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Holiday Handmades Gift Bank


open to everyone! (local and online)Similar to a holiday savings account, paper and yarn is making it easier to get your holiday handmade gifts done in time for Christmas by spreading out the work through the year.In our first installment we’ll make Fetching Mitts. The KAL(knit along) begins this February and the pattern is available as a free download from Knitty.comThis project is great for beginners and experience knitters.Want to learn cables or how to use DPNs(double pointed needles)? Fetching Mitts are the perfect project for you!A class will be available too, contact us for more details.Join along and post a photo or two on our ravelry board … we’ll have several contest through out the year to help encourage a less stressful 2011 holiday season :)

new pattern available on ravelry

The new PDF pattern of my Family of Sizes: Crochet House Slippers/Socks/Shoes is now available as a free download through

Sizes include newborn, baby, toddler, kid, women and men sizes.


..."The studio is an official go now, we've got a fresh coat of paint and primer in the main work area and more updates planned for spring. Not having everything 100% over the last month has made me reconsider opening the space but; like everything else with this company it has a way of organically forming itself into what is needed, not necessarily what I have originally planned for it. I'll be adding updates to the site this week, for some reason the calendar is giving me fits but if you click on an event, the proper date and time will show up in the description.Mid-January will mark the beginning of open studio. So far the tentative plan is each week on Thursday from 4-8pm. This will be a time to pop in to see what new stuff we have brewing, get advise/assistance on a current project or ideas for a new project.more details soon. "...

It's that time of year again

well, I made it 9 days into the daily blogging thing before crash, bang, boom!

It's funny because after waking to the realization on day 11 that I completely forgot to blog the night prior I didn't really sweat it to much as I though "no problem, I'll make it up during the day sometime". Ah, denial is a beautiful thing.

Six days later and here I am, cranking through my little guilt trip of a list, trying to catch back up. Again.

I'm actively talking myself out of over reacting and instead working out a set of steps to get caught back up without letting the crazy pity party get too out of hand. So far so good.

... and since a lovely friend reminded me that holiday is less than 6 weeks away, (I thought I'd pass that little freak out along to you) I've included a link to my Mini Frumpy Gramps SweaterOrnament as an encouragement/quickly stocking stuffer idea. Happy Knitting!

work requirments

so one of the fun parts of my job now involves sniffing glue, well not intentionally sniffing glue but you know what I mean. The new jewelry line has been interesting to design and make. I'm finally getting professional displays and packaging which is helping move things forward too :)

Below are some of the pretties for the Holiday Show at ArtsPlace in St. Marys, Ohio. Rings are adjustable, nickle/lead free and priced $10 bucks or less.

designs copyrighted 2010.

the answer to all of life's little problems


murphy laughed

Mr. Murphy Law has paid me a visit this week. Decided to do the NaBloPoMo this month and magically I can barely function thanks to feeling under the weather alllllll weekend long.

Schools almost done for the year, so it's cram and then prep for the ArtsPlace Holiday Show in St. Marys, OH. I think some of my items may also end up at the main location in Portland, IN. I'll be sure to pass on the details once I know more.

to monday.

a day

today was spent chillin' with family and going on a $5.06 shopping spree at a few local shops. Yep, just a pinch over five bucks. For that I was able to procure 3 bags of halloween sour apple cotton candy (holy cow it's so sour we coughed) and a bag of sixlets for $0.82 total. Then at the local toy shop I hit up the dollar toys for 2 Japanese dog erasers and 2 magic color pencils with lead that swirls between 4 different colors. These make great little gifts :)

Does 6 a.m. count as yesterday?



to quote my own products:

Hopefully tonight I'll be back on the blog wagon, last night I gave up and slept the evening away. Oops.

up and down

well today has just been full of the crazy.

I'll start with the ugh and move my way up, since I hate ending on a pessimistic note (shocking, I know)

Mom went into the hospital for pneumonia type issues.
-so far it's just for observation. poor thing looked horrible this morning when I stopped by so glad she is getting some added care.

This week is also chucked full of school deadlines to the point of almost being comical. Next week barely a thing, this week oh-heck-no :p

and of course the Good:
The long awaited Loaf Baby-Toddler Sock/Slipper Pattern is now available for purchase as a download on Ravelry.


Our Etsy Shop is just 11 away from 400 hundred sales in less than three years
(thank you to all our customers, your choice to spend those precious dollars in our store means a lot and we're so great-full.)

so now I best hop back off of here to accomplish something, have a good night folks.

studio post primer

okay, I won't show photos of the splodey office but I will show a few of the new space.

Why yes, that is an avocado kitchen circa 1975. It's the Awesome!

thanks to hubs and FIL for priming the whole main section, walls and ceilings :) next up is a coat of probably light grass green or maybe a blue-gray paint on all the white walls, the paneling will stay natural... not sure about the color choices yet. The place looks so bright compared to the old faded/grayed walls and slightly yellow tinged ceiling. I'm trilled with the results so far.

well I feel sheepish

wow. it's November, said more like it's N-o-v-e-m-b-e-rrrrr. *Gasp*

The good news: the little contest listed in my previous entry does, indeed, have a winner.

The bad news: my office exploded over the last month and I need to find said entry back before firing up the dye pots *blush* ... sorry, seriously, sorry.

In other office news, PnY will actually be getting a real studio space later this month or in December sometime... *fingers crossed* the space is huge, and located on the second floor above a two car garage. No plans for retail type hours yet but the location will be open during special events and by appointment.

more on that to come.
On a completely unrelated note; I'll be goal setting with the NaBloPoMo/National Blog Posting Month event that starts today through the end of the month. So this is day one, no fanfare but maybe tomorrow I'll have something non-rambling-ish to say.

Hurry, hurry!

Today is the last day to postmark your hanks' for the coloring contest!

To enter: click on the 'hank the sheep' image below to download a .pdf copy of our beloved mascot. Then just print, color and mail the page back to us at the address provided in the .pdf file.

Entries must be post marked by September 7th, 2010 and received by September 14th, 2010. The more entries the bigger the prizes. Contest is open to folks in the United States, Canada, Australia and the UK.

Please be sure to include your name, address and email on your entry.

product highlight: the eyes have it for paper.yarn.wire

A slight dip in the temperature has me longing for all the goof-ball-ness attached with the approaching Halloween. Granted paper.yarn.wire is usually a bit froo-froo but every once in awhile I need to get in touch with the ghoul in the girl as is evident with (my favorite) the eyeball bracelet shown below. I also make hand formed rings with the acrylic eye beads. The local farmers' market kids seem to really enjoy the rings, maybe it's just the wackiness of wearing something so morbid.

Perfect Halloween Attire

Fall being my favorite time of year, I can't wait to whip out all my orange and green goodies from the design desk. Just for the guys, some appropriated worded stitch markers to denote your favorite knit medium.

The orange beads are also available on our other products. Aside from Halloween items we're mostly just working on our inventory for the upcoming Pumpkinfest in New Bremen, Ohio which is September 25th this year. Only about a month away, that's frighteni…

hank the sheep coloring contest

Welcome to the first annual "hank the sheep" Coloring Contest. Click on the hank image below to download a .pdf copy of our beloved mascot. To enter just print, color and mail the page back to us at the address provided in the .pdf file.

of course the fine print: paper and yarn is not responsible for any lost or miss addressed entries. we reserve the right to post a scan of the winners on our websites or the original in our shop. By submitting an entry you are guaranteeing that you are 18 years of age or older (or have parental permission to participate in our contest).

We will not place your personal contact information online only your first name or screen name if your artwork is chosen. Hank the Sheep artwork remains copyright protected to

Entries must be post marked by September 7th, 2010 and received by September 14th, 2010. The more entries the bigger the prizes. Contest is open to folks in the United States, Canada, Australia and the UK.

Please be sure …

Mystery Meat Sock Club

Mystery Meat Sock Clubs are once again available at (yippee! ).

Mystery Meat is a 3 month yarn club which features a different colorway and collection of goodies mailed each month to club subscribers. The best part about this club is you get to give your input on colors... no neon craziness or muted semi-solids unless that's exactly what you like :)

The $65.00 price tag includes shipping to the United States.

A one time shipping fee allows the club shipment to be mailed to Canada, the UK and Australia for interested folks outside the US.

Hurry sign up's close September 10th, 2010.


now I know what 5 a.m. looks like from the other side o_O

at least it was not all lost time... I guess?

Over at there is a new printable coloring page of hank

and has a new pretty:

(I swear my fingers are in fact not purple like the photo but you get the idea... )

New Shop

Welcome back to the katkoe blog-o-sphere. I'm kinda continuing in redeveloping some of the public sites related to myself and online shops. A few weeks ago Paper and Yarn grew a new appendage in the form of the paper.yarn.wire shop.

The new shop features ready made gifts (most of which are one-offs). Hair pins, Filigree rings and earrings are currently posted with plans for a toddler/baby line of toys and some eco-friendly everyday practical items... apparently my little head can't have just one genre to work with and hence the new shop will hold all the non-knitting related goodies. Have no fear PnY will still be producing "knitting supplies for the less enthusiastic".

We've been blessed to have a few orders already so some of the items shown above might not be available.

craft safe folks.

of all things

to break my blog silence on I figure this would be a good one... not my idea but that of the dear blogger Mr. Franklin. Thank you for removing the commercialized hoopla and delving into what today is really about.

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form o…

paper yarn wire knit

So what does a gal do with over a month of blog silence? well...

a new site for paper and yarn is slowly growing over here as part of my take on the 10,000 hours project by MissV ... and in other, more local, news the F3 gals have a new front page and it's pretttttty.

Obviously I've had my face in front of the computer screen a little too much lately. Even with all the screen time I've managed to start complying goodies for the upcoming farmers market and knit for a few of the 6 or 7 babies soon to arrive to family and friends. This year is lining up to be another crazy one, hold on tight.

Baking of Bread

For a gal who can char even ready-to-bake cookies, the idea of making bread from scratch was meet with much hesitation and finger crossing. Luckily, I found a site called Cooking Bread which offers tons of simple recipes that require minimal ingredients. Surprisingly enough I even found a recipe that only used items I had on hand (woohoo!).

Flour, lard (yeppers, in stock for tortilla and biscuit making), yeast, water, salt, butter, sugar and eggs. The instructions are straight forward, but I make extra copies so I can cross out each step as I go. This kinda helps the brain remember where it's been already. The site also offers pic-tutorial with some of the recipes.

Plus there is no soy in the Farmhous Bread if you use animal lard and butter vs. vegetable shortening and margarine, that means no nappy time for kat. Gluten-free recipes are also available on the Cooking Bread website.

Only change to the recipe I found was to divide the dough into 4 smaller loafs instead of two. The small…

Quarterly Update: knitterly intentions 2010

To help keep myself on track/honest, here is an update of knitterly goals for the year.

1 holiday gift from 2009
completed after holiday and delivered in late Jan. Pattern is Pretty Thing by yarn harlot. I love this pattern. It's very well written but I had to struggle to finish, guess lace knitting is not my thing.

1 hat for kat: oh lookie, yes, I actually finished an item for myself. The very cozy hat was much appreciated for all the cold weather and walks to campus from the parking lot. I'll be knitting this pattern for hubs hat too but will add about 1.5" to the length for a better fit.

Only two items check off the list so far, had a minor case of cast-on-itis so I'm way behind in the finished goods department :p

the rest of the Things to do and a few change-a-roos:
1 hat for chi:
was hoping for a trilobite hat but just wasn't feeling it so now I'm back to plain 6x2 ribbing a la' watchmen cap.

1 hat for boo:
Changed to one small Shalom.

1 vest for tre:

Well Hello there March

I think this year went from Jan. straight to March gah!

The first couple months of the year are always transitional months for me. It's kinda like the quiet before the storm, can feel it in my bones that all kinds of crazy are about to break loose... hank agrees but he's excited to go along for the ride.

(labels by Sara of

paper and yarn is gearing up for the Portland Indiana Fiberfest which is next week (Thursday - Saturday). We will be there on Friday with demos on paper making and spinning. PnY will also be heading up the inaugural year for Kid Classes. Classes include: Fiber dyeing, reclaimed accessories and cardboard loom weaving. Check the fiberfest website for more details.

A Free Pysanky Egg Class at St. Henry Library in St. Henry, OH will be March 24th. Arts Place Collective Center is handling registration. There will only be 10-ish spots available so if you're local and interested be sure to call 419.394.0707 or email me for details.

Speaking of Arts P…

coming to a Ravelry page near you :)

paper and yarn is now linkable on Ravelry! thank you to all our wonderful customers :)

Free Mini-Sweater Pattern - Frumpy Gramps Sweater

New mini-sweater pattern now available on Ravelry!
Thank you to my test knitters for giving this one a go :)

Finished 'Mini Frumpy Gramps Sweater' shown was knit with sport weight yarn.
The sweater measures 3" tall and 4.5" from cuff to cuff.

sunshine and warmth and friendship

sunshine and warmth, two things which are sorely lacking in OH right now. The weather was a bit warmer today, but it came with uninviting gray skies. So winter blah blah right now.

I think I'm just using the crap weather as my excuse for being unproductive. Having a major case of the brain fog probably isn't helping much either.

It has at least made life more entertaining. What's your name again, how do you spell the word "the", did I forget something, what was the password to an account I use everyday?

The good news is that since the hormones aren't going nuts-crazy as much the hazy-half asleep feelings have mostly gone but the fog still rears it's head now and then making it difficult to think in a solid fashion.

I'm plainly aware la cabeza isn't working properly or making all the connections that it should. I'm not drunk, high or concussioned. All of which would probably be way more fun. Instead it's kinda like watching a bad sitcom only …

knitterly intentions 2010

in list form, no particular order:
1 holiday gift from 20091 hat for chi1 hat for kat1 hat for boo1 vest for tre1 socks for chi1 MIL cloggles
1 socks for kat (shocking, I know)5 random holiday gifts before Dec. (probably fetching mitts, random hats, scarves and mini-sweaters)
3 baby sweaters (relatives have really been getting down to business lately)1 Pretty Thing1 grandpa socks1 josh hat
1 lapghan (knitted)1 sedona socks1 aunt socks3 mini sweaterslots of little heartsseveral scarvesand a partridge in a pear tree once I figure out how to knit the little bugger ;)

welcome to Ohio, have some black ice with a side of -5 degrees

...and bring your skates, it just might be a faster way to travel.

Hell has apparently frozen over, at least in north-west Ohio. On my way to class today the roads were covered with black ice. The drive was rountinely interrupted by a dire need of window scrapping. I gave up after about 15 minutes of this crap. ugh.

So no class today and much rearranging of my schedule to avoid such a ginormous drive. Good news I guess is shorter blocks of classes spread out over M/W/F instead of T/Th.

Let the rat race begin.