Category Archives: knitting humour

Inexplicable, Part 1

It’s 11pm and I’m in my pyjamas running around trying to stuff things in my suitcase necessary for a) 4 days in New York and b) temperatures of 10 degrees Celsius, which I’ve almost forgotten what that’s like. And I’ve got to do an apology because i’ve been horrible with responding to comments and emails the last few days and my brain just hasn’t been able to cope.

Also, I’m having a bit of a drinkie because I’ve still not fully come to terms with the fact that my dissertation is no longer in my hands, Venezia is still not fully dry after laying out all day (I put her on spin in the washer and laid her out on a drying rack and am crossing all fingers and appendages for transportability tomorrow), and I’m so overtired from stress that I don’t think my brain remembers what bodily relaxation is like.

But by this time tomorrow i’ll be in another city and that will help matters I am sure. When I booked my ticket to New York a couple of months ago I knew I’d be hitting the right time to see the Yarn Harlot on April 2nd and that I’d be missing her in Toronto on April 1st, and yet the bizarre series of circumstances that has been causing me other stress the last few weeks also led to me being in Toronto today, and with a free evening. So I got to go. It was fun. I tried my best to let my brainwaves come down from Beta (concentration, stimulation), and move into Alpha (no concentration required) and perhaps even Theta (meditative state…still working on that one…)

The Isabel Theatre was lovely for waiting in.




I am super proud of my see-stor Martha who totally scored 4th place in the Inexplicable Knitter Behaviour Toronto scavenger hunt. Yay! (Seen here with Kate on the right who accompanied her for the afternoon. Martha totally got a TTC driver’s picture too, which I think rocks.)


And we got serenaded by the Skydiggers beforehand. Or is it a concert? Is it a serenade if it’s for 300 of your closest knitting friends? I have a vid clip here that I took of their first song and it was really so lovely to listen to that I want to share it. I hope they won’t mind. (But if someone tells me to yank it down I totally will.)

I’ll have my camera but not my laptop on my travels so I may not be able to blog much…but I’ll do my best for Venezia pics and New York pics and all assorted yarny tales. Rebecca is going to make sure we get to Knitty City and Seaport Yarns, along with all touristy attractions.

Catch you on the flip side, knitters!


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Some Knitting Humour – Firefly style

I’m not the only fannish knitter out there, right? Now, I haven’t knitted a Jayne Hat yet, but the other day I found myself pondering another Firefly/knitting overlap, mostly due to my friend K musing a while back what it would look like if the Battlestar Galactica and Buffy characters ever took up knitting. Heh.

If the ‘Firefly’ Crew Were Knitters
(One fan’s thoughts…)

I imagine that Wash was one of the first ones on the crew to pick it up. He’s got all those long hours sitting at the wheel, after all, so surely he’s on the lookout for something to fill the hours while Zoe and Mal are off on their latest caper. And his warm aran sweater has to have come from somewhere, right?

I would guess that no one’s ever actually seen Inara in the actual act of knitting, but yet she manages to appear quite often wearing extremely fine lace shawls and embroidered kimonos produced on the tiniest gauge. Also, she seems to know quite a bit about technique and has coincidentally managed to pass through the galley at just the right time when someone else needs help with their current WIP.

Kaylee, of course, needed very little convincing once she saw the things Wash and Inara were making, and so it didn’t take long before she started spending time in the handcrafts section of the markets whenever Serenity touches down. Usually a pink skein or two comes back with her and are transformed in her spare hours into warm socks that keep her cosy while working in the engine room. She has her eye on a pattern she found on the Cortex for a ruffled shawl collar jacket, though…

Simon picked up one of Kaylee’s projects once and thought it might be a good way for his sister River to pass the time. He bought her a few skeins of wool and gave her a basic sweater pattern one morning. A couple of days later when he went to ask her about the knitting again, he discovered she’d transformed the yarn not into a sweater but into some wall-hanging-like piece that used every colour, some modular techniques, and changed gauge about eight different times. She told him she found the written pattern too restricting.

Not one to feel left out, and because he thought it would be something to write home about, Jayne let the others teach him some basic techniques. There’s this scarf he’s been working on for a few months, and it’s making slow but steady progress. What usually holds him up is not the actual knitting itself – his gauge is surprisingly perfect – but that he keeps losing one of the needles. Book usually finds it for him, and wishes that Jayne would start using circulars. Most of the travellers he knows tend to figure that out sooner or later.

Zoe never saw much point to knitting, but then after that one time they nearly ran out of fuel and had to bundle up in the cold, she started to come around. She finds time work on her knitting occasionally, but usually only after-hours in her bunk with Wash.

Mal didn’t realize all this knitting was going on under his nose until he came across a stray ball of pink yarn lying around the galley – he was trying to find a wrench he thought he’d tossed aside one day – and questioned the crew about it. Kaylee reclaimed her yarn, and handed him back a ball for himself along with a set of needles. He resisted it for a little while, but then finally gave in. And besides, knee-socks go well with his boots.



A bit of progress has been made on my Ivy that’s currently on the needles – I’m half-finished the first sleeve and am hopeful that it will be a full sleeve after another couple of evenings’ work. I’m itching to cast on for some more socks, but am managing to resist so far ;)


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