Sunday, March 9, 2014

FO: Baby Cowl

I'm finally getting around to posting some pictures of finished projects I knit for Pod.

First up is this baby cowl, which I whipped up last week during a final blast of winter weather.

I used some army green Plymouth Encore that was left over from Iva's Poodle Sweater.

Is it practical for a baby? Does a baby really need a cowl? Um, no.


Is it adorable? Um, yes.

See more details on my Ravelry project page.

 - Jordynn


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Fairway on a Snow Day

We here in North Carolina were recently visited by winter storm Leon. (Seriously? First of all, we "named" two inches of snow. Second of all, "Leon"? That's like the name of a nightclub.)

So I decided to break out a warm sweater that I designed a few years ago, Fairway.

Snow-Day Sweater time.
Fairway is a top-down raglan cardigan knit in a worsted-weight yarn. It has cables and bobbles and ribs for lots of texture.

Bobbles bobbles everywhere.
I knit my Fairway with some yarn I kettle-dyed, so the color gives it an added dimension.

In honor of Leon, I've reduced the cost of Fairway from $6.00 to $4. You can buy the pattern on Ravelry by clicking the button below.

 

Bye, Leon. Thanks for the sweater day.
- Katie Rose

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Meet the Wrights

Katie Rose here.

For those of you just arriving, this is a blog about fiber arts: knitting, crocheting, spinning, sewing, and anything else in between.

When I started this blog back in 2006, I swore I would never blog about my cat(s). There were lots of reasons for this.

The first reason is logical: cats have nothing to do with fiber arts. Why would you blog about cats on your fiber arts blog?

The second reason is philosophical: blogging about cats on my fiber arts blog seemed like a step down a slippery slope toward dowdy-hood. "There goes that crazy knitting cat-lady," they would say. (Who this mystery they is I have no idea.) It was the principle of knit-plus-cat-blogging that bothered me.

Then I encountered a problem. Her name is Richard.*

Richard Wright, the yarn thief

Richard reminded me of the reasons why knitbloggers blog about their cats.

CATS FREAKING LOVE YARN. It's an indescribable and immutable passion that transcends boundaries and perhaps even time and space.

My yarn is kept nowhere near the den. She goes down to the far-away reaches of the downstairs studio, pulls balls off the shelf, and brings them upstairs, where she stashes them under couches and cabinets to pull out and play with when the mood strikes.

She weighs all of four pounds.

This is her step-brother, Orville*:

Orville "helping" pack up the Xmas decorations

When we first brought Richard home, she weighed 1.5 pounds. Orville took one look at her and decided she was just too much for him to handle. He snuck away on a six-week sabbatical. Then he came back and rejoined the household with an almost unbearable smugness, as pictured above.

And just so you can have the complete picture of what a wretched cat-lady I've turned into in my old age, here's Wilbur, AKA, Wil-Bear, or just simply The Bear, since he weighs 20 pounds. For some perspective, Richard is about the size of Wilbur's head.

Wilbur is just sleeping. Don't be concerned--he's certainly not. Apex predator here.

Anyways, back to cats and yarn. Yarn seems to be part of cats' genetic makeup.

Either that or Cascade uses catnip in their dye.

Not the intended use of Cascade 220. Richard does not care.

*Yes, Richard is a girl. Get over it.
**Yes, all of our cats have the last name "Wright." We need a Frank Lloyd if anyone has a cat that needs a good, if chaotic, home. Must be spayed/neutered and able to deal with smug yet histrionic Orville.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Knit for the Penguins

[Katie Rose here]

Jezebel.com has a story about a knitting emergency involving penguins. I'm sure you are all interested, so I'm linking it here.

Here are the penguins:


Jezebel.com writes:

Skeinz, a yarn store in New Zealand, is calling on knitters throughout the world to knit sweaters for the penguins affected by a massive oil spill that occurred earlier this month.
Go check it out.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Peppermint & Polly on a Vintage Quilt


I have no idea who made this quilt. It was in my parent's house for as long as I can remember, and now Penelope is enjoying it with her friend Peppermint. I love the mismatched floral fabrics used in the quilt. 


Penelope loves that they match her elephant and her outfit! Does anyone know what quilt pattern this might be? 


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Quilts in my Office

My office at the law school is chock-full of my mother's quilts. First there is the one that she loaned to the law school to put in the lobby of my office suite:


It makes it easy to give directions to new 1Ls. We just say: "Turn right at the giant yellow quilt."

Then, I have two quilts in my office. One is by the door, predominantly gold and "Carolina Blue":


And the other is in my reading nook; this one is warm tones, browns and beiges, but also with light blues:


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Kobo is my new BFF

[Katie Rose here]

I received a my new Kobo Glo ebook reader in the mail the other day, and I'm in love.

My new KoboGlo. It's rad.

I know this isn't strictly a fiber arts post, but here's the thing.

One of the reasons that I love this ereader so much (and so much more than the Barnes and Noble Nook that I used to own) is its physical appeal.

Or "interface" in tech speak.

Kobo, since its beginning, has used a quilted design on the backs of its readers to create a "softer" interface, as well as a grippy texture. They use a physical metaphor of fiber and fabric to make the devices more user-friendly.

Here's the quilted back of mine.

I picked turquoise because I could.

The reader has an excellent built-in reading light, but still ends up being smaller than my old Nook. I love holding this thing.

Just the right size.

Here is a picture of my new reader in its natural habitat.


Seriously, people. I'm all about this thing. Plus, my local indy bookstore sells their ebooks through the Kobo online bookstore.

What's not to love?

:::

Update Jan. 2014: My law students say that Kobo readers are the "hipster" eBook readers. Who knew?