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
  • Thursday, May 24, 2007
    Meme 2: 7 Weird Things
    Wrap and Turn pinged me with this one, but if she'd read back farther, she'd realize I've done it before! Oh, well, I'm a sucker, I'll do it again.

    The rules: Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those who are tagged need to write on their own blog those 7 facts as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven other people and list their names on your blog. Then you leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and to read your blog.

    1. My middle name is Jean. My mother's middle name is Jean. My sister-in-law's middle name is Jean. I seem to be in the "Jean" Burmuda-esque triangle.

    2. My children were both born in the evening, and their birth times are opposite. Colten was born at 7:45 pm, Kevin was born at 5:47 pm.

    3. My middle toe on both feet are longer than my second toes.

    4. I can catch salimanders with the best of them. Yes, I put them back in their habitat when I'm done.

    5. I've never seen lightning bugs.

    6. My fingers are bent in funky ways from playing C flute from 5th grade to my second year in college. It's not terribly noticable, but they are.

    7. I love lentle soup, but can't stand split-pea. This drives my mother nuts, she can't understand how I can like one and not the other.

    I know I'm supposed to ping 7 people, but almost everyone I know has done this meme already!

    Here's my shortened list:

    Soccerchic Knits
    Redshirt Knitting
    Knitting RN

    Ok, go forth and meme!
    posted by Karen @ 1:39 PM   1 comments
    Meme 1: Your Spouse
    This post is brought to you via Sachi, who couldn't didn't want to meme 2 people, so I stepped up so she wouldn't have to.

    2 things you compliment your husband on while in his presence:

    1. The way he knows when I need snuggles and extra lovings
    2. The way he balances out my insanity and puts up with my crap.

    2 compliments you give about your husband to others:

    1. The way he cooks (he makes bread from scratch!).
    2. The way he helps parent our children.

    2 Traits you married him for:

    1. He's very cuddly and funny.
    2. When you're really freaking out, he can talk you down and put things in a better perspective.

    2 days you cherished most being together with your husband:

    1. Well, this counts as 2 days: the births of both of our children. He was brave and put up with me being psycho and yelling that I was NOT pushing out this child with our second son and was steeled enough that he didn't freak out when our first son was born with a good portion of his insides hanging out.

    2 Material things you would give your husband if you inherited a fortune:

    1. His own shop to dink around on engines and cars and whatnot.
    2. A business that he and his best friend (since they were 6 years) could run together.

    2 things you would miss most if he left for 2 weeks:

    1. His foot. You have to understand, when we sleep, we always have at least one part of our bodies touching. Usually it's a foot.
    2. Having a pinch hitter when the boys are being truly unruly and I'm at wit's end.

    2 things that crossed your mind the first time you met your future husband:

    1. "Whoa, there's a cute guy sitting next to me!"
    2. "Bicycle helment: means he's either insane or really geeky."

    2 favorite dates:

    1. Going to see "Shakesphere in Love."
    2. When we lived in Pullman WA and used to have breakfast dates together at the Old European Waffle House after we dropped our older son off at daycare and before afternoon classes.

    2 funny, odd things you love about your husband:

    1. His fur. I married a sasquatch and I tease him a lot about this, but it's comforting to rub his chest hair when I'm really upset about something.
    2. The fact that he is a huge computer geek. He loves it, it's his job, it's just a part of him.

    2 places you have lived with your husband:

    1. Pullman WA.
    2. SeaTac WA, where we live now.

    2 favorite vacations:

    1. Cannon Beach OR for our honeymoon.
    2. Orcas Island WA for our anniversary one year before the idea of our youngest son came to be.

    2 people to tag:

    1. LavenderSheep: I'm just nosy. :)
    2. Wrap and Turn: she tagged me with the other meme of the day, so turnabout is fair play!
    posted by Karen @ 1:15 PM   0 comments
    Wednesday, May 16, 2007
    What do you want to do?
    Mark with bold the things you have knit (or are knitting), with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest.

    Afghan
    I-cord
    Garter stitch
    Knitting with metal wire
    Shawl
    Stockinette stitch
    Socks: top-down
    Socks: toe-up
    Knitting with camel yarn
    Mittens: Cuff-up
    Mittens: Tip-down
    Hat
    Knitting with silk
    Moebius band knitting
    Sweater (It was a christmas ornament)
    Drop stitch patterns
    Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
    Slip stitch patterns
    Knitting with banana fiber yarn (well, I did a swatch in it, anyway)
    Domino knitting
    Twisted stitch patterns
    Knitting with bamboo yarn
    Two end knitting
    Charity knitting
    Knitting with soy yarn
    Cardigan
    Toy/doll clothing
    Knitting with circular needles
    Baby items
    Knitting with your own handspun yarn
    Slippers
    Graffiti knitting
    Continental knitting
    Designing knitted garments
    Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
    Lace patterns
    Publishing a knitting book
    Scarf
    Teaching a child to knit
    American/English knitting
    Knitting to make money
    Buttonholes
    Knitting with alpaca
    Fair Isle knitting
    Norwegian knitting
    Dying with plant colors
    Knitting items for a wedding
    Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies…)
    Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on one or two circulars
    Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
    Knitting with dpns
    Holiday related knitting
    Teaching a male how to knit
    Bobbles
    Knitting for a living
    Knitting with cotton
    Knitting smocking
    Dying yarn
    Steeks
    Knitting art
    Knitting two socks on one circular simultaneously
    Fulling/felting
    Knitting with wool
    Textured knitting
    Kitchener stitch
    Purses/bags
    Knitting with beads
    Swatching (I really should be better about this!)
    Long Tail CO
    Entrelac
    Knitting and purling backwards
    Machine knitting
    Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegated yarn
    Stuffed toys
    Knitting with cashmere (it was a blend and I found out I'm allergic!)
    Darning
    Jewelry
    Knitting with synthetic yarn
    Writing a pattern
    Gloves
    Intarsia
    Knitting with linen
    Knitting for preemies
    Tubular CO
    Freeform knitting
    Short rows
    Cuffs/fingerless mits/armwarmers
    Pillows
    Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine (Knitty and MagKnits, anyone?)
    Rug
    Knitting on a loom
    Thrummed knitting
    Knitting a gift
    Knitting for pets
    Shrug/bolero/poncho
    Knitting with dog/cat hair
    Hair accessories
    Knitting in public (All the time!)

    This comes to you from here via here.
    posted by Karen @ 9:51 AM   1 comments
    Tuesday, May 08, 2007
    A Trial of Errors
    So, this great gal I know who owns a yarn shop is birthing a new (hopefully!) knitter in the next month or so. I had this great idea to make her crocheted baby sandals in size 10 thread. Don't freak out too much about the size 10 thread part, the thread I prefer to tat in is 20 or 30. My tatting instructor and idol tats in size 80 or smaller.

    But I detract from the story.

    So, I have this great idea to crochet baby sandals. I crochet the cute little flower. I crochet the top of the sandal. I crochet the sole. I go to line up the sole with the top of the sandal. Problem: sole is about 1/2" shorter and 1/4" or so narrower than the top of the sandal. Well, crap!

    On to the next! I have some fantastic 3-ply yarn that I used for my MIL's Horcrux socks. Wouldn't the pinks just be adorable on some baby booties. So I choose the baby booties from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. In the book, the booties are worked in angora. It's apparent after the first bootie is mostly completed of why the booties are worked in fuzzy angora with a halo: the booties have a most FUNKY design. Murphy (as in Murphy's Law): 2, Me: 0, zip, nada.

    I decide to move away from the eminent arrival's feet and go to what I know best: heads. Interweave's "Knitting Daily" just put out this adorable vine lace baby hat pattern. 3-ply yarn is re-routed to this hat. It's cute, but a wee bit short. Will work for about the first month, maybe less. But, AHA!, I have a fantastic skein of ArtYarns Supermerino in light varigated greens (which the mother of the intended recipient is fond of). Vine lace hat 2 is currently on the needles as I type.

    This is just another normal day in my life. I just thought it'd be good for a few laughs out there.
    posted by Karen @ 8:25 PM   2 comments
    Wednesday, May 02, 2007
    Dearest Sockapalooza Sock Pal

    It's rather embarassing to say this, but I have all of one handknit pair of socks for myself. I tend to be a gift knitter than a knitter for myself. I have included a shot of my sock yarn drawer so you can see what is lurking in there to get an idea of what I like. Ignore the pinks, some of it is for a friend who is obsessed with pink and another is a gift skein of Blue Moon Fibers "Socks That Rock" that I can't quite bear to part with...

    I tend to wear sneakers and closed-toe shoes, so a sock with a pattern that extends down the heel probably wouldn't be a good thing. I'm not super big on handwashing, but I do have the means to do it. :) I'm a busy mom with two boys, so anything washable is fantastic. I believe I noted my allergies in my database entry, but if that didn't come through, please let me know!
    I hope this helps you on your way! Thanks for leaving a comment for me!
    posted by Karen @ 12:48 PM   1 comments
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