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

First, if you are a fan of the blue/purple swoopy thing on the foot socks, the pattern is out sometime today on violentlydomestic.com
Handknit Blue Socks

Second, here are my green socks in progress with some bluebonnets because. well. because I LOVE bluebonnets, so I’m going to enjoy the hell out of them while I can!
Handknit Green Socks

And finally, because I was wearing them, here’s a glamour shot of my Linaria Bipartita Socks
Handknit Socks in Bluebonnets

This yarn (Plucky Knitter Primo Fingering) has pilled, but putting these on feels like snuggling happy baby bunnies against my toes, so I don’t care.

Ps. To see what others are working on, check out:
Tami’s Amis
Small Things(I started listening to Uglies but I wasn’t feeling it. Not sure what I’ll start next.)
Frontier Dreams


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A friend of mine has been extolling the virtues of green smoothies and was trying to talk me into the 30 day green smoothie challenge. I figured I should probably eat one green smoothie before I committed to a month. She agreed and took one last opportunity to tell me how good kale was for me.

I read a quick guide on what I might put in my smoothie and got started.

Green Smoothie

Take 1:
2 cups of kale
2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
1 cup blackberries
(smoothie is no longer green, I’ll add another half cup of kale just in case…in case of what? I don’t know.)
1 cup blueberries
1. 5 cup strawberries
2 tbsp. flax seed

Purple Smoothie

Tasted it.

It’s not bad, but it’s not good. It doesn’t taste like anything I can identify.

Take 2:
Add 150g Chobani vanilla nonfat yogurt (13 g of sugar can’t hurt.)
Nope. Something is bitter? or something. Can’t quite put my finger on it.

cups of smoothie

Take 3:
Add a packet of stevia to each glass.
It’s getting there, but it’s too runny.

Take 4:
Freeze it.

The next day, I eat a smoothie with a spoon.
The day after that, I let it melt a little and drink the second smoothie.

Later that day, I realize that kale has more fiber than expected.

And so it was that I started the 6 week Crossfit at Home challenge (recommended by a friend) with a Kale Cleanse.
I think I need new friends.

Ps. When I asked my friend how she LOVED green kale smoothies, she sweetly responded, “oh……..I only use Spinach.”

Pps. Here are the green socks I’m working on. Pattern to be re-released by Hunter Hammersen sometime in the future. I’ll let ya’ll know when it’s available.

Green Socks

You’ll note the foods in these photos are not green smoothie in nature.

Green_Sock

Ppps. To see what others are working on, check out:
Tami’s Amis
Small Things
Frontier Dreams


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The owls is the first sweater I’ve knit. and some people have had trouble with the fit. So, I’m trying my sweater on every 4 rows. Literally.

I put it on 47″ circular needles, pull it over my head, and try not to let the stitches slide off the needles while the attached ball of yarn bounces around on the bathroom counter. I look in the mirror, twisting this way and that to see what I think of the fit.

I recently turned to admire the decreases on the back of the sweater and the yarn bounce bounce bounced off the countertop right into the toilet. It was like some kind of bad slow motion film with me reaching for it, yelling, “Nooooooooo……” It was in the clean toilet water for less than a second, but that was too long for me. I dried it off on a clean towel and thought about what to do. I washed my hands. How to sterilize wool yarn? I took off the sweater and happily ripped back the four rows I needed to, which brought me back to the first ball of yarn. Then, I washed my hands. I put the possibly dirty ball of yarn in a bowl for time out, washed my hands and got a fresh ball for knitting. and then washed my hands one more time, just because.

My knitting and germ consultants seem to agree that soaking the yarn in Euclan for a couple of days should be enough. I don’t know if I can get on that train yet, but one thing is for sure, you can bet your sweet arse that I’m putting the toilet lid down every time I try on my sweater.
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To see what others are working on, check out:
Tami’s Amis
Small Things (I’m listening to the second book in the Legend series, Prodigy. The series is good if you like dystopian fiction.)
Frontier Dreams


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