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  • Baby Vine Hat in Rowan Wool Cotton, Commission
  • Tidal Wave Socks, bartered with Molly
  • 2 pair of baby booties, Baby Eaton
  • Monkey Socks, Sockapalooza 4 Pal
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  • 4 nature-themed face cloths, Mom
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  • Lace Anklets, set #2, Mom
  • Herringbone Scarf, Plymouth Housing Group
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  • Baby Booties
  • Baby Socks, set 2 in leftover yarn
  • Baby Socks, Set 1 in wool/cotton blend
  • Garter Rib Socks, Me!
  • Ankle Socks, Mom (attempt #2)
  • Bunny Hat, Lil' Max for April
  • Shamrock Hat, Lil' Max for March
  • Ankle Socks, Me (Frogged!)
  • Lace Anklets, Mom
  • Hat, Bryan
  • Hat, Kevin
  • Antifreeze Helment (Knitty), Colten
  • 3 hats for Charity Knitting
  • Sparkly Kiss Hat, Lil' Max for February
  • Baby Basics Set, Little Girl S-C
  • Cabled Gaiter, Craig
  • Fun Fur Scarf, Mom
  • Odessa Hat, Jane
  • Knitting Links
  • The Anticraft!
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  • Yarndex
  • Knotty K
  • Strawberry Hat, Cascade Fixation
  • Watermelon Hat, Cascade Fixation
  • Etty-Spun
  • blue/teal merino
  • "Happy Together" superwash merino, Crown Mountain Farms
  • Friday, February 24, 2006
    Revised Ears Done!
    This is what MY finished ear looks like. It's all one piece, worked in short rows. Wanna do it too? Here's the pattern.
    Cast on 40 stitches using provisional (or invisible) method in color 1 (the outer ear color). You'll want to graft the cast-on stitches to the final row of stitches.
    Row 1: Purl 40. Row 2: Knit 37, wrap and turn. Row 3: P 37. For rows 4-9, EVEN numbered rows are knit, decreasing 2 stitches per row, and wrapping and turning at the end of these rows. Odd numbered rows will be purled. Row 10: Knit all 40 stitches, picking up the wraps and knitting them with the stitch. Row 11: Purl 40.
    Row 12: Start color 2 (the inner ear) and knit 31 stitches, wrap and turn. The inner ear is done in garter stitch rather than stockinette so the color change is hidden better and there is better definition between the inner and outer ear. Row 13: K31. For rows 14-19, knit all rows, increasing by 2 stitches on the EVEN rows and picking up the wraps with the stitches. For rows 20-25, continue to knit all rows, decreasing by 2 stitches on the EVEN rows and wrapping and turning. Row 26: Start color 1 (outer ear) again and knit all 40 stitches, picking up the wraps with the stitches. Row 27: P40. Row 28: K 31, wrap and turn. Row 29: P31. Rows 30-35: EVEN rows are increased by 2 stitches and the wraps are picked up with the stitches. ODD rows are purled. Place provisional cast-on stitches onto a needle, then graft to live stitches of Row 35. I didn't sew up the top end of the ears because it so much narrower than the bottom that I didn't feel it needed it. I took care of my ends from the color changes before I grafted for ease. Before you graft, your ear will look like the photo below.

    After the graft, it will look like the ear above and you will not be able to see a seam. Viola! Ear finished.

    I realized that the ears above do not precisely match the orignal pattern, but with some working with a different number of stitches in the short rows, they can be shaped more like the original pattern. I was just so happy to get the darn things done without hideous seaming and too many tears that I just left the pattern as is.

    posted by Karen @ 9:44 PM   0 comments
    Thursday, February 23, 2006
    Bunny Ears Suck!
    I like bunny ears as much as the next person. At least I did until today. All I had to do on the bunny hat was stitch the inner and outer ears together and sew them to the hat. Yeah, riiiiiiiiight.

    The pattern (from SNB Nation) calls for blanket stitching the two parts of the ear together. WTF?! Blanket stitch to me is an ornamental stitch, and Wynn at The Knittery agreed with me. So I tried seaming it another way, and of course that didn't pan out. Then I tried to put the two pieces together by crochetting them with a slip stitch. Bulky and just looked wrong.

    So, I look at the pieces required for the ears, decide that they royally suck, and decide to come up with my own short-row ears. They're still in process, but they appear to be working better than the two piece horrors were. And I thought that the horrible thought of two pieces only applied to bikinis.
    posted by Karen @ 9:42 PM   0 comments
    Monday, February 20, 2006
    Too many projects, not enough sleep...

    Okay, Blogger uploaded my photos weird, but I'm running with it anyway. The top and bottom photos are the Frog Tree Alpaca for my mom's Branching Out. Pros: Soft, hopefully non-allergenic, decent color, nice warmth factor, will still look "lacy". Cons: Potential allergen, "fuzzes" up at times, not quite what I was looking for.

    The middle two photos are Berroco Cotton Twist, potential yarn for the same project. Pros: Soft, definitely non-allergenic, fantastic color. Cons: may make the laciness of the scarf seem heavy, cotton will be heavier in weight than alpaca. URGH!

    And if that's not enough for this poor knitter, my shoulder pain from the accident has been making sleep difficult and the bunny hat from SNB Nation looks like it could potentially fit my 3-year-old instead of a 10-month-old. I'm not frogging it yet, I'll keep on ploughing. The February hat IS, however, going to the frog pond. It just bugs me.

    Here's hoping for sleep.
    posted by Karen @ 11:28 PM   0 comments
    Sunday, February 19, 2006
    What to do, what to do...
    My mother came up last weekend for ds#2's birthday. I was browsing through a Patternworks catalogue, and she asks what I'm looking at. I tell her yarn, and she's like "nah, think I'll pass." Two minutes later, she hijacks it from me, finds a lace book in it, and starts going "OOOOOHHHHHH!" I tell her it's just a book, she says she wants something in lace. So I show her Knitty's "Branching Out" pattern, and she's all over it.

    Okay, so now we have a pattern. Now comes the BIG problem: my mom is allergic to wool, cashmere, angora, and mohair. And of course, both sample branching outs were made in wool and mohair. So we go hunting on-line for potential fixes. I fall in love with an alpaca and silk blend that goes for about $30 a skein. Mother loses it. "THAT'S TOO EXPENSIVE!" Okay, onward and upward, careful to NOT tell her what they cost unless they notice. But I'm just not finding anything that floats my boat.

    I got some Berroco Cotton Twist from the Seattle Yarn Gallery last week, but I was hesitant because of the gauge. So Thursday I decide to go to the Knittery to hunt some more. Just two blocks from the shop, I get rear-ended at a stoplight. At least no one was seriously hurt and it was only two cars. At last I get to the store, and after almost an hour of hunting and feeling and torturing my mind, I find Frog Tree Alpaca Wool, 100% alpaca. Lovely color, although not as lovely as the Cotton Twist color. It's not going to be a wippie for a bit, but I needed some yarn therapy after last week with the husband down, getting hit, and having to go to the chiropractor myself for neck and shoulder issues. At least I can still knit.
    posted by Karen @ 8:51 PM   0 comments
    Thursday, February 16, 2006
    Ski Boot Socks Completed!

    After 2 whole days of no knitting at all, a couple of us gals abandoned our husbands with our children and ran off for a girls' night out last night. We went to the Seattle Yarn Gallery and then to Uptown Coffee.I cranked out the rest of my sock and was left with just the toe to graft. I got home, grafted the toe, and something weird happened, so I had to frog a row or two, but the sock was completed this morning, all ends weaved in. No, the two socks don't match, I need to work on matching up stripes BEFORE I start the project, but at least they're done and their intended recipient enjoys them. Or will, once he gets back into the snow.

    posted by Karen @ 11:53 AM   0 comments
    Wednesday, February 15, 2006
    Boycott FTD Online
    My husband got me a miniature rose bush from FTD for Valentine's Day. So it would stand to reason that I would have posted this yesterday, on Valentine's Day.

    One problem. It didn't arrive until today. With all but two blooms in the bottom of the packaging. And with the branches all bent to hell. And overwatered so that it's not exactly looking perky. So, after pinching off dead blooms and branches and leaves, I'm left with exactly one red blossom.

    I can't find my camera, otherwise there would be photos of the poor thing. In the meantime, hubby is calling FTD online and really chewing them out. He's also decided that the next time he wants to do something like this, he'll go to a local nursury and pick out the thing for himself.

    I've decided to name the poor thing "Edie". She deserves a name after all the hell she's been through.
    posted by Karen @ 12:13 PM   0 comments
    Tuesday, February 14, 2006
    The Underwear Oracle

    I think it speaks for itself. I just couldn't resist the urge for trouble.

    What Your Underwear Says About You
    You like your underwear to make you feel girlish and pretty. Let's hope you're a chick.
    You're comfortable in your own skin - and don't care to impress anyone.

    posted by Karen @ 1:18 PM   0 comments
    Monday, February 13, 2006
    Husband Down!
    My husband apparently injured himself skiing a week ago. After icing, ibuprofin in industrial sizes, and chiropractor visits, I finally pursuaded him to go to the doc after he called me this morning to pick him up from work. I'm tired, I'm cranky, I've got 3 kids now that I have to take care of and deal with (hubby makes the 3rd), and I HAVEN'T GOTTEN TO KNIT TODAY!!! I need my yarn therapy. Maybe after my husband re-dopes himself with the GOOD painkillers, industrial strength anti-inflamatories and loopy muscle relaxants. This Monday has sucked beyond all reason.
    posted by Karen @ 9:16 PM   0 comments
    Saturday, February 11, 2006
    Baby Baker
    We had a birthday party for our newly-turned-3-year-old today. My husband's older brother and his expanding wife were there as well. The last time we hooked up with them, we found out we were expecting a niece or nephew in early June. This time, we found out that we're expecting a nephew. It's not going to change the projects that I have going for the little one a single bit. But it's nice to know that the Baker tradition of lots of boys is continuing.
    posted by Karen @ 9:52 PM   0 comments
    Thursday, February 09, 2006
    Unconventional Valentine
    Valentine's Day is approaching fast. Last night my hubby and I went to the home and garden show at the convention center. LOTS to see and tons of cool ideas, along with some that were... well, they were just down right cheesy.

    My husband got me my Valentine's gift last night too. Most of you are probably thinking "okay, home and garden show, probably got her plants or flowers or something sweet for the yard." And you would all be wrong.

    My husband got me worms. Yes, you read that right. Worms.

    More aptly, he got me a worm bin that can house a pound of worms who will happily eat our kitchen scraps (no dairy or meat, but they'll eat pizza crust and pizza boxes) and give us rich worm castings (castings=poo for those not in the know) in return for a nice covered space that doesn't get too cold (our garage). All we have to do is send in for our pound of worms and get this operation going.

    I think it's one of the best Valentines I've ever gotten. Yup, I'm weird.
    posted by Karen @ 11:14 AM   1 comments
    Wednesday, February 08, 2006
    Politically Peeved
    I am the mother of a kindergartener. I am the mother of a kindergartener in a state that rates 43 out of 50 for educational compensation. My son goes to school in a poorer school district in the Seattle area where the teacher has 47 students between the morning and afternoon sessions. And to add injury to insult, she has lost 1 hour of aide time per session (and that wasn't much to begin with) because she lost 2 students in each session.

    Oh, yes, I'm on my soapbox here. I'm tired of people whining about public schools and how bad of a job they're doing, but the same whiners aren't voting for the levies, participating in PTA or similar associations, or even giving an hour a week of volunteer work so they can see what is really going on. Yes, I DO volunteer at least one session a week (2.5 hours). And I do it with little brother in tow. I participate in the PTA, and have volunteered at school events. When it comes time to vote, you can bet your buns that I'll be at the voting location voting "Yes".

    I realize that I'm a stay-home parent. But how hard is it to find out if your child's teacher needs help in the classroom, or even filing help after school? How hard is it to become more involved in your child's life so that you can make sure that they're getting the best education they can? How hard is it to just freaking care?!

    Okay, stepping off of my soapbox now. Thank you for your audience.
    posted by Karen @ 11:06 AM   0 comments
    Monday, February 06, 2006
    Sock 2, here I come!
    Started sock two this evening. I took the time to write down the pattern with revisions so hopefully this sock will go smoother and faster. Wish me luck.
    posted by Karen @ 11:25 PM   0 comments
    Sunday, February 05, 2006
    Sock 1 DONE!
    Here is sock one on its intended wearer (my hubby). Yes, the sock is supposed to be this big in order to reach the top of his ski boot and stop his boots from eating away his calves.

    Obviously, here is sock one by its lonesome. Hopefully sock two will be making an appearance in the next few days, now that I have some clue of what the heck I'm doing.
    posted by Karen @ 10:30 PM   0 comments
    Impending Insanity
    After two straight days spent with Nicole at The Knittery, one night spent with Sarah at a Knit Nite, and just general freaking out, I finally have the heel turned and the gusset picked up on the first sock of the pair for my husband. I need a copy machine that would just copy my first sock and then maybe I wouldn't feel so tied into knots about doing the second sock.
    posted by Karen @ 11:49 AM   0 comments
    Friday, February 03, 2006
    Knitter Support Group
    There is a LYS, The Knittery, that has two fantastic people who work there. I'm headed there this afternoon for moral support on my husband's ski boot socks since I'm to the point where I start the heel.
    posted by Karen @ 10:39 AM   0 comments
    Thursday, February 02, 2006
    Butterfly Frog
    I found the adorable butterfly frog here. At our wedding, almost 7 years ago now, we released monarch butterflies instead of throwing rice or blowing bubbles. And the most amazing thing was that none of the butterflies had perished in transit (or at least no one told me). So this was just too perfect.
    posted by Karen @ 5:10 PM   0 comments
    I've Moved...
    Please visit my former blog. I moved here because this name was just much more.... succinct. :)
    posted by Karen @ 4:13 PM   0 comments
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