Sunday, November 29, 2015

I've been busy.....

I know, I've been MIA for a while, but I have some excuses......not sure any of them are good.

First of all, blogger/google has made it so difficult to do this that facebook just seems easier. Facebook also seems to have a bit of the instant gratification factor too....

Next, I've been knitting Christmas presents for everyone in my family. I'm determined not to really buy anything that no one needs, so, it's going to be a handmade Christmas around these parts. So far, the count includes, 4 pair of felted slippers, 4 pairs of socks, a needle felted jack Russell, and two sock monkey golf club covers that I had to engineer the pattern for. (pretty proud of myself for that one). Now that a few more folks have been added to the guest list, I'll be needing to make a cowl, a hat, and one more thing yet to be determined. That wasn't in the plan.

I've also been working on my blankie. A few weeks ago, knitpicks had the hue shift afghan as a free pattern. Had to have it. I worked  on it for a while, then set it aside to knit Christmas gifts, brought it back out when I thought it was done, but it's going back in the closet again.....more Christmas gifts.

I'll leave you with a sock monkey......because I can.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

done with the elephant shoes (again)

So, the first batch of clogs turned out fine, the ballet slippers did not. Back to the drawing board and the stash to find more wool. I'm done with the second round of girl clogs, all knit and sewn up. They just need to be felted.

Gave the boy clogs a haircut the other day, and they look great. They felted a bit small, but I know they'll stretch, and they'll make great Christmas gifts. I still might make a couple more gifts, pair of socks and maybe some gloves, but we'll just have to see.

I fell in love with a cowl on ravelry.....dragonflies in chocolate. Bought the chocolate yarn from a stash and dug through my own to find the dragonfly color. As soon as I finish my French can-can, I think I'll work on that.

Meanwhile, for some non-knitting rained yesterday, really rained, so I started to wrok on some glass.

Bought this birdbath at a yard sale for $10. It totally wants to be something else, so here it is....
It's not quite done yet, I'll finish up the background the next time it rains. I'd like to thank Claudia for selling me all that's going to a good use.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

new yarn and elephant shoes

I've been busy, very busy, knitting elephant shoes....
This is only half of them, the other half are ready to felt. These need a second sole and then they'll be ready to go too. The second sole is a total wrestling match and really hard on my hands, so I'm going to try to do one a day and be done with it. this will finish my Christmas knitting that I HAD to get done.

I might make a couple more things, just because I have the time, maybe a scarf or cowl and some fingerless mitts.

I also got my summer camp yarn this week, (and a little thing that jumped in the cart along with it). Might as well, had to pay shipping either way, right?

The camp yarn is the blue/purple one. The other is "ladybug". Couldn't resist. I'll divide it in half and make a couple of plain toe-up socks. (in my spare time).

This week, I'll be finishing the slippers and felting them. I'm kinda sad to be missing OFF this year, but the schedule just didn't allow it. Maybe I'll try for a class at Madrona in the spring.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

ok, on to the next season

Well, I'm sad to say I finished the self striping shawl.....sad because it was so much fun to do. Made me wish there was more!

The colors are actually quite a bit brighter than you see here.....mostly because it started raining here about a week ago and hasn't quit since. That's OK, considering the water bill.......;(

Anyway.......I've started to do my holiday knitting and I already have one down. It's a football team inspired cowl that'll make a great gift.

The rest of the folks are all getting felted slippers. I've got one pair done already. They're a pretty quick knit (but a bit of a wrestling match). I'll do them all and then felt them all at the same time. No pics of those. Then I might move on to my newest obsession.....the peace sweater.

What an amazing accomplishment that would be. I know from experience that they look WAY harder than they actually are. The challenge with this one is finding the right yarn that doesn't cost $160 and still works......I'm working on some ideas.

Off to make slippers!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

too hot to garden

and for one day, too rainy....
so I've been knitting.....

I finished my third camp project. I decided to do a "water" shawl. It was a nice, challenging knit....some cables, some lace, some elongated stitches. Loved the yarn, what can I say?
hard to see the detail here, but trust me, it's good. It's not blocked yet, so it needs a bit of a stretch.

Now, on to "gasp" Christmas presents.....I know, I know......but, everyone's getting slippers this year and they take a bit to make and felt. (they don't read this blog, so I don't mind saying)

Next, I'll finish my caterpillar green shawl and move on to feet~

Sunday, July 26, 2015

finished the tendril scarf

took a pic, put it away.....
I'm not real happy with the way it turned out.....the pattern was great, but the scarf is really heavy and thick, and the yarn just didn't work well. I'm glad I mastered the technique of intarsia cables, but this guy is destined to be slippers for was my second project for camp loopy, so.....on to the third.
Some nice malabrigo for a treat and a cool pattern, Xanadu.....cables and lace, how can you go wrong. The only challenge will be if I can finish it in a month.
In the mean time, I'll be hanging out at the fair a couple of days this week, thanks to an excellent suggestion, it'll be a great time to work my self-striping concrete and tulips shawl. It's pretty mindless, so I've already would the yarn and I'll cast on and get the gauge and pattern before I go.
After 2 days of hanging out by the pig barn, I'm sure I'll make some progress.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

plugging away

I've been plugging away on the tendril scarf for my summer camp project. So far, I'm about half way done, but I've taken a bit of a detour.

In the no good deed goes unpunished category......I offered to knit a shop sample for the new lys owner. She came up with what looked like it would be a super easy, super fast knit.....NOT.
The whole thing is ssks and in this cotton yarn that is,well, not the best. It has knots, it's splitty, there's crummy sections in it.....I can't finish fast enough!  I'm only half way done with it, but I hope to finish by Tuesday, so I can take it back and go back to my tendril.

I'll leave you with some yumminess......
It's malabrigo.....for my third camp project. I've decided it's going to be xanadu.....I was going to do some turtles, but I fell in love with this yarn, not exactly turtle colored, so the turtles will have to wait.

Sadly, I can't start on this one until aug 1,