Katherine the Great
I like to think of myself as a storyteller. Mostly I tell stories about knitting.
Feb 06
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Category: knitting & crocheting

I volunteered to knit a pair of socks, selected blue yarn, and immediately started to re-think my color choice. Was the blue perhaps too smurfy? Then I saw it in person. Ladies and Gentlemen, it is exactly the color that Cookie Monster must be in real life. I am in LOVE. It’s got this depth to the color that makes me imagine Cookie is in my kitchen baking and talking to Siri right now. I adore it. I think I may be crossing into ‘Space Cadet doesn’t dye a color I don’t love’ territory.

One brave roly poly has decided that he too is attracted to these socks.

I sat cross-legged on my back patio and snapped a few pictures to capture the joy I’ve felt as I knit these socks. In addition to the color, the stitch definition on these socks is great and they’re going to hold up well, I can feel it.

Yarn: Space Cadet Oriana 8-ply
Colorway: Look up!
Needles: 2.25mm Addi Sock Rockets for the legs
2.25mm Nova DPN’s for the feet
Pattern: Test knit for Hunter Hammersen

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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!
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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Usually, when I blog, I’m hoping to make you smile and if I’m having a really good day, laugh. Today, I’m thinking about how short life is and how lucky I feel just to be able to walk among the flowers.
Last week was a sad one and I coped in the only way I know how. I knit. I made an afghan square in memory of Krystle Campbell. Originally, I was making a red, white, and blue cable square, but then, I thought, she wasn’t a soldier or a combat pilot. She was a girl cheering for a runner, just trying to enjoy the day…and I knit a tulip.
Tulip Square in Pink ButtercupsTulip Square in wild lantana

While taking pictures, I saw one lone dandelion, thought of all the wishes she might have had, all the dreams that would never be realized and shed a tear.
Then I went inside, wrapped it up with a bluebonnet and a prayer and sent it to her family. I hope knowing that other people care will ease their sorrow, even if for just a little while.

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Wisdom begins in Wonder
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