Rusted Root

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Rusted Root.
Load the album When I Woke, track one.

Rusted Root

Pattern: Rusted Root by Zephyr Style
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Provincial Rose
Needles: Addi circulars size 6 and 4
Thoughts: I love this top!  There’s pretty much nothing to it.  It’s knit in the round with the 15 stitch lace panel.  Throw some ribbing on it and you’re ready for rockin’ out before you know it!  This bad boy had to be ripped out right around the end of the sleeve area because I had been following the directions wrong… but I’m happy I did and stuck with it. 

I didn’t make any modifications but might change up the leaf pattern if I did knit this again.  (I have a sick amount Brown Sheep CF so it’s possible I will be doing another in a different color… then again they’re always Green Gable.)  I did the shaping as stated for the 2nd size up and it fits like a glove.

Rusted Root

continue on to track two… Ecstasy.


Filling Space

48 Things You Could Care Less About

1. FIRST NAME? Margaux

2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? My great-grandmother Margarita.  My parents chose this spelling – I like to think I am like a fine wine 😉

3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? At a wedding, it’s amazing how time flies.

4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Yes.  But you should see my Mothers.

5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHMEAT? I would have to say Turkey. (boring i know)


7. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? i used to have a written one but now it seems that this has taken it’s place

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes, but born without wisdom teeth.. hmmmm


10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? I am loyal to the Tiger. Their GGGRReat

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? No, I struggle to kick them off only to realize that won’t work and then I bend over to untie them.  Will I ever learn? No.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? When I’m with my friends, yes.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR? Nothing to me beats a very delicious Vanilla. I LOVE Vanilla.

14. SHOE SIZE? 8 

5. RED OR PINK? pink with hints of red


17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? I really miss my brother who lives in London.

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? Hey if that means they read the blog-digity, sure!

19. WHAT COLOR PANTS, SHIRT AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Black pants, camel color shirt, black shoes.  I’m at work now… (shhhhush!)

20. LAST THING YOU ATE? chicken fajitas… i am starving for breakfast.

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? the drone of my computer.


23. FAVORITE SMELL? Anything being cooked (preferably empanadas) in my mom’s kitchen.



26. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON you stole THIS from? I am a double stealer and I heart them both

27. FAVORITE DRINK? A Gin and Tonic

28. FAVORITE SPORT? can’t decide… basketball, baseball, wrestling with a HUGE Knot (nothing like the feeling of accomplishment when it comes clean).

29. EYE COLOR? Brown

30. HAT SIZE? Medium-Small

31. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? I’m toooo lazy.

32. FAVORITE FOOD? See above smell, Mom’s Empanandas


35. SUMMER OR WINTER? I like the season that goes from Summer to Winter.

36. HUGS OR KISSES? I’m a hugger.

37. FAVORITE DESSERT? LAVA CAKE.  Must. Go. To. Chart. House. Now.

38. WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? definitely an email forward.

39. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? yup. definitely

40. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? None at the moment.  I do have a collection that I want to read.  The first of which is The Kite Runner. 

41. WHAT’S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Nothing, I have one of those wireless mice. (is that what you call them in plural?)

42. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV? LOST.  And yes I am more and more Lost every time I watch it.

43. FAVORITE SOUNDS? anything my boyfriend makes up (for now it’s the word terrible with an elongated Teeeeeerr), the ding of new emails in my inbox, my parents voices…

44. ROLLING STONE OR BEATLES? the Stones. I mean these guys don’t stop. I’m surprised they don’t have oxygen tanks on their stage.

45. THE FURTHEST YOU’VE BEEN FROM HOME? Barcelona – but only for a day.

46. WHAT’S YOUR SPECIAL TALENT? I’m all special.


48. WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Lifted from Cara/JulieFrick. 

This is the best way to procrastinate from work.  Perhaps I should go earn my paycheck now…


Is this heaven?

No.  It’s Rheinback.

Certainly Kevin Coster would have been at Rheinback if it wasn’t for the Mohegan Sun 10th anniversary… I suppose he felt that Dancing with Wolves was a more grossing movie than Field of Dreams.  Baseball maybe America’s past time but try a telling that to a bunch of passionate knitters.

Wow.  That’s all I can say.  Wow.  Upon entering the fairgrounds I got chills.  Thinking about what was going to be ahead of me.  Of all the yarns, fibers, books, needles, wheels… gosh you name it… I had to turned off the car and sit there for a moment before I headed in.  I needed some sort of plan for fear that I would choke… not knowing what yarns to buy and then leave with none or one… 

I went to Rheinback on Sunday… I missed out on the blogger meet up which I hear was a mob scene.  I didn’t get to buy any Socks that Rock (nor stand on the 2 hour line that it caused) but I did get to see Cara, Ann and Vicki.   Cara’s Seraphim was simply beeeautiful in person! And I got to see the Original Jaywalkers… boy they ROCK!! It’s so good to see she wears them with Pride.  As would I!

I passed Margene but didn’t get to say hi (sorry Margene, HI!!!) And I passed the Harlot, who was just carrying on like everyone else.  And now I keep reading updates from all these other bloggers that were there and I just didn’t know it.  I wanted to concentrate on the fiber for my first time and that’s just what I did.  So many things to see!  Alpacas, sheep, lamas… roving, wheels, spindles… oh my.

The yarns… oh there was no where to begin.  My friend and I did a full scoping of the whole fairgrounds and then the purchasing began.  I got some nice brown wool (below, off to the right) from Nick’s Meadow Farm which I want to use for Demi from Rowan Vintage Knits. (I keep seeing it pop up here and there… such a great challenging knit)  And then my Special Treat…

Foxfire Fiber Silk/Wool Cormo

Foxfire Fibers Cormo Silk/Wool in Cedar… It was one of the first things I saw and I couldn’t get my mind off of it.  I figured what the heck, this is for me and might as well treat myself… I plan on using this for Jemima.  I bought more than enough yarn which makes me giddy to think what else I can use it for! It’s Luxurious… So soft and the owner Barbara was so nice.  I definitely will order more from her and I am so impatient to cast on! I need a contrasting color though for Jemima and I’m thinking an oatmeal color…

I also finished Julie’s Scarf this weekend. A whole two weeks early! I plan on giving it to her before her race as an incentive.  I love love love the color.  It reminds me of the changing leaves in October. It’s Manos color 111 and I used Size 10.5 for the Mistake Rib.  It knitted up so quickly… ahh a FO!

Julie's Scarf

Now to wait a WHOLE other year for this wonderful experience…. If you knit it, Rheinback will come.

General Knitting


I’m feeling all sorts of R-a-n-d-o-m today.  Not like any of my posts have followed a strict beginning, middle and end sequence anyway.

– I’m so freakin’ happy it’s Friday! I had a pretty busy week and finally my on the road phase of my job is drawing to a close.  Today was the final day of back to back presentations.  I can now return to a more normal work day.  This gives me and my car much joy.

– The scarf for Julie is coming along fabulously. I can’t stop looking at it. The dying that manos is famous for is amazing to me.  Plus the feel!  It’s so squishy! I’m so happy I went up the needle size.  I’m on to the next ball and expect a solid finish.  Just in time for her marathon!  Ahh scarves they are just such an immediate release.

– Rusted Root, after having a false start is also well on it’s way.  I’m just above the shaping and I think it’s gonna fit!!  It’s become a nice, relaxing, meditative, tv along knit.  The pattern is clearly written (even though I managed to get confused, it’s all me folks, allll me) and the leaf motif is cute too.  I would have maybe decrease the stitches differently but I’m working it like the pattern showed me and perhaps I’ll change it up a bit if I make another.  Fab job Zypher ladies!

– My needles have come in so I can finally finish the BOLERO!  I’m worried though about the picking up of stitches.  I feel like I’m going to need a few cups of coffee to concentrate.  I do have plans to make another bolero for my mother. 

– For all my Hoboken area knitters: we’re trying to make the Hoboken SnB knitting group grow so here’s my plug for all my blog readers.  Tuesday nights starting at 7:30 at the Frozen Monkey Cafe off of Washington Street between 5th and 6th!  Come and play! If you’re just visiting Hoboken, come too!

– Lastly, HELLO RHEINBACK!!! Oh my goodness, I’m almost in denial that it’s this weekend.  Granted I won’t have my Rusted Root, but I do have my socks from long ago AND my scarf.  I feel like it’s going to the North Pole and meeting Santa Claus! I am worried that it’s going to be pure sensory overload.  I’m traveling up and back from Hoboken with a friend so it’s a full day fibery road trip. 

I hope everyone has a nice, relaxing, fun filled weekend!

General Knitting, Life

You must have heard me wrong…

when I said that this would be my Rheinback knit.  I meant Rheinback 07.. oh yeah definitely 07.

Rusted Take Two

Well I guess it was wishful thinking or perhaps it was a really rediculously bad guessing on my part that this would be ready in time for Rheinback  OR perhaps it was because that two days ago I frogged the whole thing considering I realized I had been following the pattern alllll wrong. 

You know those numbers in the parenthsis that are there for the mulitple sizes – riiight, those rows… the ones I should be increasing and decreasing on? Yeah well I don’t pay attention to those much.  I had a really bad feeling that the whole project was a bust from the start.  I was worried that my gauge was too tight and then with the lack of rows being done because of my misreading the whole shirt was off. At one point I held it up to myself in the mirror and got scared that I was indeed growing.

Needless to say I’m not giving up! This is now being my, uhh, …… Thanksgiving Shirt! HA!  I am still however going to Rheinback and will be sporting my Backyard Leaves scarf and maybe take my NBaT on it’s first venture out of the apartment.

I must confess I wasn’t up to posting today.  I did myself in this weekend by participating in a Charity Pub Crawl.  No one told me that being 26 is SO Not like you’re 21 or 22 and that drinking from 3:30 to Midnight is a Bad Idea at my age.  What’s this about a two day hangover???  But I casted on something new that said to me, "put down your water and advil and get to that computer to share this":

Julie's Scarf

The pattern is a mistake rib-stitch.  I casted on 31 stitches and am
using Manos with size 10.5 needles.  I wanted the stitches to be nice
and big so it is wonderfully squeezeable.  I am LOVING the color and how it’s coming out.  The purples and oranges and browns.  IT’s screaming fall!

The scarf is for my dear friend Julie who is running the NYC Marathon.  She has also done a triathelon in Hawaii for the group who hosted the Pub Crawl to benefit the Lukemia and Lymphoma Society.  I am so proud and amazed by her (pretty much in every way).  If I haven’t mentioned this before,  I have the most amazing girlfriends in the world.  I’m freakin’ blessed!  And Jules is among them. (Dana is the champ who came with me to the NY Stitch Out, god love her, I will soon get her to blog, MU ha Ha! But there are so many more  important girlfriends that I don’t even get to mention here! I’m telling you… blessed!)  I’m hoping to finish Julie’s scarf for her big run on Nov. 5 (06.. yes, 06)…  so that when she’s done and feeling so accomplished she can wrap it around her deserving neck and get warm again.


10 after 10

10 Knittery Things you Don’t Know About Me:

1. I wanted to learn how to knit in college.  I remember the first time I became really interested was during my sophomore year in my Public Speaking class.  Our assignment was an instructional speech.  I decided to lecture about how to make my mother’s Arroz con Gandules.  I did not bring any rice with me and I "pretended" to cook the food.  My classmate, who’s name escapes me now, showed us how to knit a hat.  And the hat she brought was a fair isle cap that I thought was amazing.  I fell in Love.  I didn’t learn until after I graduated and it’s possible had I did I wouldn’t have gotten my degree.

2.  I like to start projects and feel it’s a chore to finish them.  I’m someone who can go on spurts of excitment and then a big cool down.  Hense the start of tons of projects and not many FOs.  I get all frustrated because I think the satifaction of a finished project is so necessary! Currently I have rusted root, a bolero, a shawl, two socks and a scarf on the needles.

3.  I am a yarn snob.  I squish my nose at the idea of going to Michael’s or AC Moore to get yarn.  I hate fuzzy fugly looking yarns.  I love to get pretty yarns and rightfully so, if i’m going to spend a long time creating great knits, my yarn better be grand.  I don’t mind knitting with mohair or fuzzy yarns but greatly prefer soft and smooth yarns.

4. I am a pattern snob, too.  I love crisp, classic designs and I abhorr designs that have ugly looking color work or look too cheesily simple.  I find that I like patterns from IK or Vogue. I will not pass judgement on other knit pattern magazines, but some of the patterns (w/fringe, etc.) are so awful they give knitting a bad name.

5. I have an ever growing stash that I hide in my closet so people who come by my apartment don’t yell at me for spending my money on yarn.  I just can’t stop.

6. I usually buy yarn with a project in mind.  Sometimes that project fizzles out and the yarn just hangs out waiting to be re-inspired by a different pattern.

7. I am a competitive knitter.  I like learning new things and feeling that I know a little bit more than the next knitter.  I also will challenge myself to be a better knitter.  Like my egomaniac post yesterday  – I also Love people who compliment my knitting.

8.  I sometimes get stuck on a pattern or I’ll stop if something (even a little thing) goes out of wack.  I won’t fix it right away and use the pause to start another pattern.  Just like what’s happening to the Bolero. I don’t have size 3 needles to do the rib border, hense the start of Rusted Root.

Debbie Bliss Bolero

9. I haven’t tried Fair Isle yet and find it intimidating even though many people have said it’s Not That Bad.

10. I feel a bit "less of a knitter" for the fact that I knit throwing the yarn and I go back and forth about switching this to "scooping" it with my left hand.  I think I make pretty damn good stitches but feel that there’s this stigma that you’re a better knitter if you hold the yarn in the left hand.  Like I’m a super beginner for knitting English and those who knit Continential are far superior.  But I like the way I knit and the I like way my projects come out, so why should I change?


Tonight Tonight

So here we are…10 – 10.

I love birthdays.  I love celebrating them.  Love singing that corny song in harmony, in spanish or in hum.  I just love it.  It’s the one day that’s just centered around stories or memories of You.  I know that sounds rather selfish, but sometimes it’s good to be selfish.  It’s good to admit that you like it sometimes when the attention is on You.

I am someone who loves to give to others.   Who loves to do things that make life a bit better for someone else.  I also on the other hand love doing my own thing.  Love making Me happy too and love that I found knitting as something that makes ME happy.   

Ten years ago today (gasp!) I was celebrating my Sweet 16.  The Yankees were winning the World Series (shocker!) and I remember not having a care in the world.  Now things are much different.  I have many worries (bills, family, relationships, whether to YO or K2tog) and the Yankees are at home, like me, watching the World Series. In between I’ve lived a life of stupid mistakes, amazing experiences, new ventures, rolled-eyed-senarios – all in all I’ve been blessed.  Parents who have been so uneblieveable understanding.  Friends who have pushed and challenged me and yet never judge.  A man, who has been so clearly someone I need and love dearly, that has never left my side even when I’ve done some mean pushing.

At this point in my life, I feel like I can take on any challenge whether it be Fair Isle or a new Job. And let it come because I’m still young and I’ve got much spunk left in me. (except for the lava cake that sitting in my stomach. YUM) 

I’ve started something new on this birthday… welcome to the family – Rusted Root.

Rusted Root

New year, new age, new knits 🙂


Gaining Satisfaction


Pattern: Odessa (sans beads)
Yarn: RY Cashsoft DK
Needles: Addis Size 6 and 4, 40in, magic loop method

With the weather what it is today (80 degrees!!) it’s hard to see when I’m going to start wearing this hat. Perhaps this Indian Summer will end soon so I can!  If I make it again I’m going to use an aran weight, I don’t like so many holes in a pattern where I wasn’t too sure it was supposed to be ‘lacy’. It was super quick to knit and the pattern repeat was easy to memorize. It was also a great hat to practice examining your stitches. Enough SSKs make you realize that Yes they slant to the left.

This was the first time I knitted a hat with the magic loop and I find it completely satisfying.  Like I said before, if you’re into knitting with 2 circs I think this is a no brainer to try.  It saves such moola in buying DPNs But again, you gotta love what you make and how you make it so to each his/hers own! This methods was perfect for me.

I was feeling a little frustrated for not having a FO  for what seemed like a really long time… perhaps it’s because I kept on casting on for things but not finishing them. Plus the fact that my knitting time has been minimal this past week… AND when you have 3 to 4 projects on the needles of course it takes longer to finish them all because of giving each time.   I have been thirsting for that FO satisfaction… a big Old Check mark in the DONE column.  A hat will do that every time!

I still have the Bolero to finish, I’ve just finished the back and am working on the two fronts… PLUS, I want to cast on for the Rusted Root which I had so decidedly declared was my Rheinback knit! Perhaps the bolero will take it’s place? I also have another sock to finish and I once again am getting an urge to cast on for something new…  I feel like that whole metaphor of starting things and not finishing them is such a theme to my LIFE sometimes!

I did a bit of charity knitting this week.  I confess that I’m not good at doing those sorts of things on my own. I don’t mind at ALL knitting for people I love, I actually take a bit of pride in what I create for friends and family, knowing that they cherish and appreciate the time and love that goes into it.  But I just am not good with the charity knitting, I have great intentions and I want to but  I just don’t follow through.  I have about 3 hats in my apartment waiting to be mailed out to a charity for months now and I just haven’t gotten around to mailing them… what’s my deal? I need a good swift kick in the butt sometimes to get me going… enter Patricia!

This past Monday, Patricia from Patricia’s Yarns in Hoboken hosted a charity knitting party.  We drank wine and ate Fabulous Brick oven pizza at Grimaldi’s while knitting these cute bears. We are knitting for the Mother Bear Project, which donates  bears to children who are born with HIV and AIDS in Africa.  I find it funny that we are knitting bears wearing pants, sweaters and scarves to children who may not have the necessity to wear any of the kind! BUT alas, it is for a good cause and the faces of the children who receive these bears are priceless. 

I’m one leg short of sewing the bear up, so I’m pouring myself a beer, turning on the Yanks and enjoying my charity knit for the night.


coming up for fresh fall air

October is here!  And how do I heart thee?  Not only is this my favorite month of the year (**cough**birthday** cough**) but it is also Breast Cancer Awareness month AND Socktoberfest!


And just in time, too.  A finished Trekking Jaywalker.  This sock has defintely come out way better than expected.  The color change has just pleasantly surprised me every stitch of the way.  It sadly will only be a singular sock as this is a sample for my friend’s shop but that doesn’t mean I won’t be buying this yarn off her now!

colorjaywalker                         colorjaywalker3

The pattern is just a great classic to me now.  Grumperina is a genius. (how gorgeous is her Shetland shawl… dude i gotta finish mine!)

So where have I been you ask?  Well life in tentenknits land has been hectic.  I’m even surprised I got through the way I did and am able to tell the tale! As an admissions director this time of the year is our busiest.  I’m always on the road pitching my school to every 8th grader girl in my county.  My voice getting more hoarse with every 30 min presentation I give (and I had TEN in 4 days).  I also had our major Open House this weekend which is perhaps one of the most important days of my job.  The Big Show.  The put-my-money-where-my-mouth-is moment. But there was One More Thing to add:

One of my close friends was getting married and I was the maid of honor. So needless to say, last  Monday – seeing ALL this ahead of me i just couldn’t Think of knitting nor blogging.  My mantra was "one day at a time".  This wedding has been good training for me.  I’ve never been a bridesmaid before let along a maid of honor.  Her family has been so generous with me and for that I am greatful.  The whole affair was lovely – I even sang.  I didn’t realize that one of the altar servers was a girl at my school and the following day at the Open House she came up to me and was shocked at the fact that I did. 

Imagine if she knew I could knit a mean jaywalker?

And today, huraay for today, I took off from work to reset my batteries and to blow some dust off some knitting projects which seem to be growing in number.