Saturday, December 30, 2006
Finished a Giving Pixie hat from Little Turtle Knits around Thanksgiving, will post a pic soon! The hat is so cute! I used incredibly delicious yarn. Noro Kochoran, 50% wool, 20% silk and 30% angora. I think I am going to get some to make myself a hat next time I'm at the shop. I love this pattern and it knit up in a day!
Just about finished with the simple baby cardigan from Knitting Pure and Simple. About 5 inches of an arm and 4 ties left. I am using awesome yarn on this one. It is for the new baby. I made the smallest size and it looks like it should fit 0-6 months! The yarn is from Schaefer's Laurel line. Mercerized Pima Cotton in the Judy Garland colorway. I try to stay away from yarn that has been processed too much, but Dale from Twisted Warp and Skeins and I read about mercerization and it really didn't bug me. Basically mercerization is a simple process where the cotton yarn is held at a certain tension and soaked in a 20-23% caustic acid (lye) solution for ten minutes. Then it is burnished, I think that is the right term, basically all the fuzzies are burned off the yarn leaving it super smooth. The mercerization helps the yarn to hold dye better. One look at the Schaefer mercerized cotton and you won't doubt that! This stuff is bright and beautiful.
I still have to finish the Knucks for my step-dad. I am almost done with one and I just don't want to work on them! We are having a late Christmas, on the fourth, with my mom and him so I got a break from Christmas knitting. I started baby knitting and now I don't want to switch back. I am already doing a plain ribbed cuff on his knucks unlike the neat chevron one that I did on my little brother's pair (see post below for picture.) I am tempted to skip out on the "Hunt, Fish" embroidery, but we will see what happens when I actually get them done. I have until Thursday. It is a great pattern, but dammit it's boring and I want to knit stuff for the new baby even if those patterns aren't super intriguing either!
I think that is all that is on and off the needles for now. Pictures soon!
Adam was very proud of the first turkey that he ever cooked, so I thought I would put it up here!
The turkey was a free-range organically fed and raised turkey from Grahams in Mount Pleasant, MI. We bought the turkey fresh a couple days before Thanksgiving, but decided to stick it in the freezer and wait till Christmas. After the brining, Adam rubbed the turkey with butter and freshly ground pepper and stuck it on the charcoal grill with lots of yummy smoking chips. We also stuck a baking dish full of vegetable stock in with the coals to steam and baste the bird with. This was absolutely the best turkey that I have ever had in my life!
Grandpa absolutely loved them! He opened them and thought they were great. Somehow one started to get passed around and he looks at me and says, "Hey, you made two right?! Where is the other one?" I got it back to him, he put them on and had yet to take them off for even a split-second when Adam, Taso, and I left a few hours later!
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Cigar! These are for my brother-in-law. My sister-in-law said they would be great for hunting as well as outside smoking.
A dog leash for my brother-in-law. He is taking care of our dog now and I wanted to give him a special gift. Crappy picture, but you get the idea. It turned out really nice!
Evan, my brother-in-law, requested a hemp necklace for christmas this year. Beads from Purple Sage. The hemp projects were nice because they didn't take longer than two-three hours combined. I have some nice blisters on my fingers from weaving it, though. It has been quite a long time since I have worked with hemp.
Sunday, December 03, 2006
I knit my sister-in-law a pair of Pedicure Socks for xmas. Scroll down to see. I made a few stitch markers to attach to the outside of her package. She is a new knitter, doesn't have a lot of faith in herself, so I thought these personalized markers would help! She loves horses and has been in and won many competitions. The bottle says "Wine" on it. I bought the beads at a wonderful bead store called Purple Sage. It was my first time in there and it was terrific! They had an area for small children to play and the owner and her husband were very friendly. We found out that the husband makes silver rings and Adam and I are going to have him make us some wedding rings! Pretty excited about that.
Here are the Knucks I knit for my 8 year old brother for xmas. I think he will love them. I am making the same ones for his dad (my mom is re-married) and they are going to dig them so much! They are both huge sportsman, so it hit me to embroider them with "Hunt" & "Fish." I used Peace Fleece for the Knucks and plain old cotton embroidery thread (4 strands) for the words.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Here is Taso modeling Blanche, a hat that I made out of handspun alpaca for my sister's birthday. Pam at Twisted Warp and Skeins in Merrill spun it for me a couple months ago when I was working on Adam's Swell hat. See below for a picture.
As soon as I find a stockpot, I will be dyeing Blanche black. I have a nice stockpot, but I can not use it with acid dyes. Any one have an old stockpot? I figured I would find one at a thrift store, but I have been to multiple stores multiple times with no luck.
Wine Cozy from Knitty.Knit with a double-strand of Lite Lopi in various colors. Yay stash-yarn reduction! This was harsh to knit as the pattern called for #4 needles. I was a little worried when I first tried it on the wine bottle. I think I should have used #5 needles, but never bothered to check my gauge! After wetting and blocking it, I have to say it looks alright. The seam shows a bit more than I would like and the rim around the base doesn't quite stick out from under the bottle as much as it should, but oh well. This was my first time doing stripes. It is crucial to just let go and not try to form a pattern, I think. Thank you, Lisa, for helping me figure out how to block it to get that extra bit of stretch I needed! I am busy trying to figure out what is approx. the size of the wine bottle that I could stick in there while it dried and she pipes up, "How about you just wrap the wine bottle in a plastic bag and stick it in?" DUH! I had been worried about the labels on the bottle being ruined from the water. Lisa is so smart. Oh, one other thing. I set the wine cozy on top of a prefold diaper to dry because it was the closet thing in reach (of course it was clean!) that diaper sucked all the moisture out of the cozy! It was seriously amazing! The whole diaper was damp even though the cozy only touched a small circle of the diaper. I changed the diaper when I noticed it was wet and stuck a new one under it. It was dry in less than 12 hours! Awesome!
Too big for Taso!
After felting and embellishment. My first time needle-felting. I love it and can not wait to do more! The leather bottoms will be here soon, after sewing those on, these kicks are finished!
Monday, November 20, 2006
2. Extra Superwash Merino Panta for my momma!
3. Hand-dyed thick and thin Panta for me. Really pretty yarn, can not remember the name of it and it is so much better in person.
4. Pedicure socks. Patons craperino.
5. Felted Bowl. Patons.
6. Felted Bowl. Regular Lopi.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
I started a pair of pocketbook slippers for my grandma for x-mas, I will also be making her some felted slippers, hopefully! I used dishcloth cotton for them so she can wear them year-round.
I started a pair of Jaywalker socks from magknits.com for my mom for x-mas. First project on size 1 needles and second project with sock yarn. These seem like they are going to take forever! Everytime I start to knit on them, I finish one round and then I have to go do something else! Maybe I will work on them Friday at the knit-in at Lily Lane. lilylaneknits.com
I have only one sock left to finish of the pedicure socks. I am making a pair for my MIL and SIL. SIL's are done, just the one left from MIL. The pattern said that I could make two pairs of pedicure socks from two skeins, but they forgot to mention that in order to do this, you must switch the ribbing color on one pair. I am going to have to buy more patons merino. Not a huge fan of patons. Oh well!
I am going to start a pair or two of legwarmers for Taso soon. I know I have yarn I could use, but I want something really fun! Keeping my eyes out.
Waiting for yarn and a cable needle to start on a cabled hat for my lil sister's birthday. First cable project!
I think that is all for now. I really want to make something for the new baby, but have to get christmas things out of the way first. I will be making two pairs of the Cigar gloves from knitty.com for my two BILs, also.
Friday, October 27, 2006
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Friday, October 06, 2006
Thursday, September 28, 2006
and dyed three of the five hanks with kool-aid and food coloring.
I'm going to make Taso a pumpkin soaker w/ the orange and green. Not sure (nak) what I'll do with the undyed hanks. Maybe something for the baby?
SnB was good last night. Glad to have Lisa back!!
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
This is what I am working on now, a M/L pair of Wooly Wonder Pants with a really pretty shade of Peace Fleece that just looks like black because I took a quick picture.
WW Pants Finished. They are so cute on Taso!
One of the three Pedicure socks that need to be done by Christmas...
Kool-Aid dyed roving. Tropical Punch and Orange. I think I am calling this color scheme blood orange. Blood Oranges are tasty and they look just like this!
The yarn from the dyed roving that I have spun so far.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Friday, September 01, 2006
Why do I always draw flowers? I always do it and they do not even look neat! Stop the insanity. I need to branch out, like into trees, maybe? Here are some pictures from the fun Adam and I just had painting on a cut up felted wool sweater that will soon be a new wetbag for us.
Adam painting with Taso on his back in the Ergo.
All done. Adam's looks way nicer. We had a blast and can not wait to share painting on wool felt with Taso!