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Bad Amy Knits

Foul temptress. Yarn Hoarder. General funktress of mayhem.

Updated: 2018-03-05T18:58:55.419-05:00


You have not updated your blog in like 16 years.


::tap tap tap::

Is this thing on?

So this winter I received a rather unceremonious outing by The Drunken Woodworker regarding my lack of blog activity. This Two-Shoes smarty-pants fellow may actually prod me into action again.

Now, the question is shall I continue with this old version, and on blogger, or venture into a new forum? I feel like I've stumbled upon my junior-high journals when I look through these ancient posts.

But then again, this blog has been going, albeit sporadically, since 2005. Many things are so different now as well. I suppose there isn't a wrong answer.

In the meantime, you can see current Bad Amy Knits posts of things on these fine outlets:


Thank you, NPR!


Thank you, NPR!original post: After Knitters Get In A Twist, USOC Apologizes For 'Cease And Desist' Letter   by Mark Memmott Enlarge Michael Brandy/AP Note to the USOC: Those are balls of yarn, not puts. It wouldn't seem to be a good idea to get 2 million people with pointy sticks angry at you, but the U.S. Olympic Committee did just that. So it has just apologized for sending a "cease and desist" letter to a social networking site for knitters that is holding its own sort-of Olympic games. Here's what the knotty legal dispute is about:   As Gawker reported, knitters were "in revolt" because the USOC's legal beagles got on their case this week over the website Ravelry's "Ravelympics" — featuring such competitions as the "Afghan marathon." To the USOC, that "may constitute trademark infringement, unfair competition and dilution of our famous trademarks," as its letter to Ravelry co-founder Casey Forbes states. "It's looking like we may have to rename the Ravelympics," Forbes said in a Ravelry post. But his fellow fans of the knit and the purl didn't give up easily. They left a ton of messages on U.S. Olympic Team's Facebook page, hit Twitter with their complaints, and emailed the USOC. Of particular concern to many: What they felt was the letter's insulting tone. Which led to the Olympics committee casting off the idea of going after the knitters. In a statement posted online this afternoon, spokesman Patrick Sandusky says in part: "Thanks to all of you who have posted, tweeted, emailed and called regarding the letter sent to the organizers of the Ravelympics. "Like you, we are extremely passionate about what we do. ... "The letter sent to the organizers of the Ravelympics was a standard-form cease and desist letter that explained why we need to protect our trademarks in legal terms. Rest assured, as an organization that has many passionate knitters, we never intended to make this a personal attack on the knitting community or to suggest that knitters are not supportive of Team USA. "We apologize for any insult and appreciate your support. We embrace hand-crafted American goods as we currently have the Annin Flagmakers of New Jersey stitching a custom-made American flag to accompany our team to the Olympic Games in London. To show our support of the Ravelry community, we would welcome any handmade items that you would like to create to travel with, and motivate, our team at the 2012 Games." So, it would seem, the USOC's plans to take legal action have unraveled. By the way, Two-Way readers may recall that we're something of a pro-knitting blog. See our post from Jan. 8: "At One Maryland Prison, They're 'Knitting Behind Bars.' " And for a more in-depth look at brands and trademarks, check On the Media's piece on "When A Brand Becomes Too Successful." (H/T to NPR's Howard Berkes.) Update at 2:15 p.m. ET. Early Reactions To The Apology Aren't Positive: [...]

Don't pee on my craft and tell me it's raining.


Ooops, if you send us your silly handcrafted things, does that make it all better? Wait, let's not forget the LOCOG beat the USOC to the punch by dissing the hours of talented crafting put into the handmade cushions by UK crafters and artisans. Maybe they would prefer if they were emblazoned with corporate logos and manufactured in a sweatshop?The cushion project that is so very disrespectful: Article in the Daily Mail about the refusal. But, oh sweetie, we're so very sorry. It was just a standard issue cease and desist letter. You know, the fancy kind that insults artisans and their craft.  I dare say, Abby Franquemont summed it up best: "Well, at least we know they aren't overspending on high-paid, competent PR staff." Jun 21, 2012, 12:07 PM ET Statement from USOC Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer Patrick Sandusky:“Thanks to all of you who have posted, tweeted, emailed and called regarding the letter sent to the organizers of the Ravelympics.Like you, we are extremely passionate about what we do. And, as  you may know, the United States Olympic Committee is a non-profit entity, and our Olympic team receives no government funding. We are totally dependent on our sponsors, who pay for the right to associate with the Olympic Movement, as well as our generous donors to bring Team USA to the Games. The letter sent to the organizers of the Ravelympics was a standard-form cease and desist letter that explained why we need to protect our trademarks in legal terms. Rest assured, as an organization that has many passionate knitters, we never intended to make this a personal attack on the knitting community or to suggest that knitters are not supportive of Team USA.We apologize for any insult and appreciate your support. We embrace hand-crafted American goods as we currently have the Annin Flagmakers of New Jersey stitching a custom-made American flag to accompany our team to the Olympic Games in London. To show our support of the Ravelry community, we would welcome any handmade items that you would like to create to travel with, and motivate, our team at the 2012 Games.” #knittingolympics #ravelympics  Perhaps I will add to my queue an extra-special chapstick cozy in the five Olympic colors for my contribution....   s[...]

2 Million Knitters with Pointy Sticks are Angry at the US Olympic Committee


...and don't you forget it!

#ravelympics #knittingolympics #usoc

April Stripey Spoiler!


La Violeta Stripe!
La Violeta Stripe!

Lucky Lucky!


Lucky Pot O'Gold sparkly handpainted sock yarn! Up at midnight. :D

I've got stripes...


Stripey Club is coming!

  • Bimonthly (3 shipments over 6 months), renewable subscriptions
  • First shipment will be first week of February 2011 (then the first week of April, June, etc.)
  • Colorways will be exclusive to club for 6 - 12 months
  • Complementing mini skein add-on option available for fancy toes, heels, cuffs
  • A sprinkling of swag and treats
  • On sale beginning on or about Dec 8th (I'll announce more detailed time etc)
  • Gift certificates can be used toward a club subscription. GCs are through Paypal and totally easy to work with. They're are available here if your special Santa needs a hint ;)



Magenta and Black make me happy!


Nymphadora Stripey Sock Yarn
Punk Skull Stripe Boxy Bag


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Fire burn, and caldron bubble


The threadbanger and they dyepot have been working overtime in a trick or treat candy-laden haze! Sock kits are forming up nicely!

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BAK Ravelry Group!


If you're in the know, you're on Ravelry. So stop by and say hi at the fancy new group for Bad Amy Knits.


See ya there! :D(image)

Boulder Holders!


Funniest Etsy Treasury I've been in yet: Over the Shoulder Boulder Holders!


Thanks BeadyEyedMonster! :D(image)

Fiber Cooperative is Live!


Calling all fiber-fiends... be sure to check out the newly formed FIBER COOPERATIVE for an awesome collection of fiber-related treats!(image)

HPKCHC Roundup May 2010


Less than 12 hours to turn in HPKCHC May 2010 projects. Get to stitchin'.Well, I thought I’d be more of a zen-quester, but apparently it’s not in my makeup. It’s okay as airmidm has reserved a bed at St. Mungos for me. Dungeon hotties on duty all holiday weekend.Potions, HoM, Herbology, Ancient Runes, DADA, and Charms completed and turned in and 9 Quidditch Hat Challenge hats finished. One HoM OWL approved and underway. For regular Quidditch, 2 of 12 preemie caps for my local hospital’s NICU. And I even picked up some Perle Cotton for the Headmistress Challenge bookmarks.Fine, what's this mean to the real life Muggle realm? It's competition. A knitting competition. It's a full-tilt Harry Potter geek-out. Plus a little bit of D&D... but with better hygiene.In alphabetical order, let's start with Ancient Runes....Ancient Runes:Assignment: Craft something based on or related to Norse mythology, or a god from the Norse Pantheon. Project: Mirmir’s spring of wisdom lies deep under the roots of Yggdrasil and its nourishing liquids feed the World Tree. Odin visited the giant Mimir in a quest to understand the secrets of the world, but the giant did not want to give his knowledge easily. Odin pledged his left eye to the mighty one. Mímir accepted Odin’s eye and showed him the mysteries of the world with a single drink of the enchanted water. His mouthful granted him wisdom and foresight. It is due to this sacrifice that Odin’s face is depicted with a straight line indicating an empty eye, or alternately, in a wide-brimmed hat pulled down low over the missing orb. Odin’s eye now sits at the bottom of the Well of Wisdom as a sign that the father of the gods had paid the price for wisdom. I chose to knit a tribute to Odin’s sacrificed eye to honor the Norse God’s search for knowledge. I envision its iris in bold blues - Bright and clear in the search for understanding. It seems most at home in a barren tree, similar to the one from which Odin hung for nine nights in his search for the ultimate wisdom. I do fear, however, that this noble tribute to Odin closely resembles a catnip ball and is at risk of becoming a simple toy to a nearby trio of fierce house cats that don’t worry themselves with worldly knowledge.ETA: (note from my husband….) More importantly, Odin was a hair metal glam band from Los Angeles during the nineteen-eighties. They were forever immortalized in the classic motion picture “Decline of the Western Civilization Part 2”. During production, the film was intended to be a serious documentary. However, given 20 some odd years to ferment, the film has blossomed into a self deprecating comedy. Charms:Assignment: This month we will be working on Charmed Creatures. Craft something inspired by either Birds, Rabbits or Dragons. Literal interpretations are welcome as are the more abstract ideas. Charms to use: Avifors – charm used to turn small objects into birds – used by Hermione in Half Blood Prince to create the birds she then sent after Ron with Oppugno; Lapifors – used to charm a small rabbit statue to life; Draconifors – used to charm a small dragon statue to life Project: I am not a morning person. I despise the sound of any muggle-invented alarm clock, so waking up in time for classes is a challenge in the dark dorms of Slytherin. After running late too many times, I’ve found a quite pleasant yet effective way to wake in the morning. I tried the Avifors charm on the clunky alarm on my nightstand and I now enjoy the morning song and chirps of this little bird as I wake each day. It has, according to my Hufflepuff classmates, greatly improved my Slytherin disposition.DADA (Defense Against the Dark Arts):Assignment: This month, [...]

American Beauty Rose Headband


I love this headband so much! I see a collection of them in my near future.


Pattern: American Beauty Rose Headband by Ashley Kearns
Needles: US 6 - 4.0 mm
Yarn: Handpaint Springy Fingering by BadAmy (green) and Alchemy Lone Star (purple)

* Blocked headband,rose, and leaf separately before sewing.
* Main color (fingering wt) is held triple give gauge of 16/4”. CO 64 for headband for similar diameter as written for pattern.

HPKCHC: Herbology May 2010

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Start your needles! Hat Challenge!


From the HPKCHC* Hat Challenge - May 15, 2010

24 hours. Knit as many hats as you can/want/until your fingers fall off.

I finished 9 awesomely thick and cozy button band hats. Woot! It was a great day of competition and camaraderie on Ravelry. All for charity, all for fun.

Lots of folks would like to knit this hat so here's the pattern I used.

Here's the quick and dirty version. I'd love to hear any comments or see pics of your hats! I'm BadAmy on Ravelry.


**For those who can't wait for a pretty version in PDF:**

If you're on Ravelry, here's the project page.

* **Yarn:** Approx 70-80 yards (?) Super bulky yarn, 2.5 stitches/inch (10 sts/10 cm)
* 1 ball Rowan Big Wool = 1 hat with some remaining
* 2 balls Lion Thick & Quick = 3 hats

* **Gauge:** 10 stitches / 4 inches (10cm)

* **Needles:** 11 to 15 depending on **YOUR** gauge...

* *For these hats I used US10 Addi Turbo 16" circ for the button band and body of the hat and switched to Bryspun US11 dpns at beginning of decrease section ... I'm a pretty loose knitter on Addi circs and much tighter on acrylic or wood dpns!)*

* Test your gauge, pretty please. My gauge changes drastically when I switch to dpns... yours may too.

* The button band is equally pretty done in moss/seed stitch!

* CO 52
* knit 8 or 10 rows (4 or 5 garter ridges)
* B/O 7, knit to end of row
* join to knit in the round, place marker at beginning of round
* knit about 15 rounds (fewer for a shorter hat)
* switch to dpns:
* knit 7, k2tog, repeat to end
* knit
* knit 6, k2tog, repeat to end
* knit
* knit 5, k2tog, repeat to end
* knit
* knit 4, k2tog, repeat to end
* knit 3, k2tog, repeat to end
* knit 2, k2tog, repeat to end
* knit 1, k2tog, repeat to end
* k2tog, repeat to end
* draw yarn through remaining stitches
* HAT!

Don't forget to:
* Weave in ends.
* Block.
* Sew a pretty button on the flap, stitching through to interior of hat. I used 1.5" buttons. For best button results, reinforce the decorative button with a flat button placed between the flap and the exterior of the hat.

*HPKCHC - Harry Potter Knit Crochet House Cup(image)

Juicy Treasury!


LaurenceCollection made a TREASURY called "O is for Orange !!" featuring one of my knitting project bags!

The colors of this treasury are hypnotically juicy and full of summer.

I'm off to continue my happy dance! Go and leave a comment on the Treasury, maybe it'll hit the front page... dream dream dream....

... and another!

Holy flying tongues, Batman!


(image) These are my pal Sarah's corgies in today's snow. Her caption on Facebook?
Holy flying tongues, Batman!

These are a few pics from our local ABC network affiliate - all sent in by viewers. I'm staying IN my house so please enjoy photos from these brave souls.

(image) Seriously dude, what are you thinking? Get in the house.

(image) Silly Nutkin.

I know we're not the only area in the snow wallop, but man, that's a LOT of snow! And I love it. :)(image)

Hearts For Haiti!


Have you checked Etsy's Hearts For Haiti? A shop full of awesomeness!

It's an Etsy collective of donated items from hundreds of Etsy shops to raise money to rebuild Haiti. 100% of the proceeds from this shop (minus Etsy fees and Paypal fees) go directly to DoctorsWithoutBorders .

I did volunteer work in Haiti when I was 19 years old. It was hard and rewarding and will always be with me. Thank you for keeping her people in your thoughts.

Here's my donation this month to Hearts For Haiti... go check out the great stuff there.

Gothy Valentine Project Bag, about 8"x 4.5"x 4.5". Wild hot magenta cheetah print inside. Tres chic.(image)

Who took my Christmas mojo?


Look Ma! Front page! ----->

And apologies for those that tune in for knitting. We will return to our regular knitting programming next week once gifties are revealed.

Holiday goodness? Cookies will be my downfall with the weight watchers. A little holiday binge will do some good, right? I've also had that dang "I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas" stuck in my head for what is starting to seem like all of eternity. It alternates with Spike Jones' "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth", so at least I have some variety. What is wrong with me? I suppose it beats some Mariah Carey schlock stuck in my brain.

Secret Christmas knitting is going well, but the heat is on to get all the projects done in the next week. Socks, mitts, sock monkeys, pajamas (sewn, not knit), and more candy canes. I've noticed a growing lack of patience with the amount of time required to complete knit items other than ornaments. They're pretty quick so when I have to work for more than an hour on a foot of a sock, I'm starting to get cranky. Knitterly brat, I am.

There's no tree, yet, in our house. No lights. A door swag sits on the porch waiting to be hung. The Christmas mojo just hasn't hit and that's really really really odd for Lambert Drive. Not even any baking. It seems there's a lot of folks in similar modes this year and it kinda bums me out. But evidently not enough to actually DO something about it.

It snowed - finally! That's helping the mood, but it's still lacking. What grinch-of-apathy bit my behind this year? Hmmm. Maybe a good stiff egg nog will help the outlook. It certainly can't hurt a snowy Saturday afternoon.

Despite the lack of Christmas motivation, I hope the end of this year is ending well for everyone and your needles are happily clicking away. I'm off to find some nog. And brandy. Brandy first. :)


Treasury got even better!


I'm in not one, but TWO, Etsy Treasury Collections! I'm so silly excited! :D

Candy Cane Theme Treasury:

Minty Fresh Treasury:

Thanks Sbdesign and RelicSoapCompany! You made my day! :D(image)



I'm so happy with my new little knitties! Hopefully I'll have gobs of them to take to my family this Christmas... knit! knit! knit!

(image) Little sweater, top-down, totally seamless, about 3 1/2 inches tall. Cute.
Rowanspun Aran & Fishermans Wool

(image) Candy canes! Yum! Some are about 7", some about 4".
Cascade 220 and Fishermans Wool

Do you like them? Would a pattern be helpful to anyone? I can post one when I get a chance.


You know the Harlot?!


For those on Ravelry, a little tidbit from my local group... and no, I don't know the Harlot. But she sure seems to know me. I've been outed.

I suppose now we all know where the BAD part comes from. ;)

*apologies to those not on Rav .(image)




WTF?! Sock yarn does not count as stash, right?

Why, WEBS, why??


Why, WEBS, why?? ...are you trying to break my heart?

I fill my shopping cart with your wonderful yarny goodness and successfully go through checkout.... then, several days later, I get notice that half or more of the order isn't available.

Just stab me in the heart and get it over with.(image)

Stitching up some goodies!


I'm slowly adding knitting project bags and other knitting goodies to etsy... take a peek if you like. There will be new batches coming and you can even win one with Through The Loops Socktoberfest Mystery Sock KAL!

(don't worry, you can check my history...I've been selling for a while as BeehiveBetty.)

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