Friday, April 28, 2006

I have been in a knitting funk.I made 2 soakers for the conference & that is all. I did make my Mom a purse for her b-day & I finally felted it today. I do not know what else to do. Perhaps I should just ramble through the stash & see what moves me.
However, I am excited, I did place a pretty large order with knitpicks today. It was not all mine, but fun none the less. I can not wait until it all comes. Sad thing about buying yarn over the internet, is you do not get to have the touchy feely satisfaction. It has to wait.
I have been reading @ dyeorama about other knitters that have stuggled with the Wiltons dye being blotchy or just not setting right. I think, I only had that happen once, & sadly it was stuff I dyed for a friend. That sucked. Anyway, I will post pics of what I have dyed for reference. Get ready for pics!

Ok it is kind of splotchy, I guess I never noticed. These were pants made for my niece. I guess I should post those too, as they knitted up really nice.

Ok another skien

All yarn used was Patons Merio Wool in Natural.
Ok so now I need to decide, use Wiltons, Kool Aid or buy commercial dyes.....decisions decisions decisions.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

I have been working on getting ring buttons added to my blog. I think it worked.....I am so html challenged. It looks like outerspace language to me. Thanks to vegan knitting for the tutorial. I really appreciate it.

I have also joined I am pretty excited. I need to order my undyed natural yarn next week. I will use
Knit Picks If you have a better source, let me know.

Lastly, I will update on Chester. Boy was he a sick doggie. I thought we might lose him. He is doing much better. However I do think he was misdiagnosed & I will take him back to our regular vet next week.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

No knitting talk today. My dog is sick, and I am stressed!!!! So please think good thoughts for the dog. His name is Chester & we adopted him 7 years ago from a beagle rescue ( ) Here is a picture of the hound.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Still knitting, which is a good thing. I made a quilt square for a little girl going through Chemo. Amber made one too. Check out. if you would like to help. I would like to put a button on my blog, but I have no idea how to do that. If you do & are kind enough tutor me, let me know.
I made Amber a cell phone cover from "Stitch n' Bitch" book. Very cool! I used 4 colors instead of 3, & I like it. Acutally I made two of them, as the first one was way to long. Then I tried to felt the 2nd one & the black yarn (which I dyed) bleed onto the other colors. I sent that one to my sister!
I am also currently working on the knitting soakers to sell at the conference in May. Here is a link If you know any breastfeeding Mom's they are welcome. So are nurses, dietians & the like. I spent many hours there in the past & worked like a dickens last year to get many vendors there. This year, I am bailing out. It is too hard to be around Mom & babies now, so I am taking a break. Sigh...will it ever get easier??

Saturday, April 01, 2006

I guess I will start with the bad new. I got fired from the LYS I was working at. The owner said it was because her manager will need more time off, & she needs to hire a knitter that can teach advance classes to replace her. What that has to do with letting me go, I have no idea. Seems to me she is creating a bigger hole. The real reason I think she let me go, because she hires a new employee(me) & 2 weeks later said employee(me) has a horrible back ache & calls in sick. A week later, said employee(me) suffers a misscarriage (back ache was beginning of m/c) & had to take a month off. She will never admit it, but I wish they would have told me, I would have kept the booties I knitted & gave them as a gift. Oh well. Fuck them.

Betterh knitting news, I made a wool soaker for a friend. I used the punk knitters pattern, link: It is a very VERY easy pattern, and from what I hear, it works really well. I used a double stranded 2 ply worsted wool, handpained. The ribbing & cuff is some Pattons Merino I had lying around. I checked the owners website & she does not mind if you make them to sell, so I am going to do that. I have another in the works now. Here are a few pics:

First is before the cuffs are added

I taught myself DPN's. I had been fearing was not hard.

Finished soaker!!!
Lastly, I made some stitch markers for a friend. I think they turned out cute!