FO: Tidal Wave Socks

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Tidal Wave Socks by Deby Lake

 

Tidal Wave and Shoes

Tidal Wave and shoes

Love, love, love the way these socks fit! Softer that soft! No judging! But….. I actually blogged about starting these socks on July 15, 2012, This Sock Pattern Is Much Better! Yarn? Debbie Macomber Petals, (merino, angora, and nylon). Pattern? Tidal Wave Socks by Deby Lake. WIP finished = check!

QThanks for stopping by for a visit. Now go have a crafty day.

Oh So Fetching

Curls' Fetching Hand

Curls’ Fetching Hand

Along the same theme that I had to make sure my sister, Curls, keeps warm while delivering mail in the mountains this winter, I used my very favorite fingerless glove pattern, Fetching, to make a pair for her. See how she can sort and deliver mail while the rest of her hand and wrist stay warm? I have lost count of how many fingerless gloves I’ve made from this pattern by Cheryl Naimath which is free on Knitty. The hardest part of the project was determining which yarn from my stash to use. I finally chose Sirdar Peru Naturals in the Payaca 0554 Colorway. I love the soft, tweedish, gray green color.

Text from Curls yesterday, “You won’t believe your eyes. See next text.”

Next text pic:

Fetching and Linen Scarf

Fetching and Linen Scarf

The Fetching fingerless gloves are a perfect match with the Linen Stitch scarf Curls knit for herself and blogged about on Feb 15, 2013. Being the wise older sister I texted back, “It must have registered into my subconscious so when I picked the yarn it was a match! LOL!” How totally crazy that I picked a yarn which matches her much loved Linen Scarf. Luckily, I had a ball of yarn left which I had sent home with her. Now she can make a matching hat. If someone had written that in a novel I’d say to myself, “How cheesy is that?”

QEveryday is a perfect day for being crafty. Enjoy!

A Tisket A Tasket, Oh Look At All The Baskets

OK, I admit it! I’m a Pinterest Junkie. Did a search on Pinterest looking for free DIY tutorials for sewn, crocheted, and knitted baskets. Here are a Pinterest Plethora of ideas! Some of my favorites (Click on the pictures to go to the tutorial):

Birch Fabrics Bins by Christina McKinney

Birch Fabrics Bins by Christina McKinney

by Threading My Way

Fond on Threading My Way blog by Pam

Simple Color Totes by Maureen Cracknell Handmade

Simple Color Totes by Maureen Cracknell Handmade

The Simple Color Totes instructions are not given, but they are based on the instructions found at the link.

Yarnspirations Cache Baskets

Yarnspirations Cache Baskets

Knit Moebius Bowl on KnitFreedom by Liat

Knit Moebius Bowl on KnitFreedom by Liat

Nothing Super About Superwash

Mountain Mist Superwash

Mountain Mist Superwash

After much moaning and groaning, I finally finished the 4 oz. roving of Mountain Mist (60% Superwash, 30% Bamboo, 10% Nylon). What made this such a “pain” to spin? I’ve spun wool, bamboo, nylon blends which were a joy to spin, as the fiber flowed beautifully between my fingers. The difference in this roving is the superwash. The wool was not soft and lovely, it wanted to slub, and I was continually battling chunks. Not lovely at all to spin. I will have to say it was the best balanced yarn I’ve ever spun. I chalk that up to getting better and spinning it on my Sidekick Rosie. Another disappointment, was how dull the colors became after it was soaked in Soak and hung to dry. The roving colors were quite brilliant before, now it’s very dull.

There are about 485 yards, so perhaps I’ll knit a cowl. For some reason, I’m on a cowl kick and just keep looking at awesome cowl patterns. One pattern I’m totally in love with is Luna Virdis by Hillary Smith Callis. My superwash is not the right yarn for this pattern. The beautiful stitches would get lost in the variegated, barber pole colors. Isn’t this pattern stunning?

Luna Viridis by Hilary Smith Callis

Luna Viridis by Hilary Smith Callis

 

It’s Weaving Time

Weaving a scarf

Weaving a scarf

Here’s my first attempt at weaving ever! Loving my new Glimakra ridged-heddle loom. I especially love that the turning knobs are a metal crank, much easier from my arthritic, right thumb. Thank you Arlene for bringing your warping board to spinning class and teaching me how to warp my loom. And, thanks to Ashford for the wonderful YouTube tutorials on beginning-to-weave. Woven scarf on the way! I’ll have to watch another tutorial for finishing. Such fun! The yarn is inexpensive yarn from Michael’s, for the first try I didn’t want to use my “precious” handspun.

Ravelry: Indie Design Gift-A-Long

q8~Thanks to Blue Peninsula, I’ve discovered there is a first time ever Ravelry Indie Design Gift-A-Long. From November 1 to December 31 you’ll be able to  win prizes and get discounts on patterns by dozens of indie designers on Ravelry. “Indie designers have donated lots and lots of beautiful yarn, patterns, gift certificates, and other goodies.” Head over here to join into the fun and have any questions answered. Sorry, no more time to write, have to head over and browse.

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