Hello There, It’s Been Awhile

Hi Everyone,

Katie here. Yes, it’s really me!!! It’s been a LONG time since I have posted and I would really love to get this blog up and moving again with my dear friend Hanane! Hanane and I have talked about it over the past year or so while I have been absent. I think most of you know my beloved husband was killed and then I had a very serious life threatening illness so blogging was really not on my radar.

Hanane emailed me this week and told me about the mitten KAL. I can honestlsy, I am IN!!!! I recently finished a cute pair and guess what…… I gave them AWAY!!!! LOL. I put a pair on my needles last night while I was at knitting group. This time, they are mine, all mine, bwhahahaha. No seriously! It’s mighty chilly outside at 6 am when I take the dogs out!!! Brrrr……

I will post a picture or two soon. I am doing the “classic mitten”….my favorite pattern. I think I have it memorized.

Talk to you soon! ~Katie

Well, well.

Dear Hanane,

Well, this is a long overdue post! Sorry for not posting sooner. The carpal tunnel does me in sometimes! Too much time typing and not enough time creating and knitting. Sigh. The knitting, it has been sadly neglected. My own knitting blog has not been updated in almost a month! I wonder if people think I have abandoned knitting for other creative pursuits?? Actually I have been cooking and baking up a storm these days, but we can talk about that later. If I can just figure out how to budget the computer time, and remember to do my carpal tunnel stretches…….

I had a completely different topic for today, but I read your post Hanane. Very well put. And I could not agree more. If everyone took a look at a group of people that they dislike (hate is such a strong word) and think WHY do they dislike them?? Because someone told you to?? Because the media portrays it as such??? Because you were hurt by one person of a specific race, religion or sexual orientation and therefore ALL people are like that??? If we all search for something in common, we would find out we are not all that different. Sounds like looking at the world through rose colored glasses doesn’t it?? Well, let’s put them on for ONE DAY, and reach out, find the common ground and share. I wished we lived closer, because this would make for one hell of a knitting group, don’t you think??

For the record, I just cannot join Ravelry. Nothing against the fine folks over there, and I do know I am missing all the fun, but I can’t. I can barely keep up with all my blogs (and if you read this you know I post one for every four of Hanane’s!! I’m bad, I know) so you’ll just have to be my eyes and ears over there!!!

And for all of you who visit this blog, thank you!! It’s all about peace here, and I’m a peace junkie too, Hanane! I’m working on some cool buttons so Y’ALL can post ’em on your blog and get others to spread the peace! We knitters are a magical group! Maybe one of us should run for president!!! 🙂

Love ya like a sister,

Katie

Happy Fall???

Hi Hanane,

Well, I am happy to hear things are going well and your juggling act with school, work, kids, holidays is working out. I don’t know how you do it girl!!!

My holiday is over, and you know what, I missed it!! I spent it sick in bed with a terrible cold. I did fast but I ended up drinking water all day. Which is ok, if it means your health. So I prayed from home! I am feeling better although I did get a prescription from the doc because it was a sinus infection! Great!! (rolls eyes)

It’s hot here and I am supposed to be in the studio making new Fall and Winter jewelry, but how can I think about cold weather when it is 90 degrees out?? Hopefully we will have some nice Fall weather here soon, I’m sick of summer and ready to put on some nice warm sweaters!

And as far as knitting, seems we are both in the same rut. Small projects that can be finished quickly! I am working on a couple of cozies for your stash bustin’ blog, and test knitting a online buddy’s fingerless mitt pattern. Simple and quick. How did Hassan’s sweater vest come out? Got a picture to share with us??

Well, that’s about all that is new from here. I’m heading into the studio today to get some work done!

~K

Hi Hanane!

I hope you are having a peaceful Ramadan. So how is the fasting going now that everyone in your house can fast? Isn’t it nice not to have to make food while you are fasting? Talk about torture! Saturday is my fasting day as it is Yom Kippur. It’s not that bad, until someone at temple starts talking about the roast they have in the oven on a timer. Bah!!

Not much of anything is happening here. I bought myself a pattern over the weekend! I couldn’t resist! Check this out!

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Ironically for both of our religions, pork is a big no-no, but isn’t it the cutest! I still think pigs are cute! I even bought the yarn. Yes, MORE yarn, but hopefully I will actually sit down and make the pig! And yes, she will be pink!!!! I need to find some cute little fabric now. Maybe something with pigs on it???

And are you up for another reading challenge?? I found one that YOU pick FOUR books with a THEME of YOUR choosing. Sounds do-able to me! I thought my theme will be art. Since I bought “Luncheon of the Boating Party” by Susan Vreeland and I have NOT read it yet. Interested???

That’s about all for now, I have to dash to put supper in the oven! Talk to you soon my friend!

Katie

Happy New Year!

Hi Again Hanane!

Congratulations on your work being publish!! I love your sewing projects! You are so talented. You just might inspire me to get a sewing machine! I don’t think I have used a sewing machine since 8th grade (no cracks on how that was so long ago…yah, dinosaurs roamed the earth then!!) I was not an ace with the machine. I remember making a pillow and that was slightly lopsided. Imagine my seamstress and quilter extraordinare of a mother’s disappointment on that one!!

Well L’Shana Tovah to our Jewish Readers. Another Rosh Hasanah is upon us!! I really love this time of year. The new year brings such joy and the promise of a fresh start! And I’m really taking this fresh start thing seriously too!! My new website is almost done, I have a new studio space which I love and I am really organizing all my stuff. I bought only the things I LOVED from the new house, and gave away or left behind the things I didn’t. Here’s to a Happy New Year to everyone, Muslim, Jew, Christan, Buddhist…… it doesn’t matter, celebrate!

Oh yah, I deleted my post about the neighbors. It was really not blog appropriate, since it is neither about religion or knitting. Speaking of that, are you knitting anything good?? How is the “Mystery” shawl coming along?? I actually made myself a pair of “Fetching” gloves for me. Amazingly enough, I make them and they seem to “disappear”. All my friends have them now but me!! So, this pair I am keeping. I’ll get a picture soon.

I have to run, I have a pack of hungry dogs here. I better feed them before they start eating the furniture!!!

 

Katie

 

Ok, I’m back! And this time for good!

Dear Hanane,

I am writing this from my new studio in my NEW house. Honestly, I never thought this week would arrive! It was one long summer, I can tell you that! But in this market, I am happy to unload, oops I mean sell my house. The new people are very nice and I met them yesterday at the closing. They were having a tough time with their old house and I really didn’t envy them. My old neighbors really left me with a great impression of them to carry to my new place. they refused to even look at me, like I committed some crime for moving. The look, for lack of a better description, was that of smelling a dirty litter box! I am thankful to never see them again. I will post again with some of their antics because they are not to be believed. No seriously.

So, I have been knitting. I made Gillie this dog sweater, and some assorted little dishcloths for my NEW kitchen.

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I started a very pretty scarf with La Luz silk yarn (in the Moroccan colorway) but seem to have a bit of difficulty concentrating on the easy for row repeat! I wonder why???

Can you believe this is Labor Day weekend?? Wow. I have a VERY busy September coming up! Well, it is High Holidays coming up (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur). (Hey Hanane, are your outfits ready for Eid??? – grin)Then I am going to see the King Tut exhibit in Philly, and then I have a restful trip to Nantucket for a couple of days. Phew.

And we actually have “subscribers” to our blog??? Welcome!!! I promise I will be a more faithful blogger!!! 🙂

Miss ya like crazy Hanane,

Katie

Dear Hanane,

I am so sorry to “appear” to be neglecting you and our blog.  Honestly, I’m not for I think of you often, and write these posts in my head, only to get sidetracked by some housing dilemma. Fair warning, I will be back with a VENGENCE in the Fall, when I will undoubtly have more time!!

Let me get y’all up to speed on what is happening here. I SOLD the house. Well, not exactly sold, the purchase and sale has been signed. So it is not final but it appears that way!! And in this market with the mortgages taking a nosedive, I feel very blessed. YAY!!! I am breathing a sigh of relief since now I can move into my new place without three mortgages looming over my head! I am free to buy yarn again!!! 🙂 After all, I do have my priorities!! Ha ha!! I have 14 days (read it as two more loud weekends) with the neighbors. I’ll talk more about the after we move….just in case they stumble upon the blog!!

Am I knitting, YES!! I need to to save my sanity!! I am loving your sewing projects and you just might inspire me to get a sewing machine!!! Oh and I am writing a wee pattern for a knitted camera cozy, and I will post it here….and the cactus as soon as I add the photos to the pattern! So much to do, so little time!

So you wanted to know about my 40th birthday gift???  You can read about it here!! I got a day at Cornelia Day Spa in NYC. An entire day of pampering. It was HEAVEN!!! I am buffed and polished smooth as silk now. Ahhhhhh……… In my opinion one of the best presents I ever got! Oh, and while I was in the city, I naturally had to visit a yarn shop!! I was all set to go to Purl in Soho but it was so HOT and HUMID and the thought of standing waiting for the subway in that heat made me want to hide someplace with air conditioning! EVERY time I go want to go there, it is shut, or too hot or too snowy. Someday!!! BUT, I did go to School Products!! What a haul!!! I got pashmina and cashmere (CHEAP!!!) Not pictured is about 1,500 yards of YAK which I have always wanted to try! The sweater she had next to the yarn was so unbelievably SOFT!! I think I am going to make myself something nice. Oh yah, the shopping trip was partically funded by my mother’s birthday gift….cash!

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So there you have it, my life in a nutshell! I hope you are doing well. Read any good books lately???

Did ya miss me???

Well Hanane, thank you for holding down the blog fort so to speak, during my absence! Hugs to you!! Oh so much to talk about, questions to answer, knitting to brag on…..sigh. Thanks to all the kind people who left comments too, both of us really appreciate your kindness and support! So let’s get right to it.

Moving! Yay!! Surprisingly, things are going pretty well. I wish I had more time for simple things like blogging but I will be back with a vengeance in late August!! So until then, I will be lurking about and try to post when I can. A sneak peek at my new backyard! I tell you, I am not kidding why I say I cannot wait to leave this neighborhood!!! 

My New Backyard

So knitting content…because we are about knitting right??? I have been making small projects. Right now I have three scarves on the needles and I am most pleased with my chevron scarf from “Last Minute Knitted Gifts”. I used STR byBlue Moon Fiber Arts, and while I have always been a small needle knitter (anything over size 10 makes me shake) I honestly want to poke my eyes out from the sheer repetition of the pattern, but who can argue with the results. Sure it’s finished NOW and being blocked as we speak, but here is a picture of it!

Chevron Scarf

 

So next up…the questions…… No I have never worked for a Jewish Organization. I would think that it would be just as difficult as Hassan working for the Muslim Organization though. Purely my opinion but I think when members of the same faith get together, there is bound to be some clashes, even if we are all supposed to believe in the same way! I will mention this question to my mother who worked in a parochial school for YEARS!!! I do vaguely recall problems but I am not sure if they were religious or just “estrogen fueled”. You know how it goes when there are too many women in the workplace…meow!! Ha ha!!! But I  don’t know if either of us have mentioned, we are BOTH converts to our respective religions from the Catholic faith! Hanane, maybe we should touch on this a little bit?? Might make for an interesting topic, Don’t you think??

On the movie front, I did see “Evan Almighty”. It was cute and not as bad as the critics claimed. While it was no “Casablanca” or “Gone With The Wind”, it was a wonderful two hour diversion. And as far as “Apocolypto”….. I have no desire whatsoever to see it. I don’t mind subtitles at all (I loved Pan’s Labyrinth) or some gore, but I can not get past Mel Gibson for his anti semitic comments.  Drunk or not, that was uncalled for and I cannot and will not support that. And I really loved him in “Braveheart”   (being the Anglophile that I am) and I cannot even watch that any more….sigh…..

Phew, this is a long post but I guess I needed to post a “good one” to make up for all the one sided posting these days!! And Hanane, I am so PROUD of you for all your schoolwork, and joining Weight Watchers!!! Way to Go Girl!!!

So I guess I will sign off for now. I PROMISE I will get back to posting soon…….and now, back to packing!!!!

Dear Hanane

Dear Hanane,

Well, I am finally moving!!!! (Deep Breath Here) My neighbors have finally driven me crazy. I know I have been “talking” about moving for some time now, but over Memorial Day, I decided to take the plunge. Never in my life, have a seen such a conglomeration of jerks in one small area! Interestingly enough,  I called the Realtor on Tuesday and I bid and accepted a house on THAT day!! That’s “divine timing” for ya! It’s in the same town but a completely different area. I know, that sounds weird. These New England towns are quirky at best. Maybe I should write a book about it! I LOVE the new house because I am TOTALLY surrounded by woods. Yes, I cannot see a neighbor!!!! (BIG SMILE) There will be some wonderful places to sit outside and knit and I will have a BRAND NEW studio!!!

Now let’s discuss the “most important” factor here. Yarn storage!! Oh the closet space I will have for yarn!! I will definitely get pictures once we get settled and I unpack my stash!!!!  I finally will have a dedicated yarn closet!!!

So posting this summer will be less frequent than i’d like. But keep emailing me.  I will need a dose of sanity in this crazy process!!!!

I’m Back

Dear Hanane,

Phew, I survived another trip. This time to DC. Since it was work related for Mark, and I had to attend some functions with him (read actually get dressed UP in shoes other than my clogs!!), so there was precious little time for anything! I never even made it to Stitches DC, which was on my list, but I never got around to actually getting my butt on the train to go! Oh well, there is always next time.

Oh, before I forget, I have plunged (somewhat foolhardily) into hosting my first KAL!!!! I fell in love immediately with the Argosy pattern from Vyvyan Neel  !! From about row 30, I began having delusions of grandeur and decided to make these for everyone I knew. (No seriously, there is a list!) I fished out all the DK weight yarn from the ever growing stash (see I really didn’t need to visit the yarn shop now, did I???) But what?? NO KAL, well I fixed that!!! Here’s the link if you feel like joining (nudge, nudge). Scarves make great summer projects!!!! 🙂

Ok, enough procrastinating. The laundry, a stack of emails and regular mail await my attention, so I must sign off. What is new in your world???