Saturday, July 29, 2006

Finished a leg of Tiny Birds longies...

After knitting an extra six inches on one of the legs, I have frogged and finished the leg. I thought I would have enough of the yarn to do the Tiny Birds longies and a pair of WW for my son. Nope, not the case. This means I am going to have to go buy another skein of Paton's Merino. Blah! I am so sick of knitting with boring yarns :) I have this wonderful white sweater begging to be frogged and doused with kool-aid and a Peace Fleece order going in next Friday. About time, huh? Enough of this boring yarn, bring on the good stuff. In another two weeks I will be buying seven skeins of a wool/silk blend in Fire colorway from I am so excited. This is a secret project, so no one will know until it is done :) I will post pictures as I go along. I don't know when the budget is going to allow for the yarn, not as soon as I would like, but soon enough I suppose. No later then the end of August. I have to start searching for things for my Favorite Color Swap buddy. I have a few ideas, but I am not going to talk about them here! I will post pictures of the boring, yet fully functional longies and longies in progress soon, maybe tomorow.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Ottobre Design Wool Soaker Knit-Along FINISHED!

I have the soaker finished, embellished, lanolized, and given to the lovely lady whom it now belongs! I embroidered the closest I could get to an azalea as that is the little ladies name :) It turned out pretty nice. I tried to fill in the flower two times, but I am not so good at embroidering yet. Anyway, here it is. The actual color is somewhere between these two shots. Pink recycled wool from thrift store sweater and lime kool-aid dyed white yarn from the same sweater. I have almost used up all that wool. Just enough to make a few gnomes, I think!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Ottobre soaker just about finished...

I seamed up the edges and my ends have been woven in tight! Now I just have to make a drawstring, embellish it a bit, wash, lanolize, and block it! Here it is almost finished...

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Favorite Color Swap Questionnaire

Favorite Color Swap Questionnaire

1. What are your top three favorite colors?
Anything earthy.

2. What crafts do you really enjoy?
Knitting. Handsewing.

3. What products do you really covet?
Natural-fiber yarns. Neat stitch markers. Knitting needles.

4. What other activities do you enjoy besides your favorite crafty things?
Babywearing, cooking, lactivism, home birth activism, hanging out with my family, and being outdoors.

5. Is there anything you collect?
Yarn? :) Buttons.

6. What is your zodiac sign and/or Chinese zodiac symbol?

7.What are your favorite…

I generally prefer unscented, but if it is something that is made with quality oils, I love frankincense and myrhh.

…types of music and/or bands?
Jam bands, folk, eclectic things. Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams. I listen to NPR most of the time.

I don't have one at the moment, but I really enjoy anything to do with natural/attachment parenting or knitting!

Bad time to ask that because I am mad at my dog. I like sheep and elephants.

…places to shop?
LYS, Peace Fleece, Under the Nile.


…yarn/fabric/paper/other craft supplies?

…candies or goodies?
White chocolate truffles!

8. Do you have any wish lists?

9. Are you allergic to anything?
Not that I know of, but I put that I was allergic to smoke on the form!

10. Do you have any pets? What are they?
one dog, one cat. Can I send them to my secret pal? Please?
No, I love them. Most of the time...

11. Please include anything else you would like your secret pal to know about you- anything that would be helpful in finding you little gifts that you will really enjoy.
I have dreadlocks and can always use more beads for my hair, no plastic or anything like that, though. All natural here ;)

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Other Ottobre knit-along folks...

These are the only two I know about who are posting to their blogs. I think there may be a couple more people so I am going to put a post out on wool_soaker_group.



Adam and I just went for a really nice walk. It would have been better if my new shoes were here! I decided to take along the Ottobre soaker and see what I could accomplish. 20 1/2 rows later, we were home and the baby was soundly asleep in the Ergo on Adam's chest. Here is where I am with the soaker now...

Ottobre soaker going fast!

Well, I worked until the babe woke last night because he was hungry. I was just about finished with the back. This morning the first thing I did was pick up the needles and finish to the point of where I will start the decreases for the crotch/leg holes. This is a fun and fast soaker to knit. Thanks for starting this, Annalea!

Friday, July 21, 2006

Ottobre Design Wool Soaker Knit-Along

Here we go... Annalea from wool_soaker_group proposed a knit-as-fast-as-you-can knit-along because she really needs to crank out a soaker for her daughter. We decided on the free Ottobre wool soaker. I haven't knit this pattern yet. It looks like it will be a fairly fast knit. I am going to make the smaller size because a friend's new baby could use some more soakers! I am going to go start on my gauge swatch and plan to post a picture before I head off to bed.

A few more pictures...

Wooly Wonder newborn shorties knit with Paton's Merino in denim.

Knit conversion for soaker based on Tabitha's wrap. See Yahoo wool_soaker_group for pattern. I used recycled yarn dyed with coffee. The buttons are reclaimed from a vest I found at Goodwill. I really like how the coffee and the beat-up wooden buttons give the soaker a vintage feel.

Another Punk Knitters soaker.

I wish that I had taken a picture of the sweater I frogged before I took it apart. I am going to start doing that from now on. It was a fair isle sweater with white and peach yarn. Really soft! The label said 100% wool, but did not let on what kind of sheep it may have been from. Anyway, I have been dying the white yarn here and there. I made this small Punk Knitters soaker with the recycled white yarn dyed with kool-aid. If I remember correctly, I used orange and tropical punch flavors.

I dyed some more of the white yarn green this evening with lime kool-aid. I would like to figure out how to make a darker green. I really want to start experimenting with wild-crafted dyes. Picture of Lime Yarn to come soon!


I wanted to join MDC knits and The Favorite Color Swap, so I finally started a blog. Here is a picture of a newborn size Punk Knitters Soaker that I knit with recycled yarn from a Goodwill sweater.
More to come later!