After a try out of Kollage Square Circular Knitting Needles I’ve fallen deeply in love with these babies and want one of every size and length. The rub? Kollage has quit making them.😢 My LYS does carry them, but with very limited choices. I spent way too much time last night trying to track some down – a rollercoaster of emotion, let me tell you. I was ultimately successful, finding a nice selection of needle sizes and cord lengths at Paradise Fibers and bought three new circs, sizes 1,1.5 and 2 with 60” cables, my favorite! I’ll start stalking our mailman in the next day or so.
ON MY NEEDLES
I’m back on track with my Gray Day Gansey and am about an inch away from separating for the sleeves.
Gray Day Gansey
Knitpicks Wool of the Andes
First Light Handicrafts
Manos del Uruguay Fino
JUST OUT OF THE KILN
Buncombe White Clay
Glazed w/ Blue Rutile on exterior and Arctic Blue interior
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. Robert Kennedy
Hi ya’ll! Here it’s come around Monday again and I have a couple of things to show you. I hope everyone’s weekend was a good one, mine was super busy which is a good thing in my case. When I’m bored, I tend to get into trouble – think shopping, think junk food, think hours of Pinterest or Facebook. Does this sound familiar? OK, enough of that. Here are a few things I played around with over the weekend.
My Gray Day Gansey is STILL on my needles, due to a mistake (dropped stitch) that I was unable to make peace with. So, I put in a lifeline and ripped back a good six inches of cabling and fixed it. Much happier!
I also managed to finally get ClayDreamsPottery, my Etsy shop, updated. Hit the link and see what’s new. I also got a bisque kiln fired, which unfortunately did not go as smoothly as I’d hoped. One of the pots exploded early on but luckily, nothing else in the kiln was damaged. 😨
Monday’s child is fair of face. Anonymous Nursery Rhymes
So, what did you think of the changes in my About Me page? It took me a long time to get the new content from my head to WordPress! As for my 2020 Intentions, one of my main one is to start and stick to a blogging schedule. I haven’t quite gotten that one settled in my mind but just getting started feels like a big step in the right direction! 👟👟
I hope you had a great holiday! Mr. iknead and I went to Bangkok for Christmas with the Bangkok Bunch. So good to see them…..even with Facetime, etc., sometimes I crave being able to hug them in person, hold their hands and hear their voices in person. Unfortunately, I was sick the. whole. time. with bronchitis. I went to the doctor and he gave me antibiotics and cough medicine. They helped a little and at least got me through the long, long flight home.😷🤒👨⚕️💊
Best gift ever? The Bangkok bunch is coming home! 🏠🏠🏠 The excitement and the relief of having them close by again is overwhelming! 🎇🎇🎇🤸♂️😍
I’m still plugging away at Gray Day. I’ve had to rip the entire cable pattern out and start it again twice.🤬but it’s progressing slowly!
I plan to do an update of my Etsy shop, ClayDreamsPottery, in the next day or so, keep an eye on it – you don’t want to miss a thing! Here’s a preview –
That’s right, the Insomniac Potter is back. It’s been a busy month, both craftwise and familywise. My gray sweater is growing, but slowly, as expected. I’ve started and and abandoned several pairs of socks and a scarf or two, but I think I’ve found THE sock pattern – at least for now. Have a look-
This is the book-
My Gray Day Gansey
Like I said, this sweater is slow going, but is totally worth it, I really love cables. It’s definitely not portable or what I call cruise control knitting, though. It requires my full attention sort of like a toddler — take your eyes off it for one second and you’re in the weeds, at least I am! 😋
Then there’s the pottery. Here’s one of my newest pots –
This one’s a do over. The original glazing turned out to be so ugly, I immediately reglazed it. I’m much much happier this time around! It’ll be going up on ClayDreamsPottery on Etsy in the next few days. If it floats your boat, let me know!
I have several pieces that are in that limbo between just thrown and dry enough to trim and bisque. I learned the hard way not to fire anything I’m not totally sure is bone dry. Nothing more discouraging than opening a kiln full of busted pots, but I’m also waiting for a couple of new glazes to come in before getting started on finishing them.
I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself. Oscar Wilde
Good morning everyone! As you can see, my sleep pattern seems to have reverted into the good old 2 a.m. internal alarm setting. (heavy sigh) One good thing about starting my day in the wee hours is that it’s a great time to run the kiln, long before the sun comes up, and the heat and humidity start to build.
Here’s a look at a few things I’ve been working on:
The start of a series of small bottles, all different
Glazes L to R
Blue Rutile, Textured Turquoise and Blue Rutile, Blueberry Spice, Textured Turquoise, Ancient Jasper
A pot I started yesterday waiting to dry enough to trim.
A bean pot that has been washed and reglazed several times. (I’m not usually this indecisive.) Final glaze is Textured Turquoise. (Probably)🤔
ON MY NEEDLES
The first five inches of the Gray Days sweater. Six more inches of stockinette to go then on to the best part – CABLES! I absolutely LOVE cables!
My Gray Days
Knitpicks Wool of the Andes
Project notes can be found here.
There is no great genius without some touch of madness. Seneca
PS I’ve added some new pots to my Etsy shop, ClayDreamsPottery. I’d love to have you pay a visit!
Off My Needles
It’s official! My Leksak Lady is finished, with ends woven, a nice Eucalan soak and ending with a good blocking and drying. My project notes can be found here.
My Leksak Lady
Knitpicks Wool of the Andes Tweed Barn Door Heather
I’m ready for fall and cooler temps, could someone please get in touch with Mother Nature and pass that on?
In the hope that yes, fall is coming, I started a new sweater yesterday, Gray Days, a Knitpicks pattern. I wish I could show you a photo, but nothing larger than a postage stamp will load. You can get a better look at it on the cover of the latest Knitpicks catalog.
Out of the Kiln
I’ve been working on a small bottle series and got the first bunch bisqued yesterday. Now comes the hard part – what glazes should I use? Decisions, decisions. Here’s a photo –
The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. Eden Phillpotts
I leave for home the day after tomorrow, always a bittersweet anticipation. A bit sad to be leaving, knowing that I won’t see my Bangkok babies until December, leaving part of my heart in Thailand but at the same time, looking forward to being home and reconnecting with the other part of my heart that I left at home when I left for Bangkok. I pray that someday we’ll all at least be on the same continent, if not the same state or town. Until that happens, I’ll use all that airplane time (16+ hours!) to get in some serious knitting time on whatever project I have going at that time.
This extra knitting time is a good thing this trip, a really good thing…….
I finally took a look at the Leksak Lady pattern, rows and rows of stockinette as a general rule don’t require much in the way of pattern watching. Talk about a Debbie Downer moment! I’d had it in my head that the pattern read “continue working in stockinette until the garment from the shoulder measures approximately 20 inches”. instead, it reads “continue working……………………….measures approximately 28.5 inches”. My Leksak Lady measures about 18 inches from the shoulder at the moment. I don’t think I can fudge 10 inches of stockinette. 😫😫😫
Instead of a project photo, something to make you smile –
People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile. Lee Mildon