Monday, October 13, 2014

The Sparkly Kathleen Sock

I finally found my camera.  Woo!  It had all the pictures of the new sock on it.  I have been contemplating this sock for a while and decided to just do it to see if it would work.  It did. 

Side view of the Kathleen Sparkly sock

Front view of the sock

Back view and heel

Close up of bead work and pattern
The yarn is a merino/silk I hand dyed, it is called Clementine.  This is my test knit.  I am testing the pattern and I will be writing it down, soon.  It will be for sale in my shop.  The finished pair of socks will be for sale in the shop as well.  I have to finish the second one.  I am no longer knitting socks for free for family and friends.  I am charging my rate, which will pay for the yarn and the wear and tear on my hands. 

I chose to use Dyna-mites beads from Fire Mountain Gems.  Love the price tag on the beads, in my ball park.  The color is root beer, a rainbow transparent.  I used rocailles, size 6/0.  My crochet hook is a size 9 steel hook.  I knit this sock on US3 addi turbo sock rockets.  Love those needles, they have the sharp points and they come in my favorite cable length, 24 inches.  I use 2 of them to knit socks.  I had to explain that this weekend to another knitter. She couldn't wrap her head around the fact that I use two needles to knit a pair of socks.  I can use dpns but, my preferred method is the two needles. 

I have found it is far easier to knit lace socks on two circs.  It holds the work for me when I am not knitting.  Love that feature.  I have tried so many different needles over the years and always faithfully return to my addi turbos.  Best purchase, ever.  I know they are expensive but, if you knit professionally like I do, spend the money for them. 


Friday, August 29, 2014

The Sparkly Meagan Sock

Sparkly Meagan sock in turquoise

size 9 womens

close up of the beading

The heel and gusset

I finally finished Meagan's socks.  I just need to write down my pattern.  This pattern will be going up for sale in my shop. 
I am currently working on another pattern.  I am test knitting it right now.  New things will be coming to the shop this year.  I am hoping that the 2014 Fall season will offer up some enticing items for knitters. 

In other news...I have been sewing pillowcases for our veterans.  I have 10 of them finished and they will be headed to my DAR chapter regent, she will send them to the right people.  I also have plans to sew 3 quilts for my doggies for Christmas.  I hit a sale on batting and I have plenty of fat quarters in my stash to make them something nice. 
I also have plans to do more sewing.  I have the fabric and I am going to take the time to make more items with my sewing machine. 


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Working on Socks and an Afghan

I am working on a sock for my niece, Meagan.  She is the one who inspired the Meagan sock although her Meagan socks are sparkly Meagan's.  Yep, I am beading them.  When I find my camera, I will go ahead and snap some pictures of them.  I finished one and I need to cast on for the second one. 

I am also working on an afghan for a friend's soon to be hubby.  I have the yarn and started working on this thing a while back and hubby said no, he didn't want it.  He has his big blue afghan he snuggles up in.  So, I started showing off the picture and found someone who wanted it.  He doesn't know about it.  My friend approved it.  I am guessing he should like it. 

I slipped and fell onto my hands and knees Wednesday night.  Always so much fun to be me.  I was walking into my kitchen to refill my glass of water, when unbeknownst to me, I hit a patch of water on my tile floor, I didn't break the glass even thought I dropped it, and I landed on my hands and knees.  I am in a knee brace from my thigh to my shin.  I broke out the big boy.  This time around it is the right knee instead of the left knee.  I can't stand to put any sort of pressure on it. 

Since I am forced to take it easy on myself, I get to work on all sorts of projects...hence the sock and the afghan.  I also will be dyeing some sock yarn for another niece who wants sparkly socks.  I asked her what color she painted yarn for this project...."aqua" was the answer.  Well, that doesn't help me much so, I asked, which one?  Aqua blue or aqua green.  She replied with "aqua blue".  Okay.  So, I will be knitting aqua blue socks.  I am working on turquoise socks right now. What Kate doesn't realize is that her sister's socks are darker than in the pictures.  I will be using a darker bead on Kate's socks.  I just have to design her socks.  I am thinking about that right now.  I have an idea on what I want to do.  :)  She will not be getting Meagan socks.  Nope, I am getting sick of that pattern.  I need something new. 

I might even share it with my readers.  It is always fun to try a new sock pattern.  Something exciting.  I might even share the Meagan sock. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Charity Knitting Hat #3

The charity knitting hat with ball of yarn.

Close up of the charity knitting hat #3
As you can see, I am being lazy on working on this hat.  I have managed a whole whopping inch and a half.  The yarn is wonderful to knit with.  It is a merino/silk/acrylic blend.  I wound out another ball of it just in case I need to use a second ball to complete the hat. 

I have managed something to show off.  It will have to wait until I finish the shawl and then maybe between me starting the scarf, it may get knit on.  I also have an afghan to work on and a pair of socks for my niece.  I bought seed beads today for those socks.  I am thinking it will look awesome to have beaded socks with lace. 

That One Damn Tomato Plant

We have a huge bed of tomato plants this year.  We have a total of 8 plants in the bed and I have one plant in a pot since we ran out of room in the bed.  There is one tomato plant that hasn't done a thing.  We were talking about ripping it out so, the other tomatoes can grow and get more light.  Well, today when I was picking tomatoes, what do I see?  That one tomato plant that was about to get ripped out of the ground is loaded with tomatoes.  I couldn't believe it.  It is a late bloomer.  It is also a heirloom tomato that I picked up at the local home improvement store.  No idea what the name of it is but, it is doing it's thing.  It also likes it hot.  We have had some serious heat indexes lately of 104 and more.  Just plain freaking hot! 

It is also fig picking time here.  Since I was picking tomatoes this morning, I decided to check out the fig tree, it is loaded with unripe fruit.  I have noticed the birds have snagged a few of the ripe ones but, I don't care this year since there is so much fruit on that tree.  Other years, the birds eating some has really ticked me off.  Not this year.  My next door neighbor has mentioned that she loves eating raw figs.  Well, neighbor, you are going to get some figs. 

I also started working on the shawl again.  I am changing to longer cords on a new set of needles.  I hit the Knit Picks sale and bought needles.  I decided to go ahead and get the really long cords since I am addicted to lace knitting.  Now I know why my MIL is crazy for lace knitting.  I hope to get this shawl finished in the next two weeks.  It is time for it to be finished. 

Have I finished charity hat #3?  No.  I haven't.  I haven't been knitting.  Instead, I have been spinning and checking out the beautiful fibers I have laying around.  I pulled out some Mountain Meadows Camino Range Roving Domestic Wool and started to draft it.  I am actually spinning it on a spindle instead of the wheel.  Why you ask, the wheel is loaded with another fiber.  The fiber on the wheel right now is Ashland Bay Mixed BFL 75/25 Roving.  Which means that 75% is ecru colored and 25% is natural black fiber.  It is cool looking and spins like butter.  I have plans for it.  So, that is staying on the wheel.  I am finding I need more spindles and more bobbins for the wheel.  I have the spindles, I just need to find them.  I lose everything or put it up so, I won't lose it and I end up losing it in the end. 

Anyway, the Mountain Meadows fiber is so springy and when I spin it, it is making some gorgeous yarn.  I can't wait to knit something amazing out of it.  I don't think I will ply it, either.  I am going to keep it as a single. Not sure if I will even dye it.  I love the natural color the way it is.  I might change my mind at a later date. 

So far it is spinning up as fingering weight.  I find I can spin a lace or a fingering weight easier than I can a worsted or a bulky weight.  Go figure.  No idea how this came about. 

I have a pair of socks I need to knit for a niece.  She asked me for a new pair.  I am going to be crazy by the time Christmas rolls around.  I thought about making all of my presents but, I am not sure about that one this year.  For some reason, I just can't get it together.
The fig tree.

The tomato plants, they stand about 7 to 8 ft tall. 

The shawl being moved onto 40 inch cords.

The bfl 75/25 fiber

The Mountain Meadow on the spindle

The springy goodness of the Mountain Meadow fiber

Monday, July 7, 2014

My Coupon is About to Expire

I belong to a 12 month fiber club, it was my present to myself for Christmas.  Well, any way, I shop at this one site and they sent me a reminder that my 45 points were about to expire.  Okay, I guess I will go see what I can find.  I found several fibers.  So, I put them in my cart, they gave me my spinning club discount but, they won't let me cash in my points.  I tried everything I could to use my 45 points.  I would have to put in a new order but, since I am in the fiber club, I wouldn't be able to use my points.  Pardon the fucked up is that? 

My points will be expiring because I do not need any form of yarn.  I am up to my ears in yarn.  I am trying to use up my stash and not buy more yarn.  I am even using my stash yarn for charity knitting.  I am on hat number 3. 

The online store pissed me off so much that I went to another online store to get the spinning wheel part I needed.  I am not a happy camper over this.  Why won't they let me cash in my points and take my fiber club discount off of there?  Is that too complicated?  I don't need that 10% off.  I just want to use my points. 

I am still working on the shawl but, I am putting it aside right now to work on the charity hats.  I think this year, I am going to do just hats.  It may change and I might do some neck warmers.  The kids seem to like those.  Not sure about mittens or mitts right now. 

I need to get back to painting lace weight yarns.  I have had several requests but, lately I have been too lazy to deal with the heat and the dyes.  It is freaking hot outside, too and it just ruins the whole day. 

We have been picking tomatoes and fighting off the varmint who keeps eating our tomatoes.  We think it is a squirrel.  He loves to get underneath the bird and wild life netting and take out the black truffle tomatoes.  I don't blame him since they are so incredible but, come on, only eating half and then leaving it.  That ticks me off. 

It is also fig picking time.  So, I will be starting that this week.  Oh the joy of it.  I have a neighbor who loves them so, she is going to be getting some.  We gave her fig preserves last year but, she said she would rather have them fresh.  Not a problem.  She can have as many as she wants. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Charity Knitting and the Shawl

I am working on two items right now.  I have the shawl which is coming along nicely.  I am working on it when I can.  I also had to go in for a follow up for my three month blood work check.  I took along a hat that I am working on for charity.  I didn't want to drag along the shawl and the chart.  The hat is small and works out well. 

I love the new book.  I have several projects picked out from it.  Then I spotted them one day, while I was perusing seed beads.  I found some root beer rainbow seed beads and knew instantly what I was going to use them for and which yarn.  I have a chameleon orange lace weight that has been sitting around for a while.  I decided to use the unusual colored beads with the orange yarn.  It should turn out well. 

This week has been a visit to the vet for shots for my oldest doggy.  He is 13 years old.  He is my sweetie pie.  Then I noticed the hound dog who is 12 years old has skin issues so, he has to go in tomorrow.  He will have to have surgery to remove several large lumps.  Poor old guy. 

I don't know who will get the orange shawl or scarf and then I had an epiphany...I can make a scarf for charity in lace.  Some child will love it, I hope. 

I have a huge line of knitting to do for people.  I am taking a much needed break on socks.  I have one person who will get them later in the year.  I am thinking of re-working her pattern.  I can do that. 

Chameleon orange lace weight yarn

Root beer transparent rainbow seed beads

Beads and yarn together

The shawl on Chart C

Close up of the bead work on the shawl