In my last post I shared about my Shell Cottage Socks project, part of The Handmade Sock Society, Season 2. Unfortunately, the original yarn I used became so fuzzy after even a couple of rows it drove me crazy enough to put that project aside and try a different yarn.
I found a nice JoJoland Melody yarn in the stash and cast on right away….
I think the JoJoland Melody was a good choice, even though I can never do the colors justice in photos.
Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes. Napoleon Hill
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
Something fast, something that gives (almost) immediate gratification. I’m in the middle of a sweater, a huge crocheted shawl, a pair of socks, a dog sweater and the cutest flag garland ever. I’m not counting my Christmas knitting — it’s not the last minute yet and I don’t want to let the cat out of the gift bag. Anyhow, despite my vow to not start anything new until the WIPs are at least a little bit under control, I caved. I needed a project that offered some immediate gratification. Rav served up the perfect pattern, Leafy Washcloth. I knit up the first one last evening and it’s blocking as I type this.
I used some Sugar and Cream cotton that I had around and size 7 straight needles, filling the immediate gratification bill perfectly. Feels so good to have a FO!
The odds of hitting your target go up dramatically when you aim at it. Mal Pancoast
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
ON MY NEEDLES
Due to an overwhelming case of wanting to cast on all the things, my WIP to FO ratio has fallen so far as to be nonexistent. Every time I pick up whatever catches my eye in the WIP pile, I swear to myself that THIS IS THE ONE, the one that will spark my stick-to-a-tive-ness and soon it will move from the Land of WIPS into the Paradise of FOs. Yeah, still working on that.
Work continues on the Simple Skype Socks. Link to my project page here.
This project probably would have been finished if I hadn’t noticed a few rows that were cataclysmically screwed up. I finally ended up frogging them completely, after trying for at least an hour to tink them back. Lesson learned, don’t try to tink on the last leg of a 20+ hour trip. It’s much more efficient to rip and start over.
Don’t even ask me what this hot mess is. I think it’s a bit of handspun that I decided keep as a single. This obviously was a mistake on my part. I got busy and plied it into a double and we’re all a lot happier with the result. See?
Found my notes on this hot mess! Yay! Organic Polwarth from Three Waters Farm Top of the Month Club in Maple and Hickory.
ON MY WHEEL
This is slowly becoming this –
I’m working on spinning this lovely roving close to laceweight, hoping to end up with a nice sock yarn after plying – a challenge. This roving is from, you guessed it, Three Waters Farm Top of the Month Club. It’s a Blueface Leicester wool and called Living Color.
Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it. Oscar Wilde
STILL ON MY NEEDLES
My Julie’s Sweater is coming along nicely after that small hitch in the cabling. Will I have it finished in time to wear it this winter? Who knows, anything is possible. 🙂
After much back and forth with yarn, needles – wood or metal, double points or circular, and technique – toe up or cuff down, two at a time or one at a time, magic loop or two circulars. After a couple of false starts, I settled down and got into the rhythm of Simple Skype socks. See?
Simple Skype Socks
Patons Kroy Socks Yarn
I’ve been spinning up a storm – ha! it’s been raining for the past three days with more on the way today – visit tomorrow to see what’s finished and what’s waiting in the wings! I can’t wait to get started!
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. © Buddha
ON THE WHEEL
This lovely is the October Top of the Month Club offering from Three Waters Farm. If I remember correctly, this is Polworth roving, in the Hickory and Maple colorway.
I think I’m going to leave it as a single instead of plying since I’ve fallen head over heels for this
Svetlana Gordon, designer
I think the singles will do this pattern proud, don’t you?
I plan to get right on it as soon as 1) I finish My Julie’s Sweater, which, by the way, suffered a HUGE setback when I noticed that I had completely screwed up one of the cables. 🤬😱🤭 So, after much soul searching, I frogged it and started over.
The sweater deets can be found here.
and 2) I finish the Simple Skype socks my son requested –
So, it might be a while. ⏳⏰
Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect. © Ralph Emerson