Archive for August, 2008

LOLCat Friday — Ever Have One of Those Days?

Friday, August 15th, 2008

And It’s Obviously “No Drop”

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

The recipient of the Baby Viking Helm was pleased.  The following is a direct copy-paste from her email to me.

I’m not even going to begin trying to explain this to non-gamers.

Textured Woven Valkyrie Helm of Dryness and Agility


Required level: 1

Mitigation: 200

Weight: 1.0

Frequency: Mythical

+50 health, +35 power, +15 intelligence, +15 wisdom, +50 agility

+150 vs. poison, disease, divine, heat, magic, and mental

+300 vs. cold

+200 resistance to diaper rash

+50 drool avoidance (applies to self and canine opponents only)


  • Casts Dispersion of Baby Powder when activated, creating a defensive shield against wetness and blinding all opponents in the area.
  • Looks DAMN good.

Vahalla, I am Coming!

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

On we sweep with threshing oar,
Our only goal will be the western shore.

The Viking Baby Hat is now – officially – an FO. A Finished Object. Completed. Done. Stick a fork in it.

BVH on Socks Resized

My highly cooperative model for this photo shoot is Socks the Cat. He usually sits on the back of our living room sofa, looking out the front window. Our other cats sit up there with him sometimes and watch the world go by. I wonder what our mailman thinks.

Socks is also responsible for all the Led Zeppelin lyrics scattered throughout this post. If you’re totally lost, go check out the Viking Kittens. (WARNING: Plays Led Zeppelin music and a Flash animation.)

Viking Kittens

We come from the land of the ice and snow
From the midnight sun where the hot springs blow.

The hammer of the gods
Will drive our ships to new lands
To fight the horde — singing and crying:
Valhalla I am coming!

This was my first FO for Ravelympics 2008. If you’re a knitter on Ravelry, you may have heard about this. The idea is to complete a challenging project, or several challenging projects, during the Beijing Summer Olympics. You couldn’t cast on before the Olympic flame was lit at the opening ceremonies, and you need to finish before the flame is extinguished at the end of the games.

Knitting events were named after “real” Olympic events, and I signed up for Baby Dressage and the Glove Decathlon. We also joined up in teams, either by geographical region or Ravelry Group.  You didn’t have to pick a team to participate, but I did.   I’m a member of Team Obama and Team Michigan.

This is very loosely organized. You can be a member of multiple teams, but you must limit a project to one team only (i.e., I couldn’t count this one baby hat for both Team Obama and Team Michigan.  I had to choose one of them). You are competing only against yourself; you aren’t out to “beat” other knitters. Once you finish your project, you get a bloggy widget thing at the end of the games.  It’s sort of like the Special Olympics – all participants get a medal.

Socks Again


Ravelympics Team:  Obama

Made for:  A gal in our old EverQuest 2 guild who is expecting her first baby.  I don’t know when she’s due, but it must be soonEdited to Add:  Baby Nicolai will make his appearance on or about November 3rd.

Pattern: Baby Viking Hat Kit from Bella Knitting.

Yarn: Karabella Aurora 8, Dark Gray (approx. ¼ ball, 25 yards); Brown (approx. ⅔ ball, 65 yards); and Cream (a teeny, tiny amount; they didn’t send a full ball of yarn with the kit).

Needles: US Size 6, both DPN’s and 16″ circular.

Mods: I made the hat ½ inch shorter (3½” instead of 4″) before beginning the “every other row” decreases.  I started doing the “every row” decreases for the crown about 4 rows earlier than the pattern called for.  I wanted to shorten the length a wee bit.  I saw too many FO pictures where the hat looked more like a stocking cap (or the Pope’s mitre) than a helmet.

Baby Viking Helmet Wings

Challenges: Sewing on those damned wings was the hardest part. Making 21 bobbles on the same row was the most tedious knitting I’ve done in a long time.  I consider overcoming Bobble Boredom a challenge. My personal preference is No Bobbles Whatsoever On Any Knitted Item, but the hat really needed them to get that certain je ne sais quoi that says “Viking Helmet.”

How soft your fields so green,
Can whisper tales of gore,
of how we calmed the tides of war.
We are your overlords.

My next Ravelympics challenge is the Welig Gloves from Robin Melanson’s Knitting New Mittens & Gloves for Team Michigan.

Welig Gloves with Book

Those bobbles have got to go.

Baby Burgers and Moose Hats. No, wait…

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

That should read “Baby Hats and Moose Burgers,” but my mind tends toward the alliterative.

The moose burgers appear in my wee little head courtesy of The Yarn Harlot’s blog post from yesterday.  She and her family are visiting Newfoundland, and I am profoundly jealous.  Curiosity compelled me to look up the average monthly temperatures for St. John’s, Newfoundland and in August – August, mind you – the average daily high temperature is 67 degrees Farenheit.

Sweet Jesus, book me a flight for Newfoundland.  Now.  I knew the Canadians were culturally and spiritually ahead of us when I discovered the existence of poutine.  I am convinced I was born a bit too south and bit too west of Heaven on Earth.  Well, I would still need a high-speed internet connection, but we’re talking lighthouses, sheep, rugged coastline, and french fries with cheese curds and gravy, not to mention the Canadian wonderfulness of curling and Tim Horton’s doughnuts.  Cold weather, carbohydrates, and wool.  Sign me up.

But I digress.

Today’s post is about a current knitting project and some past knitting projects that haven’t made an appearance here yet.  Baby Hats.

Even though I am Child-Free By Choice, I do love knitting up cute little baby hats.  For the most part, they’re fast, Instant Gratification projects.  I’ve made a few Umbilical Cord Hats from Stitch N’ Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook:

the first in red

and the second in cream.

Then there was the hat resurrected from the yarn I tried to use for the Baby Nemesis Jacket:

And then another with cables.

However, my all-time favorite Bebeh Hat, until now, was the Pumpkin Beanie  I modified from Crazy Aunt Purl’s pattern:

Yes, yes, very cute, but none of them have anything over the Viking Baby Hat:

It’s a Work of Art in Progress and my first project for the 2008 Ravelympics, which is yet one more blog post in and of itself.  I’ll write that one up later.  I want to keep knitting.

LOLCat Friday – Now with Gallows Humor!

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Why does this reminder me of The Ladykillers?