Secret Mojo Dumbs It Down for You

August 24, 2006


Filed under: blogging,Blogroll,Knitting — secretmojo @ 10:31 pm

[I’m knitting a hat for Made By Hand. And I’m an idiot. Which means you can do it too!]

Currently: Section Anna (ribbing)

Many online pals jumped in to encourage me when I began my knitting journey. It’s payback time.


Anna gets the first 2 rows of stockinette stitch for her tale of New Mexico wonder. She also gets the 4 rows of painstaking ribbing before that for all the pursuasion help she’s given—if she’s masochistic enough to take them.

Fencer gets the first off-white stripe. No worries, Fencer, by this time I’ll know what I’m doing, and the jumbled stitches will be all part of the plan (read: “Freedom Agenda”).

The third stripe, back in blue, will be Firefly’s. This will be in honor of her fluttering about, delivering morsels of knitting enthusiasm, adding to the cumulative pressure that drives a guy to knit.

The fourth white stripe will be for Charlotte, who always pens a great post, and who suggested that a guy knitting is an odd tale worth telling. I have not yet learned how to knit like a man, though I think the cussing was a good start. I’m at a frontier here, but by grabbing her suggestion by the balls and shaking the crap out of it till it screams like a little girl, I will discover by stripe four what a “Man Knit” may be like.

Fifth stripe, by my prediction, will be a quick roll of the needles. Done in less than 30 minutes. This will be Mi Pura Vida’s, for her punchy writing style, and to alleviate all the troubles she’s been through.

Katie will receive the sixth white stripe, because she wished me good luck, and because she will, like me, knit a rather hilarious looking hat, but on purpose.

Sixth also goes to fiberfetish, who warned me that I wouldn’t be able to see my stitches with “Homespun” yarn, well before I knitted two together by mistake!

Seventh and final stripe? I wanted to give this one to Anna again, but I will leave it free, because:

The seaming goes to Anna, not only as a warning that I will be collecting that ice cream cone soon, but because the seam is the thread that keeps it all together.

The tassels go to kisknit, because this will be my final act, the culmination of a month’s plus work, and she’d be the one who gave me a reason to finish.

And the whole hat, of course, will go to a person who, in a heartbeat, would swap the entirety of my knitting troubles for a day of their own.



  1. I’m down with masochism. Knit away!

    Comment by Anna — August 24, 2006 @ 11:39 pm | Reply

  2. I’m touched by this commemoration as a stripe in this knitted cap… It’s not often that something like that happens to me, and I have you to thank for it!

    Now I really have a stake in the successful completion of your knitting extravaganza.

    Comment by fencer — August 25, 2006 @ 2:08 am | Reply

  3. I would be in a blue mood were it not for your humbly tendered dedication. And I thought you didn’t care …


    Comment by firefly8868 — August 25, 2006 @ 9:59 am | Reply

  4. Okay, first, I almost started crying. Bastard! (said in a very nice and friendly way). Second. I’m a tassel! That totally rocks! I think I would be a tassel in real life. So, thank you. And I think I’ll pass one of the tassels to my mother who, through her death, inspired this whole project. And finally, thank you for giving me a good reason to smile today.

    Comment by kisknit — August 25, 2006 @ 3:42 pm | Reply

  5. Thanks! I’ll think of you as I make my boings… 🙂

    Comment by Katie — August 28, 2006 @ 12:19 am | Reply

  6. It’s an awesome project. And now I can’t wait to see my stripe!

    Comment by fiberfetish — September 5, 2006 @ 6:57 pm | Reply

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