The Art of Knitting

Month: June, 2012

Pear Humor

I don’t recall how I came across Angry Pear but I was hooked. I can’t help but chuckle at Angry Pear’s antics. For a fruit with such a small face, this Pear can be quite expressive! And why is Pear so angry anyway?

I have chosen my two favorite drawings to share because they just so happen to be about knitting.

Knitting Pear

Knitting Woes

Thanks to Drew McKevitt, the artist (and a knitter, by the way), for giving Agujas permission to post her artwork. Stop by Angry Pear whenever you need a smile. And be on the lookout for another Angry Pear knitting mishap.

Lovely, Beautiful

I had some lovely, beautiful days recently thanks to my fellow bloggers. I received word that Agujas was nominated for the Beautiful Blogger and One Lovely Blog Awards. Thank you to Deep in the Heart of Textiles (a fellow Texan) and Woolhogs (love their logo) for the happy news!

The rules for the awards are: (1) Add the award to your blog; (2) Thank the blogger who gave it to you; (3) Mention seven random things about yourself; (4) List the rules; (5) Nominate 15 (Beautiful) / 7 (Lovely) bloggers; and (6) Inform the nominees by leaving a comment on their blogs.

So, here are seven more random things about me:

  • I had two precious dogs several years ago named Tequila and Vodka.
  • If I had a pet now, it would be a Scottish Terrier and I would call him Scotch.
  • I often wonder why so many knitters and crocheters have cats.
  • I am allergic to cats.
  • I majored in British & American Literature in college.
  • One of my favorite writers is Milton.
  • I can recite (most of) “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe.

Now for the best part – passing on the award. I love discovering new blogs by visiting the sites of other nominees (which, of course, is the whole point).

And the nominees are …

Irenic.Art – I could look at the photos of her handspun yarn all day. They are like works of art. She sometimes berates herself when she’s not pleased with how colors came out (I usually like those the best) and I love her story about saving a hummingbird from unknowingly committing suicide.

Warp and Woof Knitting – Besides being drawn to this blog by the knitting, I also enjoy the nature shots and the whole zen Buddhist philosophy. Oh, and I like Sunshine’s drawings.

Tales of Twisted Fibers – I really like the crochet handbags. They have a very modern look.

Fattoria Fiberworks - I love that she built her own loom and weaves as a form of meditation.

Button Beautiful – I think her crochet blankets and toys deserve an award.

Ten more to come at a later date.

New! Angry Pear – That darn pear makes me laugh. A wonderful series of drawings about an angry piece of fruit.

Soulshine Traveler – Amazing pictures, fantastic locations, and helping others.

El Bueno, El Feo Y El Malo – A picture a day from Aragón and Spain.

Hungry Sofia – Beautiful pictures of food that looks scrumptious.

The Blue Hour – A photo blog. One of my favorite posts is L.A. Cabin Living – what a wonderful place to escape and reflect in.

Live Simply, Travel Lightly – I love this traveler’s spirit of adventure.

This aMACEing Life – Photos from U.S. cities visited by this couple who happen to be on tour with the Broadway show “Wicked.”

The House of Archetype – Lovely artwork and collages accompanied by a poetic sort of prose.

I hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I do.

In Stitches

Mom had surgery a couple of weeks ago. In the scheme of things, it was a routine surgery. But it was my mom. There was nothing routine about it. Thankfully, the surgery went well. Mom is recuperating quite nicely and I was glad to be there for her. Even my teenage son enthusiastically played caregiver once I returned to work. He made her breakfast, made the beds, and asked her if she needed anything … every five minutes.

We were at the hospital during Worldwide Knit in Public Day so I pulled out my needles and yarn while waiting. I wanted to make a little something special for her; something I could make quickly and that would make her feel good. Lately, I’ve been seeing many posts on wash cloths. It’s like they’re all the rage. This was it. I would knit a couple of wash cloths she could use to clean her face at the end of the day. It would be my way of tending to her even after she went back home six hours away.

I found this 100% cotton yarn in the sale bin at my LYS. I loved the colors and knew this would help hide any lingering make up stains.

Araucania Pomaire Multy and Nature Cotton.

I used two patterns - Dishcloth Boutique’s Bamboo Cloth Variation 1 and Maggie’s Rags’ Chinese Waves Dishcloth.

This is one of the wash cloths still on the needles.

Here is the finished set. I didn’t get to use the solid peachy yarn yet.

The smile in her eyes when I gave them to her was all I needed.

On My Spindle

Remember the soft aquas and blues of the hand-dyed Silky Cashmerino I found in San Antonio?

It spins up very nicely.

Even though I wasn’t nearly done with the batch of blues, I could not resist this when I saw it.

It’s fittingly called “Fire and Ice” and this 4 ounce batt was prepared by my friends over at the Wooden Spinner. It’s made of merino, mohair, Angelina, Firestar and silk. Here’s a closer shot.

And they threw in a little treat – 1 ounce of soft merino naturally hand-dyed to this lemony yellow using Queen Anne’s Lace dye and aluminum mordant.

Can you get a crush on fiber?


A couple of weeks ago, I was surfing my favorite blogs and noticed this in my “Notifications” drop-down:

Congratulations on getting 100 total follows on Agujas.

I was stunned. Perhaps some of you have hundreds, even thousands of followers and are not easily impressed. But to me, it was an incredibly joyous moment. I get so much pleasure and personal satisfaction from writing and publishing posts on Agujas. I am able to share my passion for knitting, and the occasional travel post, with people from all over the world. But the best part about blogging is joining a vibrant online community. I feel like I have 100 new friends! I enjoy reading and seeing the works of others and having online conversations. There are several of you whom I feel I know, like catching up with a dear old friend.

So, first and foremost, thank you for following Agujas.

Because I felt like celebrating, I painstakingly culled Agujas’ WordPress, Twitter and email followers in chronological order to find the 100th follower. (I eliminated the husband and child because they are required to follow my blog).

The 100th follower is Caity Rosey of All She Wants To Do Is Knit. As a small token of appreciation for following Agujas, I am pleased to send you some wonderful yarn from Habu Textiles to add to your stash. I love this delicate yarn that is spun or woven using traditional Japanese methods. I recently posted about my visit to the Habu Textiles studio which you can read here.

Caity, I will have the yarn shipped directly to you. Please send an email to Veronica (at symbol) AgujasBlog (dot) com with your mailing address.

Sinceramente y de todo corazón, gracias a todos. I look forward to reading your posts and responding to your comments on mine.