Tuesday, March 26, 2013

One Long Weekend Down, One to Go for March!

WiP: Trigger Finger Mittens
FO: SSP (Noro Striped Scarf)

Well, I just had four glorious days off with Dallas, which have led me to be the most relaxed that I have been in a long while.

We went hiking and to the zoo...And I got more yarn to make another Jane Richmond "Oatmeal Pullover," this time in a kind of faded demin colour.

Now, three days of work, and then into another long weekend...And headlong into March!

It's going to be good!

I'll give you a better update on Thursday, hopefully!

Katie =^..^=

Thursday, March 21, 2013

That Kind of Week...Again

WiP: SSP, slippers

Well, yes, it is Thursday. Not dead, quite healthy, in fact...Just haven't written. And right now, I really don't have much to say.

It's spring, but it's snowing again.

This weekend is Dallas and my 4th-year anniversary (yay!)

And I've done some spring cleaning of my room and our bedroom, which feels a lot better. I will be posting pictures of my craft room at some point.

And that is all.

Have fun, my knitties!

Katie =^..^=

Friday, March 15, 2013

Queue Enhancement: Begin the Springtime Flower Parade!

That's right, hanami (flower viewing) will be in full swing in Japan in a couple weeks.

Because of this, I'm going to start showing you blossom inspired knits, at least a couple different posts.

This post is centred around sakura (cherry blossoms).

Cherry Blossom Shawl by Kristin Spurkland (Photo by Interweave Knits)


 Sakura by MMario (photo by ferviddesign)


And finally, because it is still March in Canada, I give you these:


Have you found any flower inspired patterns recently that you've loved? If you have, please link them in the comments! I would love to see them. :)

Katie =^..^=

Thursday, March 14, 2013

SSP Progress!!

WiP: SSP, slippers (still)

That's right.

 It's the SSP in progress! It's in my pretty, delicate, DellaQ project bag. Love it!
And this is my dear Hubby to be, reading Kate Beaton's, Hark! A Vagrant

He doesn't get featured here enough, and I actually really like this picture.

This is the man who flies week-in and week-out to help provide for the both of us (and not that I'm not contributing...).

So, a picture of the SSP, and a picture of my sweetie!

Can you guess who the SSP might be for? Think of significant dates coming up! (But don't tell me the project, even if you think you what it is.)

Let me know in the comments, and I'll think of a special prize. This can be for the most fantastical story, or the right guess. It's my choice. ;)

You'll have until next Tuesday!

Have a lovely evening, my knitties!

Katie =^..^=

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wedding Wednesday 9/80: Shoes of Prey

So, I've got myself bribed to go to the gym. Once I finish all my sets, I'm allowed to go buy my wedding shoes.

Not that I've disallowed myself from looking.

Which means that I'm 99% sure I've come across what I want to do for wedding shoes. A little bit more expensive than I was planning, BUT I can make something that I will wear...And wear again.

I came across the absolutely fabulous website Shoes of Prey last night, which lets you custom design your shoe!

I love it, because it means that, instead of trying to search for a pair of sparkly pink or pink lace covered Oxfords that are heeled but not stiletto...I can design them right over the website.

I'm super excited.

Means I have to get back to the gym!!


Have a lovely evening, my dears!

Katie =^..^=

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

SSP Progress And Stash Busting!

WiP: SSP, Slippers (Yoko Nakamura's Non-Felted Slippers)
HFO (half finished objects): 1 pair of slippers (they just need to be seamed)

That's right, I'm stash-busting. With slippers! I'm making lots of slippers out of Lion Brand Yarn's Wool-Ease Thick & Quick.

I have also once more, decided to put regular Etsy updates on hiatus until August 2013 (this year still). I am going to destash a lot of my old items and start fresh with my new items, hopefully. This will include both felted and non felted slippers, felted mittens, bags, and all other kids of goodies that I'm going to keep under wraps.

After August 2013, I hope to do an update each month. Hopefully! I'm definitely wanting to work more on my own projects, and I need to with the wedding coming up! haha

Anyway, just a head's up about that.

I spun a lot this weekend, which was exciting, and I'm looking forward to this coming weekend because I'm going to tidy up my craft room and hopefully, finally, share some pictures with you all this coming week.

Then I have a couple days off for Dallas and my anniversary, and it's spring and Easter, and maybe it will finally start getting warm! That's the hope at least. :)


Have a lovely evening, my knitties.

Katie =^..^=

Monday, March 11, 2013

Pretty Picks: BRadleyBB

I wasn't feeling the inspiration to find a whole bunch of different items with a theme today...So I'm going to focus on one store and only that store.

It is: BRadleyBB!

She has super cute cross stitched items that she's created pins, book marks, and jewelry out of it! Here are just a few that I loved:

Cat Checkbook Cover Purple Kitty on Pink Vinyl Alternative Color Options Available 

Red Pinwheel Necklace Embroidered White and Brown Pendant on an Antique Brass Chain 

Follow Your Heart Cross Stitched Bobby Pin Set in Pink

Green Daisy Embroidered Earrings Surgical Steel Posts Studs Spring Brown Yellow 

Bookstache Bookmark Mustache Brown and Brass Cross Stiched

Definitely worth a look! :) 

Have a lovely evening, my dears!

Katie =^..^=

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Where's Spring...?

WiP: SSP, slippers!
FOs: None

There's been at least another 2 inches of snow since last nice.

It's this time of year that I really start wanting spring and summer. But the one drawback to living in Calgary is that the "safe-plant" date is June 1. Which is still no guarantee against frost and snow in June and July and August, but at least you generally can leave your plants out overnight.


Lots of knitting.

Lots of wool/silk/mohair blends.


And maybe, perhaps, my shawl. We'll see what the weekend brings.

Have a lovely evening, my knitties!

Katie =^..^=

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


WiP: Super Secret Project (from now on SSP)
(Mostly) FO: Mittens to felt

Yes, that's right. 11 cm of snow overnight and most of the day Sunday. It was the heavy, sticky stuff, too. (That's my truck and the front yard of our complex when I got downstairs around 9am. It kept snowing until about 4pm on Sunday.)

But it means that I got the mittens finished this weekend! These are new item for the shop when I start doing updates again.

So it was a good, relaxing, weekend. Just hunkered down with my wool this Sunday and knitted.

I did go out Saturday and got myself a Schact Kate (I don't like lazy in front of that) for my spinning wheel, so I plied yarn on Saturday, but I don't have pictures, sorry!

I guess, really, it was a productively relaxing weekend. Exactly how I like them!

Have a lovely day, my dearies! :)

Katie =^..^=

Monday, March 4, 2013

Pretty Picks: Cats!

I honestly don't know why this hasn't been a post before, but there you have it.

It is now! Just a small selection of pretty cat-themed items.

Custom Wedding Cake Topper with Bride and Groom Cats - Personalized Pet Portrait 
Why yes, this might just be part of my cake topper...

Cat Ceramic Tile Coasters 

set of needle felted cat / kitten, miniature pillow and cat toy - custom felted cats - dollhouse miniatures

Coin Purse - Cats and Yarn (Cotton Fabric with Metal Frame) Meow. 
Love the little charm!

CRAZY CAT lady t shirt -- american apparel  S M L XL  ( 6 colors ) m8a 
One for the Gals.

grumpy cat gray tshirt  mens 
And one for the Guys.

Have you found anything cat related that you love? Leave a comment below!

Have a lovely evening, my knitties.

Katie =^..^=

Friday, March 1, 2013

Queue Enhancement Friday!

So, since I've been so slack this week...I figured I better at least do the queue enhancement Friday so that you guys could all give some awesome patterns some lovin'. These aren't going to have much of a commentary, since I just want to get it up and give you guys the patterns and some pretty pictures.

(Picture by Dreams in Fibre)


Sweet Dreams by Boo Knits (Photo by  Pagebooks)

Phoebe by Ruth Garcia Alcantud (Photo by Susan Gibbs)

I hope one of these patterns inspires you! By the way, I'm looking for something good to make with a scrumptious 200yd ball of Qiviuk that Dallas bought for me. If you have any suggestions, please post them in the comments!

Have a lovely evening, my knitties.

Katie =^..^=