Helper Kittens

I believe I've mentioned the importance of bins to my organizational scheme.  They really are quite central to the overall structure of my world.  Each book gets two bins, one for the yarn and swatches, and one for the finished pieces.  Watching the bins fill and empty is how I mark the progress of the books. And yet, at the moment, I find myself with two empty bins (because Curls just finished up, and the next book is all ready for its photo shoot and so put tidily away,  Curls 2 is in progress, and the yarn for the book [...]

February 11, 2015|


Kitten Overlords Barry and Levon would like you to relax.  They think you very likely need a bit of a rest.  To help you in this quest, they will demonstrate a high quality napping strategy.  Please pay close attention.

August 22, 2014|


I have a process.  I have a very specific process.  First I get yarn, then I swatch, then I write up a shockingly structured page of notes, then I type up the pattern.  The swatch and the page of notes and the label are all stapled together (with my nifty staple-free actual staples needed, it makes a hole to tie the swatch through, so clever it hurts).  The result looks something like this. That is the process.  There is no changing the process.  There is no questioning the process.  It works beautifully.  I have everything I could need in [...]

July 18, 2014|


I should be displaying impressive industry.  There are emails to write, yarns to select, stores to contact, swatches to knit.  In short, there are things to do.  But I regret to inform you that I will be doing none of those things for the next few minutes.  Because there is also this. A rare moment of kitten calm.  I'm going to bask in it while it lasts.  I'm sure you'll all understand.  A moment like this needs to be documented for posterity.

May 15, 2014|

HMS Cardboard

A box came in the mail yesterday.  A box of lovely yarn from Jaala over at Knit Circus.  The timing was perfect, as it was a cold, gray, rainy afternoon and The Boy was out of town and my sinuses were giving me fits and the dishwasher was broken and being an adult was feeling hard.  So a box of smooshy colorful yarn was the perfect remedy.  And very soon, I will be a good blogger and tell you all about the yarn (and maybe even send some of it home with a few lucky souls). But today?  Today I [...]

April 26, 2014|


The morning had one goal.  Now it's not exactly a small goal, but it was something that could reasonably be accomplished if I was diligent.  The goal was pictures.  Pictures of the slippers, pictures of a technique I want I want to talk to you guys about, and pictures of our newest housemate. I started with pictures of the slippers.  I got some snugly blankets, set everything up all tidy, and laid down the slippers.  I turned to grab the camera and, when I turned back, there was Barry.  Which made it more or less impossible to get just the [...]

March 25, 2014|

True Love

Barry is a helpful and trustworthy kitten not normally prone to fits of yarn abuse.  After I'd carefully laid out the rainbow of yarns to take the picture I showed you last time, he sauntered over to see if he could be of any assistance.  I informed him I had the situation well under control and graciously sent him on his way. I looked back a moment later to find he'd stretched himself out next to the rainbow and carefully pulled out his very favorite yarn in the whole world.  Out of the 56 yarns in the pile, he went [...]

March 18, 2014|

Piles and piles and piles

What was that?  Not enough yarn around here lately?  Well, I was just at Rhinebeck, and I do have every intention of bombarding you with just a wee bit of yarn from that little adventure.  But Rhinebeck is being followed by an honest-to-goodness vacation (the sort where I'm trying not to get on the computer every day and write blog posts), so said bombardment is going to have to wait till I'm back from that. In the meantime though, rest assured there is yarn in my life.  This, is the pile of yarn for the current super-duper-secret project. More specifically, [...]

October 27, 2013|

Printing…not on paper

I don't know if you've noticed, but there's a very good chance that most everyone in your life has a birthday more or less every year.  I, personally, find this super irritating.  I've decided I'm just about as old as I need to be, and most folks I know (at least most over the age of 25 or so) feel the same.  Alas, it's not in my power to change. So given that pesky reality, I occasionally find myself in need of birthday presents.  I ran out of ideas for these things long long ago, so I've taken to blatantly [...]

October 16, 2013|
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