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2 out of 4 Now Completed!

Friday, December 16th, 2011

I have finished my Christmas stocking:

Laura's Christmas Stocking

And now only two more to go!

Pattern:A NEW Mom’s Christmas Stocking by Dorene Delaney Giordano from her Ravelry Store (Note – This is a toe-up pattern)
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Patons Pure Merino.
Colorway(s): Purple and Gray.
Needle(s): US 3– 3.25 mm
Casted On: November 5, 2011
Casted Off: December 4, 2011
Modifications:  Like with the previous stocking, I wanted to make it bigger. I based the instep on 60 stitches (3 pattern repeats) and the sole on 40, making the total stitch count 100 and not what the pattern stated-100.

This made the fabric VERY dense so towards the end of knitting it, it was a rather rough knit! But I still like the final result:
Laura's Christmas Stocking

I just love stars so I knew this pattern had to be the one for my stocking. :-)

Laura's Christmas Stocking

I am not entirely sure I’ll get Layla and Luna’s stocking done in time for CHRISTMAS DAY but I hope to get them done within a months time. I’ve started on Ms. Luna’s:

Luna's Christ Stockin

She is a kitty that loves being in the center of attention. She has a super hero complex as well. So I found it only appropriate to use bright colors for her.

Layla on the other hand is a very gentle soul. Calm and soothing colors were required to match her personality however the combination still had to provide enough contrast for the stranded pattern to be visible. And yes, I’m sure plenty might say I was definitely over-thinking what colors I would use for her. I wanted to get it right though. I finally found it:

Cascade 220 Sport

Seeeeeeeeeeeee….soothing colors but will still provide some wonderful contrast.

Have a great weekend everyone. Knitters, getting all those handknits done for the holidays? What all are you making for loved ones?

Lara’s Socks and her awesome Save the Dates

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Ok let me first say that, yes, STD has a not so great connotation but it was brought to my attention that I might have confused readers in my last post. I am planning a wedding and while doing so, a STD will refer to Save The Date cards. ;-) Get it? Do we have an understanding? :P

Now that they’ve been sent to our invite list, can I show you the most awesome save the date cards my friend Lara made for us?


How awesome are they?!?!

The week I got the draft from Lara, I was bummed out about a certain part of our wedding (long story) and I received the draft on a Friday afternoon and just yelped from excitement. These totally got me out of my funk because this card is SO us! And my God, I had no idea I was a head tilter till I saw this and took a closer look at pics of me.

Annnnnnnyway, Lara had to get spoiled. I show my love through knitting, of course. May I present….her socks.

My Second Pair of Maelstroms

Pattern: Maelstrom by Cookie A. from Twist Collective, Autumn 2008
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Shelridge Farm Soft Touch Ultra Solid Colors
Colorway(s): Iris
Needle(s): US 1 – 2.25 mm
Casted On: April 20, 2010
Casted Off: May 9, 2010
Modifications: The pattern called for six repeats of the leg pattern. I went for ten and even with that, the sock was a little short. Here’s hoping that didn’t make much difference to Lara who is shorter than me?

My Second Pair of Maelstroms I love this pattern and always knew I’d make a second pair after I finished my first. It’s interesting enough to keep your attention but is also not too complicated that you have to refer to the pattern after every row.

My Second Pair of Maelstroms Knitters often don’t get handknit gifts themselves. Why is that? We don’t hesitate giving each other yarn but we don’t make things for each other? At least I don’t but I’ll admit that I really must change that Anyway, Lara was quite pleased to receive them and I was so happy to make them for her. My family and friends absolutely love the save the date cards. So original. So Us. And they include our wonderful girls. They can’t be forgotten We got all that and more. THANK YOU LARA….AGAIN :D

And speeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaking of socks, I recently got a copy of Think Outside the Sox and I just can’t get enough of it! I love an overwhelming majority of the patterns in the book. Go check it out at the library or get a copy at your LYS. It will not disappoint.


Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Friday morning I was told there would be snow.

Now, I love DC but I’ll have no problems admitting that “snow’s coming” doesn’t mean the same as it would mean to someone hearing it in Minneapolis.

Work has been insanely busy, hence the absence of blogging. So Friday December 18, I just wanted to go to the grocery story and hunker down. The store was packed but I have to say, as someone who has gone to the store the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the store Friday night really wasn’t that bad. Yes, it was packed, but at the very worst, people were distracted. So we got home and about an hour later, this started:

it begins

And about 15 hours later:


Right outside our bedroom And this Sunday, today, Jermaine and I ventured outside:




So what have we been up to? Well I’m working on Christmas presents, J’s been playing video games and job searching. But together, we made some yummy goodness:

Friday night we got a ton of apples and Saturday morning we made apple butter


For the past few months every time we’ve had spaghetti, we’ve save the jar so that we can do this. We started this wonderful recipe in the morning but maybe next time, we’re going to start it at night so that it can wrap up the following evening or night. It took a while for this to finish. But my was it tasty!!!

I also made some chocolate chip cookies…tasssssssssssty!

c is for...

The kittehs are a little weirded out by the snow but still inquisitive ;)



So we’ve been snowed in but it’s still been one great weekend. I really needed some relaxation and fun. I got that and some gorgeous snow to boot! :-)

What Savannah Will Do for a Greenie

Monday, November 30th, 2009

First off, Thank you all so very much for the congratulations! Jermaine and I are very excited. We’ve been waiting to do this for a while

I just spent the afternoon at my dad’s house and I started thinking about pets….for about the millionth time. What can I say….I love them! AND I love dispelling myths about cats, in particular. There are a lot out there—cats aren’t loyal…cats aren’t nice…cats aren’t fun.

None of those statements are true.

Here’s Savannah

DSCF8560 Is she like Layla in that she will be your best friend upon meeting her? No. She takes a while to warm up to people but still is nicer than many humans. She loves to play with humans but has her limits as far as people picking her up. She loves to play though.

Since Savannah has come into Dad’s life, Dad has been bound to teach lil Savannah some tricks. He’s been successful…with help from Greenies

And just this Sunday I got some great shots of Savannah being taunted with Greenies




I love how she has an audience in this picture :-)

See…you can train kittehs and teach them tricks.

A Finished Shawl for My Loopy Buddy

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Well now that Denise has the package I sent her for the Loopy Ewe Swap Four package, I can share with you what I made fore her.

La Cumparisita


Pattern: La Cumparsita by Marnie MacLean  from her blog (this is my Ravelry project page )
Yarn(s): Schaefer Yarn Company Anne
Colorway(s): Misty Green
Needle(s): US 6 / 4.0 mm
Casted On: I guess sometime in late May. I didn’t post this project on Ravelry until I knew the package was sent to her
Casted Off: June 13, 2009
Modifications: I followed the directions pretty much through the entire project except when it came to purling on the outer edge chart. I tend to like a nice stockinette stitch over, what looks like, the wrong side showing on the front side of the shawl.

See, I’d rather take this


a lovely border pattern

to this below.


…what looks like the background to any knitted item.

But I thoroughly enjoyed this knit. It was nice and fast and very well written. I really hope Denise likes it in Southern California. I doubt she’ll be wearing it a lot now, but I know it will get some use :-)

I really like how you can see in the first few shots how linear this pattern was. Quite simple yes but still a very captivating pattern.

On a different note, I did something rather odd to start the beginning of summer. I casted on my Climbing Vines Pullover from the Winter 2008 Interweave. Cuz, really, who doesn’t need a 100% wool sweater in June? Really? hehehe

DSCF0897 I’m plowing through it too. Halfway done with the back and I started it about 30 hours ago. Dream in Color Classy is lovely to work with.

To finish this entry, I’d like to leave you with the funniest Jermaine, Laura, Luna sandwich picture EVAR. It was a rough rough day being a commuter in DC today. So I cheered myself up by hanging out with the girls and we got this shot during an “Oreo hug” Jermaine and Luna are the chocolate, Laura is the vanilla in the middle? get it?

I hear crickets.

Anyway, it’s a darling shot


What is she thinking? Tell me. Enlighten me. :-)

Whiskers on Wednesday

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

I came across this blog entitled Wiskers on Wednesdays which features a kitteh each Wednesday. I looked into the blog and it’s primarily knitters with kittehs (imagine that!) but you don’t HAVE to be a knitter.

Each week we post pictures of our kittehs and who am I to turn that up!? I like some of these picture-taking-alongs going on around the internets but I really don’t think I could keep up with taking a photo of something every day. One week? I can do that!

This week, I wanted to focus on the pecularity of kittehs, how they get so extremely involved in one thing. Usually that thing is something incredibly random. Like Luna and our printer:


She’ll hear the printer starting off and come running in to do just that. And yes, we clean our printer regularly. She also likes sleeping on top of it. (What the…?)

As far as food, treats and toys, Layla is quite hot and cold. She either loves them or wants nothing to do with them. We’ve tried countless brands of treats and Layla just does not like them. Toys? That’s more Luna’s bag. Take a stereotypical cat toy, Layla’s all over that like white on rice. This occurred last night as I was getting ready to go to bed


Look at those jumbo paws!!

Christmas at Chez Johnson-Walker

Monday, December 15th, 2008

I love Christmas time. I love Christmas trees.

I just hate getting said tree. Growing up, we would get the tree then my bro and I would spend ridiculous amounts of time trying to get it straight. So when J and I went out to get our tree, I was a little anxious but all was good in the end. Our tree stand, no joke, was older then me so we also got a stand that stabilizes the trunk more so that certainly helped. Here is our lil humble tree.

DSCF1899 Growing up, we would get an ornament every year and when I went to live on my own we received these ornaments. Here are some that mean something to me:

My creation Kitteh in Jack in the Box-I received that a few years after lil Duffy came to live with us

Snowman-First one I got for Jermaine and my first year Christmas tree.

Construction paper tree- Count on me to make a red Christmas tree in childcare. heeh

Reindeer-We had these kinds of reindeer growing up with mom. We had one for all three of us.

Lil White Kitteh- I got these the Christmas after Duffy passed.

Flute playing kitteh – I got this soon after I started playing the flute seriously

Kermit-Really…is an explanation really required?? There was a year in high school where mom wanted to put the more kid-like ornaments in the attic. While the jacked up Christmas tree glittered ornaments are cute, do you really need so many? Kai, mom, point taken. But she put lil Kermit up in the attic. When I realized that Kermit wasn’t on the tree I was like “oh hell naw!!” I went straight up in the attic and got him. He’s a necessity!

This is the only opportunity Layla and Luna will have living in a jungle so this experience needs to be photographed.




And, now, as I type this, I hear lil Luna drinking from the water at the bottom of the tree. How interesting–they have filtered water avaliable to them 24-7 yet the love the sappy tree water?? 

Whatever…it’s Christmas time, they can break the rules a little bit!

A MUCH NEEDED Replacement

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

A week ago, I would come home, relax for a few minutes but would inevitably face this:


That picture=boat load of complicated reading.

The final paper is done and handed in. Now this is what greets me when I get home and I couldn’t be happier

current WIPs


Despite the cornieness, I love Christmas time. I’m knitting plenty of projects for people that I either have a plan b for or are patient to wait as I finish them. Because of that, I’m thoroughly enjoying them. I love decorating Christmas cards and wrapping presents and now I can start focusing on that without this class looming over my head.

This past weekend, however, I just had to take these photos. When I was in our craft room with a rather large window, I took to texting friends as a distraction. As the sun hit my cell phone, light showed up on the hall wall and it drove Layla CRAZY!

Layla chasing the light

Rule of Cuteness-When a kitteh with a fluffy tail stands on her back paws. Precious! :x :-*

I’m looking forward to a weekend of Season Four of LOST with Jermaine. I’ve deserved it.

Happy Adoption Day!

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

October 14, 2005, at this time, I remember being so giddy at work. I could hardly sit still. Not only was it a Friday, but it was also the day Layla and Luna were coming to live with us. We don’t know their birthdays so today is the closest thing to a birthday we have. They are the best and sweetest and funniest kittehs a young couple can ask for.

Jermaine had always wanted to have an all black female kitteh and fell in love with Luna the first time he saw her picture:

And really, how can you not?? I thought I had a picture of Layla from the site but I can’t find it. But Jermaine had seen Luna’s pic and already started to contact the foster mom and coincidentally I fell in love with Layla, who happened to be in the same home with Luna.

These are some photos we took the first day and weekend we had them.

Luna took about a week and a half to get used to us as she doesn’t adjust well to change. We were really good to show her affection when she did pop up and now she can’t stop!

Layla was very curious about her new home and explored. I remember her falling asleep between Jermaine and me the first night (now I depend on it hehe)

The first night we had them, family members kept calling and invited themselves over to meet the new Johnson and Walker. This is a favorite photo of mine of Courtney getting to know her new neice, Luna. She has two darling big and rambunctious puppehs and you can just tell from her body language that she is saying to herself, “Be gentle….be gentle…” And here is Dianne getting acquainted with Layla during an afternoon of quilting. They became quick friends.

This is my favorite photo from their first weekend. For a while, the girls fought over this chair and I started to get concerned. But it was the only thing they fought over and mom mentioned “If they’re fighting over something, that means it’s worth it for them.”

This was the first of a lot of snuggling for them.

These three years have been great with them. They truly feel like our children and make our lives so much more enjoyable. We have Layla, the marriage counselor teddy bear. When Jermaine and I are talking…about anything, Layla is there as if to moderate. And teddy bear? She’s always up for a hug.

Luna is a crazy ninja kitteh with a huge superhero complex. Now just trust me when I say that she’s a ninja. It’s rather hard to get a photo of it. But this kitteh still certainly does some entertaining things.

And, mind you, in both these pics, she’s out cold!

I think I’m speaking for Jermaine here, when I say, that we are the luckiest people to have such caring darling kitties. Thank you for taking care of us and being the greatest daughters for us!

So Much for Discipline!

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

I joined the Ravelympics as a method through which I can get done with a lot of my works in progress.

Hasn’t worked. I get distracted so easily in my ordinary life. Knitting is no different. Last night I got the urge to do some colorwork so I started Endpaper Mittens for my Secret Swap pal (She loves fingerless gloves and I’ve always wanted to use this pattern so…perfect match )

And might I just say? These puppies are flying off the needles! Won’t be surprised if I get these done relatively quickly if (and that’s a big if) I stay at this pace.

I also received some Lorna’s Laces roving that I’m spinning for a shawl for the person who loaned me the spinning wheel. Oh lovely fiber… likey!

Then of course there is the Homeless Vets drive on the Obama group that I want to do more things for. I queued Wavy the other day with hopes I can do this for the drive because they’re running low on scarves.

And finally my mom gave me a book, Knit One Felt Too, with a Christmas gift suggestion (don’t you crafty folk just love how that ends up?? hehehe) so who knows….maybe next week at this time I’ll be a felting queen.

Notice how all of this has nothing to do with the Ravelympics? I’m a disappointment!

And my cheering section, taken about an hour ago.

She has a headache, it appears

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