Friday, October 31, 2008

Friday Fill-Ins - Halloween 2008 Edition

1. My favorite food seasoning is chocolate.
2. Trick or Treat is music to my ears.
3. Lucky is the kid that gets the last piece of candy.
4. Pumpkin carving is something I take very seriously.
5. Many people will be out past dark tonight.
6. A Spiderman costume was the last thing I bought at the store.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to trick-or-treating with the kiddos, tomorrow my plans include sleeping an extra hour (yeah!) and Sunday, I (will) want to hide all the Halloween candy from the kids because they will be sick!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Loom Knit Half Finger Glove LAL Day 10

Copyright 2008 Karen Gielen

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Thanks for joining! This was fun!

The Most Dangerous Cake Recipe


4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
a small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.

Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!

Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired. EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).

And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world? Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Loom Knit Half Finger Glove LAL Day 9

Copyright 2008 Karen Gielen

Only one more day to go!

My video camera is charging, will post another video later today...

...until then, check this out. Click on the photos to make them larger. Whoa! Just too weird!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Loom Knit Half Finger Glove LAL Day 7

Copyright 2008 Karen Gielen

We are in the homestretch now! Only a few more days to go!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Loom Knit Half Finger Gloves LAL Day 4

Copyright 2008 Karen Gielen


We've aquired a Dog!

Sunday morning my hubby spotted a puppy out on our back deck. He went out and of course, he just had to pet her. He said he couldn't help himself. She must have been dropped off in the middle of the night since no one came looking for her all day yesterday. She looks slightly malnurished (poor thing). She howels like a coon hound. At first we thought she was from a farm up the road since she does howel like a coon hound and they have coon dogs for hunting. She looks half rottweiler, half coon hound. She is approximately 4 or 5 months old. She will be a big dog based on the size of her paws. The kids were all away for the weekend and of course when they came home, they all begged to keep her. My youngest is terrified of her though since she is much bigger than her and she wants to lick her face. She won't leave our poor cats alone either! Hubby said this morning we may as well keep her. I will have to make a run into town and get her some dog food. We weren't looking for another expense and I am sure she will be a big eater. I'll post some picks of her hopefully tomorrow.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

Loom Along with me - Half Finger Gloves on long yellow KK Day 1

Copyright 2008 Karen Gielen

I am new at this, so please be patient with me. My videos aren't as fancy as Isela's, LOL!

Video to be continued...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

At 12:42 AM we were awakened by gunshots at the side of our house...

...someone thought it was infinately funny to plaster the side of our house and front windows with a paint gun! Both hubby and I sprang out of bed. Hubby is so fast, he was out the front door and saw the tailights rounding the bend in the road. We went out into the yarn and inspected the damage. Paint was splattered all over the yard and all over the side of the house. The offenders even had the nerve to drive back by. The turned off their headlights and raced by.

Luckily the paint came off with a powerwasher the next morning.

Ha, ha, very funny. What goes around comes around, is all I can say!

Edited to change PM to AM (I didn't have my coffee yet).

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

My Loom Knit Dishcloth Design Published in Calendar of Hope!

My loom knit dishcloth design was published today in the Calendar of Hope now available for purchase at! Mine is the cloth (group of three) in the lower righthand corner! The design can be either loom knit or needle knit.

I was very honored to be included in this calendar! I am on cloud nine! All proceeds benefit Cancer Research.

Monday, October 13, 2008

My New and Improved Loom Knit Gloves and Half Finger Gloves

I have been wanting to improve on my glove and half finger glove pattern I released last year for the Knifty Knitter. Here is the pattern for the old version of my Knifty Knitter version. The old version was just way too bulky when made with super bulky yarn which was used based on the gauge of the loom. Because of this, it was uncomfortable to wear. I didn't really like the version I made using elastic thread either. I also didn't like having to seam up the sides of the fingers! I even went so far as to try and get my hubby to make a new loom for me that had some sort of a slider to make the fingers in the round. When Provo Craft came out with the new loom clips a little lightbulb went off and I just knew I could make my glove patterns better for the KK. As you can see the new version has a very nice gusset on the thumb just like needle knit gloves. You can also see that the knitting seemlessly goes into the fingers and is very consistent with the knitting on the hand portion. The best part about this new version, it is knit completely in the round so NO seaming needed! The only stitching that needs to be done is in between the fingers when you remove it from the loom. With the introduction of the loom clips it is possible to make this glove that will fit a child, a medium/large glove for a woman or a older child and for a large adult or man.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

My Loom Knitting Primer Book grew legs and walked off...

...or, someone (me) could have taken it to the library accidentally since it was in the stack of books ready to go back and now it's gone missing. The worse part of it is, it was a signed copy! Remember this? I worked hard to get that signature! I contacted the library but haven't heard if it was ever found (it's been missing for months). I turned my house literally upside down looking for it!


You were loved, and will be missed dearly!

P.S. If anyone checks out the Loom Knitting Primer book with the above handwritten text in it, it is mine!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Are you spending too much?

That is what my daughter pipped up and said to me yesterday after school. She was watching a few mintues of t.v. and came up to me and posed the question. I had no idea what she was talking about. I asked her, "Spending too much of what?". She said, "Too much of your money." I said, "Yes, I suppose I probably am," thinking to myself about the current state of the economy and how expensive even the most mundane things have become. She says to me, "Then maybe you should just call or click!" LOL! Apparently she had just watched a commercial for some sort of service (I am assuming a cellular service) and they referenced other plans that were more expensive, they must have given out a phone number and a web address and she only understood or caught some of it. Kids say the darndest things!

Monday, October 6, 2008

My Crazy September

It was crazy. We had a baby (alpaca - in September). I turned 39 (in September). Went to my highschool reunion (in September). Appeared on T.V. (in September). Had a farm tour (in September). My son turned 8 (in September).

Paula with her new baby

My daughter Paige, me, my daughter Amanda

Paige, me, Kim (my stepdaughter), and Amanda

My husband and I at my highschool reunion

Here I am on T.V.

Kim with Tanner at the Farm Tour

Kaden with b-day gift

Me having fun with Kaden's b-day gift

Grandfather having fun with Kaden's b-day gift

Amanda having fun with Kaden's b-day gift

Whew! No wonder it took me a whole week to recover! LOL!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

I wonder wonder who, who-oo-ooh, who will win (the new wonder sock loom)?

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Tell me, tell me, tell me Oh, who will win I've got to know the answer!

It could be you! Blog about the new loom and drop Isela and Sam and note over on the DALooms blog and you could be the winner! No blog, not to worry, you can still leave a comment and be entered to win! Oh, and don't forget to mention Karen from Cre8tivkj's Corner sent you!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Alpaca Yarn Destash!

My alpaca farm tour is over and I have lots of very nice 100% alpaca yarn left over. All the yarn is produced locally. Each skein is very soft and luscious! Each skein has been stored in a smoke free and pet free environment. I accept PayPal only. Please send me an email (k j gielen at g mail dot com - spaces removed) if you are interested and let me know your zip code so that I can calculate shipping accurately. Thanks for looking!

Off White/Ivory
- Each skein is Sock/Fingering Wt.
- Skein 1 is 4.3 oz $21.50 plus shipping
- Skein 2 is 4 oz $20.00 plus shipping
- Skein 3 is 3.9 oz $19.50 plus shipping
- Yardage unknown
- Yarn works very well with fine gauge or extra fine gauge looms!

- Each skein is DK Wt.
- Each skein 2.3 oz and 100 yds
- $12.00 each plus shipping
- Yarn works very well with fine gauge or extra fine gauge looms!

Rose Grey
- Each skein is Lt. Worsted wt.
- Each skein is 3.2 oz and 100 yards
- $16.00 each plus shipping
- Yarn works very well with fine gauge or extra fine gauge looms!

- Each skein Lt. Worsted wt.
- Each skein is 3 oz
- $15.00 each plus shipping
- Yarn works very well with fine gauge or extra fine gauge looms!

ETA: Alpaca is 5-8 times warmer than wool and up to 3 times stronger. Alpaca does not contain any lanolin. Non-irritating, hypoallergenic for most people. Light-weight, lustrous and silky natural fiber. All skeins above are soft as cashmere. Each skein is the natural color of the animal. No dyes or harsh chemicals were used to produce this yarn.