and now you know the rest of the story.

(can’t you just hear the npr voice in your head?

although the name of the man who made the byline famous escapes me…)

merciful‘ was released

by knit picks


i love this bag.

i carry the original

rendition of it

with me often.


my youngest daughter came earlier than expected.

so much earlier in fact that, although i knew i wanted to knit something special for her,

something all her own,

i still had no idea

what that would be

when we brought her home.

after a while i decided on a babette blanket as i’m a huge fan of graphics for babies.

i replaced all the edges with ‘circus peanut’ orange to make the middles really pop.

she spent many, many hours playing on this blanket

learning to both roll over

and to crawl on it.

such memories.

as i am want to do

i originally misjudged

just how much

blue sky alpaca dyed cotton

i would need to finish it.

but, i have learned that i am bad at this.

now i always buy more than i think i need

so as not to get caught short.

in this case i went overboard with my estimates

and wound up with almost 2 full skeins (of 6 different colors) leftover.

‘merciful’ was the result of figuring out just what to do with all that gorgeous yarn.

it’s knit in the round

all in one piece

(except for the i-cord straps)

including an inner knit lining,

this bag is much easier to make

than it looks like it might be.

what seems to be colorwork

is really just two strands

of two different solid colored yarns

(wool of the andes worsted)

mixing and mingling to it’s heart’s content.

happy yarn is always a good thing in my book.  smile.

knit picks was generous,

as they tend to be,

so they sent me the extra yarn

to make up three

different color combinations.

choosing 6 colors

to knit up into 12 color combinations

can get a little tricky,

i was really thankful to be able

to work these out ahead of time.

(my guy just walked by and knew the answer to the question – as he always does,

“who said this at the end of his every broadcast?”.

“paul harvey”.)

‘generous’ taken from 11:25 in proverbs.

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.


don’t let the herringbone pattern or the size 2 needles scare you off.

this choker knits up fast.

and the herringbone is only a two row repeat.

did i mention

that it makes a great headband, too?

free download available at knit picks.  the yarn is theirs, too. stroll tonal sock yarn.


‘beautiful’ taken from 38:31 of job.

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.


so, i have recently frogged a project and given up on the idea of another.

i plan to come back to these, or something like these, at a later date.

but, not just now.

most of the ‘owls’ that my friends were knitting are done.

and they’re fantastic!

i had all these ideas of changing the cables and adjusting the shaping…

so many ideas that i talked myself right out of it.


my friend c, decided only to shorten the sleeves

wise since she will be able to wear it through the spring and into the summer now.

she decided this, however, after knitting some of the first long sleeve (cuff up).

quick, before she could unravel it, i took it promising to reuse it.

i wan’t sure how at the time,

but my kids saw it and immediately knew what it would be.

so i ripped a little,

decreased a little  here and then a little there…

and now, ta-da! the resulting finished project is this:

okay, i know.

a nest for a toy owl

isn’t spectacular really at all.

it’s not a full sweater or anything.

but i do feel an odd sense of accomplishment none-the-less.

(and my kids really like putting him ‘to bed’ in it)

it’s also a pretty cute hat for the little guy.

don’t ‘cha think?


‘ideas’ taken from 17:20 of acts.


just some snippets of a typical day.

‘over the salt sea’ very early in the morning light

(nice and neat in its brand new ‘cake’ thanks to w and j)

mid-morning snack

a little nerf basketball just because ‘why not?’

literal mud pies (in pie pans and garnished with lawn grass no less)

lunch (they even ate a few vegetables without really noticing)

i said ‘go ahead outside and paint’ while i cleaned up the dishes.

earlier they had been painting the driveway with water in little cups

(sounds crazy, i know, but they were really enjoying themselves).

so, i assumed (there’s the place where i went wrong)

that they knew i meant continue painting with water on the driveway.

they painted with mud on the sides of the house.

next time i will so be more specific.

‘tuesday’ by david wiesner.  i highly recommend it.

swatches in the early evening sun.

(& no, these aren’t part of the mystery kal bag.  that one’s under wraps for now, silly.)

‘very early in the morning’ taken from 16:2 of mark.


it was a day of ice cream

eaten outside with spoons held in mudcaked hands

way, way up high in the swing set fort.

this was my first time ever (d finished it late last fall)

and wow!

so what if spring’s not here yet,

the mud, fever (spring fever that is) and even a couple of bugs were all seen today by my brood.

and the youngest decided

that the knit picks comfy i’m knitting the ‘like an owl’ pullover in

was just too yummy to keep her hands off of.

so, while i was knitting on one end

she was jabbing the skein

fairly rhythmically

with a shiny ‘g’


saying, ‘look mama, i’m knitting.  look mama, i’m knitting.  look mama…’

(you get the point).

can’t say as i blame her

this stuff is ‘cozy-up to me real quick’

and ‘never let go’ super soft.

(also machine washable and all that.  whee!)










i’m done the back and 1/2 way up the left front

and the speed at which it is becoming a sweaterish thing is keeping me ever so


‘never’ taken from 7:46 in the book of john.