When Hemlock is the cure for what ails you…

When Hemlock is the cure for what ails you…

After what seemed like a series of knitting failures, it sure is nice to be able to share with you all a knitting success.

I started Jared Flood’s Hemlock Ring Blanket some months ago and after making a series of mistakes knitting in the dark sitting in patients rooms, I had put it away and you know what they say about “out of sight”…

Well, I pulled it back out in May, frogged it and began again.

It now resides in its new home with my friend StevoFC and he loves it.

He took most of these lovely photos so that I could share them with you all.

Thanks for making my Hemlock Ring shine, Steve.

In which there is actual knitting content!

In which there is actual knitting content!

Fire-y Hemlock Ring , originally uploaded by As Kat Knits.

Please do not fall over from shock Gentle Reader, but on my knitting blog I present to you some actual knitting content!

I have finished Jared Flood’s Hemlock Ring Blanket and I am in love!
After a rough start, I frogged her and started again last month.

The second time is definitely the charm.

Once I solved the “bind off dilemma” and had her off the needles, I gave her a nice relaxing soak in a little Soak, pressed out all the excess water, and then I vigorously blocked her…with over 250 pins.

Binding off was truly a knitters challenge, I ended up with just a minuscule fraction of yarn left and truly could not have gone much longer at all. Knitty-Math truly can save your soul!

I will post some more pictures this week after she is gifted to her recipient.

Oh, and “the cat” has a name which shall be revealed shortly. I am working on trying to get a good photo of her for you all!



I have found my Knitter’s Waterloo much to my chagrin.

I am admitting defeat, waving the white flag, throwing in the towel – or shawl as maybe the case in this instance.

I have cast on and now frogged for the third and last time Knitty’s Annis.

My heart hurts and my pride stings.

The nupps were not my downfall, my fiber choice was.

Sea Silk just is not my friend. Gauge was not my friend in this piece either, as I could not maintain a consistent gauge with the Sea Silk.

I am in awe of knitters like Amy Singer who can knit amazing creations with Sea Silk.

I love how the yarn looks…the color way is gorgeous. I hate how it feels in my hands as I knit it. I hate how it feels knitted up.

The reality is simple this I am a wool girl. I love how it feels, I love how it smells, and more importantly, I know what it is going to do when I knit it.

So much for a breezy summer knit gracing my needles this summer.

Going Bananas

Going Bananas

It was a lazy Sunday here at Casa del KatKnits, it was a rare day off and I caught up on some laundry and a very tiny bit of housework.

And, I baked… yes, that is right, I baked.

I had some bananas that were nicely ripe and found this recipe on the internet, which fit the bill perfectly.

The result was this lovely loaf.

Up next, a wee bit of knitting on my latest project that I cast on today… Knitty’s Summer Surprise, Annis.

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