Monday, July 16, 2012


This (picture) is the logo (not great but recognizeable) for the classes I am preparing to teach at Hobby Lobby in Omaha, NE. I have no affiliation with HL but am grateful for the use of their classroom as a meeting site. I am very excited that the HL store on 90th Street has plans for a brand spankin' new building (where the old God forsaken Bag-n-Save is going down next to Best Buy) at 75th and Dodge Streets in midtown Omaha. The BIG MOVE is currently scheduled to take place October of 2012. (I will keep y'all posted as these expectations can change).
I have also created a Group on Ravelry: for communication regarding the classes but not limited to that. Your input is welcome, even if you have no plan to physically attend.
It is very possible that I might extend these classes "virtually" by sending written materials in the form of PDF files with lessons and patterns which receive teacher support on the (above) Ravelry site.
I expect to teach new knitters as well as knitters who are quite knowledgeable. You will receive handouts (with 3 holes) of instruction, knitting industry standards from the Craft Yarn Council, and original patterns for very practical projects for you to keep or to make as gifts. Continuing the classroom education will build you a BOOK on knitting. You decide which classes to take and which ones you wish to skip.
So---who the heck is Kelly Klem?!
Beginning this journey (of teaching) was directly precipitated by my loss of a yarn company connection. The yarn company kept me very happily designing for them but has been sold to another fine yarn company. As a matter of fact, Cari Clement, to whom I reported, single handedly (along with tech editors, data typesetters, and Carrie Carpenter) put me on the map as a designer. I will forever be indebted to her.
In slow times when I was not designing for CARON, I began self publishing patterns on Ravelry and Etsy. I am "klemknitter" on Ravelry with patterns by designer "Kelly Klem" or: . Many of these are free downloads from CARON.
My Esty shop is at:
My area of expertise is Tubular Double Knitting, a technique for knitting in the round with 2 needle points. I have been fleshing out the vast nuances of this manner of knitting since 1988 when I stayed up all night (my cat, Abby, bewildered) with what I believed to be an epiphany of earth shattering consequence.
As I am running out of (virtual) paper I will leave it at this and hope to see you soon,-either on Ravelry or at Hobby Lobby in Omaha! bye-bye for now...Kelly

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Am I famous yet?

Okay. So it's not about being famous. What IS it about? (So glad you asked, sister Gemini)!
When a child is born (and this is a fundamental belief of mine) it is not by accident but, rather, with very specific purpose. We may never tangibly realise the purpose. Still, there is purpose in each of our lives.
I hope my purpose (or one - after having built our lovely family) is to share my epic discoveries as I flesh out the nuances of tubular double knitting. It is mentioned in at least three of the newest knitting books. Alas, only mentioned. Begging a publisher to allow you to expound on a technique that so few knitters know like...not the proper angle of approach.
Perhaps using a familiar angle will work...?
So - I await news on my 4th revision, same idea, new approach. It's been 5 palpable weeks. Soon, I say, to console myself.

Saturday, May 7, 2011


It's too bad you can't know my mother. She passed in 1995. Two months after Dad. She did manage, however, to plant little bits and pieces of herself in me. I am proud to carry on these qualities: undying love for my children, a certain sweet feminity that I couldn't shake off if I wanted to, the most incredible knack for saying something wrong but hilarious!
Mostly, she taught me to take people for who they are rather than who I want them to be as I simultaneously learn to live with my own flaws without holding a grudge.
Mom, you may be gone from this world but you will always be within me. I will hold you in my heart. Hold you there, forever.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Top-Down or Bottoms-Up?

Well, as soon as SPRING FINALLY GETS HERE the tops on convertible cars will be going down. Convertible (reversible) dresses, however, are best sewn from the bottoms up (IMHO-hem first).
When knitting sweaters - top down is good. The more complex parts are done while you are still excited about a new project, the cast on edge gives good elasticity at the neck edge, and the "mindless" knitting is done toward the end.
HOWEVER! Never vacuum stairs top down or THIS COULD HAPPEN: terrifying episode where said lightweight upright suddenly lunges toward you while swirling dust and cat fur, growling ferociously, (never purchase a vaccum whose handle looks very much like a blunt WEAPON) - incurring blunt force trauma.
Bottoms UP to Top downers!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


The promise of Spring is awakening! We are reminded that what once was frigid, dangerous, nearly dead can be renewed. Tiny buds of growth appear. Sweet musical sounds announce the morning. Furry creatures venture out from hiding. Hope, dreams, ambition is within grasp. Carry on with joy.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

All is calm, all is bright

It was a white Christmas but not overly white like last year. The kids are content and wondering how they faired so well (you better watch out...). I made tons of stuff, even streetworthy knit and crocheted boots for the teen daughters. Heidi loves her faux UGG/Candies though these are crocheted (rather than knit) with cotton and Ecuadorian alpaca (my niece gave me days before Chrismas). They are mounted on the footbed/sole of some Clarks I used to wear. Chrissy's LOOK like slippers but have a more substantial (and, yes, recycled) sole as well. I used my new Trellis knit stitch pattern in Bernat Mosaic. It's always fun guessing which color will come up next. 1 skein was just perfect for making two matching boots.
It was a tumultuous end to the year 2010. Sweet Gilligan managed to get some yarn wrapped around the back of his tongue (on Thanksgiving DAY) and spent a night at the emergency veterinary hospital.
That set me back on my CARON assignments but I got all 3 design projects in within 2 days of the deadline. Which set me back on my Christmas gifts and before I knew it CHRISTMAS was upon us!
The girls made a gorgeous wooden door harp for my sister whom I will likely see along with my brother later in the week.
My book proposal is all but in the mailer.
I contacted Spinrite about working up an Irish Knit design booklet and they sent me a HUGE designer box! I need to put the correct spin (ha) on that as I spoke to some Irish knitters on Ravelry who consider the American perspective on Irish Knits rather old-fashioned. I need to do this publication though. It is a public "thank you" to our Ireland born neighbor who saved my husband's life last year. (Alan is likewise directing a C.U. production: Dancing At Lughnasa which is a slice of life in Ireland)
Katie got a roar from her Uncle Bob when she shouted, "I got a Barbie castle even though I was naughty!"