Monday, April 30, 2007

Feeling quite crafty!

Wasn't this a lovely Sunday? After a week of bleak weather, the sun came finally out! There could be no mood, other than happy! And this translates into feeling creative and getting things done.
Care to guess what this is? It's the best lavender from freaking Provence, France, ever! DH Karl brought it home with him, a full bag of it. It smells heavenly! Some time ago I needed some to fill the knitted heart for my mom. Karl is reading my blog whenever he's away, and seeing the lavender bag in front of a store, he remembered! Wow! ;o)


This time I made some fabric hearts and other shapes to be filled with this potent stuff. I don't think I'm usually allergic to pollen, scents and so on, but while filling these little suckers, I had a sneeze attack and I got a runny nose, like with the best cold ever. Half an hour after I was done, it all stopped. But I still LOVE the smell of lavender!


I have a little left over. I might get another couple of hearts out of it. It's supposed to be a natural moth repellent. I'll put some in my sock drawer for sure. Most of the heart sachets I'll give away, and already did with a couple of them. It was fun making them. Even though, I still don't like sewing - much. I had more fun sewing the little openings by hand. Don't know why that is. When I was still quilting, I liked quilting by hand the most.


I made some cards as well. I was just fooling around. My mom asked for a card to go with the pink scarf I made for her friend, and that led to a few others. One needs greeting cards for every possible and impossible event in life. ;o)


Oh, and looksy here! I finished a pair of simple socks. I used Knit Picks "Dancing", a cotton, wool, nylon and elastic blend. I LOVE the feeling on my feet, now that it is getting warmer. I LOVED how it felt while knitting also. I was not so pleased with the pooling, but I can live with that. They are knit cuff down, yes indeed, with my new old heel, and a simple *K4, P1* repeat for the leg. Cast on 60 stitches and you are good to go. Very nice every day socks.



I've cast on another pair, because, there is a rule, that says, no DP needles are allowed to be free of sock yarn (or something like that). I've dug up all my cotton-blend sock yarn, and believe, it's time to knit some summerly socks. Very fresh. I'm in love with this yarn, stitch pattern, overall look. More about the specifics when they are done.
What's this all about, knitting socks, nothing but socks? I DON'T KNOW! I was looking through my books, and nothing was appealing to me. Even though I did quite a lot this weekend, there are times, where ones energy gets sucked right out of one. I'm learning to overcome that faster. But right now, socks it is. Very comforting knitting, and fast too. Not that I care about how fast I knit my socks. I love the process.
And another thing. I've received some roving and a drop spindle. But that's another story altogether!

Sam, did you have fun running around outside, and playing? Why, yes, I think he did!

19 comments:

Sue J. said...

Beautiful sachets. I love lavender, too. I like the pattern on the new socks you have cast on. And Sam does look like he had a good time.

hakucho said...

I love the pattern of the orange/gold socks...cotton? beautiful. The purple and pink is beautiful, too. Love your sachets as well cute fabric, but I'm so allergic to everything I wouldn't even dare to have those around ;)

happy knitting :)

Sherry said...

Wow, that lavender looks lovely. Great socks and sachets.

pat said...

Well aren't you the multicrafty one! Sachets, cards AND socks!! I'm envious of your lavender....at some point, I'm going to grow it in earnest and harvest my own....someday. I have cottony orange sock yarn that looks like yours - mine is Online supersocke 100 summer in "tangerine"...what is yours??

eyeleen said...

Oh, all that lavender must be heavenly. I love the cute little sachets, especially the ones with the cute dog fabric. Sam looks like he's had a great time.

Wow, another pair of gorgeous socks! I love that orangey colorway.

Emily said...

So the orange socks? I MUST HAVE that pattern.

Also the yarn. One can never have too many pairs of orange socks. Cotton is it?

shannon said...

isn't it nice to allow sam to run a bit these days? it's nice to know he's heeling well. how is biko feeling these days?

your sachets are just really sweet.

Devonshire said...

You are a crafty one! I love both of those socks and the lavendar sachets. Check these out that I made if you get a chance...
http://gallery.sentinelchicken.net/view?id=244&size=small

Happy Monday!

sgeddes said...

I can smell the lavendar from here. Very nice.

I love how the orange trekking is knitting up. Did you come up with that patter?

Anonymous said...

I recognized the lavender (Super to have a whole bag of it!) and love the colour of the pink & mauve socks. They are among my favourites.
Gillian

Sarah said...

I think those cards are great! I would love to make some myself. Did you print the picture right on the card or is is attached after?

Kelly said...

awww I love the little sheepy hearts, they are sooo cute!
The new sock you cast on for too is delicious!!! I'm guessing thats trekking your using?? I love it, and the stitch pattern too, they work very well together.
Sam is awful cute, I was actually out looking at german shepards this weekend, the original shepard colours though, they are such beautiful dogs!

Violiknit said...

Lovely lavender sachets, and beautiful cards too! You are so creative! I wish I could knit socks as fast as you...do you have a secret technique?

Debi said...

The cards and the sachets are wonderful! I love the Dancing sock and that new orange sock is just yummy!!

Knittypants said...

You found some lavender, yay! Your little hearts are so cute and they must smell heavenly.

Melissa said...

I love lavender!! I buy anything lavender. It smells so good. Lucky you to have real lavender.

Strickfimmel said...

Ich mag Lavendel auch und habe ihn auch im Garten. Die kleinen Duftkissen sehen niedlich aus, vor allem die Herzen. Ebenso gefallen mir die Postkarten sehr gut. Sehr schöne Idee mal Karten selber zu gestalten. Und die neuen Socken sehen super aus. Die lilapinkmelierten sehen toll aus und die orangenen werden super. Das sieht man schon. Tolles Muster!

Dipsy said...

Oh yummy, lavender! I usually grow my own on the balcony, but mind you, real French one is of course so much better! I just adore its smell!
Beautiful socks, absolutely - and these sachets are so cute!

Michelle said...

Mmmmm...lavender! Cute sachets!