All posts by Katherine Westerman

About Katherine Westerman

Katherine was 16 years old when she and her sister, Emily, started up Yarn Yetis as a way to sell their handmade crafts.
She enjoys knitting, crocheting, quilting, reading, cooking, blogging, playing the flute and ukulele, and playfully terrorizing her little siblings.

Drowning in Yarn and Covered in Cat Hair

… Basically, a summary of my life.

In the feverish grips of elation, and finally free from the constraints of academia, I began on a harrowing quest to complete the ultimate amount of garments possible within a fortnight.

Now that I am nearly halfway through my glorious two weeks of liberty, I have been delivered a stunning revelation.

This was a terrible idea. Help.

It’s not all bad, and it began innocently enough. One moment, I was washing an owl cardigan in the bathtub in preparation for blocking, and generally enjoying life. The next, it was 2 in the morning, and I was sitting on my bedroom floor with pins in my mouth and despair in my eyes, staring in horror at the sweater that wouldn’t block exactly to size. *knitterly scream*

This is why you double-check gauge. Learn from my mistakes, children.

Mmm. Look at those owls. Hawt.

This is technically not a new finished project, but, rather, an addition to a previous one. Nearly a year ago, I knitted myself an open cardigan. Now, you might that it’s not a huge deal that the sweater lacked buttons or a zipper. And you would be thinking wrong, because creating a zipper-less sweater is the most freaking annoying thing that I have ever done to date. Hands down.

The sides of the sweater would flap around as I walked, like the wings of an angel. If the angel had fallen from heaven, gotten drunk, drenched itself in tar, and decided to dance the macarena while walking down the street, that is.

The more my little angel wings flapped madly around me, the more I began to hate the sweater until, finally, I bought a zipper, and vowed to end the insane flippity-flap-flapping. In an afternoon, the wee flappers were contained, and I could silently stalk-

Whoa, wrong word. Walk. I can walk. Silently.

I picked gold for the zipper purely to represent my heart of gold, and not because that was the first zipper that I looked at. *suspicious cough*

I know that I’m already working on a hat design and all that, but I couldn’t help but knit this Hermione hat after I saw that I had a yarn that was perfect for it. I actually finished an awesome audiobook (called We Are Legion (We Are Bob), for those of you who’d like to know) because of the amount of time I spent sittin’ and knittin’ on this hat.

Those cables! So stunning! Those bobbles! So bobble-ish!

I’m Not Dead, Just Tired

I finished my spring classes! YES! I’m super happy to be enjoying a small break before the summer session, even if I have been kinda sick the entire time (*cough* thanks, Mom *cough*).

I’m relieved to be finished with my biology class, because my professor wasn’t particularly nice. At all. Currently, all unfriendly and unpleasant professors I’ve had have been women, which is a disheartening trend to observe. I’m hopeful that my experiences have been based on chance and aren’t an accurate representation of my future time in the workplace.

I’ve essentially finished the Ginny Cardigan, lacking only buttons, pockets, and seams, but I haven’t felt any inclination to do anything with it, so it’s been set aside for a bit. I occasionally look at it and think, “Oh, I should work on that,” but then I go and make scones with coffee or something.

Speaking of coffee, I have gotten into this terrible habit of making a cup, taking one glorious sip, and then leaving it on the table for five hours while I work on other things. WHY DO I DO THIS?!? I like coffee.

Oh, crap. I just realized I’m continuing the habit right now as I type, because my coffee is still on the other side of the room. One second, I’m going to go get it.

Okay, everything’s good now. Crisis averted!

Remember that gorgeous lace crocheted shawl that I started working on back when I was a fetus? No?? Oh. Well, I COMPLETED IT! I’m actually very happy that I made it, because I was using an ivory hook from Grandmother, and I wanted it to continue being used to create things, rather than being locked away in a box somewhere.

I made a sort-of impulse buy (sort-of, in that it was only vaguely premeditated) on Friday, and I got a blanket’s worth of Bernat Blanket Yarn (blanket pattern here). It’s not for me, and I have to finish it before my first summer class begins on the 30th, so I’m not sure why I thought making it was such a brilliant idea!

Thankfully, I’m good at meeting deadlines, and if I somehow don’t, I can always use a later date, although it wouldn’t be as smashingly impressive.

I also joined the Pokemon Go crowd this week and made a character. I’m pretty pleased, and I can see why the game became such a widespread success!

Cinco De Mayo??

Hello again, you lovely people.

It’s been nearly 5 months since my last post. First of all, how did that happen?? Second, it’s finals week and… Yeah, that’s how.

I did vend another booth, and this time I shared the space with Dewberry Creek Farms. I’ve also been keeping up with my knitting; very slowly, but I’m still making progress.

One of my professors banned my knitting in her class after approving it on the previous class day, which was unfortunate, yet somehow I’ve managed to knit an entire cardigan! Well… Almost. I’ve still got to add pockets and sew the underarms and block it and-

Like I said, it’s basically done!

I love the curious looks that I get whenever I take out my knitting or crocheting in a public place. It’s so fun, because it gives me an excuse to get something done while I’m also being marked ‘present’ and possibly introducing the idea that maybe knitting isn’t just for old ladies. The conversations that have begun in my classes just because I’ve gotten out my needles have been wonderful to observe, and my psychology professor even used my craft as an example in his lecture.

Maybe this weekend, as I pretend to study, I’ll be able to finish the cardigan and start on something new.

I’ve been thinking of picking up sewing again; I even bought a few (read: way too many) patterns to practice on.

A Happy Little Doily

I’ve done it again.

I have played Yarn Chicken… AND LOST.

This is why we weigh skeins of yarn to find out the yardage.

This is why we check gauge.

Remember that *cough* painfully pink *cough* doily I started on my birthday for my friend? Yeah, I messed up. Although it isn’t as bad as I’ve made it sound- just as long as you don’t know what pattern I used. }:-)

I was crocheting the last few rounds of this accursed doily when I realized that I definitely did not have enough thread to complete it, and by that time, I was already committed to the project. For a split second, I imagined unraveling the entire thing. The hours I had spent slouching over it in a corner when I should have been interacting socially would be meaningless; the days I spent looking at it and thinking, “I would very much like to burn this pink atrocity,” would be wasted. No, I could certainly not dispose of the thing. I WAS going to finish it, and nothing as trivial as a mere lack of sufficient supplies could stop me.

So, I pulled a Bob Ross and made my happy little accident into a 3 pineapple-d doily rather than… whatever it was supposed to be that I’m not telling you about.

My, my. Doesn’t that look intentional? 😉

XOXO,

Katherine Westerman

Disclaimer: Keep in mind that this doily was made for a friend who won’t care what the pattern looked like originally. I do not do this same thing with items that I sell. The items that I sell are entirely free of mistakes and, unless I intentionally alter them, are exactly as they appear in photographs.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Hello, again, all of you lovely people! I’m writing this post quickly before I finish packing for my family trip to Belize.

The end of 2016 was a very hectic period for me, and it consisted of  Christmas parties, Christmas itself, and birthdays galore. The New Year has been just the same with a New Year’s Eve party (I sound like I’m a party animal, don’t I? Well, I can assure you that I’m definitely not; I love sleep too much), my parent’s wedding anniversary, and, yesterday, my 18th birthday.

I haven’t been working on that many projects since my classes ended because I was feeling rather burnt-out, and my hands were aching from the constant repetitive motions. Still, despite being weary of creating things, I managed to knit my friend a Christmas hat- of which I don’t have a picture, oddly enough.

On my birthday, I started making a bright pink doily for the same friend’s birthday  present. It’s from a free vintage pattern, and I’m excited to see how it turns out.

Sometime before Christmas, I started a Ginny Cardigan for myself, on which I have knitted about 3 1/2 inches. I really like the yarn that I chose for it, a Knit Picks’ Tweed DK. It’s soft, and I think that it’ll be comfortable to wear.

 

Now that I’m nearly packed and ready for the trip tomorrow, I just hope that my hook and needles won’t be confiscated as I board the boat to Central America. XD

Seriously, though.

XOXO,

Katherine Westerman

TMD 2016

Hello, all you lovely people!
As most of you probably know, last weekend was the 33rd annual Texian Market Days in Richmond, Texas at the George Ranch Historical Park. Emily and I had a blast (even in those few moments when the crowd thinned and it got quiet enough for us to realize how little caffeine we had consumed that day ;P )!
The vendor in the booth next to us, Curt Locklear, is an author, and he plays the banjo and the guitar. Emily and I are occasionally musically inclined (read: we put our headphones in and have dance parties by ourselves because we’re cool like that), so we sang a few songs with him. Despite being a bit nerve-wracking, it really was fun!
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From the left: Mr. Locklear, a marvelously attractive hat rack, Katherine, and Emily.
Besides taking this picture, our sister Jennifer recorded a video of one of the songs we sang: Amazing Grace.
Talk to you later!
XOXO,
Katherine Westerman

Just Monkeying Around

I craft in class. It’s fact, and it’s also a nice ice-breaker, because (so far) no one in my classes have any idea what I’m doing (NEITHER DO I).

Last week, one of my classmates asked me what kinds of animals I could make. I haven’t yet encountered an animal that wasn’t on the internet already, so I told him that I could make pretty much anything. He then asked me to make him a monkey, which I have now done.

I’ve got to tell you, it was immensely satisfying to see a full grown man light up over a stuffed animal.

You can get the free pattern here: Chinese New Year Monkey pattern by Stephanie Jessica Lau.

Knitting, Crocheting and Cleaning. OH MY!

These past few weeks have been busy, y’all.

I haven’t gotten as much crafting done as I would’ve liked, but I DO have two finished projects (and also a very clean bathroom- more on that later)!

I made the Tilson socks from my Yarnbox subscription. I’ve never made an afterthought heel before, and I’ll admit that it is pretty frightening to cut my knitting. It feels WRONG, but I did it, and it’s cute, so everything is alright.

I also crocheted an Amigurumi Elephant, and gave it some bright yellow eyes.

Now… If you are a bit of a clean freak (*raises hand and looks around*), these next few photos are probably going to bother you. My parents bought a farm on thirty acres 11 days ago, and the people who used to live there were hoarders who neglected absolutely everything. Because of that, my parents got a great deal on the property, but have an enormous mess to clean up.

This is what the master bedroom looked like the day after they moved out.

Fun Fact: there is an armadillo tail in the cream laundry basket [see picture below], and a rubber dragon in the master closet.

In the doorway to the left (where my mom is standing), there is a sitting area that is also filled with junk. The years of neglect show very plainly there, as you can see from the huge dirt spots on the walls and the cat litter sprinkled across the floor [picture below].

 

The sitting room next to the master bedroom has dirt spots all over the walls, although the one captured here is the most prominent.

 

If you thought those rooms looked awful, the bathrooms are worse. This is the floor of the master bathroom *hyperventilates*. I’m not even going to talk about the shower.

Yesterday, I spent about four hours cleaning one tub, one sink, and one toilet in the cleanest bathroom. Not floors, not walls, just those three things. I used strong and undiluted chemicals over every inch and then cleaned them each about three times over. Here’s a nice comparison of what the outside of the tub looked like before and after I wiped it once. AAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!

If you’re not grossed out yet, here’s a picture of the dining room in all its glory.

 

Those are some majorly impressive cobwebs, aren’t they?

 Moral of this post: Clean your house. FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS PURE AND HOLY, PLEASE CLEAN YOUR HOUSE.

The Octopus With Blue Eyes

Octopi (octopodes? octopusses? octopeople?) are generally known for their eight limbs, their slimy skin, and fabulous ink-making capabilities. Thankfully, amigurumi can’t spray ink everywhere (note to self: MAKE THAT HAPPEN), although they are adorable.

This little octopus was originally not an amigurumi; it was more like a finger puppet. So, I added a couple of rounds to the body to close it up (as you can see on my project page). It’s such a tiny little thing that it can fit in your palm!

Then, I made a seal, complete with a pink tutu (no outfit is complete without the addition of a tutu)!

Its whole body was made in pieces and then sewn together, which was a total of only seven pieces if I remember correctly (I’ve made an amigurumi with more than thirteen before, and that was a beast).