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Kelley Petkun's Blog – March 2009 Archive (14)

A Knit-A-Long I've wanted to do for a long time!

Today I started a KAL for a steeked cardigan called the Classic Lines Cardigan. It has many elements of sweater design that I love. Things that will help you become confident planning your own sweaters in the future.

I spent most of my weekend finishing off the details for the KAL launch. So, I didn't do any spinning. That turned out just fine because my order from Crown Mountain Farms… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on March 30, 2009 at 4:36pm — 3 Comments

Plans for a spinning and quilting weekend

Alison brought in her Crown Mountain Farms Corriedale Roving. I talked her into letting me keep it to start playing with my… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on March 27, 2009 at 2:28pm — 16 Comments

Check a project off of my UFO list!

I've finished the Pumpkin Gloss socks! I will be dropping them off to my friend this afternoon. They don't look too good on the sock blockers because I didn't actually wash them. Cindy is really… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on March 25, 2009 at 11:30am — 13 Comments

Creative solution for my spinning project

I've been struggling with the result of my enthusiastic dyeing last December. I was inspired by an article in the Winter 2008 issue of Spin-Off magazine - Spinning Color On The Wheel. The result was very colorful! But, would I really be happy with so many of my favorite colors all together?…


Added by Kelley Petkun on March 23, 2009 at 3:47pm — 6 Comments

Sunday Morning Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I've fallen in love with Bundt Cake Bliss by Susanna Short. It's just so retro!

Susanna has… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on March 22, 2009 at 11:20am — 5 Comments

National Quilt Day

Don't panic! You are in the Knit Picks community. But, I do dabble in quilting so I am at the office on a Saturday with a group of quilters to celebrate National Quilt Day.

The main focus of my day is my Crazy Quilt Block that Karen sewed together for me three years ago. Rather than commit to an entire quilt, I plan this to be a pillow top. So far I've only added the little bit of rick-rack on the top seam.…


Added by Kelley Petkun on March 21, 2009 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Send me a Tweet!

I have fallen in love with Twitter! My Twitter name is Kelleysknitting. You can also follow my conversation on My Page here in the Knit Picks Knitting Community.

Added by Kelley Petkun on March 18, 2009 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Choosing your project or yarn according to location.

When we went to Mexico a few weeks ago, I wanted to have something simple to knit. It was a short trip and I just wanted to listen to audible books and quietly knit. I didn't have time to order any yarn so I scrounged through the office stash. I found four… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on March 17, 2009 at 8:30am — 13 Comments

Walter's Moderne Baby Blanket

I am so pleased that the four colors for The Moderne Baby Blanket are working well together. I'm using Swish Worsted in Delft Heather, Copper, Merlot Heather and Camel… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on March 11, 2009 at 1:30pm — 14 Comments

Surviving The Splendid Table

Instead of running out and buying EVERY book in each episode, I am making the recipe from the book that is put up on the site. That way I can enjoy a new concept without breaking the bank!

Two nights ago I made butter and then made biscuits with the buttermilk!
Next week I am going to try the Smoked Pork in my crockpot!

P.S. You can find The Splendid Table on iTunes. Or, on the Public Radio site.

Added by Kelley Petkun on March 8, 2009 at 8:51am — 3 Comments

Here's a way to use up your extra bits of yarn!

This week's podcast features a chat with Wendy Bernard. She is the author of Custom Knits and she writes for her blog - Knit and Tonic.

I checked out Wendy's blog yesterday and look what she is making!!

They are Temari Balls! You can visit for more details! I am… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on March 3, 2009 at 3:05pm — 10 Comments

New twist on my fruit water

A couple of months ago I came up with the idea of using frozen fruit as ice cubes in my drinking water. I liked it for cold weather months when drinking a lot of water each day is not very appealing. My favorite has been raspberries, blueberries and crushed mint leaves.…


Added by Kelley Petkun on March 2, 2009 at 4:30pm — 7 Comments

Embracing the benefits of cleaning and organizing

I've been learning to appreciate the benefits of an organized life. I've never really been terribly unorganized or messy so I've been content up until the last couple of years. Then I began having age-related forgetfulness. I was getting frustrated and losing a lot of time looking for things.

As I started organizing small segments of my life, I began to not only enjoy the process but appreciate the power. This last Saturday was a perfect example. We have a walk in panty because we… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on March 2, 2009 at 12:32pm — 4 Comments

My colors for the Very Warm Hat

Every time I write about a new project, I cringe waiting for Tina's UFO group to swoop down and give me a lecture. But, this falls into an interesting category of projects. It's the "Can't Remember Where I Put My ____________?" category. I know that I want this hat for next winter. The odds of my remembering to knit it before next winter, given my age related memory issues, is pretty slim. If I add it to my To Do List, I might… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on March 1, 2009 at 8:00am — 13 Comments

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