WIP Wednesday

Still trucking along on the black sock:

WIP Wed black sock

And look! Another tiny sweater! This one’s sparkly 🙂

WIP Wed glitter sweater


I spent a good chunk of today doing a photo shoot for my upcoming Etsy shop opening. I’m so incredibly excited to be getting closer to opening! Pictures (and shop details) to come, when my fabulous photographer Emmie gets them all edited 🙂


Sweater Buffering…

Knitting done

knitting done sweater

Steeking done

steeking done sweater

Weaving in ends done

endless ends

Fixing gaping armpit holes done

gaping hole closeup

Washing done

washing sweater


blocking sweater

Not dry yet.

Big Storm

There’s a monster storm passing through Tennessee tonight, so I’m making tea and camping out with my knitting and my prep notes for my interview tomorrow and listening to the weather rage outside while I’m snug in my house.

Stay safe, y’all.

My Fix

It feels so good to finally get my knitting fix 🙂

A big round of blocking:

late night blocking

And a couple of tiny sweaters:

Photo on 2013-11-16 at 21.51


I am not a fan of Adulthood

I have been carrying around my plain stockinette stitch sock knitting for days.

I’ve taken it to work with me, I’ve kept it beside my desk and by my bed, in the hopes that I would find a few spare minutes to add a few stitches. No such luck.

I have now come to the conclusion that my lack of knitting is happening because I am working on becoming a real person. I am working 25 hour weeks, applying for jobs nearly as much as I work, and trying to keep my house, self, and life in reasonable order. It’s freaking hard. I don’t like not knitting. I don’t know how Real Full-Time Adults have time to do all that, AND knit.

Teach me your ways, please?

Manly Sock

I’ve been knitting away on this plain stockinette stitch sock for a while, and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

I realize that this is normal for knitting. If you knit it, it gets bigger. But this one seemed really big. I checked my measurements, I checked my pattern, and it’s all good. But why does it seem too big?

man sock

It seems I’ve never knit a man’s sock before.

A Proper Introduction

Hello. My name is Malika and I make stuff.

But you already knew that.

Some stuff about me that you might already know, but then again might not (anyone noticing a list trend here? No? Excellent) :

  • My name can be quite hard for North Americans and Europeans to remember, spell, and pronounce. It’s from India. It sounds like “Monica,” but with an L instead of an N. Alternatively, like “Molly” with a “ka” on the end.
  • I learned to knit when I was 10, gave it up after several extraordinarily ugly scarves (that my mom finally agreed to stop wearing a couple years ago), picked it up again in high school, and never stopped.
  • I learned to crochet when I was 16. This was the main reason I picked knitting back up again. Both crafts have improved my life so much.
  • I am learning to spin. I’m really bad at it, probably because I rarely practice. But I want to learn!
  • I am 22 years old.
  • I recently graduated from college.
  • I am currently figuring out what I want to be when I grow up. My devout wish is that I end up in the field of International Education, specifically study abroad.
  • Whatever my future brings, I hope it somehow involves yarn.
  • I have very short hair, and I love it. Although I sometimes experience Hair Envy, which is similar to Penis Envy but somewhat easier to resolve. Also, I have been mistaken for a boy or a lesbian on several occasions. The subsequent conversations are always amusing.
  • I really really really like traveling. I grew up in several different countries, and have had the good fortune to travel to many more.
  • Related: I also really like learning and using languages that are not my mother tongue. I’m conversant in French, German, and Japanese.
  • I love to read. Especially if there are dragons or magic involved. But I’m not picky.
  • My favorite show is Law & Order SVU. I don’t care what it says about my psyche that my favorite video entertainment is watching a show about sex crimes.

Finally, I really love connecting with people with whom I share a passion. Hence – knitting blog! Please stop by, say hi, tell me about yourself and the things that you make, and ask me questions!

Best wishes and yarny love,