Karen See, Karen Do

This week’s thunderstorms and tornadoes (and the resulting power loss) showed me that I had a few kinks in my emergency system. For one, I had no cooler to load with ice and possibly save the contents of my refrigerator. A trip to Target was in order.

Now, I do not frequent Target. Nothing against [...]

FO: Sticking To My Guns

Several weeks ago, I made myself a promise. Yes, I’ve made lots of them but this one I actually kept. I decreed that there would be no new projects until I finished this shawl. Only then might I even consider other suitors. Now that the hooks are put away and the steam iron’s cool, I’d [...]

Michigan Avenue Photo Safari

There’s nothing soft, warm or nurturing in this Coca-Cola can creation displayed on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. But is it creative? Inspired? Of that there is no doubt! From the pull-tab corset to the crimped fan of the aluminum skirt, my mind wanders all about trying to figure out, “What did they do here? How [...]

A Fallen Woman

No, your feed reader isn’t on the blink. I haven’t posted since late June. If it seems I’ve fallen off the face of the Earth, perhaps it is because I have.

I’m back in the shop for repairs (or something like it). I’ve scarcely purchased any yarn. The books and magazines that cross my threshold [...]

Lacy Crochet Shawl

bellamoden kid mohair and silk lace (Pretty In Pink) + Malabrigo lace merino (Floral)

The pattern is called Eva’s Shawl by milobo. Always fun to see how others have done this project on Ravelry.

I’ve stayed fairly true to the directions, though I’ve simplified them a bit for my taste, as they are written using [...]

FO: Natalia’s Moderne Baby Blanket

How right you are! Ripping is much better than the substandard item gifting. Despite the brief setback, I actually finished my crochet version of Mason-Dixon Knitting’s Moderne Baby Blanket a few days ago. I’ve been busy (which I’ll explain momentarily) so no blogging. First, the blanket.

The LayoutThe Results

Materials11 skeins of Mission Falls 1824 [...]

Speed

I was just cruising along on the Moderne baby blanket, absolutely determined to hit the finish line this weekend. Sometimes, in a rush to complete a project, you consciously or unconsciously overlook things that are less than quality. “Oh, I can block that into shape. It won’t be a problem.” You know what they say [...]

Momma Sez…

I had a head–>desk moment when I realized that I should have asked the mother-to-be what she wanted with regard to stitch lines or no stitch lines. She agrees with the majority of your comments: no color block delineation, if you please. And so it is. The blanket looks much better in real life, but [...]

Baby Blanket, Stat!

I hadn’t seen Natalia for months. In fact, up until a week ago, I didn’t even know she was pregnant. And not just a little either, as evidenced by this photo taken during the World Wide Knit In Public event in downtown Chicago.

The young squire is due to make his appearance in July. That’s [...]

Crochet In Progress

I tried knitting a little bit. You know, just to test the shoulder stamina. Bad idea. I can’t keep my hands still though, so I found an attractive, simple pattern and some surprisingly soft hemp yarn and kicked things off with a 15-stitch chain.

Shake your Boteh!

Although the pattern calls for a skosh over [...]