Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Playing Hooky

Remember this guy? He's the hooked rug pillow I started last November. I'll start working on him again next month.

I bought this pattern at the same time for October hooking and almost forgot about it.

 I cleared out a corner of the sewing room and got the pattern traced.

 Whoever invented this method of using tulle deserves a big hug. It makes it all so easy.

 Oh, oh. No orange in the stash. How am I going to hook a pumpkin with no orange?

I started cutting up the wool for the black bird and then ordered some orange.

It was here in a flash from both my etsy sellers. I'm still waiting for one more package of orange from ebay but I've got enough to get started.

Hmmmm.... I think I'm going to need a refresher course. This isn't as easy I as remember.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

 I do believe this is my oldest WIP on Ravelry. I started it in October of 2008.

Every year (for 7 years in case you didn't do the math) I take it out in October and put a few rows on it, lose interest and then pack it away by Thanksgiving.

Which is a shame because it really is a pretty thing that I wanted to wear once upon a time.

It might have to do something with this chart. It's headache and a case of eyestrain waiting to happen.

I'm going to shame myself on November 30th and show just how much progress I made this year.

As for that chart, I'm going to figure out how to make a larger copy. I also bought a super bright lamp at Ikea so no excuses as soon as the sun goes down. On your mark, get set.....knit.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Gale Warning

 So how much rain did we get this past week? Enough to have to go out and buy Pup a raincoat. It was on clearance at Petsmart for $7. Sold-even though it was blue and not the yellow I wanted. She loves it. I find her sitting and staring at it like it's going to take her for a walk all on its own. I wish.

The rain was bad but the wind was worse. Much worse.

 The bay was very angry. It was having a regular temper tantrum of sorts.

It didn't stay where it was supposed to.

 The roads closest to the boardwalk were under water because of the unusually high tide.

 That's a road.

 So is that.

 See that house in the far right corner? It's completely surrounded by bay water. The shore is usually in front of that house. Now it's all the way up to the road. Yikes.

 It won't take long for all that water to go back where it came from as soon as the north winds stop pushing the water in the wrong direction. I even heard rumors that we may see the sun today. I'll believe it when I see it.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sunday Soap: This One's For You

I met up with Soxieknitter at the SVFF last weekend to trade off some soap supplies. She is the lovely lady who parted with her adorable Wolf Pup two years ago so I could play at becoming a weaver. I still consider that one of the luckiest things that ever happened to me. I dearly love that loom and to think it was for sale practically right around the corner. It was pure serendipity.

 She had a box of orphan soaping materials from a class and wanted to know if I wanted them. I sure did. It didn't take long before I was using them. The fragrance she gifted was a heavenly coconut lime so I mixed up what I thought would be lime green but of course it turned out more avocado. I'm afraid I'm as terrible with soap dye as I am with wool dye. I used the recipe that came in her kit and added just a bit of mango butter as a superfat.

 There is a little white and some lagoon blue swirled along with the green so I thought a light dusting of sea blue glitter would be a good idea. Somehow more ended up on the floor than on the soap. I'm still sweeping it up. There must have been a hole in the bag.

I soaped at higher temps than usual and poured the colors when the batter was still very thin. I think it turned out much better than expected given my sad history with color and swirls. This recipe is a keeper. Thanks Soxieknitter! Those supplies were top notch and in six weeks, when these bars are cured and thoroughly tested, I'll be sending the prettiest ones your way.

 I also had a redo this week. My Oakmoss bars were cured and ready for testing and I hated them so I chopped them up.

 The recipe feels wonderful but those camo colors were U.G.L.Y. I went overboard with the clays.

I took those chopped up pieces and added them to some plain batter and ended up with this. Much better. Now they look good and smell good but they've got six more weeks of cure time to go.

I also have four other Oakmoss bars ready to go. I added a little patchouli, some tussah silk and coconut milk to a batter that was already full of shea butter and avocado oil. It's nice but smells too much like aftershave for me.

Anyone want a bar? PM me on Ravelry (I'm araignee) with your address and I'll send a bar (with some other surprises) to the authors of the first two messages. Everyone else will be in line for other bars as they cure and need rehoming or for some other nice things I have in the soap stash. If you are allergic or sensitive to any soap, food, fiber or botanical ingredients let me know.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Busy Work

 Here's what's been keeping me up at night these days. You can buy a Big Red Dog costume but a giant caterpillar-not so much.

I've got four skaters and four hula hoops to work with. What are my chances this is going to work?

 Scary, yes?

A giant purple octopus is also in my future. This is getting pretty crazy.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Fiber Friday: Plying Time

 I've got two bobbins of Knit Picks Stroll fiber spun. That's all of it.

 I loved spinning it. The fiber is wonderful and the colors made it fun. The singles are so pretty I hate to ply them but ply them I must. I've knit from singles before and I'm not a fan.

This is going to be one of those projects where the yarn is going to have to tell me what it wants to be. With colors as crazy as this, I couldn't even hazard a guess.

Thursday, October 1, 2015


 Didn't I just post about September? It can't be October already, can it?

 September didn't get very far. I had the itchies for several weeks. Nothing got done but scratching-and whining, lots of whining.

 I had to roll the material up on the frame to be able to get to the last row. That was no fun. This frame is as stiff and creaky as I am.

 That's when I discovered the catastrophe I had been ignoring. I was out of gold floss so the border didn't get finished at the bottom. I had even bought a second kit from someone on ebay and they were out of gold, too. Jeesh.

I thought I had solved the problem by buying lots of gold floss but then I forgot how I solved it. It took some detective work to figure it back out again because the blankety blank companies that sell these kits use a secret code for good old DMC embroidery floss. There should be a law.