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

(I have the flu, so I’m posting a Christmas story.)
Let us first note that my brother’s wife (J) had until last fall, never commented on the blog. I assumed she was not a reader. So, I posted pics of the completed socks she was getting for Christmas and didn’t post a blog link on Facebook. No worries. Then, out of nowhere, J commented on HER socks! I thought something to the effect of “Sons of Biscuits! What are the odds?!?” but never said anything.
the rest of the story.
I handed J a Christmas package and she said, “OH! I hope it’s socks!”
me: “It’s better than socks?”
J: as she’s opening, “better than socks?” like she can’t imagine there is such a thing.
She opens the package and is surprised to find the socks that she admired on the blog.
me: “They’re award winning socks! They won honorable mention at the Texas State Fair.”
J was thrilled and immediately kicked off her shoes to try them on. They fit beautifully. WINNING!
Annetrelac Socks 1

At this point, she told me that she did not remember picking out the yarn (I can’t really imagine such a thing, but that’s what she claims) and thinking when she saw the really pretty socks on the blog that they were for one of my other sister’s in law, she was jealous and loved them. I was VERY pleased to have surprised her after all.

Annetrelac Socks 3

Ps. If you fancy a pair of Annetrelac socks for yourself, you might want to buy yourself some Schaefer Anne yarn. I’ve heard that the genius dyer at Schaefer is retiring.


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I sent my Annetrelac socks to the Texas State Fair and was pleased as punch that they won Honorable Mention. I was super excited to win because after I finished them, all I could think was how mohair must be the most unforgiving fiber on earth.
State Fair SocksState Fair Socks

When J took a niece to the State Fair, he was nice enough to snap some pics…which I really appreciated because the last weekend of the Fair snuck up on me.
Socks raveled here


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1. I didn’t blog at all last week. I think the lack of knitting for so long left me in a funk; I was not fit company.

2. The problem with being mildly OCD is that you have a lot of trouble settling for plan B even if plan B is perfectly reasonable. I found 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon in the exact shade that I wanted at the 5th store I tried.

3. No, I did not see Batman – 2 hours and 45 minutes is longer than I want to sit in a theater for any movie that isn’t about an epic war (think Gone with the Wind, Braveheart). And also, Christian Bale just doesn’t move me. Michael Keaton is and always will be Batman…..I’m sad about the Colorado shooting – feel like the midnight movie folks are my peeps…what a senseless tragedy.

4. The Annetrelac socks that I started in September of last year are finished. It took me over a month to finish just the toes of the last sock because I was just more interested in my Hunter Hammersen socks in progress. As I got back into knitting after my hiatus, I had to start with stockinette and lo, the second sock fell off the needles completed.


5. Speaking of Hunter, she has a new mini-book out. It looks fab! Check it out!
Uproar cuffs
I want to make a chocolate colored Uproar Cuff out of this book for myself and wear it like a bracelet…..with a pewter button. What do we think? hip like Johnny Depp or will look like I’m trying to be hip? (probably not a good sign if I’m using the word “hip”).


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