October 31, 2013
I want to spin every braid of fiber I have and make Rootys with each one - Such a quick fun little knit and I LOVE my new hippie-ish hat :)
After waiting for years, I have finally made it into the Hello Yarn Fiber Club and this was the 1st shipment.... Spirograph in falkland wool - gorgeous!
I spun this beautiful fiber into 217 yards (111 grams) of 3 ply worsted weight yarn. (Lots more spinning pictures here.)
Perfect for a hat.
Pattern: Rooty designed by Alexandra Tinsley of Dull Roar - I love her hats - will make more!
I made super long braids and nice big pompom - have I mentioned I LOVE this hat!
October 13, 2013
I always have a spurt of garden energy in the fall - trying to extend the season as long as possible and starting to plan for next year's garden and planting all kinds of garlic!
I even joined a Non-GMO Heirloom Seeds of the Month Club which has been so much fun - (and WAY less expensive than a fiber club haha - only .57 cents/packet!) I love getting my package of surprise seeds each month - There will be quite an array by spring! I just got these...
What the hell is Corn Salad? I didn't know, but here is the description...A miniature gourmet salad green that is one of the most sought after early spring greens. Broad, dark-green leaves form rosettes which may be harvested continuously, the texture is sort and buttery. The flavor is delicate with a hint of nut and mint.
Here are some pix of my garden taken this morning - No frost yet and I'm trying to eek out some very late plantings....
Trying to hold on to these as long as possible
The strawberry patch (getting bigger) and beautiful asparagus ferns sending lots of nutrients down for the spring
Here's a spot all ready for garlic which I'll plant at the end of this month - I LOVE garlic!
The chickens are very excited when I start gardening - lots of bugs and worms
And just think how awesome next year's garden will be with all my new chicken poop!
Just finished a handspun hat - pictures coming soon...
ETA - I decided to really push it so right after lunch I just planted some Corn Salad and other greens in the garden - fingers crossed and row cover ready :)
October 13, 2013
Now THIS was a fun Mystery Sock (SKA September 2013 MOCK)- Rasta socks in tropical colors - Just look at all those little dreadlocks!
Pattern: One Love by Claire Ellen of Wimpwoman Designs
and a couple of other views...
I smiled the whole time I was knitting these socks and I will be smiling whenever I wear them - they are just so cute and funky :)
One Love! One Heart!
October 1, 2013
My son's best friend wore these mittens last winter while playing pond hockey and asked me if I would make him a pair. I usually don't knit on request (I tend to knit whatever I want and then let people pick from the pile), but how could I refuse a 16 year old boy! So I squeezed them in just before this winter.
Anthony picked the yarn and the pattern and I turned them into Glittens using Kathy's wonderful "turn any mittens into glittens" pattern - Mittens + Gloves = Glittens. Ravelry link here. Warm wonderful versatile mittens - I think I need to make a pair for me :)
and now from all angles with my pretty fall blueberry bushes in the background.
The pictures show it all - if you need your fingers the top flips back and inside are nice partial gloves. Kathy's pattern insures there are no sneaky places for snow, cold, or wind to get in. The flap comes down nice and low on the palm with a snug wide overlap. I've made Turkish Rose before, but just as regular mittens.
Pattern: Turkish Rose Mittens by Cap Cease and Mittens + Gloves = Glittens by Kathy Kochran.
Finished just in time to start Rose Hiver's Mystery Mittens today - Quaternity - the 1st clue looks wonderful - The cuff's have a picot edge, beautiful star colorwork pattern and Latvian Braids - what could be better??
On the chicken front - we got our 1st blue egg today - thank you Anastasia :)