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WIP Wednesday 9/11/13


ON THE NEEDLES

Freebie Lacy Rib Cowl, CEY

Mini Mochi, color #113

and

Moonfire Handknits Blue Day Socks

Fiesta Baby Boom Sweet Pea (which I’m a little nervous about because my calcs come out about 20 yards too short); thinking positive thinking positive thinking positive.

BY THE BOOK

I finished Orphan Train yesterday, a little disappointed with the ending, but a great read overall and am planning to start Stephen Gallagher‘s The Bedlam Detective today, with a couple of others that are waiting in the wings, Life of Pi and The Devil in Pew Number Seven.  I’m trying to be patient, I’m at my 10 book checkout limit and so must wait until the next two books expire.  Yet another instance of Mr. Iknead’s austerity plan, which, I have to admit, is good practice for me.  I don’t consider myself really impatient, more, umm, excitable would be a good word.

The Bedlam Detective: A Novel

Linking with TamiFrontier Dreams KCCO and Yarn Along today.

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.  Joseph Addison

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Is It Fall Yet?


TAKING A SPIN

My first attempt at plying – I think I need to watch some more YouTube tutorials

Nutmeg and Copper

STASH ADDITION

I’m condition SABLE (stash acquisition beyond life expectancy) and I know it, but I just couldn’t pass up this Portland Tweed that was on sale at Yarn Mart Saturday.  i’m thinking funnel neck sweater – if 870 yards would do it and it might, it just might.  If not a sweater, then maybe a shawl.

I just noticed that perhaps I’m thinking in fall mode now, with my newest stuff definitely being autumney, making me think of pumpkins and falling leaves.

Classic Elite Yarn Portland Tweed, color number 5012, 50 g/approx 120 yds, x7, 50% virgin wool, 25% alpaca and 25% viscose

SOMETHING NEW FOR JOSIE

I made Josie a new bed yesterday afternoon, I decided the old, zipper broke sleeping bag was just too ratty and found this pattern in a library book called One Yard Wonders by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins.  Turned out well and she seems to like it.

True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice.  Ben Jonson, Cynthia’s Revels

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FO Squared


OFF THE NEEDLES

Got a twofer today.

Botanical Cowl, using the Mini Mochi from Destin

I’m a Mini Mochi fan now, this turned out prettier than I’d ever imagined!

Woo Hoo!!! I finished the Ruffled Tank and even got Bigmommy to model.  This is the yarn from Knit One Crochet Too.  Again, it turned out even better than I’d expected.  I think it’s the first sweater I’ve knit that actually fits!

So that does it for my souvenir yarn this year.  I’ll be making a yarn run in the next few days.  I haven’t visited Yarn Mart in a while and like I said, I’m a new fan of Mini Mochi and am anxious to get more.  TGIP (Thank goodness it’s payday)!

I’m linking up with Tami’s FO Friday blog again, be sure and pay her a visit!

Laughter is the closest distance between two people.  Victor Borge

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LATE FOR WIPW BUT STILL ON THE NEEDLES

This is the front for the ruffled tank that’s still a WIP.  I knitted the back and while congratulating myself, noticed that it looked a little “wonky”.  It was then that I noticed the huge mistake I made.  When a pattern states “work as for front” it means just what it says, start at the top of the pattern, not in the middle.  So, I frogged the entire back and started it again, this time paying more attention.  Sigh.  That’s why it’s recommended that you read a pattern through multiple times BEFORE you start knitting.  Another sigh.

Tank sweater back #2

Change in all things is sweet.  Aristotle

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Home with Hermione, FO Friday


OFF THE NEEDLES

Here’s Hermione’s Everyday Socks:

This pattern is a Rav freebie and I totally loved knitting these up; a four row repeat that was easy to memorize and was really awesome with the yarn, which was from Premier Yarns and was wool-free.  The color is Vegas Lights and lent itself well to this pattern.  Being on vacation for the past week, these socks had quite a bit of beach time.   Got a few odd looks, you’d think people had never seen knitting on the beach! 🙂

SCENES FROM VACATION

BABYDIVA AND BABYDADDY ON THE BEACH.

 THE SPROUT LOVES THE BEACH!

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which one to keep,  Scott Adams

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Up and Running Once More


A BUMP IN MY BLOG

We lost our internet Tuesday evening and all day yesterday.  Very frustrating.  I’m way more invested in the internet than I thought.  No e-mail, no google, no blog, no nothin’.  I see if I ever decide to go ‘net free, I’ll need to be weaned off, no way I’m going cold turkey!  It comforts me to know, though, that I’m in the same boat with probably a zillion others.  😉  Oh, I almost forget to tell you the reason.  Our neighbor was having fax issues, ATT came out, fixed his fax feed and didn’t bother reconnecting what he had to disconnect.  Jeez.

SOFT STUFF

The alpaca roving that I ordered from Dyeing for Color finally arrived and has exceeded all my expectations.  It’s like spinning a cloud.  I’ve knitted with alpaca yarn but have never actually seen and been able to fondle roving.  I keep petting it.

These babies are staying in their bags until two seconds before I spin so I can continue to marvel at how soft and clean they are!  I’m beginning to feel that their destiny is to be sock yarn.

ON THE NEEDLES

No knitting to post today.  Oh yeah, it’s out there, lots of WIPs, very few FOs, just not quite camera ready and besides that, I’d have to go through the house, gathering up each room’s project.  Yeah, I work on different projects in different rooms.  Don’t judge me 🙂

POT PROJECT

When we had that little snafu with the internet, I was in the middle of posting a pottery WIP so I had to postpone until today.  This is a molded bowl and I can’t wait to get it out of the damp box and get it out of the bowl mold.

It still needs some work, as you can tell.  That may be a good project for tomorrow.

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities.  Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.  Gloria Steinem

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DIY FYI DYE


IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN

Yep, that’s right.  Arkansas’s summer has finally come and it looks like it’s planning to unpack its bags and stay awhile.  This makes for a sweaty whatever you happen to be engaged in, whether it’s baking, knitting, walking or any other of the billions of things that make up a day.  Thankful for my AC and fans and thank you, Mr. Iknead, for giving me the treat of sitting in one spot, never having to leave the comfort of my cool house, except for essential tasks.  Essential = groceries and/or gasoline.

FIRST TRY AT DYE

I’ve been eyeballing DIY dyeing articles and blogs, so, equipped with Kool-Aid, trash bags and part of my recent experiment in handspinning, I gave Pink Lemonade a go.

Step One

Step Two (don’t forget the gloves)

Step Three (heat to set the dye)

Sorry, no pic.  Microwaving yarn not photogenic.

Step Four

Let Cool and Rinse

Will show off the finished product tomorrow, after final rinse and drying.  I hope it doesn’t resemble a wad of pink worms so much.

For more detailed instructions, check out Knitty.com.

DIVALICIOUS

Babysitting Photo-Op

Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience.  George-Louis de Buffon

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