Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Holiday Handmades Gift Bank

from paperyarnwire.com

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.com

This 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 :)

Monday, December 13, 2010

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 Ravelry.com

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

Saturday, December 11, 2010

from paperyarnwire.com

..."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. "...

Monday, November 15, 2010

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 Sweater Ornament as an encouragement/quickly stocking stuffer idea. Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

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. paperandyarn.com

Sunday, November 7, 2010

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.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

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?

Friday, November 5, 2010


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.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

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.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

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.

Monday, November 1, 2010

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.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

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.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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 frightening to think that August went so fast. Lots of awesome stealth stuff in the works to be debut at the festival so if you're local feel free to pop in and say hey.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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 paperandyarn.com.

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.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Mystery Meat Sock Club

Mystery Meat Sock Clubs are once again available at paperandyarn.etsy.com (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.

Thursday, August 12, 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 paperyarnwire.com there is a new printable coloring page of hank

and paperyarnwire.etsy.com has a new pretty:

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

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

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 of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

- United States Declaration of Independence.

Friday, April 23, 2010

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.

Friday, March 19, 2010

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 smaller loafs are easier to store/gift. Bake away!

Monday, March 15, 2010

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:
little bugger grew so it's time to rip out 6 inches of sweater vest and try again, maybe with different needles, acrylic and bamboo are not friends.

1 socks for chi:
these babies are over half finished, to the gusset on one and several inches into the other.

1 MIL cloggles:
poor yarn has been sitting in stash for almost two years :( needles are free again and yarn is balled so there is some hope to this being done by next winter... hopefully.

1 socks for kat:
not even close, these have been hibernating since last summer :p

5 random holiday gifts before December:
will probably be started in Nov. 2010 cause' that's how I roll, yo.

3 baby sweaters:
plus at least 2 more... geez, gals seriously?

1 Pretty Thing:
I think this project is getting removed from the list, more lace knitting isn't going to be happening.

1 grandpa socks:
yarn + pattern = lack of motivation

1 josh hat:
another last minute holiday rush is probably in this patterns future.

1 lapghan (knitted):
basket weave pattern started with double-held softy chunky on size 15's. A true test of will-power is going to be required to finally finish an afghan. Sock = doable, afghans = not so much :(

1 sedona socks:
thinking of switching to the Manhattan pattern for its no-brainer pattern and sweet texture.

1 aunt socks:
kill two birds with one stone? Manhattan's for auntie?

3 mini sweaters:
waiting for some good dk weight yarn to fall into my lap before starting these.

lots of little hearts:
slackerhood totally missed V-day so these are going off the list too.

several scarves:
one started, about half finished.

So what's on your needles?

Saturday, March 6, 2010

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 sarapaper.com)

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 Place, I'm back with Arts in the Park this year. We have some fun family days planned for local farmers' markets in St. Marys (Ohio), Berne and Portland, Indiana. Dates will be scheduled through-out June and July. Check artsland.org in the next few weeks for additional details.

Schedule purging complete, I'm calling it a night/morning ;)

Friday, February 5, 2010

coming to a Ravelry page near you :)

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

Saturday, January 30, 2010

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.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

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 you are both the the actor and the audience. Priceless.

So to my friends (hubs included) I just want to say you are the bested for helping me through this. You guys just kinda shrug it off and left me to my own devices. Always there to help out, pick up or remind. Which at the end of the day is just plain awesome. Thank you and hugs.

Friday, January 15, 2010

knitterly intentions 2010

in list form, no particular order:
  • 1 holiday gift from 2009
  • 1 hat for chi
  • 1 hat for kat
  • 1 hat for boo
  • 1 vest for tre
  • 1 socks for chi
  • 1 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 Thing
  • 1 grandpa socks
  • 1 josh hat
  • 1 lapghan (knitted)
  • 1 sedona socks
  • 1 aunt socks
  • 3 mini sweaters
  • lots of little hearts
  • several scarves
  • and a partridge in a pear tree once I figure out how to knit the little bugger ;)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

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.