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
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2007
    Apparently We're in a Handbasket
    I'm having a social issue right now. We live in a society where an aricle like this can be written about "sexy knitters" and naughty things they can knit, and an article like this can be written about breastfeeding in public and how some people consider it lewd and indecent exposure. The LYS that I frequent has no problem with me nursing an older toddler in the store, but the owner opened up the box of "Sexy Little Knits" and promptly closed it up and sent it back, deeming it too lewd and figured that people wouldn't buy it.

    I think I'll step off my soapbox now. Just needed to blow off some steam.
    posted by Karen @ 12:57 PM   3 comments
    Sunday, January 28, 2007
    The Good, The Bad, and The Fiber
    We all know who this is in the photo. She's wearing "the wedding shawl" and yes, it is even more beautiful in person than on her blog. I look pregnant due to having my camera bag shoved in my sweatshirt pouch, but one does what one can.
    Sarah decided that we needed to go to the Madrona Fiber Arts Festival and get our books signed, so we dumped some kids and spouses and ran for it. As we were walking in to the hotel, we saw Stephanie in a small meeting room and almost turned ourselves in to little window suction cup creatures, squealing "that's THE Yarn Harlot! She's right there!!!" We kept walking and then turned around and there she was walking a way behind us. Sarah asked me if she thought she would mind if Sarah ran up to her and just gushed and hugged her. I believe I said something along the lines of "don't tackle the Yarn Harlot." We got our books signed, met a fun new blogger in the Port Orchard area, and purused the marketplace.

    So, that was obviously The Good. The Bad is that my father has confessed something that is very upsetting to myself and my mother. My parents have been divorced about 22 years, but they've stayed close, and this was just a BIG change in the world as we've known it for like the last decade. I feel horrible. I can't do anything for my mom to help her hurt less and to heal. I feel like I can't do anything for her. But being a knitter, I've decided that there's one thing I can do to at least keep my mind from going nuts and keep her warm: I can knit her socks. I can't fix the problem, I can't run away from life and take her with me, but I can knit her socks.Which leads in to The Fiber. Above is Blue Moon Fibers Sock Candy in Velvet Moon colorway. I plan to knit my mother footie socks in this since it's cotton and elastane. I'm burnt out on Cascade Fixation and I'm not really loving the Cherry Tree Hill North Country Cotton socks I'm working on. The Cherry Tree Hill is just cotton, no elastic, so it doesn't really give a whole lot.

    My other purchase was a skein of Handmaiden Sea Silk in a lovely, kind of french vanilla color. It's for me, a little neck shawl thingy to wear in the European style. I have some gift certificates for clothing and I think I need to look at updating my look a bit. After all, handknit shawls don't really go with sweatshirts that you've had longer than your children...
    Some of you might be saying "but wait, didn't she say she was on a no-yarn spree until April 1st?!" I had planned to go to Madrona, see the Yarn Harlot, walk around the marketplace and then just jot down what I liked and make my purchases after the self-imposed yarn moratorium. My husband had a different idea. He said take some mad money, buy a little bit, be happy, you've had a crappy week and you need some lovin' and this is what I can do for you right now. So technically this isn't really stash, the projects are planned. I ordered Fiber Trends Flower Basket Shawl for the Sea Silk and will probably just use Mom's Fast Florida Footies pattern for the Sock Candy.

    posted by Karen @ 8:08 PM   4 comments
    Sunday, January 21, 2007
    Sunday Reading
    I was pleasantly surprised by this on the front page of the Arts and Entertainment section of The Seattle Times this morning. I think I'm going to check KCLS and see if it's in the system yet.

    Still working on the fingers of the second Broad Street Glove. I just didn't have the oomph to deal with small DPNs last night, so I cast on and completed the top shell of the turtle pattern from FiberSpace. It's an easy knit, I've done it before, and it's on fat needles (well, 10.5's, but bigger than 2's).
    posted by Karen @ 12:45 PM   0 comments
    Saturday, January 20, 2007
    Washing Sheep
    I love Wallace and Gromit, have since I was in college. In the short "A Close Shave", Wallace builds himself a autowash machine where the sheep are loaded, washed, shorn, and the resulting wool immediately spun into yarn and knit into sweaters. Boy, how I wish that little contraption was real.

    I decided to wash Craig's gaiter so he can wear it on the slopes tomorrow. The yarn smelled pretty sheepy while I was working with it, but not really any more so than Cascade's Eco-Wool did.

    The gaiter hit the water...

    15 minutes in SOAK wash, citrus scent... sniff, sniff, SHEEPY.

    Call to The Knittery to ask for help. Suggestion of mix of dawn dishwashing soap and hair conditioner for at least 3o minutes, or if that doesn't work, get a cheap bottle of white wine and soak for at least 30 minutes.

    30 minute soak in dawn/conditioner mix... sniff, sniff, less sheepy, but still evident.

    45 minute soak in a stronger dawn/conditioner mix... sniff, sniff, less sheepy to my nose, but I'm not the one who's going to be wearing it. Craig sniffs, calls it good enough, so the gaiter is drying on the rack.

    If you see a harried woman looking for really cheap white wine at the local Safeway, smile gently, she's not the local wino, just a knitter.
    posted by Karen @ 6:24 PM   1 comments
    Friday, January 19, 2007
    Progress
    Tuesday morning after the last snow fall. Thursday morning.
    Friday afternoon.
    Snow's all gone, just in time for more rain.

    I hope to be close to finishing or finished with the second Broad Street Glove for Bryan this evening. It'll be nice to get that project out the way. Then I can go on to the second Lace Anklet that calls for the same needle size.
    posted by Karen @ 2:45 PM   0 comments
    Thursday, January 18, 2007
    Mirror Mirror
    Mirror, mirror on the wall, our garbage men do exist after all... Our garbage men have been MIA due to snow and ice, so our garbage hasn't been picked up since the week before last. I was so happy to see them, I had to take a photo.

    I know I said I wouldn't buy any new yarn unless it was for a specific project. Well, this yarn was purchased for chemo caps for kids at Boston's Childrens Hospital (info on the project here). There's a cancer ward there full of 10-16 year olds that need hats. The girls apparently love the fun fur, but having two boys of my own, I figured the guys would appreciate something more manly, like camo. The yarn is Bernat "Camoflage". I liked how the skein has the look of miters. I'm going to wash the hat and make sure it washes up soft before I break into the other two skeins I bought. If it's not soft enough, back to the store it goes. This is the only yarn I've purchased since New Year's Day and it's not going to the stash, it's getting worked up and going right back out the door. I think I'm doing pretty well, unlike a fellow knitter I know... but I still love her dearly.
    posted by Karen @ 4:04 PM   0 comments
    Wednesday, January 17, 2007
    Just in time
    There is joy in the house: there was SCHOOL today! Started 2 hours late, but hey, if it gives my nerves a bit of time to recover, I'll take it!

    Craig requested a gaiter after freezing up on Snoqualmie Pass last weekend during ski lessons. I looked at the gaiter from "One Skein", adapted it for my yarn, Craig's measurements, and my gauge, and here's what I've got. Craig requested it to be longer so that he could pull it up over the lower half of his face and snug it up to his goggles. No problem!
    The yarn is part of a 392 yard skein that I purchased at Warm Valley Orchard on Orcas Island near the ferry terminal. It's 50/50 handspun merino and silk dyed a lovely pewter color (color in the photos are not accurate). I purchased it because it was our anniversary and I was hoping to make Craig something out of it.
    This is my first completed cabled project. I'm so proud of myself. And I still have enough yarn to make another small project.
    posted by Karen @ 2:22 PM   1 comments
    Tuesday, January 16, 2007
    6 Day Weekend
    I took down our nutcracker flag yesterday and put up this winter one instead. We were supposed to get some snow and then it was to turn to rain..Um, yeah, I don't see any rain here, just a solid 2 inches of snow on top of the snow that we've had since last Wednesday night. All the little snow-covered lumps in the yard are monster trucks and tractors. Gee, can't tell we have an all-boy house here, can you?

    Of course, this means another snow day. That makes 3 in the last week. The state is discussing not having schools make up the snow days because the kids would be going to school until Independence Day, or later in some school districts, due to flood, power outage, and snow days. We'll have to stay tuned and see what they decide.
    posted by Karen @ 11:13 AM   1 comments
    Monday, January 15, 2007
    Socks and Monster Trucks
    Hmm, doesn't quite look right for my knitting area... Could this be the reason why I'm crammed into a small seat with my sock?
    Yup, I'm weird. I knit and I like to go to the monster truck shows. Above are Grave Digger and Blue Thunder.
    Grave Digger catching some air. How can you not get into this?

    I did have a few little problems. I was grooving along on my sock, had picked up the gusset and was two rows in, and realized that I had forgotten to turn the heel. D'OH! So I ripped back and turned the heel and carried on. Then I got home that night and realized that I had missed a row of the lace pattern on the cuff (the sock is Lace Anklet by Cherry Tree Hill in High Country Cotton) and it looked wrong, so the whole thing got frogged. Lesson learned: socks probably aren't the best project to take to a monster truck show when you're also trying to take decent pictures. If you're interested, here's my flickr set for the rest of the show.
    posted by Karen @ 4:02 PM   0 comments
    Sunday, January 14, 2007
    Blogger strikes again...
    Since Blogger is being mean and won't let me upload my photos from the monster truck show, here's a comic that's sure to tickle most knitters' funny bones.

    ETA: Look at the comic for Sunday, January 14.
    posted by Karen @ 1:40 PM   0 comments
    Friday, January 12, 2007
    Sleepy Critters
    Here's George a few weeks ago as I was enjoying his body heat and he was happy to have a place to rest. This is how I found our youngest while I was in the middle of moving my stash this evening. I wondered why he had stopped whining and was being so quiet... I love his menagerie of stuffed animals (2 dalmations, 1 tan puppy, 1 monkey).
    posted by Karen @ 5:31 PM   1 comments
    Thursday, January 11, 2007
    Snow Men
    I kicked the boys out the door this afternoon, decided that they needed some outdoor time before I pulled my hair out to the point of being bald.
    A rare moment of them working together.
    posted by Karen @ 4:01 PM   0 comments
    Friday, January 05, 2007
    Cute Baby
    This is the baby set that I made for Baby Girl Smith-Casem, a friend of mine. Her mother isn't big on pink, so I chose Austermann Bamboo Soft Colors in an orange, purple, red, and lavender colorway. Worked on size 4's with modified ribbing and modifications on the booties so they looked more asthetically pleasing. Pattern is Fiber Trends "Baby Basics", variation on the ribbed version. I seem to be burning up the New Year, 3 FO's in the first week! Mom's scarf, this set, and an Odessa for my younger brother-in-law's girlfriend that wasn't completed in time for Christmas.
    posted by Karen @ 2:16 PM   0 comments
    Wednesday, January 03, 2007
    Today's entry brought to you by the letter P
    I saw this at January One who was tagged by another. A list of 10 aspects in your life beginning with a random letter assigned to you. Since I'm doing this without being tagged, I'll copy the letter P. Hmm, let's see how I do.

    1. Potty Training. My littlest is almost 4, and is resisting all efforts of becoming a diaper-free child. Probably TMI, but I'm a stay-home mom.

    2. Potholes. If you live the Seattle area, you know what I'm talking about. The huge holes on the streets that look like they can swallow whole Metro buses. The sneaky smaller ones that make you dribble your drink down yourself.

    3. Procrastination. I'm a great procrastinator. Just ask the hordes of people waiting for handknit things promised months ago.

    4. The 7 P's. Proper Prior Planning Prevents P--- Poor Performance. Learned it from a co-worker of my husband's who was in the military. Straight, simple, and to the point. I try to follow it.

    5. Perfection. Not here, that's for sure. I like my knitting to look neat, but I'm bad at making proper gauge swatches prior to starting projects.

    6. "Pretty in Pink". One of my favorite movies of all times. Of course, I'm fond of most John Hughes movies from this era.

    7. Patterns. Love 'em if they're well-written, not so much if they're vague. I'm not really brave enough yet to design my own, but if a pattern's well-written, I can tink with it forever and a day.

    8. Pictures. I don't think I look good in photos, even when disregarding the extra weight I have. I can count on one hand the number of photos that I've ever been happy with. This would be the reason my profile has a butterfly frog instead of a pic.

    9. Plastic. Plastic has it's uses, like debit cards for those of us who don't carry cash. But not for grocery bags. I can't count the times I've seen them flying down the road at me or waving shredded from trees.

    10. Pullman, WA. I went to WSU from 96-02, didn't graduate. But I did meet my husband and start my family there. And even now, four and a half years later, I still think of it as "home". I liked the way it was bigger than my hometown, smaller than a major city, and Summer was the calm season.

    Bonus P: Project. I have completed the Fiber Trends Baby Basics pattern. It's now drying and waiting to be photographed.

    If you read this and decide it's fun, my letter to you is L.
    posted by Karen @ 2:40 PM   3 comments
    Short People
    We're getting rid of this bookshelf, minus the shelf model. Since I have two boys, and no girls, I tend to jump at the chance to knit for little girls. The bootie on the left is the final modified bootie from Fiber Trends "Baby Basics" pattern. The bootie on the right is the first modification. I seem to have issues with judging ankle size. Remember these socks? One day I will figure this out instead of having to screw one up or re-gift to get the idea.

    posted by Karen @ 1:21 PM   0 comments
    Tuesday, January 02, 2007
    Egghead
    I've been looking at glass and fabric head models on places like e-bay, but just not finding anything that I wanted to pay shipping for. Enter Ikea... By day, it's an unimposing glass egg, viewed by some as an object d'art, others as simply a folly of my mind.
    But by night, it's a hat model! When I did the two Odessa of last year, I dried them flat and ended up with a heinous crease. Hopefully now, my little egghead will solve that problem. I have a small vase that should work for baby hats, too. Regularly $24.99, put in my posession for $11.99. Not too shabby, and it doesn't stare back.
    posted by Karen @ 7:14 PM   1 comments
    Monday, January 01, 2007
    2007 Inagural FO
    Little fluff scarf for my mom, sorry the lighting isn't so hot. Lion Brand "Fun Fur", colorway "sandstone", 20 stitches on size 11's, 2 skiens. Finished at 12:15am on this day.
    posted by Karen @ 9:39 PM   0 comments
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