Katherine the Great
I like to think of myself as a storyteller. Mostly I tell stories about knitting.

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Let’s talk needles. I have a few. And I have favorites (my Signature Needle Arts DPN’s aka Sigs), but I’m a firm believer in the right tool for the job. When I’m using yarn that is splitty, I don’t want crazy pointy needles. I’ve also been known to choose needles that color coordinate with the yarn. When I’m using a pattern that is most easily halved, I grab circs and rock some magic loop…..but when I’m not in a hurry and the pattern is relaxing, I reach for bamboo dpn’s. I might even switch to bamboo mid-sock for no reason that I can recall. There’s just something about the feel of them in my hands that makes knitting feel like a journey. There’s nowhere to be; yarn is gliding around and around on my wooden sticks until Voila! Socks!

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Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Tonal
Needles: 2.25mm bamboo dpn’s (first sock on metal hiya hiya dpn’s)
Pattern: Slant (coming soon) by Hunter Hammersen


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So, I started using the hashtag #casbahislikecrack, but the more I think about it, the more I hope the good people at Handmaiden are not offended because crack is bad for 1000 different reasons, but hopefully people get what I was trying to say. I digress.

Plucky Knitter yarn is all yummy. Plucky Feet doesn’t feel quite as nice in the hands as Primo Fingering, but I can tell it’s going to hold up and I can put up with just a tiny bit less softness for stitch definition this amazing.
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and the color! My Word, the color! Every time I see these socks, my soul sings. The pattern was a fun knit and it’s fairly stretchy which I like in a sock. So, spend all your money on yarn and patterns because even though The Husband probably thinks a drug habit might be cheaper, knitting is legal and good for your brain, plus SOCKS!
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Yarn: Plucky Knitter – Plucky Feet
Colorway: Vignette
Needles: 2.25mm Signature Needle Arts double-pointed needles (and later 2.25mm addi circulars because I don’t take Sigs. on planes.)
Pattern: Fucus asparagoides socks by Hunter Hammersen

Eating Brussels Sprouts makes me feel like a giant eating the heads off tiny cabbage patch kids. But I liked the flavor.

Eating Brussels Sprouts makes me feel like a giant eating the heads off tiny cabbage patch kids. I kind of love it.












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New Year’s Resolutions 2014

Done:
1. Frequent more local eateries.
2. Finish the quilting project I’ve been working on by April 15.
It was more like December 15 and I had to outsource it, but more on that later.
3. Don’t be jealous, but I also spent New Year’s Eve cleaning off my desk while enjoying a mimosa. That’s how I roll. Start 2014 with a (mostly) clean desk.
Why yes, I do stack my resolutions in my favor. Why do you ask?
6. Take more time to smell the knitting (or roses).
9. Do NOT buy any more items for wrapping gifts. My gift-wrapping supply inventory still makes my yarn stash seem sane.
The intent was actually not to buy any new Christmas paper…

Half Done:
4. Continue to enjoy driving my all electric Nissan Leaf! 37k + gas free miles and counting! (Stop spending the money I’m saving on yarn. The stash is getting out of control.)
Who am I kidding; there were yarny purchases.
5. Eat more fresh fruits and veggies and frequent the farmer’s market.
8. Finish 14 pairs of socks.
Caffeine Socks (they’re in this lovely pile)
Sydney’s Nose Colored Socks (they’re in the pile too)

Socks formerly known as Glass Slippers

Socks formerly known as Glass Slippers


Swoopy Thing on the Foot Socks

Swoopy Thing on the Foot Socks


Blue Striped Socks for my smallest knitting fan.

Blue Striped Socks for my smallest knitting fan.


Sty Head Tarn Socks

Sty Head Tarn Socks


Popped Socks

Popped Socks


Slant Socks

Slant Socks


Fiber Addiction Addicted Sock in Freak like Me colorway

Fiber Addiction Addicted Sock in Freak like Me colorway


Christmas Red Socks

Christmas Red Socks


Rainbow Socks for my Smallest knitting fan

Rainbow Socks for my Smallest knitting fan


Danima banksiae sock

Danima banksiae sock

Hucus Fucus Socks

Hucus Fucus Socks


Leyburn Sock (Madelinetosh Sock in Spectrum colorway)

Leyburn Sock (Madelinetosh Sock in Spectrum colorway)


Phalanges (aka Burnt Orange Baby Socks)

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Not Done:
8. Try 1 new healthy recipe per month.
7. Increase my machine sewing comfort level (from you know, almost none).

It looks like I didn’t make a bloggy resolution in 2014. Which works out well because I discovered Instagram 47 weeks ago and I LOVE IT! If you like these pics, there are more to be seen there (@katiemetzroth).

I read an idea for resolutions whilst researching decluttering that suggested one resolution a month. I love that idea, so here’s January:

Declutter and do not buy things that do not spark JOY.

I’m reading “The Life-Changing Art of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” and am loving it. I’ve already donated one truckload and two carloads of stuff and I still have a ways to go. Luckily, it’s only January 6th.

This also means that I’d like to buy as little yarn as possible because I already have PLENTY that I adore. I calculated that at the rate I knit, it would take me approximately 8.43 years to knit through my stash. approximately.



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