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.

A Pig That Is Not A Pig (Feat. A Cat That Is Not A Cat)

It’s that time again, y’all. No, not Christmas time, although it’s approaching rapidly. I’m talking about the time of the year where adults rejoice, and kids and college students (*cough* ME *cough*) alike mourn the loss of freedom so recently gained. *sigh*

Actually, despite that it’s going to cut into my crafting time, I’m not really that disappointed to be going back to class. The main reason why is because I got a plethora of the same comfy V-neck t-shirt in different colors, so my school wardrobe is set! Now I just have to get some tennis shoes that I can wear with my skinny jeans and my *whispers* mom jeans. XD

But enough about clothing and school- let’s get to the meat of this post: the finished objects.

I made a tiny guinea pig! He fits in the palm of your hand, and is so tiny that his front feet are made out of bobbles. Ugh, he’s too cute.

Next up is a kitty-like creature in a tutu. I didn’t give it any whiskers due to the high level of resentment I was beginning to feel toward its face after I ripped them out four or five times.

The tutu was a breeze to crochet, although it was a bit fiddly at first to work around the stuffed body.

This next project is a work-in-progress for my little brother. He wanted me to make him some socks, so he went to The Sated Sheep, bought the yarn for the project, and picked out a sock pattern from one of my many craft books. I have to say, it wasn’t a color that I would’ve picked (I tend to gravitate toward light blues and greens), but it seems perfect for the pattern he chose. I’m in awe, especially because he doesn’t do any needle crafts!

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If you’d like the patterns to the finished projects, they’re free at: Newborn Guinea Pig by Kati Galusz, and Small Cat.

The sock pattern is available in a book called The Joy of Socks.

Sock Sweater Survives Sweltering Summer

I’m DONE *maniacal laughter*!

It took me six months and a good deal of my attention (I can’t say ALL of my attention, because I’m hardly a monogamous crafter), but I am finally done. I am so happy with the finished project! The hoodie is awesome, and it all fits so perfectly!

Part of me never wants to make another fingering weight top (it just takes so long to complete!), but another part of me loves the drape and feel of the thinner fabric. Only time will tell which part will win!

 One thing I hadn’t expected as a result of knitting this sweater is that it has made me excited for fall to get here. I can’t wait!

If you’d like to make a sweater similar to mine, I made the smallest size of the Brooklyn Bridge Cardigan by Melissa Wehrle from the book Metropolitan Knits using Hawthorne Fingering Kettle Dye Yarn in the Blackbird colorway.

Minnesota Mishaps

     Does anyone else initially read the word mishaps as mi-shaps? I dunno. That’s what I read when I first look at it.

     Anyway, I have been super busy for the past month or so (could I wish for anything else? :P). On June 10th, my sister Mary’s birthday, Emily (pictured below) and I went to a Panic! at the Disco concert! Brendon Urie was absolutely astounding live; his voice is positively angelic. I could say more (especially about his cover of Bohemian Rhapsody!), but I’m moving on before my inner fangirl gets out of control.

I finished a bulky seed stitch hat with some yarn that I got from The Sated Sheep, and it is delightfully soft and fuzzy!

     The Tuesday after the concert, I took a chemistry test and got an “A” (thank goodness, because I felt ill-prepared). On June 30th, I took another chemistry test (this one I felt more prepared for, and got another “A”, for those of you who wish to know.), and finished packing some clothes and all of my essentials (read: works in progress). Early the next morning, all 13 of us piled into the Party Van and headed toward our first stop: Oklahoma. On the way there, we stopped at the Wichita Mountains and stared at some relaxed buffalo and super fat prairie dogs.

     Saturday, July 2nd, brought us to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, where we  posed on the toy saddles like the happy people we are (from the left: Emily, me, and Zachary).

     I also got put in jail for the first and final time in my life, which was pretty cool.

Me trying to look like a seasoned criminal, but looking kind of sunburned instead.

     Then, on July 3rd and 4th we went to two different Laura Ingalls homesites: one in Kansas and the other one in Minnesota. These next two pictures are from the Independence, Kansas, homesite.

A replica of what the Ingall’s house would have looked like.
Emily, half of Victoria’s face, Caleb’s back, and Hannah’s arm at the post office. :’ D

     After driving through Nebraska and Iowa, which involved A LOT of staring at corn, we finally arrived at Plum Creek!

From left: Zachary, Emily, and Caleb standing on the rock that might be the “table rock” in On the Banks of Plum Creek.

     If you’re still reading this, and aren’t yet bored, I commend you. You’re now about to find out why I began this post with the word “mishap”.

     The Party Van broke down on our way to the Mall of America!

     So we sat in the grass next to the busy road while Dad examined the car, and I began putting the finishing touches on my pink shawl.

From left: Natalie, Hannah, Jonathan, Zachary, Gabriel, Caleb, Emily, and Victoria.

     Which I have now completely finished, by the way!

     Thankfully, the tow truck got to us in about an hour, so we weren’t waiting very long. In fact, it was pretty nice, because Minnesota isn’t nearly as hot as Texas. 😉

     After we rode in the car ON THE TOW TRUCK, we were dropped off at a repair center (which was closed because it was the fourth of July) and hired some Lyft drivers to take us to our hotel.

     The next two days were full of walking! I know people say that the Mall of America is big, but you can’t fully grasp the size of it until you’re in there and gaping.

From left: Zachary, Emily, baby Tabitha, Victoria, Hannah, Mom, and Dad.
Seriously, the place is huge!

     The first day we spent mostly at Nickelodeon Universe, which was really fun. It was nice riding a roller coaster in air conditioning! On our second, and last day there, July 6th, we went to a ton of stores that we’d never heard of before, including Alpaca Connection and Sox Appeal.

There was a sign on the window that said, “How’s your sox life?” Lol.

     We separated the return trip into just two days, driving all the way back to Oklahoma on the 7th, and then back to Austin on the 8th.

Much Basic. Such Hat.

Hello, again, peeps!

I’ve finally published the pattern I made for the basic bulky beanie that I made a couple of months ago! I had already written all of it down, I just needed to actually publish it…

Yeah…

So, here it is!

The pattern would be easy for even the newest of knitters, and I knit it up in less than half a day!

For those of you who care to know, my sweet little model is my younger brother, Gabriel. He really liked the hat, even though it was hot when I made him wear it!

If you would like to make it, you can get the pattern for free at: Much Basic. Such Hat.

See you guys later!

Katherine Westerman

When Knitting Attacks…

Whew! WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THIS YEAR?!? It’s flying!

Before I delve into my usual knitting chit-chat, I’m going to quickly tell what’s been going on lately. I finished my first-ever semester at a school with an ‘A’ in each class. I signed up for General Chemistry over the summer term, and it’s already time to apply for fall classes, which is a bit frightening to me. The Yarn Yetis booth at Dripping Springs’ Founder’s Day Festival was a success! 🙂 And last, but not least, I spent the past three weekends in Arkansas visiting my grandparents! I got a good deal of knitting done while I was there, but, sadly, I also got a LOT of un-knitting done. Which brings me to my first project…

This, my friends, is why smart crafters avoid playing Yarn Chicken. I’m going to have to rip back (for the second time!!!!) and restart the lace panel. Somebody cry with me, because this hurts.

I’m not going to completely scrap it because 1) I’ve been working on it so long that I’m almost morally obliged to finish it, and 2) LOOK HOW PRETTY THE LACE PANEL IS!

Guess what project I finally pulled out of the woodwork (or navy blue bag, as it were)! After an admittedly rather long hiatus, I brought back out my fingering weight sweater and finished the right front! I also started the left front last night, and have already completed one repeat of the leaf chart. 🙂

For those of you who are wondering, my sweater is not as tiny as it looks in the photo! Its edges are just rolling because I haven’t blocked it, yet.

I also finished a sock! Technically, it’s not entirely finished because I haven’t kitchener stitched the toe together or blocked it but, in my mind, it’s done.

Here’s a nice view of the cable pattern all over the leg!

You can get the pattern for the shawl for free here. The patterns for the sweater and the socks are from books.

I Got Way Too Friendly With My Toilet Bowl

Seriously. The day after I made my last post, I came down with the sickness that my family had. I’m not going to go into details (you’re welcome, boo!), but my toilet bowl and I saw a lot of each other. So, sadly, I didn’t get as much knitting done as I would have liked. Or school either, but I had already finished my homework, so that isn’t as much of a problem as it could have been! 🙂

I DID make some headway into the right front of my sweater, though! I knitted about four inches of the lace pattern and have already begun the waist shaping. You can’t see it well in the photo, because, although I REALLY love black yarn, black yarn does not love the camera.

I finished the Cables Party socks for my sister Sarah! I don’t have a photo yet, but I might get one this weekend.

Today, I attempted to delve into the world of hands-free money transportation (AKA I bought a wallet at Target). So far, I’m pretty pleased with it!

Yesterday, I drove a little farther than my usual escapade to school and went to Starbucks. Yes, I am indeed one of “those” white girls. ;P My White Chocolate Mocha was a nice change from my normal Caramel Macchiato.

XOXO,

Katherine Westerman

KNIT ALL THE THINGS!

Wow, the past month has been crazy! I started college (which, so far, has been meh for me), I found a yarn shop that is only about 20 minutes from where I live, I won yarn (that’s enough to make anyone’s day!), I began tutoring a 14 year old in math, and I also started a ton of knitting projects and *one* crocheting project. This post is going to be long. ARE YOU READY FOR THIS? Here we go.

The first project that I’m going to talk about is the Royal Flush pattern from my Joy of Socks book.

I cast it on with the RainCityKnits yarn that I got in my Yarn Box. So far, it has been a blast to knit up! I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Next, is my lace crocheted (someone should document this) shawlette. You know, I don’t think I’ll actually have enough yarn to finish it. I started it with some of my little sister’s stash yarn, and it’s using up WAY more yarn than I originally expected. Oops.

 

I almost forgot to mention this- I got a new book! I bought Metropolitan Knits from Half Price Books, and immediately bought yarn for a fingering weight sweater. I know. I’ve got a serious sock yarn problem! ;P

 

 

The pattern is the Brooklyn Bridge Cardigan, and I’ve already finished the back! I’m currently working on the right front, but it’s still really small. *squints at the photo*

 

 

In case you were wondering what happened to the second Cables Party sock, I’m still working on it. I mostly work on it during class while my professors talk. Since I look at my professors while I knit, they don’t mind. 😀

 

My last, but not least, project is my finished chevron scarf! I made it using the yarn I won at The Sated Sheep, and it is fabulously long. I love how the green and ecru yarns had beads and rocks sewn into them; it really added some *sparkle*!

 

Here it is drying on the school room floor:

Now for a mild change of subject-

I was digging through my, admittedly rather large, pattern collection, when I stumbled upon this beauty. It’s an almost-complete pattern for a sweater! All it’s missing are the gauge and how-to-sew-the-sleeves-and-body-together instructions! Now, I didn’t write it. According to my mom, my great-grandmother did. THIS IS A BIG DEAL!!! So, being a lover of history, knitting, and procrastination, I decided to write this pattern up and publish it. Which I did. You can find the free pattern here on Ravelry.

XOXO,

Katherine Westerman

I Was Captured By A Socktopus

Seriously, I’ve been knitting socks like crazy.

Not only did I finish a pair of twisting purls socks in time for Christmas (see picture number one), but I started a NEW pair of socks on December 23rd, and finished the first one this morning!

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I am apparently incapable of knitting in just stockinette. ;P

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Now let’s talk about Christmas! The past few weeks, I was REALLY wanting to embellish my embroidery skills, so my parents bought me THREE BAGS of embroidery floss.

Obviously, I couldn’t let any of that go to waste, so I went to the nearest craft store and bought-

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-an afghan designed specifically to be embroidered on.

WOOHOO! Are you EXCITED?!? I’m excited!

xoxo,

Katherine Westerman

The Magic of the Hexi-POOF!

Hello again, lovely people.

I HAVE FINISHED PROJECTS! One of which I am not going to show at this point, just in case the intended recipient decides to check this or my other blog. After Christmas, it’ll be safe to show!

Some of you may recall that, for the past few months, I’ve been “working on” (the term here is used loosely) a hexipuff blanket. Well, over the past few weeks, I’ve slowly decided that I don’t want to take the time and effort to make such a gigantic blanket (I did the math a while back, and if I made one puff a week, it would take AT LEAST three years to finish!). However, I also really didn’t want to rip back all of the puffs or throw them away. So, I settled for a happy medium and decided to sew some of the puffs into a chair cushion; I needed a new one anyway!

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TA DA!

It’s actually really comfortable, and hopefully it’ll stay nice and cushy for a few years!

XOXO,

Katherine Westerman