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iki knits

The (mostly) knitting blog of Ikisti.

Updated: 2018-03-06T05:28:49.873-06:00


into February


My project for the Apartment Therapy January Cure was to make this little unused corner into something more, well useful.It was really just a catch all for random stuff that I would carry upstairs to the bedroom. It was also a favorite place of the cats to sit at the window.I didn't paint anything as it always takes me forever to pick out colors. That and I'm trying to talk HT into just getting rid of the carpet upstairs. I moved my old laptop desk up and took out the "hidden" desk part to use as another surface  It was pretty easy to use the tables stop bracket as an anchor for the wall.  I had some Ikea hanging bits that were origionaly for the guest room, but I love the storage they give me here. I now have a nice little spot to get ready in the morning. Accessories, make-up, hair bits all in one place. And when I'm not using it, the seat goes back by the window for the kitties. We mustn't make them grumpy. We had a quiet V-day. HT and I don't normally do much to celebrate that day.But I did find him some strawberry peeps with dark chocolate butts. We kept meaning to get out and see Skyfall in the theaters, but it just never happened. We almost didn't get to watch it that night too. HT's original X-Box 360 (a red ring of death era Xbox that never had to be replaced) no longer likes to open its tray. Sherlock Holmes and the Game of Shadows is stuck in there and didn't want to give up its place for Bond I guess.We just ended up setting up his work laptop and watching it on that. Not sure if it is my favorite Bond, but I really enjoyed it. Mr. Craig is my favorite Bond.I've also started playing my first RPG with dice in a long, long time. It is Star Wars Edge of the Empire. I'm playing along with the Geek Dad's Pod Cast guys. They are letting me play long distance with them. I'm a Twi'Lek thief escape artist/hacker/chick with 2 knifes. So far it has been fun. Enjoy the rest of your Feb and I'll maybe post something up in March.    [...]

Getting Art on the Walls


We have been living in our home for at least 3 years now. And I have only started putting artwork up on the walls in this last 6 months.I guess I have always been worried that I would do it wrong, or it wouldn't look right, or some other thought of failure.But the nice thing about the times we live in is the 3M command strips.I don't have to put holes in the wall to hang things up. I don't have to fill and repaint when I put them up weirdly. Sometimes the hardest part is finding a frame. This screen print is from our friend Robert Pflaum. (Check out his work here)It had been languishing in our art closet for some time.I thought it would go nicely with our Adam Truman screen print and finally fount a frame at Blick (which will always be Dick-Blick to me) and wham, there she is, on the wall in all her bike glory. The only part that bugs me is the 2 frames are different depths.The Truman was framed years ago as a gift to HT. The frame for the Plfaum was just purchased and I could only find the 2" deep kind for it. I like the 2" though, it gives the print more gravitas. This wobbly collection of photographs, prints and canvas needs some work.But until I repaint the living room where it is house, it will just get randomly added to. No point taking it all down and starting over when I'm just going to have to repaint. (the 3M things are easy to use with out planing, but my pocket book would get a little thin if I started over here) There are 2 new things on the console there. One is a jar where i'm going to write down happy little random things for the year to look at on New Years at the end. The other is a vase of flowers. For the January Cure one of the tasks is to buy flowers for your house every week. This is the first week I have done it and the little $5 bouquet from Byerls' split up into 2 nice little arrangements. I have one of them in the bedroom on my nightstand. These 3 prints are also in the living room on the long barren wall. It isn't their final home I don't think, but I like having them up to look at. They are buy Etsy artist Elly MacKay. She makes 3D illustrations and photographs them. I love the depth they have because of this. Check out her shop and get one of her amazing prints for yourself. I have gotten a few other things started this week too.The avocado plant that we started from a pit last year has been put in soil. We'll see if it stays alive.  And I've started washing up some sample wool that I purchsed from Etsy seller Catawampus Farms. They are coming very clean and there is only a tiny amount of VM in them. (VM means veggie matter).The house only smells a little sheepy now.I'm getting very good use out of the drying frames my friend Jillian made me for my birthday some years back. They fit perfectly over the sink and I don't have to worry about clogging the drains with wool. I don't think it would be much fun to clean the pipes after that ;)As for now, it's off to knit a few things for my shop and stay warm inside. [...]



 There may or may not be a plan for this year.It started off well enough art and creativity wise on New Years day with home made scones and a well styled photographAnd I have been spinning and am planing on learning how to core-spin in the next few days.But then I thought I should organize the guestroom/my work room.These are the before pictures.As you can see, there is a bit of... well everything that has to be done. After an hour and a half, well I've picked up a bit, then taken everything out of the closets so I pretty much have to start all over again. One thing I did get done was to add another spot to stick things over my monitor.They are just 2 Ikea trivets stuck to the wall with the 3m command things. But they will free up some desk space for me. Which is need. I'm fallowing along with Apartment Therapy's January Cure. It is to help get the house organize. So far so good. I have made a list of things in each room that need taken care of (though i bit off to much today) and I set up a box that will be a garage sale/out box.So there is a plan for the house.I'm working on a plan for making something everyday. I may post them, I may not.I'm also working on a plan for me. The kind of  food/budget/job plan that can sometime make people feel overwhelmed.Crossing my fingers that I can stay on track. [...]

photos of the summer


this is my summer. pretty good so far. looking forward to fall. 

Been a while


So its been a while.What have I been up to?Sewing things mostly.I made this nice square Pom Pom scarf and a few hair-scarfs/headbands. I also convinced 2 of my friends to model them for my etsy shop. Don't they look cute. I've been doing art/craft fairs. The next one will be in July on the 22nd. Uptown has a market every Sunday and my friend Tiffany and I have done one so far. This is a photo of my half of the booth. Lots of cute stuff. You may be wondering what happened to the sweater that I was trying to make in a month.Well it turns out that I really should have done the Large. While the medium, seen here, is pretty and my floats aren't too tight... its just too small.I'm going to finish it. It is to pretty not to. But it looks like it may have to be given to one of my smaller friends/family. I hope they love it. [...]



I've been trying to work on personal and shop stuff resently.Here you see the progress I've made on the March sweater.Though as I was working on it I noticed something.A, that I had a helper and really need to keep my papers up.(the yellow arrow)B, that the written pattern and the photo on the pattern don't match up. It seems that the auther changed the pattern a bit after the sample was made. (green arrow)I get that some times you rethink things, but if you are selling a pattern, please make the photographs match the written pattern. People buy patterns because of the photograph. If you change a chunk of it, retake the damn photograph. (hopping off soap box)I finally started spinning Hoppers fluff. It would seem that the "long draw" method is the best for his shorter cut 100% angora stuff. I think it will have a really nice halo when plied up.   Though i was thinking of plying it with some white Alpaca.I've been continuing with the quilt block of the month too. These are hexagon blocks. I think they turned out quiet well.  Also it would seem that blogger has fixed some of the things that annoy me about working with it. So i'll stick around for now. Though there wont be much time for blogging. Art-A-Whirl is coming up and I'm going to be in a booth at the 331 club here in Minneapolis for 3 days. I need to make a lot more ties, handspun yarn, batts and maybe some knit toys before I'm ready to just sell my stuff for 3 days. Wish me luck, or better yet, come and see me. [...]

shop-hop-day2- ColdWater


shop-hop-day2-8, a photo by ikisti on Flickr.

Here is stop 13's kit. Love those buttons.

shop-hop- Charms


shop-hop-day2-9, a photo by ikisti on Flickr.

Here are all the charms. It was a very fun shop hop. Thanks for participating all you great shops.

shop-hop-day2- Needle Works


shop-hop-day2-7, a photo by ikisti on Flickr.

Here is stop 12's yarn that I got.

shop-hop-day1- Steven Be


shop-hop-day1-13, a photo by ikisti on Flickr.

Here is stop 11's safari yarn and pattern.

shop-hop-day1- The Yarnery


shop-hop-day1-11, a photo by ikisti on Flickr.

Stop 10 and a book that I've been looking for.

shop-hop-day1-3 Kittens


shop-hop-day1-16, a photo by ikisti on Flickr.

Stop 8 and a nice blue yarn from the 3 Kittens.

shop-hop-day1- Darn-Knit-Anyway


shop-hop-day1-15, a photo by ikisti on Flickr.

Stop 7s London hat yarn. You can never go wrong with Lorna's Laces

shop-hop-day1- Double Ewe


shop-hop-day1-8, a photo by ikisti on Flickr.

4th stops Apple Pie yarn.

shop-hop-day1- Shepherd Choice


shop-hop-day1-7, a photo by ikisti on Flickr.

The 3rd stops orifice hook.

shop-hop-day1- Amazing Theards


shop-hop-day1-10, a photo by ikisti on Flickr.

The yarn from stop too. Pink is not my color but this will be nice for a gift knit don't you think.

shop-hop-day1-Crafty Planet


shop-hop-day1-12, a photo by ikisti on Flickr.

Here is the yarn and pattern from Crafty Planet.

shop-hop-day2- Skiens


shop-hop-day2-5, a photo by ikisti on Flickr.

Skiens was our last stop.
They had run out of the special yarn, but here it is worked up in the pattern. You can order it and they will mail it too you though when they get the next batch.

shop-hop-day2- ColdWater


shop-hop-day2-4, a photo by ikisti on Flickr.

ColdWater had a great kit for making a Fibonacci pillow with Icelandic wool. I got one of the kits that has horn buttons.

shop-hop-day2- Needle Works


shop-hop-day2-3, a photo by ikisti on Flickr.

Here is a close up of the little skeins.

shop-hop-day2-- Needle Works


shop-hop-day2-2, a photo by ikisti on Flickr.

This seems to be the only way to show the images, Here is Needle Works Yarn.

Yarn Shop Hop Day 1 part 3 (too many images for bloggers liking)


So blogger still doesn't want me to share many more than 4-5 images with you at a time. But hopefully you like some of the ones it will let me share. On ward and up ward.Stillwater is a town I like visiting. When it is nice out one can stroll around the town for hours. There are shops and houses too look at. And there is Darn.Knit.Anyway.They have even provided seating for those who are drug along to yarn shops against their will. I always love visiting with Amy and Carly. And seeing all the sample knits every where in the shop. They had the stamping/charm/donation/drawing area in the class room with the sale yarn. Sneaky.They were doing an England and tea for their country. Oh yah, all the stores have countries they are representing here is a Rav thread with the list. We stopped and had lunch at the Caribbean BBQ place next door. That was not my smartest move. It put me in a bit of a food coma and too a little to long. But it was really tasty. Next up, 3 Kittens Needle Arts. Bunger thought that would be a good name for a tattoo shop. I can see it. I like the new (to me) location and the lay out. They were all super friendly and insisted that we had some Swedish fish before we left. Yarn Garage, The Yarnery and Steven Be's were the last 3 we made it to.I must admit that I was starting to lose my drive about this time. I don't know if it was the food coma, or just a day of driving and trying to fallow directions but I was getting done.I didn't get anything at the Yarn Garage, though I did look at the specialty Zen that they got in. It was mostly a strong red with lots of sparks. The Yarnery was pretty busy but they were able to help us out right quick. Though my budget was getting slim at this point and the yarn wasn't calling to me.Weird I know.Steven Be's was a bit like a party. Lots of people, friendly chatty worker, and Steven of course. I think he might have gotten the most excited about specialty yarns because he had 3 of them I think. Sorry there aren't any pictures of this, my battery (on me not the camera) was really running low. Here is where my card stands. Only 3 stores to hit tomorrow. Then a post with all the spoils. If I can figure out how to get Blogger to let me post more than 4 images. :)[...]

Yarn Shop Hop Day 1 part 2 (so many images)


Continued from part 1.One of the nice things about the Shop Hop was the route I planed. We took a few hyws but mostly we went the more direct way which took us on some back roads. There is a lot of cool stuff to look at on back roads, but we had plans so there was no stopping for shooting pictures. There is always time for pictures at yarn stores though. This was the Double Ewe, like a lady sheep. They had a really nice specialty yarn and pattern and it wasn't crazy $ so I go some. I'm starting to enjoy knitting with red earthy tones. I still don't really wear any though. Oh, they also had great yarn winding stations set up for winding up your bought yarn. Then it was on to A Sheepy Yarn Shop* in White Bear Lake. They have rearranged the store since the last shop hop I did. It felt way more open and inviting. They had some Peruvian wool that was pretty but didn't have the feel that I enjoy knitting with.Then we drove around White Bear Lake to get to Lila and Claudine'sTheir knitted selves were out front to greet all the knitters on the hop.The specialty yarn in their shop was very, very bright as you can see.Again not quiet my thing, but Bunger found some yarn that he was looking for. He's a scarf making fool. 3 more shops down. By now it was 1pm. Still making good time but getting hungry. If anyone is reading this and they are going to Lila and Claudine's when you buy something you get a 10% off coupon for the coffee shop next door. We really should have stopped in there..... *there apears to be a problem with A Sheepy Yarn Shoppe's web page so that's a yelp link. [...]

Yarn Shop Hop Day 1 part 1 (so many images)


So yesterday was the first day of the 6th annual Yarn Shop Hop of the Twin Cities and surrounding area. I say surrounding area because really, there was a lot of 'burbs in there. So new knitter Bunger and I went out at 10am to the Coffee Shop NE and to the shops. I love the stopping into the coffee shop because everyone there is friendly and they always have tasty treats. Across the street is Crafty Planet. They are my local shop that gets me in trouble all the time. Not only do they have tasty yarns, knit picks interchangeable needles, but tons of great fabrics. They had a fun yarn and pattern. It is 2 skeins wrapped together and you can make matryoshka dolls or anything else like color block socks out of the skeins. From there we headed to Amazing Threads in Maple Grove. Now when I work out at the MG store I know how to get there to have a nice lunch break. Though you have to pass by a bunch of mounds of dirt to get there. The next shop was Shepherd's Choice. They have tons of spinning stuff there. I was super happy to find that out because I just lost the orifice hook for my lady bug wheel. So I was able to get a replacement one. Also, they had the some of the cutest knitted critters in their shop.By now it was 11:30am, I think. But I figure 3 shops in 1 1/2 hours was making pretty good time. There were still 11 shops to go.... [...]

Babies, Hats, And a Domo


I've been trying to make more knit items for the shop.I thought, hey Baby hats are quick and people like shopping for babies. So I when to whip a few out. I made 2 so far.This one was frogged and re-knit into just stripes so maybe I only made 1 when you do the knitting math. It seems that many people I know are having babies, have had babies or are talking about them. My pal Lisa is going to be having a baby girl any day now. Last time she was up her in Mpls we made tutus for the impending little one. This is the yellow/brown one. It turned out pretty cute. Babies are funny critters though. They just grow so fast. Here is little Issac my nefew just last year around... Sept? I'm bad with time.He's a cute little guy though.And her he is just last month wearing the space invaders bow tie I made for him. They grow so darn quickly.It always amazes me just how fast they change and which parts of their face/personality stay the same. One critter that wont grow and change... Domo the baby hat model.I don't have direct access to any babies to just pose for me when I need them too. But it turns out that Domo's head it the perfect size to show off a just knit baby hat. :)[...]