Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday night is my night off, so Jasmine and I headed in to the shopping center in Wendouree. As soon as I got there, I realized my money was at home! So I headed back... a 40-minute waste of petrol. Jasmine was so hot and sweaty by then (despite the airconditioner) that I didn't want to take her in the car again. So I left her home with her Daddy, too, and agreed to be home by 7.
You know you're addicted to knitting when you only have one hour off, so you sit in a shopping center knitting... not the knitting in your bag but something new you bought (along with new needles) just because you were in the mood for yellow.
Oh yeah. I also cast on another hat. I'm testing out some Noro Silk Garden I bought. Sigh.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Not as quick as me, though. I whipped up a whole sock today while looking after two kids.
Yes, dying is addictive! This time I tried coffee on some Patonyle white sock yarn. I separated it into socks (half each), and made nice long skeins around the armchair. I soaked them in a bit of vinegar, and then hung them from a skewer stuck into the side of a vita brits box, so that half could rest in the coffee/vinegar mix and half would stay white.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
The left one's main color is called "orchid" on the box, which is 4 reds to 1 blue. I added a little black to some of it. Some of it is also my own shade of brown, which is 1 each of green, red and yellow. The brown looked like coca cola and separated rather prettily into peachy yellow and pale green in spots. The other is plain green, green with a touch more blue, and white bits.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Worsted weight "Tidal" superwash merino. I could have bought everything they had in blues and greens, because it was all so pretty. But I restrained myself and made myself look at other colors!
Monday, January 12, 2009
It doesn't lay flat, which is why I've got it around the pillow. Anyway, it's too long for the circular needle, which is 80cm. Hope it doesn't end up being way too big!
And here's the girl. I've put up a pic of this Katja before, but she's just so cute. hehe.
I bought more Bamboozle. Greys and whites. Sigh.
Well, back to knitting cables!...
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Her name is Barley. Baaaaaaarley. hehe. Isn't she cute?
Look at all that wool! We don't have to shear her for quite a while, but when we do I'm keen to have a go at spinning a bit of homegrown fleece. I don't know the first thing about spinning. I don't have any equipment. But my hubby is almost as keen as I am to try and get something knitted from her, and he's even thinking about building me the equipment. Hehe.
I wonder how much yarn I could get from her woolly butt each year?
She's about 7 months old, and baa'ed for her mama quite a bit at first, but now she's a happy little vegemite. And soon she'll be our fat, contented, tamed, wool-growing, automatic mower. The complete package, as far as pets go.
I feel like such a farmer! A farmer with no veges in the vege patch, whose only other "stock" are a guinea pig and a galah! Oh well...
Anyway, one of her girlfriends should be coming to join her, soon, so we'll have a flock Ü
Saturday, January 3, 2009
My January resolution is to write a book and knitting goal each week. This week (that is, by Sunday... it's a short week) is to read "Graceling" and finish row 40 on the Vivian.
I'm not sure I'll do either, but it's certainly fun trying. I keep thinking, "I'd really better do some serious reading!"and "I have so much knitting to do!" hehe. It's like a stressless stress.
In light of destressing, I have been decluttering my Ravelry Queue. I decided to allocate each project a month. That way, it doesn't seem so much like "Ahhh... there are so many things I want to start!" and more like "I have a plan for this".
I'm also thinking of decluttering my stash a little, (maybe for February's resolution) by putting yarn that I bought for something into a ziplock bag with a pattern printed out and ready to go. I also might donate my cheap acrylic to charity. I need the space for nicer yarn!