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What I wish I were doing instead of finishing this d**n sock December 26, 2013

D**n Sock

D**n Sock

1. Finishing my Ollalieberry Girl sweater

2. Starting a couple of knitted baby girl gifties

3. Eating (more) homemade fruitcake

4. Sorting through my manymanymany skeins of fingering weight yarn for 7 skeins to use on the Albers Cowl in my queue

5. Starting the Darling Emma I swatched for this past July

6. Tidying/organizing the pit of hell the studio/office, yet again

7. Taking a walk

8. Taking a nap

9. Laundry

10. Having a beer with the most interesting man in the world—wait I married him 😉

I know I said I’d never knit another sock for a size 13 foot, but what can I say, I love him. And this pattern from Tin Can Knits, Rye, is quick, fun, and free. Except for the d**m heel flap, but those are both done now, so even that’s a non-issue. So okay, that does it. Staying up until this sucker is finished. Period.

A lovely old ornament from my BFF Meggie, on my vintage tinsel tree

A lovely old ornament from my BFF Meggie, on my vintage tinsel tree

Anyway, I hope you all had a wonderful and Merry Christmas!

And if I could please ask also, for a prayer or healing thought for a friend who’s suffering through some heavy duty cancer treatments. The cancer, which was serious to begin with, has spread from his brain through to his lungs and lymph nodes, and although I know the doctors are doing all they can, any extra prayers or healing thoughts wouldn’t hurt…at least in my mind. I’m sure his wife and two boys would be grateful as well.


Crunch Time December 22, 2013

Filed under: knitting — kathy @ 11:24 pm
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Yep. Here it comes again, same time as last year. I suppose it wouldn’t be too difficult to plan ahead and get stuff done before the season is upon me. Still, somehow it wouldn’t be the same if I wasn’t spending the entire month of December racing to finish all the gifties I’d planned (since summer) to give the dearies in my life for Christmas. And I suspect I’m not the only knitter out there who’s in the same spot this time of year. 😉

Make a wish!

Make a wish!

On top of all this season’s festivities, the Bug has her birthday at the beginning of the month—this year she turned 15—!!! When the heck did that happen? Gone are the days of making a quick gift for her since she’s small woman sized, not kid-size.

This summer (see, I kinda started December “present season” in the summer) she picked out a couple of skeins of Madelinetosh Vintage and asked me to make something stripy for her. So the week before her birthday, I remembered what she’d asked me to make for her. Here’s what I came up with:


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I ended up improvising my own pattern, a little twist that added to the time it took. I tried using a free striped mitt pattern from Ravelry, but the thumb gusset was crazy, and the way it was worked, the color change jog (I do know how to eliminate that jog; in fact Knitting Daily did a bit on a way do it about a week ago.) wound up on the top of the hand on one of the mitts (which you couldn’t tell from the lovely pictures because they were so artfully shot—what can I say, the woman who wrote the pattern is a professional photographer—a damn good one, I must say.

But I digress.

I love how they turned out. The jog runs neatly down the inside edge of each hand along the thumb. I’d say I’d write out the pattern and make it available for free here, but I feel like explaining how to do the thumb gusset would be a little too difficult to do clearly. I left the color change jog in my version because I didn’t want to mess with that on top of the thumb gusset. But if I ever get inspired to write it up clearly, I’ll fix that, too. And actually, it doesn’t look bad to me, more like a seam.

Anyway, since then, I’ve been knitting at least three more gifts (which I cannot show now, ’cause that would spoil the surprise) along with a dozen or so bronze or sterling pocket rosaries and chaplets for gifts. Whew! My poor fingers. But I do think I’ll have a fun pattern to post after the holidays.

Well, I’d better get to work. I have one more thing to finish. I’m cutting it close, but I wouldn’t have it any other way this time of year. LOL

What are you guys working on at the eleventh hour? I’d love to know I’m not alone out here. I’ll send plenty of good, fast finishing vibes and prayers your way.

P.S. Many thanks to all of you friends who checked out my Etsy yarn shop, and extra thanks to those of you who treated yourselves to some. I hope you enjoy it!

Merry Christmas!


And It’s Live! December 5, 2013

Filed under: knitting — kathy @ 7:18 pm
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So after manymanymany attempts at photographing my yarn to get the colors to match (this included trying 3 or 4 different cameras–who knew it could be so tough to get turquoise to look like turquoise?), keeping my fuzzy photography  assistant out of the shots, spending hours on copy, and even more hours listing them on Etsy’s fab site, I am proud and excited to announce the opening of my new undertaking, Absinthe Yarn.

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Thanks so much to those friends who’ve already taken a peek, “favorited,” and one dear pal who has even purchased a couple of skeins. And as a grand opening surprise, I will be added a special little gift to the first 5 purchases. Well, since I’ve had one sale already 🙂 there are 4 gifties left.

My assistant likes to help

My assistant likes to help…he really really likes to help. Oy.


Here I go! Yippee!


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