The other day, I think I mentioned that I had been busy crafting lately, but I don’t think I really got into it more than that. Well, this is the stuff I’ve been up to lately: a little bit of spinning progress, a little bit of dying progress, the pinwheel sweater progress (finally on the second sleeve! However, I haven’t finished the first sleeve yet. I’m planning on waiting until the second sleeve is almost the right length, trying it on, and then measuring exactly how many inches I have left. My sleeves are usually a tad short on me (though once they were an inch or so long), so I thought maybe actually trying on the sweater will help). Also is the progress on Jon’s Opal sock (chevron pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks).
I also started a new log cabin afghan, out of scrap yarn. I took lots of photos in progress, but I didn’t want to have a too heavy photo post, so those’ll have to wait!
This is a tough one. I really can’t think of much of anything I would do if I were younger!
1. Go dancing. I love dancing, but I never really went to nightclubs or anything.
2. Hiking. I go hiking a little now, but I’m out of shape, and with my sorry knees, it’s really difficult to do anything more than walk in a straight line! LOL
3. The only other thing I can think of go to college. I’m sort of in school now – I go one semester, and take a semester off to save money for another class. Though it’s been a year or so, now, so I guess I’m really not taking classes.
4. Take a water exercise class at a gym. I could do that now, but I won’t, so I’ll put it on my list.
5. Spend more time with family. Though I think I spend a lot of time with my family already, I think it’s always good to spend more.
Ten on Tuesday
What have I been up to lately?
First, I started & finished this little number all in one morning: it’s supposed to be a purse organizer. I made it similiar to a crochet hook holder (as far as how I made the pockets), and so far, I’m not sure how it’s working. In theory, it’s a great idea; I can easily find the stuff in the pockets when it’s rolled up & in my pocketbook. But it’s a little harder to put things away, which was more of what I needed than finding things. It’s sort of hard to find where the pocket to put the item away is, when it’s rolled up & hidden in the dark pocketbook. So, I’ll try it for a bit, and maybe try another design.
Each pocket is made specifically for a specific item: camera, extra batteries, cell phone, wallet, bag of mints/cough drops, pens, etc. I included an extra pocket so if I think of something else to carry with me, I have the space to grow.
I also finished up a pair of CIC socks. They were knitted on size 4 needles, about 5 stitches to the inch (a little looser than I normally knit for worstened socks, but my hands are back to hurting me). The yarn is Fisherman’s Wool by Lion Brand, yarn donated to me recently for CIC knitting. Some I used natural white, and some I dyed up for socks.
Thirteen Things Anastacia wants for her birthday!
1. Philosopher’s Wool sweater kit
2. Bartlett Yarn
3. Knit In Public set of bags
4. more sandwich tupperware containers
6. Thundercats on DVD
7. 200 Ripple Stitches
8. 101 Granny Squares I used to own this book, and it disappeared somehow
9. Japanese Print Chiyogami Origami Paper Yes, I do origami, besides knit & crochet
10. Zorro’s expensive prescription cat food
11. a new coffee pot & whole beans
12. a newer computer
13. printer ink
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This is the first fair isle project I ever knit – and the first hat I ever knit, too! (usually I crochet hats) I didn’t use a pattern for this; I just printed off some peerie patterns off the net, and cast on 90 stitches & played with some wool.
10 Foods I hate:
3. hot dogs
4. sauerkraut (spelling?)
5. cole slaw
8. watermelon (I’m also allergic to it)
Ten on Tuesday
Like some many other knitters/crocheters, I collect knitting needles & crochet hooks. This is just part of my collection. Just about all of them were bought at yard sales, and a few were from auctions. I’ve gotten some for $4 (about 100 pairs of needles, and a few double points), paid 10 cents for a handful of double points, and paid $1 each for vintage circular needles, still with the package (though not mint in the package – and no, those needles aren’t photoed). These are stored in my bathroom of all places! We have a tiny apartment, and electric heat to boot. We never heat the bathroom, so we have a small wooden bookcase in front of the heater, and these needles are on the top shelf.
The cup in the second photograph I got from my parents. It has a turtle on it, and I used to collect turtles (still have a few hundred turtle items in storage). It’s a really cute vintage mug that they got from a yard sale, too!
This is our beloved furrbaby, Zorro, hiding in a crocheted wool shawl on our bed. He’s always cold, poor thing. He’s allergic to most types of food, and has dry skin, so his lower legs are “bald”, which means he’s always cold.
Last summer I bought a spindle & some fiber from a seller on etsy. Unfortunately I no longer remember who. I did a little spinning, but not alot as I really couldn’t afford to buy fiber & I basically had no fiber stash. Well, as payment for designing a pattern out of tofuties yarn, I got approximately $175 worth of fiber to spin, so I wanted to start spinning up this fiber. I didn’t get very far when the spindle sort of fell apart. Sweet darling Jon that he is, he decided to fix it for me, but just sort of ripped the fiber off the spindle, instead of putting it in a nice, neat skein. Luckily I was able to save the yarn, but this is a very small skein of one ply, superwash merino yarn.
I’ve been waiting for this book from the library for a little while now, and it finally came in. I read about 30 pages of it so far, and it’s really cute!
I cast on for the second Opal sock as well. I knit both socks, toe up at the same time, on two sets of double points. I don’t worry about any rules, so to speak; I know a few people who knit both socks at one on double points, like I do, say they knit a certain number of rows, or a certain number of stitches, and then switch socks; I usually switch when I feel like it, when one sock is much longer than the other, when I need to work on the heel at home, whatever.