First, I must make a fannish PSA and relay some information I was mentioning to a couple of the gals at knit night last night (and for anyone else reading this who is a fan of Firefly/Serenity, or Joss Whedon productions in general). Tonight through Sunday, internationally (largely US and Canada cities, but some prime UK and Aussie sites are there too, also Paris and others), there will be charity screenings of the film Serenity. Check here for full details and to see if your city is on the list. Information for Saturday’s Toronto screening (and Ottawa and Edmonton) is on this page. This is the second year in a row Joss Whedon fans have staged this fundraiser for Equality Now (which works for gender equality rights), and the goal is to raise $100,000 this time around. (In my head I am thinking, dude, if knitters were involved surely we could make that without breaking a sweat.)

And really, even if you haven’t seen Firefly (the series upon which the film Serenity is based), if your city is on that list then I’d say that ticket would be $12 well spent. Should be a heckuva fun time with all those enthusiastic fans in the audience. I’ve been a fan of Firefly since watching it on DVD about a year and a half ago, and I have to say it was knitters who helped put it on my radar in the first place. All of a sudden there came a time when you couldn’t go on the knitting interwebs without people talking about knitting Jayne hats, and using words like “gorram” and “shiny.” (Now my only question is, what knitting do I bring with me on Saturday? 😉 )

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My other important discovery was at knitting night last night, too – see this picture of Em? It might look like she’s holding some regular-old Brittany birch DPNs, but no. Those are hand-made needles made from teeny-tiny dowels found at a hardware store, that she got pre-cut and then sanded down into points herself. (That is also her own handspun fingering-weight. Hand-dyed too. Mm hmm.) We got out the gauge and sized them at 2.25mm – perfect for socks! Brilliant discovery, brilliant. Actually, I kind of feel like I’m stealing her thunder a little bit by posting about this, so I’ll stop that story right there and let her fill in all the miraculous details. But still – homemade birch DPNs! Oh the possibilities.

(Oh, there is also new stock of Lorna’s Laces sock yarn at Lettuce Knit. That was another discovery. I may have tripped nearby it and my credit card may have fallen out of my wallet. It couldn’t be helped, right? Right. I thought so.)


  1. You’all have so much fun!

  2. Besides, the Lorna’s that fell with you is just so pretty! I’m half tempted to wait until the second shipment comes in, half to just go crazy right now!

  3. Someday I need to write the “Making it your own: The Jayne hat and fan appropriation” paper (you know after I learn something about whatever social science that would fall under….)

    I so do not need to be told one can make their own needles!!! (But every so cool…)

  4. Apparently bamboo skewers are 2mm diameter, and can be broken in half and then filed down to a point with a nail file.

    Haven’t tried it myself yet…

  5. Hey, no worries — no thunder can be stolen if I’m to lazy to get around to blogging about it! (Though I really should, and will, tomorrow, I promise!). But really, this is a word that needs to be spread!

    Thanks for helping get the message out, and for letting my goofy mug grace the”pages” of your blog!

    p.s. I stand by my assertion that the Charcoal was Meant To Be. It would not have waited around for you, but wanted to be yours…. Those pink skeins just hopped along for the ride!

  6. Errmm, I’m afraid to say I’ve not heard of Firefly/Serenity, but I will check them out. I obviously need to extend my cultural radar.

    But I’ve heard of Lorna’s Laces! And for the first time, I’ve just bought some of their sock yarn… it’s drool-worthy!

    Hope you’ve got your laptop sorted by now?

  7. Glad you mentioned the Can’t Stop the Serenity event! I attended last night in Champaign, IL, and we had a sold out crowd. It was awesome, especially since I didn’t see Serenity in the theatre the first time around– I had not yet been turned on to Firefly when it came out, but watched it on DVD and got completely hooked. I was especially happy to support the CSTS event after reading Joss Whedon’s post on one of his fansites:
    A friend forwarded me the link, and I was blown away by it. It’s so nice to hear a man talking about women’s rights.
    (sorry, I know this wasn’t about knitting, but I kind of think everyone in the world should read that post!) 🙂
    thanks again for getting the word out,

  8. Hi,
    I was wondering if you know what the pattern is for the brown shrug that your friend is wearing in this post about Lettuce Knit. i’m looking for something similar to knit and thought that that looks great.
    The wooden dowels are a great idea!

  9. This is really for Elaine — that shrug I’m wearing? I made it up! But you can certianly send her my email, and I’b be happy to point her onto how I did it. 🙂

  10. hmmmm. we are big Serenity fans in our house too. I knit up a Jayne hat for Honey for Halloween 2 year’s ago…she even found a Vera to scare kids with…okay okay it was an orange supersoaker, but hey, the thought was there!

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