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
  • Monday, July 30, 2007
    Hey, Molly!
    What'cha think?
    posted by Karen @ 3:28 PM   2 comments
    Wednesday, July 25, 2007
    I want to be Canadian!
    I met Miss Amy Singer last night and decided something very important: I want to be a Canadian. And not just any Canadian, I want to live in Toronto, along with Amy and Stephane and all those other cool people!

    Amy was just fantastic and as down to Earth as you could ever dream. She's sharp and witty and to the point and gives non-wool information like no other! Of course, that being said, you'll have to excuse my photos. I didn't want to blind the poor woman with my flash. One of the gals in class had a wonderful husband and two dogs waiting outside during class. Isn't this just the most spectacular coloring you've ever seen on a weinnie? And a fantastically photogenic dog to boot. He sat down when he saw the camera, and after the click, resumed his happy dance.
    Amy taught some very important things. Like the fact of a gauge swatch in non-wooly things isn't going to tell you what you need to know. I am so whole-heartedly embracing my GeeKY thing now!
    Just between you and me, I don't gauge swatch hardly at all. I also haven't made sweaters or anything like that yet. But when it's a GeeKY versus a swatch, I'll take the GeeKY.
    posted by Karen @ 2:01 PM   1 comments
    Tuesday, July 24, 2007
    C'est Fini!
    My Sockapalooza 4 socks, in all their unmatched glory. Pattern: Monkey by Cookie A at Knitty, Yarn: Crystal Palace "Panda Cotton" in Fall Herbs colorway, Needles: size 1 bamboo circs by AK needles. My sockapalooza pal emailed back and just thought that the fact that someone is knitting her socks was special enough that she didn't care if they were matchy-matchy. They're not too far off, you can still tell they're a pair and not fraternal twins.Kev is big on wanting to help out around the house. Saturday night he wanted to help cut daddy's hair. He did a fair job, with just a little help.
    Also, I finished the last Harry Potter. Started it around 5ish on Saturday evening, finished it at 2:45 am on Monday. No spouses, children, or pets were neglected during this frantic reading.
    posted by Karen @ 12:45 PM   1 comments
    Saturday, July 21, 2007
    They're here, they're HERE!!!
    Okay, finished the sockapalooza socks, just finished the second one due to two wonderful people telling me that my pal will still love them and no communication with said pal. No pics today, had them all planned out, then our mail carrier knocked on the door.

    Guess what I'm reading now...

    My husband cheated and read the last sentence. I just read the list of chapters and their names, and I got massive tingles! Oh, why does it have to end!?!
    posted by Karen @ 11:58 AM   0 comments
    Tuesday, July 17, 2007
    Happy Happy Joy Joy
    I'm going to Churchmouse Yarn and Tea on Tuesday the 24th to the "No Sheep for You" class with Miss Amy Singer of Knitty fame. Anyone else? I'll be the one in the walk-on passenger area practically jumping up and down like a toddler on a sugar high.

    The lovely Yarn Harlot will be at Third Place Books on Friday, September 14th at 6:30pm. I've emailed them about tickets already. The last time I met her, it was only for a signing. I can't wait to see her in a longer venue, maybe get a turn at the sock.

    It's really hard to type when you're jumping up and down in your chair.

    In spinning news, I went to Weaving Works and tried my hand at the Ashford Joy. LOVE IT! But I'm going to be good. Hubby has a bonus check coming in from work next month, we'll wait until then. Unless I happen to find a new wheel to love. Some people have the shoe fixation, I have the fiber tool fixation.
    posted by Karen @ 12:39 PM   3 comments
    Sunday, July 15, 2007
    All around goodness
    The first big batch of peas from the garden. Yum.A month ago I tried my hand at drop spindle. Not pretty, not pretty at all. Today, I tried my hand with an Ashford Traveller wheel. I swear, the skies opened, angels sang, and all deities smiled upon me. It was soooooo much better! I'm now in negotiations with the finances for an Ashford Joy wheel. We don't have a large house, so the portability and diminuitive size of the wheel will work better. And I can travel easier with it. Like to my mom's, Lake Chelan during our timeshare time, spin-ins... Did I mention that our time at Lake Chelan this year is a family reunion with my father-in-laws family? Oh, how I hope I get the wheel before then!
    posted by Karen @ 9:51 PM   0 comments
    Saturday, July 14, 2007
    Well, Shpit!
    The first sockapalooza sock had issues, but they were issues that could be dealt with easily. Not so with sock 2. See my little issue? Look a little closer...
    Now take a peek at sock 1.
    Pooling! I've got freaking pooling! I need a little help here, before I either completely frog this sock or lose what mind I've got left.

    Options:

    A. Frog sock, redo and hope for no pooling.

    B. Buy new skein of same yarn and hope for no pooling.

    C. Finish sock and keep for self, and make new socks with Regia "Bamboo Color" in the Jamaica (#1066) colorway.

    D. Email sock pal and see how she feels about not quite matchy matchy socks.

    I'll do option D anyway, just to see how it goes, but if anyone has an option that I haven't thought of, or just an opinion on the options above, leave a comment. I need all the help I can get.
    posted by Karen @ 8:48 PM   1 comments
    Thursday, July 12, 2007
    It figures...
    The first of the monkeys for my sockapalooza pal, and I run out of yarn just rows short of ending the toe. I think this is the skein where it had a defect and I had to trim some of the skein off, so I'm off to hunt for the remainder. At least the yarn is fairly reasonable if I need another skein. Sharing the sock shot is my pineapple mint. I love it for it's beauty, as well as how yummy it is in sweet sun tea. :)
    Edit: I found the remainder and it was enough and then some! Sock 1 complete!

    For anyone wanting to know, you can get one full Monkey sock out of 1 skein of Crystal Palace "Panda Cotton" with a little bit left over using size 1 needles.

    posted by Karen @ 12:41 PM   0 comments
    Tuesday, July 10, 2007
    Wheelin'
    Colt has mastered two-wheel transportation. He's very proud of himself and is ready to move on to a bigger bike. The two amigos riding into the sunset...
    What to do with a pile of wood chips on a summer day.

    posted by Karen @ 12:28 PM   1 comments
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