Monday, March 26, 2007

What's next?

The Sockotta anklets are done! Lately my socks have been pretty basic. But I'm ready to do something a little different. Maybe the garter st heel/toe thing, maybe Jaywalkers, maybe just an interesting st pattern-I keep thinking of feather and fan socks in a nice variegated yarn-maybe pastels. BUT since I have the KFYS thing going for another six months, those are out unless I get super motivated and do some spinning! So, I'll be digging through my stash and seeing what inspires me. I only have about a thousand patterns in my sock binder. (yes, I do-well, have a sock binder, I mean, the thousand part might be an exaggeration) I'm also open to suggestions... Any ideas from the readers?

And the CIC cardi likes its new buttons :~)

Friday, March 23, 2007

Recent arrivals

Not long ago I received my Corriedale from the Wooly Knob Fiber mill. I'm pretty excited! Jamie exclaimed over it loudly on the phone, so the anticipation nearly did me in. Especially since when I checked the USPS website's tracking page a week after it was mailed, I found that it had gone to CA. The other direction. I may have become a little anxious, I confess. After obsessively checking the website and seeing no updates for DAYS, I started pestering them with emails. Don't know if it actually helped, but it did make me feel a little better. Anyway, it did arrive, after all, and now I can start spinning it-- whenever I finish this.

This is Serenity Farms roving (also Corriedale) You know, the farm that I exempted from my KFYS plan. I've been on Cary's list for fleece for-I don't know-a couple of years at least. The demand is high, let me tell you, since this is my first opportunity to try her fiber. Due to a family illness, it took a little longer than usual for her to process my order, so she sent some extra roving(the pile of fluff in the back) I'm spinning that now. Whoo Hoo! That little baggie? An ounce of Corrie/llama/alpaca/silk. That gets a spindle.

I know, I know-I had the KA Romney on the wheel(as well as a few other things)but that was, you know, before. I'll get back to it, I promise!

Thursday, March 22, 2007


Hey! Blog post #101!
I fixed the sweater-took about an hour. THEN, I read Jennifer's comment about the afterthought buttonhole. Since there's bound to be a 'next time' sooner or later, I'll hold on to that info-thanks! I have no buttons, so I'll just have to run to the store this weekend for them. Look for a FO pic next week!
A while ago, my ability to graft sock toes disappeared, and then came back a few months later. Well, last night, I simply could not work the figure eight cast on that I typically use for my toe up socks. Is this just mommy brain? Certainly hope so. Anyway, I am happy to report that the provisional cast on works just as well. I borrowed my ds' beloved bear for this-the closeup prevents you from seeing just how much fur has been loved off his chest. See how his eyes have been battered by all the washing and drying? Ds' asthma was hard on him too. He goes into a pillowcase now-better late than never!

I got two rows done on the FLAK. One row takes about 12 minutes to knit. Think that's all that needs to be said, don't you? I resurrected the moebius scarf and knit on that instead.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH! Do you see something missing here?!? In that unbroken ribbed area two and three quarter inches ABOVE what ought to be the SECOND buttonhole?!? How-How-How did I miss putting in the first buttonhole?!? (collapses, sobbing weakly)

Monday, March 19, 2007


I am ransacking my button stash today! The knitting is done and the sweater is blocking on top of the dryer. I'm so SO happy to have the sweater almost done! My 9 yo ds tried it on for me and liked it very much. He wears a 12/14 so I'm very pleased.
I've done some FLAK knitting but am not ready to post a pic today-I'd like to get another inch done first.
AND I found out how to get rid of an annoying noise my wheel was making. On-line spinning groups are such a good thing! Oil wasn't working but candle wax-now THAT is working great. So, I spent some time spinning more red Romney this afternoon. That and a couple of fibery packages that have recently arrived will be featured in my next post. So stay tuned!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Real quick

Well, yes, I am still alive. And knitting. And planting. When things start to warm up a bit(and that can come early in SC)then I start spending my spare (insert hysterical laughter here)time outside prepping the garden beds. I started a new 4X4 last week-yep, I'm one of those gardeners. I read the book before I started gardening about eight years ago and have never looked back. Earlier this week I installed the vertical frame for the vining crops, so I can plant the sugar snaps and sweet peas this weekend. Spring salad gardens are my favorite, but this summer I intend to branch out into sweet corn and potatoes for dh. And I hereby promise not to plant so many tomatoes this year!
In knitting news, I am a little over halfway done with the cardi sleeves(yes, two at once on circs) so I hope to be done with this sweater by the end of next week. Haven't spun one bit so have no progress to report on that front. I did give the wheel an overhaul though, so that counts for something, right?