24 December 2014

Busy season

First off, I would like to wish folks out there a happy and safe holiday season ... whichever holiday is special to you between November and January.  Secondly, I have been busy these past seven-eight weeks, starting before sunrise on Halloween morning when I picked up my batch of chicks.  This month of December has been quite the roller coaster, with first a raccoon then the black bears killing some of my chicks ... yet in between those trials we finally closed the sale on our house up in Tennessee and are now completely debt free.  Triumph and tragedy, good and bad (and ugly, too) all one right after the other here.

With all my outside activities going on, I have not made much progress with fabric, and a small bit with yarn.  This morning, I finally turned the heels on the first pair of knee socks I am knitting.  At first I was annoyed when the 50g skeins ran out during the heel turn, then as I wove in the tails I realized that is actually the best spot to switch as weaving in ends strengthens the heel.
knee socks in progress
I have another pair of knee socks started, but I am not much past the cuff and have not yet finished the first motif.  Also on the needles are two pairs of midcalf (regular height) socks for me.  I have a pair for hubby that I took off the needles when I could not find my fifth set of circular sock needles.  Ah well, a box of splurge/celebration yarn is working its way down to me and also has three more sets of sock circs.

I really do need to sew in the waistband on that pair of cotton flannel pajama bottoms.  Then they will need a good wash before I can take pics, as the pink-nosed furry feline chaos demon decided they are the perfect napping spot.

Next time I take this long off from blogging here, do take a peek at my S&G Homesteade blog to see if we are just busy doing outdoor stuff - Florida is the Sunshine State, ya know.

30 October 2014

Knitting cables

While I have been doing a smidge of sewing (nothing completed yet) I have still been knitting up a storm here.  Back in January, after I finished son's wool sweater, I started my very first cable project.  I finished all the knitting and even started to sew it together when the heat hit, and it languished over the late spring-summer-early autumn.  We did get a cool front earlier this month, and I pulled out my unfinished sweater and sewed up the rest of the seams, then I even managed to get some pics in the morning when it was cool enough to wear a 100% wool knit sweater in worsted-weight yarn without sweating too badly.
scoop-neck cable sweater
It is nice and warm, yet still breathes well, and I am certain to appreciate it over the winter even if it looks/feels a bit big right now.  I am not sure if I have lost weight (neighbor up the dirt road thinks so), or if I cast on one size too big, or if the stitches stretched out as I haven't washed or blocked it yet.

Now, for my most recent finished cable project, and also the most complicated so far: socks, of course.
Treehouse sock, in sunlight, close to actual color

fuzzy unfocused pic of both socks on my feet ... before 2nd mug of coffee
The yarn is more grey, although any time I have tried to take a pic in shadow it looks bluer than it is.  I had a lot of fun doing all this cabling although it was slow going compared to non-cabled projects.

30 September 2014

Knitting my own sock design

I have been busy on a knitting adventure: I designed my own socks.  Well, this pair isn't for my feet, but a gift for hubby's grandmother ... but I was not able to find what I wanted even when using Ravelry's advanced pattern search, so I did a literal back-of-the-envelope sock design.  Seriously, this is the back of the envelope of my electric bill, so I am calling this pattern "electric cable rib socks."
the original electric bill envelope design scribbles

attempting to photograph the cabling

electric cable rib socks about 60% done
I had to put them on my hands since they are too small for my feet.  Grandma wears a US 5-1/2 wide, where I wear a US 8-1/2 regular.  I do hope the cabling shows up in the pics, because that is the main part of what I wanted and could not find.  I am looking forward to making a pair for myself and a pair for hubby, too.  There is nothing overtly feminine about the 1x1 cabling on the ribs ... although I have an idea percolating in my tiny brain about a lace sampler sock idea!

Me?  Designing my own socks now?  It hasn't even been a year since I made my very first pair of plain stockinette socks!  LOL

20 September 2014

Even more sock knitting

Oh wow, I've been remiss on posting.  Since I last posted an actual fiber-related update, I have since finished another FOUR pairs of socks.  I think I am starting to get faster!  Now, for the pic-bomb ...
lace "Bandwagon Socks" in solid black wool/silk

I even put a lace panel in the center back

comfy Openwork Ladders socks in wool/bamboo/nylon

these Maskerade Socks have cables and a lace design that I cannot get a decent pic of yet.  Made in wool/nylon

hubby asked for boot socks, so here they are!  Also wool/bamboo/nylon yarn

the boot socks without the boots, a random ribs pattern.  Hubby really likes them.
I have another three pairs on needles .... yes, thanks to a clearance sale at Jo-Ann's over the summer I now have enough sock needles to work on that many at a time.

27 August 2014

Meet hubby's Chaos Demon

Here is why my sewing lair is perpetually a mess:
Little Bit, aka "Chaos Demon" claiming the dog's quilt
For the record, that is the dog's blanket-quilt.  He was rather whiny and upset that she was not letting him on it that day.  My mom made that quilt for me originally, and up in Tennessee it adorned the back of the couch ... until the dog discovered he could wiggle on the couch and get it to fall over him so only his nose and tail were showing.  It is basically his Linus blankie and has been moved to the floor (when it's not being laundered) to encourage the dog to spend more time on the floor than the couch.

As for the Chaos Demon ... she was dumped at the public park next to our house up in Tennessee, and I tried for a week to coax he indoors without success.  We could hear her crying at night and especially when it rained, but I was lucky to even catch a glimpse of her.  Hubby made some remark about it, so I sent him out to try.  He came back in about five minutes, with a skinny but happily purring small cat in his hand.  He says all he did was sit down and tell her, "well, come on over here."

I know enough about cats to recognize a full feline claim on a person.  She has stayed, even though the other three didn't like her (and it was mutual).  Now, she is our only cat in the house, after Twilight the Terrorist Kitty died doing what she loved best: destroying something of ours while misbehaving.  She tore out a screen window to get outside (after hubby fixed it so she couldn't slide it open) and then apparently ate something poisonous.  We miss that stubborn, silly monster.

Oh, back to the Little Bit-Chaos Demon.  Every time hubby finds a dead frog or large bug under his chair, my sewing room is wrecked.  She is also fond of shredding paper, especially anything I have printed out on my computer.  Cleaning up that mess is on my to-do list, as soon as I get this most recent pair of socks finished (yes, I am still happily knitting socks), because I need new tops and so does my mother-in-law.