Cabin Fever

Now that all the Christmas knitting is finished I have been working on Cable Dress & Hat. Do you remember that? I was working on it back in the spring before I started in on my gift knitting. I reached the first decreases last night. It now measures fourteen inches long.

IMG_1906

I was lucky enough to receive several knitting related things for Christmas this year. I was given a set of size Us 10.5 dpns.

IMG_0862

I also received a book on natural plant dyes.

IMG_1900

It is by Sasha Duerr and is titled The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes. It is informative, easy to understand, and has several examples of projects. I created an iron mordant friday evening. Here’s what it looked like the next morning.

IMG_1895

It’s one part vinegar to two parts water and some old rusty nails. The book says to let it sit for a week or two and it will be ready to use.

I have a case of cabin fever now, waiting to be able to try out the plant dyes. Right now my yard looks like this:

IMG_1898

I obviously cannot find any plants but, I might be able to try a birch bark dye. There are several of them growing in the woods behind our house. It will turn out pink. I hope. Although with the six inches we’re getting today I don’t know if I’ll be able to get to them before the sping thaw.

Advertisements

Hark!

Christmas eve at 10:18 PM I finished Booties. I started using the second skein of yarn about 1/2 way through the slipper.

20121227-135126.jpg
I also made a very interesting pot holder.

20121227-135207.jpg
Apparently I have yet to master crocheting a rectangle. That’s a task for another day. Now it’s time for me to go dig myself out. If only I could get

    Hark the Herald Angels Sing

out of my head.

20121227-135618.jpg
Persephone is hoping we’ll keep the tree up a little longer.

Green is for Grinch

Today on the radio the winner of the true or false contest said she had all her presents and shopping done. I am very jealous. Today I realized that for Booties I Need. More. Yarn. I also do not understand the sewing instructions. Curse my sewing inability! Ah well… I might be able to get it done. I am also trying to remain as un-grinchy as possible. Wish me luck.

Falalalala lalalala

I’m no Gift Wrap Guru but I’m certainly not gift wrap-challenged. Last night though I was having some trouble. With the ends mainly. They just weren’t even. I managed to squeeze F.T.L.O.C. into this box:

20121213-075919.jpg
I thought putting it in such a small box would throw her off since she’s getting exactly what she wanted. Maybe it’ll bring back a little bit of the surprise. I wrapped everything up last night except the bag and Booties. I’m so close though.

20121213-080133.jpg
Fralinger’s Salt Water Taffy. This box had been passed around for years. I remember when my SIL got it for the first time she thought it actually was taffy. I’m putting Pop’s Socks in it.
Here’s all my knit gifts. Quite a pile right? I’m gonna make it! Jingling all the way too.

20121213-080241.jpg

Knock on Wood

I started a Jewelry bag yesterday.

20121211-143745.jpg
I am using size 2 needles and Panda Silk Crystal Palace yarn. The color is 5116. Unfortunately I believe he have discontinued this yarn. 😦
This is my second-to-last gift. My other one is Booties. I need this for this weekend and I don’t need Booties until Christmas. Knock on wood I might get everything done on time this year. Including my December Design it! entry.
I know my blog posts have been waning in frequency and I ope to fix that soon. I am finally getting internet at my house sometime before the new year (I hope). This will increase my posting. I also plan on uploading the pattern for Bow Wow Beanie.

How Much is the Doggy…

Friday night, after supper (tacos), after the dishes were washed, I put on Billy Joel and sat down to write Bow-wow Beanie. It is the pattern for my Design it! group November entry.

20121203-144308.jpg
Sorry it’s sideways. If you want, you can vote for me in the Design It! Group in the November Design contes mini voting thread. Thanks!