oh to be tiny


knowing that my girl is an 11 yr oldĀ  trumpeter,

sent her this stitch marker.

sj was so moved by the gift that she composed a song:

(you’ll have to imagine the bouncy little tune):


i have a little trumpet, one that i cannot play.

it’s kind of itty bitty, but i do not complain

i cannot play a duet. it cannot play a note,

but i can knit a pink and purple polka dotted tote.


i have a little trumpet. it is too small to play,

but when it come to knitting, my trumpet saves the day.

i use it for my stitches. i use it for my rows.

so, i can knit a fuzzy sock to cover up my toes.


i have a little trumpet, one i would like to play.

when i use it for knitting, i shout hip hip hooray.

even if i cannot play: a note, a cheer, a song…

i can knit a sweater where the sleeves are way too long.

‘trumpet’ taken from 10:2 in numbers.

poem by sj, inspired by the little trumpet stitch marker.

by the numbers

ok, so my kids don’t ‘paint by number’.

the times we’ve tried, they swap all the colors


so their art looks nothing like the box.

i suppose that i’ve encouraged this

by my own example

as i’m not one to follow a pattern or

a set of directions to the letter.

my mum and i are notorious

for going shopping, only to return

with the ‘perfect’ thing.

‘perfect’, that is, once

the sleeves are reworked,

the hem narrowed and shortened,

and the collar removed to rebuild the neckline.

so i guess i come by it naturally, too.

all that to say,

one of my favorite things about creating a pattern

is to see each knitter making it her (or his) own.

changing the length,

adding a second yarn for texture,

or personalizing a mouse’s sweet ears.

my huge congrats to lisa (karmaperdiem)

who won her own copy of moses

and the upcycled yarn to knit him (or her)

from carol over at taddiebeeknitting.

i can’t wait to see who your little mouse turns out to be…

‘example’ taken from 13:15 in john.

ready to travel

little moses is having a grand adventure.

his pattern (w/ the lovely taddiebeeknitting yarn to make him)

is packed into 50 of the january phat fiber boxes.

at 9am cst and 6pm cst today, 200 boxes will be sold

and in a few days unpacked by the happy buyers.

get a couple of sneak peaks

of the things moses’ pattern will be snuggled in with here.

(thanks to amy of out of step dyeworks.)

fear not, if you aren’t able to scoop up a box

and have a hankering to knit a little cheese loving mousey.

check out carol’s contest to win the pattern and enough

upcycled luxury yarn to knit one of your own.

you have until tuesday to enter.

awfully good stuff.

have fun.

‘peaks’ taken from 95:4 in the psalms.

it’s in the bag, i mean box.

the directions on the little plastic bag

said that our penguins,

if we followed

the directions exactly,

should look just like this.


can you



in my





exactly’ ?

not very likely.

so my two youngest dibbled & dabbled,

rearranged and personalized,

until our penguins looked like this.

they’re jumping, see?

and in the case of little moses the mouse,

whose pattern will be part of the january

phat fiber extravaganza this sunday, the 16th, at 9am and 6pm,

perhaps i should say it’s in fifty out of two hundred boxes, no?

taddiebeeknitting captured all the details here.

‘following’ taken from 4:11 in hebrews.

wanna win?

i heard you asking for pics

(i really did, k!)

and today i finally took some.


now, you should know

that before patterns

are ‘approved’

at my house

they have to get through

‘quality control’

and i am not

referring to

my own perfectionism here,

although i could be.


it has to

pass by the

‘smell check’,

followed by



strength testing,

and a rating on the ‘kissable’ scale.

now that this little guy,

(yarn courtesy of taddiebeeknitting),

has scampered through all the ‘required’ hoops,

i am pleased to introduce him,

or is it her,

to you.



one of you

is going to name

this tiny creature

(and it’s pattern)?

shall we all have a little contest?

my friend cc thought that might be fun.

anybody wanna give it a try?

i promise a super

prize pack

well, i’ll get back

to finishing the knitting.

you put your thinking caps on

and have at it.

i’m sort of giddy

to see what names you

come up with.

please do enter as many times as you like

by typing a ‘name for the mouse’ in a comment below this

or any other blog post tagged ‘mouse’

(the deadline to enter and pics of the prize can be found here.)

‘quality’ taken from3:13 in first corinthians.