Current Projects
  • Sockapalooza 4 Sock Savior Socks
  • "Springtime in Paris" socks, 6-sox KAL
  • Toe-up socks in Trekking XXL
  • Custom socks for Aidan
  • Victorian Lace Socks, 6-sox KAL
  • Brea Bag, Berroco Free Pattern (ON HOLD)
  • Flower Basket Shawl/Scarf, Fiber Trends (ON HOLD)
  • Broad Street Gloves, Knitty (ON HOLD)
  • Finished 2007
  • Fair Isle Headband
  • "Grow-with-me" Hat, Commission
  • Sparkly Kiss Hat, Commission
  • Children's Cotton Hat from LMKG, Baby Eaton
  • 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
  • 5 cotton washcloths, Ann
  • 4 nature-themed face cloths, Mom
  • Baby Bucket Hat, Lil' Max for May
  • Vine Lace Baby Hat, 2 versions, Baby KAH
  • Horcrux Socks, Jacque
  • Lace Anklets, set #2, Mom
  • Herringbone Scarf, Plymouth Housing Group
  • Spiral Scarf, Mail Carrier
  • 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!
  • Knitty
  • MagKnits
  • Yarndex
  • Knotty K
  • Strawberry Hat, Cascade Fixation
  • Watermelon Hat, Cascade Fixation
  • Etty-Spun
  • blue/teal merino
  • "Happy Together" superwash merino, Crown Mountain Farms
  • Friday, April 28, 2006
    Mom needs a nap
    Things have been freaking busy around here, and it's not going to get any better! All of our weekends in May are full, we have 5 birthdays to celebrate in May (one of them mine), SP 8 to gear up for, and I've got babies coming out of my ears. A cousin delivered a baby girl last week, another baby girl is due in August, and my nephew is still set to make his arrival in early June and I'm not done finishing and washing his hats and I've started on the two girl hats! What is up with me?! I used to be like "hey, I'm cranking out projects with no one in mind for them." Now I'm getting to the point of "stop the world, I want to get OFF!"

    Mom needs a nap.
    posted by Karen @ 2:51 PM   0 comments
    Thursday, April 20, 2006
    He Won't Be 6 Forever
    My older son decided to sneak a steak knife into his room last night to pry open a plastic shell that came around a sucker. Apparently, he sliced his finger open, then went to the bathroom to fix it and hide the evidence. I heard him whimpering in the bathroom and sent my husband in to see what was going on. My bathroom looked like a slasher flick. Blood everywhere and a good chunk of my son's thumb pad was dangling loose and bleeding profusely. So off to the ER we went and soon found out that you don't go to the ER nearest our house. After the joys of being with my son through numbing shots, multiple rounds of wound cleaning, and 8 stitches (which is a lot when you think about how small a 6-year-old thumb is), we get discharged with two prescriptions. We live in South Seattle, and being in a city-esque setting, you figured it would be relatively easy to fill scripts due to a number of 24-hour pharmacies nearby, particularly at 11:30 at night. Ha. Ha. Ha. The first Walgrens we went to was 5 miles from the house and I stood in line for 10 minutes and saw NOBODY being helped in front of me. On to the next Walgrens, 5 miles away. They have a pharmacy tech out sick and they are still trying to catch up with the day's scripts and the wait would be an hour and a half. Lucky enough, the gal working there realized what a long evening it had already been, input my information in the computer system, asked where I lived, and called the next Walgrens where the wait was only 20 minutes. So, 3 Walgrens, 2 sleeping kids, and 2 hours later, we have scripts and get to come home. Bedtime was 2:30am this morning. I just keep reminding myself of what I was like at this age, what I've heard my husband and his brothers were like at this age, and tell myself that he won't be 6 forever. Just long enough to turn me grey.
    posted by Karen @ 10:41 PM   1 comments
    Friday, April 14, 2006
    Hubby's Easter Socks
    These are the Thuja socks from Knitty Winter 2005. I was going to sneakily make them for my husband and surprise him with them on Easter morning, but he guessed what I was making. They're made in the Granite Peak colorway of Mountain Colors weaver's wool quarters. Yummy colors. Done before Easter.
    posted by Karen @ 1:57 PM   0 comments
    Wednesday, April 12, 2006
    Yarn from MIL
    This weekend I got some yarn from my mother-in-law. Last night I decided to wind it and see what Yarndex said about some of the yarns. Above is Katia "Terra". Yarndex says it doesn't exist. I'm not sure how old any of this yarn is.
    Next up, Reynolds "Lite-Lopi". Looks perfect to felt something non-wearable in because of all the scratchiness. I prefer soft wool. This is closer to barbed wire.
    I have NO idea what this is. It's thick, two toned, and I think it'll work great for Christmas ornaments/stockings. It didn't come with a label, but from feel, I'm guessing wool, possibly wool/acrylic.
    Cascade 220 in a pretty blue. Notice the brown paper label. Definitely before the time of the current glossy black label.

    Tonight was Passover dinner. I'm stuffed to the gills. And I ate my one traditional piece of the gefelte fish from Sunday. I'm good til Rosh Hashanah.
    posted by Karen @ 9:42 PM   0 comments
    Tuesday, April 11, 2006
    One Foot, Two Foot, Red Foot, Blue Foot...
    When I suggested we go to Parkside Wool to have my husband pick out some sock yarn, I didn't imagine that we'd end up with 12 skeins of yarn, or that my children would even want to look at sock yarn, much less pick out their own.
    As it turned out, the 6 skeins of blues and greys will be going to the hubby's feet. The red, orange, and yellow skeins will be going to my eldest's feet, and the 2 blue and 1 orange skeins will be going to the littlest's feet. That's 3 solid pairs for my husband, and at least 2 pairs per each kid of stripey socks. Did I mention I'm only up to knitting the 3rd pair of socks ever in my life?
    posted by Karen @ 7:56 PM   0 comments
    Birthday Wishes
    My birthday is coming up in about a month and a half. What perfect timing, since we'll just be kicking off Secret Pal 8, which I am all signed up for! I figured I'd post my list for pal and family alike and see where it goes.
    (Edited 5/21/06: Anything in RED has been received)

    Knitting Books
    "Knitting Rules", "Yarn Harlot" and "At Knit's End" by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    "One Skein" by Leigh Radford
    "Nicky Epstein's Knitted Flowers"
    "Odd Ball Knitting" by Barbara Albright
    All 3 "KnitLit" books
    "The Little Box of Knitted Throws"

    Magazine Subscriptions
    Interweave Knits
    Family Circle Easy Knitting
    Family Fun

    Gift Certificates
    Acorn Street Yarn Shop
    Knot Another Hat
    The Knittery
    Home Depot

    IKEA Bench
    and a retractable clothes line.

    After I wind some yarn and take some pics, I'll update on knitting stuff.
    posted by Karen @ 7:31 PM   0 comments
    Sunday, April 09, 2006
    Something smells fishy...
    ... oh, yeah, it's me! I married into a Jewish-Lutheran family, so we celebrate Jewish high holidays and the Christian ones. Today was the day of making gefelte fish for Passover dinner Wednesday night. Basically take a couple of different kinds of fish, grind together with onion, add matzo meal, salt, pepper, little sugar, little water until correct consistency is reached, cook in broth. If you're not hip on fish, you're probably not going to like this. I eat my one official piece at Passover and Rosh Hashanah and call it good. The drawback is that you smell like fish until your next shower. Preferrably soon after making fishy.

    Pass the orange verbena shower gel...
    posted by Karen @ 8:20 PM   1 comments
    Saturday, April 08, 2006
    Born in Wrong Country
    I LOVE Wallace and Gromit. Who?! If you don't know who Wallace and Gromit are by now, what with their big movie out late last year and such, don't continue reading.
    I found W&G in my college years, and collected all 3 shorts. At one time, I had a t-shirt of Shaun the sheep , but I think it got lost in a move. We now have W&G: Curse of the Wererabbit of course, and my children love them just as much as I do. But you can't find anything good over here of theirs. I just happened to be piddling around on the net tonight, and found this FANTASTIC site of collected things. I'm soooo jealous. I should have been born in England. Home of W&G, AbFab, Monty Python, and other kookie things that I just can't help but love.
    posted by Karen @ 9:46 PM   0 comments
    Friday, April 07, 2006
    The Tooth Fairy should be fired.

    This is the latest of Colt's teeth to fall out. When the bottom two fell out, their replacements were already coming up, so he didn't have that big of a gap. He's a charming fellow to begin with, but I absolutely ADORE the gap. So, he loses the tooth, puts it under his pillow, goes to sleep. Daddy, AKA the Tooth Fairy, forgets to swap the tooth for a dollar before he takes a shower the next morning. A very distraught Colten meets him in the bathroom to say that the tooth fairly stole his tooth, but didn't leave anything. My husband thinks quick and tells him that he startled the Tooth Fairy when he got up to take a shower and that they'll be back later. We're not quite sure if Colt bought the whole story or not, but he was happy with his dollar anyway.
    posted by Karen @ 2:12 PM   0 comments
    Baaaaaad Kitty!

    She looks so sweet and innocent... until you notice that the blob of white to the right of her is the end of my keyboard and she's actually sitting on the keyboard, in front of my computer screen. And then we get to the fact that she steals yarn. Not just any yarn, but animal fiber. Wool is her absolute favorite. I bought a bunch of sock yarn for all 3 of my boys (yes, I consider my husband one of the boys). Kev and Colt had picked out a skein of orange sock yarn each, but when I unloaded the bag and went to wind it, no orange to be found. Anywhere. The boys say they haven't seen it, and it's not lurking under the beds or strewn through the house like other yarns have been in the past when the cat has shown interest. So today I decide I'm going to find the yarn, come hell or high water. I played the "where would I hide yarn if I was a kitty" game. So I looked in my closet behind our big rolling suitcase. Lo and behold, there it was, slightly out of shape, but not strewn from here to Timbuktu. The cat's saving grace: she keeps my knees warm at night and she's more snuggly than my other furball kitty. She just needs to learn not to steal yarn and sit on the keyboard... particularly when I'm typing on it.
    posted by Karen @ 1:57 PM   0 comments
    Tuesday, April 04, 2006
    What I've been up to
    I dont' know if anyone but Sarah reads this thing, but here's what I've been up to lately. I've completely finished the Baby Baker hats for June, September, and February since my last posting. The July, December, and April hats are all waiting for embellishments, which leaves March, May, and June for the last hats to be completed. I'm checking out flickr to see what all they offer album-wise to see if there is a better way to post the whole collection of hats. I've also finished up a pair of footie socks for me, and I'm procrastinating wonderfully on my mom's Branching Out scarf. Baby Baker's baby shower is April 22, so I'll be insanely knitting hats until then. After that, probably lots of socks.
    posted by Karen @ 2:24 PM   0 comments
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