The best burgers in the world …

January 28, 2008 @ 2:25 am
posted by kris
Filed under: misc


mmmmmmmmm

… can be found at Red Mill in Seattle! Can you tell how excited I am to be eating one after a 2+ year absense??? Oh, how I wish they would open one in Munich just for me!!!

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After Xmas Elf Sock Swap – anyone interested?

January 26, 2008 @ 3:43 am
posted by kris
Filed under: KAL

I had a thought – there are swaps out there where you knit only one sock and send it to your pal. Wonderful, but it is up to your partner to pick out yarn for you and choose a suitable pattern. Much to hard for a busy mom like me (ok, yes, I am a LAZY busy mom, but still). Then I thought, why don’t they have a swap where SOMEONE FINISHES SOMETHING YOU ALREADY STARTED!!! Sounds great eh? Like a after-xmas-elf swap. No need to buy anything, just ship what you already have – 1 finished sock, remaining yarn, needles, pattern, what not, (and a nice note/trinket or something) and then it gets returned all done! I thought that was pretty cool. Anyone else? If there’s enough interest, I may get off my lazy ass and do something formal to organize.

Some things to consider I guess:
1. Gauge issues? The person would have to match someone else’s gauge, but since they are already sending them the finished sock, I think it’s pretty easy to get it right.
2. Skill level – I would probably match people based on skill
3. Project difficulty – see #2 – It’s not like you can send out a Twisted Flower and knit a Monkey
4. Failures/issues – this is a hard one. If someone can no longer knit something, they can potentially lose a finished sock. :( Maybe if I send out a contract for people to sign saying they will send back the sock if they can’t do it??? Just kidding folks…
5. It won’t be secret. There are already a bunch of secret ones out there, and people find out who their pal is pretty darn quickly.

Comments/ideas/suggestions anyone?

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Home again, home again!

January 25, 2008 @ 1:39 am
posted by kris
Filed under: misc

I am finally back home again! It has been such a wonderful (and warm) vacation, but there’s nothing like having your “stuff” around. And the boys really missed their Brezen (pretzels)! The flight was ok, the boys behaved so well, way better than expected. There were a few moments of frustration, but overall, I can safely say that my boys are excellent travellers. I came home and crashed, so now my sleeping is all messed up. There also seems to have been an indoor hurricane that made it’s way through our entire house, so the next few weeks will be filled with cleaning and organizing.

It’s so good to be home! Now I have to make my through organizing pictures, yarn, etc. etc. I brought home a sh*tload of cookies, so anyone in Munich can come over and have some! Why did I do this? In addition to gaining so much weight I couldn’t fit in my pants anymore, I bring all this stuff home. Geez. I’m signing up at a health club tomorrow! :)

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My peeps are in Seattle

January 18, 2008 @ 8:59 am
posted by kris
Filed under: misc,yarn

So I arrived in Seattle last night and my sister picked me up from the airport. Awesome flight – on time and super empty. I even rented one of those “dig-E-whatevers” (ON THE PLANE!!!) and enjoyed knitting to whatever movies were on it. I got a LOT done on the clapotis on the plane. It was my hope to finish or almost finish it, but sadly, I also took a little nap. Why can’t all airlines have these movie players? It would help A LOT with the kids.

This morning I went back to the airport to get my rental car. Basically, they had a “4 day special” so if I rented it last night, it would’ve been $20/day but if I rented it this morning, $7/day. Go figure! So my sister works right next to the transit center so I just caught a ride with her in the morning and caught the bus to the airport. I really miss the trains of Munich! But I got the car and I was forced to purchase the freakishly expensive insurance because I don’t have insurance in the US (the credit card kind doesn’t count). So at least I had a $7 car.

Anyhooz, guess where I went first? No, it was NOT a yarn store. RED MILL BURGERS! (ok, I went to a friend’s house and we went together, but still) Still THE BEST burgers in the WORLD. I’m not exaggerating. I wish I could go every day! :) After that, I went to Weaving Works in the University District. While they had a fine selection of yarns and an EXCELLENT selection of Koigu (I walked away with 4 skeins of that), nothing else really struck my fancy. Maybe I’m yarned out. Nah!

After that, I had what could only be described as a yarn-gasm-tastical few hours with Wendee of Hazel Knits. We met in an unusual way (you’ll have to listen to the next podcast episode to find out how), but only today met in person. And I think we talked non-stop. She has a market coming up on the weekend so I didn’t want to take out time from her day, so I volunteered to help. OMG, being with all that gorgeous yarn was the best thing ever. ever. ever. She has a specially spun merino yarn that is fantastically squishy, very similar to STR. And the colors, oh the colors! Chocolatier is relatively new and ooooohhhhh to dye for!!! And did you see these mittens??!!! Holy crap, to DYE for! She is the nicest person and we never ran out of things to talk about. I learned so much about dyeing and how much love and attention she puts into her work, I have so much respect for indie dyers. She gave me the “tedious” task of reskeining and rinsing, but I had the time of my life! It was a blast and I’m glad that I helped at least a little! Thanks so much Wendee for taking the time out of our busy schedule to visit with me!!!

After that, I went to the West Seattle knitting group and they were a lot of fun too! It was a smallish group – maybe around 7 or 8 people but all very nice and they were so inviting and 2 of them actually listened to the podcast! I think when we were discussing what we talk about with the other knitters (who haven’t listened before), they were in shock. Heehee! But it was all good, they were a great bunch of folks to hang out with!

Now I’m headed off to bed (before midnight!) with a smile and a suitcase full of yarn! :) The rest of the weekend I’m going to be visiting with some friends and then go to one more yarn shop (Hilltop). I think that will be the end of my “US yarn crawl”. I wish I could go to one more knitting group, but unfortunately, there are no meetups on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays!

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Aloha to Aloha Knitters

January 14, 2008 @ 11:59 am
posted by kris


The Aloha Knitters

What should I do for the edging???

So, this past Thursday, I went to my second meeting with the Aloha Knitters at Mocha Java. Again, it was super crowded with lots and lots of knitters! I didn’t even get to talk to everyone! I met up with tink and encouraged her to attend her first meeting (even though she lives here, she needed a push to go). She also graciously offered her ball winder/swift since she read my last post and I had to ball up my 2nd skein of silk. Thanks so much tink! The Aloha Knitters is a really great group, I consider this my “second home” knitting group, they make everyone feel welcome, even visitors. There was also Donna from Australia, who I sat across from and she was hilarious! I will always remember the conversation we had about David Reidy. I also talked about marathon running with blogless Michelle (she’s trying to get me to do it! uhhhh…yeah….ok…), and convinced several others to knit the Hanami stole. I seriously think I am doing a “hanami tour” because everyone I’ve showed it to oooohs and aaaahs over it. I wish I could count how many people I’ve enabled! I also destashed my Wollmeise (one skein of Amazonas left) because I needed to make room in my suitcase. Almost all of it was snatched up as soon as I pulled it out of my bag. Why is there no Amazonas love? I really like that colorway! I won’t be able to attend another meeting since I will be going to Seattle the next week and then I’m heading home the week after. I will really miss them! Until next year…

I am working on my Print ‘o the Wave stole and guess what? There was an error in the amounts required so I won’t have enough yarn to finish. I am contemplating what to do. I started some of the edging but it is really obvious there is no way it will be enough. I emailed Dani (Sunshine Yarns) to see if she can dye me up another skein, but she is out of the sillk at the moment! ARGH! And even if she did have some, it won’t be the same color. Any suggestions? The center panel is gorgeous though, I am really pleased with it.

Other than that, I’ve been visiting some friends and family and just relaxing. and knitting. Oh, and I’ve decided to get the clap. :) Wollmeise Raku-Regenbogen clap. Yum!

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CookieA Pattern-gasm!

January 7, 2008 @ 11:37 am
posted by kris
Filed under: patterns

Damn, today I found out that she has 3 new designs!!! Is this old news? I wonder if I’m just out of it since I’ve been on vaca… Mingus must be mine!

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Off to a bad start…

January 6, 2008 @ 2:56 pm
posted by kris
Filed under: misc


#1 of 3 felted clogs (cascade 220)

My new silk!!! Yummmmy!

this is his “breezy” look

First, a little bit about new year’s resolutions. I don’t make them, I don’t believe in them. For me, it is just a list that would be made of stuff I want to do and that I know I will never accomplish and it will make me feel bad about myself that I didn’t do it or continue it or whatever. So I just live life how I want to, make some changes here and there when necessary and that’s it. I have goals, but I keep them separate and small and accomplishable.

So I spent the first day of the new year untangling a whole freaking skein (all 400 yds of it) because I just HAD to cast on and since I don’t have a ball winder/swift, I had to do it by hand and it got really seriously messed up. It took me about 3 days to undo it all. It is 100% silk, so it’s not the best yarn to be messing up. Now I’m really upset at doing this since I feel like it ruined it’s nice sheen. Hopefully the pattern in the lace will distract! :) The yarn I speak of is sunsilk from Sunshine Yarns. I was eyeing this yarn for a couple of days, and I was real hesitant to order it, but I went for it and boy am I glad. It is really gorgeous stuff and the color is just amazing. I had to put this yarn away so that I could finish the 2nd pair of felted clogs first (it was painful to knit what I *had* to vs. what I wanted to).

So in the mean time, I knitted 3 pairs of clogs, 1 of the Lamb’s Pride, which I ran out of yarn so had to make some adjustments. And two with cascade 220. I prefer the Cascade 220, much less hairy AND it’s stiffer (good for clogs at least) AND cheaper AND you get a little more yardage. Although the Lamb’s Pride has a more uniform felt to it (no holes). And let me tell you, I love felting in a top loader. Complete difference and dreamy. I think I may have said this in my last post, I can’t remember. Anyhoo, I am felting the 2nd pair now and instead of boiling water and slaving over a sink with tired arms, I’m sitting here writing this post. I wanted to make the boys some new house shoes since the ones they had broke. And really, it would’ve been way cheaper (and easier) to just buy new ones, but I was determined. My mom is threatening to get a front loader and I’m trying to convince her what a great machine she has! Help!

I also went to my first Aloha Knitters meeting and it was so much fun! It was a big group – there were quite a few visitors, me included. But it was nice to meet fellow Ravelers who I’ve only seen on blogs/pictures/projects. And of course, Hawaii people always have stuff to talk about. I even met the famous MK Carroll, whose womb you may have seen/knit. AND to top it off, MK was destashing and guess who ended up with a whole bunch of hemp yarn? ME! and for $5! I have been wanting to try hemp and linen for awhile but didn’t want to invest the money quite yet, and lo and behold. I have several small skeins of multiple colors, so I don’t think I can make 1 thing with it, maybe just a whole bunch of dishcloths, which is great to see how it softens up. And also to make me buy hemp yarn in some point in the future, I’m sure. Another knitter, Michelle, made off with a large lot of hemp, and I curse her! (just kidding, she is a really nice gal who enjoyed talking about my son’s heart condition at length).

I have also been pimping out stickers for Knitters Uncensored and feel like a rock star. Just kidding, just the opposite, in fact! I’ve been going to knit shops and groups in the Houston area and in Hawaii and hardly anyone has heard of us. Maybe one or two people. Maybe someone will know me/us in Seattle? ;) But, I’m hoping that people will like me enough to listen to the podcast and give us a try…or recoil in horror. I do warn people that we’re very risque (don’t know how to do that accent french thingy).

OMG, I can’t stop buying things. The bad thing about coming to a country whose currency is less than yours (especially the US) is that you end up buying SO MUCH STUFF because everything is on sale! OMG, the yarn I have acquired these past few weeks and I still have more coming. My sister got me a gift certificate from BMFA and several skeins just plopped into my shopping cart.

I also included a pic of the alpaca scarf that I knitted for Michael before he left to go back to Germany. He had to model it in very hot weather, so I told him to look breezy.

Anyhoo, so now I’m off to cast on Print o the Wave with my new silk. I was kind of disappointed that it’s not a pattern that I can use up every inch of yarn. But I’ve been obsessing over it the last couple of weeks and can’t wait to start! I want to show something to the knit group next week!

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Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

January 1, 2008 @ 12:21 am
posted by kris
Filed under: misc,rants

Just wanted to wish everyone out there in the internets a happy new year, in Hawaiian, of course! Yarn acquisition continues at a break neck pace. I bought 4 skeins of Cascade 220 at Aloha Yarn. That store was really nice and I highly recommend it. They don’t have a whole lot of hand dyes, but a nice variety of yarns in a very comfortable little shop. I hope to go back there before I leave, since this last time my dad and kids were waiting for me in the car, I pretty much had to go in and out. The owner, Nanea, is very nice and helpful.

I am currently working on some felted clogs for my boys but I couldn’t get gauge, so I decided to just knit a bigger size and keep my fingers crossed. The problem with that is that I ran out of yarn! I only need enough to seam, so maybe it’ll be ok. I’m a little worried that the Lamb’s Pride will be too hairy, so I decided to try and make some out of Cascade 220 (any excuse to buy more yarn). I’m almost done with the pair and it’s looking really close. There is more yardage in the cascade, so I think I’ll be ok. We’ll see very very soon. AND I want to do more felting projects because my parents have a top loader!!! :)

OK, now my gripe about the US. What is the freaking deal with having Region 1 only DVD players? It really pisses me off. In other countries (except maybe Canada), all DVD players can play all regions so you can buy DVD’s anywhere and play them. My poor boys can’t watch Nemo because we bought it in Germany. Luckily, we have lots of Region 1 titles too.

Hope you guys have a great new year! And if you haven’t already, go and listen to the 11th and highly controversial episode of Knitters Uncensored!

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What does bockstark mean (pronounced bok-shtark)? My crazy German friend, Matthias, made that word up to mean "really cool" and says that it is catching on in Garmisch. So I am helping him popularize the word! I thought if I ever opened a yarn store, I would call it "Bockstark Yarns". This blog is all about my projects, yarns and crazy ideas related to knitting and other crafts. Contact me at bockstark.knits(at)gmail(dot)com.