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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!

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

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).

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’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. 😉

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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. 😀 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

Ich Habe Nicht Eine Gut Idee Für Einen Überschrift.

Now that we’re getting closer to the booth,  I have been working almost nonstop to try and finish some things!

You know how a few posts ago, I posted about a “secret” project?

Yes?

Well, I finished it yesterday! And these next few pictures are not it. 😉

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Pictured above is a big headband that could also function as an ear warmer. I’m not usually a big headband lover (no headband could ever tame this wild mane!), but this one fits really well and is super comfortable!

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I also crocheted some cotton potholders! These things are durable, because the ones that I have here at home have lasted for YEARS (and that’s in a household of 12 people!)!

 

 

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Next up are two crocheted hats worn by my lovely sister/partner-in-crime Emily.

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And now, I will reveal my “secret” project… The one you’ve all been waiting for…

*drum roll*

IT’S A YETI IN A SWEATER!!!!!

*crowd goes wild*

Here he is pictured in his natural habitat, the arctic fold of a petticoat.

 

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After I showed him that photo, he decided that he wanted to be a model, so he ran out into the desert of Austin and posed for a picture.

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ISN’T HE CUTE?!? And he’s so cuddly, too. The reason he took me forever to create is because I designed every last inch of that li’l guy. I even have some notes (read: full instructions) about him, so I’ll be putting up the free pattern on Ravelry soon!

XOXO,

Katherine Westerman