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
  • Wednesday, May 31, 2006
    Çome on and rain already!
    My secret pal asked me in the card she sent along in my package if we ever really get summer here. Yes, we do get summer here, and it can be darn hot and muggy at times. Not as hot as the southwest, but we do get some triple-digit days. Today, however, I'm praying for rain. I'm doing everything but a rain dance out in the yard. I have heriditary hay fever and the cottonwoods have been spewing forth their cottony crud all over and it's kicking my butt. I've been taking a nasal steriod inhaler and even started doping with fake claritin (I have issues with name brands), but it's still kicking my rear. I want rain. Maybe I should wash the car tomorrow, that seems to work best.
    posted by Karen @ 10:03 PM   0 comments
    Tuesday, May 30, 2006
    SPAM! You couldn't pay me enough to eat it.
    In light of the fact that my secret pal cannont leave me an anonymous comment on my blog, I've reverted back to comment-free-for-all. I hope I don't get spammed again, but if you're online, chances are, you're going to get spammed. It's really funny how my husband gets email spam all the time and I don't really get any. Of course, I don't belong to as many lists and groups as he does.

    Ahhh, remember the days when spam was just a funky meat by-product?
    posted by Karen @ 2:46 PM   0 comments
    Monday, May 29, 2006
    Holy Yarn and Leaping Lizards!
    We went to my mom's house this weekend to help her celebrate her 50th birthday, which is today, actually.
    Colt proved himself once more to be the great white lizard hunter. His prey was a lovely little blue-throated guy who let us check him out for a few minutes before we let him go to his home in the rock wall.
    I finished the branching out! I finished it, weaved in ends, washed it in SOAK, and blocked it before we left today. It took a little over 1 and 1/2 skeins of Frog Tree sport weight alpaca, but isn't she lovely? And how perfect to actually finish on mom's birthday.
    I got cash for my birthday. I picked up the summer IK and found that the brioche stitch tank top would have broke the bank, but that the lotus blossom tank was within reason. So, I debated between a lovely crimson color or the varigated aquas above. You can see who won. And I got it for half price. Yup, you read right, half price. The store owner, who is the coolest by the way, had a sale a few weekends ago and somehow did not return the yarn to full price in the computer. I offered, twice!, to pay full price, but she wouldn't hear of it, so I got 4 skeins for the price of 2. And it was in Oregon, so no nasty sales tax!
    This, and his fellow skeins, will turn into a great vest for hubby, once the pattern gets here and I finish baby hats (ha ha ha). I've chosen a simple v-neck sweater vest. The fantastic thing, it was $3.50 a skein. It was a great weekend for my knitting expansion expedition.
    posted by Karen @ 9:16 PM   1 comments
    Thursday, May 25, 2006
    Whoopie! I got my package!
    I got my first secret pal package and it's WONDERFUL! 2 bars of Cadbury chocolates, Debbie Macomber's "A good yarn" and "Mason-Dixon Knitting"! I was so giddy that I unwrapped it in the car waiting for my older son to get out of kindergarten and my younger son said that I have to share my chocolate. We'll have to see about that. We have a long car ride ahead of us this evening. We're going to my mom's house, about 300 miles away, to help her celebrate her 50th birthday this weekend. The chocolate may go into the black hole of the knitting bag until the kids are asleep or otherwise distracted.

    posted by Karen @ 3:28 PM   2 comments
    Wednesday, May 24, 2006
    Funny Woman
    My mother is turning 50 on Monday and I do believe she's in denial (and I don't mean the river in Egypt). She emailed me on my birthday to say how nice it was that I was turning 17 and that she was turning 39 next week. I really love my mom's sense of humor.

    In other things, I'm about half-way through mom's branching out scarf in the yummy alpaca. Believe me, with all this crappy rain we've been having, she can still use it in late May. I've also cast on for the March Shamrock hat. It's been frogged back once. This is my first attempt in fair isle and I foolishly believed that I could knit one stitch of contrast color, catch floats for 15 stitches, and have it come out all right. WRONG! So, it's all main color until the larger part of the shamrock which has shorter floats, and then I'll go back and duplicate stitch. This should work better, and I feel better about it after consulting the owner of a local yarn shop (who's been knitting longer than I've been alive) and my best buddy and having them verify my idea.

    I've been reading Yarn Harlot books, as I got all 3 of them for my birthday, and I've already finished one. I HEART this woman! It's nice to read about her humble beginings as a knitter and hear about her failed works, and realize that she's just like the rest of us. When I read blogs like Grumperina and Yarn Harlot, I sometimes wonder why I blog, when I'm not nearly as good as they are and they are just so quick and so crafty! Now I know: they've come a long way from their first wobbly stitches, and one day, I will be there too.
    posted by Karen @ 10:16 PM   0 comments
    Tuesday, May 23, 2006
    Survival of the Fitest
    I found out tonight that my children have a well-tuned sense of self-preservation. We were joking about what we were having for dinner and my husband and I said we were going to cook one of the children. My older son, without skipping a beat, says "choose Kevin, he'd be more tender." Of course we start laughing hysterically. But what a sense of self-preservation.

    Speaking of self-preservation, I got spammed by some purfume blog person. NOT OKAY!!! Therefore, I am screening my comments before they are posted here. Please, please, PLEASE still leave me comments, I'd love to hear from you. I just don't want blog spam.
    posted by Karen @ 7:13 PM   0 comments
    Monday, May 22, 2006
    Happy Birthday to Me...
    I'm offically 28, as of 3:12 pm, pacific standard time. My morning started out with my older son being sniffly, so I shipped him to the shower. We then went to see my good friend Sarah, and she gave me a most wonderful knitting gift. Till now, I have only done socks on DPNs, but I'm willing to try anything. Sarah did DPNs once, and has since solely converted to the magic loop method for socks. The bag she gave me this morning contained the magic loop book, a 40" size 2 Addi Turbo, and 2 skeins of lovely turquoise sock yarn ( I LOVE blue). What more could you ask for on the morning of your birthday?

    Of course, I got some great goodies from my inlaws last night. And my secret pal emailed me a great card, with a frog on it. It's been a lovely day so far. :)
    posted by Karen @ 3:57 PM   1 comments
    Wednesday, May 17, 2006
    Good Things in Small Packages
    Ben and Jerry's have finally figured it out. They now have baby ice cream cups, as seen above. Cute, full of the fattening B & J goodness we love (some more than others), but in a convenient portion-controlled size.
    Yup, this is me and the fam on Mother's Day. The short person on the left is the one who sliced his thumb a few weeks back and the little one on the right is his tormentor.

    Knitting has been coming along, slowly. The heat we've been having has been sucking my energy, along with working on filling the garden boxes. The tart hat was huge hit, her mom absolutely loved it. And I got an email from my secret pal! My friend Sarah was in SP7 and her spoiler never contacted her, so she ended up with an angel, but it was still a big dissapointment to her. I'm so glad to have heard from mine already!
    posted by Karen @ 12:27 PM   1 comments
    Friday, May 12, 2006
    Baby Tart Finished!
    Woohoo, and with the baby shower tomorrow, I have finished the tart! It's in Cascade 220 Superwash, so the bobbles aren't as prominent as the photos on Knitty, but it may fluff after washing. It's yet another hat on a growing list that I probably won't do again unless it's a very special baby. But I can only blame myself for this one, I always say I'll try anything once.
    posted by Karen @ 10:08 AM   1 comments
    Wednesday, May 10, 2006
    Promised Pics
    Top and side views of Miss Dashwood. The pics look really pink, but the hat is really more lilac-pink. I'm not a pink person and try very hard not to knit with true pink colors. It was knit for a second cousin who arrived a few weeks before her scheduled time, so I made it with superwash wool and edited the bobbles out.
    Pics of our garden boxes.
    The third garden box is hiding under the canopy for our truck. I hope that we have compost soon to fill the boxes so I can plant seeds and plants for summer harvests.
    posted by Karen @ 4:19 PM   1 comments
    Tuesday, May 09, 2006
    Bubble Wrap, Here we Come!
    I'm a klutz, my husband is a klutz, so it should be no surprise that our kids are klutzes too.

    The reason I say this is because we got a swing set this weekend. And it wasn't even an hour after we got it put together that my eldest son, the same one who sliced his finger and just got his stitches out a week ago, took a header off the olympic rings and split his lip slightly and bit his tongue a bit. No ER visit required this time, although I did pester his dentist at home to make sure I was doing all that I could for him. I'm seriously contemplating wrapping Colt in bubble wrap when he's not in my line of sight.

    I'd upload pics of the swing set, our garden boxes that we (okay, hubby and kids) built, and the completed Miss Dashwood, but my camera decided this was a prime opportunity to tell me its batteries need to recharge. Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to post.

    I do feel accomplished, though. I sent my first postcard out to my secret pal in Colorado. And I may have found great cheap sock yarn to send along later...
    posted by Karen @ 7:54 PM   0 comments
    Friday, May 05, 2006
    Baby Baker Project Update

    Okay, from the top. Photo 1 is the Christmas Tree Hat (December) and the Heart Hat (February). Photo 2 is the newborn hat (June) and the 4th of July hat (July). Photo 3 is the top detail of the July hat. I wanted to embroider little stars on, but that just didn't work, so I went with this and the tasle up top kind of looks like fireworks. I will post pics of Miss Dashwood later. It's been busy here. Colt got his stitches out on Tuesday and the thumb is looking good. Sorry this is so utilitarian, but it's the best I can do at the moment. :)
    posted by Karen @ 1:40 PM   0 comments
    Wednesday, May 03, 2006
    Wish List, Part Deux
    Some more things to add to my wish list.
    (Edited 5/21/06: Anything in RED has been recieved)

    Knitting Books (author is either full name or last name)
    "Died in the Wool" Mary Kruger
    "Knitting Yarn and Spinning Tales" Kari Cornell
    "Knitting: a novel" Ann Bartlett
    "Mason Dixon Knitting" Gardiner & Shane
    "Knitting Vintage Socks" Nancy Bush
    "Knitting on the Edge" "Knitting Over the Edge" Nicky Epstein
    "The Magic Loop" Gasleskas
    "Cheaper than Therapy" "Confessions of a Knitting Heretic" Modesitt
    "Color Wheel and Color Book" Shroyer (I've seen this on Knit Picks)
    "Knit One, Kill Two" "Needled to Death" Sefton
    posted by Karen @ 3:15 PM   1 comments
    Tuesday, May 02, 2006
    Secret Pal 8 Questionaire
    1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
    Soft wools (ones that feel nice and not like brillo pads), superwash/machine wash yarns. I'm ALLERGIC to mohair and angora. I haven't tried cashmere yet, but that's also due to the fact that the budget doesn't stretch that far. :) I'm not real big on acrylic because it doesn't breathe, but I play with different things. Fun fur is evil for the way it binds together and you can't frog it. I'm not the Froggin' Knitter for nothing...

    2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
    Crochet hooks and single points are in Umahlinda "Taz" cases. I have a set of Denises and the extension pack, and also a set of plymouth bamboo interchangeable needles that reside in their own case. I'm waiting on a friend to make a case for my DPNs and I haven't found any happy home for my other circulars.

    3. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
    I was taught to knit and crochet by my aunt when I was around 10 or 11, but promptly forgot. I picked up crochetting in early 2000 after the birth of my first son, and I picked up knitting in the fall of 2004 when I got tired of crochet not giving me more of patterns that I wanted to do. I tend to knit more than crochet. In crochetting, I'm roughly intermediate. In knitting, it depends on the method. I haven't done intarsia, entrelac, or fair isle, but I have done bobbles, felting, socks, hats, blankies, toys, scarves. I guess I would be considered intermdiate to intermediate/beginning advanced.

    4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
    Look to side bar at right.

    5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
    Fresh peeled orange, vanilla, cranberry are the top faves. I prefer light fragrances rather than ones that just totally dominate a space. I don't wear purfume and I rarely use body lotion, but I do use body wash and burn candles.

    6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
    CHOCOLATE. Not a big dark chocolate fan, absolutely adore milk chocolate. Favorite things on the planet: Cadbury's Fruit and Nut bars, Almond Joy, Take 5 (the ones that basically have everything but the kitchen sink).

    7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
    I crochet, counted cross-stitch, garden, minor rubber stamping. I'm involved in a recipe post card swap, so I'm trying my hand at collage and funky art for those. I have a hand spindle and fiber, but haven't learned how to use them yet.

    8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
    MP3's are great. Sarah Maclachlan, Paula Cole, Cheryl Crow, Rascal Flatts, Nora Jones, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Enya, Queen, Aerosmith, No Doubt, Dave Matthews Band, bad days get Metallica and Guns N Roses...

    9. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
    I'm blond and blue-eyed, so I prefer purples, blues, muted greens. I don't look good in orange/yellow, but don't mind working with them. I'm really not a pink person, but will make baby girl things in it if it's the right color of pink.

    10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
    Married for 7 years this July 4, 2 boys (3 and 6 years old), 2 cats.

    11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
    Scarves and hats, if it were a really simple poncho I would wear it, and I'm more a glove person, but I don't really wear them often.

    12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
    Whatever catches my fancy. I'm finishing up a year's worth of hats for my unborn nephew (see sidebar). Hats, scarves, and socks are nice small projects that travel well and give pretty instant gratification. I've got toy patterns, sweater patterns, felted bag pattern. I'm kind of all over the place, in case you haven't figured that out yet. :)

    13. What are you knitting right now?
    Hmm, better question would be "what am I NOT knitting right now?" 2 baby girl hats for 2 different cousins, a pair of socks for me, "branching out" for my mom's 50th at the end of may, finishing on hats for unborn nephew's hat project.

    14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

    15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
    Circulars are preferred. As for material, it depends on what mood and what fiber I'm using. I am picky about aluminum and prefer Addi Turbos.

    16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
    Both and they're used quite a bit.

    17. How did you learn to knit?
    See above answer to how long I've been knitting. I retaught myself from a book and somewhat from help from my MIL.

    18. How old is your oldest UFO?
    A wrap I started in Spring 2004.

    19. What is your favorite holiday?
    Not picky. Any.

    20. Is there anything that you collect?
    Frogs and butterflies. Breastfeeding advocacy things. Knitting notions.

    21. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
    No knitting mag subscriptions yet, but I regularly check Knitty, MagKnits, MenKnits, KnitNet, and The AntiCraft. See my wish lists for books I want.

    22. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
    Entrelac, intarsia, magic loop, socks on 2 circulars. I'll try anything at least once.

    23. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
    I'm a size 7 foot and I knit socks.

    24. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)
    May 22.
    posted by Karen @ 2:23 PM   0 comments
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