Revealing!

Hello all – it is reveal time for SP9. My spoiler was Jessie – she was a great pal for this round. Heatherly was my hostess with the mostess and my final package, filled with goodies went off to my spoiler on Monday. I hope she gets her package today!!

Work has been extremely busy, thankfully! I have to get to work now – have a good day all!!

On the Fair Isle!

Hello Everyone! It has been a very hectic week here at the Christensen Huis – I worked a lot and went to knit night on Thursday – there were not enough hours in the day. Last year my daughter saw the Fair Isle bag in VK and she really wanted me to knit it for her – so I had gotten the yarn to knit it up for her – but with all the Christmas knitting – I did not even think about starting this project – that topped with the fact that I had NEVER done Fair Isle – it got put on the back burner. Well, she asked about the bag again this week – so I went and dug the yarn and the pattern out from my stash closet and headed down to my LYS for some Fair Isle pointers. I can knit continental – but the bottom of the bag called for stockinette and was not knit in the round. I cannot purl continental – I have tried – it is an excercise in frustration – and not something I want to do for 1 row much less the 15 rows I’d need to do to get the bottom completed. So, Rose taught me Norwegian – no, not the language – Norwegian Purl to be exact! I can Norwegian Purl!! Woooo Hoooo! So, Fair Isle is sailing right along!

I shall post photo’s later on.

I am sending out my final package for my SP9 pal tomorrow – I got her some lovely stuff! Touch Me lace weight yarn, some soy silk roving, and some treats for her and her family. She was such an awesome pal – I hope she likes her last package.

I am also sending out the package for the Luxury Fiber swap I am in – that package will be heading to Washington State tomorrow as well. I will post what was sent later in case the recipient reads this blog.

Hope you all had a great weekend. Here is hoping this week is not as insane as last week was!

Heifer Project

Hello everyone – hopefully your week is moving along smoothly!

I broke a resolution this week – I confess I bought some yarn to knit this after being inspired by Chris to take on the challenge of knitting a Moebius! Well, cast on I did – and around and around I go!

With all the chatter in the blog world about the Colts and Da Bears – I thought I would share with you a Super Sunday Twist! I am joining in with my LYS gals in a “knit in” on Sunday afternoon. I am taking pledges for my knitting time! I will be there from 1 – 5 PM knitting squares for “Warm Up America” – and your pledges will go towards the purchase of a Knitting Basket from Heifer International. If you are interested in sponsoring me – please leave me a comment and I can accept paypal pledges! You would be helping 2 great causes – how awesome is that! Or should I say SUPER! I like the idea because there is no looser in this contest – only winners all around!

Well, I am off to work for the day – please leave me a comment and a pledge! If you’d like to knit a square or two – that would be welcomed too!

Have an awesome Wednesday!

Oh Canada!

Hello everyone – Canada arrived here in Michigan yesterday – both with the weather and with a wonderful surprise from Erin (blogless – I think). She was my partner for the Luxury yarn swap from Swap Bot. She sent me some amazing sock yarn – dyed locally in British Columbia! It is gorgeous – shades of blues, purples, greens – just beautiful and sooo soft! I think that I might use this yarn for Bloomin’ Feet which starts this weekend – I believe that Mr. C is working on the matches for Amanda – this yarn reminds me of crocus’ and iris’ – those beautiful spring blooms. She also included some yummy dark chocolate – made locally as well. So you see Cananda arrived on my doorstep yesterday!

We are also getting some “Canadian cold air” via the jet stream – along with some lovely “lake effect” snow. Right now out my window it looks like a lovely snow globe – flakes falling steadily down. A beautiful day to knit!!

Thank you so much, again, Erin for the amazing package! I love it!

Fourteen year old boys and birth control…

Hello everyone! How do you like the title? Well, it has been an interesting week here at the Christensen Huis – get yourselves something to drink, pull up a chair, and get ready!

About 2 weeks ago, my son – Sam – came home with some paperwork from his life skills class. He either had to write a 5 page essay on adoption OR he could have “Program Baby” for 2 days and 2 nights. Sam and I had a long discussion about all the people we know who have either been adopted or wanted to to adopt… it is a good list, varied – some in state and some out of country adoptions. Sam though felt that 5 pages were, well… F – I – V – E pages…you know LONG and lots of work. And, even though I cast my vote for the essay – last night he came home from school with his new baby “Max”. Max who fusses, cries, needs to be changed, attended to – and quite franky – slept as much as most new babies do. Sam got very little sleep last night – how he managed to not wake me up is something I am still wondering about! Well, anyway – if any of you have the priviledge of having teenagers in your homes – you know that they need a LARGE amount of sleep – kind of like babies themselves, now that I think of it!! Sam had a bit of a reprieve – he could drop the baby off to the life skills class so that he could attend his other classes today – but he had to go get “Max” at the end of school today and once again – the new baby is in the house again tonight. Although I helped Sam a bit after school so he could get his homework done. This baby has some kind of monitor inside it – if it cries for any length of time – it is registered and how quickly you respond to the cries is registered as well. So, we have “fed”, “burped”, “changed diapers” (although this is an odorless – messless process – this would be nice in REAL LIFE!! LOL) etc. This all needs to be logged by Sam to turn in to the teacher. Sam was not his usual self at the breakfast table this morning – he informed me that he WAS NEVER having kids! I am not sure what brilliant teacher thought this up – but Holy Cow – they deserve an award! Sam and I had an indepth conversation this morning about the consequences of sex – something we had talked about before, but it had new meaning this morning – my son is growing up – he is not my baby anymore. I am proud of him (as I have always been) – but I am seeing him through “new eyes” and hearing him with “new opened ears” as well! I know that a 5 page paper would have never have taught him what he learned these past 2 days – I am glad that he did NOT listen to my suggestion!

Hopefully, this baby will “sleep” better here tonight than he did last night – but I am so glad he is here in our home!

Urgent Reqeust!!

Hello Everyone. I have a very special request for all of you out there. I have participated again in SP9 and the end of January is when we are to reveal ourselves to our spoilee.

If it is not too much trouble – I was wondering if you all could stop by Kimberly’s Blog and tell her that someone sent you there to say “hello”. Please do not reveal who sent you – she has been such an awesome pal for SP9 – I want to make the waning days of the swap special for her. If you all could stop by and increase the mystery as to how you all found her – I’d be so grateful.

I intend to reveal myself to her in the last week of the month – so help me out in bringing her some good cheer!

Thanks to all of you – you all are the best!!

PS – I got a package from my pal – Thank you so much!! I will try and have my daughter take a picture and post it here later this week. It was filled with some great goodies! She did not let me know who she was though – hmmmmm – am I supposed to figure out??? Help me out here pal!! πŸ™‚

Thanks again to my pal and to all you pals out there!

Knitting Backwards 101


This is now normal purling looks like – see needle in front – normal purling. But, when doing Entrelac, constantly turning your work back and front to knit and purl makes for wasted energy. You can work your entrelac from one side with very little turning except for when you need to pick up your stitches to go on to your next square. What follows is a “knitting backwards lesson”. If you have questions – you can email me at kachrist37@gmail.com for more help!

When working backwards you do not turn your work – see the yarn coming from the left side of my work? This is a purl row and I am working it from the right side (or knitting side) of my work.


I insert my LEFT needle into the BACK of the stitch on my RIGHT needle. See – the yarn is coming from the LEFT side of my work.


Wrap the yarn counter clockwise around my LEFT needle as above.


Pull LEFT needle forward through the stitch on the RIGHT needle. This is your new stitch, sliding the stitch from the RIGHT needle off that needle.

Now work your next stitch. I found this technique incredibly easy when working with a small number of stitches. I don’t know why you could not use it on a longer row, but when you are knitting 20 or more stitches it does not make as much sense.

Here is your lesson for the day! Now I have helped you learn a new technique! Have a great weekend everyone