Monday, July 23, 2018

Where Am I? What Am I Doing?

I’ve got my fingers in a lot of projects right now, so I wanted to write this post for two reasons: To update you, and to center myself on everything I have going!

So, what have I got going on right now? This past weekend my wife and I were at the New England Metaphysical and Holistic Festival in Augusta, Maine. We were there as vendors, working to sell my knitwear, her crochet work, and the artwork by our dear friend Bob, of Ocean Moon Creations. Seriously, look at his amazing work, you guys...


After this weekend my wife - the amazing and talented Trisha Morey - and I were discussing what we want to do with our artistic aspirations, and we’ve long-discussed opening an art gallery or shop of sorts. This is the long-term goal, but in the short-term, we’ve begun a collaborative called Aesthetes. We created an open Facebook Group for anyone interested in being a part of this project. Our goal is to connect to the natural world through creative energy with the intention to bring healing and relieve suffering. We are a group from many spiritual and religious paths, just looking to find connection. 

Eventually we’d like to offer classes, stitching circles, and more. In the meantime, though, we’re bringing work to upcoming shows and festivals, and working to promote our favorite artists who are making the world a better place by making their creations. 

We’re planning to bring Aesthetes to Pagan Community Day in Portland, Maine, on August 4th, so come find us! 

As part of this umbrella of Aesthetes, I’ve begun a YouTube channel about knitting called Stitch and Witch, and an accompanying Facebook group for fiber artists of a Pagan/witchy bent. I have a few videos up and more in the works. I’d also eventually like to start a podcast, and that is being planned and plotted as we speak. Also, my YouTube/future podcast/etc. has a Patreon now! 




And, of course, I’m still writing and working on my Masters in English, I’m still a #knittingnanny taking care of amazing children, and sometimes I even get to sleep for 8 straight hours! Crazy, right? Come join us and all this stuff we have going on!

Monday, February 26, 2018

The Princess Diarest Audiobook: A Short Review

Some books can be read on paper or as an audiobook, others are just soooo muchhhhh betttter as an audiobook. The Princess Diarest by Carrie Fisher one is one of those books. (See also: Lauren Graham reading her book Talking as Fast as I Can.)

Carrie’s undeniably unique voice was such a light and refreshing break from everything happening in the world right now, and I needed it. I needed to hear her acceptance of her own flaws and her strength in overcoming so many hurdles in her life. I needed her sense of humor.

Carrie Fisher is the cheerleader we all need in our lives. I’m so glad this audiobook came to me and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a comical, someone insane break from the insanity.

Next I’m reading:

Wishful Drinking
Empire Falls


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Goddess Dishcloth Pattern

Goddess dishcloths

I have knit this pattern three times now, with slightly different borders on each. This version came out 11” wide and 10” tall. I used size 8 needles and Lily Sugar & Cream cotton yarn.

Don’t forget to share your creations with the hashtag #KatrinaDesigns so I can see your beautiful work!

The Pattern:

Cast on 45 stitches
Row 1-5 – K1, P1 to end
Row 6 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K37, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 7 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P35, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 8 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K37, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 9 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P35, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 10 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K15, P7, K15, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 11 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P13, K9, P13, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 12 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K13, P11, K13, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 13 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P11, K13, P11, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 14 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K11, P15, K11, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 15 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P9, K17, P9, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 16 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K10, P17, K10, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 17 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P9, K17, P9, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 18 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K10, P17, K10, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 19 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P9, K17, P9, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 20 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K10, P17, K10, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 21 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P9, K17, P9, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 22 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K11, P15, K11, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 23 - K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P11, K13, P11, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 24 - K1, P1, K1, P1, K13, P11, K13, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 25 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P12, K11, P12, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 26 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K14, P9, K14, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 27 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P14, K7, P14, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 28 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K15, P7, K15, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 29 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P15, K5, P15, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 30 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K16, P5, K16, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 31 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P15, K5, P15, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 32 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K16, P5, K16, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 33 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P15, K5, P15, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 34 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K16, P5, K16, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 35 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P14, K7, P14, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 36 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K14, P9, K14, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 37 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P13, K9, P13, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 38 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K13, P3, K1, P3, K1, P3, K13, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 39 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P11, K2, P3, K3, P3, K2, P11, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 40 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K11, P2, K3, P5, K3, P2, K11, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 41 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P9, K2, P3, K7, P3, K2, P9, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 42 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K9, P2, K4, P7, K4, P2, K9, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 43 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P8, K2, P4, K7, P4, K2, P8, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 44 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K9, P2, K5, P5, K5, P2, K9, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 45 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P8, K2, P6, K3, P6, K2, P8, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 46 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K9, P2, K15, P2, K9, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 47 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P8, K2, P15, K2, P8, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 48 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K9, P2, K15, P2, K9, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 49 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P9, K2, P13, K2, P9, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 50 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K11, P2, K11, P2, K11, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 51 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P11, K3, P7, K3, P11, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 52 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K37, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 53 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P35, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 54 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K37, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 55 – K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P35, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 56-60 – K1, P1 to end


BO


Monday, January 22, 2018

Rebel Alliance Hat

This design is free for your use. I don't own the rebel alliance logo, obviously, so I’m not going to try to make money off of it. I just think we should all be rebels and we should all have rebel hats! Plus, Long Live General Leia.

Please use the hashtag #KatrinaDesigns if you post your work on social networking so I can see what you create.

This hat fits most adults.

I used 16 inch circular needles in size 13, 9.0mm. I switched to double-pointed needles in the same size for the crown.

I used Patons Classic Wool Roving Yarn for my hats.
Color A – Dark Grey
Color B – Plum

Any chunky yarn would work. Adjust your pattern for your head size and your yarn if need be. For instance, I've also made a baby hat with this pattern, using a smaller yarn and casting on 56 to start. With the baby hat I repeated the chart 4 times. It just required some math. (Yuck. Math.) (Seriously, though, email me. I’ll help you adjust the pattern.)  

CO 44 st in Color A – Join in the round
(K1, P1) for rows 1-5 (I’ve done a few hats with different ribbing in this design, but the one with this ribbing I felt looked the nicest.) 
Row 6 – K11, M1, K11, M1, K11, M1, K11, M1,
Rows 7 - 9 Knit 
Rows 10-22 Knit 3 in Color A, Knit Chart, repeat three times

Note: Make sure to keep a close eye on the tension while knitting this part of this hat. Because the sections of Color B are so wide, it's easy to end up with either super long ladders, or stitches too tight to fit around the head afterward. Test it as you go, if need be.

After knitting the full chart cut and tie off Color B. The crown is in Color A.

Knit in Color A for five rows.

Hat should measure about 7 inches at this point. If it doesn't yet, knit a few more rows until it does.

This is my method for the crown:

I put 4 stitch markers evenly distributed around the hat. The first one is usually in a different color so I can still keep track of my rounds. Then, as I knit around, I knit 2 together before each stitch marker until there are 12 stitches left. Somewhere in there the hat will become too small for your circular needles, and you’ll need to switch to double-pointed needles. Then bind off and tie. Weave ends in.







Thursday, November 9, 2017

Podcasts for the Resistance

This week marks one year since The Election. For those of us completely opposed to the prejudice, vitriol and racism being spewed on a certain twitter feed, it can be difficult to find balance in staying informed while keeping our mental health intact. Today, a few podcasts that have become extremely important to me as a part of The Resistance.

bitch media's Backtalk & Popaganda
This ever-amazing podcast talks about everything pop culture, politics, and the ways the two keep criss-crossing in America these days. They aren’t afraid to cover all the topics we need to hear. Also, Amy Tan’s growl-scream of frustration on nearly every episode is just as cathartic for the listener as I imagine it is for her.

NPR Politics
This podcast is my go to for calm, rational evaluation of current US politics. It’s a twice a week podcast (occasionally more if big things are happening) that gives a good overview of American politics and where we are. The journalists on this podcast know politics, they understand the nuance and complications behind the American Experiment and will give you multiple viewpoints into our world.

1-A
Joshua Johnson is hanging out over on NPR having some powerful conversations. Everything from first amendment rights to the risks of capitalism to the story of human genes and what it says about racism. This show makes an effort to include diverse guests and cover a wide range of topics.

Code Switch
Okay, so perhaps it appears as though NPR is my go to for all things resistance. Well, there’s a reason for that. They have so much programming that is undeniably good, and Code Switch is definitely among those shows. Everything you ever wanted to understand about race relations is all here in this podcast.

Levar Burton Reads
Who doesn’t want Levar Burton to read to us like he did when we were children? Levar Burton Reads is part of this list because the stories he’s reading are reflective of our culture. They tell stories about how we got to where we are that also include jewels of wisdom about where we need to go. Learn from literature. The lessons are there. [Insert his catchphrase here. You know it, right? Okay. Because I hear he’s getting sued for it, so I’m not gonna say it...]

Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me!
This one is here for levity. When I'm feeling overly informed and perhaps a bit overwhelmed, this is where I go to laugh about it all. A classic, this show is always good. 

Amanpour
Christiane Amanpour is obviously a big name in journalism, but it’s important to note how her CNN show (which is also a podcast) is covering the rights of women worldwide. While here in America we’ve had the “Me, Too” movement, Amanpour has also been talking about the French movement #BalanceTonPorc (Out Your Pig) and amplified the voice of a British journalist standing up against an MP who sexually harassed her. 

Good Muslim, Bad Muslim
These two women are just hilarious and wonderful. They are singlehandedly changing minds about religion, prejudice and stereotypes, while also finding room to laugh about life. 

What podcasts are keeping you sane under the current administration?