Tidal Wave Socks by Deby Lake
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!
Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Now go have a crafty day.
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.”
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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?”
Everyday is a perfect day for being crafty. Enjoy!
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
Fond on Threading My Way blog by Pam
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
Knit Moebius Bowl on KnitFreedom by Liat
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
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.
~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.
~Finished Object. Hand spun BFL Jazz and plied with handspun brown Shetland. Super yum skein. Now I have one more skein to go; BFL is spun and on bobbin waiting to ply with Shetland. I’m thinking of knitting a hitchhiker.
BFL Meets Shetland
~As I promised myself, I have been finishing projects and using stash. Curls has too! We both have quite a few WIP’s which we’re determined to finish, even though it might mean cussing at it the entire time! It’s time to share some of our WIP in case we can inspire someone else. I’m knitting the Kimono- St St With Garter Border by Plymouth Yarn Company using their Mushishi yarn, Colorway 01 Harvest. Super yum! I first saw this at a yarn shop in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho but didn’t buy it. However, once seen it stayed in my subconscious continually calling me until I gave in a purchased it.
Kimono by Plymouth Yarns. Yarn Mushishi by Plymouth Yarns.
~This is one of many unfinished projects I have. Q and I have joined the Sock a Month Club on Ravelry. This is the Beginner’s Sock Pattern, by Heather Storta, Knitsbyheather.com, for January. I am knitting the leg longer. The yarn I am using Patons SWS yarn. 70% Wool and 30% soy. The yarn is left over from a miter shawl I knitted for our sister Lindsay. (Q – And holding her yarn is the Cover That Cake With Colorful Berries which I knitted especially for her. The pattern is on our April 7, 2012 blog post.)
Beginner’s Sock Pattern, by Heather Storta. Knit in Patons SWS yarn. 70% Wool and 30% soy.
We’ve joined Tami’s Amis Wednesday’s WIP’s and Ginny’s Yarn Along. Both are great place to check links and get ideas!
~Have you been noticing how chunky knits are the rage this season? Agujas‘ blog showed some of the super chunk fashions. While mindlessly clicking links on some of my favorite blogs yesterday I found a chunky cowl I’d really like to make! I apologize to the blogger who had the link. I like to give credit to the person from whom I get wonderful ideas! This is the State Street Cowl, a fabulously chunky cowl I’d love to have. Never mind that in Ramona I was up in 81 degree weather today.
State Street Cowl from Quince & Co.
~With Christmas coming and my son on his way home from Afghanistan, today I decided it was time for me to finish my mother-in-law Geri’s afghan. I was lucky enough to inherit the unfinished afghan since my sister-in-law doesn’t knit and I do. Geri had finished the knitting the rows of multiple color, but had not woven in the ends (the really boring part). My son held a special spot in his Grandma Geri’s heart so I think this afghan will be the perfect gift to him from her. He doesn’t read this blog and his sisters won’t tell. 😎
The knitting pattern is so interesting! I’m dying to try this pattern in a scarf. The colors are totally the 1970’s. Both sides were full of ends which had to be woven in. And dang, you can see they don’t look like fringe so it had to be done.
It took hours of tedious weaving, but it’s done! Since it’s acrylic, I threw it in the washer with some fabric softener, and then in the dryer. Now it’s ready to be wrapped. Mike will be delighted. Chalk one Finished Object up for Geri! You are missed.