Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Opening Day!

It's opening day at Fenway! I know the season started officially last week and the Sox are already 5-1 but it doesn't feel right until it's at Fenway. This means a new season of hope. Especially with such a new roster!!

Well I spent the weekend planting again. I really have more radishes Image hosting by Photobucket than I thought. As I started digging to reseed the row I found sprouts. DUUUUHH. I'm an impatient gardener. However, I did reseed the lettuce and started the carrots. I did get the dye garden started also. The woad, indigo, and cotton are in their containers. WOOHOO!!

I'm loving the projects in the spring '06 Knitty. I especially love Nautie. And I know I'll be knitting a pair of pedicure socks for the fall. Don't need those for mid summer Memphis heat! I may have to try out the dishwasher dyeing but I'll just save that for when hubby is on a detailing trip. Then only the girls can witness that crafting disaster! On that note I do need to start hitting some spring garage sales to find some old pots and spoons for my summer dyeing with indigo and woad!!

The baby blanket is coming along. About 8 1/2 inches. At 14 I get to reverse the pattern Image hosting by Photobucket. Excitement awaits.

Friday, April 07, 2006

My week

First off I want to thank everyone for your wonderful comments on my stash. Don't think hubby feels the same but I appreciate all the sentiments. I think 9 comments for a post is a record for me!!

Been a busy week. Our friends in Norfolk had a baby boy. He will be the recipient of the baby hat (which I designed-my firstImage hosting by Photobucket. I shall put up details when I post the picture.)and the booties (I used Bev's Stay On Knit Booties - newborn sized, the same yarn as the hat, Dale of Norway's, Baby Ull, #8523, leaf). The picture will do it justice when I take it. Also for this little guy I knitted the kimono out of Mason-Dixon Knitting which I highly recommend. The book is a wonderful extension of Ann and Kay and I love the patterns they include. I used Lily's Sugar and Creme in Cool Breeze Ombre which has more yellow than the swatch shows. It was so easy, 2 nights to knit and 1 to stitch together and add the ribbon. A quick and easy baby gift.

I started the other baby blanket from Stitch 'n Bitch and have about 8 inches total done. But I messed up. After knitting 18 rows in seed stitch I realized I cast on 120 stitches, not 126. So I've altered the pattern slightly. I really didn't feel like frogging so I reduced the pattern to kep it the same, the blanket is just a little less wide. Shoot me Image hosting by Photobucket I'm a lazy knitter.

The garden is not going as planned. After planting 2 rows of lettuce and 1 of radishes, I have 1 stinking sprout, 1 measly radish sprout. The weather's been fine, the tornadoes were well north of us. I watered every morning but only on mist. I bet the water didn't absorb well into the soil. So I bet I'm replanting most of that. Meanwhile I get to hear hubby mutter about busting his a** setting up the garden and how much of HIS money we've spent for a large patch of dirt. I personally thought his a** was mighty cute with the rototiller. A man with a large power tool- oh yeah!

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Flash your stash

Lots of knitting news. First, sockapalooza gull wing socks are finished. Yay! The hat and baby booties are also finished!! I have added the baby kimono from Mason-Dixon Knitting which is just a wonderful book and I am halfway through that. Pictures to come on those soon but I don't disappoint on that score today. The lettuce and radishes are in the garden. So productive week all in all.

Now for Flash your stash...

This was scary. But I'm more organized than I thought. Most of my yarn isn't random. I really do have an intended project for it. Not that I remember what all these projects are!
Image hosting by Photobucket This one is for a Lily Chin scarf that might just be changed over to a sweater instead. Image hosting by PhotobucketI LOVE my booga bag and want to make more so that's what this Noro is for, except instead of 3, I have 6 of the same color. I bought it twice in different LYSs so that may become something else.
Image hosting by PhotobucketThese are for another crayon box jacket. I like the colors better and NO fur.
Image hosting by PhotobucketI once made a 76 stitches hat from an old issue of Interweave from Lopi Lite. This Manos is for another one. It's what they made the original with.
Image hosting by PhotobucketThis is the Knit Picks yarn for the baby blanket.
Image hosting by PhotobucketThese are some Lorna's Lace to make some clapotis scarves.
Image hosting by PhotobucketHere's some more Knit Picks to make a shawl.
Image hosting by PhotobucketMy friend, Tanya, got me these skeins of STR and the pattern from last year's Maryland Sheep and Wool.
Image hosting by PhotobucketSome Lorna's Lace, Helen's Lace, intended for the shawl pattern on the ball band.
Image hosting by PhotobucketThis is some beautiful Dune for a scarf.
Image hosting by PhotobucketThis is the Brown Sheep Bulky that I'll be using for the felted slippers for my sister in law and my friend.
Image hosting by Photobucket I have 2 scarves planned for this yarn, now I need to remember the patterns!
Image hosting by PhotobucketI was planning on making a blanket from Knit1 from this Lion Brand pile. Now I'm not so sure.
My sock stash is rather big but not of epic proportions(yet). Here is the Lorna's Lace group.Image hosting by Photobucket I really do have 2 skeins of each color.
Image hosting by PhotobucketThis is a mix of Knit Picks and Mountain Colors. I have a group of skeins of solid colors, a mish mash of Knit Picks, Brown Sheep and others. Image hosting by Photobucket Here's some Cascade Fixation, Wildfoote and some yarn dyed by a local woman in Virginia Beach from Ewe Knits and Kits.Image hosting by Photobucket And lastly for socks, my striped palette. Image hosting by Photobucket
I do actually like knitting dishcloths to try out neew stitch patterns. I actually use them as doilies around the house. So for that purpose I have some Lily Sugar and Cream Cotton. Image hosting by Photobucket I have a Koigu stash that I don't include with my socks because those are for some more water bottle slings. Image hosting by Photobucket Here's some yarn for my blue period, whenever that comes around.Image hosting by Photobucket I have some mohair, for what reason or pattern , I don't remember. Image hosting by Photobucket The Lamb's Pride Worsted has a felting purpose that is waiting to be discovered. Image hosting by Photobucket The Lion Brand group has no purpose but is the result of several sales at Michael's and A.C. Moore.Image hosting by Photobucket
My secret pal, Elspeth, gave me this lovely group of Cascade Quattro.Image hosting by Photobucket
The Paton's stash was originally intended for a hat. It may go for more felting projects. List under"undecided."Image hosting by PhotobucketAnother reason why the crayon box jacket has become an expensive UFO, is the tangled mess the yarns are in, hence the bad picture.Image hosting by PhotobucketI really love the pattern but I'm thinking the black, red, and gold, plus the furry aspect, is going to make me look fat, dumpy and matronly.
Here's my baby yarn stash. I'm using the grass green color for the baby hat and booties gift. Image hosting by Photobucket

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Ok now I know everyone has gone crazy with the novelty yarns and I am no exception. So if you just can't take the heat, scroll quickly past this shot of my novelty/scarf yarn.
Image hosting by PhotobucketI apologize for the plethora of fun fur. It was fun while it lasted.

To conclude this journey of most of my yarn stash I give you the Brown Sheep Cotton Lupine that at some point I will be using to knit my first sweater.Image hosting by Photobucket

I hope you have enjoyed this post. You probably won't see this many pictures on this blog for a long time! If my husband happens to read this and you see him, administer oxygen and sympathy. He'll need it. Remind him he goes back on sea duty in about 2 short years. That always brings a smile to him!