Friday, January 27, 2012

What I am doing today

 Today is my son-in-laws birthday and they asked me to babysit so they could go out together and of course I said yes. So... I have my little stack of projects ready to work on when I get a chance. As you can see sock #1 is finished and I started sock #2 right away... trying to avoid second sock syndrome. I usually knit my socks two at a time preferably from the toe up. But this sock was so fun and different I just had to knit it. Unfortunately I don't think there is a way to knit them both at the same time.

 Last night for no reason that I can think of I started a crochet project. Some day this little pile of silky yarn will be a shawl. The yarn is very silky but sometimes catches on my fingers. Maybe I should use some hand cream.. 0.0

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

results of a fun day spinning

 The results of my spinning fun yesterday. The top yarn is my first art type yarn. I used really aweful fleece to practice with. It looks pretty and soft but its scratcy and hard although it has a nice drape. I spun a thick and thin single first and then I plied it with a sequenced  polyester thread. This type of yarn is so fun. I really don't care what it looks like yet because it is so fun to make. I plan to continue to practice and graduate to my better fiber batts soon.
 This is a little spiral yarn that i spun from a roving I bought a while ago. This is merino, bamboo and nylon. I spun a thinner single and then plied it over different berroco sequence thread and a latter thread all silver and black. It had beautiful drape and shine.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

today I'm....

 Before the holidays I was working  on core spun art yarns. The 3 you see in the picture is the result. I added silk ribbons, sequence, lace and embroidery threads to the yarn.   They are really pretty.. but I have a problem as to what to do with them.. I guess just look at them and admire.. 0.o.
 Even so... I am going to work on more just because.... they are so fun to make. In a few days I'll post the results. Last night I spun a pretty little spiral skein with sequence and ribbons and will post that as well.
 Ok.. This is what happens when you work at a shoe store and stuff goes on sale. I love all my handbags and boots and use them all!!. I haven't wore the little zebra heals yet... but I will the first chance I get.. !!

Monday, January 23, 2012

wips of the week..

 Such cuties.. This is the latest picture I received of Cam and Abby. Hehe Cam is wearing a hat and scarf I made quite a few years ago. It is a Berroco free pattern made with Berroco Hip Hop yarn which has been discontinued quite a few years ago. I can't believe how big they are getting .. and so fast.
 My sock is progressing and still fun to knit. If you have been thinking about knitting this sock pattern you should do it. I have 2 more strips to knit on this sock and my ball of yarn is getting smaller and smaller. It's hard to tell if I will run a little short. If that is the case I'll make a solid color toe. I just happen to have a solid natural color ball of the Patons Kroy sock yarn. Perfect to go with my Patons Kroy stripes. Wish there was a way to knit a little pink heart on the toe. It would be so cute but, that would be annoying or irritating on your toes. I try to avoid any ends to tuck in around the toe area. Below is an inside view of the sock. I think this is the cutest sock I have ever knit.
 Friday I went to a knitting friends house for some wine and cheese and chit chat. She just got a new spinning wheel..she actually won it as a door prize at our Christmas party. Elaine was so generous to add that as a gift. Anyway, I helped her get the feel of spinning for the first time. In between I spun this lovely roving of merino, bamboo and nylon. It has a wonderful feel to it. Not sure what I'm going to do with it yet. A few ideas are spinning around in my head.. hehe.
 Last on the Wip list is this project. This was going to be a little chunky lace shrug, but I don't think this yarn is right for the pattern. I love this yarn and I think it will make a pretty chunky cowl instead. So this project is going to be frogged today before I knit anymore on it. Decision made.. bye bye shrug. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fun stuff..!!

 A pretty sunset on the way to my knitting group last night. I officially finished and mailed out all Christmas knitting projects and started on some fun stuff.
I haven't knit socks in about 2 years and I'm thinking it's somehow related to the fact that I was knitting socks when I visited my brother for the last time. He was very sick and passed shortly after my visit. I did buy sock yarn though with good intentions. So on ravelry I saw this fun pair of socks and I had the perfect yarn and so.. I'm knitting socks again. This sock is knit in strips so when you use self striping yarn the stripes become little squares. So fun. These will be a birthday gift for someone.. shhhhh.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Just 3 !!!

 A quick little Brobee hat for Cameron who just turned 3 today. Happy Birthday Cam!!
Not quite sure if I like this new project. I think it's a bit small and I might end up frogging it and using the yarn for a nice bobble cowl. This pattern is call Pretty in Misti shrug. I'm going to knit a few more pattern repeats and see what happens. I know it will grow once I block it also.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

peacock x 2

 Ok... I really love this pattern. The name is Peacock and as usual I found it on ravelry. The green one is for my son and was made with the left over yarn from the Cabled Cowl. The other is for his friend who would probably appreciate a nice wool hat. He works on the ships in Alaska. brrrr. Any way this is a fast and fun project. Both are off the needles and have been washed and already to ship to Washington state.

 Micah in his Brobee hoodie. He loves it.. and the fit was perfect. Today I have to pick out some new projects to knit from my knitting queue. It's always fun to start a new project. I also took out the sewing machine today to hem some curtains for the kitchen area. Tomorrow it's back to work.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Happy New Year!

 Happy New Year to everyone! The New Year celebration in my neighborhood was outstanding. Fireworks were going on for hours and then at midnight people yelling happy new year echoed along with horns and more fireworks. It was an awesome way to start the new year. I was baby sitting the little ones and they were sleeping at the time so I was able to sneak outside and enjoy the fireworks.
This new year brings a brand new sectional for the family room. A nice way to start the new year. Our old couch was really old and very used and we have needed a new one for quite awhile. Every time I had some extra money something would either need repair in the house or my car would need some major repair. So finally.. a new sectional. This fall I had painted some pictures for this room and repainted a large chest for the breakfast area, that would be to the right of this room if I had taken a picture of both rooms together. I never thought I would be able to get a sofa in the exact colors to match. The color is so perfect that you would think I got the furniture first and then painted the pictures and the chest. The next piece of furniture to be replaced will be the kitchen table and chairs which are equally as old and falling apart.

Wip of the week... I finished the Cabled cowl but had a whole ball of yarn left over so I decided to knit a hat. I saw this hat on ravelry and really liked the old world look of it. The pattern is called Peacock. Right now I am almost finished with the chart and then there will be another knit braid and the rest is knit is one color. I haven't decided if I will knit the solid part in the green tweed or the light tan. I'll have to see how much green yarn is left over.
 Tonight is my knitting group so hopefully I will get some knitting done. I'm anxious to move on to other projects at this point.
I have plans!!!