Monday, August 18, 2008
Outside of all that crap, I've been spending some time spinning. And dyeing. Part of the Wednesday night spinning group is getting together at a local Saturday market to sell our hand made fibers. I sold my first hand spun yarn this past Saturday. (After my booth fee, I was in the green 50 cents.) But, who wants to buy wool when it's 100 degrees? I figure business will pick up when things get cooler. It's nice to sit with the gals on Saturdays.
I've enjoyed my dyeing and spinning so much I'm contemplating canceling my Spunky Eclectic fiber of the month club. I'm still on the fence.
I'm also making my first pair of socks using my own hand spun yarn. I've always wanted to do that. They are fairly thick. But, I figure I'll get better at spinning sock weight yarn.
I've been enjoying the CSA booty. My cooking has changed since it's just me now. So, I don't go to near the trouble I did before. Simple is good right now.
It's been very rough and rocky. But, my friends and family have been so supportive. And for that I thank you.
It's good to be back. Pictures soon.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
I'm about done with the cuff of the second Mud Season sock. Then, it's smooth sailing. I started a diagonal garter stitch scarf with the Flowering Weeds hand spun. I'm not sure at all about the colors, but Tate said it looked good.
After work, I went to a local shopping center to run an errand or two. I got a call from Tate and she was about four stores down! So, we hung out and had an iced coffee and checked to see if there were any bargains at TJ Maxx. That was fun. She is on the cover of the soundtrack to Stay The Same, Never Change. It's the middle photo in the second row.
It's hard to get back into the routine of going to bed early again!
Friday, July 4, 2008
Corn, peppers, cucumbers, basil, green beans, chives, and broccoli. I had a couple ears of corn for dinner. They were so yummy they didn't need anything on them at all!
It's kind of blah as it is undyed. I'm thinking of dying this wool red. Because it is gray, it will turn out very muted when dyed, which I think would look good. The picture above is 2.8 ounces of wool. I have 3 pounds of this particular wool. Hoo boy. While Romney is easy to spin, it is not particularly soft, which is disappointing. I'll have to think of some type of outerwear for this wool.
So, most of Wednesday and Thursday was spent spinning. The rest of the Spring Flowers roving is spun. I did, however, work on the Mud Season socks:
Don't blow your fingers off setting off firecrackers!
Monday, June 30, 2008
Plus, the weather was nice enough today to scour some wool. It looks as if the weather will be cooperative enough tomorrow, too. I can't believe June is over. I'm on my last week of my sabbatical.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
I found out, though, that some folks finished a pair of socks in a couple of days. That just seems impossible to me. Even so, I was glad to see that I could, indeed, knit a pair in a week.
I've cast on for a new pair of socks.
This is the Mud Season yarn from Spunky Eclectic. It was between the Koigu and the Spunky yarns, so I did a little drawing and Spunky won. I also decided to "come out" and photo ALL of my sock yarn.
I actually thought I had more. And for this week's challenge, I am attempting to knit two socks at the same time on one long circular needle. I'm using the Tofutsie's yarn for that pair. Right now, however, it just looks like a tangled mess.
I had the house to myself last night, so I watched HGTV. I noticed that a gal I went to high school with is a host. I smell a boob job and dental work.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Cowls are a terrific short project. Perfect for gift giving. I highly recommend them. They are also good because nothing is hanging down. Nothing gets in the way when you are picking up dog poop or riding your motorcycle.
I've completed the first British Columbia sock and I'm about 5 1.2 inches on the cuff of #2. Thanks to the craptastic picture, my foot looks like a tree stump, oui?
Please cast your vote for the next sock or I might be forced to draw numbers!
Monday, June 23, 2008
The first one is Koigu. The second is Tofutsies. Third is Bonkers. Fourth is Spunky Eclectic.
Tonight, I am making Royal Chicken Cooked in Yogurt (Madhur Jaffrey) and Cabbage & Cauliflower in a Spicy Tomato-Mint Sauce (660 Curries).
Sunday, June 22, 2008
What I learned: Be sure to slip the first stitch when making this for cleaner selvages.
Yesterday was the first day of Summer of Socks '08, which I am participating in on Ravelry. I cast on for a pair of socks using the sock yarn I bought on vacation. By last night, I was making the heel flap. Consequently, my fingers were a bit sore. So, today, I've taken a break from actual knitting and finished up the jacket and plied the multicolored roving. The yarn is drying. I plied it with a purple-ish sewing thread.
We also made garlic scape pesto.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Here is the latest spinning. I love the colors of this one.