Sunday, December 30, 2007

Painting the Town Red

A glimpse into a day in the life of Red Bark Monkey socks.

Morning begins with a cup of tea at their favorite local eatery...where their favorite pancake (blueberry with peanut butter on the side!) was quickly devoured...

...later, they head out for a big night on the town! Yippy Skippy! First to a movie (I Am Legend). This backdrop in the theater lobby begged for a photoshoot with the RBs...and they were ever so obliging!

Then out to dinner and dessert with Woolgirl and Woolboy...

Lets take another peek at that red velvet cake ala mode (yummy)!

The RBs wound their way home

to curl up and await another day of fun and festivities!

Pattern: Monkey socks by Cookie A.
Yarn: Red Bark from Piece of Beauty
Needles: Addi Lace 2.5mm
Mods: Toe up using a provisional cast on and short row construction. Please note, this particular yarn and color is no longer available from Piece of Beauty, but she has other fabulous yarns and colors in her shop.

It's New Year's Eve...Be safe...Be happy...See you in 2008!!

Pacific Northwest Goodness

Friday Harbor.

Cat Bordhi.

Blue Moon Fiber Arts.

The yarn, the color, the pattern...perfection.

Thursday, December 27, 2007


You know what this time of year brings?

Cherry Kisses! Loved by one and

all...including sweet Gibson!

On a knitterly knote, the heel on the second Red Bark Monkey has been turned!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Naughty or Nice?

One Red Bark Monkey sock has been completed! Niiiiice.

I wish you all a very happy and safe holiday! I hope all your wishes for the season come to pass!!

Knit on!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Teosintes on the town

Nothing like a steaming latte, some natural light, and a fully charged camera battery to make my Friday a happy one!

Pattern: Teosinte by Anne Hanson at Knit Spot
Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy "November Muse" (Thank you Dave! I love this color, too!)
Needles: Addi Lace 2.5 mm
Mods: None. This yarn was more fingering weight than I expected at first. I was at 8.5 st/inch with 2.5 mm needles, I might consider going up to 2.75 mm if it didn't make the fabric too loose. I blocked these socks; they fit snuggly, but fine.

Happy Solstice!!!

Was that a howl I heard??? :)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Koolhaas, warm head

Pattern: Koolhaas Hat by Jared Flood in IK Holiday Gifts 2007
Yarn: Dream in Color Classy in "Nightwatch"
Needles: 7 for the rib, Addi Lace 8 for the patternwork
Mods: None. I would consider adding a pattern repeat for a less snug fit. Loved the yarn. The pattern was a breeze to memorize and the Addi lace needles made it very easy to execute all the crosses and Ktbl maneuvers!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Dan Fogelberg 1951-2007

A Valentine's concert. 1992. Before Pete and I were wed; he brought me roses.

We saw Dan Fogelberg. I knew every song by heart.

Dan Fogelberg passed away on December 16 from advanced prostate cancer. He was 56 years old. He was diagnosed in 2004. I have listened and been touched by his music for over 30 years. Before Pete. Before knitting. He is now singing with the angels. Our hearts are heavy as we extend our condolences and prayers to his family. He will be deeply missed.

If you are a man and you haven't been checked, get checked. If you are a woman, get the men in your life examined. Now.
Follow this link for more information on prostate cancer. Do it NOW!
Don't let the roses outlive the man.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Of note...

The weekend was filled with a bit of work and a bit of knitting...

More knitting than work, so all is good! One sock is finished, and the second sock has been cast on with great progress made up the foot already!

I need to complete two more socks after this pair to equal last year's tally of 42 socks. Why do I set these goals for myself...ack. Of course, I will then try to beat myself and knit at least one more sock than I knit last year!

The rains have returned. Although, not before Max got some sun time in.
Have a great Monday!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Chasing the "Blues" away


Knitting with a warm kitty on your lap

Being almost ready to decrease on the Koolhaas hat

And a little Elvis.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Sock Gymnastics

What's a girl to do when all of her favorite TV programs are in reruns and all she has at her disposal for entertainment is a camera and an FO ? Yep! Go a little bonkers!! Do you know how hard it is to stand on a foot stool, wrap your legs in lights, plug in the cord AND take a picture of your own feet!? LOL!!


Pattern: Teosinte by Anne Hanson at Knit Spot
Yarn: STR "Pond Scum" Medium weight
Needles: 2.5 mm Addi Lace (would consider 2.75 mm next time)
Mods: None, really...This was my first toe and heel constructed by wrapping stitches on the short rows. I liked it. I used the EZ sewn cast-off. I liked it, too.

Monday, December 10, 2007


It was a busy evening. I turned the heel on my Teosinte sock.

I also cast on for one of these...a Koolhaas. I'm using Dream in Color Classy in the 'Nightwatch' color.

Sunday, December 09, 2007


We woke up to a very gray day. Late morning, the snow started to fall.

The Teosintes wanted to play. Meet the newest Teosinte in Dream in Color 'November Muse'

and you already know STR 'Pond Scum'.

Do you think Teosinte might be the new Monkey?

Saturday, December 08, 2007

The Greening of Chez NK

The Teosinte socks are nearly complete! I have to cast-off (probably the EZ sewn cast-off) and we will have new socks!

I appear to be addicted to silver infused yarn from Painted Skeins. Did I mention this yarn also has 20% silk in it? I heart this yarn!!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Of Elements and Maize

What's better than a wee bit of pure silver infused into your yarn? Correct...nothing is better. I lost my breath when I opened up the box containing this gorgeous yarn from Painted Skeins! Helen is très fabulous and this yarn literally knocked my socks off...and as you know...that isn't an easy task, I have alot of socks!!!

The second Teosinte sock is well on it's way to being finished! The heel will be turned by the time you read this in the morning!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Monsoon Monday

It was a rainy Monday.

It rained pretty much

all day


I'm glad I had on my personal protective equipment..."Monsoon" rated socks!