Author Archives: thefatsquirrel

About thefatsquirrel

I'm a fat, sassy, tattooed, knittin' Mama. My days are filled with knitting, spinning, baking, reading, nature walking, marveling at my daughter's endless font of energy, fussing at aforementioned daughter in mean mommy tones for aforementioned energy and avoiding housework at all costs.

Episode 286: I Reject the Real World

Links to Patreon, the shop, KoFi, etc:

Quilt Top made using Moda Cake Mix Number Four in Holliberry fabrics

Finished Object: Selbu Sock Design 5 by Patricia Anne Fortune

Works in Progress:

No Pattern Worsted Weight Socks in Fingering Weight Sock Yarn held double….If you’re looking for a pattern, Tin Can Knits Rye Socks are a good, free option

Pebbles and Pathways by Marceline Smith in Quince and Company Chickadee, Honey colorway

Episode 281: Ole Prune Eyes

Squirrel Support:

Shenanigans of the Mind:

Andrew Yang’s The War on Normal People

Charlotte McConaghy’s Migrations

Crazy Town Podcast

Ceramic Earrings and Pin “Cushion” by LuvKtSweetly

Stitch Marker by Tilting Planet:


Bowl Cozies by Crafty Gemini:

Table Quilt using Moda’s Cake Mix Recipe 1


Frog & Toad by Frog & Cast

Koro Koro Shawl by Olga Jazzy Knits

Twizzler Socks by Tangled Bekah in Woolens and Nosh’s Deep Fall self striping

Brioshi Shawl by Carissa Browning in Handspun Inglenook Fibers and Suburban Stitcher

Episode 277

Squirrel Support:


Free Paper Piecing Patterns Library:

Perfect Flying Geese by Lee Heinrich:

Fabrics used are from Corey Yoder’s Canning Day

Works in Progress:

Botanic Shawl by Stephen West: in Handspun and KnitPicks Chroma, Seahorse

Cellular Shawl by Kra Dulaney in handspun and Quince and Co Chickadee, Bosc colorway

Episode 275: Wool at 41:03

Remember how I said I hadn’t watched the Queer Eye Japan episodes critically yet? Here is a great article to read alongside your viewing: My Culture is Not Your Toy: A Gay Japanese Man’s Perspective on Queer Eye Japan

It highlights many issues with the show’s oversimplification of the Japanese culture. “While viewing, I understand that the lens created for me is a primarily white western one. While it is likely asking too much of a single show to present such a deeply nuanced picture of any one person’s existence in less than an hour, this article points out places where they could have done better, not only for the folks they are working with but the audience as well.

My focus for today’s thoughts is this quote:

“Expressing love primarily through touch and verbal affirmation is largely a western concept. In many Asian cultures, family members often show their love through acts of service. “I love you” appears as cooked meals, taking care of errands, and buying thoughtful gifts. By blaming the issues between Kae and her mom on Japanese cultural norms, the show further reinforces the toxic belief that the Japanese way of showing affection is incorrect. Growing up, my family never said, “I love you,” but I never felt the lack of love. They sacrificed their energy for me, fed me, clothed me, and showed up for me whenever I needed them the most. Antoni is calculating love in a Japanese context using his western measuring stick and applying western cultures and values wherever he sees a deficit.”

The article is definitely worth reading in its entirety!

Squirrel Support:

Works in Progress:

Koro Koro by Olga Buraya-Kefelian in Hedgehog Fibers Merino DK in Film Noir and Construct

A Good Vintage Cardigan by Fran Morgan in Handspun dyed by Hello Yarn, HIpString Buoy, Leading Men Fiber Arts, and MadelineTosh

A Granny Stripe version of Louise Zass-Bangham’s Foolproof using a mashup of Curchmouse Yarn & Teas Half a Granny Square Shawl and Caleisha Ryan’sJust Feel Festive Shawl

Azore by Orlane Sucche in Barret Wools Wisconsin Woolen