Yarnderful News Everyone!

Felicitations Lords and Ladies of the Virturealm,

I have been ill (again) with a double Dutch ear infection. It took 20 days to convince my ears to pop. So in other words, my ears thought we were on the longest plane ride in history. Additionally, I have been caught up in the Oompa Loompa-lympics. Despite my agreement to read and not watch ye olde boob tube this year (have you visited Under Library Arrest lately? No? Shame on you!) I can’t pull myself away. In fact I missed work last week to watch the live stream of the downhill slurpee slalom. Those little green-haired fellows sure have winter sporting skills! Next week the ice dancing at fudgesicle lake begins. I can hardly wait!


In the craftiverse I have been caught up in yarn like you wouldn’t believe. Much like a curious kitten trapped in a knitting basket, yarn has me in its clutches. Cold weather always makes me yearn for yarn. I made a thank you headband for my delightful neighbor. The headband is a wide chevron stitch made from two shades of blue, finished off with a touch of single crochet rows. I might post a pattern here if I make another.


I tried out a bit of Tunisian crochet and hooked up a washcloth. The basic Tunisian stitch makes such a delightfully graphic pattern. Though I am still not certain I am finishing my rows correctly. I made a little video of my crochet attempt, hopefully showing my incorrect end technique.


Lastly, I’ve plotted a breakfast food scarf. I have one toast so far, but I am not certain I have the colors right. I made a video of this as well. Should the toast stand alone? Is the butter invited? You decide!

Speaking of videos, my darling Mr. McCluckin’ happened upon an intriguing app while traipsing about the app shoppe. Vine records 6 second videos that repeat continuously. It’s so simple but so much fun. I’ve been making them non-stop for since my discovery of the app. Soon I hope to purchase a submarine to make 6 second videos about creepy fish and torpedoes. Think of all the fun to be had! I’ll be posting my videos on twitter as I make them so perhaps you should consider following me? I’m known around those parts as @henonthetown.

My, look at the time. I best be off, the Oompa Loompa Choco Taco hurling match is about to begin and I simply can’t miss it. So have a lovely evening, and I can’t wait to see you again.

All the best,

Henny Penny

A Farewell to 2012s

Bonjourno Internet Citizens!

Well the year is quite nearly over. Can you believe we made it through Ragnorak? I didn’t think we could, but as it turns out the magic was inside us the whole time. We didn’t even need the “hubcap of ultimate power,” it was in fact useless.

InfinityThis holiday season was a blur! My tip to you, fair readers, is do not visit another mystical land for 2 weeks in December. It makes the holiday rush so terribly stressful. I did manage to make one infinity scarf for my darling lady friend. I am confident it will keep her neck warm, or at a minimum provide a conversation piece as she attempts to exit it’s many looping folds.

Mr. McCluckin’ and I have been known to host the Feast of the 7 Fishes! This year we had a very serious discussion about the feast and decided to keep it small. Instead of inviting everyone under the sun, we tried to keep the gathering to friends, family and beloved neighborhood scamps. In the end we welcomed 20 people to our home instead of the usual 40 and we served them fishes like never before. There was a trout pate and green curry salmon (these were brought by guests). We made cioppino (fish gut soup), baccala balls (rehydrated fish rolled into balls), sausage and peppers (from pigs) and marinara and noodles. In case you were wondering, I don’t much care for fish. I do on the other hand care for feasts and traditions. So we made our house smell of cat food, no worries, everyone had a ball (made of fish)!

Maybe it was the savagery that came with Ragnorak on the 21st, but this holiday season was insane-pants. Every time I turned around I discovered 7 unfinished tasks. Even as we enter 2013 I realize there’s so much I had hoped to do. On the plus side, there are very few Mayan apocalypses in 2013, so I think it might be a productive year.

Let’s talk about resolutions! I like to make grand resolutions that rarely have any grounding in reality (just like everyone else).

I plan to:

Figure out how to use the Flickr app on my phone.

Ignite my Apple abilities by using the crap out of my iPad.

Overthrow the leaders of Banana Republic and plunder their natural khaki resources.

Read more (expect exciting things on this subject soon!)

Teach the wee dogs to moonwalk.

Visit not-too-distant lands, like Glenwood Springs, Columbus and Boston.

Invent a new language.

Whelp, those seem to all be in order. I expect you internetters to hold me to them! Let’s ring in the new year right with our ____________ (crafty tool) at hand and our _______________ (favorite animal) upon our laps!

Wishing you, yours and the other people you know but don’t count among your inner circle, a very merry new year!


Henny Penny