Thursday, April 03, 2014


Probably the real news here is that I've knitted again, which is meant to sound as sinister as "I've killed again" because I nearly did.

People - knitting is not relaxing.

I just don't care who says it and with what frequency. For me, knitting is a dangerous game of I'M GOING TO FUCKING KILL EVERYONE IF THIS DOESN'T WORK ON THIS VERY NEXT TRY and, so often, this is what it comes down to.

My latest knitting project is absolutely no different.

See, I came across this hysterical pattern on Ravelry. Or maybe someone forwarded it to me? I honestly can't recall. The rage has erased a good part of my short term memory.

So, obviously once I saw this pattern, my fingers started twitching and swears started revving up because OH I MUST MAKE THIS.


Because of its hilariousness. And eyeballness. And hilarious eyeballness.

But, of course, I can't just make things all willy nilly without a purpose, so I decided I'd make it for my dad. Because it's his birthday tomorrow. And he drinks tea.

And likes snails? Wait, no.

He likes his teapot to stare at him? Nope.

His teapot is cold? Not that I know of.


I thought I'd knit this crazy ass thing and offset its absolute weirdness with things I know that he does like so that he wouldn't hate me or think I was, like, late stage retarded or something.

So I knit the thing up and put it with a box of Girl Scout Thin Mints, some really good black tea and a tea ball shaped like an elephant.

Not that the elephant part is relevant, but that was what I found and it amused me and let's be honest here - it's clearly all about my amusement.

And by it I mean everything.


But about my rage knitting.

It was ragefull.

And let me now summarize for you a few things about knitting that inspire the greatest amount of rage.

Firstly, there was a lot of "Make two" going on in this muther fucker of a pattern. Like, "Make two eyeballs" and "Make two pupils" and "Make two shafts" (HA! SHAFTS! I'm real mature.) and such. And you know how much I hate any pattern that requires me to knit something and then, just when I'm finished with it and I see the light at the end of the tunnel and oh I have a finished object NOPE..."Make two".

I mean, I get it. If you're going to have a pair of anything: gloves, socks, eyeballs, whatever - you're going to need two of them and I know that the pattern is going to say to "Make two" and I know that when I get to that part in the pattern that I will roll out my special "Make two" swears and call it a scheming sunuvabitching whore.

But I'll get over it.

And make two like a fucking grown-up.

But here's a knitting thing that I've only touched on ever so briefly in the past but enrages me like fucking fire: Weave in ends.

OH REALLY? IS THAT ALL? Just weave in the ends like in five seconds and then we're on our way TO where everything looks perfect and will stay put just like so?

You know what I always say when I get to the part of every pattern where it says, "Just weave in ends."?


That's what I say. Because I am the boss of knitting. I point at the thing I've just slaved away knitting and go, "Oh yeah, sweater that I've been knitting for half of my adult life? Just weave in the five thousand ends you have dangling all over the place? WHY DON'T YOU JUST BLOW IT OUT YOUR ASS/SLEEVE HOLE?"

My rage comes from the fact that "just" weaving in the ends is always this mystery activity of where the fuck do all these ends really go so that they don't show through the front of the work and how long do they really need to be to stay in place even if this thing gets washed and what if I just tied a good old fashioned knot here and cut the ends and called it a day and such.

Because this is my thought process every time I get to the "Just weave in ends" part of every pattern after I have my temper tantrum wherein I command the pattern to blow it out of its non-existent ass.

Again - I'm real mature.

But also, saying "Attach securely to [project]" isn't helpful at all.







Well, then you can blow it out your ass, too. You and your pattern can have an ass blowing party and I'll just sit here and burn over the ridiculousness of this pattern and...oh wait...I got it...oh my god that's the most hilarious thing I've ever madetotallyworthitHOORAY.

So, yeah. 

The Snail Tea Cozy is, to me, entertaining and hysterical and also a little cute and that's sort of helping me forget about the fact that it took me more than 10 tries to get this thing started properly because the pattern calls for starting with 6 stitches knitting in the round on double pointed needles.

Because the chick that designed this pattern hates people, so she makes adorable patterns using punishing techniques and thank the maker that someone had the wisdom to post a crucial tip on their rendition of this pattern, "I started by making a 12-chain crochet ring, then picked up stitches out of it and knit from round 3 of the pattern."

That helped a lot, Annettle. You're tits.

Without that nugget of wisdom, for which I was wholeheartedly searching after failing over a dozen times at the start of this pattern, I would have burned my entire knitting stash after stabbing my eyes out with all of my needles.



  1. LMAO!!! I love that you're back to knitting, and what do I love even more? That when I was really getting into knitting anything more than worsted weight socks a little over a year ago, I saw you as a knitting goddess - look at all the clothes you'd knit!!

    And now you're losing your shit while I've just finished two pairs of socks in the last week, and have two more on the needles! YAY!!! (It makes me feel good when others are down) >;-)

    Seriously though - I love your "relaxed" cozy on the pot (tea pot, not toilet) more than the original pic. Your color choice for yarn paired with the tea pot, plus the more "open" base, looks more snail-like to me!

    You said "shaft"!

    Knitting 6 stitches on tiny DPNs can be intense on the fingers - been there, done that. Cranked out like 20 catnip mice last Christmas, and they all start out a bit like that.

    Speaking of weaving in ends, I've been doing a ton of that with all the color changes on the socks (because, you know, if you're making your own, you need different colored toes and heels, and maybe even stripes up around the calves). Here's a trick I learned to help expedite the weaving in - if you're comfortable with stranded knitting / fair isle knitting, and knitting with two colors at once, you can introduce the new color of yarn using this method a little ways before the color change, locking in the new color every 2-3 stitches (so start locking in the new color maybe 12 stitches back before the new color will begin?). Same with just after the color change - lock in the color that's being phased out with by carrying the color in the background as if you were stranded knitting. Then when you're all done and need to weave in ends, it's partially done for you - just take each of those ends and weave them back through where you already carried them on the back (so in the reverse direction) and done!

    If that didn't make sense I can post a pic maybe?

    Seriously though - love your cozy, and love that you're losing your shit. Makes me feel better! ;-)

  2. You made it! I love it! Thank you so much for posting pictures of this ridiculous/awesome item. Every home needs a snail tea pot cozy, they just do...

  3. i fully identify with your anger...LOVE the cozy. you just inspired me to pick up the yarns again

  4. I've seen this pattern floating around in LSG and it's cute but I have no need for a teapot cozy.....we have no teapot. However, my great-aunt has a massive collection of teapots (seriously, they surround their dining room, high up on a shelf, begging to be cozied - and no, I'm not about to do it).

    Woo for knitting!


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