Monthly Archives: September 2009

Pollyanna and the Weekend Pirates

Lyda here. It’s that time again – as Marin reminds us. In her own chicken-lovin’ way.

I’m mostly recycling last year’s post on the Random Weirdness of Pirates. How lazy is that. How ecologically minded is that.

Ahoy, maties, this be Lyda. September 19th be Talk Like a Pirate Day! But truly, every day be a good day for piracy! And every day be a good day for Random Weirdness.

So we be bringing ye the classic Random Weirdness of Pirates post! With updated links and such.

And there be no complainin’ that we be recyclin’. Or I’ll keelhaul the lot of ye.

Craft like a pirate:

Here be a roundup from Crafty Minx to Craft Like a Pirate, which has links to lots of pirate and skull booty. (A few of the links have expired, but most of them work.) She also has links to squid and parrot patterns. They be free patterns, ye swabs.

Knitting: Check that link above for lots of knitting patterns. But I have to show you this:  Julie of knittingjuju created a Jolly Fish hat. That be a free pattern too.

Quilting & sewing: First, I be re-introducing ye to The Quilting Pirate. Ahoy, me quilting matie!

It be true. There be fabric for everything: Pirate ship fabric. More pirate fabric including  Pirate monkeys fabric.  They had pages of “skull” fabrics, of ”pirate” fabric, and pages of “parrots” when I searched their site.

They also had 15 fabrics with chickens (hi Marin!). I got this and this for “swine” (when I searched for “pig” I also got a lot of football fabric. Heh.)

But only this fabric came up for “zombie” – sad, very sad.

But I digress…

Crochet: Here be Captain Cute the Pirate Teddy bear for you crocheteers. Get it — crochet? Buccaneers? Oh, never mind.

When I saw it listed as a Pirate Teddy, I thought it meant a sexy pirate teddy to wear during those private meetings with yer first mate. Someone totally has to come up with a Pirate Teddy pattern. Shiver me timbers!

Flaming skull wrist bags for shore leave, ye swabs.

Alas, poor Yorick. Crochet him, Horatio.

Hey, pirates could have read Shakespeare. Maybe they even did “Hamlet” on the high seas. With multi-level sword fights. And Ofelia walking the plank.

But I digress…

And – drum roll please –

the Pirate Piggy Mask!

Instructions here.

Yes! Piratical Pig Licking!

Plus: Embroider like a Pirate! Bead like a Pirate! And check out the felt pirate eyepatch, ya’ll. I mean, maties.

And for yer young pirates to be doin’ after they swab the deck: Pirate crafts .

Talk like a Pirate:

Ye can practice yer pirate lingo with this and their other videos on YouTube.

Sing like a Pirate:

Let’s sing of pirates ! George Harrison and Eric Idle! Yo Ho, Jack Sparrow! And of course, we have to include Gilbert & Sullivan, ’cause he be a pirate king.

I be lovin’ Tim Curry, Professional Pirate. With Muppet pirates!

Fight like a Pirate:

Best. Pirate Swordfight. Ever. Plus ”Hello, my name is…” Hey, he might become a pirate…

A compilation of swordfights. They aren’t all pirates, but some of them are. And – Aragorn!

Quiz like a Pirate:

How much do you know about the Dread Pirate Roberts?

What be yer pirate name? I be Mad Bess Bonny today. But these be the best pirate names .

Laugh like a Pirate:

Cat and Girl explore A Pirate’s Life.

And while we be talkin’ o’ parrots

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The Resident Sith Master asked:

“Craft like a pirate?

Does that mean you knit with knives?”

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Pollyanna Meets Fiber at the Fair

So, I was telling y’all about my visit to the county fair.

Of course, there was fiber.

Spinning at the Fair

Spinning at the Fair

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This woman was spinning fiber into yarn with her hands. She asked a kid what he thought she was making, and he said “a cat toy.” True, right?  He was fascinated, definitely a fiber-a-holic in the making.

Of course I noticed the table of different fibers. Still a knit blog. Alpaca, silk, cotton, different kinds of wool… And a sign saying you could touch them all.

To touch, perchance to buy...

To touch, perchance to buy...

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Happiness is a soft fiber. The table included examples of dog and cat hair spun into yarn. The labels made me smile – they specified “Alsatian” or “Persian” or whatever.

Because I need to know the breed. In case I want to start my own four-legged fiber sweatshop. Or would that be “pant shop”? But I digress…

Just to review:

Alpaca on the hoof...

Alpaca on the hoof...

 

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Alpaca to spin...

Alpaca to spin...

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Important not to get the two confused.

 

I explored Crafter’s Row, but most of the things seemed a bit… mass-produced. Probably just as well, as I wasn’t tempted to pull out my wallet.

I wandered through the Hall of Products, and drooled over the embroidery sewing machines. Oh, the zombies I could make…  And seriously hankered for the quilting machine. Sigh.

I visited the arts & crafts building. It was air conditioned, which was awesome. So was the fine arts building, which I explored as well, but I couldn’t take pictures there.

Beautiful quilts. I thought I took pictures of some of them, but apparently not.

The pictures of the knitting also didn’t come out, but it was wonderful, including the most perfect and the tiniest set of baby booties I’ve ever seen, which had won a blue ribbon.

But I did get a picture of the crocheted wedding cake, with some other fiber examples (I think crochet as well?) in the picture too.

Plenty of fiber in this wedding cake

Plenty of fiber in this wedding cake

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A bit different than the Muppet’s Swedish chef’s cake, yes?

Next in the Continuing Adventures of Pollyanna at the Fair:  obscene vegetables and X-rated table settings.

Srsly.

Knit Pollyanna! Now You Can Do It, Too!

Hey, Anna-Liza here.

I was told I could only drop hints until the preview was up, and I did a couple times, but it was just easier to not talk about it at all, so I quit. Now, however, the preview’s up, and I’m allowed to just brag out loud:

I have a pattern in Interweave Knits’ special issue, Knits Weekend! And I got to model the sweater!

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It’s in the Staff Projects starting on page 82. Oh wait, it won’t go on sale until September 15th – I got to see an early copy. But hey! Rush right out on September 15th and grab one! (It’s a special issue, so it’s not part of your subscription).

Want to see the preview? I thought so. It’s right here.

I’m in the same issue as Annie Modesitt, Cecily Glowik MacDonald, Ann Budd and Connie Chang Chinchio! If I really made that “Squeeee!!” sound, I’d be making it continually and someone would have to shoot me.

It’s not just that I’m in it, and it’s not just that it’s an Interweave publication. There are some incredibly good designs in this issue, and they all look fun to knit. The other staff projects definitely fall into that category – just look at them! (The staff project patterns will all be posted on Knitting Daily on September 18th).

Tell you what, as a grandmother-to-be, I’ve definitely got Stefanie Japel’s Whirligig Shrug on my knit list for my granddaughter. And there are, like, three different sweaters I’m eyeing for myself … of course, I’d have to actually finish something first. But maybe I’ll frog something and do one of these instead. (Gasp!)

I plan to finally update start updating my Ravelry page this weekend. We’ll see what actually happens. I have a lot of new projects to add, and I can finally post this one! Squeeeeee!!!