Monday, December 17, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
I have been madly trying to get ahead on BIL's Toe Socks. I was cruising along with the KP Harmony wooden circs, size 1, when last night, I put them in the beaded bag and heard a sickening "SNAP" Ughh, one broke. Now I have to find my addi turbos in the red toe up socks and switch and make sure they are the same mm size... Tomorrow morning.
I made a crochet hat this week out our SWT soy wool. It is sooo cute, don't you think? It fits me better than the bear!
The spun autum colored wool is going to be our next prize for this months comment drawing. I am going to wind off half the bobbin and 2 ply it. Ran out of Bobbins don't ya know! But now I have the little gem as well as the Rose from Majacraft and so I have 8 bobbins now!!! The little gem spins like a dream and seems to be much lighter on the feet. The tension is a bit touchy, but so far, if I leave it alone, no problems.
Gotta run and get ready for work, which has been terribly slow. Have a great day and be sure to comment! Hugs, KC
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Has anyone had success with putting them in the dryer for a short time???
I began a hat for me with some hand spun that is coming out really well. I will post more in a few days on that. But I did find the pattern on Ravelry. gotta love it.
I went out with Ann to the golf course today, and really had a good time. The weather was perfect and on the 10th hole, I wish I had my camera, it was so pretty. I just go a long for the ride and watch the pin as she putts, but I did make a few Practice shots off one tee. I can't get hooked on golf. They say it is worse than knitting! Ann is a member of The Pines, which is close by the house. It is an old gravel pit with lots of turns on the cart path. Not good for knitting, but fast, when she is playing by herself with just me. As long as she plies me with beer, I can hang :)
Good luck with all of your holiday knitting and Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate it.
We have most of our decorations up but still need to put ornaments on the tree. Hugs, KC
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I am getting lots of knitting done for the holidays though! Unfortunately, if I post pictures of any FO's, the recipients may see them.
A bit of really good news is that sales seem to be picking up right now. Which makes a huge difference in our budget. Also, Ann's company, 'a la carte real estate services, is booking all of our properties for the winter. So, if you want to come to warmer Tucson during the cold winter months, check out her website at alacartehomeservices dot com. If you mention that you found her site through me, you will get a break on any properties that are owned by us.
I go to spinning guild tomorrow and then clean the house for the weekend of company and party on Saturday for Ann's b-day. We have 22 people scheduled to come on Sat. night! It wil be our biggest party since the bash of 2006 on 4th of July. Hopefully I won't end up being thrown in the pool this time! LOL.
Happy knitting, spinning or fiber petting! KC
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
As for my research, Ebay costs a bit more, and seems to nickle and dime you for things like extra pictures. Etsy is all handcrafted items, which is great, and it is cheaper, but the site itself is not very search friendly. Ebay is really specific and user friendly.
As for my knitting, I have another pair of Mrs. Beetons nearly finished and am finishing the second blue sock so there will be Two, Two Christmas presents done. HAHAHA (think of the Count on Sesame Street!) Then I will go back to some felted slippers for Ann's birthday which is in less than 2 weeks and hope I can get them done while at work, so they will be a surprise. It is hard to knit for someone you live with when they work at home and you see them all the time.
And David Reidy came back from break! So now I am waiting for Brenda and Heather to both get well. Sending them love and light and health!
Well, back to finishing the blue socks. KC
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Well, I have the first toe done on my Socks for Ann. After talking with her, I decided that I will not be doing the "brimstone" pattern in the foot section, as it may bother her. So I am off the hook for the moment. Brimstone waves will have to wait for the leg section to be figured out. I think the toe up method will work well for both of us, as I am noticing wear on the sides of my socks where I have done the k2 tog and the ssk. They get stretched and thin and look like they need some TLC, even though they may be less than one year old.
Hopefully tomorrow my book will come from Amazon about knitting toe up with 2 circular needles. I will let you know.
Thanks to everyone who has been posting comments! You all will be in the drawing for the light rust yarn shown below. It is a blend of Merino that was dark rust with spashes of green, gold and red that I carded with some natural alpaca and spun up on the wheel. It is two ply and aprox. 100 yards.
And for the poll, I am glad to see most everyone is in the same boat, with several Holiday gifts still on the needles or perhaps still just in our inspired section of gray matter! For the wonderful person who says that they are nearly done and just need to sew in some loose threads, I applaud you! Please email me with photos and I will have a special prize for you.
For everyone who is affected by the devistating fire in Cali, my heart goes out to you. My Brother in law is safe so far in Carlsbad, but I am anxious to get to work and see if our San Diego division was hit. I wish I could just pack all my yarn and needles in the car and drive over to the stadium and sit and knit with whoever needed to. If any of you in the area there can do this, please, let me send you supplies. email me kcqqltr at comcast dot net. Best to all, KC
Sunday, October 21, 2007
For more suppport in this new endevor, I am going to be joining http://myfirsttoeups.blogspot.com/ that I found thanks to Cindy's profile. Another reason to make friends in this online knitting community! We all have such diverse groups and things we know about, we can continually help each other.
Monday, October 15, 2007
my handspun from the other day (see below) and now it is a knarled mess! So that answers the question about wetting it on the niddy noddy. I will have to untangle it some day and re-wash it.
We have been busy this weekend with golf, (Ann) and work (me) and celebrating my birthday! It is actually today, but we went out with Ann's brother and friend for dinner on Saturday to Fletchers and had a great time. Ann got me "Bag Style" and a spa day at Gadabout! And her brother got me an ipod Shuffle! It is soo tiny and it is purple! I used it at work yesterday and just clipped it to my shirt. It was so easy to take off when customers came in. I love it!
Early morning meeting at the main office, so gotta run. Then my co-workers are going to breakfast with me for my B-day. Gave a great day, all. KC
Friday, October 12, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
This is my latest finished piece. I was feeling blue one day so I stopped by my LYS, http://www.tucsonyarn.com/ and looked around for "comfort knitting". I don't remember how it all got started, but I tried on this shawl knit out of a mohair and loved how it draped. But the mohair was out of stock so I began looking around for a worthy substitute. I embraced the fluffy Lafayette by Bristol Yarn Gallery, which is a blend of 96% Suri Alpaca and 4% nylon in the lovely soft green, color 1042. But we (the wonderful shop gals and I) agreed that it needed a second yarn to get up to bulky weight called for in the pattern. I decided not to add merino in the same color way, as I thought it would be too pastel for a year round shawl, so Syd suggested Berroco's Softwist. It is a wonderful mix of 41% wool and 59% Rayon in a deeper blue green, color 9416. This yarn has a definite shimmer to it. We were all so excited about the combination, Ava wound both for me, even going the extra mile and winding the two together. I sat down and cast on a swatch with borrowed 13's and determined the fabric was perfect, so ripped out the swatch and began the shawl.
The pattern for the shawl is Oat Couture's English Garden. It starts at one narrow edge rather that the top or bottom. In garter stitch this was a breeze to knit, in fact I finished it in just 6 days. When I went back to the shop to report my progress ( and get more of the Lafayette, I had run just 20 rows short) there were 2 finished shawls and one on the needles from our brainstorming together! I have a request for one in multi colors from a friend and I want to knit several more to have on hand for gifts or "prayer shawls".
I will say though, that all those rows of garter stitch on big needles, had me looking longingly at my lace knitting and socks! I now have gone back to finish the second Mrs. Beeton's ruffled wristwarmer by Brenda Dayne of http://www.cast-on.com/, which is on http://www.knitty.com/issuewinter05/PATTmrsbeeton.html I will have a picture soon. Having begun my first one with beads as the pattern suggests, and then deciding it wasn't what I wanted, I can tell you that the first row With Out Beads is much easier to knit and nearly as charming. Also, before you knit the two ruffles together, make sure that your bottom one is showing as much as you like. that was the problem with my first attempt, so on the second go round I added a few more rows at the top of the underside before knitting the two ruffles together.
Also, on the work front, I am off hiatus and back selling at the master planned community Rancho Sahaurita, south of Tucson. It is lovely there and I am enjoying myself. Take care all, I am off to get my second cup of coffee! KC P.S. the dog in the picture is our Molly:)
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Tonalita scarf in seed stitch on size 10 1/2 needles.
If you put a comment on my blog with your first name and email address, I am going to put them all in a hat next Friday, Sept. 28th, and do a drawing. The winner will get 100 yards of my handspun yarn. I will post a picture of it tomorrow.! So post those comments! KC
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
Here is a pic of Shad and Sharayah in the pool, as well as our friend and her dog!
Shad went back home and Sharayah has stayed on for a few more weeks. We had a wet felting day and a knitting day where the weather was bad and we listed to Harry Potter on CD all day while we knit! We have been having bunches of fun doing all our fiberlicoius activities. We plan to do some more felting of some knitted items, as well as dyeing some roving. As she leaves to go back to Bellingham, WA next Saturday, we had better get more done.
Monday, August 20, 2007
The above picture is of my favorite dye job yet! I spun some of it yesterday with my spindle and navajo plied it last night. I only got 40 yards so I will be spinning more soon!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I am participating in the Mystery stole KAL : http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mysterystole3/. I began my swatch with Lilac Zepher with my new Addi Turbo Lace needles. Man, what a breeze. So far, they only make them up to size 3, but I can see knitters all over the world clammoring for sizes 4, 5 & 6 for many lace applications. I am anxiously awaiting the first clue on Friday!
I will check in tomorrow to let you know if I made any progress with the treasure hunting. If you want more info, check out www.geocaching.com.
Monday, June 25, 2007
I am currently knitting a stole with my handspun yarn. It is a lovely lavender colored mohair single. I will post pictures soon.
We were over at our friends house last night and I was able to spin cotton for the first time on my drop spindle! It is really interesting to have to "add more twist" when I have been attempting to keep my wool from being overly twisted!
I just signed up this morning for the "tour de fleece". Check it out! http://keeponknittinginthefreeworld.blogspot.com/2007/06/tour-de-fleece-2007.html.
Thought for the day: What could I do today to help me when I am 100 years old?
Spin On! KC
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
This evening I sat outside in my back yard, enjoying the cool evening; meaning it was around 80 degrees in the dark. I had spent the day at my sales site, selling two homes and working until 8:45 pm. It is nice to earn a living helping people buy a great home. But I digress from our main topics.
I have been knitting for several years, and have recently learned to spin. Yes, I warned you it would be wild and wacky! Spinning adds a whole new dimension to my knitting. It also helps me center myself, as it is such a simple, creative act. I follow the spinning disk of my spindle as I gently pull small amounts of wool up and up as it becomes it's true self; yarn.
On geocaching, I am a beginner. I have a GPS, the manual, and some batteries. I hope to get the whole thing working tomorrrow. I am kind of worried that the cache sites in this area will be too hot to look for. I am not, repeat not, an early bird. I also worry about snakes. When I went caching with my brother, we were in cool weather in northwestern Washington. To take up this hobby of adult treasure hunting was due to his influence. You can find out with me how enjoyable it is in the 105 degree sun in southern AZ!
And, a little about me: I am a happy person who hopes for peace in the world. I live with 4 dogs, a cat, and my life partner of 10 years. I have 3 children and I would like to wish my oldest child a happy 21st birthday! On this day, 21 years ago, I birthed a wonderful human being and one of my dearst friends. Happy, Happy, RayRay.
Enough Blather, time for bed and a few pages of "Bitten", my latest night time read. Catch ya on the cache side! KC