Friday, August 29, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
You should have known, that it would not do, unless it's Noro yarn, right? (I will finish the SWS blanket as well, but later.)
As I was surfing the net for my fix, I stumbled upon this online store. My objective was to find some Noro Silk Garden in the color # 252, and in a certain quantity. Well I found it, and it went like this: Several e-mails to and fro (I found out that the online store has it's warehouse located just around the corner, and I wanted to save on shipping/handling/time by picking it up) later, I called ahead that I would come to pick up the yarn.
The house is located in a nice neighbourhood, but it looked abandoned. I double checked the address, and went to the door. I rang. Nothing. I rang again, with nothing I mean there was no ring tone or anything I could hear. Still ...
The door was opened a crack.
Y (yarn junkie): Hi, it's me.
D (yarn dealer): Hi. (wrestles with bag of yarn; wants to shove it in my hands)
Y: Let me just step inside. (don't want the neighbours to see exchange of money at the door)
D: You use a lot? (I'm pretty sure that's what he said, but he could have said "knit", I'm not certain.)
Y: Mmh. A l-o-t. ( with slightly shaking hands money/yarn was exchanged, premises left quickly. No need for niceties.)
Did I mention that I took a loan to buy my yarn? I'm not proud of myself.
Oh, well. Here's what's interesting to you. Some wanted to know how I did the ridge:
when you are at the point where you knit the pieces together:
* slip last stitch as if to KNIT
* knit one stitch from the bump of the to be attached piece
* knit those two stitches together
* slip first stitch as if to PURL
* knit to end of row
* repeat until you used up all the bumps on the piece to be attached.
There you go. Now you know my dark secret AND how to make a ridge in your knitting.
Monday, August 25, 2008
This is my variation on the Spring Thaw socks by Cat Bordhi. I left out the leaves, and made a plain stockinette stitch toe, but kept the ribbing for the gusset and onwards, as in the original socks. I also increased the number of stitches to fit my feet better. I loved knitting with this merino/bamboo blend sock yarn, and even think the pooling is very cool. I've already worn them, and the feeling of this blend is a slick one, and cool too. Granted it took my cold feet a little longer to get warmed up (it was around 15C at the time I finished them), but they are perfect for Spring/Fall socks. I love them.
pattern: Spring Thaw Socks, Knitter's Magazine Summer 2008, by Cat Bordhi
yarn: Sockpixie, Bambino, she changes the colorways frequently
size: 10 1/4 "
start-finish: July 31 - August 06
Even though I'm knitting socks with my Drachenwolle right now, my new passion is the 10 - stitch - blanket. Have a sneak peak. It's time for another blanket, and I'm loving it! I've got loads of Patons SWS in my stash (regrettable), but I think it's good enough to use for a blanket. I wish I'd had some Noro yarn for this, I still might do another one with Noro, that's how much I love this easy pattern. The original doesn't have this ridge, where you connect, but I tried different ways, and liked how this looked, so I stuck with it.
Right now, I've got so many projects I want to make, I don't know where to begin. So please don't tempt me with new and gorgeous patterns, O.K?
Spinning is a bit on the back burner right now, and just because I'm afraid, I don't get all the colors the same weight as I need them for my mittens. I should just get it over with and see how it goes.
No time to linger!
Edited: Before I have to answer everyone separately: Here's a ravelry link to a free shortrow-spiral pattern for this blanket, but I've used Frankie Browns pattern, which is pretty much the same.
None ravellers here's the link for you!
Friday, August 22, 2008
My DH and DS visited Sydney, Melbourne, and Cairns. I selected a few of the over 300 pictures they took. The following are some of my favorites:
Even thought they saw many sheep while on a train ride, they did not find any yarn, but they found these wonderful note books and gorgeous greeting cards by Rachel Newling. I LOVE them! I have to share the note books and pencils though, but I get first pick.
Hm, I picked a bad picture, because the note books underneath are the special ones. They are individually made from bleeding heart leaves, coconut, Padang grass, and recycled paper. They look heavy, but are very light, with lots of pages to be filled with whatever. There was also some Australian tea, which I've already sampled.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Arthritis finally caught up with Sam. Even though he's only six years old, but his elbows were bad from the beginning.
We've been giving him Synovi G3 Soft Chews for his joint health for six month or so. But now he'll need Metacam for his pain, I think on a long term basis. If that's not going to work in the future, there will be some injection available for him. It's too early for those as I understand it.
He also threw up in the early morning hours, and since we could not rush outside, on account of him limping like a champion, he did that in my bedroom! I almost added to it. Who knew that his food would stay that long in his stomach! He had dinner at 5PM and threw up at 1:30AM. I even found some red pepper, which he had much earlier, but he was never one for chewing much. Just catch and swallow. Anyway, it was disgusting, and smelly ....
And since that's not trouble enough, I just found out, that our pool is loosing water through the heater! Which I've never used. As I said before, that sucks! Just one of those days....
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I liked the way the ribbing started right from the beginning, and followed through for the gusset, up to the cast off. I did a different, and easier cast off as well. I trust Cat completely, that's why I followed the instructions blindly, even though it was not clear to me (after the gusset, before the heel), and it turned out well.
Monday, August 18, 2008
I absolutely LOVED spinning this fiber. It was dyed by Donna of Wellington Fibers, but I bought the fiber at Gemini Fibers last year. Not that they have it in store, but I happen to be there, when they talked on the phone, and I ordered several colorways of wool/mohair blend sight unseen. This one was wonderful. I love the color. Even though there was a lot of veggie matter, it didn't matter to me. It still was easy to spin. I wanted a little thicker yarn, and it's light worsted weight yarn I'd say. Haven't done the WPI yet. Will do so, when I actually knit something with it. But for now I just like to squeeze it and look at it.
fiber: color : Wellington South Sea, 50/50 wool/mohair , a little less than 250g, (used some before for a knit hat)
navajo plied, big skein is 224yds, and smaller skein is 135yds, together 359yds.
I still have a couple of other colorways left, but I don't like them as much as I liked this one.
Today there's cleaning and stuff on the agenda. First I have to go outside and let the dogs run (as if they'd run in this heat). But they wont take my word for it. Tomorrow my guys will be back from their vacation. Which one will I hug first? Maybe my camera...
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Pictures are of Biko (from my archive), when she's ready to go to bed, out in the hallway. She's off on her own, away from us, but has the entrance in her sight, so she knows what's going on, so she'll not miss anything.
Friday, August 15, 2008
A while back I had a private swap with dear Hannah, where I've got this sock yarn called " Hollandse Luchten" - "Dutch Skies". It's been a while since I finished them, but here they are now:
yarn: Storm in Wolhalla, color "Hollandse Luchten", 75% wool, 25% nylon, 100g/460yds - wonderful yarn to work with
needles: 2.25m DP
pattern: stitch pattern from a Japanese stitch pattern book, "Knitting Pattern Book 300" page 17 # 40
start-finish: July 1 - July 4
Hannah got some fiber to spin from me, unfortunately it was not much, but look what she did with it. Not only did she a fine job spinning it into gorgeous yarn, but she used all of it to make this cute Carolus.
Thanks for the gorgeous yarn, Hannah. I loved knitting with both skeins, and I've already worn this pair.
I'm off to see the doctor in a bit. Wish you all a wonderful weekend!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Yeah, while DH and DS are on vacation, I'm enjoying my time home alone. I've read 6 books so far, in addition to spinning and knitting, and playing with the dogs. Not doing much else, as I said, enjoying my time off too.
I took a picture before they left, of the fiber I'm planning on spinning. I'm still on the natural stuff. I found out that spinning for a specific project is not as easy, as spinning just for the heck of it. Getting the right yarn weight is harder than I thought. I wanted to do a 2-ply, but as it turned out, the singles were too thin, so I did a navajo plying with the first skein, and it looks like it's going to work. Now to achieve the same results with the colored fiber. If all goes well, these fibers will be mittens some day.Since I don't have new and up to date pictures, I found this one. I got this for Mother's Day this year. O.K. I helped picking it out, this way I'm sure to love what I get. Isn't' this tea cup pouch adorable? It holds small stuff, which would otherwise disappear in my bags, never to be found again.
I saw a picture of a similar one on another blog and followed the link to here. There were some tea bags in the pouch as well as a hand made button. I love it!
Monday, August 11, 2008
And now back to this posts main theme: Back in May I decided to send my DD Hannah a care package for her upcoming birthday in June. I collected many items of which I thought she would like. I also thought I should knit her something special, but small, because I didn't have that much time, considering the (none) speed of Canada Post etc.
I decided on the little silk shrug from "Lace Style". I liked the original in it's lovely blue color. Blue is not one of Hannah's favorite colors, so I ordered it in this burgundy:
Since it was for her birthday, it was supposed to be very special, that's why I ordered the original yarn used in the book. It's LaLana Phat Silk yarn. I've read about LaLana yarns, and was excited to be working with it soon. I did not care that it was on the expensive side, but had to swallow hard, when the shipping cost was US $ 16 for those two skeins (even though the real postage on the package was $ 3.81).
The day they package came I wound both skeins in yarn cakes and cast on. What a lovely, pleasurable knit it could have been, but as you can see in the following pictures the yarn was horrible. Thick and thin throughout the first yarn cake. I must admit I was seething, because usually I use yarn substitutes, and this was something special.
I choose this lovely blue Phat Silk Fine. Still don't know what I'll knit with it. It has to be something special, because the yarn IS wonderful to work with.
Friday, August 08, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
He's keeping a healthy distance from the pool. He's just heard the neighbours kids come out in the back yard. Here are some pictures of him playing tug-of-war with DS David.
I've finished the green scarf, one sockpixie sock, and two of my spinning projects. Just so you know what to look forward to. ;o)
I've already picked out my next spinning project, one where I'd like to knit with the yarn, as soon as it's done. BTW - I'm NOT spinning Sam's hair!
I better get going. We are having a thunder storm right now. I don't want to loose this post, just because we most likely will have a power outage in a few minutes, as always. So, bye for now.
Monday, August 04, 2008
I do have this finished yarn to show you: "Fresh" pencil roving purchased at Dyed in the wool handmade fiber: colorway "Fresh", pencil roving, merino/sea cell blend, 8oz
yarn: 4-ply, 12 WPI, 2 skeins, one is 296yds, the other is 90yds. My first 4-ply yarn, and it's fun! This is a very rounded yarn, and it looks like I have to do 4-plies to get a thicker yarn around here.
It should not have happened, but it did. I had singles left over on one bobbin, so I navajo plied the rest and got 48yds. I like the 4-ply much better.
This was my last of three different colorways of pencil roving I bought from Maggie.
Pencil roving is a little bit boring to spin, too ready made, but sometimes it's just what you want, just to sit down and start spinning, without a lot of preparation. This roving had to be split in half, and it comes apart pretty easy. Nevertheless, I'm somewhat impatient with certain things, and after the first try, which entangled me from head to toes, because I'd started to part it from both ends, my son saved me, and proofed to be perfect for this job. I don't know where he gets the patience to do something like that. I was ready to shred it all. He wound everything in tidy balls, so I just had to sit down and spin. Nice service! ;o)
I know, don't say it, there's orange in it! I really just needed some easy spinning to relax. But I promise, both of next couple of colorways will not be in any kind of orange shade!!!