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half-assed knit blog

Squirrels, Duct Tape, and Obscure Patterns

There’s a thread on Ravelry called Favourite Obscure Pattern, and it is made of delicious crunchy awesome. It’s exactly what it sounds like – awesome patterns that nobody has ever heard of.

(I say this as if I’m actually knitting things – which I am, just very slowly and sporadically, hence the lack of blogging. Lace scarves are purty, but damn do they take forever to knit.)

So I’ve been following that thread since forever, and some months ago had an idea. An idea which I kept putting off, because, mumblemumble insert elaborate and totally logical explanation here, preferably having to do with squirrels and duct tape, and certainly not because I have a tendency to procrastinate. Not me. Never.

But finally, here is the idea: Obscuriosity

It’s a KAL/CAL for obscure patterns. You know those patterns that you stumble across and think, this is awesome, how come everybody doesn’t know about this pattern? I think those patterns really ought to be plucked out of obscurity, and maybe a KAL like this can help. I remember stumbling on Fifi, thinking it was cute, and nominating it for the Sexy Knitters Club KAL. People jumped on it, it got picked, and now there are 165 of ’em on Ravelry. When I first found the pattern, there were, like, two.

Incidentally, I still have not finished the Fifi I started over a year ago. I fail at knitting, for serious.

So, you know, if you’re into obscure patterns or KALs, go join up. Knit something that isn’t yet another Clapotis! I’m not knocking Clapotis. I like Clapotis. Even if it sounds like an unholy combination of climbing vine and STD. Even if I got so bored knitting one that I gave up, frogged it, and titled the experience “Crapotis” on my Ravelry project page. Which sounds like an unholy combination of climbing vine and… uh. Never mind.

To apologize for the lack of knitting content in this entry, here is a soul-eating sweater.


Yeah, I needed some sort of sample picture to use in an example nomination post for the KAL. I suppose a sane person would have just google image searched “sweater”.


  1. Samantha says:

    Oh my, that looks like angry boobs with teeth!

  2. Samantha says:

    And yay, you’re back. ;-)

  3. Riin says:

    Ha! You should totally make that sweater! Because if you don’t make it voluntarily, squirrels will duct tape you to a chair and force you to make it!

  4. Lindsey says:

    Fucking lacy scarves! I’m having the same problem :( I feel like I’ve been knitting this thing since the dawn of time and it’s only half way done.

    Thanks for the links though, these patterns are pretty cool. If the evil clutches of lace ever give up their hold on me, I think I might be into this stuff. You rock so hard.

  5. Carat says:

    The Soul eating sweater reminds me of Domo Kun

  6. Mae says:

    I’m back indeed!!!
    For the record, I’ve been away with the Navy for four months on course, two months of which I didn’t have any “civilian-world” access outside of pay phones. So I’m excused from blogging :P

    Also. the silk really does block I promise!!! Look at my fiesta lace scarf!



  7. chris says:

    I’ve passed along a blog award…..

  8. Denyse Schmidt - Quilting - Amish Communities | Orange Life Magazine says:

    […] is one of those things, along with knitting and taffy pulling, that seems like it should be reserved for older women from pioneer days. […]

  9. Jane says:

    Not the right place to put this, but…

    RE: Eyelet Headwrap. Looks like the “diagonal stockinette” is mini-cables, a-la http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall06/FEATminicables.html

    I think they look same… just in case you decide to make one more in the style, and just because it looks cool.

  10. Skeingenius says:

    I ran across yo blog and it cracked me up. Felt the need to add it to my reader. Knit on sista.

  11. carly says:

    I miss your blog. It makes me laugh.

    I hope you won NaNo!

  12. Ali N says:

    This is fabulous! The best sweater idea ever! : D

  13. Sage Compton says:

    Ha! I was thinking that when someone really does Google “sweater”, they might find your angry, demon sweater instead…and that just rocks. I gotta agree though-angry boobs they are.