Wednesday, July 22, 2009

July, July!

Lots of busy-ness lately!

Spun this roving
firework roving
into this yarn
and made this Snail Hat
I love how it turned out. I got the idea from Cosy's group on Ravelry. It is one cute hat. I made it for Katelyn for her birthday (I think) so it's a little small for my head, but should fit a 3 year old just fine.

I also started the Toasty Twist Socks and LOVE them so far. They are turning out amazing. It might be hard to give them up as a gift. :) These Grafton Fibers needles are HEAVENLY and they are making the knitting so fast and enjoyable with their super pointy tips.

Finished these sort-of Blueberry Waffle Socks. They are supposed to be two rows stockinette and two rows 2x2 ribbing. I did one row of each alternating. These are the socks that might be for my mom, but most likely will be for my sister. They are BRIGHT. But, the pattern is nice and easy and they should fit either of them just fine. And I cannot complain that I actually have some Christmas gifts done. In July. This is good.

Macy the new cat is doing great. As expected, Paisley, our only female and perpetually crabby cat, does not so much love her. But, she'll get over it. And she is just so darn cute!

We are waiting on getting our patio poured. It's been delayed a few days, but we are getting it done for a good price (aka FREE labor) so it's really hard to complain. Even though I still complain in my head a little. We have worked SO hard shoveling dirt and gravel that I'm just so ready for it to be done. They are saying tomorrow now. I will keep my fingers crossed.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

A (nother) cat?

Ok. We got another cat. If there is anything I like more than fiber it is animals. She is adorable. And she has had frostbite and lost the tips of her ears. She was available at Petsmart through our local Camp Companion (a spay/neuter release organization that also offers cats for adoption). Honestly. All we needed was a filter for the fish tank. But, things are just meant to be sometimes. She has an amazing personality and is hanging out in the yarn room (ok, spare bedroom filled with yarn) for awhile until she gets used to her new home. Her name with Camp Companion was Gayla, but her new name at our house is Macy. Here she is:



I was not having much luck with the pictures, she was either kneading whatever she could or purring and rubbing on the camera. And I kept getting blurry shots. Grrr. Hopefully I'll be able to get more pictures of her cute face soon.

I'm still working on the socks that were going to be for my mom, but I think they may be for my sister now. The colors are quite rowdy and I'm just not sure I can see my mom wearing them. I just started some tweedy gray socks that may be better. I have not setup my loom with any other projects though I did get a weaving book (Weaving Made Easy) that is really helpful and has good projects in it.

Monday, July 6, 2009

FOs and 4th of July

The 4th of July was FUN and productive. The fireworks were good and we spent the evening with neighbors, including Terry who sang Debbie Gibson's "Shake Your Love" all night. It is two days later and it is still running through my head. Sweet. Finished the Sundance Make Up Bag and a little garter stitch iPod cozy. They are so CUTE and I definitely recommend shopping with Jenna. Her batts were amazing! Here is what I ended up with:

Cute huh? That rose bush is my arch rival and stabs me all the time, however, I must admit, it does have some really pretty roses in variegated salmon shades. I am hoping to warp my Ashford Knitters Loom tonight and start another weaving project. I cannot believe how fast and easy the first scarf was AND how far it made the yarn go. It is a different fiber beast, but I know I'll have lots of fun with it in the future. I better start making some dinner here.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Uniquely Yours Spin-a-long

I finished up my Uniquely Yours Spin-a-long yarn and I'm liking it more and more... the theme was beach glass and I think Jenna did a lovely job with the batts. I'm thinking I might make up this cute little bag with the yarn, maybe use it for notions?

I finished my very first weaving on my Ashford Knitter's Loom. I decided on the 20" AKL and I am really happy I did. I think the 12" would have been just a little small. It's a scarf made out of some yarn I had no other use for. I haven't done any weaving since college (my lone fine arts credit) and wanted to be sure I didn't destroy and handspun or something on my first try.

I also have been working on the She-Knits Mystery Bag KAL. I made the mistake of not going with Sharon's kit (why? I love the colors of all of her bags!) and do not like the way the colors I chose are working together. I decided to frog it and try again later with some different colors. It's too bad... I really like the way others' bags are turning out.

The start of the blog...

Well, it has taken me a long time to start a blog. Hopefully I'm not a day late and a dollar short. Jill is working, working, working so I had time to wash LOTS of yarns today and a little bit of fleece.

I got the Jacob fleece (from a sheep named Agua) via Sandy at Homestead Wool and it's LOVELY, but I'm not thrilled with the smell. Now, don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with a little wet wool smell, but I don't necessary need the farm WITH the fleece. Hopefully this last wash with some lovely soak will alleviate the odoriforousness. I've already washed it once with soap and twice in just hot water. I still could feel some lanolin, so the soak most likely took care of that as well. Listening to Meghan's Stitch-It Podcast and The High Fiber Diet to pass the time with lots of wet wool. Still need to finish my dad's other golf club cover for his birthday. Gave him one cover yesterday and asked if he would use them, he says yes so I'll proceed with the other two. Oh yeah! I finished the Shalom Cardigan. My mom LOVES it, but it does need a new button. My mom is smaller than I am, so it looks better on her than ot does on me. And holy man, the Malabrigo LOVE only increased with this sweater. It's SO soft, and of course way too warm for summer, but I couldn't wait to give it to her. I added a little more sleeve than the pattern calls for, but just thought it would be more comfortable.