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, March 30, 2007
    Fuzzy Buns
    My cats are weird (but aren't they all?) and most of the time can be found in separate parts of the house, but every once in a while, they look all cute like this.
    Nobi: "Snxxxxxxx..."
    George: "You can't prove ANYTHING!"
    posted by Karen @ 10:21 PM   1 comments
    Thursday, March 29, 2007
    What was I thinking?
    Last year, I made my husband some lovely socks in weaver's wool quarters. I fiugred I'd be doing more handwashing than I really do and that it wouldn't be that difficult to just toss his socks in with the other handwash items.


    I haven't made it through one bottle of SOAK yet and I handwash something maybe once a month. In my defense, it does need to be noted that my husband's sock drawer ate the socks for a good couple of months and only recently saw the light of day again.

    To quote the beloved Yarn Harlot: "Pride goeth before the fall."
    posted by Karen @ 11:47 AM   2 comments
    Wednesday, March 28, 2007
    Scary Thoughts on a Sugar High
    Sarah had to work late and had a really bad day, so I went the rescue with sugar and an ear to listen. After lots of chocolate and caramel, I was spinning in an office chair and it suddenly dawned on me: what about a human spindle? One person in a spinny(you know, like spinning) chair holding on to the end of the fiber, one on a ladder (or somehow above the person in the chair so the person in the chair doesn't keep bumping them) holding the drafting fiber. Of course, you'd need to make sure that the spinner doesn't get motion sickness, otherwise innocent fiber could be befouled...

    I swear, the scary things that come out of my mind in sugar hazes. Oh, heeeeeeeeeeey, what about the same idea on a merry-go-round...

    Hmm, I think it may be time to go to bed.
    posted by Karen @ 9:55 PM   1 comments
    Saturday, March 24, 2007
    What to do on a Rainy Day
    If you live in Seattle, there are too many rainy days to not shove your children out the door and just let them get wet. Especially if you arm them with their own spray bottles. Of course, my children are talented enough to drive their electric quad into the biggest hole in the yard and get it stuck.
    My children are also smart enough to come in and ask daddy how to pull the stuck quad out.
    Some rainy days are worth more smiles than others.
    posted by Karen @ 4:24 PM   1 comments
    Thursday, March 22, 2007
    Why did I wait so long !?!
    My socks, not to be stolen by anyone. Made from Scholler & Stahl, lost the ball band. These socks are cozy, warm without being too warm, and they've survived a trip through the washer AND dryer (forgot to tell the hubby they were in the load).
    Let's not forget the fact that they're blue, and I love blue. I also like the garter edging on the heel flap, but my photographic skills aren't able to pick this up well. The pattern is Garter Rib sock from Sensational Socks.
    posted by Karen @ 4:08 PM   0 comments
    Tuesday, March 20, 2007
    Happy Spring ?
    It's the first day of spring, and the day has gone from overcast to brightly sunny to very windy and overcast to hailing to overcast again. As my husband was trying to be witty: "Hail Spring..." Here was the start of a sock in Fortissima Cotton Color, or something like that. It's Fortissima's cotton/wool blend. I bought it because it I thought it would have more lavender in it and stripe slightly differently.
    Umm, no, apparently not. Lavender to grey with blue flecks to grey to charcoal to grey with blue flecks to grey to lavender... you get the idea. Had I been able to discern the distinction between the stripes better, I may have kept going. But sometimes it's better to frog.
    Much better as baby socks, loosely based on Ann Budd's "Better than baby booties" socks. And seeing as there are babies due all over the place, not a moment too soon.
    posted by Karen @ 5:29 PM   1 comments
    Saturday, March 10, 2007
    Stolen Meme
    I found this on Knittin' Mom and decided to see just how much of this list I had read. 33 out of 100 isn't bad for not being 30-years-old yet, I think.

    Look at the list of books below:
    * Bold the ones you’ve read,
    * Italicize the ones you want to read
    * Leave blank the ones that you aren’t interested in.

    1. The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown)
    2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
    3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
    4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
    5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
    6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
    7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
    8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
    9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
    10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
    11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
    12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
    13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
    14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
    15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
    16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Rowling)
    17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
    18. The Stand (Stephen King)
    19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
    20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
    21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
    22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
    23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
    24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
    25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
    26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
    27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
    28. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
    29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
    30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
    31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
    32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
    33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
    34. 1984 (Orwell)
    35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
    36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
    37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
    38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
    39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
    40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
    41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
    42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
    43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
    44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
    45. The Bible
    46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
    47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
    48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
    49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
    50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
    51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
    52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
    53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
    54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
    55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
    56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
    57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
    58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
    59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
    60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
    61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
    62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
    63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
    64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
    65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
    66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
    67. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares)
    68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
    69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
    70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
    71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
    72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
    73. Shogun (James Clavell)
    74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
    75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
    76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
    77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
    78. The World According to Garp (John Irving)
    79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
    80. Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)
    81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
    82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
    83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
    84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
    85. Emma (Jane Austen)
    86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
    87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
    88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
    89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
    90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
    91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
    92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
    93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
    94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
    95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
    96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
    97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
    98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
    99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
    100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

    And for those of you who actually read down to this point and may have noticed that I have read all of the Harry Potter books, yes, I do have a pre-order in for the last book. Can't beat 50% off at Amazon.
    posted by Karen @ 2:04 PM   2 comments
    Monday, March 05, 2007
    Things that Make you go Hmmm...
    Just a bunch of randomness from my life.

    1. Things tend to happen in threes. In the last two weeks or so, I have seen my first:1)a lifted H2 (would somebody please explain to my WHY?!?), 2)an H2 on a tow truck with a severely crunched front end, and 3)an H2 being towed from the side of the freeway. I always see them zipping around town, but never quite like these 3 incidences. Kind of like catching an authority figure with their pants down.

    2. When under the influence of a cold, do not operate heavy machinery. I got my butt kicked by a cold this weekend. Saturday was the worse day. I got up, got into the shower, washed up, and turned off the shower. I reached up to squish the excess water from my hair, and felt shampoo. Urgh. That pretty much set the tone for the rest of the day, so I camped out on the couch and didn't do a whole lot of anything except sleep and drink lots of fluids. The sad thing is, I only take zicam (homeopathic) for a cold, nothing else...

    3. Apparently, I can't even Jaywalk correctly. I finished the second try of the Sock Candy ankle socks, and they're going to mom. I couldn't get the cuff to work out to fit my ankle and figured they could go to a good home with her. So I started some Jaywalkers for me out of some stash. After I tinked the first 'zigzag' row 5 times, I placed markers and finally got the idea.

    4. I will probably go up in flames for saying this, but Sock Candy? Me no likey. It splits, it does funky things, I'm just not amused with it. Next up on cotton to try: Panda Cotton by Crystal Palace. This will wait till after the self-imposed yarn embargo. Easter gift to self?

    5. Overheard outside of the Southcenter JoAnn's yesterday afternoon:
    Husband: Why do I do this?
    Wife: Because you love me.
    Husband: I'd rather get whacked up side the head with a hammer...

    6. Someone contact the Nation Weather Bureau: it's sunny in Seattle. And more than just 5 minutes!
    posted by Karen @ 1:29 PM   1 comments
    Friday, March 02, 2007
    Luck O' the Irish
    Here's Lil' Max's hat for March. Pattern is from Trish Designs. The big thing about this hat for me is that this is the first time I've done fair isle. Well, I cheated a bit. For the top shamrock leaf and the bend in the stem, I duplicate stitched. I didn't want really long green floats behind the beige sticking out like a sore thumb.
    Pattern mods: pattern called for cotton, I used Heirloom "Easy Care" machine-washable wool. I also omited some of the pattern on the crown "wave" part.

    I'm a bit worried it will be a smidge too big. It fits my 4-year-old snuggly. I can always add a knit liner in if need be.
    posted by Karen @ 11:23 AM   5 comments
    Thursday, March 01, 2007
    Mail on a Crappy Day
    It's been one of those days. One of those days that I just want to quit life and go hide in a nice warm cave with a bunch of yarn and be left alone. One of those days where the phrase "don't poke the bear" is a stern warning.

    Then I got home to find this on my doorstep. The day is still crappy, the bear still shouldn't be poked, but at least there is new fiber in the house and some lovely bright color.
    posted by Karen @ 5:41 PM   1 comments
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