Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Mystery Stole 3

Mystery Stole 3
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
I'm plugging away at this project again. I'm on chart E and feel like as much as I knit, I'm not getting anywhere. But I'm determined to finish this project, I'm not one for bailing on a project part way through...though let's not talk about the fingerless gloves, ok?

The weird thing is that I *know* this project will take two skeins of the Alpaca with a Twist and I can't find the second skein. I've turned the house upside down -- and found other yarns that I forgot I had. My yarn is stored in two spots in the house, so this skein can't be anywhere else?

I can only assume that it is in the same place that my 'Victorian Lace Today' book is. I *know* I own this book, but have no idea where it is. I've looked everywhere.

Dirk's Socks 08-2008

Dirk's Socks 08-2008
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
These socks have taken f-o-r-e-v-e-r to get done. Just a stab in the dark, but I think it is because I haven't been sitting down and just knitting them.

However, this morning I turned the first heel and started the second heel, which means I have hours and hours of mindless cuff knitting in my very near future.

For these socks I did an eye of partridge heel to see if they fit and wear better.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

A Mini Road Trip

I got up this morning with the urge to take a mini-road trip! As I was leaving the house, my lovely husband gave me $60.00 and requested I purchase roving for myself. So, I headed down to Green Valley Weavers in Colorado Springs and on stopped at Table Rock Llamas in Black Forest on the way home.

Here's what I brought home:

A left, a nice heathery wool roving from Green Valley. There is about half a pound in the bag and I got a good price on it. I'd really like to get better at spinning, so I know that I need to practice, practice, practice.

On the right, half pound (around 1350 yards) of laceweight Merino also from Green Valley. I'm going to kettle dye it with hibiscus twigs and bark and alum that I got at Table Rock Llamas. I also stopped at Vitamin Cottage and got two bags of hibiscus whole flowers to add into the mix. I've experimented a little bit with dyeing with Kool-Aid and some spices, so I'm really excited to see how this turns out.

Finally, hand-dyed wool roving from Table Rock Llama. Again, for practice spinning.

I really enjoyed Table Rock Llama's shop and plan to make more trips there in the future. When I got there today, Ann Budd was there teaching a workshop and I was so very disappointed that I didn't know about it in advance, but in looking at their newsletter they've got great workshops every month, so I'm going to keep an eye out for something to attend in the next few months.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Long Time No Chat

Life has been a little topsy-turvy lately due to two surgeries on one of our boxers and I haven't (gasp!) been knitting very much. Our boxer is recovering well, so no worries on that front.

However, last weekend I did resurrect Mystery Stole 3 from Pink Lemon Twist in an effort to finish it. I do have one snafu a few inches back that it bothering the hell out of me, but the lack of a lifeline anywhere tells me that I will just have to live with the mistake. I wore my Mystery Stole 2 to work yesterday and that always makes for a great day/ I'm hoping to wear Mystery Stole 3 soon!

I've also been plugging away on my husband's socks. I told him that my next husband was going to have to have smaller feet. He didn't laugh.

We did get another large wooden bookshelf in the office so that I have a place to store my knitting books and magazines and I've been taking yarn out of the misc bags and putting it in totes so that at least it's all in one place of a sort.