Saturday, October 31, 2009


There were a LOT of leaves this week!

Gift Basket

I don't like to write about my being sick, but it's been a life lesson for about 6 months now.

Recently, I received a nice Gift Basket from my colleagues. There was yarn-ly goodness and a bunch of cash artfully tucked in the yarn and a nice message. This was very unexpected and I felt a bit overwhelmed by the receipt of this!

Now, what should I do with the yarn? And, I would like to do something pampering with the money!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Walnut Dyeing

Some walnuts from G'pa's back yard.

Yarn in the walnut dye bath.

Yummy brown yarn and wool fabric drying!

This was my second nut-dyeing experience. It was easy and almost mistake-proof. It did take reassurance from My Dye Friend. I make mistakes like putting the yarn in the mordant (not wetting it and just chucking it in the pan) and maybe I don't measure perfectly.

I do have rinse, rinse, rinse, wash, rinse, rinse, rinse down to a routine, tho!

More Toe's Work

I toe'd up and have a HUGE sock start. Soooo, a little rippin' fun to follow!

I WILL toe up! (with a little help from Chrissy Gardiner and other knowledged Toe-Up Friends).

All in a Toe's Work

CO for some toe-up'ster socks this morning. This is what I did today:

CO 7 sts on each (2) needle using Judy Becker's Magic Cast On (uTube video'd by Cat Bordhi). I learned this cast on only because Cat (met her, so I can call her "Cat") is so funny (in the entertaining way) and uses brain research, teacher-strategy techniques that make it go IN your brain. No problem in casting on.

I did a M1 increase every other row until I had 60 sts (total around). Knit more rows following, thinking that I am a super-star knitter.

When I tried on the sock toe, it seemed quite huge for my foot. And, maybe the toe is too "steep".

DONOTASKIFIDIDAGAUGESWATCH. THIS IS MY GAUGE SWATCH. I will unknit this work-days worth of work. New knowledge as a result of my efforts. Posting photos when I have a product of acceptable size.

Pee Ess: I dyed up some yarn and wool fabric with walnuts from G'pa's yard. Photos when dry!

First Day of School

I forgot to post this little diddy . . .

this year was my TWENTIETH FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. When I got home from work, I had this skiff of flowers on my knitting-work place . . . from My Handsome Husband.

I do not know why there are playing cards on my work table. We do not play cards. Maybe I could use them for knitterly row-counting? Hm.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Remember when I did the trip to the Knitter's Palette for an extra skein of Smooshey (Black Parade) for the Spiral Boot Socks?

Glad of that yarn-buying effort . . . see the little skiff of yarn sticking out of the needles? That's what I would have had to finish my second sock toe with one skein!