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, June 30, 2006
    I'm out and about, knitting and frogging as I go. See you all next week!
    posted by Karen @ 11:26 PM   1 comments
    Tuesday, June 27, 2006
    Sundara's Petal Collection
    For my birthday present to myself, I enrolled in Sundara Yarn's Petals Collection (I used Sundara Yarn for the mitered heart satchet, too). Every 2 months, you get 2 skeins of hand-dyed sock yarn in a colorway not available on her website, and a pattern for socks using that colorway. This is the first shipment.
    Isn't it beautiful?! It's just so lovely and squishy and the sock is neat and has a heel and toe I have yet to try. Another cool thing: the pattern is written for DPNs, magic loop, AND using 2 circular needles and has been test knitted in all 3 ways**. How freakin' cool is that?! Sign-up for the collection is closed, so I'm glad I got in when I did. Keep a lookout for Calla Lily socks in the next few weeks.
    **Edit: Sundara left a comment and said that she wrote the pattern without knitting it, and had a DPN knitter test knit it. Sundara happens to do socks on 2 circulars, so she knows the numbers are right. Is there anything this woman can't do?!
    posted by Karen @ 6:07 PM   5 comments
    Monday, June 26, 2006
    Don't Drink the Kool-Aid
    This is the fantastic package my secret pal sent me. A note was enclosed with sentiments of perhaps dyeing the skein of wool with my boys. It took me 5 minutes of pleading to make them understand that the 14 packets of Kool-Aid were NOT to drink. My secret pal was amazed that it was so hard to find the stuff in Manhattan. It's not really surprising to me; having lived in Washington state for most of my life, I've always viewed Manhattan as a more sophisitcated place and figured the children there would drink much more sophisticated things than Kool-Aid. What amazed me the most was the softness of the un-dyed yarn and the fact that she found mango Kool-Aid. I didn't even know there was mango. Thank you SP! Here are 3 of the 4 sets of baby mitts that are going to Baby Max. The green thing at the bottom is a Chibi needle case, just to give you an idea of the size of these things. I have some sagey green Fixation on order, and then I will crank out another pair of little and medium ones.
    It's still roasting hot here. At least this weekend and part of next week we'll be on Orcas Island in the San Juans. Island=water, so at least we'll have some place to cool off.
    posted by Karen @ 8:11 PM   1 comments
    Feelin' Hot! Hot! Hot!
    It's a little toasty here in the Seattle area. 91 degrees or so. I think my secret pal jinxed me when she sent my first package with a little note that asked if it really gets hot here. :) It gets hot, but we get some breaks between really hot spells. It always cracks me up that people who move here from warmer climates freak out when they are looking at houses and they don't come with air conditioning or central air. Of course, they also don't realize that rain gear is a year-round necessity, either.
    posted by Karen @ 2:18 PM   1 comments
    Friday, June 23, 2006
    The Last Day of School
    This is the "Mitered Heart Satchet" from IK Webknits. I used Sundara sock yarn in "Venetian Sky" colorway and I think it turned out beautifully.This was my first mitered project. I had to rip out the first square about 10 times (8 of them in one night because I tried starting the project when I was too tired to concentrate). It all worked out though.
    This is Mrs. Walsh, Colten's kindergarten teacher. The look on her face alone should tell you how pleased she was with the gift. I'm glad that she enjoys handknit gifts!
    posted by Karen @ 8:48 PM   1 comments
    Just a Note
    Thanks to Sarah of Knot Another Hat (one of THE coolest shops ever), I need to make a clarification about my ideas of animal fiber. I consider animal fiber to be off of actual mamals, like: alpaca, llama, yak, buffalo, cat, dog, sheep, goat, bunny, and so forth. Yes, silk does come from silk worms, but they're insects, so I consider them as insects and not as animals that "donate" their hair to fiber uses. And I know for a fact that my mother is NOT allergic to silk.

    School ended on Wednesday. I'll catch up with photos and such a little later today. I need to fold and do some laundry so that we're not running naked. :)
    posted by Karen @ 2:25 PM   0 comments
    Monday, June 19, 2006
    Updates and Tales of Woe
    This is Charity's finished scarf, tied up nicely for presentation. Made of roughly 2 balls of Lion Brand "Incredible" (I believe it was named that for the incredible pain in the butt it is to work with!), size 13ish needles (Lantern Moon says they're size 15, my Skacel needle gauge says more like 13), and modified pattern from SNB Nation.
    Miss Turtle, getting her felting bath. The eyelash makes her cute, but it sheds when you felt it.
    Miss Turtle in completed form, ready to be mailed to the lucky recipient.
    Remember the "Branching Out" I completed for my mom's 50th? The one out of the lovely blue Frog Tree alpaca because she's allergic to wool/mohair/cashmere?

    Guess what... she's allergic to alpaca too.

    Back to the yarn store. I purchased some Dale "Svale" (50% cotton, 40%viscose, 10%silk), no animal fibers to be seen, except for the incidental cat hairs that happen to be knitted in with it.

    The story does have a happy ending, though. My mother-in-law was gushing about how lovely the scarf I made for my mom was, so I asked her if she wanted it. She said "you mean, one like it." After I filled her in on the story, she said that she would *love* to have it. So it will have a happy home after all.

    Note to self: when unsure of allergen issues, send sample of yarn BEFORE completing project.
    posted by Karen @ 9:30 PM   2 comments
    Friday, June 16, 2006
    Visiting with the Nephew
    We got to see our adorable nephew today for the first time. He is a cute little peanut. He's got a bit of a habit of sleeping through feedings and scratching his face, so I've been helping his mom out a bit with information and just cranked out my first-ever set of mitts for an itty-bitty person. We'll see how they work.

    The mystery purple object is a felted turtle. She's being made for another new addition to the family, this one by way of adoption from China. Miss Turtle is felted and currently drying, awaiting stuffing and a ride through the postal service routes.

    I would imagine Charity is wondering if she's ever going to get her freakin' scarf. Fear not, I've been working on it, bit by bit, and it will make its grand arrival with me to my appointment on Monday.
    posted by Karen @ 11:53 PM   1 comments
    Tuesday, June 13, 2006
    Knitting Bag Makeover
    Aren't these the COOLEST patches? They can be found here, for cheap, great shipping (ordered last Thursday, arrived Monday), and they have another one for spinning! I added them to my poor knitting bag that has been suffering the humiliation of a "microsoft" logo for months.
    She looks better than she did!
    My husband works as a desktop engineer at a bank and his boss gave him this bag with some other stuff as a prize. The bag itself is fantastic for knitting. Outside pocket for holding patterns, interior is lined with slick fabric so needles and yarn don't catch, and it's black so I can dump it on the floor and not worry about stains and such. Just had an issue with the logo. So after months of internally whining to myself about how I had to get rid of the logo, the answer showed itself to me in a knitting magazine that I usually don't read. Ahhh, my bag is finally fully knit-worthy, even if it has moved from one type of "geekiness" to another.
    posted by Karen @ 3:56 PM   1 comments
    Care to guess what I'm kntting?
    It could be a hat, could be a purse, more likely is something completely different and so "out there" that few people may guess what it is. Just thought I'd throw it up here for fun. BTW, the photo above is the top, the bottom is below. And it's not finished.

    posted by Karen @ 3:46 PM   2 comments
    Saturday, June 10, 2006
    Baby Baker is Here!
    William Maxwell, aka Baby Baker, made his arrival last night. Born June 9th at 10:36 pm, he weighed in at 7 lbs and 20 inches. Hopefully I'll have some pics to show in the next week or so, we're letting them get home and settle in a bit before we visit.

    Edited to add: go here for a pic of little Max.

    In other news, my secret pal sent this great card that really sums up life around here. I got a kick out of it. :) Thanks for the funny, secret pal!
    posted by Karen @ 11:12 AM   1 comments
    Friday, June 09, 2006
    "All he wants for Christmas..."
    Is his two front teeth!
    After a week of watching a very determined little boy wiggle a tooth every spare chance he got (and probably in his sleep, too), the stubborn tooth decided to come out. There's just something inherently cute about a kid missing his two front teeth.

    After our last "tooth fairy" mishap, I'll be playing the role of the winged one tonight. :)
    posted by Karen @ 9:01 PM   0 comments
    Thursday, June 08, 2006
    I'm worn out. Mentally, physically, you name it, I'm worn out. Lack of sleep, misbehaving children, a husband who is determined (with a capital D) to get a truck running, things looming all over the place, they're all taking their toll. I'd like to stop the world and get off and take a vacation for a bit.
    posted by Karen @ 11:10 PM   0 comments
    Wednesday, June 07, 2006
    The People I Associate With...
    This is Charity. Please note that Charity is wearing my 3-year-old's jacket, completely zipped up.
    This is Charity and Lauren (please excuse me if I got the name wrong!!!). Lauren decided it was such a hoot that Charity could fit into Kevin's jacket that she had to get in on the action, so I ended up with both of them modeling their "shrugs".
    This is Erica (please forgive my spelling!), the wonderful recipient of the spangly scarf I was knitting on. She is very pleased with her scarf and I'm glad that it's out of my stash. :)

    On the knitting front, I'm doing a headband for Colt's kindergarten teacher, another charity baby hat, and a ribbon scarf for Charity (yes, the one in the jacket above). I need the scarf done by Friday and the headband done by Saturday at 5pm. I think I can, I think I can...
    posted by Karen @ 5:42 PM   1 comments
    Sunday, June 04, 2006
    My Apple bit the Dust
    I got a Mac Mini a few months ago. It's always been a bit slow, but lately it's been even worse. It was running slower than a PC with a virus. So, I take it into the Apple store down at SouthCenter. The dude plugs it in, hooks up a keyboard and monitor, and flips it on. No video output. Tries another screen. No video output. Tries a different monitor adapter. No video output. Takes the mini in back, reseats the RAM, tries it again. No video output.

    Are you seeing a pattern here?

    So, luckily enough, when we purchased said Mac, we bought the care plan package. The problem will be fixed, and not out of my pocket. The issue is either (A) The logic board (the processor) is toast, (B) The RAM is toast, or (my husband's favorite), (C) It toasted itself by not cooling properly. So, I'm back to PC-land and there will be no pics of anything until I get my Mac back, hopefully by the end of the week.

    In non-computer related issues, I have been cranking out hats for charity for a knitting get-together that is going on Saturday the 10th. I hope to be going to the KIP (Knitting in Public) event in downtown Seattle that day, then going to this get-together, but we'll see. Colten's kindergarten teacher has just finished her Master's Degree (WAY TO GO JEN!!!) and is having a grad party on that evening as well.

    Busy, busy, busy. You all know the saying about the one-legged man in a certain contest...
    posted by Karen @ 8:46 PM   0 comments
    Thursday, June 01, 2006
    I can breathe!
    I got my wish. It started raining late last night/early this morning. It means I have to keep the boys inside, but this is the best I've been able to breathe in a week. No itchy eyes, no nasal drip, no sounding like some funky cartoon character...

    I started, and finished, a baby hat from "One Skein". Started it Tuesday evening, finished the lace 12 row bottom, finished it and washed it yesterday, just waiting for it to dry. I made it out of unknown source cotton that was in my stash from last summer. I don't think it'll fit a newborn, but maybe an older baby. I think it's time for me to go work on the shamrock hat some more.
    posted by Karen @ 4:23 PM   2 comments
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