Friday, April 28, 2006

5 senses friday

alison's sequin-covered recital costume
pink and purple everywhere
wayne sleeping in

freshly mowed grass
sweaty brewski

soft wool yarn
hugs from friends
adrienne's super-soft baby bunting

ali's dance party
people screaming at the fair
the new and improved air conditioning in our room

funnel cake
light lemonade
pf changs deliciousness - i haven't tasted this yet, but will tonight :)

Thursday, April 27, 2006

I made something pretty

And Alison helped.

We went to Michael's yesterday and bought some Patons Merino wool, then we went to Publix and bought some Kool-Aid. When we got home we 'made pink and purple' in Mason jars and soaked our yarn. Ali went down for her nap and when she woke up, our pink and purple had gotten all over our yarn.

Here are some Kool-Aid dyeing items of interest that I will remember next time:

1. It smells so good.

2. I think I needed to use more and put smaller amounts of yarn in each jar. The color turned out a little uneven. (or see #4)

3. The actual dyeing time is fast! I expected the yarn to be in the pot/jars for at least 15 minutes before much happened, but it took 5.

4. Maybe Patons Merino Wool is not the best for dyeing. I noticed while it was soaking that it wasn't soaking evenly. Next time I'm going to try KnitPicks Dye-Your-Own.

On another knitting note, I finished SockS! Both of them! No slacking here. And the pink and purple is for striped Alison-size socks which I'll start today.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

FO: Sock!

While sitting at the Fair on Saturday, I knit along the length of Sock without a care in the world. Then it occured to me that I should see how long it is, so I asked Nicole to try it on. It went all the way over her toes. Everyone was so happy, but I was not. I explained that I needed to leave 1.5" for toe shaping which if I did at this point would be much too long. I needed to frog.

But I didn't want to frog, so instead I pouted. And everytime I thought of my sock over the course of Sunday and Monday, I pouted some more. I was too overwhelmed to think about not twisting my stitches when I picked them back up and making sure they all got back on the right needles. Until after dinner last night, when apparently a full tummy made me brave.

I frogged almost 1.5" and only ended up with 3 twisted stitches which I fixed on my next round. I finished out the toe shaping and then sewed the whole thing shut. I will not call what I did grafting - it's more of an application of lots of yarn to holding something together.

All that said, Sock! is finished!!!!

And if you look to the right of my finished sock you will see that I've very responsibly started the second one already. Maybe by next week we'll be celebrating SockS!

Friday, April 21, 2006

5 Senses Friday and Sock update

alison's delight at three seperate egg hunts
making a dyed "brown" egg
vivid yarn dyeing tutorial

lovely lilies
fresh rain
all the perfumes at the makeup counter

little bowl after felting
wayne's hand as we walked through the mall
new trackball mouse

solsbury hill by peter gabriel
brewski barking in the middle of the night
happy nicool

blackened chicken @ bahama breeze
GARLIC mashed potatoes @ bahama breeze
salsa with a kick @ girabaldi's

With a little help from Adrienne after my freak out, I successfully completed the heel turn and gusset of Sock. Now to just make it big enough and get through the dreaded toe . . .

Thursday, April 20, 2006


Before I started the socks, I mentioned a DPN-intensive project I'd been working on, and my partner rec'd it today, so now I can post about it.

I made her a little pill holding dish from the pattern MancalaMia at knitty. It was a little difficult to get started, but knit up really quickly (under 4 hours) once I stopped being awkward.

Once it was finished, I threw it in the washer to felt it. I expected it to take 10 - 20 minutes, but it ended up taking closer to 45 minutes to felt all the way up.

And then, viola! A much better picture of the finished piece, taken by the recipient Kristen. Thanks!


I've got about 6 inches of my Joan's Socks finished. I just started blindly following the directions for the heel flap and from what I've done so far, they're fairly clear. I'm using the 'just do it' mantra - whatever the pattern says I do, no matter how screwy it sounds.

I tried it on. Its a little snug for me, but since they're for Aileen I think they'll be great.

Monday, April 17, 2006

I'm a Super-Starter

I'm starting to figure out why it took me over a year and a half to finish Aileen's sweater. It seems that when I work on a long, labor-intensive project, I get really easily distracted from it and start new things. So, since I've been hooking the Color Bar Blanket for a little over a month, and its starting to lose a little luster, the last week has been a testament to procrastination by new project.

I was originally pulled away by the craftster One Tiny Thing Rnd. 5 Swap, which led me to challenge myself with DPNs. Once I figured out that I could use them, I couldn't help but want to make a pair of socks - or really just one sock to prove I can do it, but a pair is much more practical. Plus I can give them to Aileen and they should fit better than the aforementioned sweater. So here's the start of Sock 1:

In addition, when I learned to crochet, I skipped learning the Single Crochet stitch because I didn't need it for what I was making. Then I found this blanket pattern using all single crochets and I started thinking how cute it would be to make Mini-Golf a blanket. So I picked up the yarn and started that too. Needless to say, crochet was a lot faster when it was double than single.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Ali the Egg Hunter

Not at all craft related, but here are some pics of Alison at the Ocoee Egg Hunt this morning. One of her many eggs contained a prize ticket, so in addition to her bucket full of eggs with little prizes and candies, she won another bucket full of larger prizes and candies. :)

"What?? Is the camera on?? Yes, this is Alison, live in Ocoee. . ."

I think she would have flown if she could.

Friday, April 14, 2006

5 Senses Friday

A recap of senses over the course of this past week.

mountains of yarn at joann's
my husband getting more in shape everyday
Emily kicking on the outside

something sweet is blooming in the front yard
clean Brewski
not much due to a stuffy nose

Ali's clean hair
a chilly breeze in the evening
tissues on my nose

Alison's belly-laughs
click-click of DPNs
snarky comments during Survivor

coffee, and more coffee
sundried tomatoes in pasta
chocolate brownie cupcakes

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Proverbs 31:13

I happened upon this verse in my reading today about a Godly wife.

"She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands." Prov. 31:13

I'll have to tell Wayne I'm one step closer to perfect. :)

Also, I spent yesterday evening and this morning working on an ambitious project for a craftster swap. Everything went well and once my partner receives her goodies, I'll post about it.

Monday, April 10, 2006

On the 8th day God created Post-its, Ziplocs and Sharpie Markers

At least that's what I think. Without these things I never would have made it through high school, college or being a busy mommy. They sure helped out this morning.

When I started knitting, my lovely husband bought me a basket to keep my knitting in. It sat next to my knitting chair in the living room and I had all my latest projects handy and organized. A few months ago, we rearranged the living room furniture and my knitting spot moved away from my knitting basket. This made the basket more of a catch-all than a functioning organizing system.

So this morning when I went to look for a simple pair of needles, it looked like this:

I got out my handy-dandy gallon-size Ziploc baggies and went to town putting each individual open project in its on place. I put all my needles away in their respective needlecases and cleaned house.

And in the end I have a much more organized basket and may even take a crochet-break and do a little knitting today. :)

Thursday, April 06, 2006

96 squares of this blanket to go . . .

You can sing it along to "99 bottles of beer", or maybe you won't 'cause you're not square-crazed. :)

Anyway, here's what 44 completed squares look like.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Knitting Field Trip

I met Debbie Stoller!! And she was wicked cool.

We left in the early afternoon, drove to Tampa and met her at a book-signing/trunk sale. I was accompanied by my knitters-in-crime: Nicole, Jessica, Carmen, Eve and Adrienne. We spent a few minutes each getting our many books signed and chatting Debbie up and then took some pics.

I haven't gotten Eve's yet and this one is a little wonky, but here's a pic that Jess' camera got. Excuse the awkwardness of some facial expressions and the fact that I'm mostly covered. :)