Posts Tagged ‘knitting’


The King and I

October 12, 2008

It’s Sunday evening and I’m sitting in my office drinking a beer and listening to B.B, King and Eric Clapton.  It’s been a good day, so I’m just going to ride with the king.

Ya’ll know that I’m a naturalist for the most part.  I did cloth diapers (although admittedly not exclusively,) I prefer to make as opposed to buy, I don’t like to consume things or slather myself with things I cannot pronouce.  As much as I am a naturalist, however, I am foremost a mosquito hater.  Loather.  Plotter.  Oh man, I cannot tell you how much I hate those little fuckers.  We are planning on putting up several purple martin houses next year, but until then, we are screwed.  It’s been so bad that we hate to even send the kids out to play in our yard and the weather has been just glorious lately.  This afternoon, however, B went to the store and came back with Off! Smooth and Dry.  I almost fell over when I tried it.  It completely lives up to it’s claims.  It keeps the bugs off.  It dries in an instant to a true powder dry finish, and it smells … well, it smells an awful lot like my hair care products.  If you are getting eaten up, give it a try.

B and I took the kids and Hank out for a hike today.  We went to Rocky Fork and had a blast.  There were a zillion and twelve little butterflies flying everywhere in all sorts of different colors.  Lots of wildflowers and birds still making things all purty.  Duck lead the group, as always, and I think we probably hiked around 3 or 4 miles.  B caught a very nice bass in one of the little lakes and Hank cut his tongue eating some new wild grass or something.  He’s currently pooped out, laying at my feet.  That’s 2 or 3 weeks in a row now that I’ve gone hiking on Sunday afternoon – Love it.  I was thinking about how, when B and I first got together 9.5 years ago, we used to go to this same place.  Back then, I would get winded and worn out and ready for a break by the time we were 15m inutes into the hike.  This time, however, we hiked for close to 2 hours and I never even broke a sweat, never felt my heart rate rise, never ever needed a break.  I’m so much healthier now than I was then and that, my friends, is an amazing thing to realize.  Call me Pinot, only getting better with age.

My Mom gave us an early Zenmas present last week: a Wii Fit.  She recently got herself a Wii and, when she got herself the FIT, got us one, too.  Now, let me tell you, this is the most amazing little gadget in the world.  Seriously, there are so many gaming systems out there, but none of them compare to the Wii.  So, back to the Fit.  I just cannot tell you how much I love this thing.  It does yoga.  It does aerobics. It does balance training.   It does strength training, and it even provides you with a trainer.  My kids love it.  Hell, my husband loves it!  And it’s not for pansies, let me tell you.  Nintendo, you rock!

I’m working on this gauntlets right now that remind me so much of Breakfast at Tiffany’s I can barely stand it.  What girl hasn’t wanted to be Audrey Hepburn at some point in her life?  To freaking bad they aren’t for me.  Will I ever knit for myself again?

I heart Facebook.

My affirmation for today was “Abundance is my natural state.”  I had to laugh — that fits on soooooooooo many levels.

JFL is all braggin about eating brownies.  Remind me to put some arsenic in his pancakes.

I had a dream the other night that I was covered in tattoos.  I had this full length Japanese style tattoo down my spine and my arms were covered in black inkwork. I woke and, since I sleep with a sleep mask, I didn’t really see anything.  I said aloud, “Oh please please please let it be true.” When I took the mask off and saw that, in fact, it had only been a dream, I actually shed a tear of disappointment.  Sweet Holy Moses on Toast, I love tattoos.  So, we start phase two of the tattoo shrug soon – designing the next big piece.  It will be about the same size as the one on my right arm and will be in the same style and same placement on my left arm.  I know what the focal point will be.  I just need to get B drawing.  I’m thinking I’ll have it done in February.  Eventually, both arms will be sleeved and then there will be one gigantic piece across my shoulders in the back connecting it all.  I get all tingly just thinking about it!

That’s it for tonight, ya’ll.  Have a blessed week!


Busy Hands

October 10, 2008

It’s that time of year again.  Brisk mornings and cool evenings cry out for a hand knitted goodie or two. And it’s going to be easier for you all to get some real soon.  I’ve been asked to sell gauntlets and a few other items at a local boutique.  Currently I’m finishing up a hat that is going to Wisconsin, but then I’ll be working on the collection for the boutique.  I’ll be sure to let you know when things get out there.

Now, to learn how to knit in the round with 2 circulars instead of 5 DPNS….


Rain Rain Stay All Day

September 4, 2008

It’s raining out there.  Has been raining for awhile.  Normally I hate rain – I thrive on sunshine.  Today, however, I’m thinking it should rain all day long.

I’ve done all my running.

I’ve got new yarn and projects to knit.

We’re having grilled cheese and soup for lunch.

I’m putting my pajamas back on.


Creativity brings me inner peace

August 10, 2008

And I’ve been working a lot – *a lot* – on inner peace lately.

My dear friend in New Zealand visited a few months ago and I gave her a pair of gauntlets as a gift.  She asked me if I could make some for her daughters.  It required totally changing a  pattern around to get the scale right, etc., but I think they came out really well.  Duck and Stealth agreed to model them for me.

I have really gotten into retro fabric.  I happen to have a huge stash of it in my sewing room, but hadn’t done any sewing in a long time.  The other day, Stealth actually commented on how long it had been.  So I decided to make myself a little skirt.  When I got done, I found that there was a small burn hole in the fabric – so I covered it up with a vintage applique of a cutie patootie caterpillar.

I wonder what I shall create next? The day is still young…


Avoid Black Friday – shop for yourself now!!

November 19, 2007

Here it is – finally, it’s good to go – Kohliedoscope’s Holiday Hoorah!

Okay here we go. Everything is  hand knitted (much of it with yarn that I’ve spun myself,) and felted in my basement. Each item is one of a kind – duplicates are impossible due to the natures of the yarns, etc. Some are totally crazy, but you know, totally crazy folks need hats, too.

All Ozark Handspun yarn that you see featured is from 2005-2006.

Starting with Hats:

Mary Tyler Mauve
Wool and Soy Silk

From Kohliedoscope…

Foil Swan
Named ’cause it’s leftover yarn from Velma’s wedding shrug I designed for her.
Wool, Mohair, and Silk

Orange Blossom Special
Wool and Mohair

And moving on to Handbags

Sugar Sugar
Wool and Mohair
14″ x 11.5″ with 10″ handles

Forever in Blue Jeans
Wool & Mohair
13.5″ x 10″ with 8″ handles

Strawberry Basket
Wool and Mohair
15″ x 7″ with 9″ handles

Teals for Reals
Wool and Mohair
9″ x 10″ with shoulder strap (very slightly off center strap so it will stay on your shoulder!!! Can be work cross body as messenger bag.)

And a few CLEARANCE items…

Purple Passion – lined, not felted
Acrylic and Cotton
9″ x 9″ with plastic handles

Wool & Mohair
10″ x 10″ approx. with shoulder strap and flap

100% wool
9″ x 9″ with shoulder strap

Contact me if you are interested in anything.