We’re Moving – With a Contest!

Hello all. It’s November 3rd, a fine day to move and have a contest.
I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of this blog and have enjoyed working on this platform, but it’s time to switch things up. From here on out I will be blogging and maintaining a website at the new doviejay knits! Now is the time to update your favorites, links, and rss feed! I have been simul-blogging in both places for several weeks, but this will be my penultimate entry at this address.
AND . . .
It’s my birthday next week, the best birthday in the world, November 11! As I did last year, in honor of my birthday I’ll be holding a little contest. I have utterly fallen in love with Sanguine Gryphon Bugga in the last weeks and I think you should too.

Anyone who comments on my new blog on any NEW entry between now and Midnight Eastern US time on November 11 will have their name put in the hat for a $30 gift certificate from Sanguine Gryphon. Only one comment per post will be counted, but the more posts you comment on the better your chance.
Do you like my little orange birthday hat?
Remember: The new website is HERE!!!

Moving In – With a Contest!

Hello all.  It’s November 3rd, a fine day to move and have a contest.

I am officially moving in to this website and have updated all of my profiles and links.  I hope you have updated your Favorites, Links, and RSS feeds as well!  I have been simul-blogging both here and at the old blog for a few weeks now, but from here on out new entries will appear only on this website.

AND . . .

It’s my birthday next week, the best birthday in the world, November 11!  As I did last year, in honor of my birthday I’ll be holding a little contest.  I have utterly fallen in love with Sanguine Gryphon Bugga in the last weeks and I think you should too!

Anyone who comments on this blog on any NEW entry between now and Midnight Eastern US time on November 11 will have their name put in the hat for a $30 gift certificate from Sanguine Gryphon.  Only one comment per post will be counted, but the more posts you comment on, the better your chance!

Do you like my little orange birthday hat?

Random Wednesday

It’s been a bit of a nothing week here in Texas.


  1. – I spent more time than I would like to admit admiring the Witch’s Stockings Kit on Sanguine Gryphon before they ran out. I adore striped stockings, and when you add Bugga to the mix I become almost obsessive in my admiration. I’ve bought too much yarn in the last two months though, so no Witch’s Stockings for me. Being Responsible is stupid.



– I tried to wrangle my office into a neater version of itself so I would be able to work in there, but it’s still a mess. Now I’m focused on wanting these shelves from IKEA. I would be so neat and tidy if I only had those shelves.


  1. – Doing the final seaming on a baby gift for a friend whose new lady arrived a few weeks ahead of schedule, and I’m disappointed in myself for not altering the pattern the way I considered. I said to myself, “Self, there’s no reason NOT to knit it the way the pattern was written, and it will look just as good when you’re finished!”



    – Nope. Once again I should have listened to the slightly snotty overconfident voice in my head who told me that my way was better. Now I’m just debating pulling the whole thing out and starting over. But am I that much of a perfectionist? I strive to avoid perfectionism in my life – that way lies madness.


    1. – Have not finished a single thing yet this month, i.e. nothing to turn in for the HPKCHC, which is ridiculous because it is quite possibly the best set of classes I’ve ever seen.


    1. – At least I am working on a pattern and liking what I’m getting. I’ve also had two other ideas spring to life while I’ve been knitting.


    1. – I wish the whole process was faster. Is it me or do other designers have patterns coming out every other week? Or does it seem that way to me because they are all one Internet Entity and their new pattern launches all fill in each other’s gaps?


    1. – I really need to go buy some buttons.

Unintentional Rainbow

I finally got my latest shipment of Socks that Rock yesterday. It was a long time coming, but honestly, I’m happy to wait, and I’ve ordered enough from them to know that you want to go ahead and order the yarn about 3 weeks before you want to have it.

And of course, it’s always worth the wait.

The five skeins on the right are all heavyweight and are presents for my two best girls (who are both expecting and are due 3 weeks apart!) The Cozy, Fierce, and Dirty Orange and the What’s Up, Buttercup? are for this giraffe from Susan B. Anderson’s Itty Bitty Toys. I’m going to follow all of the shaping instructions (because there is not a cuter giraffe out there) but change the construction order, and I’m planning on picking up stitches and connecting things as I go, a la Ysolda’s Sophie. The three skeins of Nodding Violet are for a baby blanket for a wee gentleman who should be making an appearance in January.

At the far left we have True Blood Red and Princess Plummy, and at the top, Downpour, which was the only skein that didn’t fit in the rainbow. All are lightweight. They represent me trying to open up my horizons a little and knit with more solid colored sock yarns. As I’m working on designing, I’m realizing that if you’re going to do any kind of patterning it’s important to have solid colors so that people can see what the heck you are knitting.

In all honesty, from the second that True Blood Red came out I deeply coveted it, and there is still a better than even chance that I shall order it in Gaea or Woobu to knit my Traveling Sweater. I have the pattern, just . . . no time.

Sigh. Don’t you just love new yarn?