I started to feel better Friday, but then the coughing kicked in. I been sleeping sitting up for the last few nights so I don't cough as much...it helps, but I still cough at night. I've developed a new appreciation for Jell-o and Fudgesicles—they both soothe the throat.
Most of the time, I was camped on the couch. The two cats kept me company, so I saw a lot of these:
They didn't seem to mind the coughing too much, although Sombra would yell at me from time to time.
Once I started feeling better, I was able to knit again. I finally finished the Queen of Beads socks. Just in time, too, as the next club installment arrived today! Here they are:
...and another view:
Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin' Sock Club, January 2009 installment
Socks That Rock Lightweight in "My Blue Heaven"
Needles: US 2 (2.75mm)
I went outside to take some pictures of the socks...the sun felt so good! Of course, I can't take the camera outside without somebody being nosy:
I'm back to work today, trying to figure out where I left off. I'll take pictures of the new Rockin' Sock Club installment when I get a chance.
I was out of commission most of yesterday—big time fever and chills. I even skipped the gym and Pilates, which I rarely do. I feel good enough today to come to work, but we'll see how long I last. I'm drinking a humongo Coldbuster from Jamba Juice (immunity booset, antioxident boost, and added vitamins) to let this cold know I mean business!
Anyway, sorry there are no pictures today. Not much to show since Monday.
First, I finished the first bobbin of Chocolate Covered Raspberries seawool from Creatively Dyed.
This represents a little under 4 ounces; I still have another 4 ounces to go.
Then I spun the second bobbin of Andromeda from The Yarn Wench:
The second bobbin is a little darker than the first, so I may end up with a two-ply on this one just to even out the color.
And then, because I've been wanting to spin this ever since I bought it at Stitches West, here is some naturally dyed gray alpaca in Pomegranate from Tactile, a Fiber Arts Studio:
It was a dream to spin! Here's the close-up:
Started and finished 3/22/09
Naturally dyed gray alpaca (2 oz) in Pomegranate from Tactile, a Fiber Arts Studio
Spun and Navajo-plied on Lendrum DT wheel
Yield: 113 yards; 16 WPI
The color variations in this yarn are so subtle...it was a nice change from spinning fiber with long runs of color.
I did get a little knitting done on the socks...I finished the heel flaps. That's it, though. The spinning was way too fun!
...apricots in the making...
...and some tiny white and blue flowers (name unknown).
It was foggy and cool when I took the pictures this morning, but it's mostly cleared up now. Looks like it will be a nice day!
Last night I finished the sock legs for the Queen of Bead socks and immediately started on the heel flaps. These socks are shaping up well. Gee, maybe I'll finish them before the month is out! The beads are growing on me...
Up this weekend, work on the socks, spin more of the Andromeda Merino-silk, and maybe do some sewing. Now that it is officially Spring, I feel like finishing my "Flower Power" quilt that I started a few years ago. The top is done; it just needs to be sandwiched and quilted. I also have a new idea for a spindle bag that I want to try...just need more hours in the day!
I have about 7 rows left and then I can start the heel. Yay! I haven't quite decided where to stop using the beads. I guess it will depend on how annoyed I am with moving beads when I finish the heel.
I've been selling a few copies of my sock bag pattern after posting a picture of my Knitmare on Elm Street bag on one of the Ravelry forums. I'm happy that people are finding it useful! Since this is generating a little income, I decided to use it to treat myself to another Namaste bag. I've been dreaming of the eggplant Zuma bag every since I saw it online. Yarndogs had a teal Zuma bag at Stitches West that tempted me, but I decided on the Malibu bag instead. But the eggplant was calling my name!
I've been wanting a smaller bag to use when I don't need a lot of tools and maybe to double as a purse. This bag meets those needs. Here's what it looks like inside:
This bag holds a lot of things without looking stuffed. I'm very happy with this bag! Also, I had a gift certificate from Kaleidoscope Yarns that I hadn't used yet. It was enough to cover a Namaste Buddy case in eggplant to match this bag, so that's on its way.
I'm done buying bags for now. Between the new tote bag I made and the Namaste bags, I think I'm set for a long time! I'm going to go through my other bags and donate some to good homes. I'd also like to sell the navy/black Jordana Paige messenger bag that I bought a couple of years ago at Stitches West...I used it a few times, but it just didn't work for me.
OK, back to work now...
I had a wonderful time at the spin-in on Saturday! (Thanks, Mary!) I made some new friends and got a lot more spun than I normally do at home...it's so good to be with people who understand your
Even though I already had the Chocolate-Covered Raspberries seawool in progress, I decided to spin something new. I've had Andromeda in the queue since Ravelympics and it seemed like a good time to start it. Here's bobbin #1:
I split the top width-wise into 8 pieces for longer color runs, and then separated it into two 2-ounce groups. I'll spin one bobbin of each 2-ounce group and ply it using the chain (Navajo) method. I finished the first bobbin yesterday afternoon.
When I finished the first bobbin of Andromeda, I went back to the seawool and spun more of that. I'm still working on the first bobbin of seawool, but I'm getting close to the end of it. It's still really pink...
When I wasn't spinning, I was knitting the Queen of Beads socks. (WIP picture on Wednesday.) I really love the way the pattern is turning out, except for those d@mn beads. Next time, I'll use the crochet hook method of adding beads no matter what the pattern says. Having to keep moving the beads down the yarn is annoying. I don't have that much craft time and I don't want to spend it moving beads!
I did not work on the sweater...I was having too much fun spinning!
Today's eye candy is brought to you by our cherry tree. It has a bunch of blossoms...maybe this year it will bear fruit!
Remember those snow pea blossoms from last month? Well, now we have actual snow peas:
They are so good!
Nothing significant to show on the WIP front yet. The Queen of Beads socks are coming along. I'm working on the pattern section of the leg and have placed some of the beads. I like the way the beads look, but what a PITA it is to keep sliding the beads-in-waiting down the yarn! And this yarn seems to get twisted up on itself a lot more...maybe it's the beads. At least the socks look good so far!
Up this weekend: I was invited to a spin-in...Sirena and I are going to spin with some new friends for a few hours. Up to now, my spinning has been a solitary activity, so it will be interesting to see how others spin. Sirena might go in a panic, though...I've never folded her up and taken her anywhere. Let's hope she behaves!
I also plan to do more knitting, maybe even work on the sweater (Now there's a concept!).
The brown yarn is a remnant of "Little Bunny Foo Foo" STR yarn that I used for the tubular cast-on. It will be removed when I finish the ribbing for the cuffs. Can't wait to see whether the cast-on holds! If I didn't do it right, I'll have to start over again.
I worked on the Argosy scarf at Knit Night on Monday. It's coming along nicely, just slowly.
That's about it for WIPs. I haven't touched my sweater in a while, so I need to pull that out and work on it.
Just not enough hours a day!
- I finished my Moebius scarf:
From Cat Bordhi's class at Stitches West 2009
Manos Silk Blend yarn
Needle: US 8
- I finished the Daughter's second Calorimetry:
Pattern on Knitty
Charcoal, Lion Brand Jiffy yarn
Needles: US 8
- I started my Blue Moon Rockin' Sock club socks (no picture yet)
- I received the first installment of the Loopy Ewe Sock club (picture behind the spoiler):
The yarn is beautiful and the pattern goes very well with it. The only problem is that it is a toe-up pattern, and we all know how well I do with those (say it with me: rip-it, rip-it, rip-it!!).
- I took a few pictures in the garden:
- Chilled out with the kitties...well, Sombra chilled out:
Kayla just stared...
- I cleaned the Daughter's room so it's all ready for her to come home on Thursday (yay!)
I'm sure there's more that I'm forgetting, but I want to get this posted! More when I can think straight!
I did manage to start the Daughter's new Calorimetry in a Lion Brand gray acrylic yarn...it is very soft so she should like it. I wish she could wear at least a wool-acrylic blend because there are so many beautiful yarns out there (and in my stash!). Oh, well...
I also managed to knit a few rows on my Moebius scarf thingy. I really love the Manos yarn!
The only other personal thing I've worked on it my Knit2 Bag Pattern. Some people have expressed an interest in the pattern and I've actually sold a couple of them. I'm just happy that some one else thinks they are useful... My goal with this pattern was to show how to put it together, not to go into the bag-making business. Although, I have been thinking of making bag kits—packaging the fabric and notions that you need to make it along with the pattern. I don't know yet...it's a thought.
Up this weekend: finding a home for my Stitches purchases and getting the house in order. One of my brothers may be in town next week and I just want to be prepared. Plus the rain has really done a job on my floors and I need to get those mopped. In between, there will be a little knitting, a little spinning, and whatever catches my eye!
This morning when I went to the gym, there was a double rainbow. Of course, my camera was at home so I missed it! However, there was still one rainbow when I got home:
A very nice way to start the day!
We did a Stitches West show-and-tell at work this afternoon. Two of us went to Stitches, so we showed off our purchases. She bought yarn and I bought mostly fiber. It was really nice to be able to share Stitches experiences with someone who understood!
The Daughter has requested another Calorimetry so I need to make a trip to Jo Ann's for yarn. Most of my yarn stash is wool or other animal fiber, which she can't wear. Off to see if I can find a nice acrylic or cotton blend for her...
Works In Progress, did not work on:
Spinning cotton on a charkha—new tool, new method, new fiber
While it was a very challenging for me, it was a good class. I liked exploring the tool and trying out a new method and fiber. I had been toying with the idea of getting a charkha, but after this class, I realized that I have to work on my long draw technique (because I have none now...) first. Here are my pathetic results from this class:
Moebius knitting class—new cast-on method and new possibilities
I have been wanting to learn this technique ever since I bought Cat's book about Moebius Knitting several years ago. I could never get the hang of it by myself. The youTube video helped, but there's nothing like taking a class from Cat! It was great fun and my moebius cowl/scarf (don't know which it will turn out to be until I cast off—I just plunged on in and decided to love it no matter what!) is looking really good:
(That's the Manos Silk Blend that I bought from the Purlescence booth.)
Stitches Market--exploring new fibers for spinning, new tools (like a loom!), and new bags
I only bought yarn at two places: Purlescence and Brooks Farm. I've already showed you the Manos yarn; here's the Mas Acero yarn I bought from Brooks Farm...it will be a sweater eventually:
I did buy the Namaste bag on Sunday...it was 20% off!! Hard to beat that deal. (Thanks, Yarndogs!) Here's my new Malibu bag:
and the inside:
I love this bag...the outside is SO smooth! Also got a Debra's Garden keychain:
I saw a couple of demonstrations of an Ashford loom. It's appealing because it would use up a bunch of yarn that I've spun. However, while the price is reasonable, it's another craft that requires space and the time to practice it. Both of those are at a premium right now!
Everything else that I bought was spinning-related. I got a new, lightweight spindle for spinning cotton (Greensleeves Spindle 0.4 oz)...purpleheart and redwood burl woods:
Some blends: yak-merino, angora-merino, bamboo-wool, milk protein-seacell-wool, silk-merino, and superfine merino-Border Leicester lamb. And some new-to-me fibers: Romney, Cashmere, naturally dyed gray alpaca, black merino, cotton sliver, and a gorgeous set of wool batts from Lisa Souza. (go to my Flickr set to see individual pix.) All of the fiber is luscious and I want to spin it NOW!
Anyway, I think that will hold me for a while! (LOL!)
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