Tuesday, March 31, 2009

the word '-ish'



ish is my favorite word/word additive.

It can solve a lot of life's little problems like being late "I said 5pm-ish... that's 5 o'clock give or take 15 minutes... right?"

Or as a very effect descriptionary word for things that are almost but not quite what they should be... as in "it's kinda sock-ish" or "I'm working on a sweater-ish type swatch" and "did you see so&so's new baby? Yea, man, it was kinda cute... ish"

When tactful words are needed to let a friend/family member down easy ish is the perfect stand in "of course the meal was great honey, the char marks give it a very welldone-ish appeal".

Photo Examples:

Sock-ish:



sometimes things start out very "sock-ish" and turn into socks (see left photo), and sometimes things that start out sock-ish in nature (right photo) turn out to be chickens...



ish is also great for describing yarn and/or it's degree of resemblance to yarn: "your handspun is improving, it's getting very yarn-ish"



have a great 'ish' word of your own?

Saturday, March 28, 2009

some form of growth - a very uncycle garden adventure part 1



De-clutter House. Start Garden.

This year is definitely the "year of the simplify". Luckily the above goals work well together and save some cash along the way.

To start I combined a lovely order of heirloom seeds from RareSeeds.com + metric ton/a bunch of used toilet paper rolls and this fabulous tutorial to equal the start of something yummy *fingers crossed*.




and presto chango...



Okay so this also involved some leftover potting soil from last year, a used strawberry container, 2 old milk jug bottoms (2-3" of bottom, save tops for mini green house thing-a-majigs) and the cut longways bottom of a soda pop 12 pack.



Some of the left over milk jug bits are also making appearances as seed markers.

My hordings of 46 oz. juicey-juice and 32 oz. Gatorade containers provided a great stash of transplant containers for when the little seedlings out grow their current home and the cut off container tops will go the way of the milk jug bits to be used as mini greenhouse thing-a-majigs if everything goes outside.

ah organization, it's a beautiful thing :)

Monday, March 23, 2009

oops and crap x 10


no, I have not fallen off the planet in another vain attempt at avoiding responsibility.
my computer crashed, like not fixable, explodie hard-drive crash. *ugh* so I've been sharing a computer for the last week-ish, relegated to normal 'business' type hours instead of late night oddness. no worries, think I needed a set schedule anyways.

the crash also zapped my pretty new blog graphics, which for some reason has kinda zapped my writing motivation *no idea* I've got tons of photos, comments and some fun stuff to make... well if only my brain could focus for more than say 30 seconds we might get somewhere... aside from all the excuses I'm doing okay.


more to follow...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

week 2: wednesday's random mailing

This week's package motivation: a super sweet gal and great customer of PnY, the fluffy stuff just kinda called out to be sent her way.

off to the east coast
a wee .6 ounce of hand dyed corrididale cross wool roving in smokey blues and purples

random wednesday what?
because I'm a bit odd and fun loving each Wednesday-ish will feature a random package, sent to a random person, for a random reason. The little lovely will contain random stuffs sometimes small some times big... usually odd.



Thursday, March 5, 2009

a novel idea



because I'm a bit odd and fun loving.

each Wednesday-ish will feature a random package, sent to a random person, for a random reason (catch all that?). It will contain random spur of the moment type stuffs, sometimes small some times big... usually goofy, cause I'm like that yo...

feedback and/or photos from said random mailings will also pop up on here :) sort of a random act of kindness warped by my fragile little head.

This week's package motivation:
a ravelry message board reference to bacon and customer service (how cool is that?) followed by some research for an address and voila.



on their way to California




want to join the fun? shoot me a plurk, etsy convo or rav message :)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Strawberry Crochet Pattern



Be-ewe-tifully simply strawberry to crochet

by katkoe
Starring:
Bits of worsted or sports weight yarn, Shiny the blue crochet hook (size H) and my thumb

Berry Bottom:
Chain 3, join to form ring.

Row 1:
Chain 2 (counts as first dc) crochet into ring 13 dc and join to first dc
Count 7 stitches from beginning and place marker on stitch.
Pull starting yarn to tighten the ring that was just created.

Row 2:
Chain 2 (counts as first dc), dc then make 2 dc into the next stitch.
*dc, dc, make 2 dc in stitch* repeat ** to 7th stitch in row.
At the 7th stitch crochet 7th and 8th stitch together with single crochet.
*dc, dc, make 2 dc in stitch* repeat ** until 2 stitches remain.
single crochet last two stitches together.
join row.

Row 3:
chain 2 (counts as first dc) dc next two stitches together into one stitch.
repeat once.
*dc, dc, dc next two stitches together* until three stitches remains.
dc, dc next two stitches together and join.

Row 4:

Chain 2, *join next two stitches together
with one dc* repeat to end and join.

Row 5:
Chain1, Crocheting into only the outer post of each stitch, place each remaining stitch onto hook and join all together into one single crochet stitch.


Knot off to finish berry bottom, cut yarn off leaving a 6-8" tail.




Stem Top:
  • Wrap green yarn around three fingers 7 times to create yarn bundle.


  • Cut yarn and wind the tale around the center of yarn bundle.
  • Sometimes this is easier if the bundle is held taunt between two fingers.



  • Lightly knot the tale after several wraps.
  • Now place a firmer knot over the first knot to secure string into loops.
  • Run Crochet hook from top to bottom of berry part.
    Grab ending yarn tale and pull tale th
    rough the top of the berry.



  • Tie yarn tale from stem yarn bundle to the berry yarn tale.



  • Insert the crochet hook from the bottom through the top of the berry *see below for stuffing option*
  • Grab yarn tales and pull the combined stem and berry yarn ends back through into the center.
*optional step: use hook to draw quarter size ball of yellow roving through to the center of the berry. Berry will hold shape with or without fluff in the middle*

Copyright 2009 katkoe. Free to copy and distribute for personal and non-profit purposes only. Pattern not for resale. Special rights given to Ewetopia.net for resale of finished items made from this pattern.