Sunday, October 28, 2007

New dye batch and what's on my needles

I finally got more Bare to dye. Here's my latest batchMy friend at the yarn store gets first choice, then the rest will be going up on Etsy later this week. I'm taking better notes so I can try to replicate colors in the future. I'm getting to the point I like so many of the colors, I don't want to let them go! Edna told me she was able to get undyed yarn from one of her suppliers. I'm anxious to see what it's like. I love the KP yarn, but it would be nice to have another source as well.

Hubby and I are on vacation this week. We have few plans, which is just how I like it. I've got books and magazines to get caught up on and tons of knitting! Mr. Greenjeans is cruising along. The body is finished and I'm halfway down the first sleeve.
Mr Greenjeans
And it looks like I'm not going to run out of yarn, YAY!

In anticipation of loads of knitting time I treated myself to one of Sharon's She-Knits bag patterns, Melly's Cousins Bag. I've ordered Berkshire Bulky in Coffee Bean and Tan from Webs and it should be here Monday or Tuesday. Speaking of Sharon, she's got a group over on Ravelry knitting the Felted Clogs. Mine are starting to develop a hole in the heel so I decided to join in. I picked up some Patons Classic wool in Leaf Green and Old Gold on sale at Michael's.
Felted Clogs
I also snagged some faux suede on Ebay with the hope of sewing soles to the bottoms for reinforcement. It was cheap so I won't feel bad if my plan doesn't work. I still have 2 pair of socks and the v-neck shell on my needles too! I'd say I've got PLENTY to keep my busy.

Still on the major clean-up kick. I thoroughly cleaned and reorganized the sewing/craft room. Many bits and bobs were tossed, sold, given away or re-purposed. I finished the Tumbler quilt I started last year.
Tumbler quilt
I decided I would never finish the log cabin rug I was making for the kitchen, so I bound it off and it's now a perfectly sized mat for under the cat's food dish.

I'm seriously considering frogging the Montego Bay Scarf. It spites me after all the trouble I went through to get the pattern and how lovely the SeaSilk yarn is. But I was looking at it today, thinking, even if I finish this, I'll never wear it. It would be a serious waste of beautiful yarn to knit something to sit in a drawer. But, I don't have any other ideas for the yarn either. Perhaps a stole. But I already tried it once in the Huck Lace shawl and didn't like it. For now, it's neatly tucked away in a drawer until I decide if I will finish it or frog it.

Monday, October 15, 2007


When Quinn was a baby, she had a favorite toy. A pink sparkle ball. She carried it around in her mouth all the time.
(Note that the ball is almost as big as her head!) We joked she was just about like Gollum "My precious!". Sadly, the sparkle ball was lost rather quickly as often happens with little cat toys. We tried in vain to find her another sparkle ball. They were all so flimsy they'd fall apart in no time and have to be taken away lest the cats eat them. Craft store pompoms were a half hearted substitute. But nothing seemed to please her as much as her original sparkle ball.

Quinn is now 6 and it's been at least 5 years since we've seen that ball. Then, this weekend while we were in the midst of our fall cleaning, I turned the sofa over to attach new sliders to the feet. Lo and behold, there stuck in the underframe of the sofa was the sparkle ball.
All is good in the world. At least it was for about 6 hours on Saturday. It appears, though, that the sparkle ball is once again lost.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Fall has arrived!

Hooray! The heat has finally broken and it's starting to feel like fall. This week the daytime temps were in the 50s and 60s and it's been down into the 30s at night! AWESOME. Some people have their spring cleaning. For me it's fall cleaning. The cold weather really puts me in the mood to spiff up and throw out. We steam cleaned the carpets on Friday, did the curtains and windows yesterday, as well as washing all the woodwork and rearranging the furniture. Today I'm going through all my old quilting and knitting magazines getting ready to sell the ones I don't need/want any more.

I've not gotten much knitting done the last few days with all this cleaning and now my wrist is buggered up from something I did (probably over exertion) so there will be no knitting today. Instead, pictures of what I have managed to get done:

Hubby's (impossible to photograph) sweater
He requested, plain and black. So there it is. Plain. and Black. Black does not photograph at all well. The sweater is nearly done. I have about half of the bottom hem left to bind off and a few ends to sew in and it's finished. I'm doing a sewn bind off that I saw on Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Glossary dvd. It keeps your ribbing nice and stretchy without looking sloppy. For me, though, it seems to take forever to execute. But the results are well worth the extra time if it means the difference between getting the sweater over your head or ripping your ears off because the neck opening won't stretch.

I've been devoting about equal time to the black sweater and Mr. Greenjeans. I'm still just loving this pattern. I changed up the cable section just a bit. I'm working the cable every 6 rows rather than every 4. The look is only slightly different...But it should save me just a bit of time over all. The cables are great. It's just a 4 stitch cable and I'm able to do them without a cable needle as described in the pattern. But there are a lot of cables and those rows still go really slow for me. A few extra plain rows in between crosses is a simple, barely noticeable time saver.

I've worked only a few more rows on the V-neck shell. I would still like to get it done to wear as a vest this fall, but I'm thinking I'll be happy if I finish it by the end of the year.
I do like this project, but cotton still is not by favorite fiber to knit with. This yarn (Aunt Lydia's Denim) is certainly one of my favorite cottons, but I still can't seem to get motivated to finish it.

No pictures of the socks. Neither the Jaywalkers nor the "not" Tube Socks have shown much progress. I've spent too much time working on the big projects and almost no time traveling to get any work done on the socks. Would have loved to have the Jaywalkers done for Halloween since they are in my Halloween yarn, but it ain't gonna happen.

Monday, October 01, 2007

October 1, will fall EVER get here?

It's been a lovely weekend. Still on the warm side, but there's the tiniest nip in the air hinting that fall may actually be on it's way. We put up our Halloween decorations hoping to work some voodoo to get fall to arrive.

I delivered my yarns and bags to the yarn store today and the owner seemed pretty pleased. She bought all the yarn I had and a few of the bags. My fingers are crossed they do well for her. I'm anxious to get more yarn to dye. Hopefully by the end of the month they'll be back in stock.

I couldn't resist a bit of stash enhancement while at Ball & Skein today.
Cashmerino Aran
3 balls of Cashmerino Aran. Hopefully enough for some winter mittens. I do love this stone color, but will probably end up dyeing it for something more unique.
Edna was working on a sock yarn chevron scarf that mom really liked. So I picked up a ball of Sockotta to make one for her.
Sockotta Fair Isle

I've been knitting away on Mr Greenjeans.
Mr Greenjeans bodice, front view
I've made it to the bottom of the armholes. I'm a bit concerned I may not have enough yarn. According to the pattern the size I'm making takes 4 balls of the yarn called for. That would be 1120 yds. But even 2 sizes up only call for 4 balls. I have 1115 yds. so it should be plenty. I think I'm going to pick up another ball or two of Patons Classic Wool when I get to the store, though, just to be safe. I took really good notes and saved my dye stocks just in case I do need to dye up another skein.

Knitting on hubby's sweater went very fast. I had the body and both sleeves done in a few hours. The hand work, as always, is taking much longer. I ribbed the sleeves and got the collar in. Now I'm working on the sewing up and will knit the bottom ribbing in the round last. Hopefully should have pictures next weekend.