Category: knitting

Saturday comes and goes

I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather this week. It’s funny how sometimes you don’t realize how crummy you’re feeling until you’re not feeling crummy anymore. And while I’m not at 100% yet, the graph is trending up and up and that is good. And I get to spend this weekend with my parents, at one of my favorite places on earth, celebrating my dad’s birthday. So that’s pretty great.


I’ve been working on some new classes for my gig at the local yarn store. One is for a Brooklyn Tweed square shawl that I am in love with, and the second is an argyle sock class. I made my dad a pair of argyle socks for his Christmas socks, and I was super-happy with them. So I’m writing up a pattern/tutorial for the class. Because everyone should be able to have some argyle socks in their sock drawer.


My office continues to pull itself together. I’m particularly happy with this little corner, right as I walk in the door. Yes, this is home, and yes, I’m happy to be home.


And then there’s this gem. I finally got around to really re-covering (not just fake slipcovering) my office chair. Some old and very awesome (and very found-it-in-the-bins-of-fabric-in-the-shed-at-my-parents’-house) upholstery fabric. I wanted a couch covered in this, but I only had about 3/4 of a yard. Perfect for the office chair, and such a day-brightener

So that’s it for today. More fun awesome to come, folks. More fun awesome to come.


Prairie Boots Giveaway Winner!

It’s official –

drawing for prairie boots giveaway



KARIN is our winner!  Congratulations, Karin – you will be receiving an e-mail link from Julie at Coco Knits with your pattern link. Thanks to everyone for entering!

(keep your eyes peeled for another fun giveaway this week – it’s a DOOZY, let me tell you….)

What you lack, child, is FOCUS.

1. I’ve started to break up my posts on the home page. be sure to click the link at the bottom if you want to see the whole thing (or if you’re an e-mail subscriber.) It’s an effort to streamline the front page. Let me know if you happen to have strong feelings about it. I, for one, love it.

2. enter the prairie boot pdf pattern giveaway here. go. do it. now.

3. I feel torn in about a million directions right now – so much to get done (currently in the OHNOALLMYJUNKEXPLODEDALLOVERTHEHOUSE stage of de-crapping, de-stashing, un-messifying, and re-organizing my house) and so little time. It really makes it hard to pay attention to one thing at a time, and I’m feeling the pull. Once my office is reset, things will be smoother. but until then, I need tangible goals. Data tracking is going well, and I’ve managed to line up a bunch of work to pay the bills, so that’s all squared away. The daily to-do list has stuff like “take a shower” and “drink a cup of coffee” on it so that I can feel some control. But as for my creative time, I need to FOCUS and get something done for real for real. Like COMPLETED done. So it falls to knitting – there are a ton of things on the needles, and a number of them are close to completion. So, in an effort to complete all the knitting projects on the needles, and because I should really get the Christmas knitting done before Valentine’s day (oops…), I present to you the three projects that I must focus on this month. These and no others, until they’re done.

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The mother of all needle rolls.


Don’t forget to enter the drawing for the prairie boots pattern here!



The New Needle Roll

In an effort to finally corral and organize all of my knitting accoutrement, I have crafted (what I believe to be, in my own humble opinion) the most amazing of all amazing knitting needle rolls. Let me first give you an idea of what I was dealing with before I made this thing: needles everywhere, floating around my knitting basket(s) and in just about a gazillion different locations.

The internal monologue went something like this (and played out at least four or five times a month) –

Hey. where’re all my crochet hooks? I think they’re in a drawer somewhere. what drawer? well, I saw them last week, I think, and I’m pretty sure it was in a drawer. Great. Ok. Let’s check all the drawers. 
Ok, so what about my US3 sock needles? Well, I think they’re in the basket I only see 4 of them. where’s the 5th? It’s not in there? Well, no. I don’t think so. Are you sure? did you check the pocket? Oh, yeah. THAT’s where I put my 42″ Circulars!

Aaaand so on… Riveting, I know. So for the next step in my “Organizational Resolutions” goals, here’s where all my knitting tools are going to live from now on! (and as a bonus, I got to use up a ton of the marimekko scraps that i’ve been hoarding!)

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February is the shortest (and best) month of the year — A GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)



Yippee!!! It’s my birthday month!

To celebrate, I’m kicking off a month of weekly(ish) giveaways. Not 100% sure of what each week’s item will be, but you can bet that they’ll all be things that make me happy that I hope you’ll also like.

And Guess WHAT! The first giveaway starts TODAY!!!!  Remember these knit slippers?


Well, dudes, I’m giving away a PDF copy of the Prairie Boots Slippers pattern


Leave a comment on this post by 11:59 PM, CST, on 07 February, 2013. Tell me what color/s yarn you’d make your boots. Please include your name and an e-mail at which you can be reached. One entry per person, please!  Winner will be announced on Whirlwind and notified via e-mail on 08 Feb. The PDF will be available to the winner on the Coco Knits website.

Prairie Boots slippers are designed by Julie Wisenberger, Coco Knits.


Goals and Resolutions: The first month.

January is ending. I ran, worked on finishing projects, and tried to get myself more organized.


Running: Didn’t do so well here. My excuse is that it was COLD the last half of the month, so I missed out on all those days. The total distance over the first 15 days of January, according to my garmin watch, was 15.71 miles. The battery died about a mile into one of those runs, so the total was actually closer to 17.5 miles. Not bad, just not what I was hoping to log in January. The exciting news for running in February is the appearance of a treadmill on the horizon. That’s right! I won’t have any more excuses (like these below-zero temperatures/windchills and the inch of ice all over everything from earlier this week) for not getting the miles in, and now I can start training Signe to run on the treadmill as well!!! That’s the REAL reason I want a treadmill…

The rest of the month is a little harder to quantify. There were new Etsy sales, a lot of sewing projects that will never see the light of day, a bunch of knitting, and a good deal of reflection on my hopes for 2013 to be a year of more organization in my brain, my house, and my life. a summary –

Jan Wrapup

  1. Almost finished knitting those Christmas presents! just this pair of socks for my sister, to be delivered by her birthday in February!
  2. Got the baseboard trim finished in the livingroom – added the quarter-round and even got it PAINTED!
  3. Sorted most of my tools, both handywoman and crafting tools, and now i know where BOTH of my hammers live!
  4. learned to use my binding foot  and made a knitting needle roll (more on that later). Look at how awesome that binding looks!
  5. finally got all the embroidery floss into some semblance of order – not perfect, but certainly better than smushed in a box on the shelf. now it’s out for me to see every day in these clear pouches!
  6. Ate a lot of pancakes… YUM!
  7. Helped the old roommate to organize her yarn – even helped her get rid of two bags of extras. It was so inspiring, that all I can think about is destashing my own knitting resource center!
  8. Got my hair cut. Michelle Obama bangs for EVERYONE!

January was a great month – here’s to February being EVEN BETTER!

Oh, you know. Stuff.

It’s been busy here this week. I’ve been knee-deep in refining my computer programming skills (for my ‘real job’), up to my elbows in working on those goals and resolutions (I’ve swept and vacuumed my livingroom THREE TIMES over the past 7 days), and working really hard to stay warm.

It’s been cold here – it’s cold everywhere, right? And I like it, because this is what January is supposed to be like in MN – COLD! We’ve had a few days with little to no exposure to temperatures above 5º F. And after a bit of an unfortunate incident with some frostbite on my stomach (of all places) during a run a week ago (before the cold really hit – it was 20º F, I think) I have taken a break from my running goals for the week. Signe is suffering more than I am in this department, but I can definitely feel it in my core (the soul-type core, not the muscle-type core) that I miss running.

What else has been happening?

Well, I made some new slippers.


This is the second time I’ve made this pattern, Prairie Boots by Julie Weisenberger, aka cocoknits. This is the second time I’ve used this pattern, and I’m much happier with this version. The pattern calls for Lamb’s Pride Bulky, and I used Berrocco Vintage Chunky the first time. The gauge was right, but it wasn’t the right feel at the end. They just felt too loosey-goosey, and the color (something along the lines of puke) wasn’t right. Hot pink (with glow-in-the-dark dots on the soles) is MUCH more my style, and the single-ply Lamb’s Pride holds up way-more boot-like…. Yeah. I said it. waaay. more. boot. like.

In all honesty, though, this pattern is awesome. The best slippers ever! They keep my ankles warm too, which is important when one has an aversion to pants (i.e. I wear tights all winter long. not socks and pants.) And as a final bonus, they’re bulky yarn, knit on US9 and US10s. A SUPER-fast knit!!!!

Julie Weisenberger has some other great patterns in addition to these slippers. I think my favorite is the Fleeced Earflap Hat – one of my girlfriends made this super-thrummed hat for her toddler son, and it is just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. And so warm!  I’d also really like to make a knitted skirt sometimes, and the Steffi Skirt is certainly on my short list of options.