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!! 🙂

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

Knitting Backwards 101

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

Friday fun!

Hello everyone! Did you all have a great week? How are you all doing on your resolutions??? Still hanging in there? I am proud to say that I have 2 bags of clothing going to Goodwill – 1 bag in the “garage sale” section – and – drum roll please – I have 4 bags of things that went in the TRASH!! My closets are cleaner, more streamlined, organized AND – I love it! I also worked on my “stash” closet – I now have my yarn on the shelves – organized – I know, be still my heart!! I also have my sewing machine and sewing related items in there as well. AND – I have some paper craft things in a clear plastic box – all ready for me when I need to make a card quickly!! How about that ladies!! It felt so good – this weekend I am going to tackle my kitchen cupboards and the pantry!

I also brought some magazines I wanted to save for various reason downstairs and put them in a book shelf I was not using – decluttering is happening at the Christensen Huis!

I even worked on my half pi shawl this week a bit. I am almost done with section 2! And!! I went to SNB last night and had fun laughing with the ladies at Friends of Wool. It was Sue’s birthday and she brought goodies to eat!! A fun evening was had by all. The Afgan Class of 2006 was there with all their squares to work on assembly – I have to tell you, I was amazed with how beautiful their squares were. This caused me much excitement, because the Afgan Class of 2007 will meet in 2 weeks to start on their afgan journey – and I have a ticket for that trip!! There are several techniques that I do not know how to do that I will be learning this year! So, this class will continue to help me with my resolution of learning!

I did have a small breakdown on the yarn front. My daughter wants me to make a “shawl” for her birthday – I truly tried and swatched some yarn from my stash, but I did not have anything that I could get the perfect gauge with. I had to buy 2 skeins of yarn – but – I found it on sale at Friends of Wool – so I only paid $8 for it!! This did not break my budget at all!! I will be so excited to see my daughter’s face when she opens her gift! I shall try and post a photo of said shawl and daughter #1 after the 6th of February – which is her birthdate. Hold the phone – she will be 18 years old!!! I cannot believe this, because I swear she was just learning to walk yesterday!!! Where does the time go??

We are getting close to “reveal” time in SP9 – I have been having so much fun with my spoilee – I have been dropping hints the past couple of weeks – and we have been laughing and having so much fun together. She is an awesome pal! I am working on the finishing touches for her last package – she is a SAHM and she home schools her children! AND, her husband is in the Army. As the end of the month gets closer, I will post the link to her blog and ask you all to pop over and say hello to her!

Have an awesome weekend everyone!

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