Meet Catherine:

Catherine

Catherine is still a new knitter, but she’s an avid crocheter and needle felter. In addition to fiber craft, she is an illustrator focusing on comics and religiously-inspired paintings. She describes herself as a gamer — she enjoys video games, Dungeons and Dragons, and Magic: The Gathering. She is a lover of fantasy and history. Both Mim and Catherine are dedicated members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international organization which researches and recreates the arts and skills of the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods, of which Catherine has been a member since birth!

Catherine has been working at Over the Rainbow Yarn since April of 2015.

Catherine’s Latest Blog Posts:


It Happened!

Some of you Lovelies have been following my adventure very closely at the store, but for those of you who don’t know yet — My fiancé and I finally finally FINALLY were able to close on a house this past week! Our very first house, in fact. (Which, thankfully was unscathed after the storm. The mailbox was not so lucky, but I’ll take it.) After 6 months of torturous ups and downs, it’s finally over, and do you know what that means?

Yes, that’s right. 

I have my stash back, and it doesn’t even have moths in it (knock on wood).

Moving Pro Tip: Use your yarn and bags of roving as filler for your delicate Halloweentime Spooky Mask that you thought you’d have back in time to wear for Halloween, and then drastically miscalculate how much time it actually takes to buy a house.  

My first project in the new house? 

Blaze orange hats and wraps, because it’s been about 2.5 years since I lived in the middle of the woods, and I forgot that hunting season existed. Whoops! Stay safe, Lovelies.  

 

Ducks in a Row

It’s no secret that we adore Quince&Co’s Baby Duck Booties, look how cute they are! A wonderful pattern in equally wonderful Chickadee.


I’m not normally an orange fan, but I quite like the combination of it with orange and brown. I’ve had several people in lately who love it too, but have wondered if there are other possibilities for colors– especially if they want it to be more gender specific. Well, my lovelies, I’m more than happy to share some of the colorful discoveries I’ve made while pondering these requests!

We carry quite a lot of Chickadee, so this list is by no means complete. If you’d like to try out this pattern in different colors, I’d be happy to help you go on your own color adventure!

 

 

Stashless?!

Yes dear lovelies, it’s true. My stash is gone– well, for now anyway. My fiancé and I are trying to buy a house, so it’s all been tucked away into storage (turns out it makes wonderful stuffing to protect that most-prized-possession). But oh, I have done a silly thing. My stash is away, but my needles are still with me  all sad and empty. And thoroughly tempting. Surely having all your yarn gone just means you get to buy more, right? Well… sort of. 

I’ve had to give myself a new rule in order to keep from burdening our hosts with piles of yarn. Yes, you guessed it. If I want to knit anything, I can only have one project going at a time, and I have to finish before I buy more. I’m definitely not this kind of knitter, so it’s proven to be quite a challenge so far.

What sort of knitter are you? Do you like to buy yarn for one project and only have that one project going at a time, or do you let your stash run free and your needles adorned with projects that will tooootally be finished someday? Maybe a combination of both? 

Colorful Shawl Spotting!

Yes I know. The mention of color? From me? The person you can hardly ever see without at least one article of black clothing?

It’s true. I do have a bit of a soft spot for colors now and then. If you follow our Instagram account you may have seen a photo or two of some brightly colored skeins I picked out amongst our orders from our beloved On The Round— shockers, to be sure! Not only do I peek into the Bright and Colorful camp some of the time, but I also have quite the fascination when it comes to finding eye catching color work shawls! I may enjoy sticking to my knit-and-felted dolls, but I’m starting to build a pattern collection of these beauties. Here’s what I found this week!

Dreamcatcher © Natalia Moreva

I think we have some Malabrigo Sock that would work up nicely with The Dreamcatcher Pattern !

Raindrop Shawl © Ruth Sorensen

I could see the Raindrop Shawl working up nicely in Chickadee, or maybe even some Painted Desert for sure! 


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