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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!

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.

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).

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.

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

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