Saturday, March 30, 2013

Camera back!

DP has been using the camera so much that I haven't been able to get pictures of much of anything (or get pictures off that I've taken).  However, I got it back, so I present my Love Actually cowl:

cowl dk

My Baba's Fence scarf:

fence scarf

My Plump Mitts:


and my Grackle (for the Volsung KAL):


More pics and descriptions later, but I really wanted to get these up!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

It's what?

I finished the Love Actually cowl - it actually keeps me warm, though it could be warmer :)

I have two pairs of slippers and a cowl to finish, and then I have to make a decision.  What next?  DP asked for another pair of fingerless gloves in fingering weight.  Colorwork if possible.  I don't know if I have the patience to make another colorwork project so soon after the cowl...I like to be able to buzz along in a pattern, and colorwork doesn't stick in my head as well as texture or cable patterns do.

In order to finish the cowl (which I have not yet actually started), I need to finish the yarn.  I'm spinning a bulky two ply from the Foxfire cormo silk alpaca, my absolute favorite spinning fiber of all time.  I finished the singles last night, so tonight I need to ply, soak, and spin out the yarn.  It's so dry in the house, the yarn will be dry by Friday, and I'll be able to start the project, which needs to be done by Monday night.

Then onto the slippers - the Non-Felted Slippers have become my go-to pattern.  I can make a pair in a day, and it's pretty easy to tweak the sizing.  I'm going to use Knit Picks Wool of the Andes bulky and worsted for these two pairs:  one Wallaby/Silver and one Jam/Avocado.  I need to double the bulky to get close to the gauge and fabric that I like, so I'm planning to quadruple the worsted.  We'll see how it works out, but I bought enough yarn so I'm not too concerned!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Cast on extravaganza

I can't stop casting on new projects!

I have the socks for DP, a pair of fingerless gloves for my sister, a scarf for my mom and now I want to cast on this.  I don't know if I even have the colors to make it, but I don't care.  Must create!

In that vein, I also made some tasty date whole wheat bread yesterday - the recipe from Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book.  It tastes great, but I didn't finish it until 12:30am.  It rose so slowly, and I had to retard it in the fridge when I went to my mom's house.

Off to knit!

Monday, January 14, 2013


It's been a long time.

Christmas knitting took up a lot of my free time, and work took up the rest.  Tasks expand to fill the time one has, I guess :)

I'm currently working on a new pair of socks for DP, since I haven't gotten around to darning his old ones.  I need to keep a closer watch on thin spots, so I can catch them before they become huge holes, which is where we're at right now.

The socks I'm working on are red heels and toes and a tan body.  At first I was annoyed, because the tan was much darker in real life than online, but now I kind of like it.  It's kind of an older, ancient looking tan.

I'm also working on a crochet afghan and the beekeeper quilt.  Little by little, they grow.

LG had her doctor's appointment and rabies shot, and once again had a reaction to it.  The reaction was milder, but still there.  Sigh.  Also, she is a little bit overweight - eek!  I guess it's the huge amounts of treats I keep feeding her.  Just a few ounces, but we'll have to work on it.

Work is work - that's all I can say for now.  It also seems like everyone else is leaving but me...maybe I'll get a raise because no one will be left :)

I've been trying to work on my spinning, particularly spinning textured yarns.  I'm going through Spin Art and trying to work on one of each of the yarns per chapter.  I got the book for beehive yarns and tried those first.  Eep.  I was able to make some beehives, but I didn't anchor them correctly, so they kind of slid around the yarn and un-beehived themselves.  Yesterday I decided to start over and did the racing stripe yarn.  That worked out much better, and it's soaking now.  I really want to make the deeply textured, lumpy bumpy stuff, but I need to walk before I can run.