Sweater Lust

I’m currently obsessed with two sweaters. The Carbeth Cardigan by Kate Davies Designs.

& the Durumi pullover by Isabell Kraemer.


I’m leaning towards knitting the Carbeth Cardi first. Despite that it’s a bulky knit, a cardigan is more useful in my wardrobe on the California Central Coast. And then there’s the on-going Joji Locatelli Granito that has been on-going for some time. It’s a fingering weight pullover that may never get done (and let’s not speak of the color).


So if I do the cardi, what color? I do like to pile on the knits. And since I tend to wear black/grey/navy/neutrals I usually knit in color (but not yellow, who chose yellow?!). But is that boring? Should I be picking something brighter? Does that limit its wearability. And I definitely like the idea of a capsule wardrobe and not having things I don’t wear.

I’m planning on going budget, so a Knitpicks Acrylic/Wool blend.



Crafting with & for family

I’m a lucky lady who lives only 3 miles from my sister. Add to that, her craft skills are different than my own, and we’re a mighty team!

So when our ballet instructor (we both have preschool girls) requested crafting help for the “Nutcracker Sweet” production, we stepped up. The instructor wanted a corsage. At first she suggested knitting…but seriously, 16 knit corsages in under a month? I’m crazy, but not that crazy!

We started with some random color test pieces, though I love the penguin background and the stark contrast of the two colors.


And our beautiful finished corsages.

Seuss Crazy

If you’ve got kids, particularly ones in school or who go to the public library, you know that Dr. Seuss’s birthday is coming up, Friday March 2 to be exact! And because I’m the mom who crafts in class with her kid and her schoolmates, I couldn’t let the occasion go without a little celebration.

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Crafting with a LOT of kids

Thanks to being a stay-at-home mom with a sister in town who can watch my younger child, I’ve been able to volunteer in the classroom for my 1st grader. And when fiber came up and the kids responded positively, the teacher nominated me for craft educator 🙂 We figure it’s got hand-eye coordination along with fine motor skills.

So that’s roughly 7 kids at a time trying to crawl in to my lap and grab all the supplies. I’ll admit that the first couple times left me completely wipe out on the couch, staring at the ceiling.

But then we got in to a groove, and they realized that seeing me meant craft time. Here are the most popular crafts we’ve done.

We started with knitting spools and progressed to making our own! This remains one of the most popular and each of the kids seemed to grasp it.


They also really enjoyed basic round kumihimo with 7 threads and 8 slots.


This one has gone over so well that several parents have told me that they have gotten extra yarn and when the kids are bouncing around crazy, they hand them a disc and get them to focus a bit.

In a week or two I’m going to introduce the half-round on a square with 8 threads that gives you an arrowhead or heart in the center. Note that I do all the prep work, including loading up the yarn. It’s a bummer they don’t get to pick their own colors, but if they did, we’d spend a month as they went through the yarn.


We tried some weaving with paper at Thanksgiving and our teacher laminated them in to placemats. I used brown mats and red & yellow cross pieces for the final product. Though I provided some pink, blue, etc. for the kids who wanted to get crazy.


Continuing the weaving theme, because a few had just a little bit of trouble…


I made some hand looms with 5 warps. This had the added bonus of the kids being able to use a bunch of the short pieces of yarn that the teacher had on hand.



Sock Knitting Mojo

As I continue to slog through my Granito sweater by Joji Locatelli, I’ve started dream knitting some socks. And I looked at some of my favorites to get ideas of what I should be knitting, when the mojo comes back.


Notice they are all ankle socks.

Starting with the rainbow pair at top, I like the round heel.

I like the sibling/not identical’ness and the pink/green combo.

I love the Star Wars reference.

The fit and sibling-ness of this pair is amazing. Plus, I love the Kroy I used in the one sock.

The cable on this purple pair is just enough to mix up the vanilla.

Again, green and pink, plus sibling-ness.

Not shown are my pair of Opal socks that I’ve darned a number of times. Those were my first socks knit on 0’s and used the Fish Lips Kiss heel. So many good things to try and incorporate in my next socks. For me!


I knit a female Tomten/Gnome character for a friend for BlogHer. I love the idea of these protective little sprites. And this year I was, once again, faced with what the heck to give my father for Christmas. I decided to embark on yet another Gnome. I love the ones by Alan Dart…but the “I can do that” spirit is strong in me.

Getting started took forever and the little boot/socks sat on my desk for weeks before I made progress.

Then the rest of him came together in a day! I stuffed his body with rocks in a sock so that his little legs could hang off the edge of a shelf and he (hopfully) won’t fall over.

The original plan was to just do the nose and beard and sew the hat down so you couldn’t tell I hadn’t done any face. But as I got going, I just loved the idea of some little eyebrows.

& I gave him a little fringe all the way ’round his little head.


Griffin Dyeworks

I once again attended Griffin Dyeworks Fall Fiber Frolic this past November. It was definitely a different experience than last time. I didn’t drag a friend with me, I was flying solo.

IMG_20171111_092726I figured it might be a good chance to make new friends, or at least break out of my shell a bit. So after a few brief minutes in the car to collect myself (very brief, lots of coffee plus a 90 minute drive, I had to pee!) I went inside to say hello to Theresa and let them know I was here and ready to learn!


I poked around the vendors and a did a little shopping. I was signed up for a dye class (though I ended up not attending), so I picked up a couple of bare mini skeins (eventual plan now is to look up a tutorial on speckle dyeing).

My first class was kumihimo, Japanese cord braiding, and I was super excited. I’d had an intro the day before at our local science/engineering museum, Moxi.

2017-11-10 (6) I figured the class would be an advanced version of what I learned – and I was not dissapointed!


(The guy across from me looked like a young Nicholas Cage). My board was nice, and the teacher, of Unicorn Fiber Arts, let us pick colors. I totally made mistake after mistake. But her handouts were fabulous and I’m looking forward to continuing my kumihimo education.

My second class was art weaving on a hand loom.

This was with Theresa of Griffin Dyeworks. Totally loved this. And treated myself to the loom I used. We did warp, weft, and other things I should have taken notes on.


My final class was dyeing, but when I got outside, it seemed like a lot of people had been doing dye all day. And while it wasn’t exactly a closed group, it wasn’t a formal class and I felt a bit like an outsider. I decided to end the day happy and head home a little early, which helped me beat that horrid daylight savings clock.IMG_20171111_161807