Thursday, December 21, 2006

I'm still here, thanks for asking

Where does the time go,……really? Let’s get right to business shall we.

I’ve been spinning and carding rather sporadically as of late. If I had to categorize it, I’d say more like spinning binges where I spin like mad for hours on end, then won’t even look sideways at my wheel for a couple of days. My handcarders seem to be getting all the action, might be time to upgrade soon. I’ve been trying to send subliminal messages to my sweetie by whispering “Pat Green Drum Carder” in his ear while he sleeps. I’ll let you know if it worked after Christmas.

Mini digression: here's a quick conversation I had with my sweetie this evening

Me: Sweetie look what my friend gave me today as an early birthday gift!

{shows him skein of socks that rock in the Beryl colorway, just gawwwwwwwjus)

Dear Honey (DH): Do you really need more sock yarn? ……….I can’t believe that I know that this is sock yarn. Woman, what have you done to me?

Needles to say I busted out laughing and he proceeds to walk away. Probably chalking it up to just another silly knitter quirk. Gotta love it.

Moving right along. Remember the Romney that I was spinning for the Twisted Knitter dye-spin-knit along? Well I spun it from the dyed rolags but I’m not crazy about it.. I have my mind set on socks whether the yarn likes it or not. Capricorns are pretty stubborn ya know? So here’s the start of one short row toe sock.. They’ll probably be footies based on the small yardage. I love magic looping toe up socks two at a time because you can just knit til you run out.

I just got small steamer that I can use solely for dyeing so I really want to start experimenting with my dyes again. I dyed a little sample skein I spun with Wiltons just to see what I would get. To tell you the truth, I really don’t remember which combination of colors I used but here are my results.

I forgot to take a picture of it while it was all skeined and pretty. I started knitting a tissue cover out of it yesterday while I was in the Laundromat. I planned on gifting it to one of my coworkers but it’ll have to wait until after Xmas.

As far as knitting goes, I finally finished my Cuzins Socks That Rock.. I ended up putting a little design on the leg because the stockinette felt like torture. I’ll take a pic once I’ve gifted them. I don’t want to ruin the surprised for her.

I’m almost done with my son’s vest. I’m just waiting for my next meeting with my knit a long buddy blogless Sherrin so we can finish our vests together. She’s doing hers in a chunky burgundy yarn and it is just fabulous (as she would say). I’ll post a pic of hers too if she lets me. I’m so proud of her and her take charge type of attitude when it comes to knitting. Just a little while ago she was a beginner and she’s moving up the ranks rather swiftly. Anyhoo, here’s a pic of my almost finished one, modeled by mister mini GQ himself.
Well that’s it for now. Oh wait, I did say something about a contest last post right? I’ll make it a simple one because I really can’t think of anything clever enough right now. Since my birthday is on Monday I’ll give the 2nd and 5th commenter to wish me a happy birthday a skein of my handspun. Before you get all excited, I’ve been ranging around 40 to 60 yards per spin cycle (I like that term, don’t be surprised if it pops again from time to time). But hey, free yarn is free yarn. Here’s what you’ll have to choose from:

The second gets first pic and the 5th gets the next. Sounds fair enough?

Before I forget, Chloe asked about the pullover baby sweater that I knit recently. Well I knit it from hem to hem starting with the back. Then I casted on for the sleeves. Once they were done, I casted those sleeve stitches off and proceeded down the front all the way to the hem. Sewed up the sides and I was basically done. Here’s a crude diagram so you can get a better picture of what I’m talking about.

If I get a chance, I’ll write a pattern for it and post it here.

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanzaa



LaBean said...

Well I don't mind being the FIRST to comment :)

Seems as if you have DH trained well. I've worn mine down to getting me a wheel but rent and stuff gets in the way ;).

I, too, get stubborn when it comes to what I hope to knit with my handspun(at least, lately I do). My first pair of handspun socks would have been a shawl if I'd had enough though.

Mr. Mini-GQ is too adorable. Doesn't it feel great to have someone small to knit for? :D As much as I cuss about them losing their stuff, I secretly wish they would so I'd have an excuse to make more! Now, if Only I could knit winter foot gear...

Rosi G. said...

A HOLIDAY BABY!!! My eldest son was born on Valentine's Day, my eldest daughter on Good Friday, the 2nd daughter the day before Halloween. The only oddball is the baby born on July 24th! :D

Do you feel cheated out of a gift? LOL

Mini-GQ is too cute! I look forward to meeting him in person today!

Anonymous said...

Have a great birthday, Christmas baby! The vest is nice!

Anonymous said...

Well, you know me with birthdays but still I feel the need to say it, hope you had a blessed b-day and hope all your wishes come true for the coming year. I think they will cause' you've been blessed this past year with many sweet changes in your life.

Deborah said...

from a mom with 3 boys, that lil fella is adorable!