Friday, April 27, 2007

Building stuff & Knitting

Last weekend Babygurl and I went out of town for an SCA event, and to visit family in Vermillion SD. It was small but fun. Did I remember the camera? yes! did I take pictures? no, I forgot. I did get one pic of Babygurl and grandma though.

She got to play with the kitties, the new dog, and the bunnies, she even mooed at the cows. I finished the flamingo blanket, and worked on my sock. Between the weekend and Thursday night knitting I got a lot more done!

The heel has been turned and I am now working on the gussets.
Tuesday I went over to Violet's to skein yarn. I got all but 5 pounds done. I still need to find time to dye it all up.
Wednesday I bought all the supplies to make a warping board to make self striping sock yarn. On Thursday I drilled the holes and installed the hardware, yesterday I stained it now I just need to do a coat of polyurethane then...self striping yarn! (assuming I can figure out the warping instructions. ) There will be pictures when it's done.
The rest of yesterday was spent doing laundry, and yard work. I got my tomatoes planted, so I will have delicious home grown ones instead of the unripe city tomatoes the stores try to pass of as good. I still have to plant my peas, and mow the lawn. As soon as Babygurl goes down for a nap, it's yard work time, then maybe I can get more dyeing done.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Where did the time go?

On Monday babygurl decided to take a couple of face plants into stuff (table, ground, things like that) so now her face is all scraped up. It didn't seem to bother her much, and she was back to being silly in no time.


Hello, Dahling!

I managed to get two more batches of dyeing done before I had to go pick Tattoo Husband up from the airport.

Cooling down & another yarn tree blooming

It's supposed to be green and purple, but the green turned out a little more bluey than I wanted. I also dyed a sample of some angelina fiber yesterday, just to see what would happen. The color used was copenhagen blue, I was amazed at the results! You will be too!

This is NOT blue! WTF?!!!

It's still pretty though.

I'm gonna have to try dyeing more of this stuff with other methods and see what I come up with. :)

I got some more roving listed on etsy and hopefully soon more sock yarn and all of the cotton and linen I've done.

Today is S&B night Yay! I get to either work on my sock, or the blanket I can't decide. I'm not allowing myself to work on any new projects until the blanket is done, so maybe that. I guess it will be a surprise!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Yarn trees are sweetly blooming.

Thanks to my friend Violet, who let me use her spiffy new electric skein winder yesterday, I have 2 more batches of yarn dyed! today I did red and blue.

On the stove. & Cooling down.

Some unknown person dumped a bunch of branches in my alley last saturday while we were gone, so I trimmed one up and hung yarn on it, see the yarn trees really are blooming!

the orange and yellow from friday & the blue and red today. Babygurl kept trying to pick my "yarn flowers".

Friday, April 13, 2007

Cauldron boil, and cauldron bubble

Yesterday was pretty busy, my husband went to a tattoo convention in Seattle, WA. His flight was at 11:57 am but, we got there and it had been cancelled. He talked to the ticket people and got onto a flight at 2:45. Then I dropped babygurl of at the sitter's, and went to the LYS, where I run the S&B from 5pm to 8pm. I got to work on my other sock!

The first sock finished, with the 2nd sock started, Babygurl in her jammies and mom's sock.
It's been awhile since I worked on my socks, I almost forgot where I was in the pattern, luckily Jaywalkers are easy. :)
Today when we got up I decided to do some dyeing. I got every thing ready, had lunch, and then nap time!!!!

Baby sleeping = mommy dyeing

Isn't she cute!

Dyepots on the stove

This isn't how I usually dye stuff, I like hand painting a lot more, but I've had a few requests for more solid colors. Usually when I do immersion dyeing the yarn gets tangled, so I put more ties on the skeins this time. Hopefully the color will turn out somewhat even too.

I did a batch of yellow and a batch of orange each is 1lb. of cotton and 1/2lb of linen.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

stupid cold!

It has been cold here for about a week, and wet all day, it sucks! All munchkin wants to do is go outside, she's been a little monster cause she can't.

I did get to work on one of my projects a bit last night. It's a blanket for a friends granddaughter, I'm crocheting around the edge. It's almost done only 2 sides left! yay!

Monday, April 9, 2007

Survived Kansas

We went to Lawrence, KS to visit friends for Easter. We left Fri. evening and stayed with friends who live about 45 min. outside of Lawrence, got lost getting there because of construction, and no knitting in the car because it was dark. We arrived about 2am chatted for a bit and went to bed.

Sat. morning I woke up with a headache which progressed into a full blown migraine, no knitting then either. I had wanted to go to the Yarn Barn, but not with a migraine. Finally felt better about 8 pm so I could at least be social for a bit.

Sunday we got up and let the kids play(they have an 18mo old son), they had so much fun! we finally left about 5pm, and decided to stop by another friends house, got lost finding it too. I hate rural Kansas, their road signs make no sense! got there at 7 stayed for an hour, then left to go home. by the time we got to a road that we knew it was dark. no knitting.

The countryside was pretty, and we got to see a lot of scenery, and visit with friends we don't get to see enough, so most of the weekend was pretty good. But no knitting :(

Friday, April 6, 2007

The first post!

After months and months of prodding by friends who have blogs I finally sat down and got it together. I don't know how together it is, but here goes......