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, February 27, 2007
    Inevitability
    The Blue Moon Fiber Sock Candy socks I completed over the weekend. State of said socks as of 10 minutes ago...
    What happened? I wore them last night to bed to see if what I thought was an issue existed. It did. The ankle doesn't hold up, the heel flap was too short. Sock Candy does not have the same flexibility as Cascade Fixation. So back to the drawing board. I think I'm going to cast on 40 instead of 44 stitches, do all 14 rows of ribbing, increase 4 stitches, make a slightly longer heel flap, and see if my issues are resolved. If not, this will be the last skein of Sock Candy that I purchase.
    posted by Karen @ 10:44 AM   0 comments
    Monday, February 26, 2007
    Where Were the Bakers?
    Here's my group of boys at the Portland Zoo. We went down to visit my parents. Left to right: Bryan, Colt, Papa, Kev, and Craig. They were embracing their inner primate.
    This is what happened the next day: 5" of snow! Bry has some quads, so they broke them out and played in the white stuff. This is Craig spinning some doughnuts.

    All in all, a good weekend. I finished a pair of socks, visited with mom, got to see my favorite pregnant yarn shop owner, and the boys got to play with some animals and some snow.
    posted by Karen @ 2:02 PM   0 comments
    Wednesday, February 21, 2007
    "Handle" with Care
    I'm coming unglued about a stupid handle. I've been to 3 different places: JoAnn Etc., Michaels, and Pacific Craft and Fabric. Too long, too short, wrong color, wrong materials. I tried looking at leather lacings and trim, thinking that I could make my own braided handle. Wrong color.

    The handle used in the Brea bag is from M&J Trimmings. You know what, for $25 before shipping, they can keep it. And that's just for one single handle.

    So, I've bitten the bullet, realized that I'm going to have to buy another skein of the Ultra Alpaca, bought some goldtone D-rings, and I'm going to figure out something from there. Not sure if it will be moss stitch like the gusset of the bag, or if I'll do a cable, but at least it will match the bag.
    posted by Karen @ 12:56 PM   0 comments
    Monday, February 19, 2007
    Mama's Making a Brand New Bag
    Here's the front of Berroco's Brea bag for a cousin's 18th birthday. It's Ultra Alpaca, so it's a bit fuzzy and I'm getting fluff up the nose when I work with it, but it's making a lovely, dense fabric. The thing I love most about this bag is that it looks like you make 4 separate triangles and then sew them together, but it's really cleverly placed double decreases that allow the front and back to be worked from the bottom of the pieces up to the top middle.
    What can I say, I love ingenious construction.
    posted by Karen @ 2:22 PM   0 comments
    Mama's Got A Brand New Bag
    My newest love, the Haiku bag with a design found specifically at Title Nine. Sorry about the pics, no sun, lots of rain today (it is Seattle, after all). I love the detail. It's small enough not to be overpowering, big enough to fit a medium-size project in the main pouch area.

    posted by Karen @ 2:16 PM   1 comments
    Thursday, February 08, 2007
    Missed Blogiversary
    It's really sad when you miss your own blogiversary. Apparently I started this blog on Groundhog Day last year. I know I didn't see my shadow this year, does that count?
    posted by Karen @ 11:58 AM   3 comments
    Tuesday, February 06, 2007
    Happy Birthday Kev!
    Four years old today. Here he is, modeling his "all for me?" hat made from the leftovers of brother's helment. This was taken this morning. He woke up long enough to take a few sips from the sippy, and apparently that was good enough. It's hillarious to hear him snore around the sippy.
    Happy birthday, little man.
    posted by Karen @ 8:49 AM   1 comments
    Friday, February 02, 2007
    Grumpy! Now with static-shock-therapy!
    My last two posts have been anything but happy and cheerful. This last week I've been grumpy and p**sy and just generally unpleasant. On top of all that, I've been shocking everything in sight. Hug the kids, zzzap! Kiss my husband, zzzap! Get adjusted by the chiropractor, zzzap! We may live in the "damp" Northwest, but this week has been as dry as the Sahara and it's making plenty of static.

    In the wake of my grumpiness, no spouses, children, small fuzzy animals, or others were harmed during this week of ugly. And something good came out of some really big ugliness. The skein of Sea Silk I purchased at Madrona was poorly skeined, resulting in an hour of winding the skein off of the swift and then rewinding that ball. Not nice. But I started the Fiber Trends "Flower Basket Shawl" with it and it's all going well so far, only one restart. Compared to past lace experiences, this is going quite smoothly.

    Beyond this past week being dry and sunny, apparently we have some early budding going on. This is the crazy willow that lives around our utility pole. It's already got buds, a full month and a half before the official start of Spring. Anyone else noticing early budding that's extrememly disturbing?
    posted by Karen @ 1:33 PM   1 comments
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