Pat's Knitting and Quilting
September 24, 2010
I am growing a variety of dye plants in my garden - here are pictures of a few of them taken today. Some will be ready soon, but the rest won't be ready until next year. Most of what I'm growing are reds and blues, since yellow is so abundant and easy to find in nature (as you'll see below!)
While I'm waiting on these, I decided to experiment - First with some Brazilwood. These shavings, that I bought from Aurora Silk, are recycled from violin bow makers .
Yesterday I went on another dog walk and this time there was Goldenrod everywhere, so I gathered a bunch and immediately cooked it up when I got home.
Quite possibly the prettiest yellow yarn I've ever seen :-)
September 17, 2010
Somehow it took me almost 5 months to make these socks. Probably because they have been my "take along" project and I just haven't had a lot of take along opportunities. I promised Dave they would be done by hockey season (he wears hand knit socks for coaching) and luckily they are done in time for that.
This might be the last picture in green grass until the spring, so I had to include it!
Even though I only spun one little braid of fiber for Tour de Fleece, I was a random prize winner in the Ravelry FiberOptic Spinning Group and won a $100.00 gift certificate for anything in Kimber's Fiber Optic Shop. Now THAT is a generous prize!!! My plan is to slowly use this throughout the winter whenever I want a fun fiber package. Kimber's dyeing is spectacular (I still have 2 gorgeous braids to spin from the last club.) Check out Fiber Optic for a peek at all of her gorgeous stuff....I made these pretty green Hedera Socks with her Foot Notes sock yarn and can't wait to try the Foot Notes pencil roving.
September 7, 2010
It happens every year - just when I think knitting is going to fall by the wayside and quilting is going to take over... a little hint of September coolness comes. I've started 3 projects in the last week (and finished a pair of socks - waiting for husband feet photo opportunity) and started spinning again. Here is a quick photo tour of my new (and 1 old) works in progress.
It was a rocky start with Anna Zilboorg's Magnificent Mittens - I had to hunt down a pair of circa 1965 dpns (it's been many years since I've used any double points - a fully converted circular girl). It took forever just to figure out the starting page and then there were several rips and restarts...but I've "got it" now and feel like this whole beautiful book is open to me - At the moment, I want to make every pair.
I feel much more comfortable now that they are on a circular needle. The yarn is all leftover Elann Peruvian Highland Wool - there will be 5 colors. I'm knitting these for the Fall Stranded Mitten KAL on Ravelry (knit any stranded mitten pattern). Marcy and Linda are knitting the exact same pair - our own little KAL.
oooops - started mystery socks too - I can't seem to resist. I've already learned a new cast on (Twisted German) and am starting my first beading in a few rows.
Handspun Suri Silk Peacock Tail and Leaf is about 1/2 done - a few rows every day.
and last, some beautiful Rambouillet hand dyed by Julie Spins - I'm going for 3 ply sport wt. with a mitten knitting plan.
That's all for now - next up - man socks.. when I can get to his feet for pictures...