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Rose Window beret

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I’ve spent the past couple of weekends knitting the Rose Window Beret from the spring issue of Interweave Knits. How do you like it?

It’s toddler size because I used tiny needles (US size 4) and crochet cotton.

I might be tempted to make one for myself over the summer, but it looks like I should start some projects for end of school gifts for the boy’s teachers. But what to make?

Any ideas?


Written by Karlie

March 16th, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Posted in at Home,family,knitting

Baby Luke’s Blanket – Follow-up

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So here it is, Baby Luke’s Blanket. It’s done and has been done for a while, but I’m just getting to the post – so sorry.

The Blanket was made with 2 skeins of Red Heart Soft. One each of Chocolate and Seafoam.

The Pattern is simply alternating stripes of the one I hacked a few months ago, which I think needs a formal name… How about “Luke’s Triangles?”

The stripe effect was added because it was becoming obvious that I’d need to balance the yarn usage since the slipped stitches use much less yarn than the main color.

I suppose I could have stuck with an all over pattern, but I probably would have used twice as much yarn of one color as I would have with the other.

To do the stripes, it’s really quite simple. The row number of the pattern didn’t change, just the yarn I used to knit it. So rather than sliding the work on the needle, I turned the work and knit back with the color I had in my hand.

Thoughts, Comments?


Written by Karlie

March 8th, 2010 at 9:03 am

Posted in at Home,knitting

Excptional trip to Walmart

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The truth is stranger than fiction.

Of all the other visits I’ve ever had to Walmart, this has to be the exception, rather than the rule.

As I walk in I see a man at the check out wearing Jackfruit brown monk’s robs. The tote bag he’s carrying also has Thai writing on it.

It takes me a moment to go from “oh cool a monk” to “I wonder if he’s Thai Forrest Tradition?”

Now here’s the kicker… While I’ve spent an enormous amount of time with a former monk, they’re not on every street corner here in the US so I’ve only ever interacted with Todd.

I’m pretty sure I didn’t make any major Faux Pas, I’m also pretty sure I didn’t make a great impression either. A drive by greeting if you will.

I’m still hanging my head in shame for not being more “normal” when I met the men.

Now that I’ve got the things I came in for, I head to the express check out. There I’m met with 3 individuals who not only have more than 20 items each, they’re also doing their best to complicate things for the cashier.

The first cart is just finishing up as I approach. He pays for his groceries.
The Second cart is unloaded and now there’s discussions about this woman’s groceries.
The third person in the party takes a $100 bill out of her pocket and gives it to the man.

The man then proceeds to pay for everyone’s groceries with his welfare card.

“Whats the total now?” As the second woman adds a pack of gum. They’re still short of spending every last penny alloted on the card so the first woman exclaims “If you get another pack of gum I’ll pay you a dollar for it.”

So if I didn’t have reason enough to avoid Walmart, this takes the cake.

Written by Karlie

January 7th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Posted in at Home,buddhism,family

Nostalgic start to 2010.

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It’s the first day of 2010 and I’m in a nostalgic mood this morning. Probably because my cold is getting worse, rather than better and I’m not too excited about doing anything other than pretending to be a vegetable.

So instead of doing anything serious, I’m digging through a few DVD’s of data archived at one of the many updates my personal computer has had over the years.

Along with the old files and business documents I found lots and lots of photos I hadn’t looked at in quite a long time. For example, here is my youngest son at about 8 months old in May 2005. (please see updated copyright notice for photos in the left menu.)

I also found a copy of my husband’s first website. The site is long gone and I was actually surprised to find a version at Archive.org. In fact I thought I had lost my only copy of the site before I rediscovered these discs. I should also kick myself for not checking the way back machine sooner. Though if I knew the Internet Archive had a copy I might not have looked so hard for the discs.

Anyway, I’ve decided to post some of Todd’s writings as I go along. I do have a few things that the way back machine didn’t capture so with luck I’ll have some unique insights to share with you.

Hope you enjoy the new year,

Written by Karlie

January 1st, 2010 at 9:39 am

Are We There Yet? FUDCON 2009

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For some reason I thought I had lots of time this week to get ready for FUDCon. And perhaps I did. But now, it’s Wednesday evening and all I can say about this week is that I’ve been running late since Monday morning.

The good news is that the majority of the SWAG I’m bringing is already packed since I never took it out of the car after NYSCATE. Call that a win for procrastination.

There are a few goodies I don’t want to forget. First are these cute little pouches I picked up at the TJ Connor Elementary Book Fair a few weeks ago.

They looked so lonely marked down to 25¢ each. Well I hope they’ll find loving homes this weekend.

With that said, I should probably get off my computer and see if I can get some laundry done before I’m further behind.


Written by Karlie

December 2nd, 2009 at 3:52 pm