Friday, September 30

2 more skeins!

This is the 'last skein' on the right in the first picture of them drying. It came out looking like the desert.

This is benny's dye job...

Monday, September 26

Last one tonight -- the autumn colored laceweight

880 yds of laceweight takes *FOREVER* to wind back into a pretty skein.

Froot Loops?

My Second Skein

AKA the one Felicia called dibs on. I need to re-twist it a little better, but the colors.... mmmmm.... colors.

My First Hand-dyed Skein

Saturday, September 24

Guess what's drying!

In my "dye studio", aka the downstairs bathroom...

Friday, September 23


Well, ok, I'm multi-talented. Here's one of my sketches... not all of them are as good...


And a picture of the sunrise the other day -- this is the view from my porch.

And although I didn't take this picture, I figured I'd put it here anyway because it's damned cute. :)

Wednesday, September 21

I've only been knitting since April

While I was checking on my current order, I looked back to see approximately when I started knitting. I ordered the Stitch'n'Bitch book on April 2. If we consider that it takes about a week to get books from amazon, I started knitting on April 9th. 4/9/2005. Yes, April of this year. What do you mean I have too many finished objects to be knitting not even 6 months yet?

Harrumph! I'm going back to knitting Ben's socks.

Monday, September 19


So, I had a great birthday. I partied with my friends, and my family sent me cool things. My mom sent me an Eddie Bauer gift cert which I'll probably spend on Friday, and my aunt sent me an Amazon gift cert, with which I have ordered: Spin It : Making Yarn from Scratch, Yarns to Dye For : Creating Self-Patterning Yarns for Knitting, and World of Knitted Toys. They're on their way.

I've ordered some 'dye-your-own' from knitpicks, and some acid dyes from Dharma... I've been encouraged by the girls in my knit group to dye yarn, so... I guess I will. I already dye cotton & silk with fiber-reactive dyes. I want to dye yarn anyway, so if I have a built-in market, all the better. :)

I made some progress yesterday with Ben's monster feet (from snbn), and finished the first one. I'm still not sure I did it right, but I figure as long as I'm consistantly wrong, they'll turn out similarly. Basically, the instructions were for short rows wrap & turns, but they worked too many stitches. ie, you start at one side of your work, work 28 sts, w&t, then slip one, and work 28 sts. um... your instructions for w&t show putting the stitch back on the lefthand needle. That means the instructions for that short row are either wrong (because it works 29 sts when you only have 28) or your w&t instructions are wrong (and you wrap, turn, and slip the first st when you work the next row). Ugh. And the errata for that pattern wasn't any help with that, either. Although it did include 'oh yeah, you need to k all the way across to the other side before starting this other bit', which WAS useful.

So I cast on for the other monster foot last night, and worked a few rows. And grumbled about the twist being worked into the Lamb's Pride Bulky. I have to spin the ball of yarn every row. I probably should've wound it again, but LPB comes with the easy-to-find center-pull end. I thought it would play nice, like the green one did, but oh no. Yes, Ben's monster feet are green and purple. Purple soles with green tops with green Fizz. I kinda like using GIANT BULKY yarn with the itty-bitty Fizz. Even if the monster feet look like I could put my dog in them now.

Speaking of the dog, everyone seemed to enjoy her company on Friday night. She was very entertaining, and she loves people. Although she did keep trying to drink Anne's mudslide, and the reaction to my telling her NO in my "bad dog" voice was kinda funny. Shibas are the small dog for people who don't like small dogs. Although almost everyone else in the knit group has big dogs (GSD's, Huskies, Samoyeds, larger mutts), they all fawned over Miss PrancyPants. :)

Saturday, September 17

Woo hoo! Happy birthday to me! :D

My birthday was Tuesday, and the KWA party was last night. I spent most of yesterday preparing for it -- fruit, veggies, etc. Ann, Anne, Kathy (TOK), Liesel, MJ (complete with Jr. and Hubby), and my friend Kelly came to my house to celebrate the loss of my 20's. I'm now officially 30, and can't be trusted.

I've been a bad knitter, and been too busy to get any knitting done. Bad knitter! Bad! Bad! Well, I *did* cast-on for Ben's sock, but that's about it. Since I traded Tuesday for Saturday at work, I'm at work today. I don't have the concentration for toes yet, so I'm knitting ribbing on Ben's sock. Size 2 needles, 75 sts, k3p2 rib. Exciting.

Tuesday, September 6

What were they thinking?

While waiting for my YouKnitWhat fix, I was looking for sock patterns. I had seen 80 bazillion of the same cuff-down sock pattern, and then... I came across these. Not all sock patterns, but, um... What were they thinking??!?

Ok, these are socks. Socks with loops. For children, supposedly. Obviously for naughty children who don't listen to their parents, because I can't imagine anyone over or under the age of 12 begging mommy for these.

These are called "Knitted Squiggle Beasties", and they give me nightmares just looking at them. Scary otherwordly masses of felted yarn have come to take over the world. I welcome our yarny overlords!

I found these "Sandal socks" to be ... well... um... too much. Obviously, too much is not enough is about all that I can say about these socks. I'd say the 80's called and want their socks back, but I can't remember seeing such. The colors, the patterning, and the BEADS work together to make me hate these socks.

Ok, to leave you scratching your head and sweating profusely from your feet, I present the link to THRUMMED SOCKS. Yes, you heard right. Someone thought wool socks aren't warm enough, double-knit wool socks aren't warm enough either, so let's put wooly bits in them to make the feet feel like they're in an inferno! (Yes, yes, there are parts of the world that would benefit from this, but those places are small and inhabited by snow-people.)

Monday, September 5

Happy frickin' Labor Day

I'm celebrating Labor Day this year by being at work. We've already had one "fire" this morning, so I'm not especially optimistic for the rest of the day. I want to be with my knit group, not in front of a computer. I want to be knitting and chatting, not grumbling and working. Sigh. C'est la vie, I guess. I *am* getting paid 8 hours holiday pay in addition to my 10 normal hours today.

I need to re-ball my sock yarn before I start my second sock. My ball winder is on its way, but since there's no mail today, it'll be tomorrow at least before I get it. And of course, I won't have much time until Thursday or Friday (as I commute 1h, work 10h, commute 1h). I don't think I'll suffer from SSS (Second Sock Syndrome) as I really enjoyed my first sock. Toes rock.

I'm indentured to the tune of:
One set monster slippers (SNBN)
One pair grey socks with blue toes & heels
One pair tan socks with blue toes & heels

Ben went to 2 LYS's with me this week, and we bought the yarn and needles to complete the above projects. So, those are on my list. I haven't finished the sweater yet -- I'm taking a sock break from the endless stockinette (another 13" of it) for the hood. Eris is waiting for me, too.