Sunday, November 26, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
Tomorrow, I'll have pictures of my granddaughter's sweater that almost finished. Her birthday is Sunday, so there is quite an incentive to get it finished.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
The basics, I knitted this using 2/20 silk, that I hand dyed myself. The colors I used were purple, violet, royal blue, blue, teal, emerald green, teal and turquoise, and plan to add this lace weight silk to our online store. After reading other bloggers posts about how big theirs turned out, I used a size US 5 knitting needle. This took just a little over a month to knit, even with occasionally rotating other projects.
Call me crazy, but I did not use stitch markers, except for the middle stitches or life lines, everything went smooth throughout. Considering this was knit during the summer, when everything else was going wrong, the knitting gods must have had mercy on me. (click for bigger)
This shawl is for sale. If interested,please e-mail me to negotiate a price.
These pictures aren't that great. I really should have used a white background. There is a large piece of white muslin floating around here somewhere. I'll look for it later and take better pictures.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
What kind of yarn are you?
Friday, November 10, 2006
This hasn't been a good day on the pain front, so I really don't feel like posting today. But, in the spirit of NaBloPoMo, I'll give this short post.
Where I'll try to entertain you with this picture of cute kid and super cute bunny. The bunny gets a super for allowing the cute kid to pet her.
Lastly, I'll leave you with a qoute from my favorite show Grey's Anatomy to think about. "Sometimes, we can't see something is wrong by looking them. They could look perfectly fine on the outside, while on the inside tells a whole different story."
Thursday, November 09, 2006
A rather nice pair of feet socks, if I do say so myself.
Hopefully, tomorrow, I'll be able to allow myself to start rotating my other projects again. I'll finish the other two pairs in time, hopefully before it's summer again, just not going to try for a sock marathon. I'm frankly surprised at how long it took me for the above pair. Maybe, it's just the stress that's building around here, or maybe I'm just slowing way down.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
So, I'm not really in the mood to post, but I will because I said I would. It's not for lack of subject matter, I really could write a post a day for a few months, and each be a different WIP, I have in the works. Today, is why I store my yarns in totes with lavender. I've gotten asked this question a few times on ebay. Of course, I would be glad to wash any yarn before sending if requested, in lieu of allergies or dislike of scent.
Firstly, because I don't like the smell of moth balls. We seem to be proliferant with fiber eating moths, where I live. Both cotton and wool alike are high on their menu.
Duane told this past spring there was a small in his socks I knit him last summer. I figured since it was a small hole, I would just felt the area, rather than darn it. The socks spent summer traveling from the top of the dresser, to the bedroom floor then kicked around the room. Until, I would straighten up sorting laundry, where they would begin their journey from atop the dresser again.
A couple weeks ago, when it started getting cold outside, I figured, I would do a quick mend job. Except, this is what I found -
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
This is the Mediterranean Lace Shawl from The Gathering of Lace. I was surprised to find not many had knitted this shawl. Doing a Blog search, I found: The Rainey Sisters posted a picture of a friends completed shawl. There is also this blog, it is in French, she has beautiful pictures of her completed shawl.(scroll down)
Monday, November 06, 2006
Most of my search engine hits are for mobious scarves, mobious knitting, Mobious scarf, how to do mobious caston and most recent, knitting instructions for mobious scarf.(click pictures for bigger size)
I'm using the Germaine Stitch pattern from Barbara Walker's, A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, pg 275, with a Seed stitch border. Using a Provisional Caston. There is a video on this site that shows how in both english and continental style. I'm using Knit Picks, Ambrosia in Night Sky, four balls. The actual color looks more like the picture above than what is shown on their website. Or use any other yarn that is to your preference.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
She found a small box from a recent delivery. Of course, I had to jump up with the camera.
Bootsie, the eternal four year child with fur, couldn't be out done, and jumped immediately into her own box house.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
I spent two hours on this post, or was this post. Bloggerbeta ruined my picture links when I hit spell check. They showed up as links and no longer as pictures. This has happened once before, but I only had one picture at the time so wasn't as big a deal to go back and replace the links. So, I hit "recover post" thinking it would bring post pre-spell check. Instead, I got a post from two days ago. So, now after every paragraph, save post as draft.
I really, really need a laptop. As I think I might have wrote about this before, with my back I have to get up frequently, as sitting here, makes terrible pain. The problem is when I take a break, I'm still in the mode to do what I was doing on the computer. So, I end up going back too soon, and putting myself in worse pain. With a laptop, I could work anywhere, in any position. The goal is looking for the cheapest refurbished laptop, since I really don't need all the bells and whistles.
If you should be a spindle spinner with the good fortune of finally obtaining a wheel, might I suggest you keep your spindling skills intact by spindling every few days. Don't let the speed of the wheel tantalize you into forgetting your spindle. You might just have a need to spindle at a later time only to find you have grown extra thumbs, and lost the fluidity you once had as a spindler.
I decided to continue spinning the rest of the wool from my mother's sweater on the spindle. Didn't think I could duplicate the same singles. My spinning on wheel went to zoom lace weight within weeks of getting the wheel. My default spinning always goes to extremely fine lace even when I'm trying for two ply sock weight. I really should have taken my above advice and not let wheel tantalize me away from the spindle. This week I picked up the spindle to finish the last bit of wool for my mom's sweater. My drafting skills aren't as even as they once were, and I feel like I have grown a few extra thumbs over night.
Above is superwash merino, I dyed in what I thought would look like winter camouflage once spun and knit. The second is two ounces of singles being plyed Navajo. This is going to be a hat and pair of socks for my youngest son for Christmas. It's getting to be that time of year again, to plan projects for presents in hopes to have them finished in time. If you're anything like me, the hope is futile and end up out on Christmas eve shopping.
Friday, November 03, 2006
It's been a day of constant interruptions. I had two hours of work updating my blog links just taken down with a click. Being, I can only sit at the computer for about 15 minutes at a time. I often leave my work up, only to save someone come along and wipe it out. I know I should save between sitting sessions. But, the bum that did that tonight was asleep when I started. Didn't really think he would wake up and have to come along and be a butt.
So, instead of the post I had planned about spinning, I'll write about it tomorrow. Post a day, for NaBloPoMo I'll leave you, banging my head on the desk. "sigh"
Thursday, November 02, 2006
I bought this yarn on Ebay, back in 2000. I really wish I had bought more than one ball. This poor yarn has been knit up about three times now. In 2003, is when I found the Rose Trellis Lace pattern and tried to make a small shawl. It was the first time at making a shawl, so I didn't really have an idea about how much yardage would be required, plus the ball was bigger and fluffier when it first arrived.
It came to about the size of nice head kerchief. I knit, ripped and re knit hoping the second time with a smaller border it might work. Don't ask me why. Sometimes, I just do things that don't make a whole lot of sense.
This is now, a small scarf, two pattern repeats with a four stitch garter border. Every few months, I pull it out and knit a few rows, smile and put it back in the bag. I'm not in any real hurry to finish it, as I just love to feel the yarn run through my fingers.
As I said, I have enough WIP's for a post a day, probably for several months. Coming soon the unveiling of this as a FO.
This is from The Gathering of Lace. I could only find just two other bloggers that have completed this as well.
Meanwhile, Bootsie is watching to make sure I stay on my toes.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
The puttins are upset they're picture wasn't posted on Halloween. They're the youngest of the five, born the day before my birthday, 2003. I was tricked into taking them at five weeks old, by a co-worker, back when I worked at the pizza shop. We are glad to have them, as they have been hours of entertainment.
I've had the pleasure of company of tons of cats, but these are two are far from the norm in antics and intelligence. Duane says, We're lucky they don't have working thumbs and a prehensile tail. When the they walk into a room together all I can think of is the two Siamese cats from Lady and The Tramp. They have the attitudes of those looking to cause some serious trouble then act very innocent when caught.
Bootsie(rear) however is far more nefarious, and doesn't really care about getting caught. Aka, Bootszilla, and Trotsky, she has a habit of trotting about like a horse.
Tennesee (front) is far more dainty, a Pop's only girl. At first, it was only her Pop, but is starting to allow me as well, to pet her, but only on our/their bed. Aka, Poopy Tail or Poopy due to an accident in the litter box when she was very tiny.
I signed up for NaBloPoMo, a post a day for the month of November. I certainly have plenty for blog fodder content with just WIP's. I'm betting I could post a new WIP a day for a couple months with what is just lying about, and not starting anything new. It will hopefully, get me in the habit of posting regularly. Even on my worst days, I could post a new pic with a blurb.
I really hate trying to think of a title for each post. That's pretty much my biggest problem with posting sometimes. Any tips, hints on coming up with titles for posts?
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
This guy has been in a very bad mood this weekend. Keeps mumbling something about going outside and coming back with a mouthful of red feathers.
Sunday, was Duane's birthday. We spent a quiet day together. DD was away for the weekend. However, I'm not pleased at how she left the couch. I took pictures and am debating whether to post them.
I started this at 6am and it's now 3pm. Day started off pretty well, but it hard to sit and put pressure on my spine. Sooooo, how many socks can sock knitter knit if a sock knitter cannot sit?
I'm always too late with my good intentions. It was Wednesday when I tried to knit as many pairs of socks as possible by Sunday. Normally, I've been able to knit a basic top down German sock in an evening or two. Not as easily done when a majority of ones time is spent lying on one's right side, plus trying to catch up on myriad of other things. This is where I'm at as of 3:30 pm today. (click for bigger)
This is last years sock birthday sock yarn. Actually, I did knit almost a pair once, but one sock was too long and I ran out of yarn on the second. Shouldn't be the case this time. It was just one cuff at the start on Wednesday.
This years sock yarn which I dyed on Thursday. Those are my favorite sock needles, Inox steel lace needles size 0.
A sock yarn that I dyed over the winter that he showed a real interest in. Be damned if I can remember the name of it.
The start of footies for me. Started early Wednesday, when my feet were so cold, then I remembered his birthday was coming quick.
Next post is about lace. Here's another hint in picture form.