I joined The Handmade Sock Society’s Season Two sock club this week. Since the theme is “A Sanctuary by the Sea, I thought it fitting that the project yarn I’m using is Knitpicks Stroll in the colorway Seashell Tonal. I love the soft pink and grays of this yarn!
You can find my project notes here.
One more thing – I’ve started a pottery blog, The Insomniac Potter. I hope you’ll pay us a visit!
An ounce of emotion is equal to a ton of facts. John Junor
Here’s a look at what’s come off my pottery wheel these last few days. I’ve been practicing this particular shape, which finally jelled a couple of days ago. I hope you like them.
Low fire red clay
Getting more comfortable with shape, still
needs practice but coming along🙂
Thanks for reading!
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Here are a few of the projects I’m working on at the moment –
Clockwise from left: Whatever Socks, Malabrigo Sock, Indiecita colorway for me. These are a variation of Hermione’s Everyday Socks using (I think) a linen stitch, Sunburst Lichen Cowl, in a really pretty blue mystery yarn and last, a pair of Simple Skype Socks for Babydaddy using Fingerpaints Supersock Self Striping from Cherry Tree Hill Yarn, in the Java Jive colorway.
From the pottery wheel
Unfired pots, using low fire red clay
A couple more days of drying time and then they’ll be ready to bisque fire, the first step toward a finished pot.
NEWS FLASH – Unfortunately, the darker, larger pot didn’t make it through the first firing. ☹️
Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. Janis Joplin
ON MY WHEEL
I’ve been throwing up a storm this past week, with about a 50/50 satisfaction rate, which is about par for the course. Unless I’m really really happy with the finished pot, it goes into the reclaim bucket. My mug handles are definitely getting better — they should be with all the practice!
I’m running a full bisque kiln this morning and have ordered a few new glazes. Hopefully by the end of this week they will have come in and I can get the newly bisqued pots glazed and into the kiln for the final step. Several have gift potential, so I’m anxious to get them finished.
ON MY NEEDLES
I’ve made a pact with myself that there will be NO NEW STARTS until I finish my current WIPs. That’s all I want to say about that, as several of these also have definite gift potential. 🤫 Anyone else who will be working down to the wire on holiday gifting?
A goal without a plan is just a wish. Larry Elder
CALENDAR FREAK OUT
After getting home from bell rehearsal last evening, I updated my calendar practice and performance wise and took stock. Yikes! Between today and 12/16, I have three practices and five performances. OK, I’m retired and with a bit of juggling, this is totally doable. So, now, I think if I (temporarily) put all my WIPs on the back burner, I can just about have all my gift knitting finished and ready to go by Christmas Eve. 🎶🎶
Shepherd William Lee Coleman
Baptized December 2, 2018
Is he an angel or what????
OFF THE WHEEL
I finished this pot late last night, now just waiting for new glazes to arrive. Here are the ones I ordered –
I’m SO happy to have my own little pottery studio set up. The winter break in class is the longest – eight weeks, give or take a few days and I tend to get pretty bored, especially if the weather is nasty. It can get pretty cold out in my garage studio, but my little space heater does a good job warming it up.
Life is good!
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eye off your goal. Henry Ford
ON MY NEEDLES
I seem to be caught in a startitis vortex, convinced that every new project start magically completes the WIP above it in the Everlasting Endless Knitting Queue, except it doesn’t. The tabletop next to my knitting chair continues to become more and more crowded and is developing a layered look, sort of like what you’d find in an archeological dig with recent stuff on top and progressively older stuff underneath that. Here’s a few off the top-
Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide No. 5
Freak Flags has progressed to this –
I’ve recently fallen in love with banners and such so when I saw the Freak Flags in MDK Sequences it was all over but the knitting. The plan is to make a set of seasonal set for my mantle, with this particular set in fall colors. Winter will be next using blues, grays and whites.
I’m making good progress on my Simple Skype socks –
Enlarged to show stitch detail
Simple Skype Socks
Fingerpaints Supersock Self Striping
100% Superwash Merino
Have I ever mentioned that I’m a handbell ringer? Advent is upon us, a busy busy time for musicians, with extra rehearsals and the butterflies that go hand in hand with ringing in public,but it’s a labor of love. Aren’t they beautiful?
Here’s a look at the first pot out of my very first glaze kiln –
B clay with grog
Mayco Jungle Gems Peacock Green on outside and Blue Azure on the inside
I like the inside better I think.
BIG DAY TODAY
Hit the ground running this morning…..Baby Shepherd will be baptized at 10:30 mass this morning and we’re having a Baptism/Birthday/Belated Birthday chili supper this evening to celebrate. I’ll do my best to get photos of the Baptism Boy and Birthday Boys up on the blog in the next few days. Busy with blessings!
Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him. Albert Schweiter
Shepherd William Lee Coleman, aka Shep, aka Baby Sheppie, our sixth grandbaby and first grandson who arrived 08/31/18 at 4:25 am. Mother and baby doing well. Mr. iKnead and I are recovering. 🙂
Shepherd William Lee Coleman
Babydaddy, Babymama and Shep on their way home
A YARNY UPDATE
Ginny’s Patronus Cloak continues to get bigger and bigger, the pattern gives a final stitch count of 737, which translates to 15 feet of ruffle. 😳😳😳
I’m still deep into my blue glaze phaze; every time I think I’ve reached my limit, there are one or two more new pots that lend themselves beautifully to the blues.
Blue Glaze Phaze
B-clay with grog
Cloudy Blue, Blue Celadon, Glossy White Glazes
Nailing the big sister gig……
Babydiva and Baby Sheppie
Baby Sheppie and the Elf
And just like that – happy tears…..
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Buddha