Posts Tagged ‘creature from the black lagoon’

New November socks in progress! They’re just the most cheerful shade of golden yellow ever.

The pattern is called Penuche Twist Socks but I’m calling my pair Bachateo Twist. It’s a fun pattern so far. In case you’re wondering, the yarn is Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select Semi Solids in the color wheat.

I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, pumpkin pie, and of course, The Creature from the Black Lagoon!


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I finished my Dembow hat yesterday and I love it! It’s by far the best hat I’ve ever knit. I love everything about it- the dreamy soft yarn, the way the ribbing travels, how the decreases swirl at the top, the color, the fact that it only took me 3 days to knit, EVERYTHING! If there’s any interest, I can write up the pattern and offer it for free on Ravelry, just leave me a comment.

Pattern: My own design called Dembow (edited to change design name)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash sport weight in colorway Summer Sky Heather 1910 (used approx. 58g/158 yds which is a little more than 1 skein)
Needles: US size 2
Notes: The name of the hat pays homage to my favorite reggaeton performers.  I asked Markus to model my hat because he makes a much better model than I do. And he could easily pass for a reggaeton performer with those sunglasses. Though I doubt it gets cold enough in Puerto Rico to need a knit hat.

And as usual… The Creature and I wish you and yours a great Thanksgiving! Don’t forget the pie!

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Did you know that the music from the movie The Creature from the Black Lagoon was written by Henry Mancini? Not only is The Creature a fantastic movie, but the background music is top notch. Why am I telling you this? Because Thanksgiving is few weeks away which means, (cue trumpets) da da daaaaaaaaa… Creaturefeature! Can you tell I’m excited? Oh yeah, the rest of Thanksgiving is good, too. Like pie.

So I neglected to blog about a project I completed this summer. I knit a shawl for my aunt as a thank you present for letting us spend our vacation with her on Cape Cod. It turned out lovely! I call it my Ojos Que No Ven shawl named after the song by Alexis y Fido. It’s inevitable, all my projects have some reggaeton tie-in. 😉

Pattern: Feathers fichu by Elena ArsUna. Free Ravelry pattern
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Serena in colorway 9796 Mermaid (60% Alpaca, 40% Cotton)
Needles: size 2 US (size 5 for cast on edge)

Notes: The pattern didn’t contain gauge info so I swatched with size 2 needles and liked the drape of the fabric. I modified the pattern by casting on only 305 sts, and it turned out to be about 55″ straight across from tip to tip at the widest point. The colors in this yarn were amazing and my yarn choice worked out beautifully in this project. I highly recommend this shawl pattern and this yarn.

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The Drops scarf for my boss is coming along well. The pattern calls for knitting 2 halves and grafting them together in the center. I finished knitting the first chart on end 1 and I’m halfway through the first chart on end 2. I cast on fewer stitches to make the scarf narrower. Since I altered the stitch count, I have to come up with a different lace stitch for the next portion of the scarf. So this morning I grabbed all the Barbara Walker and Japanese stitch books from my shelf and charted 4 possibilities. Now I just need to pick one. This may take a while…

Right now the scarf looks all crumpled, but blocking is magic I tell you! I’m pretty sure the recipient of this scarf doesn’t read my blog. But if she does read my blog, she can pretend to be surprised, ok??

Oh, and as per Thanksgiving tradition, the Creature and I hope you all had a lovely holiday!

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I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday! As usual, we watched The Creature from the Black Lagoon, a Thanksgiving tradition in my family. After it finished my uncle suggested we watch The Blob. Wow, now that was a B movie if ever I saw one. Ah yes, Thanksgiving, a time for family, pumpkin pie and monster movies…

So I knit up this beret while we were in Portland. It’s from the book Handmade Underground Knitwear: 25 Fun Accessories for All Seasons by Laura Long and Melissa Halvorson. I can’t say the name of the beret as it shares the name of the recipient (and I do believe she reads my blog occasionally), but if you’re interested in knitting it, the beret can be found on p. 61.

I really wasn’t too taken with many of the other projects in this book, but I think this hat is just too cute! It knit up so darn fast that I’m tempted to knit another. I have extra yarn since I bought double what I needed. The pattern calls for 2 skeins of Misti Alpaca Chunky at 108 yds each (for a total of 216 yds). I’m convinced that’s a typo in the book, since I used just under 108 yds of the Frog Tree Alpaca Chunky. Just FYI.

Pattern: ***** Beret from the book “Handmade Underground Knitwear”
Yarn: Frog Tree Alpaca Chunky
Needles: size 10 US
Gauge: 16 sts and 20 rows = 4″

Next time I think I’ll go up to size 10.5 needles because the beret seems just a little snug, but I haven’t blocked it yet which could change everything…

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you have a wonderful day filled with good food, family and of course…


It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without watching the Creature from the Black Lagoon! It’s been a tradition in my family since I was little. While most families watch Miracle on 34th Street or Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, we watch the Creature. Don’t ask why. It just is. Anyway, I made sure to check out an extra video from the library just in case mine is faulty. A few years ago my VHS tape split in half, but fortunately for us, my dad had splicing tape at home (who has splicing tape just lying around??), and I knew how to splice videos. This year I didn’t want to take that chance. I don’t have any splicing tape! Gotta have a backup plan! And I should really get it on DVD.

Hmmmm, maybe I can finish knitting my Knitcircus submission during the Creature.

It is impossible. But I, Lucas, will do it.

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