thing- LOL! I love what duffboy said, “Name that burn”- what a hoot! How about “Bernie” – heee-heeee-heeeee! The scarves are gorgeous and I think you got some mad knitting skillz. Too bad we aren’t in the same vicinity because I would so love to learn how to do more than the basic knit. Love Love! Hope Bernie heals fast!

  9. CuriousC said,

    January 28, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Yea, JQ and I will be over tonight to learn how to knit. I WISH! How fun would that be?! ah, we’d never get anything done, probably from giggling too much.

  10. thatpessimist said,

    January 29, 2009 at 12:57 am

    hey do you remember me???

  11. Emerald said,

    January 29, 2009 at 2:35 am

    @ JavaQueen: It is the little wounds that hurt the most! Well, as far as ordinary non-life threatening sort of wounds, I’m pretty sure getting hit by lightning or something would suck way worse. Bernie/Ralph is slowly going away. I don’t know if I’m advanced enough to teach yet, but I’m hoping when my website is up and I have time to knit more in NC I’ll be able to put instructional videos up.

    @ CuriousC: Yeah, a good portion of my Stitch n’ Bitch nights end up being ‘eating and laughing our asses off’ nights.

  12. Emerald said,

    January 29, 2009 at 2:37 am

    @ thatpessimist: I think so, did you stumble over from GreenMetropolis? Unfortch you haven’t listed your wordpress url as your website in your profile, so I can’t link to your blog from your comment to refresh my memory.

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