Sunday, December 25, 2005
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Friday, December 23, 2005
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Monday, December 19, 2005
I tried out this cute granny square, but only used two colors instead of four. This way it sort of reminds me of those groovy flowers from the 70's. Pattern here: Easy Daisy
Also made a flower pin out of Noro, using the first round of pattern #23 here: Flower Afghan
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Friday, December 16, 2005
I just made this as a swatch out of stash yarn, of course I'd use a dark blue for the background, and I think the white I used was sport instead of worsted (which actually came out kind of nice... hmmm) but anyway, it shows the general idea. The pattern was easy enough to follow (although wherever it says "repeat 4 times", it's actually 5 times).... the white part takes some concentration but is interesting, the blue part is straightforward bordering, so maybe that would be a nice change in pace back and forth. I'm trying to think if I could/would honestly do enough of these for an afghan. I've made three full-sized afghans before so I know it IS possible. And I did say yesterday that I wanted a Project.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
I have learned that I'm not a big fan of the thread and the tiny hooks. I persevered through some of the tiny ones, but it was a relief to get back to the yarn. This has not stopped me from toying with the idea of buying a used copy of '99 Snowflakes' and working through the entire book.
By the way, I decided not to get the new carpet just now. I wanted it (oh, how I wanted it) but from a practical standpoint, I think it's better to wait. We are at least going to get the old one professionally cleaned, so that should help. Ah, well. I guess I will go take down the caterpillar ticker so I don't have to look at the thing anymore.
Might start an afghan. I found a free pattern for one with ... you knew this was coming .... snowflakes, I will do one of the sections later and see if it's fun to do. I'm also considering finding a copy of that famous book about the 63 squares and making that a Project for 2006. I don't know why. I just feel like I need a big project right now to think about, plan for, and get involved in.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
I went to the craft store this morning and bought some Aunt Lydia's crochet thread and a size 7 steel hook, and some beads. I made the above two snowflakes (the little one on the right was my first one, and I just noticed I need to fix the last segment), paperclip added for scale. Boy, working with that tiny of a guage is a whole new thing, I tell you! We're into doily territory here. But I tried to adapt and keep going, I guess you get used to it eventually. I can't wait to see how they'll look after they've been blocked and dipped in the cornstarch mix. The big snowflake is the same pattern as the one in the post below.
Monday, December 12, 2005
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Any botany types out there know what this is? I'd like to know. Someone gave us this tree as a gift when it was very small, now it is growing big and producing these interesting little pods.
And here is a December hibiscus:
My Christmas Cactus has buds on it, too! I don't want to move it right now to take its picture on the webcam, but I was looking at it today and saw them. I keep mine out on the porch. It's pink. I have another one that is a cutting from a cactus I had a very very long time and loved dearly, I hope the new one is old enough to bloom this year!
Monday, December 05, 2005
The whole thing started because the bathroom has turquoise and white swan wallpaper, and pink tile. It's very 50's! I thought a turquoise swan planter would be a cool accessory, so I typed 'swan planter' in the search box on ebay, and found the swan in the first picture. I thought he was wonderful and started looking for more. All my swans are turquoise, pink, or white. I had lots of fun hunting for them. Most of them were relatively inexpensive.... the cheapest was $1, I think the most expensive was $12, most of them I tried to find at 3 or 4 bucks. Of course, there was shipping on top of that. But the room is so beautiful. All those swans really make me smile.
Sunday, December 04, 2005
Here's a pic of the Fuzzy Feet after the Koolaid dyeing. I tried something new: I soaked both socks with water, laid them in a pan, and then applied the Koolaid powder straight onto the wet wool and pressed it in. I was going for rainbow striped socks, and if I'd shown more patience and done a color at a time I think it would've worked, but I got on a roll, applied everything at once, and they turned out more of a free-form multi-color. I like it a lot though, reminds me of those fancy variegated yarns.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
This is Sasha. She lives at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. You can read more about her HERE.
I'm sponsoring her for a year in honor of my mother, who loved cats.
If you want to sponsor an animal, they have a lot of them to choose from, including some sheep. We knitters love the sheep. :)
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
The first fuzzy foot is done! It's about 12 inches from heel to toe, and 8 inches from cuff to heel, so I think it's plenty big enough to felt from that standpoint, I just don't know if there's going to be enough circumference, since my homemade dpn's are apparently smaller than size 10. We'll just have to see! I sure made a lot of mistakes on this ~ there were some dropped stitches and wonky ladders, so I'm glad it'll be felted. I went ahead and stitched up some of the weird bits with an extra piece of yarn. It'll all come out in the wash. :)
I change my mind hourly about what color I want to dye them. They'll either be red or green. Probably.
I'm thinking that I might make another pair of these, but I definitely want bigger needles. I'm planning to make myself another set of dpn's out of larger dowels. Back to the hardware store! (And I really need to spring for a needle guage.)
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Thursday, November 03, 2005
I haven't done any knitting since I finished the pumpkin, but I am doing a huge re-organization of my bedroom, which includes yarn storage, pattern filing, FO's, WIP's, etc. etc. It might take me a couple days to get everything sorted out and put back in new arrangements, but I hope it will make the knitting easier in the long run. I'm also going to get my photograph basket down and try to find a picture I've been meaning to post on here.
I do have every intention of making Fuzzy Feet. I'm on a knitalong for these on Craftster, and want to join the one going in blogland, too, and I haven't even cast on yet! At least I've decided on a color (red with cream cuffs) so that's half the project right there!
Meanwhile, here's a PSAFPO (public service announcement for pet owners) If you have a cat or short-haired dog in your home, you need a good quality, metal flea-comb. (Even if your dog is long-haired, you can still usually use it on the head and ears.) They really, truly work, people. It is not a myth.