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July 31, 2008

A sock, some yarn, a blanket, OH MY!

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Yes, I got one sock done in the month of July! How about that? And I cast on for the second sock! Which is very wise. It lessens the second sock syndrome I think.

I also plyed the purple. Here is a nice close up shot. Kinda makes it look like there is a lot there doesn't it?

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But in reality....

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It's about 80 yards. There was only 2 oz!

Oh and I did say that I haven't shown my scrap sock yarn granny square blanket in a while haven't I? Here you go

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That is a mouthful to say!

I got some more to add to it thanks to my sock knitting frenzy of late

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I so love this blanket. I want it a little bigger. Thats all.

Posted by beth at 01:02 PM | Comments (18)

July 28, 2008

Fun Fibery Weekend!

Where do I begin? Well let's see....Saturday I got together with the lovely ladies from the guild I belong to. We had a dye day! I love dye day! You never know what you are gonna get and usually you aren't disappointed. Here are some of us waiting for the pots to get ready

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I thought I would bring along some of the Romney and the unidentified wool that I washed. We decided to have a "purple pot" and a "bronze green pot" Here is a shot of the green pot, it looks like witches brew doesn't it?

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Wanna see what came out?

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Oh my! Now isn't this WICKED cool?

Melissa had a pot going with natural dye in it. It was called logwood (I think)

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So I decided to throw in my holiday project wool that I had spun up.

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It looks really brown in the picture but it came out more of a deep plumb color

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I have some work to do with this skein as I didn't pre-soak/pre mordant the skein, I put it in dry. The dye didn't exhaust well. So I am going to have to zap it again.

Oh yes, let's not forget the "purple pot". I didn't get a picture of the pot, but here is a pretty picture of what came out of the pot!

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Oh my! AGAIN! How I love this! I am going to do something a little different when I card this. I am going to try and keep the colors separated as best I can so I can have some depth when I spin it.

I threw in about 2 oz of unidentified wool into the purple as well

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Then I decided why not card it?

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See? It blended and all became purple. Which I don't mind, but I love the blues and pinks as well.

I didn't stop there, why not spin it?

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It's now waiting patiently to be plyed. Pretty pretty.

Oh do you think that is all I did this weekend? Hee hee.... I started my August sock!

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Oh and I worked a little more on the February Lady Sweater

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Housework? Bah!

Posted by beth at 12:51 PM | Comments (5)

July 25, 2008

July 2008 socks are FINISHED!

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I am calling these my "Plain Jane" socks. Only because there is no pattern. I let the yarn do the talking.

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Specs:
Pattern: Ann Budd's basic sock pattern from her book
Yarn: From Norway - gift from Kris
Needles: US 1's - 2 circulars
I have it on my project page on Ravelry you can look there too. I am too lazy to share the specs! Bad Beth!

There was some interesting pooling going on with these socks. But I don't mind it. You can't really tell anyway. They are so busy! I love them. They are for me. I have a couple more pictures up on flickr if you are just dying to see more....

I have quite a bit of yarn left over

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Which I will add to my scrap yarn granny square blanket. I haven't shown that lately have I? It's getting bigger and I think it needs to be shown!

Next up:

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I am thinking another pair of Plain Jane socks are in order. I want to finish my February Lady Sweater! I don't need a fussy pattern to gumm up the works.

Posted by beth at 12:28 PM | Comments (9)

July 21, 2008

I know I said it recently, but I love yarn!

It went from this

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to this

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with a little of

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and

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and

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thrown in. And it was all worth it. I only got 2 oz. out of this and approx 85 yards, but I love it! I love how fuzzy it came out.

Specs:
Unknown breed of fiber, but I do know it's wool. I scoured, picked and drum carded (in 3 passes) the wool. Then I spun it in singles. I have only kept singles once. I just love the way 2 ply yarn looks. I always ply with a center pull ball. I hate wasting any of the yarn. I did have a weak spot in the yarn and it broke while I was plying. I just tied the ends together and kept going. This yarn will be mine. I can't give it to someone or sell it knowing I had tied it together like that. I don't mind it, not sure if someone else would.

I love the whole experience of washing, carding and all that. Makes it more worth it to me. I don't have a lot in this skein, but it will be nice for some color work in the future. Mittens perhaps?

Posted by beth at 12:28 PM | Comments (7)

July 18, 2008

Same ole' same ole....

I really like to try and post 2 times a week. I haven't done much on my second sock other than a couple of rows here and there. I have been knitting a couple of rows here and there on my February Lady Sweater see!

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It looks a little bigger doesn't it?

Don't think I have been just laying about eating bon bons either. I have been busy washing up some stinky smelly wonderful fleece

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Don't let the picture fool you. It's very sticky and smelly.

Here is washed and not washed next to each other

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Can you see the difference? Here is what I have done so far:

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Already to be dyed! Then carded! I have another pound and a half still to wash. While I was doing that I discovered a sample box of fiber I purchased from Earth Guild I ordered this from them like 15 or so years ago. That's how long I have been wanting to spin! I opened the box and found 2 lunch bags full of this

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and this

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All the bag said was "light domestic fleece" and "dark domestic fleece" So I washed it up! I loved how kinky and soft the dark fleece is.

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It kinda reminded me of my hair (100% humidity hair)

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So.... after I washed it, guess what I did? (the fleece silly, I always wash my hair)

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That's as far as I got. It's not spun yet. But it will be by the weekend! I am thinking I have about 2 oz. here. Enough to play with.

Do you notice I am using my car for background? It just reminded me so much of Tawny Kitaen in that horrible Whitesnake video.

Yeah, my wooly goodnes on a Hyundai is the same as Tawny on a red race car.....

Posted by beth at 12:36 PM | Comments (10)

July 14, 2008

Hi!

How's it going? Boy did I have a great weekend of fibery goodness! Saturday Carla and I went to visit Loren! We had been meaning to get together since November of last year and all try and figure out the mystery of steeks. We were to knit a teddy bear sweater and then sew a steek in the knitting and cut it. So we finally did that! Go check out the pictures on Loren's blog. And yes, you can count my chins. I hate my picture taken, but in the spirit of it I threw caution to the wind. (I need to do a little dieting... ahem....) Anyway, after the cutting of the knitting, I brought along my drum carder and carded some of Loren's lovely Finn for her. The sheep is called Albert Finney, which is totally adorable. I met him by the way. The sheep not the actor... He liked me! He tried to untie my shoe laces and he even gave me a little kiss (well maybe he only smelled my face) Carla has pictures of that.

Like I said I carded up some of Loren's Finn. It was divine. I was so into it that I carded up some Romney I had (laying around...) that night! Did I take pictures of that? NOPE! Then I spun it up and plyed it. All in one weekend. I should of waited to ply, but I just couldn't

Wanna see it?

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There is nothing prettier than yarn in a bowl. Sigh....

I actually can give you specs on this:
3.6 oz of Romney
Approx. 120 yards (not the best yardage...)
dk weight

This picture is a prewashed skein. I have since washed it to set the twist.

Okay, in other news, I haven't updated you on Suki in a while! That's because we almost gave up on her. She got a nasty infection in her back from one of the injections. I won't even go into how gross it was. Okay, I will a little... she had to have this infection drained and had a tube in her back. It wasn't doing well until one day the Vet removed something...very gross... and now she is all better! She even seems to act like her old kitteny self. Well maybe her old 6 year old self. So we are just giving her insulin! The vet and myself were so happy that we hung in there. She was one sick kitty

Here is a picture of her shaved back

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Poor thing! You are lucky I didn't take a picture to share with you of her shaved butt. You heard me right. But that would be very undignified for poor Suki.

I leave you with a picture of Suki in the grass

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She looks so happy!
PS - That is actually a plant in our back yard. NOT our grass. We do mow the lawn on occasion...


Posted by beth at 12:28 PM | Comments (9)

July 07, 2008

So... how was everyone's weekend?

Mine was nice! I did a ton of yard work and I am totally sore from it. We didn't go to any backyard bbq's, my Dad cooked a turkey dinner on Saturday though complete with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy! I made a cake. I know, it's kinda weird in the middle of summer, but you get sick of summer time food by now. Plus it wasn't too hot, so his kitchen was nice and cool. I did see fireworks. Ya gotta, it's the 4th of July!

I really thought I would have a pair of socks to show today. But I don't. This is as far as I got:

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I'm not worried though. I have all month to finish it. And I am getting a little tired of socks.

Hmmmm I wonder why I didn't get a lot done on my sock. Could it be I started another project?

Why yes! I did!

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Between yard work and breaks from yard work I managed to get this far on the Fabulous February Lady Sweater

Holy smokes! That is pretty far! I am knitting this with 100% cotton yarn. It's going to be a beast of a sweater, but I really like how it is coming out. This may actually fit me AND the girls! I am making sure of it!

Posted by beth at 12:36 PM | Comments (12)

July 01, 2008

Sometimes I even surprise myself...

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I know! I am a little ahead of my self! This is just a peek at the one sock I have done for my July 2008 sock.

It's the heel if you didn't know. And here is a toe shot

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I don't want to show the whole thing till they are done. Which I am thinking will be soon at the rate I am going. I am trying to free up my July so I can do some other things.

I love knitting socks, but I want to make some other things like a cowl. Seems they are everywhere.

I have some yarn choices. What do you think of these?

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It's not my handspun.
It was the nice price.
Got it a couple years ago at the Hemlock Fiber Festival along with this:

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Either of these would make a nice cowl.

Or this one below:

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Now this is my handspun and I LOVE the color of this so much! I would love to wear it around my neck!

I may have to make 3 cowls!

Oh and then I got the new issue of Spin Off Magazine and I totally want to make the Morning Surf Scarf (Raveled Here)

I am thinking of using this:

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It was supposed to be for socks, but I like this much better. So I think I could get at least a couple of cowls done and a scarf by the end of July don't you?

I am off Thursday and Friday for a nice long holiday weekend!
Happy 4th!


Posted by beth at 12:25 PM | Comments (6)