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Ah, Fraternity July 7, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — kathy @ 12:55 pm
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IMG_1759Yes, those who know me well probably know that I have a thing about symmetry. Problem is, I’m fickle about which things I like to have sporting symmetry, and which things I’d like to have stand out because of the asymmetry. Like when I make jewelry, for instance…I like the necklaces and bracelets to have a random sort of feeling; there might be a little bit of a pattern on the sides that go around the neck, however, the center area of a necklace is nearly always very mixed. Earrings, on the other hand, really need to be symmetrical, unless of course you’re in a mood to channel the 80s. Been there, done that. On the other hand, maybe I should rethink that. Hmm.

Knitting, for me, is nearly the complete opposite of that reasoning. I like my sleeves to be the same length, thank you very much. I like my shawls to be balanced (sorry Stephen West–I just can’t pull off your brand of cool, though I admire it), and although I’m intrigued by the many pullovers I’ve seen lately with a longer tail in the back, socks must match. Until now.






Happy Feet!

Happy Feet!

I found these mismatched, fraternal socks to be an exercise in letting go. I am such a control freak sometimes (Yes, I admit it. Not proud of it, but there it is.) that I miss seeing the artistic freedom asymmetry creates. I really like them, though (here I go) I do wish I would’ve been able to get more red into the second sock. And also, I’m a little bummed that I read over the comments about the yarn’s yardage being misrepresented (not true in my case) on Ravelry. I was afraid I’d run out for the second sock so I skimped on length and have nearly an ounce of leftover yarn to show for it. Boobies. On the upside, they only took 7 days of actual knitting. Well, a few hours over each of 7 days, but you probably know what I mean.

I think I’ll use it up with 1/2 skein of plain black fingering I have floating around here to make a crazy stripety pair of mitts with little black antique buttons on the sides that’ve been floating about in my ole noggin’ for awhile.

Fraternity is a good thing, I think.

IMG_1760                                 Just ask the cats. 😉IMG_1761



Message from the cats June 22, 2014

Filed under: laughter,life — kathy @ 7:24 pm
I luv mr.Sun

I luv mr.Sun

Pip, here…I not the best typer because my paws are so fluffy, but our person is feel like she got an ole hairball, so LaLa an I r gonna help her out to say hello to you all.

 Lucy’s the name, silly boy, not LaLa. And don’t be dramatic, our person will be better very soon. I’ve already seen her sorting through those tubs of wooly chewy string–you know, the stuff she knots into tubes to wear on her paws. 

Just relaxing...what else should I be doing?

Just relaxing…what else should I be doing?

Right. Look, La, here’s a trick…stare in my eyes…let me Pipnotize you…you will bring me a treat. and a toy…and another treat–

Oh bother…boys are so silly. I think it’s time we all take a little nap.

Okay, okay smartypants. Our person will see u tomorrow. Bye!DSCN0002




Gettin’ real busy ’round here…plus, a giveaway! October 11, 2010

Filed under: jewels,knitting — kathy @ 3:02 pm
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Hello, dear friends!

It’s that time of year for me: Crazy Christmas Season. And even though I know it comes along the same time every year, I never find myself prepared well in advance. I actually did start making new goodies for my Holiday Trunk Show way back in July, but to be honest, I didn’t go too far. I mean, if it’s in the 90s outside, I don’t feel very Christmasy, at least not in this hemisphere anyway.

So I’m basically a “maker” this time of year. Kind of like an elf, although in about a month I turn into an evil elf! Anyway this year, I’m expanding my making into a slightly different area. I don’t want to go into too many details right now about what I’m working on, however, I could use your help and opinion on something I’m struggling with currently.

For years I’ve been struggling with the desire to get involved with fiber in a way that was more elementary than knitting. I tried spinning, but honestly, my drop spindle skills stink on ice. I’d lovelovelove to open a yarn store out here, but I’d be kidding myself big time. I mean, there are a glut of LYSs. Oh well.  Designing? If only I could finish the sweaters in my Ravelry queue, I might consider trying to design something on my own.


So after lots of playing and playing, I decided to try my hand at selling my hand-dyed yarns.

Right; I know there’s a glut of indie yarn dyers, too. But dadgumit, this is calling to me in a way I cannot deny. It’s even stronger than the clarion call of the Trader Joe’s dark chocolate-covered pretzels in the back of the pantry.

So here’s my question to all of you who are my knitting buddies:

When/if you buy yarn online from a photo, do you prefer seeing the yarn “reskeined” (this is yarn that is rewound after being handpainted which mimics how it will knit up, or do you prefer it “as it is directly after handpainting” so you can specifically see all the colors?

Here are a few examples:

Miss Babs, Blue Moon Fiber, and Madelintosh show their yarn reskeined:

Miss Babs

Madelintosh Sock










Malabrigo, HandMaiden, and Kangaroo Dyer show their yarn as is.

Kangaroo Dyer Sock

Mmmalabrigo Worsted

Which do you prefer? Do you care?

In case you’re wondering, it seems that there’s nearly an equal number of “reskeined” to “just as it is” among indie dyers. To reskein, I will need to buy a special yarn winder, thus I’m wondering what y’all think!

Please let me know your preference in a comment at the end of this post. One of you will win this lovely pair of oxidized sterling, tiger eye, and carnelian earrings. But you have to give me a preference in your comment to be considered to win some earrings, ‘kay?

you might win 'em...

So, I’m gonna have to skeedaddle, but thanks for your time and thoughts!

Her eyebrows are insane!

P.S. Just wanted to show you our not-so-little Lucy (she’s already 6.5 lbs! Yikes!! She’s only 5 months old!). A couple of weeks ago, she sprouted a couple of white eyebrow whiskers—just one over each eye—that gives her a perpetual look of surprise. Very funny. I think she’d make a great anime character…


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