what i see in my head

often does not translate well into the physical world.

i am forever erasing or unraveling and starting again.

john, however, got it just right

with these shots of ‘quench (the cascade 220 version)’.























‘head’ taken from 14:4 in jeremiah.


today’s the day.

(one day early, i know.  there was peer pressure involved…)

the first bit of clue #1 has been posted on ravelry in the ‘appalachian yarns’ group.

size 13 needles,  30 beads(optional), 2 skeins of louet kidlin (light worsted weight)

and you’re good to go.

i started with this gorgeous color.

the kidlin’s mix of linen/mohair

was a really pleasant surprise.

now i’m thinking

that i might want

a more everyday kind of wrap.

being machine wash and dry

and also nearly indestructible,

allhemp6 is one of my ‘go to’ yarns.

i’ve got a hat,

a winter scarf

and a woven stitch belt.

i want to make a top,

a cardigan

and a big ol’ bag.

maybe a wrap, too.

now i just have to figure this out

‘to bead or not to bead,

that is the question’.

‘dry’ taken from 1:9 in genesis.

for those of you…

…who missed the mystery bag kal over at appalachian yarns this spring,

‘quench’, the pattern, is now available through knit picks.

when i see this bag i think of all the fun we had during the kal knitting together.


the original touches

that people added

to the pattern

float before my eyes,



i’ll save all that

for a future post.


right now

let me just

say this:


self lined

2 pockets

adjustable strap


gobs of purse-onality.

‘quench’ taken from 1:31 in isaiah.

the amazing adventures of braided cable #2

Cable #2 has been to two Wisconsin State parks,

a mother’s day brunch at a fancy restaurant,

and rode 150 miles in the car this weekend.

Cable #2 has learned the piano and the harp vicariously

by listening to 2 weeks of Ranwenharp teaching lessons.

Cable #2 moonlights as a wrist cushion when using a Braille machine.

When it was younger,

it worked part-time as a bookmark,

but soon grew too big for it’s britches and got the boot.

Cable #2 is having a love affair with the smallest cable needle in the bag.

(Please don’t tell the other cable needles

– they’d feel so rejected.)

Cable #2 is a fan of Don Knotts movies and the X-Files…

to all the ‘quench’ mystery bag kal gals,

how’s your second cable doing these days?

poem by sunny link.

‘listening’ taken from 25:12 in proverbs.

knitting along

i am currently done with the first clue

and waiting,

not very quietly i might add,

for the second

which is not due out

until tuesday

which is

way too far


for me.

kate of tot toppers is leading this mystery over at appalachian yarns on ravelry.

her patterns just drip with adorable.

so far we have ribbing and stripes (working from the bottom up),

but no clue (literally no clue yet) about what the top looks like.

now those of you who know me

know that i have never completed a kal as a participant before

(but, leading one is no problem).

in the past i have always lost my forward motion before finishing the job.

so, i have picked the smallest size (6m)

and chosen knit picks shine, a yarn that has just enough slink to it to really fly off

of my metal needles which aid in greasing up the speed of the gears.

so, i am expecting to, planning to, determined to, finish this one.

now where’s that next clue?

‘determined’ taken from 7:23 of job.

clue #2

it has become very, very clear

that the talent oozing out the the fingers of the mystery bag kal participants

extends to oh so much more than knitting.

they showered me with these tasty morsels monday night:

Thinking, Thinking
But Not Tinking;
Better Knitting
Right, Not Wrong.

Purling, Casting
Sometimes Fasting;
Just to Finish
This Knit Along

Our hands lay dormant
Itching for inspiration
Your post holds the key

“what to do”??
How ‘bout a clue??

Layin’ it on thick
certainly does the trick!

Clue #2 is now posted
Although, a bit toasted!


She made us sit and cable
Far more than I was able,
Yet practice made it faster,
And now I’m on the laster
of the braided cables strips.
Don’t need too many tips,
Just wanna get new hint
And then I’ll be content!

i laughed.  i smiled.  then i went ahead and released the clue early.

after all, that’s what knitting friends are for.  right?

“finish’ taken from 8:11 of 2nd corinthians

‘the hold on bag’

this clever rhyme was written by roxanne (embroiderybee).

she captures, better than i could, the wait.

A Talitha bag that’s secret;
I ‘ve been told to sit and wait
For instructions so mysterious,
It makes me salivate.

I’m doggone tired of waiting
And I’m pressured to the bone.
I want to Quench my thirst to knit.
I’m sure I’m not alone.

This bag should be named ”Hold On”
As I clutch my yarn and cry.
There’s nothing worse than waiting,
Like my grass that grows to die.

With lots of time to ponder,
I keep practicing my gauge.
I’ll soon be tired of Stockinette,
Hope cables will be the rage.

Now, please forgive my Whimper
As I blow off lots of steam.
I’m sure this KAL will be
The bag that’s in my dream.

if you’re not signed up and would like to knit along, you can do so at ravelry here.

or reply to this post and i’ll add you to the official list.

check appalachian yarns or ravelry for the

first clue, april 27th.

12 days to go…

‘wait’ taken from 5:3 in the psalms.


pick out your colors.

ready some sticks.

april 27th.



there’s something about doing something you enjoy with others who enjoy it too

that makes it all the better, no?

appalachian yarns

is hosting a mystery bag kal

of  my brand spanking new pattern

(not even the clack’n’yack girls have seen it).

there’s lots of chatter about it over here (rav link)

and all the details are here also.

why don’t you join us?

there’s plenty of time to get your yarn

and hunker down to enjoy the wait.

just what are you waiting for, an invitation?

this is your invitation.

(cheshire cat grin)

‘get’ taken from16:16 of proverbs .