What I’ve been up to Lately

Since I lasted posted, I finished Dad’s socks and fixed his sweater.

I had to fix it because a certain cat ate the cuff of one of the sleeves. After that, I wanted to start Gaelic Mist,from A Fine Fleece, but I decided to wait until after Christmas, in case I found a pattern that I liked better in any of the books that I might get for Christmas. At first I decided to just spin my roving and knit my entralac scarf until Christmas. Well, that didn’t last long. I can’t tell you what broke my resolve, because I’m thinking about submitting it to knitty. All I can say is that I messed up a little and I’m a bit tired of it right now.

Christmas was good. I received some books and some sock blockers and some harmony dpns and a digital scale and a sweater and various other things and 22 servings of candy. I’ve only ate two servings thus far, so it should last a good long while. We went to Chattanooga to visit Dad’s family, which was nice, but Mom couldn’t come because she wasn’t feeling good. I brought a metal basket thing that has two layers, and mom had me play the gift swap for her. Her gift was a jewelry box. I got my gift for Mom because she liked it and wanted to put fruit in it. I got a little caddy with lotion, spray, shower gel, and bubble bath in gingerbread scent. As if I needed any more spray, but I do like the caddy.

Since I was vexed with the mystery knit on Christmas day, I decided to start a pair of Veyla fingerless mitts.

That picture is of the first cuff and part of the second. If you had asked me how I liked the yarn at the time of that picture, I would have replied as such: “It’s super soft, and not as hairy as I would have thought, since it’s alpaca.” I have now finished both cuffs, and if you had asked me what I thought of if after I finished the first cuff, I would have complained about how pulling it out of the center makes it very tangled. I should probably block these before I knit the rest of the mitts, but I have no wool wash. I was going to use some Christmas money to buy some, but the yarn store is closed and shipping costs too much to buy it online. And the wool wash itself, especially Soak, is kinda expensive. I think I’ll  just keep on using detergent and rinsing for now and maybe get some wool wash a few months later.

A few weeks back I placed a hold for Bend the Rules Sewing at the library, and yesterday it came in. I found some fabric and sewed up a little wallet.

  

The card pockets are too small to hold cards, but that’s okay. Actually, the center card pockets aren’t even sewn on the third side, but it’s okay since they’re not big enough anyway. I do have a lot of cards. I have a binder clip on them so that they won’t be pesky and fall out. Well, they could, but I would notice if all of them did and I wouldn’t if just one or two did.

Last night I bought Whimsical Little Knits, because I wanted to make the Hap Blanket and eventually the Ishbel shawl and possibly Cairn.  I decided to use up some leftover cotton and make a wash cloth sized version of the Hap Blanket, and after knitting on it last night and today, I was finished.

I just love the colors.

I messed up a little bit on one corner, but I think it looks okay.

And i most definitely want to make a blanket someday. But not just any blanket. A super-huge, super-warm blanket. If knit according to the pattern, the blanket should measure 40 by 40 inches. Well, that’s not nearly big enough. I’d like a comforter sized 80 by 80 inch version. And I could figure out how to make it that big. But could I finish making a blanket that huge? Possibly. I have knit a pea-coat and a man’s sweater. A large blanket wouldn’t take much more stickamatite, would it?

Here are some pictures of Mom’s mittens.

She really likes them. They’re super soft, and she says that they fit.

Last picture. And I’m gonna spell-check now.

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Hi There!

I have some pictures for you. Because you’ve missed me. I hope.

 I sorta know how to spin now. That’s some Louet Blue-Faced Leicester that I dyed with my knitpicks dye. I actually dyed this during the summer, and then divided it lengthwise into 16 parts. I’ve spun 4 of those thus far (but I hadn’t spun that much when I took that picture).

This is what it looked like after I dyed it.

Sometime shortly after my last real post, I found two knitting books that my mom had. One was The Country Diary Book of Knitting and the other was Knitting in the Old Way. It’s funny, because I had considered buying Knitting in the Old Way, and now I don’t have to. I found a pattern in the first book for a toy mouse with trousers and sweater. It was pretty adorable, so I decided to make it for my mentee. Except I hadn’t met her at the time, so I wanted to wait to see how old she was first. After meeting her, I cast on for her mouse and didn’t finish it until practically the last-minute. So I didn’t get many good pictures, but here’s one.

I used a less than a skein of white Caron Simply Soft Eco for the body, some leftover Simply Soft from a sweater vest that I knit on my machine for the pants, and Red Heart for the shirt. I made my mentee a scarf on my machine, and I used what was left of the skein for the shirt. However, I ran out of yarn, so I had to make the top striped. It reminds me of Charlie Brown for some reason.

At the beginning of this month, it frosted over night so I took some pictures. I have none of the frost to show you, because my flikr is getting full, but I did take some pictures of my pea coat and Ripley hat in action.

I do love that hat. It’s my favorite. I won’t need to make another hat ever as long as I have that one. But I probably will since I like making hats. And no, I didn’t brush my hair before I took that. What? I was in a hurry; I had to take pictures of the frost before it disappeared. I didn’t have time to take care of silly things like brushing my hair. Speaking of hair, I got it cut today.

Well, that’s all the pictures that I have for now. Have a very merry Christmas in case I’m not back before then, and be safe and stay warm.