April 12, 2007

It had to get weird.

If there was any doubt, even for a minute that a chicken themed sock camp on Orcas Island would get weird at some point, it's been exploded by the last couple of days. Monday morning I left my house and made an uneventful flight to Vancouver, then Seattle, where Cat met me and we started to head back to her house. Cat Bordhi and I are both Staff at this camp (hosted by the clearly lunatic Blue Moon Crew) and all campers (staff included) had been mailed some "chicken scraps" (oddments of yarn- you could use them or not.) and the instruction to arrive with a chicken made of fibre.
A chicken? Cat and I had both decided to blow this off.
We were not going to knit a chicken. We argued that there was nothing they could do to us if we came with no chicken. We're teaching two of the classes. We were untouchable....chicken punishment wise. We pondered this while Cat took me to the Skacel Warehouse for a look around. This place is wild. Totally wild.
This is the "needle room". (I got an Addi lace needle I'll be checking out over the next little bit)


There is a warehouse full of sock yarn. Full. Colourways and kinds I've never seen. Ever. Check this...


Bamboo trekking. (I haven't tried it yet...but is it possible for it to suck? I don't think so.) This distracted us nicely from the chicken issue. As we drove onward to Cat's house, we started to talk about what other people might do about the chicken knitting. We talked a little about what we might do if we were to make a chicken. We talked about perhaps doing a chicken together. Then we stopped at a grocery store to get dinner, and the whole thing came together. Cat Bordhi and I would do a joint chicken. A chicken of wonder. A chicken of glory. A chicken for Blue Moon Tina...who totally deserves one. We came up with the idea of a fabulous knitted chicken, sitting atop a big felted egg...and inside the egg would be tons of wee chickens. It was a terrific idea...and Cat and I didn't let the realities of how much time was left to us stop us at all. We began to hunt the grocery store for something that would work. We considered a watermelon (too big) an eggplant (oddly, not egg shaped enough) other melons (too fragile for the felting process) a pineapple (we would have to duct tape down the pointy bits) and then finally....in a master stroke of genius...


A Nappa Cabbage. It would be perfect. I knit chicken babies while Cat drove, we talked chicken technique...we discussed colourways and dug around in our bags of chicken scraps...in essence, we were no longer chicken resisters. We were the leading edge of the chicken obsessed. I started to knit chicken babies while cat drove. We both knit chicken babies on the ferry.


Back at the house we duct-taped up the cabbage (we needed to tape it so it wouldn't come apart in the felting.


Wrapped it in targee roving, then panty hose, then popped it into the washing machine with a bunch of tennis balls....and began knitting chicken parts while we crossed our fingers. As the house filled with the smell of wet wool and cooking cabbage... It occured to us that we hadn't quite figured out how we would get the cabbage OUT of our felted egg. Turned out to be a bit of a production.


(There was way, way more to getting it out, but I'm due on a boat in 10 minutes and need to hustle.)

We continued knitting chicken parts...


and we finished. A knitted chicken, atop a felted egg filled with chicken babies. I think Tina liked it.


There was competition though... I leave you now with this.
A parade of knitted chickens.








(I told you. It had to get weird.)

Posted by Stephanie at April 12, 2007 10:56 AM

WhooHoo - first?

Now I'll read your post.

Posted by: Tammy at April 12, 2007 12:03 PM

I love the one that comes with pockets, brilliant and it function!

Posted by: Lorajean Kelley at April 12, 2007 12:05 PM

I love the one that comes with pockets, brilliant and it function!

Posted by: Lorajean at April 12, 2007 12:05 PM

Can't wait to see what the chickens are really for. How do you just magically come up with a pattern to make a momma chicken and little babies chicks anyway?

Posted by: Peggy at April 12, 2007 12:06 PM

I would be surprised if knitted chickens were the strangest part of the weekend.

Posted by: Constantina at April 12, 2007 12:06 PM

Somehow now I want my own knitted chicken.

Posted by: Rosemary at April 12, 2007 12:08 PM

"Get" weird? You put "knit" and "chicken" in the same sentence, and you can wave good-bye to weird as it rapidly recedes in the rear-view mirror. Love the chickens, though, of course!

Posted by: ccr in MA at April 12, 2007 12:08 PM

Love the chickens!!!

**now I have the Chicken Dance song going through my head**

Posted by: Heather at April 12, 2007 12:09 PM

Knitted chickens- gotta love it!

Posted by: Patricia at April 12, 2007 12:10 PM

You were in the Skacel warehouse???? OMG, you have no idea how obsessed I've been the last few days with finding Trekking XXL color 145, and you were probably swimming in it!!! damn

Posted by: debsnm at April 12, 2007 12:12 PM

Wow. It looks like a great time was had by all! I have to say this is one of my favourite posts - the weirdness factor, plus two of my favourite knitters in the same place!

Posted by: Hope at April 12, 2007 12:13 PM

OMG...too funny! It's like Chicken Run!

Posted by: Yvonne at April 12, 2007 12:13 PM

Knit chickens on parade.
The mind is semi-boggled but greatly admiring.

This is going to be a surreal experience for all involved, methinks...a vacation from reality into an alternate universe...wish I were there! Oh well, you sent postcards!

Posted by: Cathy-Cate at April 12, 2007 12:14 PM

Holy cats - I am going to spend a LONG time looking over these knitted chickens! I am sure I saw a Ballband Dishcloth Chicken in there. :) How totally awesome.

Posted by: Julie at April 12, 2007 12:14 PM

What a lot of creative chicken-knitters! And I love the chicken/egg/baby chickens idea. It's sort of bringing back a faint memory of a knitted or crocheted chicken that my grandma had--I think it might have been a doorstop. I'm looking forward to hearing more about the sock camp.

But what I am really, really looking forward to is finding out how that Trekking bamboo stuff knits up!

Posted by: Anna-Liza at April 12, 2007 12:15 PM

Nuts, I knew I should have gone to Sock Camp . . . oh, but then I would have had to be in the Socks That Rock club last year . . . hmmmm . . .

The Chickens are awesome. I cannot even begin to imagine how people explained knitting a chicken though . . . I mean people question me when I say I'm knitting a sock or a shawl or a bag or a bowl . . . but knitting a chicken?

Looking forward to more posting and the follow up to the chicken tale.

Posted by: Mary Lynn in Cleveland at April 12, 2007 12:15 PM

Cool! Does anybody know where to find a chicken pattern similiar to one of those? My mom loves chicken...i'm currently working on a chicken quilt for Christmas for her and she would loved a stuffed chicken bear like that.

Posted by: Kari at April 12, 2007 12:16 PM

I so would have copped out and just knitted an egg (hey, it's the beginnings of a chicken!). But wow, you guys made some really cool chickens!

Posted by: Amanda at April 12, 2007 12:17 PM

I love the chickens! So creative! I'd be wracking my brain and would never get past the WTF? factor.

A knitted chicken? Whoulda thunk it.

Posted by: Rebecca at April 12, 2007 12:17 PM

Still don't know what came first??!
The Chicken or The Egg.

Posted by: The Captain at April 12, 2007 12:17 PM

Why did the chicken cross the road?
To get the h*ll away from you crazy people!

Seriously, though, that is an AWESOME display of fuzzy fowl. I won't even stop to contemplate the wonder of how you could design something like that out of thin air--you all amaze me. I'll just say holy moly, it turned out GREAT! And the chickens wearing socks, well...that's just *brilliant* LOL

Posted by: runswithscissors(roxana) at April 12, 2007 12:19 PM

Snork!! love the knitted chickens. All of them. A knitted chicken parade. Add some wine, and I'll bet the giggling went on all night...

Posted by: Sandra at April 12, 2007 12:20 PM

Weird is wonderful! Love the chickens and most of all your brilliant dash to make a chicken, a huge cabbage felted egg and chickies. Did you make a mobius nest for the chicks too? ;P

Posted by: Meghan at April 12, 2007 12:21 PM

So what I'm wondering is what a cabbage in a washing machine sounds like? I have a front loader and it's not something that I really want to try for myself.

Posted by: Caroline M at April 12, 2007 12:27 PM

Chickens! Genius.

Why don't we have sock camps in the UK? I demand chick'n knitt'n sock camps!

Glad you succumbed to the madness :)

Posted by: esmerelda at April 12, 2007 12:32 PM

Dude. You duct-taped a cabbage. You took photos of the process.

How can anyone believe you don't blog enough?

Posted by: Presbytera at April 12, 2007 12:32 PM

It did have to get wierd - it helps keep the muggles away.

Posted by: cursingmama at April 12, 2007 12:34 PM

Damned wench... You scored the new lace needles when those of us here in Iowa have to wait until *mid-May* to receive our orders from early February?!

I'm going to go pout with my newly arrived order of Handmaiden silk and cashmere yarn...

Posted by: roggey at April 12, 2007 12:34 PM

I'm a little unclear on why you needed to felt the egg around a cabbage. The idea of putting a cabbage in a washing machine is just a little . . . nuts? Why couldn't the egg felt around a ball of duct tape? Or a t-shirt duct taped into a ball? The cabbage . . . I am totally stuck on the cabbage. The chickens look like fun though. In high school, my friends and I once had a party where we all had to bring a vegetable dressed up to look like a person. It was a good time.

Posted by: Ruth at April 12, 2007 12:37 PM

Love it, love it, love it!!! Of course, Philadelphia Chickens is one of my all time favorite songs and when I was in high school I participated in a variety show production called "Chicken Fat Follies." Yeah, I pretty much get the whole "weird" concept...

Posted by: KittyMommy at April 12, 2007 12:44 PM

Duct tape on a cabbage. I am having a hard time getting past that.

Oh, by the way, if you see my sock knitting mojo hanging out there during sock camp, would you mind slapping a stamp or two on it and mailing it back home? I am pretty sure that the sock mojo is gate crashing the sock camp festivities without me. As I understand it, there may be several sock mojos there - hiding out from their respective knitters. Please, please send them home.


Posted by: trek at April 12, 2007 12:45 PM

You'll love the lace needles and the bamboo Trekking. They are both to die for. P.S. Can someone remind me what CHOKE stands for? Three of us in Denver, got to the car, and not one of us could remember. Have a great time with Cat - she is almost as wonderful as you!

Posted by: Penny Franz at April 12, 2007 12:47 PM

Is anyone else disturbed by the Napa cabbage bondage picture? Veggie S&M, who knew?

Posted by: Vanessa at April 12, 2007 12:49 PM

OK, now where is Mrs. Entrecluck, the Plymouth ROCK hen, the entry from the great state of OHIO!?!?!?!?!?!? Enquiring minds want to know.

Tell Arlene Phyllis and T say HI!! and we want alllllllll the dirt when she comes back.


Posted by: Phyllis at April 12, 2007 12:51 PM

A friend of mine knit with the Trekking ProNatura and said it was a little rough on her hands and a a little splitty, but it was fine. She just finished them and said the true test is wearing them, but I don't think she's had a chance to wear them yet.

Posted by: Wanda at April 12, 2007 12:53 PM

Now I want to go try to knit a chicken embryo.

Posted by: naomi at April 12, 2007 12:54 PM

I can't believe you put a cabbage in the washing machine - I get upset if there was a kleenex in a pants pocket!

Love the creativity with all the chickens. The legwarmers on Cookie's chicken are too funny!

Posted by: M. Gail at April 12, 2007 12:56 PM

I've only been to Orcas Island twice, but it still stays vividly imprinted on my memory as one of the most beautiful places I've been in my life. Now that I know there are knitted chickens there? I may need to go back.... :)

Posted by: PlazaJen at April 12, 2007 1:00 PM

I just posted about my "chemical romance" and adventures in spring cleaning---I think I got high while cleaning the oven.... So I'm not exactly sure..... but, dude? Are those knitted chickens on your blog? I think I need to get some fresh air......I'm seeing knitted chickens---and I think I like it!

Posted by: Tracey in MI at April 12, 2007 1:01 PM

You didn't EAT the cabbage, did you? Please say no...

I think my mother would kill me if I put a cabbage in the washer. Then again, I'm not going to be able to tell her about this until I can also give her a knitted chicken to go along with it. (She's living in an apartment, after years of having chickens as pets that followed her everywhere.)

Posted by: confiance at April 12, 2007 1:01 PM

Please tell me that you didn't try to explain your plan for the cabbage to ANYONE in the grocery store.Great minds obviously worked together on this one --no wonder "they" think knitters are #odd ducks#(or in this case,chickens).PS:If you had wrapped the cabbage in a plastic bag first you could have had felted cabbage sandwiches for lunch.

Posted by: Suzy SZ at April 12, 2007 1:03 PM

Is it too weird that I REALLY want to go home and cast on for a chicken?

Posted by: Marin at April 12, 2007 1:03 PM

What was the lesson here: There's more than one way to knit a chicken? Loved the Chicken-Run style one best, but really, all of them were pretty interesting. After the cabbage incident, I was briefly worried you were going to knit a chicken suit around a raw chicken.

Wonder what Meg has cooked up for Sweater Camp. Do they knit sweaters for chickens?

Posted by: Beth in WI at April 12, 2007 1:04 PM

You know, I was all set to post about how NEXT year I was going. And it didn't matter what I had to hock or mortgage, but I was not only signing up for the STR Club, but I was going to camp, too!Then I realized I'll probably be in India for a family trip, (damn it!) so...the year after! I swear!!!!

Posted by: Lynda The Guppy at April 12, 2007 1:04 PM

How interesting. Is there any chance we could see pictures of the babies? Or did I just miss them?

Posted by: EricaLynn at April 12, 2007 1:05 PM

The chickens are very...ummm... unique! I think I would have been the same way. No chicken for me. I'm not a follower. And then I would have shown up with a chicken. It seems like this is giant slumber parter for sock knitters. I think I am turning multiple shades of green right now. The Envy monster cometh...

Posted by: Jen D. at April 12, 2007 1:05 PM

See, these are the things that make our hubbies look at us like we're crazy people. "Look hon! Lots of knitted chickens, isn't that amazing?" "uh, yeah..."

You know of course that there is a publisher of children's craft books/kits called "Chicken Socks", right?

Posted by: Kit at April 12, 2007 1:05 PM

Okay, the only thing that comes to my mind when I read that story and see all those chickens is this:

Does a knitted/crocheted/felted chicken still taste like chicken?

Just wondering, LOL!


Posted by: Yarn Thing at April 12, 2007 1:06 PM

Okay - I'll admit I was waiting for a picture of a Knitted roasted chicken (frillies on the drums and all!) (well you did say it got weird)! It sounds like you are having a great time! I look forward to the next update!

Posted by: Robyn at April 12, 2007 1:08 PM

Duct tape, pantyhose, and cabbage. Wow, there's a combination you don't see everyday. Creative genius at work, a scary thing. I love Cookie A's chicken socks. Oh you lot will have a blast. Weird for sure, but still a blast.

Posted by: Sonya at April 12, 2007 1:08 PM

Bwah hah hah ... still laughing at Ruth's comment. Mmmmm ... so ... please to explain why the cabbage and not a t-shirt? Sounds so simple when she puts it that way.

But dude? If you ever get a blog search report that lands someone here because they asked for *duct-tape + cabbage + knitting + chicken*, you will have won the ultimate blog bingo. And never, ever start any communication with that person.

Weird. You ain't just a whistlin' pixie.

Posted by: Lynneski at April 12, 2007 1:11 PM

The smell of wet wool and cooking cabbage was probably very familiar to our foremothers in their little cottages in England or Ireland or Wales or Scotland or wherever, as they cooked dinner for their fishermen husbands while the men's wet ganseys dried before the fire. You could say you and Cat paid homage to our knitting ancestresses.

Or is that way too idyllic of view of things?

Posted by: Shel at April 12, 2007 1:11 PM

NOW aren't you glad you didn't show up empty-handed???

Posted by: Lynn in Tucson at April 12, 2007 1:13 PM

I grew up in the backwoods of Indiana. I was raised hillbilly. I have seen duct tape on everything. Hell, I have duct tape on my yarn swift.

But I am utterly amazed.

That is the first time in my life I have *ever* seen duct tape on a cabbage.

You have been raised to the level of goddess in my book.

Posted by: Sarah at April 12, 2007 1:14 PM

No sky is falling I hope? Have a great time, with all the other chickens.

Posted by: Laura at April 12, 2007 1:14 PM

I LOVE the chickens! That is just the best idea ever! Genius!

I'm now going to spend the rest of the afternoon trying not to knit a chicken.

Posted by: Melanie in VA at April 12, 2007 1:15 PM

too funny. Love the one with the buggy eyes....

BTW - Bamboo trekking? Awesome. Just finished my first pair of socks in it. Bamboo apparently will keep your feet from sweating/smelling too...

Posted by: Dani at April 12, 2007 1:18 PM

Knitted.... chickens.

You guys win.

Posted by: Allie at April 12, 2007 1:18 PM

Knitted.... chickens.

You guys win.

Posted by: Allie at April 12, 2007 1:19 PM

Does you chicken still smell like cooked cabbage?

Posted by: Theresa I at April 12, 2007 1:20 PM

Reminds me of one of my favorite jokes. I can't even remember the punchline - all I remember is the first line. It's a math/physics joke, and it begins "First, assume the chicken is spherical..."

Posted by: Joanne at April 12, 2007 1:23 PM

Oh! To have a picture of the knitted chicken henhouse! Please take a picture of all of them - sort of a class photo!

Posted by: Aileen at April 12, 2007 1:23 PM

So, does the giant egg still smell like cooked cabbage?

Can't wait to hear if there is a purpose for the chickens. Beyond getting everyone to think outside the box, anyway.

Posted by: Tanya at April 12, 2007 1:25 PM

Oh boy, very strange, to knit a chicken or not knit a chicken? We're obviously even more dangerous in pairs. Is this going to be the next knit craze? I'm hiding all the easter eggs just to be on the safe side.

Posted by: elan at April 12, 2007 1:26 PM

Drat. Am I the only one who can't see the last few pictures? Oh the torture, the suspense...

Posted by: Julie at April 12, 2007 1:27 PM

My favorite joke of the week comes from my mom:
Why did the easter bunny hide the eggs?
Because he didn't want everyone knowing he was *expletive*ing the chicken.

Posted by: jen at April 12, 2007 1:28 PM

Babs! (Actually looks more like Bunty, but I so love the idea of a knitted chicken knitting, and Babs was the knitter.)

But this is all just one more transparent (glorious, lunatic, but not fooling anybody) attempt to distract us from focussing on the ludicrous implication that at the Trekking motherlod you only bought one skein of sock yarn.

Pull the other one.

Posted by: rams at April 12, 2007 1:28 PM

Hmmm, you spend 5 minutes with that Crazy Cat and you're already throwing cabbage in the washing machine...there must be something about learning the Moebius cast on that just warps your brain ;)

Posted by: Adam at April 12, 2007 1:34 PM

You started in Seattle and took a ferry to get to Orcas Island, so you must have gone by way of Anacortes. You might possibly have gotten to Anacortes via Whidbey Island, but that's definitely the slow way. Which leaves driving up I-5 to the Skagit Valley and turning west.

Just in case no one at sock camp mentions it, I urge you to consider at least a driveby of the tulip fields on your way back to I-5 on the return trip. Seriously. It's peak tulip season in Skagit County and there are 100s of acres of tulips in bloom. And though it's past peak for the daffodils, those fields still look pretty good too. It'd be a shame for you not to at least detour your return route to pass them by. It wouldn't even slow you down that much (unless you decide to stop). I'd even be willing to meet you at Hwy 20 and lead you past the tulip fields and back to I-5. Again, seriously. The sock should see the tulips.

Posted by: Karen in WA at April 12, 2007 1:36 PM

People tell me that I have a short attention span, but I - Hey, look! a chicken!

Posted by: Jess, of the Bugs at April 12, 2007 1:37 PM

I. Am. So. Jealous. :-) Orcas Island is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. You lucky knitter, you!

The chickens are great! What happens with them when you're done?

Posted by: Jen in CT at April 12, 2007 1:40 PM

Is Cookie's chicken wearing socks?! Too funny! Not sure it can compete with a washing machine load consisting of a duct-taped cabbage wearing pantyhose and a bunch of tennis balls though. Mr. Washie must be breathing a sigh of relief that you didn't decide to undertake the chicken project before leaving home!

Posted by: Linda V. at April 12, 2007 1:41 PM

What, no chicken SOCKS?

Posted by: Iris at April 12, 2007 1:42 PM

Dude, that *started* weird. And people think I'm nuts for knitting a bunny spindle and Doc Martens. You felted stir-fry veg and came up with chicken. Ah, the transformative properties of the fibre arts....

I actually have a recording somewhere around here of the great jazz song "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens," if you want it. I once went on a chicken-music bender, for reasons I cannot (or refuse to) remember. Jaco Pastorius has a great electric bass piece called "The Chicken," too....

Looking forward to an Addi lace needle report. My LYS is going to carry them if I beg, and I'd love to know how worth it the begging will be.

Posted by: Lee Ann at April 12, 2007 1:45 PM

I'm betting these chicken games you and Cat played started out with you saying, "hey, you know what would be fun?"

Posted by: Rachel H at April 12, 2007 1:45 PM

Wow! I love all those knitted chickens! I have real chickens, seems like I need a knitted one. But I'd need a pattern, the fact that you whipped that out on short notice and made it up as you went along amazes me. (and aren't you glad you didn't show up chicken-less?)

Posted by: rohanknitter at April 12, 2007 1:46 PM

I can't believe you got Tina Newton's permission to blog her face. That's what you get for being the Yarn Harlot. Wait a minute, you didn't ask permission, did you? You just took the picture and she was powerless. Hnh. Thanks for sharing the experience for all of us left-outers who WANTED to come.

Posted by: Tan at April 12, 2007 1:46 PM

LOVE the chickens!

Posted by: Pia at April 12, 2007 1:47 PM

I think I'm going to have to play along at home and knit myself a chicken, too :)

Posted by: Kristy at April 12, 2007 1:59 PM

Very humorous post...and can I just say how much I wish I was part of this sock camp craziness?! I could use a little escapism this week, and using a cabbage to felt an egg is not my normal routine. Keep having fun, and I'll live vicariously through your posts.

Posted by: Barbara A.M. at April 12, 2007 2:03 PM

Cute chickens. Cool chickens. Love the chickens.

But, what I really want to know is, how's that bamboo Trekking knitting up?

Posted by: Anna-Liza at April 12, 2007 2:11 PM

Did you present the chicken or the egg first? What will be done with this ecclectic flock after the big event?

Posted by: Heide at April 12, 2007 2:11 PM

Yes, it's weird - but you all appear to be having a great deal of fun!

Posted by: Andrea at April 12, 2007 2:19 PM

Braaaakk, brakbrakbrak... *kof*. Pardon me, was having a flashback to living on a small farm, there.

Chickens? Y'know, I used to live only 7 miles from Scappoose, the little town Blue Moon is located in; in fact, we had neighbors with the same last name as the road in Blue Moon's address; and I graduated from Scappoose High. But I *never* ran into anyone with a chicken obsession. [g] I used to think the giant candle at the candle factory in town was strange enough. What in god's name is going on in Scappoose?! It's obviously infected you guys, too!

I'm kinda partial to the 2nd to last chicken with the little skeins and a needle. ;)

Posted by: MonicaPDX at April 12, 2007 2:20 PM

OMG, I LOVE all the chickens!!

Posted by: Megan at April 12, 2007 2:22 PM

Where's yours? I need to see a good photo of it.

Posted by: DebbieT at April 12, 2007 2:26 PM

I LOVE the chickens!!!!!!
we need a closeup of the chicks in the egg though.....

Posted by: Megs at April 12, 2007 2:32 PM

Yup, that's weird alright but the results are brilliant. What great chickens! What a fun challenge.

Posted by: Renee the Sequel at April 12, 2007 2:33 PM

You don't seriously think that we believe you came out of there with 1 needle and 1 skein of yarn? Who do you think you're dealing with here - a bunch of chickens???

Posted by: Vicki at April 12, 2007 2:33 PM

Hey! Some of those chickens have crochet in them!

Posted by: Lucia at April 12, 2007 2:35 PM

I recently learned the perfect word for how you got the cabbage out of the egg (now that sounds weird) - its called "morselate". This is the word the surgeon used when describing how he would get my daughters spleen out of the tiny whole he would cut in her abdomen. lovely.

Posted by: linda at April 12, 2007 2:38 PM

TV alert! www.knitty.com/blog -- not only Amy Singer and dandy fiber and knitting, but...

Rachel H!!! Soi-meme!

Posted by: rams at April 12, 2007 2:38 PM

As a collector of chickens/roosters (I am ga-ga over them!) this blog posting fills me with joy! I have painted canvas, carved wood, pottery and wire chickens, but nary a one knitted chick or rooster. I should be there...at Camp Cockamamie, but alas...Hopefully there will be more postings of beautiful, richly colorful chickens/roosters?

Posted by: Beverly at April 12, 2007 2:39 PM

Wait a MINUTE!!!!!....Skacel Warehouse!!!......Near SEATTLE??? Where?? Where?? Where?? And I want some of that Trekking Pro Natura, to. Must experiment with bamboo and wool sock yarn for hubby......aaaaahhhhhhhhh!

Posted by: Alyson at April 12, 2007 2:41 PM

That rocks. I love the chicken post. :)

Posted by: Kelli at April 12, 2007 2:46 PM

It occurs to me that the thought, 'I can't believe you did that' never once crossed my mind while reading this. Interesting.

Posted by: Rachel H at April 12, 2007 2:48 PM

You really are fast on knitting! How could it not get weird with a chicken theme. Although those are some pretty funky chickens. Heh, you knew that would get said. Probably many times by now.

Posted by: Dorothy B at April 12, 2007 2:48 PM

So, do knitters just do whatever they are told? "Meet me in Central Park at noon" "Bring a knitted chicken to camp with you" Oh, OK. I felt (get it?) so smug about being in NYC to Represent when so many wanted to be there and couldn't... now I know how they felt...I wanna go to sock camp, too.

Posted by: paulanancy at April 12, 2007 2:50 PM

So, did anyone stoop to my sick sense of humor and bring in a knitted fried egg??

Well, it's an almost chicken, right?

Seriously though, for a "last minute" chicken, your chicken came out very very nice. BTW, where DOES one get a pattern for a knitted chicken?

I agree with the comments about the leg warmers/socks on Cookie's chicken. Too cute!

Posted by: knittingnurse at April 12, 2007 2:52 PM

I love the idea of the knitted chicken. Nothing like asking knitting designers to bring something like that to goose their creativity. I love the little socks on Cookie A.'s chicken; how appropriate is that?

I hope Cat's washing machine no longer smells like cabbage. The smell is one of the reasons I refuse to eat cabbage.

Posted by: Kerri at April 12, 2007 2:54 PM

This is the very, very best thing I have read all day today! It is so wonderful that I sent it to two muggles (who understand gourd chickens, just not knit chickens) and one really, really wants to hear the gory details about getting the Napa cabbage out of the felted egg.

Posted by: Meg at April 12, 2007 2:55 PM

You know, I just learned to knit - straight line knitting, I call it - scarves. And I read a few knitting blogs and I'm just blown away and I have to say that knitters - they are unbelievable - they are crazy, insanely creative and artistic and I just can't even find the words. Love it - just love it!

Posted by: Elizabeth at April 12, 2007 2:57 PM

the chicken idea is fantastic! But don't you mean thinking out of the "coop"?

Posted by: barb at April 12, 2007 2:59 PM

I really like the black one with the mane - so CUTE!

Posted by: Ang at April 12, 2007 3:02 PM

NOW THAT IS WEIRD....but in a good way...sort of...i think....or maybe someone else's crazy is just rubbing off...whatever...I just wanted to delurk and say hi and say HOLY COW...You are coming to Anchorage and will be at Title Wave in June. That's very very exciting! If you need a knitbud to show you around Anchorage...or pick you up or ANYTHING! Seriously, let me know...we can chat about the knitting and the birthin and all sorts of nifty stuff like that...you can reach me at the email or through my blog! You're coming to Anchorage, you're coming to Anchorage...hooray!

Posted by: Lisa W at April 12, 2007 3:08 PM

Those. Are. Awesome!!!! ROTFL

When do we get to see YOURS!?

Posted by: Jan in CA at April 12, 2007 3:09 PM

Weird? NO! That is normal. Didn't you know? And I love Cookie's Rooster!

Posted by: Beth K at April 12, 2007 3:15 PM

You sock campers are all so clever!

This post came soon after I was thinking about my 6yo who, when he was 4, used to make amazing animals out of paper. All the parts of the animals were made from different pieces and he then stapled them together into amazing, and realistic, (in a 4yo way *g*), animals. The things that stunned me were 1. His patience with these creations, and 2. His ability to visualise how all the parts would fit together when he was creating pieces.

I think, after reading your post today, that I should now teach him to knit!

Oh, the other thing that struck me was that I know many Guide leaders who would feel right at home in that chicken camp craziness! You just have do toast some marshmallows and make some s'mores to complete the picture! Thanks for sharing the giggles.

Posted by: EnnaVic at April 12, 2007 3:27 PM

I wonder if the majority of the chicken-makers approached the process the way you two did: 1. Eh, I'm not knitting a chicken. 2. *great idea for chicken pops into head* 3. I could make a chicken, I guess. 4. I WILL BE THE CHICKEN QUEEEEEN!

Posted by: Kristen at April 12, 2007 3:44 PM

LOVE the chickens. I want to go to sock camp too!! It sounds hilarious (and I'll bet it's not snowing THERE!).
Be sure to get a photo of ALL of the chickens together, for posterity!! And some prized close-ups. Will a chicken pattern(s) for forthcoming? (please please please)

Posted by: Jo-Anne at April 12, 2007 3:44 PM

Thanks for the laugh. You always do it for me!

Posted by: Claudia Dunitz at April 12, 2007 3:46 PM

I love, LOVE the chickens!!! And Oh, my bamboo Trekking! I can't wait! Have fun at camp!

Posted by: julie at April 12, 2007 3:48 PM

I want to knit a chicken!

Posted by: Shawn at April 12, 2007 3:49 PM

My knitting block is over. I'm gonna knit a chicken.

Posted by: Kellie at April 12, 2007 3:51 PM

Skacel Warehouse!! A whole room filled with sock yarn. A. W.H.O.L.E. R.O.O.M! I think I need to go lay down now.

BTW, loved the chicken! Hope you are relaxing and having fun.

Posted by: Cindy B at April 12, 2007 3:53 PM

Huh, that Trekking ProNatura is new? I'm knitting my hubby socks (first pair I've ever made) for his b-day, and that's the yarn he chose. Had no idea my first sock yarn purchase was something all spiffy and new :)

Posted by: Amanda F. at April 12, 2007 3:54 PM

I've used the bamboo trekking for socks for my boyfriend. He loves them and I can't wait to get started on some for me too. Although it may have to wait until after I knit a chicken. Seems like a good way to use up odds and ends of yarn.

Posted by: Ali at April 12, 2007 3:58 PM

Just absolutely awesome!

Posted by: Micky at April 12, 2007 3:58 PM

I can't even begin to imagine the smell of the wet wool and cabbage. I left a still damp felted purse in my car on a warm day and when I got back in the car it smelled like sour milk...it was awful...so putting cabbage on top of that...well...I just don't even want to think about that.

Posted by: Abbey at April 12, 2007 4:06 PM

So help me, I am going to be bursting out laughing all day! And now I have to go knit a chicken, just to see how it'll come out--look what Blue Moon started. The latest knitting fad. Chickens. And we wanted muggles to take us seriously. Ah, me...
(Oh, and, that's not crochet on that wing, whoever said that; that's feather (what else) and fan, run amuck.)

Posted by: AlisonH at April 12, 2007 4:10 PM

Man! I gotta blog one of these days!

Chickens. . . can I just say I am obsessed with chickens. I want my own. I have this dream about fresh chicken eggs. I hunt down organic chickens so I know the chicken I'm eating (sorry Stephanie. . .I know you're a vegitarian) has had a good, drug-free life before it hits my table.

Chicken Run. . .cutest movie ever

Ahh. . .I LOVE chickens---and am terribly jealous about not being able to make the sock camp. Maybe Meg Swanson's camp? It's closer anyway.

Posted by: Mea at April 12, 2007 4:17 PM

I love the chickens! Fabulous idea.

Posted by: Alexis at April 12, 2007 4:18 PM

I am totally in awe of all the chickens... but the thing I keep thinking, did the egg end up smelling like cabbage? Sure hope not...

Posted by: Karen at April 12, 2007 4:19 PM

Is your green travel sock seasick?

Posted by: LeeAnne at April 12, 2007 4:24 PM

Knit chickens. Go figure.

Posted by: Sheri at April 12, 2007 4:39 PM

Actually, I should say chicks knittin' chickens. Knit Chicks. I must stop!

Posted by: Sheri at April 12, 2007 4:40 PM

I find it amusing that there is such a race to be the first person to comment on your posts that knitters do so before having so much as read said post. Doesn't that defeat the purpose of the comment? This is the first time I've actually commented on your blog, which I've been reading and enjoying immensely for the past several months as I find myself becoming more and more tuned into the wonderful world of knitting, with all of its special vocabulary. Knitted chickens, though? Hmmmmmm.

Posted by: Laurie at April 12, 2007 4:42 PM

LOVE IT! Though it does put in mind my 5 year old's latest joke...

Why did the sock cross the road?

Because the chicken was wearing it!

Posted by: Michele at April 12, 2007 4:53 PM

Dooooood! If only I had known. My husband's band, Chicken Starship (and yes, they do dress like chickens), would have been the perfect accompaniment to such a brilliant event. And knitting socks on Orcas? Well that's brilliant all by itself. Sigh.

Posted by: Paige at April 12, 2007 4:57 PM

I love that moment when an outrageous idea gets eurekaed (different than paprikaed). Sorry, silly posts must have silly comments. I think ya' know what I mean. The moment... creative people can't help being creative about anything they put their minds to. It drives others nuts, but I love it!!

Posted by: tree at April 12, 2007 5:08 PM

I am pretty sure that IS Stephanie and Cat's chicken that Tina is holding ...weird and wonderful.

Posted by: cecelia at April 12, 2007 5:08 PM

"we were no longer chicken resisters"

Of course not, you were chicken sisters!

Sorry 'bout that. Should prolly get more sleep here...

Posted by: S.Kate at April 12, 2007 5:09 PM

Why oh Why did I not know about the sock camp?? What was I not paying attention to - and on my own territory too!

I will hang Cat in her own knitted treehouse until she tells me early enough so I can register, or do whatever it takes to get on the list....will chocolate help?

I am going to knit my own chicken just to feel connected, but I don't think anything can be as wonderful as the ones you posted. What a great project! And what a great post.

Love, Sarah

Posted by: Sarah in Seattle at April 12, 2007 5:35 PM

Absolutely fantastic! What could possible make more sense than knitted chickens? I love it...
Please, please tell us how that Addi Lace Needle treats you! I use Addis for pretty much everything (yes, I knit my socks on 2 circular needles, indeed...) and I am not really convinced that I need anything new. Unless it is something marvelous incredible insanely better.

Posted by: Juliana at April 12, 2007 5:46 PM

Damn, that looks like a regular who's who of blogging there!

Those chickens are amazing. And rediculous.

Posted by: Jenn at April 12, 2007 5:48 PM

This is, by far, the funniest thing I've seen today.

Posted by: claudia at April 12, 2007 5:53 PM

By the way, if Meg had been there with you and Cat, then the stuff in the washing machine after you were done with the cabbage would have been Swansen's Chicken Broth.

Posted by: AlisonH at April 12, 2007 5:54 PM

I'm sorry, very nice chickens all 'round... but a WAREHOUSE full of sock yarn??? Isn't that what heaven must be like? Are you sure you haven't died and gone to heaven??? Do not move towards the light...
(I bought a dedicated sock yarn rubbermaid box today and thought I was doing pretty well. Your life is infinitely cooler than mine.)

Posted by: miss ewe at April 12, 2007 5:54 PM

Yep. That's weird, all right. Very cute, though, and sounds like fun.

Posted by: Liz at April 12, 2007 6:09 PM

By jove, Watson, I think you've got it:
Socks That Rock
+ Sock of the Month Club
- Bank Backout
= Donated Sock Leftovers
= Sock Yarn Chickens
Okay, where's the chicken poop?

Please post for more representation by voting for Stitchy McYarnpants nomination to the Webby Awards under Connections/Weird.

Posted by: Terri Lynn at April 12, 2007 6:26 PM

SOOOOOOO jealous! With no job and no money, I had no hope of getting to the Rockin Sock Club camp. $3200 just for the airfare and just the camp itself, nothing else.... and you get to hang with Cat! And the STR gals!

Posted by: lynne s of Oz at April 12, 2007 6:46 PM

This was just a delightful blog. I just loved all those chickens and got a kick out of you guys using a cabbage.

Posted by: Anita at April 12, 2007 6:50 PM


Posted by: elizabeth at April 12, 2007 6:51 PM

Dang blast it! This is yet ANOTHER time I regret hving mobed away to the southern hemisphere. Mind you, it only occurs when I read about yet another knitting event I'm not getting to. I went to Orcas Island just before I moved back home to Australia and stayed a few nights there. Had a wonderful time touring the island on 3 different modes of transport, ate stunning meals, had a glorious landlady with a fine appreciation of Betty Macdonald and gave someone a heimlich manouvre in a restaurant for the waitstaff. I hope you enjoy the island as much as I did; if the chickens are anything to go by its going to be a blast : )

Posted by: kate at April 12, 2007 6:52 PM

You just HAD to have a regglar hen party, now didn't you?? And oh that poor washer!! Napa cabbage! The very thought makes my typong go crzy.

Posted by: Marjorie at April 12, 2007 7:04 PM

Here, this will make it even weirder:


(I believe that the chicken crossed the road to snag a ball of STR that someone dropped on the other side. Harlotty colorway.)

Posted by: Linda V. at April 12, 2007 7:09 PM

Oh, MAAANNN, here I am, coming to post to all of you lovely knitters who helped me so unstintingly when I needed direction about the completion of my very first sock, (http://sothethingisblog.blogspot.com/) and once again, I find the party has moved on without me.

I wonder if Silver (Kristin) has a chicken tutorial?


Posted by: Barb Cooper at April 12, 2007 7:27 PM

Years ago I inherited a hand-sewn calico tea cozy in the shape of, you guessed it, a chicken. The interesting thing about this calico chicken tea cozy, if it needed something more interesting than being a calico chicken tea cozy, was that it was exactly the right size to wear as a hat. So. It was a calico chicken hat. I lent it to a friend to wear for halloween as part of a fictional fast food chain uniform ("Welcome to Mr. Chicken! Can I take your order?") and I'm not sure what happened to it after that.

Posted by: Riin at April 12, 2007 7:36 PM

OMG! Is Cookie's chicken wearing socks?!?! How fabulous!

Posted by: Carol at April 12, 2007 7:38 PM

Weird? Nah.

Posted by: Carol at April 12, 2007 7:49 PM

Yeah, that's wierd all right... So, when do we get a pattern for "chicken babies"?

Posted by: Katie - The Knitting Mama at April 12, 2007 7:49 PM

it's just too glorious! to quote the magnificent sharon, lois & bram : "chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken.... lay a little egg for me!"
and just how does one find out in advance about sock camp in order to attend???

Posted by: christine m. east of t.o. at April 12, 2007 7:53 PM

What a great parade of knitted chickens!!!

I have weird knitted chicken story to share:) When I was in labour with my daughter (she turned 10 last december) my mother was here to help with the 4 boys. For some reason that I no longer know she was knitting little chickens. They have pipecleaner legs. I occasionally come across one of those chickens:)

Posted by: susanna at April 12, 2007 7:57 PM

The chickens rock!!! I love them and I want them all!!!

Posted by: minxy at April 12, 2007 8:16 PM

I'm knitting my first pair of socks in bamboo trekking. So far, so good.

I've been wanting to knit little animals. I have an obsession with little things. Perhaps a chicken?

Posted by: Danielle at April 12, 2007 8:18 PM

Oh, I'm so jealous - I've been collecting roosters and chickens since 1978 and have quite a collection, but not a single one is knitted! I want them all. Are patterns available for any of these???

Posted by: Sue A at April 12, 2007 8:25 PM

YO RACHEL H. Didn't I tell ya. I said it once,I'll say it again....

sock camp=crazy.

Posted by: denny Mcmillan at April 12, 2007 8:40 PM

Oh please please PLEASE show us more pictures of your chicken. I want to know what a chicken baby looks like...

It's hard to see on all those little pictures.

Posted by: Shannah at April 12, 2007 8:48 PM

Yo Sue A above, You don't need a pattern to knit chikens, cause it's just the Love of the Chicken over taking you hands. Before ya know it, your knitting chicken.

On second thought, you may need to go sock camp(crazy)., to "get" the Love of the Chicken.

Love ya all sock knitters.Keep on knitting them crazy chicken.Cheers

Posted by: denny Mcmillan at April 12, 2007 8:49 PM

Oh please please PLEASE show us more pictures of your chicken. I want to know what a chicken baby looks like...

It's hard to see on all those little pictures.

Posted by: Shannah at April 12, 2007 8:49 PM

Yo Sue A above, You don't need a pattern to knit chickens, cause it's just the Love of the Chicken over taking you hands. Before ya know it, your knitting chicken.

On second thought, you may need to go sock camp(crazy)., to "get" the Love of the Chicken.

Love ya all sock knitters.Keep on knitting them crazy chickens.Cheers

Posted by: denny Mcmillan at April 12, 2007 8:50 PM

Thanks Stephanie.

Oh, but I should be there on Orcas with you, Cat, Kaci, Tina, Cookie and my fellow wayward knitter Erica. (curse my current employer for keeping me here in Cleveland.)

At least the latest blizzard is over and its quiet tonight. For now I'll find solace sinking into a a fresh ball of yarn and a couple of rusty nails. I think I'll knit a salmon rather than a chicken though. A freshly dressed salmon with dill pickles reminds me fondly of the San Juans.

Know I am camping vicariously through you and anxiously await your next post.

Posted by: michael twk at April 12, 2007 8:55 PM

Look at all those chickens! Too cute! Don't know how you can come up with knitted chicken parts out of your head...or did you have a pattern to follow?

Posted by: Shelley at April 12, 2007 8:59 PM

Some very creative birds there, but I, too am worried about what Cat's washer and dryer are going to smell like by the time she gets back, in a week, is it? And what are her family's clothes going to smell like from now on?
I'm pretty sure that what you have there is a recipe for saurkraut or maybe kim chee.

Posted by: Maureen at April 12, 2007 9:01 PM

Yo Sue A above, You don't need a pattern to knit chickens, cause it's just the Love of the Chicken over take you hands. Before ya know it, your knitting chicken.

On second thought, you may need to go sock camp(crazy)., to "get" the Love of the Chicken.

Love ya all sock knitters.Keep on knitting them crazy chickens.Cheers

Posted by: denny Mcmillan at April 12, 2007 9:03 PM

I'm sorry your sock lost its cookies on the ferry. It does look a little greener than in the previous posts.

Posted by: Ruth in PA at April 12, 2007 9:16 PM

Uhm, the chickens are cute an' all, but uhm... (shifty eyes) you all got a little caught up in the weirdness there, didn't ya?

Well, whatever. The chickens, they are cute. One cannot deny.

I've got a cousin and his wife who live on Orcas--are they not the luckiest people ever (well, and pretty well-off)! Maybe I should ask them to stalk you. Just kidding. I really had to de-lurk for this one. And in addition, the only reason I knit socks is because of Cat's book--THANKS Cat! Sorry YH, no deal on those double-pointy things--4 of them no less. No deal. I'm sticking with the 2 circs all the way.

Posted by: MaryMR at April 12, 2007 9:25 PM

Love the chickens. What a great way to get the creativity jumping!

Made my son two pairs of socks with the Pronatura - it was wonderful to knit, and he finds them warm and cozy - but it has pilled dreadfully.

Posted by: Valerie at April 12, 2007 9:43 PM

The Trekking Pro Natura is a dream. Just made a pair of socks with it and they're gorgeous.

The chickens are hilarious.

Posted by: Dana at April 12, 2007 9:52 PM

I'm hoping you took more pictures of the cabbage extraction and will share them later. I'm trying to imagine it. Seems like that would be harder than .... well ... hatching an egg.

You got a picture of the illusive Tina???? :-)

Posted by: Sheri at The Loopy EWe at April 12, 2007 10:00 PM

Knitted chickens....who'd have thunk.

I know I told you while you were in Denver that I have family on Orcas and it's one of my favorite places. I do hope you enjoyed your time there (I heard the weather was quite nice, for a change).

Posted by: lisa Co. Springs at April 12, 2007 10:08 PM

Dammit, woman, I am 4 inches into knitting the first sock I have ever knit in my life, that you personally shamed me into knitting with your strange sock mojo. (Not bad for someone who, in November, was "only" a crocheter.) Let me at least get one pair done before you make me run off and knit chickens, for the love of wool! :)

Posted by: Susan A. in Ottawa at April 12, 2007 10:16 PM

Oh, that comment about "What can they do to us?" is so me! I love the knitted chickens!

Posted by: Sheila at April 12, 2007 10:52 PM

I think I peed myself a little laughing about the cabbage. I sooo saw that coming... ROFL

Posted by: Julie at April 12, 2007 11:14 PM

Just warning you that I tried very hard not to comment on this post, but after I recovered from ROFL, DH thought we should tell you how much we enjoyed it. Since we are a family of fowls, I'm sending links to some of the rest of the coops scattered accross the U.S. Should any of those chickens need a loving home, they could join our "flock" of over 200 which we have aquired from friends and family (yes, we have purchased a few) in the 34 years since I married into this flock. Our collection contains chickens of all kinds, and sizes from 1 inch to 3 feet tall. That one is dressed like a butler and his name is ... yes, you guessed it, RHETT.

Thanks for all the pictures of people and places, the great stories you weave with them, and for taking all of us along for the journey.

Posted by: Adele Chicken at April 12, 2007 11:14 PM

Posted by: Penny Franz
Can someone remind me what CHOKE stands for? Three of us in Denver, got to the car, and not one of us could remember.

Coalition (?) harrassing and oppressing the knitting (environment? ecology?).

I can't remember either, and would really like to know!

oes a knitted/crocheted/felted chicken still taste like chicken?

No, alligator.

Posted by: Carol Kimball at April 12, 2007 11:15 PM

Did anyone knit the Foster Farms sleazy chickens? Did the cabbage get eaten as well as felted?

Pardon me if I jump up and down a bit; it's only seven weeks until Petaluma - chicken capital of California! Can't wait, so will head off to knit myself a time machine to get there sooner. I hope I'll have my first sock to show you when I get there...

Posted by: Baraka at April 12, 2007 11:22 PM

What did your chicken babies look like?

Posted by: Elizabeth at April 12, 2007 11:27 PM

Yes, I want to see the chicken babies too.

I think my favorite is the funky green/blue/red striped one with the rainbow mohawk.


Posted by: Jayne Schmidt at April 12, 2007 11:50 PM

Dudes. It would not have been nearly as hilarious, but you could have used a water balloon to felt the egg. Instead of the cabbage.

Duct tape and cabbage. This one I promise to show to the kind surgeon who is making a house call to repair Monsieur Washie at our house tomorrow. I can work on my grant, and think about knitted chickens, and tell him IT COULD BE WORSE. I COULD HAVE WASHED A DUCT-TAPED NAPA CABBAGE IN THERE.

Clearly, you DO know chicken salad from chicken crap.

Chicken. With. Pockets.

Chicken. With. TOE. SOCKS!

I am so not worthy.

Posted by: dez at April 12, 2007 11:57 PM

Dudes. It would not have been nearly as hilarious, but you could have used a water balloon to felt the egg. Instead of the cabbage.

Duct tape and cabbage. This one I promise to show to the kind surgeon who is making a house call to repair Monsieur Washie at our house tomorrow. I can work on my grant, and think about knitted chickens, and tell him IT COULD BE WORSE. I COULD HAVE WASHED A DUCT-TAPED NAPA CABBAGE IN THERE.

Clearly, you DO know chicken salad from chicken crap.

Chicken. With. Pockets.

Chicken. With. TOE. SOCKS!

Bok choy bondage porn.

I am so not worthy.

Posted by: dez at April 13, 2007 12:09 AM

OMG I want them ALL, I want to MAKE them, I - I - I just can't deal with FABULOUSNESS of it all!!!!

Posted by: Kate at April 13, 2007 1:40 AM

As every teen says when the adults are doing something really really weird: "...omg."

Posted by: Convivialiddell at April 13, 2007 2:50 AM

OMG. I am SUCH a chicken freak. I'm coveting those hens-n-roos. (I have entirely too many actual chickens, but not a one knit chicken. Hmmm. Going to have to remedy this.)

And the cabbage... What a great touch. I was wondering how you were going to do that.

Posted by: Kristin at April 13, 2007 4:05 AM

Bok choy bondage porn? Woo hoo hooo....

Posted by: Kristin at April 13, 2007 4:06 AM

Pretty chic chickens you got there! Never thought I would say I want to knit a chicken, but I must admit to being slightly inspired.

Posted by: kniternet at April 13, 2007 7:20 AM

The chickens are GREAT! But....I too am unclear about the cabbage? And wasn't it a soggy, uggy mess when you pulled it out of the wash? And didn't your chicken smell.....kind of cabbageee? I can almost smell wet, cabbaggee wool. Ahhhh the fun you have and you SHARE all (well most) of your fun! Thanks!

Posted by: Connie_in_GR at April 13, 2007 7:23 AM

For two people who weren't going to participate you did an outstanding job. So why the chickens if not for the general hilarity of it? And what would have happened to you if you would have skipped the chicken making activity?
I love your, I mean, Tina's chicken.

Posted by: sue at April 13, 2007 7:41 AM

I LOVE the pro natura...knits up like dream. I haven't finshed my project yet (baby sweater!) so I don't know how it washes, but if other trekking yarn is any indication, it should be fine.

Crazy chickens! Too cool for school!

Posted by: Grace at April 13, 2007 8:38 AM

I am cracking up! And I thought my muggle friends were weird!! But that's what makes life interesting, right?

At least you guys didn't go with the eggplant...that would have been much more interesting to extract from a felted egg.

Posted by: mobishobel at April 13, 2007 8:39 AM

Are there patterns for the blue sweater and scarf in the Nappa Cabbage picture? They are beautiful. Thanks for an inspiring blog.

Posted by: Jamie at April 13, 2007 9:07 AM

Love the chickens! I am NEED one of those for my kiddoes! catie

Posted by: cate at April 13, 2007 9:31 AM

I hope that's as weird as it gets.
I saw the Bamboo sock yarn knit up last night at Guild. Lovely :)

Posted by: TracyKM at April 13, 2007 9:37 AM

The chickens are totally camp and wonderful! I want to knit a chicken now! Reminds me of Key West, Florida. Once, while there with my Papillon service dog Peek, we ate outside at a very shi-shi restaurant, and there were chickens all over the place. They run loose there, in and out of all the shops and restaurants. At one point, I had my service dog on a bath mat on the floor, but the chickens kept coming up to the edge and pecking at him. I finally did the unthinkable, in terms of service dog etiquette: I lifted that little 10 pound wonder up onto one of the chairs so he wouldn't have to endure those curious and hungry chickens that were determined to make a meal out of one wee Papillon!

Posted by: Debi at April 13, 2007 9:54 AM

Any chance of auctioning the chickens? Might be a great fundraiser for KWOB... Some are down-right GORGEOUS!

Posted by: mommyofdennis at April 13, 2007 9:54 AM

That is just too funny! :D Looks like you had fun. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by: Lotta at April 13, 2007 10:04 AM

I had a totally rotten night. ALL night. What a perfect post to wake up to - I needed something very fun like knitted chickens!!

Posted by: petshopgirl at April 13, 2007 10:05 AM

Whoa. Free hot chick photos. Way cool!

Posted by: Franklin at April 13, 2007 10:39 AM

Photographs of the knitted chickens would make the ultimate coffee table book in my house (where chickens spar with knitting for my attention).

But will there be patterns? There MUST be patterns.

Posted by: Jami at April 13, 2007 10:52 AM

Never knew Nappa cabbage was a multi-tasking veggie *giggle...snork*

Weird is relative (as most of mine are...hee-hee)

I remember the big candle shaped building in Scapoose!

Oh Steph you're gonna love this neck of the woods when you get here in June!
Bring your chicken, OK?!?

Posted by: Runs with needles in Oregon at April 13, 2007 11:01 AM

Hee hee, I love the weird chickens. Please tell me no one ate the cabbage right? Right?

Posted by: Tracey at April 13, 2007 11:57 AM

CHOKE:= Cultural Humiliation Of Knitters Everywhere.

Posted by: Betty at April 13, 2007 12:26 PM

LOL - someone else remembers the candle factory in Scappoose! ^5! But I'm posting again because I just realized - Steph? You'd better brace yourself for Portland. I'm betting Jayme-the-wonder-publicist probably has *no* idea of what it'll be like here then.

Have any of my fellow locals thought that Stephanie will be here *during Rose Festival*?!!?? You wanna talk weird--! The *fleet* will be in! Canadian ships too - wups, only one ship this year, looks like. Plus two tall ships - one which appeared in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie. But the city will be going bonkers. Mass quantities of sailors wandering the streets (with women chasing them, instead of the other way round), tourists galore, rose shows, dragon boat races, concerts, the carnival, fireworks, parades - and blast, you'll miss the Grand Floral Parade, Stephanie, get someone to tape it for you. Rose Festival is our version of Mardi Gras. Only, you know, sometimes with rain. I hope you get in early enough to wander around and experience a bit of it. Keep an eye out as you cross the Willamette coming in from PDX; the Canadians usually tie up by the Steel or Broadway bridges.

And we'd all better get to Powell's *really* early, 'cause traffic will be insane, not to mention parking!

Posted by: MonicaPDX at April 13, 2007 12:42 PM

For more chicken weirdness check out the book by Jon Agee "Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?"

Posted by: Julie at April 13, 2007 12:43 PM

omg knitted chickens. this is brilliant.

Posted by: ames at April 13, 2007 12:51 PM

Are you saying that Cookie's knitted chicken is the weird one? 'Cause washing a cabbage wrapped in duct tape, wrapped in wool, along with smelly tennis balls isn't weird at all :)

Posted by: freecia at April 13, 2007 1:17 PM

Stariel Knits (http://stariel.blogspot.com/) has close up pictures of the knitted chickens.

Cookie A's chicken is particularly amazing.

Posted by: keiko at April 13, 2007 1:49 PM

Oh my oh my!
I must must must do this next year. somehow...

On another note, the brand new knitter from your Oakbrook IL talk has continued apace and has knit two washcloths (one with cables!) and is already talking about knitting afghans and big cabled sweaters.

See what you do to people? Ask us to represent... ask us to recruit... and we corrupt innocents!

Posted by: Helen at April 13, 2007 2:03 PM

I'm so mad I didn't know about this.

Posted by: Jenny at April 13, 2007 2:37 PM

Chickens! Boooccckk Boooccckk.... (while doing the chicken dance)... BOOOccckk BOOOccckk... BOOOCCCKK BOOOCCCKK!


I'm halfway through my second attempt at felted, knitted sushi cat toys. I injured my rotator cuff "slicing" the first roll. (Felted wool is thicker than rice and seaweed. My husband thought sushi was hilarious, I can't wait to tell him what the next toy is going to be!

Bock. Bock.

Posted by: Brie at April 13, 2007 2:37 PM

Omigosh. You are so delightful, it's ridiculous. You were in Minneapolis recently. I'd never heard of you (sorry), but the story of being at the Yarnery was in the newspaper over the weekend. I was sorry to have read about it after the fact. I will keep tabs on you from now on. Have you ever heard of Anne Lamott? She's an author. Your writing reminds me of her. She's also delightful....you'd like her.
So yesterday I was on your blog and just arbitrarily went into your archives. I came across a post where you were showing how to fix a screwed-up cable. (one of my biggest pet peeves)
Of course one never realizes one's mistake on a screwed-up cable until at least 5 rows go by. Last night I was working on my very complicated sweater and saw a cable 5 rows back that I had indeed screwed up. So I thought I would give your suggestion the old college try. I should have tried to find the tutorial post on my computer, but I had no idea which archive I'd clicked on. So I proceeded to re-screw it up and had to rip out the 5 rows after all. At which time I swore (really) that I would never screw up a cable again. Famous last words. :)

Posted by: Peggy Miller at April 13, 2007 3:19 PM

Omigosh. You are so delightful, it's ridiculous. You were in Minneapolis recently. I'd never heard of you (sorry), but the story of being at the Yarnery was in the newspaper over the weekend. I was sorry to have read about it after the fact. I will keep tabs on you from now on. Have you ever heard of Anne Lamott? She's an author. Your writing reminds me of her. She's also delightful....you'd like her.
So yesterday I was on your blog and just arbitrarily went into your archives. I came across a post where you were showing how to fix a screwed-up cable. (one of my biggest pet peeves)
Of course one never realizes one's mistake on a screwed-up cable until at least 5 rows go by. Last night I was working on my very complicated sweater and saw a cable 5 rows back that I had indeed screwed up. So I thought I would give your suggestion the old college try. I should have tried to find the tutorial post on my computer, but I had no idea which archive I'd clicked on. So I proceeded to re-screw it up and had to rip out the 5 rows after all. At which time I swore (really) that I would never screw up a cable again. Famous last words. :)

Posted by: Peggy Miller at April 13, 2007 3:19 PM

Too funny.

Be sure to read the masondixon blog today. You are the topic of discussion (all good stuff!).

Posted by: Rachel at April 13, 2007 3:22 PM

I MUST KNOW. Who did the Ballband Warshrag Chicken?

Brill brill brill!!!!!!!! xoxo Kay

Posted by: Kay at April 13, 2007 3:28 PM

I agree with Esmerelda - we want a sock camp in the UK - I'll even knit a chicken! (with or without the cabbage...)

Posted by: teeweewonders at April 13, 2007 4:04 PM

As this gathering is called Cockamamie camp what's with all the chickens ? Where are the cocks ? The chickens are absolutely ingenious and thank you for the pictures. Looks like everyone is having fun thats the main thing . Enjoy

Posted by: Joan H at April 13, 2007 4:26 PM

You know...there was a time when I would have thought a discussion involving this phrase was really strange. :-)

Posted by: Lisa F. at April 13, 2007 4:37 PM

Very strange indeed! But so cool and fun at the same time :)

Posted by: Meadow at April 13, 2007 5:47 PM

I was surprised that a new blog post was up, but I had NO idea it would involve knitted chickens! Knitted chickens. Never in my life have I typed those two words together. And now I want to knit one ... Stephanie, you have a very strange and powerful influence on this family of knitters.
By the way, do you know anyone who scrapbooks their photographs? Pictures of those chickens would make one amazing album! ~ Dar

Posted by: Dar at April 13, 2007 5:48 PM

That is one happy Tina. Nice job!

Posted by: larissa at April 13, 2007 5:51 PM

While Joan H. is perfectly right that it's Camp Cockamamie, not Camp Chickamamie, I don't think the world's ready for what would have happened if everyone had been told to bring a knitted...

Posted by: rams at April 13, 2007 5:52 PM

Somebody at BMFA has a wicked sense of humor, that's for sure! Too funny. I don't think I'll ever forget it. I must say, if I had to bring a knitted chicken to a gathering like that, I can't think of anyone else I'd rather help me than you and Cat.


Posted by: angelarae at April 13, 2007 6:05 PM

Rams, she could have just brought that last Rockin' Sock Club Sock, I mean, it looked like a . . .

Posted by: Linda V. at April 13, 2007 6:18 PM

Knitted chickens! How fun!! Just wish we could have had a better pic of the felted egg - I wanted to see how that thing came out!

Posted by: Chrissy at April 13, 2007 7:06 PM

GACK!!! Knitted Chickens... or even closer to my heart: Roosters!!! So very kewl. Oh, and I adore the Trekking Pro Natura. I just finished a pair of socks that did truly rawk... it was all about the yarn.

Posted by: Michael at April 13, 2007 7:15 PM

Naughty Rams.

Posted by: Rachel H at April 13, 2007 7:42 PM

So the inspiration for the whole chicken thing is because Betty McDonald of The Egg and I was from the area? Yup, knitters are weird, although not as weird as Trekkies.

But felted cabbage comes close.

Posted by: kmkat at April 13, 2007 7:54 PM

And so welcome to the Pacific Northwest! You'll fit right in. Happy retreat!

Posted by: Yvonne at April 13, 2007 9:08 PM

Ahahaha!!! I am so knitting a chicken now.

Posted by: Stephanie at April 13, 2007 11:20 PM

Just wondering how one becomes the hat lady for the events. Thanks!

Posted by: Melissa at April 13, 2007 11:35 PM

This was THE DAY AFTER EASTER and you had to duct-tape a cabbage to make an egg shape? Couldn't you just to to Wal-Mart (or Walgreens, or Target) and buy a big plastic Easter Egg at 50% off? I bet even the grocery store where you bought the cabbage had plastic eggs!
Oh, well, the cagbbage made a much better story.

Posted by: Jackie Hoffman at April 14, 2007 1:31 AM

Sorry -- that was supposed to be cabbage, not cagbbage!

Posted by: Jackie H. at April 14, 2007 1:40 AM

Oh I'm so jealous. You get to go to sock camp! That has to be WAY better than boot camp LOL! What a cool chicken. I think you guys have taken your woolly obsessions to a whole new level that has left the rest of us in the dirt. I have filled my house with all kinds of wool smells; just washed wool, dirty but getting clean wool, just dyed wool, dyed wool and silk blend, in the process of felting and using homemade soap wool, even Kool Aid wool,and liked them all. I have to confess though,the thought filling my home with the scent of felting wool and cabbage is just wrong. It would probably help if I liked cooked cabbage LOL! Hope you have a great time at camp. I can't wait to read about it. Kinda like going to camp vicariously!

Posted by: Dyepotgirl at April 14, 2007 5:19 AM

That reminds me....yahoo had a newsbit the other day that posed the question.."was T Rex a chicken??"

Imagine this photo montage with knitted T Rex's instead. good grief......

Posted by: john at April 14, 2007 9:59 AM

One of my third-graders loves chickens -- I hear all about Rooster Charles, and I have tons of drawings of Noble Roosters on the wall. I wonder if someone here would WEAVE a chicken into their rug? (NW New Mexico you know, lots of weavers...)
My mom had a chicken that she liked to watch tv with -- sat on her lap and dozed...

Posted by: shirley at April 14, 2007 10:13 AM

Dear Yarn Harlot, I have a bone to pick with you. I recently read most of your archives. My hands were achy that day, after finishing an afghan, and I could not decide what to start next, so I had some time. While reading, I marked many, many of the links you have listed in there. Now that some time has passed, and I have 3 new projects on the go (I am fairly certain that is your fault), I am sneaking back to visit sites all over the place a little at a time.

I am overwhelmed by new yarn sources, yarns, patterns, creativity, books. Every time I go online, I am overwhelmed by the need to touch the yarns, to feel them running through my fingers, to make lovely new things just to see how they feel as I work with them. I am fighting a compulsion to buy yarn for projects that will happen so far down the road the yarn might very well turn to dust before I have time to make them all.

You did this for me, and it's really not fair. My husband is rising to your defense, and is telling me that this weird compulsion is not really your fault, that if I am weak, its my own problem. I'm pretty sure he is going to continue to say this till he gets the bill. We know which one of us is going to be in trouble then, don't we?

When my kids were small, I kept my sanity by doing many things with a needle and a thread. As they grew to teens, I went back into the workforce and pretty much got out of the habit. My job is highly stressful and for years I existed overwhelmed, tired and with an undernourished soul. I have been trying restore that over the last couple years. Yarn helps immeasurably. All kidding aside, thank you for that archive filled with incredibly lovely links.

Posted by: Denise at April 14, 2007 12:34 PM

I dined out on your blog last night and had the table in stitches....lol We ate chicken but sadly not one knitted chicken to be found. I am still in the scarf stage of knitting and contemplating a pair of socks for my next project....but the colour way I have would suit a chicken of the Rhode Island Red kind and I am wondering how I could whip up a chicken in one of the skeins that is for the second pair of socks. Must goggle knitted chicken patterns and see what I come up with. Oh and while reading the account of the chicken project. My family came up stairs and asked me if I was crying or laughing because I laughed and laughed until I cried....thanks for the blog entry. You are good for the soul Yarn Harlot and my knitty friends in Arizona and I are having a grand time on your Represent booktour as well and trade stories of the Yarn Harlot kind.

Posted by: Catriona in Scarborough at April 14, 2007 1:01 PM

wow. i never knew that knitted chickens existed. now that i do, i am absolutely madly in love. they are so darling, and cute, and fun, and silly. i love every single one. i'm a bit weirded out by the napa cabbage in the washer thing...but i'm sure that the whole experience was worth it. because you ended up with an awesome chicken and a crazy story and hilarious memories. yay!

Posted by: Karen at April 14, 2007 3:07 PM

OMG! Those chickens are SO fantastic. I'm going to obsess for ages about making one. They're the perfect gift for any of my artistically bent friends & family. I STRONGLY encourage you to collect some patterns or even a booklet of ideas on how to do it and sell it for a charity. It would be great fun and you could raise some $$ and raise the profile of knitting and all the participants in the process (sorry, that's the marketer in me talking). Kudos! Well, well done!

Posted by: Alexandra at April 14, 2007 3:26 PM

You know you're a Knitter when a trip to the supermarket inspires you to grab needles and yarn.

Posted by: Barbara Vaccaro at April 14, 2007 5:54 PM

Oh my gosh! I adore the chickens. Who knew?

Posted by: Debbie at April 14, 2007 6:00 PM

P.S. sorry, me again.

Maybe we need a Chicken Knitting Olympics?

just a thought.

more pictures please.

Posted by: Debbie at April 14, 2007 6:01 PM

Now I want a knit chicken. ...off to check stock of scraps...

Posted by: Andrea (noricum) at April 14, 2007 6:29 PM

hee...I can't believe you'd even think of resisting... and I can't believe you'd do that to a cabbage!!!

Posted by: shanny mac at April 14, 2007 8:26 PM

I love the egg idea.
My favourite though is the smug looking chicken with the wooden needle sitting on a nest of wool.
What fun!

Posted by: Miss Scarlett at April 15, 2007 1:55 AM

I love the one with the rainbow comb! I too have an urge to knit chickens.pattern anyone?

Posted by: wendy at April 15, 2007 3:58 AM

And I thought it was mainly Guide leaders who did stuff like this

Posted by: wendy at April 15, 2007 3:59 AM

Wow! That's a quick chicken. At first I thought it was weird but now I think they're kinda cute. I guess they grow on you. I think I may have to actually make one.

Posted by: Mira at April 15, 2007 4:52 PM

Did you know you were nominated for best hobby blog? The turnout at the moment is pitiful. You've got the best blog on the internet. We could do a little representing here! http://www.bloggerschoiceawards.com/blogs/show/2614

Posted by: Carol at April 17, 2007 7:02 PM

LOVED your chicken and your blog. Reading your entry made me laugh outloud. Using the cabbage was a crack-up. I mean that in a good way. I'm thinking you would've enjoyed going w/ my sis and I on our buffalo hunt. (ie collecting buffalo fiber). More fun than I've ever had.

Posted by: Denice at April 17, 2007 11:01 PM

Oh man... I missed my year. I thought I was the only freak out there whose favorite animal is a chicken. Any size, sex, color or age. I get handcrafted fabric hens for birthdays, wire chickens for my living room, and my sis even found a knitting measuring tape with chickens as a fibre weekend gift. I would have been in heaven seeing all of those lovely knit hens and roosters everywhere. Le sigh.

Thanks for posting the pics. At least I get to live vicariously through my favorite blogger. :D

Posted by: Sara at April 19, 2007 11:45 PM

I have no idea how I would knit a chicken.

Posted by: ayla at April 30, 2007 9:30 PM

Nice site. Thanks.

Posted by: cosmo magazine at May 23, 2007 8:04 PM