Category Archives: The Chronicles of Yarnia

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? ūüėČ

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.

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).

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.

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! ūüôā

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. ūüėÄ

 

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

I’m Bringing Bootie Back

I’m going to start out this post by saying that I have the memory of a dead goldfish.

Okay.

Now that we’ve established that, I’m going to show you a project that I finished¬†at least two weeks ago (and completely forgot about). Yep. I finished the baby booties!

By the way, the baby in the photo is my sister Tabitha, who, as you can probably tell, really wanted to play with, and not wear, the bootie. There was no way I would’ve been able to get the second one on her without a fight! ;P

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I also finished an¬†adorable bunny hat! IT’S JUST SO CUTE!! *squee*

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Another project that I completed was this HUGE throw! I tried to get a photo of the whole thing, but I’m a little bit too short for that. ūüėČ

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Next up is this lovely little headband! You can’t tell from the picture, but the purple yarn is sparkly!

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I finished this hat a while back as well. I used a slip stitch pattern,  which gives it that nice diamond pattern.

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This hat, I finished yesterday. ūüėÄ I just love all of the little stripes across the brim! And the pompom makes it look FABULOUS!

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I normally dislike all creatures of the deep, dark, ocean, but this little hat was just too adorable to pass up! IT’S EVEN GOT LITTLE BABY SHARK FINS!

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xoxo,

Katherine Westerman