October 26, 2011

Took Me Long Enough To Sew On ONE Button

I finished this on October 11th according to my Ravelry project page. It is Harvest Moon knit in Berroco Blackstone Tweed (delightfully soft but not a strong yarn). I had a small pile of buttons to choose from and then I finally conferred with Miss America (who has a huge button fetish) and we decided on one. I sewed it on (with a thread I thought would be right and in the light of day I know I'll be redoing it) and wore it to teach today. I love this sweater! Unfortunately, the navy keeps you from seeing the great details on the pockets and collar. That's okay - I know they are there.

October 22, 2011

Another Addicting Knit

I've been teaching a lot lately and when the kids are reading/working on packets I need something that is great auto-pilot knitting. My other projects require some serious attention so I cast on for another Scrappy Lengthwise Scarf. This is such an addicting knit. I used leftover Cascade 220, Blackstone Tweed, Wool of the Andes and Brown Sheep Lambs Pride - the colors were so fun to work with and I found myself saying "Just One More Row, Please".

October 13, 2011

14 Years Ago

It was 14 years ago our daughter graced us with her presence. I wish I was knitting for her when she was a baby as I would have had so much fun with it. I'm glad now she shares the love of fiber and buttons and color and design. She makes our home and lives a sunnier place - Happy Birthday, Miss America!

October 7, 2011

Dyeing not Dying

This past Wednesday I finally got to join knitting group not to knit but to dye yarn/wool. Michelle kindly hosted the group and I couldn't wait. I called my husband and told him I'd be "dyeing this morning" which over the phone could sound like "dying this morning". Of course, I clarifyed what I would really be doing. Funny thing is the emails after the dyeing event were titled dying which prompted Jennifer (who unfortunately was sick and missed the event) to send out dictionary definitions and spelling.

But I digress...here are some photos from the event. We started with colors - Michelle had an amazing array of dyes.

Here's my Cascade Ecological Wool soaking in vinegar and water - it's joined by some of Michelle's roving.

Lisa and I are working on getting two shades of the same blue - one just a bit darker. Unfortunately, all the agitating of the yarn over low heat ended up felting her yarn. Lesson learned the hard way. The colors, however, were amazing!

Here are some of the finished yarns. The divine purple one was done by Joan...she and I mixed together 4 or 5 dyes to come up with the colorway.

Here's my finished color...not what I intended but I'm happy with it. I just barely avoided felting the yarn so I'll wind it up and start something.

October 6, 2011

Why I Knit

I knit for many reasons - hmmm...that could be a Ten on Tuesday list (probably has already). Yesterday morning when I logged onto Facebook, our dentist sent me this picture of their daughter wearing the sweater I gave her when she was born. The picture says it all - this is one of the reasons why I knit!

October 4, 2011

Pretty in Pink

My niece is turning 8 next month and while I was at Webs with my mom we picked up yarn for a sweater. Abby is very girly girl and loves pink. So we put these colors together and I whipped this Isabella sweater up for her. A good soak and blocking and it will be all set for her.

Now back to working on the sweater for my mom.