Wednesday, October 25, 2006

50th post!

This is my Fiftieth Post! Woot!
I am inspired today by the Yarn Harlot and the words of my Kell - "Make stuff. Make stuff and share it!"

This is me today. I made the dress I'm wearing and I decided to wear that d*mn shawl because I made it and it was hard, and it's done and it looks beautiful.

And here is Kell's cloak with the symbol pinned on, but not yet stitched down. I'm working on that today. This was hard, too, but I'm doing it and it's going to be AWESOME and she will absolutely love it.

And I ended up making my very first ball of homespun yarn into a headband to wear to keep my ears warm. I stitched it up last night. It wasn't really that hard to knit, but I spun the yarn myself, taught myself how to do it and then made fabric out of it. I am proud of this.

Friday, October 20, 2006

My crazy was leaking yesterday. I feel a little more steady, a little more sane today (I hope). I still have a lot to do, but it seems more manageable now than it was before. What gets done, gets done, and what doesn't, doesn't.
The one thing that helped to set me back on the path of sanity was spinning. I had finished up a spindlefull of thread and had another I had finished earlier, so they needed to be plied. I spent some time plying, had a little chocolate (Pink M&Ms - eating chocolate to fund breast cancer research, education, and prevention always sounds good to me. Save the boobs, have some chocolate.), and just kind of relaxed. The red is the most recent hank and seems to be much more consistent and even than the other. I believe I'm getting better at this.

Even still, I couldn't sleep, so I did some knitting. I don't know what I'm knitting. That depends on how much yarn I have. So far it's a rectangle. But it's a pretty rectangle and what ever it turns out to be, it's going to be warm. I decided to just knit up that one ball of my first homespun and see how it turns out. Scarf? Muff? Very pretty rectangle I can't do anything with? Your guess is as good as mine.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Okay, yeah, it's been awhile. I've been waiting on the means, motive, and opportunity to take pictures of the many and varied things that I've finished and that I've got in progress.
Here we go. socks.
Not much progress, but some.
I'm about two thirds of the way up the foot.
Not much else to report, really.

Baby Snakey sweater.
One sleeve done, the second started. This picture was kind of hard to take because it's a raglan sweater, and...well, it looks like poo right now. It is pieces of string made into fabric bits. Not much to look at, but it's going to be reeeeallly cute when it's finished. At least the lamb's ear looks nice.
And it will have snakes on it.
Snake skin socks, from the 6sox group.
Are we sensing a theme here? What is it with me and snake-related knitting lately? I swear to you I didn't plan this.
Anyhow - look! see how they are all done done done!
I was a skosh late in posting the finished picture to the group, but that's okay 'cause I totally got them done.
First on my feet next to the marigolds

And here a shot of them next to a moon flower. Moon flower is the common name for Datura species. Datura, also known as raving nightshade or jimson weed, is very very toxic.

This is not Datura. This plant is a relative to morning glory and it is also called moonflower. It's genus and species is Ipomoea alba. This genus contains over 500 different species, including the ornamental moon flower.

And now, for something completely different. It has nothing to do with snakes. Here are the Husband!socks. Look look! I am on the toe decreases! Thank the immortal Gods, I'm finally on the toe decreases. I will finish them before his birthday on the 11th. Go me!

I rather like this picture. I have another picture that's pretty good next to some purdy flowers, but this one is more...I don't know...appropriate?
These socks are for a big ol' dude. So I took the picture on a dude's truck - you will also note roof construction in the background. These are very dude-related things. Of course, the truck and construction belong to a completely different dude who also wants foot-sweaters. He will have to take that up with his woman. Sorry, Carl, you are one of my best friends in the whole world, but I don't love you enough to make you foot-sweaters. Thanks for the photographic use of the truck, though.