Jessa Knits

I take pictures and knit. And take pictures of things I've knitted. I also spend too much time on the internet.
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Cat. We had a good thing going. I was knitting. You were cuddling despite your nature. Then you had to try and eat my needle.

This is exactly why I started knitting almost exclusively with circular needles. The waving ends of straight needles were simply too much for Freya to resist!



I have a question about ungusseted socks. Can most people wear them? Is there a way to make the heel more accommodating for those of us with a high instep? I found a really cool pattern but I’m not sure I would be able to actually wear the socks after I finish making them.

I don’t know much about ungusseted socks, but I do have high insteps and of the socks I’ve made, my cuff down heel flap socks fit the best!

Backing up stitch-please — I have high insteps, and the cuff-down heel flap socks fit me best.

I can wear toe-up socks, but they don’t stay put quite as well. I haven’t tried knitting afterthought heel socks, because I suspect they would slide around on my feet even more than toe-up socks do.


This is one of those great pulp art covers that is offering way more than it is going to deliver to the guy on the commuter train, who picked it up thinking it would be racy.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great mystery and one of my favorite Dorothy L. Sayer’s stories, but yeah, no.

Ha ha wow. This is a seriously misleading cover.

(via smokeandsong)

I have a lot of scarves (pashminas, long scarfs, and square kerchief style ones) and I have no idea how to store them. Boxes are out because I have an awful memory and if I can't see things, I forget I own them. I have a deep shelf above my clothes, but if I fold the scarves and stack them vertically, the pile never stays neat and it very quickly becomes scarfageddon up there. Do you or any of your followers have any ideas?
jessaknits jessaknits Said:


Shower curtain rings on a clothes hanger. Thread the scarves through the curtain rings and hang the whole thing up.

Note to self: this is a great idea. I have so many scarves and they take up an entire drawer that I would rather use for my actual clothes.


How to Knit According to Ridiculous Stock Photos

This collection is on BuzzFeed.  I found it through The Knitting Needle and the Damage Done - love that site!

Trust me, these are totally work the click!

(via intotheomelette)





Get The Sims 2: Ultimate collection for FREE!!!!

Simply go to “Redeem product code” in Origin and enter: I-LOVE-THE-SIMS

It is for 1 week only, so hurry!

its downloading right now! Is it just the base game or the whole thing?

In case anyone is interested…

Oh no, I have been fighting the urge to try the Sims for so long.

But free.

Can’t beat free…

Not to burst anyone’s bubble, but I couldn’t get Sims 2 to work on Windows 7… some people can, but it requires jumping through a lot of hoops.

Make sure you check your computer compatibility before you get too excited. I just threw all my S2 disks out. :/ (Which is too bad, because I could never get into Sims 3…)


(purchase pattern)

That is a lovely cowl/scarf thing.

But the main thing I think looking at this picture is “Why do they have models stand like that?” Real people do not stand this way, with their hips all pushed forward. The shoulder slumping is real enough, I guess, but not exactly what I’d consider attractive. What statement are the photographer/directors trying to get across with this? Insecurity? Spinal injury? I’ve never understood it.

(via flintandpyrite)


Allow me to be shameless for just a second.
Love me Forever Armwarmers (free pattern!)

I’d like to make these someday… I’m such a sucker for a cute pair of wristwarmers.


Allow me to be shameless for just a second.

Love me Forever Armwarmers (free pattern!)

I’d like to make these someday… I’m such a sucker for a cute pair of wristwarmers.

(via theknittingpirate)

I think fanfiction is literature and literature, for the most part, is fanfiction, and that anyone that dismisses it simply on the grounds that it’s derivative knows fuck-all about literature and needs to get the hell off my lawn.

Most of the history of Western literature (and probably much of non-Western literature, but I can’t speak to that) is adapted or appropriated from something else. Homer wrote historyfic and Virgil wrote Homerfic and Dante wrote Virgilfic (where he makes himself a character and writes himself hanging out with Homer and Virgil and they’re like “OMG Dante you’re so cool.” He was the original Gary Stu). Milton wrote Bible fanfic, and everyone and their mom spent the Middle Ages writing King Arthur fanfic. In the sixteenth century you and another dude could translate the same Petrarchan sonnet and somehow have it count as two separate poems, and no one gave a fuck. Shakespeare doesn’t have a single original plot—although much of it would be more rightly termed RPF—and then John Fletcher and Mary Cowden Clarke and Gloria Naylor and Jane Smiley and Stephen Sondheim wrote Shakespeare fanfic. Guys like Pope and Dryden took old narratives and rewrote them to make fun of people they didn’t like, because the eighteenth century was basically high school. And Spenser! Don’t even get me started on Spenser.

Here’s what fanfic authors/fans need to remember when anyone gives them shit: the idea that originality is somehow a good thing, an innately preferable thing, is a completely modern notion. Until about three hundred years ago, a good writer, by and large, was someone who could take a tried-and-true story and make it even more awesome. (If you want to sound fancy, the technical term is imitatio.) People were like, why would I wanna read something about some dude I’ve never heard of? There’s a new Sir Gawain story out, man! (As to when and how that changed, I tend to blame Daniel Defoe, or the Modernists, or reality television, depending on my mood.)

I also find fanfic fascinating because it takes all the barriers that keep people from professional authorship—barriers that have weakened over the centuries but are nevertheless still very real—and blows right past them. Producing literature, much less circulating it, was something that was well nigh impossible for the vast majority of people for most of human history. First you had to live in a culture where people thought it was acceptable for you to even want to be literate in the first place. And then you had to find someone who could teach you how to read and write (the two didn’t necessarily go together). And you needed sufficient leisure time to learn. And be able to afford books, or at least be friends with someone rich enough to own books who would lend them to you. Good writers are usually well-read and professional writing is a full-time job, so you needed a lot of books, and a lot of leisure time both for reading and writing. And then you had to be in a high enough social position that someone would take you seriously and want to read your work—to have access to circulation/publication in addition to education and leisure time. A very tiny percentage of the population fit those parameters (in England, which is the only place I can speak of with some authority, that meant from 500-1000 A.D.: monks; 1000-1500: aristocratic men and the very occasional aristocratic woman; 1500-1800: aristocratic men, some middle-class men, a few aristocratic women; 1800-on, some middle-class women as well). What’s amazing is how many people who didn’t fit those parameters kept writing in spite of the constant message they got from society that no one cared about what they had to say, writing letters and diaries and stories and poems that often weren’t discovered until hundreds of years later. Humans have an urge to express themselves, to tell stories, and fanfic lets them. If you’ve got access to a computer and an hour or two to while away of an evening, you can create something that people will see and respond to instantly, with a built-in community of people who care about what you have to say.

I do write the occasional fic; I wish I had the time and mental energy to write more. I’ll admit I don’t read a lot of fic these days because most of it is not—and I know how snobbish this sounds—particularly well-written. That doesn’t mean it’s “not good”—there are a lot of reasons people read fic and not all of them have to do with wanting to read finely crafted prose. That’s why fic is awesome—it creates a place for all kinds of storytelling. But for me personally, now that my job entails reading about 1500 pages of undergraduate writing per year, when I have time to read for enjoyment I want it to be by someone who really knows what they’re doing. There’s tons of high-quality fic, of course, but I no longer have the time and patience to go searching for it that I had ten years ago. But whether I’m reading it or not, I love that fanfiction exists. Because without people doing what fanfiction writers do, literature wouldn’t exist. (And then I’d be out of a job and, frankly, I don’t know how to do anything else.)