Bindi’s Path

Hey Everyone!

While I am off being busy with work and kids and life, I thought I would take this quick opportunity to give my friend a well deserved signal boost.

My friend Karen is fabulous knitter/designer/animal lover/human being who designed a pattern to help out our local animal shelter. Check out her press release below…


Paw-Print Knitting Pattern Based on Real Life Rescued Cat

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 15, 2014) Karen Eckhoff has released “Bindi’s Path”, a scarf, stole and cowl pattern set with two-way wavy paw prints reminiscent of her epileptic cat Bindi’s wobbly path through life. Diagnosed with Idiopathic Epilepsy, Bindi was rescued by the Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter and put up for adoption. Given 50/50 odds of living to her first birthday, in 2014, Bindi turned ten. “Bindi’s Path” is a tribute to her tenacious attitude and sweet disposition. The pattern is available at 100% of the profits from its sale will go directly to the Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter (, the organization that saved her life.

Says Eckhoff, “Bindi arrived at the Burbank, CA animal shelter as a six week-old feral stray, having seizures, flea-infested, blind, deaf, and missing a claw. Instead of putting her to sleep, the volunteers took her to the vet and put her up for adoption. Bindi has residual brain damage but has regained her vision and hearing. She is wobbly and has frequent “gravity breaks”, but her seizures are well-regulated with medication. She doesn’t meow or purr, but instead growls. She is quite a little character, and I love her dearly. Though she sometimes struggles, I wouldn’t change a thing about Bindi. She’s perfect as she is. I decided to combine my love of cats and my passion for knitting in order to not only celebrate Bindi’s life, but to give back to the very shelter that gave me so much when they allowed me to adopt her.”

Karen Eckhoff 


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Saturday, January 11th, 2014 | blah blah blah, FO's, Holiday, knitting, Miscellaneous, Pattern | No Comments

I was really at a loss as to what to make my hairdresser this year for Christmas. I was running out of time and I couldn’t find anything that I thought she might like that could be executed with such little time available. Most of the cool bug stuff I found was stuff I would have to experiment with (Lacey is really into bugs). I was running out of time and stressing out.

That is when I saw a friend of mine had made a necklace with some yarn she had lying around. There was a free pattern online for it too! Bonus points for ease! It was a perfect addition to the little gift bag I put together for her!


Urban Chic Tassel Necklace.

The Urban Chic Tassel Necklace by Ambah O’Brien pattern can be found here.

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The closest thing I get to snow…

Monday, December 23rd, 2013 | At the office, crafts, crochet, FO's, Holiday, Pattern, stash busting, yarn | No Comments

This year, I wanted to give gifts to EVERYONE! That is not an easy feat when you already have a ton of crafting to do. Small projects are ideal.


Presents for my coworkers.

I decided to crochet snowflakes to attach to packages and that people could use as ornaments. The most popular were the bright neon yellow ones that my kids started calling “pee pee snowflakes”. I made those limited edition.


My neon yellow snowflake!

They were a hit!

If you feel like crocheting some, you can find the pattern here!

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CFR 2013 – I made it!

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This is what I did today.

The moral of the story is, had I not lucked out and found that Malabrigo Sock in the color I was looking for, I would have seriously lost my mind trying to track down one skein. I HAD to have it.

Here is the pattern I’m working on. (I’ve modded it)

This is the restaurant I was talking about.

Here is a link to Twist in Manhattan Beach. The folks there are super nice and didn’t think I was at all crazy for driving there from Burbank for one skein of yarn.

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Doing the math.

A friend of mine had posted this article to my facebook recently.

This got me thinking about math.

Now, math and I have never been friends. Ask my mother, who is my go to person for calculating the amount of money I am spending on sale items at the Gap…or my husband, who will always calculate the amount of money we should be leaving for tip…they will tell you that math has never been my bestie. My husband loves to remind me about the time he asked (a very sleepy) me how much a nickel and three pennies add up to and I answered “seven cents”. When it comes to numbers, I go blank.

How did I get into knitting then?

Knitting involves a lot of math…and not just the simple stuff either. Yeah, you have to count your stitches sometimes, but sometimes you have to do stuff like calculating the amount of repeats of a stitch pattern you need for the border of a Pi shawl. Yes, that’s “pi” as in 3.14…blahblahblah.

Courtney had mentioned to me last week that one row of Chart F of the Celestarium pattern took her exactly 1 period of hockey to complete (for those you of non-hockey fans, that’s 20 minutes).
So, I decided to time myself and do the math.

I used my trusty stopwatch to time my knitting speed on row 108 of Chart F of the Celestarium chart. It took me exactly 18:33.6.

So, the math looks a little like this…

Row 108 = 18:33.6 (I rounded up to 20 minutes for the purpose of this exercise)

Chart F contains 55 rows. 55 rows x 20 minutes = 1,100 minutes

1,100 minutes / 60 (1 hour) = 18.3333333 hours to complete Chart F

I don’t know if I should be happy or annoyed that I now have that information…but now I can do this:

As of right now, I am about to begin row 116. I have 41 rows left in Chart F.

(41 rows x 20 minutes) / 60 = 13.6666667 hours left to knit in Chart F.

Crap, that seems like a really long time. I guess I can safely say that I probably won’t have that chart done today.

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An attempt to show restraint…

I’m in trouble kids. I really couldn’t help myself. (Court, please don’t kill me.)

This past weekend I got called out for my “swatching”. I know that my friends were doing their swatches all legit like, but I know how I am. I always have to jump on the latest project. I have a reputation for pooping out projects for a reason. I’m seriously manic about it.


I suppose I should give you the backstory.

I think it was October or November of last year. I believe I can blame David for tipping us off to the Celestarium… because he knows that some of us are crazy and some of us have a love of stars. For you lay people passing through, this pattern is a circular, beaded star chart shawl. Yeah, I’m not sure how I didn’t just die from knitting beauty overload right then and there.

Anyway, we jumped on the KAL train and decided we would try to start it sometime around Christmas, but things didn’t quite work out like we had planned and we had to push our start date. Some of us were still looking for proper yarn, or formulating plans of how to attack the thing. Maybe some of us went a little crazy pants (Courtney, with much help from David) and actually color coded beads by star classification!

I am guessing everyone might have been a little surprised when I went the easy route. I already had two skeins of Anzula Wash My Lace in Charcoal in my stash, so all I needed were beads. After a trip to San Gabriel Bead Company (one of my old haunts), I had some purple lined topaz AB seed beads and was ready to roll…except I had to wait for everyone else to be ready.

So that brings us to now, almost May.

This past weekend, while my knitters were at home, knitting up proper swatch tubes, I was knitting the first three charts of the actual pattern…because, really, it’s a Pi shawl and I could care less about gauge, I’m just looking to see what my fabric looks like. I did it up on 4’s and sent them a picture to take a look at the size of the thing…and I think I almost gave them a rage stroke. I think Courtney said she even showed it to her mom, and they all agreed…I cheated.

You think I would have learned something, right? Well, I did learn that my “swatch” was too tight, so I was going to have to go up a couple of needle sizes. I grabbed my 6’s and did another swatch. No, it’s not a proper swatch either. Maybe I should just leave it at that before someone decides to hurt me. I put it aside so everyone can get their stuff together…but I’m not gonna lie… I keep pulling it out of my project bag to look at it. I want to work on it so bad that I think it actually hurts.

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Sloth love!

Saturday, April 6th, 2013 | Amigurumi, crochet, Pattern, Ravelry, Toys | No Comments
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I just released my newest pattern. Sammy the Three Toed Sloth is now available in my Ravelry store! Check it out!

You can check out the pattern page here!

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Sammy is a couch potato!

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Meet my Crochet Capybara…

Thursday, March 21st, 2013 | Amigurumi, crochet, Pattern, Toys | No Comments

I was talking about losing my knitting mojo yesterday, so I decided to try and get productive in other ways! I mean, there is plenty I can be doing besides knitting, right?


Here he is!

I’ve done it! I’ve finally posted my first ever pattern to Ravelry! The Crochet Capybara!

I am pretty darn excited to finally have this little guy out there. He’s been hiding out for months! It’s an easy-peasy pattern, so definitely check it out.

I have more patterns in the pipeline…I hope to get them out into the universe soon!

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