Hi!  My name is Kathy.  I live near Philadelphia, PA, USA with my hubby of close to 30 years and two cats, Baloo and Bagheera:

Baloo and Bagheera

In October of 2006, some relatives came to visit us. and we had a lovely bike ride along the Wissahickon Creek and did lots of talking.  During that visit, my sister-in-law and her daughter-in-law mentioned that they had both taken up knitting and suggested I give it a try.  A couple of months later, I did … and am still going strong!

I learned to knit mostly by surfing around the Internet.  I found lessons, patterns, tips and encouragement just by reading about the experience of others.  I’ve been motivated time and again by seeing pictures of your work.  Hooray for Internet Knitters!

I hope to give back by adding pictures and notes of my own efforts to the scene.  I post pictures of my yarn, works in progress and finished objects on my Flickr site.  I used to post details there too, but now that’s all on my Ravelry account (my id there is “YOKathyYO”, FYI)).

In 2009, I began teaching English as a Second Language.  My blogging was reduced significantly while I’ve focused on that effort.  Recently, some of the “beginner teacher” inefficiencies have tapered off  and my knitting blogs will probably be picking up again.

If I develop a pattern that I think is original, I’ll write it up and post a link to it here, both in a blog entry and on my “Patterns” page.  Please let me know if you have questions or comments on any pattern … for me, that’s part of the ongoing learning.  OK, back to knitting!


7 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 dropstitchknitter December 17, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    Welcome to the wonderful world of knitting – Looking forward to seeing more!

  2. 2 ncstarr August 24, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Hi! I live near Philadelphia also!

    I am knitting your pattern for the plait cable mittens and having trouble understanding how to do the thumb. I am not doing the increase so do I use the left thumb row instructions or the left thumb increase instructions. If I do the latter I don’t have enough stitches on Nedle 2 which says to K3 M1, K to 9 stitches from end, M1 K7 P2

    These are the first mittens I’ve done, only done fingerless gloves before.


  3. 3 maggie November 22, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Hi Kathy–I’m making the Plait Cable Mittens and have a problem understanding the instruction for the Round One Left (and Right) Thumb Increase. Needle 2 has 12 st. on it (I didn’t need the body increase) but the instruction indicates twice that number. If the thumb increase is the same as other patterns, “K to 9 st. from end” shouldn’t be there. If I do “K3, M1, M1, K7, P2” the numbers work.

    I really like the pattern and want to do these mittens for a good friend so I hope you can help me.

  4. 4 April November 22, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Hi there!

    Your blog is great. It’s nice to see what others are knitting and watch their progress. I was wondering – I can’t get the link for the Tricorder Hat to do anything. Can you help, or would you consider emailing it to me? I absolutely love it. Thank you,


  5. 5 cherylmarieknits March 7, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Hi Kathy – Welcome to the Knitting World. As you’ve found it, it is rather addictive. Your work is really good – I’ll definitely be back to see your progress.

    And, your cats are ADORABLE! Happy Knitting to YOU!

  6. 6 cherylmarieknits March 7, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Oops… I didn’t realize you started back in 2006 – you’re a seasoned veteran by now! I just stumbled upon your blog and didn’t see right away that you’ve been blogging for awhile. I started my blog almost one year ago and I really enjoy reading other knitting blogs.

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