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Baked Apples and Market Spice Tea. Mmmm… October 23, 2009

Filed under: knitting,life — kathy @ 10:56 am
Yum! Sweet, sticky, warm!

Yum! Sweet, sticky, warm!

Yesterday I came home from taking the Bug to the dentist and found a wonderful surprise! A package from my BFF Meggie!

It was so sweet and clever, filled with lovely fall leaves from my beloved Chicagoland, adorable  Halloween napkins, a delightful Vintage Halloween postcard, and, best of all, a bag of my favorite tea on earth—Market Spice Tea from Casteel Coffee on Central street in Evanston (  Thank you, darling girl!!

What fun! This required making Baked Apples for dessert last night to have with the tea. Bug gave the whole sweet, sticky, spicy experience 2 thumbs up! You’d think Chuck Yeager was my daughter.

So, thank you, darling friend, for the delightful gift and the inspiration to bake a little.

Listen, dear readers, if you want true inspiration for making wonderful things to eat, you mustmustmust check out my Meg’s blog—A Place in the Country— Do it!! 🙂

broadsock2Anyway, took time out last night from a day spent making rings to work on my Broadripple Socks. I love how easy the pattern is and fast it’s knitting up! And I lovelovelove the Blue Moon Fibers Rooster Rock colorway—see it here–

Picked up CR’s Christmas Sweater and—gaak—it took one hour to do 4 loooong rows. I think it was a combination of big needles that hurt my hands, thick yarn that isn’t very strong which makes me more careful with how hard I manipulate the stitches, and a riveting episode of “So You Think You Can Dance” (they were picking the top 20 dancers, what can I say?).crsweater

I’ve never completely mastered the “knitting without looking” technique. Perhaps this will be the project where I finally learn. I mean, I know how, I just never feel really confident about it. But with straight stockinette, I should be able to handle it. We shall see.


We have a winner (or two) October 21, 2009

Filed under: knitting,life — kathy @ 9:03 am

First, thanks to you, delightful friends, who’ve spent the past month reading the blog and commenting!  It was so nice to hear from you all, and I hope you enjoyed the reading part. For my part, I absolutely cannot believe how fast the past month went by. girlie3

I must also say that this was an extremely close contest—one comment clinched it!  But if you didn’t win this time, keep an eye open, as I will be having another contest again, probably in tandem with the opening of my new Etsy store: Talisman Knits in late November. I plan to sell special “knitting” jewelry, as well as stitch markers and special row counter bracelets.

So, without further adieu, the winner of the earrings is, Cyndy! I will be dropping the earrings in the mail in the next day or two, so you should have them very soon! Congratulations!

On my own knitting front, I’ve finished the February Girle Sweater, and it is indeed a winner, too. It fits the bug like a dream—she refuses to take it off. I think I done good. 🙂 girlie5

I haven’t had much time to work on CR’s Christmas sweater, but since he’ll be traveling on and off now for a bit, I’ll have a chance to work on it in the evenings after I’ve spent the day working on some new designs for my upcoming jewelry show on November 14th.

Well, I’m off to tidy my studio. It’s a tiny space and I really trashed it the other day looking for something. I cannot work in a chaotic space—I’ve tried and it’s useless. Believe me.

Anyway, thanks for visiting!! Come back soon! And please don’t stop commenting; I always like to hear from my pals, both old and new!


Monogamy…under-rated? October 15, 2009

Filed under: knitting,life — kathy @ 10:30 am

I’ve always been of the mind that for me,  monogamy was/is/forever will be the way to go. No question. No monogamy=no integrity

But project monogamy? Well, there you may well see my capricious side at its undone best er, worst, I mean.

Here, I feel a sin coming on. Seriously, how could I possibly ignore a smushy, softy, merino-y cake of yarn, brilliantly colored by Madame Tina Newton of Blue Moon Fiber Arts fame named “Crabby McHappyPants?” Seriously.  Just take a look:

So much better in person...

So much better in person...

Wound it all, even though I could hardly stand up

Wound it all, even though I could hardly stand up

This delightful colorway, along with another 2 scrumdillyicious colors I’ve been lusting after since my last Stitches West safari ran out of funding–“Rooster Rock” and Lettuce Knit”–arrived on my doorstep last week when this feverish knitter really needed a pick-me-up. Fueled by the discovery of a few new (free Rav and Knitty) patterns, and the lovely book by Wendy D. Johnson, “Socks from the Toe-up,” I find my willpower vanquished yet again.

Find this lovely book here

Even though I tried and didn’t love making a pair this way, this book has me rethinking the idea…

Well, at least I’m nearly finished with my February Girlie Sweater. Just 10 pattern repeats and 14 rounds of garter stitch to go. DSCN0085

And being very nearly monogamous on this project has helped me finish it sooner. No question. This was pointed out to me by my darling cuz just a few days ago. She always makes such good sense to me.

So perhaps I’ll finish my Composed mitts and Dancing Poppies Scarf, and CR sweater before casting on anything else…

We shall see.

Speaking of endings…this is the last post for the earring contest. earring contest

Today at 12 midnight (Pacific Time, givin’ you guys who live east of me even a little more time) I close the books. It’s a close race. Neck in neck, or perhaps, ear in ear.


Oink, oink. October 11, 2009

Filed under: life — kathy @ 11:58 am

Okay, it really isn’t funny, but the Bug and I are both down with H1N1…you know, swine flu.  And everything they say about it is true. It stinks. You really feel rotten. Luckily for the 2 of us, since we both have asthma (never would’ve thought that was lucky), we were able to have prescriptions for Tamiflu. And that really helps. What also really helps is having a wonderful guy like CR around to play nursemaid to us girls. He even postponed his trip to Yosemite this weekend to take care of us. I only hope he doesn’t come down with it!

So enough of my little pity party here. I’d been hoping that this post would be one of the Bug modeling her February Girlie Sweater, but believe me when I tell you that I’ve been too sick to even knit. (!!!) I’ve gotten the first sleeve nearly finished and hope to have it done in the next ten days or so.

Every couple of years or so I get clobbered by some  illness/malady of some sort. I’ve learned it’s a kind of sign for me to slow down, recalibrate, appreciate, and live in the present moment.

That said, I will do my best to live in the moment this week, thinking, healing, and hopefully, knitting.

more to come...

more to come...


One of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday… October 7, 2009

Filed under: life — kathy @ 12:56 pm

…is to spend it with the Bug, watching movies and knitting. She’s Great Company!

The body's finished!

The body's finished!

So last weekend, CR went off to Yosemite with a pal to do a hike up in the sky past May Lake,  and the Bug and I got up early and headed off to the local breakfast place for amazing Swedish Pancakes, gabbing, and giggling.

After filling our tummies (I had a wonderful Bacon Omlette/Souffle that was so huge, I only ate half and had the rest for lunch), we made a quick stop at the Home Depot across the street for some product investigation, and then headed home.

Settling on the couch, I picked up her sweater, and by the time we’d gone through 2 movies and were midway through “Howard’s End (Oh how I always wished to look like Helena Bonham Carter…),” ( it was now mid-afternoon–can you believe how lazy I was?!) I was finally binding off the bottom of her February Girlie Sweater. –just about the point where you think that the sweater will never end. Where you knit and knit, but it never seems to grow any longer.  Anyway…

Over the past few days, I’ve started a sleeve, and by my estimation, I’m nearly halfway done with the first one.girlesweater3 Yippee!

I also snuck in some work on CR’s Smokin’ Christmas Sweater, and even a few more rows on my Self-composed Mitts.mitts1

Been busy on the home-remodel front interviewing prospective subs and getting bids. I must admit, it seemed a bit daunting at first, but it’s been an extremely good learning experience and things are starting to come together.

Well, need to wrap this little post up and start wrapping up some new jewels…hope to post some pictures of them soon!


It’s official–I’m insane. October 1, 2009

Filed under: laughter,life — kathy @ 4:22 pm

I must apologize for not updating the blog for a few days. I’ve turned down the path of homeowner hell: the most-of-the-house remodel.  We have a pretty decent budget, but only if I’m the contractor. I think I’m pretty organized, but I gotta say, this will definitely tax the gray matter. Even more than knitting a pattern from Rebecca Magazine–you know, the pattern mag from German ggh yarn co.?

I’m not complaining. We really need this remodel and I’m excited about it. 

The thing is (for those of you who don’t know about Eichlers), it’s a complicated process. Everything is sort of, well, connected. I guess you could say it’s a bit like a house of cards. There’s no attic, and no crawl space, so any electrical or plumbing updates need to go over/through the roof (which is also the ceiling, so if we want any pendant lights or fans, they have to go in now.) and then be sealed by the addition of a new roof. The new limestone tile floor in the kitchen must continue around the wall into the living room and then down the hall to the bathroom. Bang. 880 sq ft. And one really shouldn’t put in a new floor before one fixes up the kitchen (which desperately needs it) and the bathroom (which needs it even more).  So we have to do everything in a very specific order, or it will be a huge mess.

I want my mom.

Oh yes, and then there’s that Holiday Jewelry Open House I have planned for mid November.

Well, it should be an interesting couple of months ahead to say the least.

Just please don’t take it personally, dear friends, if for any reason I don’t return calls or email right away. I love you all. I’ll probably just be buried under some sort of construction rubble. LOL 🙂


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