Katie's Musings

A blog about cooking, knitting, books, and parenting

Knitting Mania!!

Ok, so my knitting has gone into overdrive now!! As I wrote in this post, I’m knitting a baby blanket (and plan to also knit a baby kimono shirt and baby shoes) for my nephew CJ. Well, CJ was born early this morning!!! I’m super excited to have a new nephew!!! But, I feel so bad that I wasn’t able to finish his baby items before he was born. But that’s ok– I’m on summer break, so theoretically I have lots of time to knit (if only my little toddler Emmett will take lots of long naps!). The good thing is that I’m exactly half-way through the blanket now, and I feel like I’m in a comfortable groove; it’s going pretty quickly. My goal is to finish the blanket and the other items in the next two weeks! That way, I’ll be able to send it to them not too long after CJ’s birth.

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July 7, 2010 Posted by | knitting | , | Leave a comment

Summer Projects

One reason I’m really glad for the summer, is that now I have time to work on the many knitting projects that I wasn’t able to do during the semester!

I’m currently 1/3 of the way through knitting a baby blanket for my nephew CJ, who will be born sometime soon! My sister-in-law’s due date is early July, so hopefully I can finish the blanket before he’s born. The pattern I’m using is the “Take-Me-Home Swaddle Blanket” from The Expectant Knitter by Marie Connolly. If I have time, I’ll also knit matching shoes and a kimono shirt. I bought three colors of the same yarn: blue, yellow, and green. The blanket is blue and yellow (although the yellow sort of overpowers the blue), and I want the shirt to be blue and green, and the shoes green and yellow (or green and blue, depending on how much yarn is left). The yarn I’m using is Sirdar Snuggly DK. It’s a very soft nylon/acrylic yarn, washable.

After I finish the blanket, shirt, and shoes for CJ, I have more baby things to knit! One of my friends from college (who was one of my bridesmaids) is expecting a baby, but we’re still waiting to hear if it’s a boy or girl, so hopefully I still have some time to knit something for her baby!

Then, next on my docket is knitting some small items to sell at my church’s Holiday Craft Fair in December.

Lots to do!

June 18, 2010 Posted by | knitting | , , | 2 Comments

His & Hers iPod Cozies

iPod Cozies

Over Christmas break I knitted iPod Touch cozies for Scott and myself! I made up the patterns, although I modeled them after a few I’d seen. I think these patterns could use some improvement; I realized after I finished that the cable pattern would’ve shown up clearer if I’d added a purl stitch on either side of the cables. Also, on the first one I knit (the white and blue one), I miscalculated the length and ended up needing to add about an inch and a half of ribbing after I finished the cable pattern. However, for my first attempt at making an original pattern, I guess it’s ok! Here’s my pattern (this pattern is the one shown in the light green/yellow/blue yarn):

~requires less than 1 ball of sock yarn, 4 size 1 dpn’s, and an embroidery needle (for cables and for kitchener stitch/weaving ends)

CO 36 and divide between 3 needles (12 each needle). Join for knitting in the round.

Do several rounds of K1 P1, until it measures about 1/2 inch or 1 inch from CO. (At this point, double-check with the iPod to make sure that it will fit.)

Knit 8 rounds straight.

Next round (cable round): K3, c2f (slip two stitches to needle and hold to front, K2, then knit two slipped stitches), K4, c2f, k6, c2f, K4, c2f, K3.

Knit 4 rounds straight.

Repeat these last five rounds seven more times.

Knit extra rounds if needed, to add length.

Rearrange stitches on two needles and sew shut with kitchener stitch. Weave in ends.

**For the other pattern (the one pictured in the white/blue yarn), the only difference was the cable pattern. After you’ve finished with the K1P1 ribbing, cable pattern is as follows:

K5, c4f (slip four stitches to cable needle, hold to front, K4, then knit slipped stitches), K10, c4f, K5. Then, knit 10 rounds even. Repeat last eleven rows twice more, and add about 2 inches of K1P1 ribbing at the end. (Or, add extra cable repeats instead of the ribbing.) Finish with kitchener stitch.

January 15, 2010 Posted by | knitting | , , , | Leave a comment

First Post

Well, consider this a New Year’s resolution kept! I’ve started a blog. I’m Katie, and I live with my husband Scott and our baby Emmett in Northern California. I live a kind of eclectic (and thoroughly wonderful) life right now: I’m a full-time mom, library student, and musician. I enjoy reading blogs (mostly food blogs), and finally decided to start my own. I’ve actually had a blog in the past (writing about vegan food), but this is a fresh start for me (I’m also currently not vegan). On this blog, I plan to write about my main interests: food, knitting, books, and parenthood!

I’m enjoying a wonderful break from school right now; the spring semester starts up in about a week and a half. I’ve been enjoying the break, because it gives me time to focus just on being a mommy. I love spending all my time with this cute little guy! This is Emmett, and he’s 8 months old today! I feel wonderfully blessed to be a mom; it is really a wonderful privilege.

Emmett

I’ve done some knitting over the break: this is the Umbilical Cord Hat from Stitch ‘N Bitch by Debbie Stoller (pattern by Jennifer L. Jones).

hat

I’m also trying to cram as much reading (for fun) as possible into my vacation, since I won’t have much time once classes start. It never really works to read several books simultaneously, but I’m trying! I’m reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan (a wonderful book which I’ve been meaning to read for a long time now), Angels & Insects by A.S. Byatt (two novellas), and The Hundred Days by Patrick O’Brian. I adore the Patrick O’Brian Aubrey-Maturin series! This is book number 19 out of 21, so I’m almost finished! I started reading the series when I reached my due date while I was pregnant. Emmett was two weeks late, and by then I needed a good distraction to keep me from getting stressed, and this was definitely a good one! I’ve somehow managed to read the first 18 books in the series while taking care of a baby and doing school full-time– all I can say is, these are such good reads! I think I’ve actually been procrastinating on finishing the series, because I’ll be sad when I reach the end of the series.

books

As far as food, I am really lucky to live in an area where there is a lot of agriculture. Right after Emmett was born, we discovered a weekly produce delivery service run by a local organic farm, right near where we live. It’s all organic, local produce, and it is simply amazing. We love it! It saves us time each week, because now we can just stock up on staples and etc. at the store, after I’ve planned our weekly meals around the veggies we’ll be getting in our box each week. I’ve been enjoying the delicious winter veggies: dino kale, butternut squash, leeks, lettuce, baby bok choy, carrots, apples, etc. This week we also got some avocados!

Well, that’s all for now! I’ll post some recipes soon!

January 15, 2010 Posted by | books | , , , , | Leave a comment