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These are just too stinkin’ cute!

Filed under: General — Karen @ 10:03 pm

I can’t remember how I got on this kick. I was googling around for cute toy patterns and happened across the word “amigurumi,” which is Japanese for knit or crochet stuffed toy. There are tons of patterns for these cute little things, but my favorites are offered on Etsy by anapaulaoli. I got Martita and Larana:

Haven’t gotten around to Larana yet. but I got a Martita made for each kiddo. Aren’t they the cutest things you ever saw? Isaac help me hostage this morning until I got his finished. Think the kids like their new friends?

I had to learn to crochet first, but it turns out crocheting is pretty easy. Julia’s (the purple one) took over 3 hours, but I think that was because it was my first crochet project and I was trying to watch Oceans 11 at the same time, and was a bit distracted what with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon flashing across the TV screen. I got Iggy’s done in under 2 hours this morning. He picked the color combo and I think it turned out pretty well 🙂

I think I need to make one for myself, for work. Would cheer up my cubicle a bit. Maybe Jules would let me steal hers…

(Jules took that pic)

Next up – a hat and mittens set from the most recent Random Eclipse stocking using the Oostende yarn. I’m itching to get started on this one!


Knittin’ up some warm woolies

Filed under: General — Karen @ 5:35 pm

So about two months ago, Katie from Wool Food Market sent me a little surprise: a skein of hand-dyed Targhee (didn’t know she dyes yarn too, did you?). The colorway could *not* be more perfect for me. I absolutely love it. Although I’m usually sensitive to wool, I decided the Targhee is soft enough that I could risk knitting up a hat and scarf for myself. And I’m glad I did. I’m having no trouble at all wearing my new goodies:

The hat’s another swatch cap (my favorite easy hat pattern), and the scarf is a bulky-knit (but skinny) Clapotis. Can I add again that I *love* this colorway? The deep wine reds, the caramels, the rusts… Thanks Katie! *mwah*

I also finished a couple little pairs of mittens for the kiddos during the craziness at work the past few months. Julia’s are in Magnolia and Isaac’s are in Ben An. I attached each pair with a cord and it makes me indescribably happy to see them running around in the backyard with their mittens dangling down from their sleeves. Here’s a pic of Jules with her mittens. Isaac’s fell in the mud yesterday and need to be washed 😉

(The scarf was knit by Nana).

The KSS sabbatical is continuing for now. I think I need the break over the holidays, and am also still spending a big chunk of time working on HC. In the meantime, I’m actually making progress on St. Brigid. Maybe I’ll even finish it for this season??


Babies all over :)

Filed under: General — Karen @ 2:40 pm

We have two sets of good friends having babies in the next month or so. Here’s a peek at what they’re getting: Kate Gilbert bunnies and milk markers. What are milk markers? Well, I made the name up, but not the idea. They’re just little decorated rings that a nursing mom can slip onto her bra strap to remind her which side to start the next feeding on. I wish I’d had one of these when I was nursing. It always seemed to take a whole lot of brain power to remember which side we’d left off on.

These bunnies are *so* much cuter when knit with boucle yarn and sewn with the purl side out. I love the way they look 🙂

And while I had my jewelry-making kit out, I decided to finish this bracelet, which has been sitting in there half-finished since before the kids were born:

The directions were in a beading magazine which I lost a long time ago, but as I recall, I was supposed to slip memory wire into all of the large beads on the sides, with smaller beads in between. But when I tried that, I didn’t like the look of it, so I’ve left it loose. I like the fringe-y effect of having the heads hanging off the sides.

As for KSS knitting, that’s going to have to be on the back burner for a while longer. I’m concentrating on some Hyena Cart upgrades and gearing up for a training class that I’m enrolled for in the fall which won’t leave any free time for anything. I am on the hook for two more bunnies for Jules and Iggy. And Jules would also like a set of milk markers to use as earrings 😉


I’ve been a busy bee this weekend…

Filed under: General — Karen @ 9:31 pm

Every once in a while, I wonder, what would it be like to be a ‘normal’ person. What if I didn’t feel the need, to knit, dye yarn, monitor emails and improve the HC code all the time? Would I be more focused? Would I have more time to relax? And then I realized, no, I would just find something else to obsess about. I should just be happy that I’ve found such rewarding outlets for my energies 😛

So anyway, I’ve been busy this weekend. I got a few clear hours to dye yarn (Julia helped a lot, Isaac was napping) and finished up some detailing on the soakers in this pic:

I know, I’ve posted this pic all over the place, but I’m just happy with it: light was perfect this afternoon and I *actually* remembered to pick up the fruit when we went to the grocery store this morning. That’s a preview for our next Random Eclipse stocking on June 21st. I’m personally very excited to see what the other RE mamas have come up with 🙂

I also dyed some yarn for a custom order and three colorways for my next KSS stocking:

Rose Window

Ben An


So that should be enough to keep me busy for a while… Until I get obsessive again.


Playing with color…

Filed under: General — Karen @ 9:40 pm

I have been thinking a lot recently about the year Todd and I lived in Germany. It was before we had kids and although it was over five years ago, our memories of it are crystal clear. We absolutely adored living in Europe. Everything from the food, the history, the architecture, the cobblestone streets, to the public transportation, the *trains*, and the people. We traveled more in those 14 months than we have the rest of our lives. France, Belgium, Italy, Greece, Scotland. We never went a month without going somewhere new. Anyway, as I think about that time, I have such an impression of the different colors… I thought I could do a whole series of yarns based on just those experiences.

So these are the first three:


Piazza San Marco

Mosel Valley
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