Category Archives: Knights That Say “Knit!”

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.

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.

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