So, lots of knitting happening here at Casa Coleman, just not a lot of finishing. 🙂 I’m trying to be more diligent about recordkeeping and such, so you can find pattern details and progress in my project pages.
My sweet son in law has been requesting a pitcher for I don’t know how long. Being a pastor, he wanted something he could use for baptisms and communion. After many unsuccessful attempts, I finally came up with one that passed muster.
Inside glazed with Spectrum Cinnamon Ripple
Outside glazed with Amaco Seaweed
Outside glaze Amaco Seaweed PC-51
Inside glazed with Mayco Stoneware Glaze
Here’s a better look at the inside –
TODAY’S PROACTIVE CHANGE
This one is turning out to be the most difficult – putting all my devices aside 30 minutes before bedtime. Yep, this one is by far the most difficult. There’s always just one more thing I want to check on, which leads to another page, then one more site and then just one more peek at Facebook. Putting it all aside 30 minutes before bedtime gives my brain enough time to calm down and I fall asleep faster and stay asleep. 🥱😴
It’s 11:48 p.m. and I’m wearing my insomniac hat tonight. Now, it’s 11:49 p.m. which gives me about 11 minutes to have that last glass of water before midnight. If you’ve ever undergone a “procedure”, you’re familiar with the nothing to eat or drink after midnight rule. So, yes, there is a “procedure” in my near future. To be more specific, tomorrow at 11:30, I’m having oral surgery to extract three molars on the right and placement of two screws into my upper jawbone for eventual implants and a bridge. I admit that while I don’t have a phobia regarding dentists, I do get anxious a few days beforehand. I will be under heavy sedation so intellectually I know that it will be painless and quick, it’s just that my nervous stomach and jitters haven’t received the It’ll be OK memo.
This dental adventure on top of my broken arm and my subsequent ER visit, followed by a visit to a hand and arm specialist and the surgery to repair it using a steel fixator and let’s not forget about Covid-19 and it’s cousin, Quarantine, has me wondering what next!
I got a photo of my postop x-ray. BTW, if looking at stuff like this makes you feel woozy or sick I encourage you to skip over the low tolerance stuff.
This month’s Knit Crate carried a naked hank of yarn and enough kool-ade to dye it up right. Here’s how mine turned out using cherry on half and blue raspberry on the other half. I think it will knit up into a very interesting pair of socks.
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. Albert Einstein
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
So far, the Ariel socks are playing nice, but they’ve been slow going. Things are looking up since I purchased a nice, bright headlamp at Decathlon, a store similar to Academy Sports. I actually was at Decathlon to get a new water bottle, which I did, but apparently the placement of impulse items is universal – right next to the cash register. That bit of extra light has made a big difference, I got through the first pattern repeat last night without problems.
I’m also working on a Leksak sweater, though I find the rows and rows of stockinette boring. It makes for great plane knitting, I’ll give it that.
ON THE WHEEL
Not a thing. While I’m in Bangkok, I have to be satisfied with surfing Pinterest and making endless lists in my head of glazes and techniques to try. That reminds me, I need to order clay. I’m thinking that if I order now, it will arrive in Little Rock about the same time I do.
Here are a few photos of Iconsiam, a new mall here in Bangkok that has a replica of a floating market on the bottom floor, with traditional Thai food and crafts vendors, most wearing traditional Thai clothing. Really, the photos don’t do it justice………..
FYI – This is an escalator!
Action is the foundational key to all success. Pablo Picasso
Ever have a skein of yarn that you fell hard for, but got over it in a hurry when it just couldn’t seem to decide what it wanted to be? Yes, I tend to assign human characteristics to inanimate objects, even putting projects into time out for not cooperating. Well, this particular yarn has been in and out of time out several times. I’ve even toyed with the idea of relegating it to the back of what I call the Not In My Lifetime UFO box. I decided to give it one more chance, sticking it into my carry-on bag for my trip to Bangkok. So far, it’s playing nice and I’m beginning to feel optimistic. 🤞🤞🤞
At some point, the ball band became history, but I think it came from Knitpicks.
Last go at this yarn
I’m hoping that the Ariel Socks from Ravelry will suit us both. 😋
I’ve been missing my pottery wheel a lot the last few days. This is the longest I’ve gone without throwing anything. I’m glad I worked as hard as I did, mopping and scrubbing my workspace. It will be so nice to come back to clean tools and a clean wheel!
A QUICK WORD REGARDING BLOG CHANGES
Wondering about all the blog flipping and flopping? Yeah, me too. 😳 Here’s the deal…..
I let my long time knitting blog slide after getting my very own pottery wheel and spending the time I usually set aside for blogging playing in the mud and getting a feel for my new equipment. I fully intended to get back to my knitting blog, but it was always going to be “tomorrow”.
I missed blogging much more than I thought I would and so decided to add another blog to the mix. What was I thinking?? I’m having issues with keeping iknead2knit going and I convinced myself that adding another blog was the perfect solution?? All I can say is this – DON’Y TRY THIS AT HOME!
Long story short – Condensed the two blogs into one and renamed the whole nine yards, starting fresh. So….,Welcome to new blog, Mud&String. I hope you like it!
A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.
In my last post I shared about my Shell Cottage Socks project, part of The Handmade Sock Society, Season 2. Unfortunately, the original yarn I used became so fuzzy after even a couple of rows it drove me crazy enough to put that project aside and try a different yarn.
I found a nice JoJoland Melody yarn in the stash and cast on right away….
I think the JoJoland Melody was a good choice, even though I can never do the colors justice in photos.
Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes. Napoleon Hill
Here are a few of the projects I’m working on at the moment –
Clockwise from left: Whatever Socks, Malabrigo Sock, Indiecita colorway for me. These are a variation of Hermione’s Everyday Socks using (I think) a linen stitch, Sunburst Lichen Cowl, in a really pretty blue mystery yarn and last, a pair of Simple Skype Socks for Babydaddy using Fingerpaints Supersock Self Striping from Cherry Tree Hill Yarn, in the Java Jive colorway.
From the pottery wheel
Unfired pots, using low fire red clay
A couple more days of drying time and then they’ll be ready to bisque fire, the first step toward a finished pot.
NEWS FLASH – Unfortunately, the darker, larger pot didn’t make it through the first firing. ☹️
Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. Janis Joplin
Something fast, something that gives (almost) immediate gratification. I’m in the middle of a sweater, a huge crocheted shawl, a pair of socks, a dog sweater and the cutest flag garland ever. I’m not counting my Christmas knitting — it’s not the last minute yet and I don’t want to let the cat out of the gift bag. Anyhow, despite my vow to not start anything new until the WIPs are at least a little bit under control, I caved. I needed a project that offered some immediate gratification. Rav served up the perfect pattern, Leafy Washcloth. I knit up the first one last evening and it’s blocking as I type this.
I used some Sugar and Cream cotton that I had around and size 7 straight needles, filling the immediate gratification bill perfectly. Feels so good to have a FO!
The odds of hitting your target go up dramatically when you aim at it. Mal Pancoast
I seem to be caught in a startitis vortex, convinced that every new project start magically completes the WIP above it in the Everlasting Endless Knitting Queue, except it doesn’t. The tabletop next to my knitting chair continues to become more and more crowded and is developing a layered look, sort of like what you’d find in an archeological dig with recent stuff on top and progressively older stuff underneath that. Here’s a few off the top-
I’ve recently fallen in love with banners and such so when I saw the Freak Flags in MDK Sequences it was all over but the knitting. The plan is to make a set of seasonal set for my mantle, with this particular set in fall colors. Winter will be next using blues, grays and whites.
I’m making good progress on my Simple Skype socks –
Have I ever mentioned that I’m a handbell ringer? Advent is upon us, a busy busy time for musicians, with extra rehearsals and the butterflies that go hand in hand with ringing in public,but it’s a labor of love. Aren’t they beautiful?
Here’s a look at the first pot out of my very first glaze kiln –
B clay with grog
Mayco Jungle Gems Peacock Green on outside and Blue Azure on the inside
I like the inside better I think.
BIG DAY TODAY
Hit the ground running this morning…..Baby Shepherd will be baptized at 10:30 mass this morning and we’re having a Baptism/Birthday/Belated Birthday chili supper this evening to celebrate. I’ll do my best to get photos of the Baptism Boy and Birthday Boys up on the blog in the next few days. Busy with blessings!
Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him. Albert Schweiter
Due to an overwhelming case of wanting to cast on all the things, my WIP to FO ratio has fallen so far as to be nonexistent. Every time I pick up whatever catches my eye in the WIP pile, I swear to myself that THIS IS THE ONE, the one that will spark my stick-to-a-tive-ness and soon it will move from the Land of WIPS into the Paradise of FOs. Yeah, still working on that.
Work continues on the Simple Skype Socks. Link to my project page here.
This project probably would have been finished if I hadn’t noticed a few rows that were cataclysmically screwed up. I finally ended up frogging them completely, after trying for at least an hour to tink them back. Lesson learned, don’t try to tink on the last leg of a 20+ hour trip. It’s much more efficient to rip and start over.
Don’t even ask me what this hot mess is. I think it’s a bit of handspun that I decided keep as a single. This obviously was a mistake on my part. I got busy and plied it into a double and we’re all a lot happier with the result. See?
Found my notes on this hot mess! Yay! Organic Polwarth from Three Waters Farm Top of the Month Club in Maple and Hickory.
ON MY WHEEL
This is slowly becoming this –
I’m working on spinning this lovely roving close to laceweight, hoping to end up with a nice sock yarn after plying – a challenge. This roving is from, you guessed it, Three Waters Farm Top of the Month Club. It’s a Blueface Leicester wool and called Living Color.
Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it. Oscar Wilde