Knitting knots around the family.

Meme 2: 7 Weird Things May 24, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — knottyk @ 8:39 pm

Wrap and Turn pinged me with this one, but if she’d read back farther, she’d realize I’ve done it before! Oh, well, I’m a sucker, I’ll do it again.

The rules: Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those who are tagged need to write on their own blog those 7 facts as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven other people and list their names on your blog. Then you leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and to read your blog.

1. My middle name is Jean. My mother’s middle name is Jean. My sister-in-law’s middle name is Jean. I seem to be in the “Jean” Burmuda-esque triangle.

2. My children were both born in the evening, and their birth times are opposite. Colten was born at 7:45 pm, Kevin was born at 5:47 pm.

3. My middle toe on both feet are longer than my second toes.

4. I can catch salimanders with the best of them. Yes, I put them back in their habitat when I’m done.

5. I’ve never seen lightning bugs.

6. My fingers are bent in funky ways from playing C flute from 5th grade to my second year in college. It’s not terribly noticable, but they are.

7. I love lentle soup, but can’t stand split-pea. This drives my mother nuts, she can’t understand how I can like one and not the other.

I know I’m supposed to ping 7 people, but almost everyone I know has done this meme already!

Here’s my shortened list:

Soccerchic Knits
Redshirt Knitting
Knitting RN

Ok, go forth and meme!


Meme 1: Your Spouse

Filed under: Uncategorized — knottyk @ 8:15 pm

This post is brought to you via Sachi, who couldn’t didn’t want to meme 2 people, so I stepped up so she wouldn’t have to.

2 things you compliment your husband on while in his presence:

1. The way he knows when I need snuggles and extra lovings
2. The way he balances out my insanity and puts up with my crap.

2 compliments you give about your husband to others:

1. The way he cooks (he makes bread from scratch!).
2. The way he helps parent our children.

2 Traits you married him for:

1. He’s very cuddly and funny.
2. When you’re really freaking out, he can talk you down and put things in a better perspective.

2 days you cherished most being together with your husband:

1. Well, this counts as 2 days: the births of both of our children. He was brave and put up with me being psycho and yelling that I was NOT pushing out this child with our second son and was steeled enough that he didn’t freak out when our first son was born with a good portion of his insides hanging out.

2 Material things you would give your husband if you inherited a fortune:

1. His own shop to dink around on engines and cars and whatnot.
2. A business that he and his best friend (since they were 6 years) could run together.

2 things you would miss most if he left for 2 weeks:

1. His foot. You have to understand, when we sleep, we always have at least one part of our bodies touching. Usually it’s a foot.
2. Having a pinch hitter when the boys are being truly unruly and I’m at wit’s end.

2 things that crossed your mind the first time you met your future husband:

1. “Whoa, there’s a cute guy sitting next to me!”
2. “Bicycle helment: means he’s either insane or really geeky.”

2 favorite dates:

1. Going to see “Shakesphere in Love.”
2. When we lived in Pullman WA and used to have breakfast dates together at the Old European Waffle House after we dropped our older son off at daycare and before afternoon classes.

2 funny, odd things you love about your husband:

1. His fur. I married a sasquatch and I tease him a lot about this, but it’s comforting to rub his chest hair when I’m really upset about something.
2. The fact that he is a huge computer geek. He loves it, it’s his job, it’s just a part of him.

2 places you have lived with your husband:

1. Pullman WA.
2. SeaTac WA, where we live now.

2 favorite vacations:

1. Cannon Beach OR for our honeymoon.
2. Orcas Island WA for our anniversary one year before the idea of our youngest son came to be.

2 people to tag:

1. LavenderSheep: I’m just nosy. 🙂
2. Wrap and Turn: she tagged me with the other meme of the day, so turnabout is fair play!


What do you want to do? May 16, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — knottyk @ 4:51 pm

Mark with bold the things you have knit (or are knitting), with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest.

Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Sweater (It was a christmas ornament)
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn (well, I did a swatch in it, anyway)
Domino knitting
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffiti knitting
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting
Knitting to make money
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on one or two circulars
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art
Knitting two socks on one circular simultaneously
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener stitch
Knitting with beads
Swatching (I really should be better about this!)
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegated yarn
Stuffed toys
Knitting with cashmere (it was a blend and I found out I’m allergic!)
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mits/armwarmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine (Knitty and MagKnits, anyone?)
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public (All the time!)

This comes to you from here via here.


A Trial of Errors May 9, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — knottyk @ 3:25 am

So, this great gal I know who owns a yarn shop is birthing a new (hopefully!) knitter in the next month or so. I had this great idea to make her crocheted baby sandals in size 10 thread. Don’t freak out too much about the size 10 thread part, the thread I prefer to tat in is 20 or 30. My tatting instructor and idol tats in size 80 or smaller.

But I detract from the story.

So, I have this great idea to crochet baby sandals. I crochet the cute little flower. I crochet the top of the sandal. I crochet the sole. I go to line up the sole with the top of the sandal. Problem: sole is about 1/2″ shorter and 1/4″ or so narrower than the top of the sandal. Well, crap!

On to the next! I have some fantastic 3-ply yarn that I used for my MIL’s Horcrux socks. Wouldn’t the pinks just be adorable on some baby booties. So I choose the baby booties from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. In the book, the booties are worked in angora. It’s apparent after the first bootie is mostly completed of why the booties are worked in fuzzy angora with a halo: the booties have a most FUNKY design. Murphy (as in Murphy’s Law): 2, Me: 0, zip, nada.

I decide to move away from the eminent arrival’s feet and go to what I know best: heads. Interweave’s “Knitting Daily” just put out this adorable vine lace baby hat pattern. 3-ply yarn is re-routed to this hat. It’s cute, but a wee bit short. Will work for about the first month, maybe less. But, AHA!, I have a fantastic skein of ArtYarns Supermerino in light varigated greens (which the mother of the intended recipient is fond of). Vine lace hat 2 is currently on the needles as I type.

This is just another normal day in my life. I just thought it’d be good for a few laughs out there.


Dearest Sockapalooza Sock Pal May 2, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — knottyk @ 7:48 pm

It’s rather embarassing to say this, but I have all of one handknit pair of socks for myself. I tend to be a gift knitter than a knitter for myself. I have included a shot of my sock yarn drawer so you can see what is lurking in there to get an idea of what I like. Ignore the pinks, some of it is for a friend who is obsessed with pink and another is a gift skein of Blue Moon Fibers “Socks That Rock” that I can’t quite bear to part with…

I tend to wear sneakers and closed-toe shoes, so a sock with a pattern that extends down the heel probably wouldn’t be a good thing. I’m not super big on handwashing, but I do have the means to do it. 🙂 I’m a busy mom with two boys, so anything washable is fantastic. I believe I noted my allergies in my database entry, but if that didn’t come through, please let me know!
I hope this helps you on your way! Thanks for leaving a comment for me!