Friday, October 24, 2014

Not knitting

I did make another attempt at spinning this week. My drafting skills are still quite awful but the single is evening out, while still managing to be horribly over spun.
The weather became lovely and all my plants came back!
The mint is over growing it's half barrel and even the gardenia that got scorched is making a come back!
I have tomatoes!
And beans with beautiful blossoms.

I haven't gotten pictures of all the plants, but there are snap peas, salad greens, cucumbers, various herbs, as well as coneflower(purple) and bachelor's buttons(black).
I was starting to think there was something wrong with me as all the plants were dying.  I really cannot describe how pleased I am to find out it truly was the scorching heat and not my gardening skill that was the cause.  Now I have to hope that the winds and cold don't show up too soon and kill everything off again. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Red and leopard print

I decided that I needed short red gloves (Petit Riens by E.A. Kelley) for my holiday party outfit a couple of months ago.  I was three-quarters of the way through the first one when I tried it on. That was when I discovered it was too small.  The unfinished piece was ripped and re-cast in a larger size.
It's really a bright tomato red(in Naturally Dawn wool/silk) that matches my high heels and contrasts beautifully against the black and green of the chosen dress.  I also under estimated how long it would take to knit a glove on 2.5mm needles! Guess what I am doing this weekend?
I finally overcame my fear of working a three color hat ( I would love to tell you the yarn, but I lost the ball bands. I think it's Berroco Vintage DK)  In fact, I'm surprised at how much I am enjoying it!
And the inside:
The hat is Stray by Andi Satterlund   I have to hope at some point it will get cool enough to wear such a soft, squishy hat outside!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

This time of year...

I should not be left  unattended for more than thirty seconds.  Even the grocery store is full of festive pitfalls, so many adorable themed things I must have.


Friday, October 3, 2014

I think I need more...

I am kind of in love with this yarn. It's a fingering weight, alpaca/silk blend that is slightly fuzzy, feels like you are petting a kitten and comes in semi-solid jewel tones that glow.  And...it looks like it's being discontinued.  They have new line, same base, different weight and in solid colors which I am not quite as enamored with.
This means that a couple of skeins of their red(ruby), another of the blue-green(azurite) and maybe one more of the gray(smoky quartz) in the fingering weight may end up on their way to my house in the near future. I must acquire more of the luscious decadence before it goes away!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Summary of September

There was knitting:
With time to spare for the little one's birthday.
A whole sweater, in a bulky yarn and a repeat pattern.
And a little something I cobbled together and now hangs on my purse.

There was cake!
The request was for a white chocolate cake with marshmallow frosting.  I found some white nectarines, a favorite, and decided the cake needed those as well!

A little cross stitch:
It will hang in my bathroom once framed. :-D

And a little llama wine:

Yes, I bought it for the label.

Now, now is the panicked realization that there are holidays and festivities happening all too soon and I am not ready!




Saturday, September 6, 2014

A few things courtesy of the yarn stash

So I finished the big bag using stash yarn.  Before felting:
And after felting:
I also made a medium bag, to hold sundries in the big bag and a small notions pouch:
I've got another minion almost done, it's for the young son of a friend:
I'm also to the sleeves on an eyelet sweater, made with a few minor alterations and started earlier in the week.  There are kits put together, strictly from stash yarn; for a hooded lace cape, a pair of slippers (they will be red), a Dirty Martini sweater,  plus a couple of pairs of fingerless mitts, and a sweater vest.
I will also admit to having at least two more sweaters worth that I am still deciding on patterns for.

I think I need to knit a lot more.  A lot faster.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

I took a bit of a dip in the yarn stash

I went looking for yarn for one project.  I found partial skeins of two dozen lovely wool yarns, inspiring the brilliant idea for a couple of stash busting travel bags.  Bags that would use lots of yardage while being a bit more distinctive and really easy to wash.  I started a large rectangular bag yesterday afternoon:
I've added about 6 inches to the sides since this morning.  I keep changing yarns, making the project rather addicting. :-)
In between knitting more toys, which can be rough on my hands, I cast on a really lovely lace shawl from Rosemary Hill called Brandywine.  The yarn has lost it's ball band, but I'm pretty sure it's from Verdant Gryphon.

It's turning into a really gorgeous piece.  The combination of yarn and pattern is wonderful!