What I Did Instead

I should be working on the Ginkgo Crescent shawlette.

I have the pattern.

I have the needles.

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I have the yarn.

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(Madelinetosh Tosh Sock)

Buuuut…

Monday morning I pulled out the yarn to wind it and when I removed the scrap pieces of yarn holding the skein in order I found two bugs! They were larvae of some sort and after a post on ravelry suggested that I freeze my yarn for three days, let it sit for one and then let it freeze for another three.

So instead of working on the shawl I found various other things to do.

I wound the yarn I dyed earlier this week with yellow onion skins and an iron after-mordant.

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(The lighter yellow is without a mordant.)

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I got caught up on recording temperatures for The Weather Scarf.

I tried to turn a heel on the Bahamas socks and ended up with an extra needle with ten stitches on it when I picked them up after finishing the sole flap.

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Seriously, who does that?

Upon closer inspection I realized that, not only do I have no idea where those extra stitches came from or how to eliminate them, they are too mall in various places, the heel being one. So,  I frogged it and started over, making a medium instead of a small.

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I worked on a sister to the Stevedore hat. It is only slightly different. I’m using the Alpaca yarn I bought in Gettysburg last summer. I’m calling her Stevedora.

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I bought the hair ties I needed for Flower Power (AKA Tiny Tether) and a set of pacifiers.

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Apparently you can only buy a 72 pack of these suckers at Wal-Mart and apparently they make different sized pacifiers for different ages. I bought some for age 16 months. I’m going to go back and get some smaller ones I think.

I did a lot of things other than the thing I wanted to do but I still got a lot done.

Knit Night

I love going to my Lys. Being surrounded by all that yarn is inspiring and downright intoxicatng. When I went Tuesday night to get more yarn for Mia’s scarf I stumbled upon a knit night.

I have never been to one of those, being a rather solitary knitter. But, I was invited to sit down and knit a few rows on my ssp #2. I bought my first pair of Addi Turbos. They are heavenly. 🙂

Being immersed in yarn for that long has set my mind awhirl. There is another coworker who is expecting this spring and darn it if I don’t knit up something nice for her. I’m not too keen on a baby sweater because it’ll be a spring baby so it won’t have much use for one. I could knit one for the next fall but I’d rather make something she could use immediately.
Unfortunately my laptop is at Best Buy being repaired and this post is being written on my iPod do no pictures until next time.

Foodie for a Change

I don’t normally do foodie posts (I’ve done one. I think.), but since there is not much knitting news I decided I’d share a recipe I found a la google with you.

Yesterday was a hot day. Summer was trying one more time to get the band back together. Heat and humidity and all that jazz. When I got home I was grumpy and hot. I had a bit of time before supper so I decided to make some bread. I googled ‘bread recipes’ and came up with a list of the top ten favorite breads of a blogger.

After perusing the list I decided to make the Honey-Oatmeal Sandwich Bread. I was sorely tempted by the Chocolate Babka and the Soft Cheese and Pepperoni Bread. I probably would have made the Pepperoni bread but I didn’t have any pepperonis. I whipped up the dough and while I let it rise I worked a few rounds on E String.

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After supper I came in to check on it and it had exploded upwards and, even though it still had another half an hour to rise, I threw it in the oven. Crisis averted I continued to knit on E String.

At 8:06 voila! I had a loaf of bread. It was a little misshapen due to it starting to fall but it smelled delicious.

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This morning I had a slice with my coffee and it was very yummy. Not quite as sweet as I thought but that’s propably due to me having to add extra flour to make up for my extremely stupid decision to not subtract the water I was using to prep the yeast (which was then dumped into the dough) from the total amout of water needed. Extra water = extra flour.

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As I was corralling the pictures for this post I found a cute picture of Rosie’s new toy.

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She couldn’t squeeze the body hard enough to make the eyes pop like it was supposed to so she’d just pull them out one at a time. Thought you might enjoy that.

Continuum

This past week has been nothing but a continuum of last week. Not that that’s really a bad thing. I’m still working on my slouchy beanie. I reworked the beginning and am chugging along nicely.

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This above is the outside. As I was working along I started to realize that I like the inside more than the outside. Last night I asked the recipient and he agreed. So when I finish it this will be the  outside.

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The knit single purl stitches (they were knitted on the other side) disappear into the knitted stitches.

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I seem to be loosing motivation to finish the ssp. I’m at a tricky part design-wise and I’m not sure how to proceed. I am almost done which makes it rather frustrating. I’m also procrastinating when it comes to writing up two patterns, one of which is Kumpel.

Last night my step sister came over for supper and she brought me a gift. A yarny gift. (Aren’t they just the best?) She brought me a skein of 65% Wool, 35% Mohair skein of yarn. 125 yards at a DK weight. The best part of this skein is that it has all of the names of the contributing critters on it; Billy, Luigi, Lois, Molly, Maury, Dora, Madaline, Crystal, and Susan.

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And on a completely random other note, I forgot to post about a yarnbomb I did at an amusement park a while back.

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His name is Willis and he looks like he is up to something. I tied him to a leg of a picnic table where we were eating.

 

Yarn!

I’ve been working with yarn a lot lately. I’ve been spinning and dyeing and, of couse, knitting.

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Here’s my sock yarn after a dyeing it with mint and adding an iron after-mordant. Grey. The book said it would be teal or grey. I was really hoping for teal. Maybe the ph of my water had something to do with it?

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I’ve been working on some mint solar dye. It’s leftovers from before. There hasn’t been much solar action lately, so it’s slow going.

I’ve been spinning more of the Alpaca/Silk. I’m trying to finish up the 2 oz.

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Depending on how much I get, I might be buying more. I really want to knit a shawl out of it. I’ve been surfing around, but I’m not sure if I’ve seen anything I like. I have never knit a shawl before so I don’t know if this is a good project to try to design… Thoughts?

Here’s the first skein after its bath.

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The yarn has fluffed up quite a bit. It has a bit of a halo. I love how soft and fuzzy it is. I don’t think I’ll be dyeing it; I like the colors the way they are.

I’ve been getting some KIP time with the Podster 2.0 gloves. I’m on the cuff of the second.

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The angle of the picture makes the cuff look super long but it is actually about 2 & 1/2 inches. About one inch to go.

New Colorways and a Giveaway

A week or so ago I was asked to do a demonstration on how to dye Kool Aid. I bought a few skeins of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted in the White Frost colorway. This is the same yarn I used to knit the Bunny Hoppers.

I started by making a variegated yarn using Cherry, Fruit Punch, Orange and Lemonade Kool Aid.

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Firefly

Then I dyed one entire skein with a package of Grape Kool Aid.

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(Shady) Grape

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(Sunny) Grape

It was hard to capture the color of this skein. In shade it looks like the first picture; but in the sun it looks like the second.

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See-saw

This is the skein I used for the demonstration. I was rather a disappointment. The Kool Aid simply did not want to go up the yarn. It was well saturated with water. But the color stayed stubbornly at the bottom.

I decided that I really didn’t like the grape yarn the way it was so I decided to experiment. I took one blue tablet for an Easter egg dye kit and soaked the yarn in that. I also added some food coloring because I really wanted to see a change.

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Dark Grape

It didn’t change much but you can see blue streaks here and there. It’s a little darker overall as well.

Now that I have an abundance of Kool Aid dyed yarn I am going to share the wealth. All you have to do is leave a relevant comment on this post by 12:00 noon EST Wednesday June 12 2013. I will then pick someone via the random number generator and they will receive the skein of Dark Grape yarn. Good Luck! If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Summer and a Blanket (What could go wrong?

Summer is here. With its sweltering temperatures and the box fan in my bedroom window running a marathon to cool me down. It makes a rather peculiar clicking sound unless turned up to three. Which it is.

As I pack for our annual Memorial Day camping trip I’m hard-pressed to imagine needing the jeans or sweatshirt I tossed in.

I’m hoping to get some knitting time in on my new S.S.P. (Super secret project) or maybe the Blanket over my extended weekend.

I took the Blanket to work today even though it is getting too big to be a travel wip. I managed to knit up my first border block.

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And I got a square done a while back with the Patons yarn. I just forgot to show you.

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I’ve also been working on the fingers of Podster 2.0 and I am on the pinky.

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Before I head out for work, I have some news. I’m going to be doing a demonstration of how to dye yarn with Koolaid. I can’t promise anything, but depending on the results there might be a giveaway in the near future. So stay tuned.
(By the way: Sorry about the crappy photos. The iPod is hosting this post, my camera is mia. I really need to get more organized.)

Catch Up

This past weekend was a busy one.  Jess and Louis brought Rosie up and Gram and Pop came over and we all had a picnic. Jess and Louis have two little dogs; Sadie, a silkie, and Millie, a cocker spaniel, which meant we say neither hide nor hair of Persephone for two days.

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Rosie has learned to talk quite a bit and was jabbering all the time. Her favorite word is ‘baba’ which means -to her- Grandpa, bathroom and her baby’s bottle. Baba is chinese for ‘father’ and her aunts on her mother’s side use it to refer to their father as Baba, so she now calls both of her grandfathers Baba. She liked playing with her lacing boards.

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While we talked she did her string thing while I did mine.

I finally managed  to carve out some time for the Blanket. I got about four squares done. I tried out the yarn I got from China a few weeks ago.

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I also bought a skein of Patons Kroy Socks.

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It’s 75% wool and 25% nylon. I can’t wait to try it out. I mordanted the cotton/bamboo yarn I’m planning to de with birch bark. I have off Friday so I’m hoping to dye it then.

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Yesterday I picked some violets

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and tried to make dye out of it. I figured it would make purple. I actually got a dark green.

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(Pantyhose is a great strainer for plant material. It’s clean -I promise!)

I loved the color though so I decided to try it anyway. It didn’t absorb any of it, the yarn, a wool I had spun a while ago, wasn’t even tinged green. I’m not sure if I didn’t have enough (Probably) or that it wasn’t mordanted or that violets just don’t make dye. I’ll probably try it again with more and a mordant eventually.

I went to Kmart to pick up some more seeds and ended up with Onion seeds and two easter egg kits that were 90% off (the total for the egg kits was 38 cents). I finally planted the Lavender, Chamomile and Fennel in pots I threw myself.

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I’m working on another project but I’m not sure whether I’m going to submit somewhere so for now it’s a secret.

Due to the wonderfully reliable technology I was unable to participate in the end of Blogging week. So I’ll try to catch you up on what I missed.

Here’s one tool I couldn’t live without; my swift. I actually built it out of Tinker Toys. I wound up the yarn for Podster 2.0 last night and it worked great.

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I one year from now I would like to have ten patterns published. I know that’s quite a lofty goal but, hey I like challenging myself.

Yarn Day

4KCBWDAY5 Something A Bit Different It’s the annual challenge to blog in a way different to how you normally blog. You may choose to create a podcast, or vlog, create a wordless post or write in verse. You’ve already stretched your wings with an infographic, now it’s time to freestyle. You can post on any topic you like, but be sure to post in a style different from your usual blog presentation.

Eskimimi Makes

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Feeling Blue

Today’s assignment is to write about our favorite color for knitted projects. I would have to say my overall favorite color is purple; but when I knit I like to use blues and purple’s equally. People have been telling me that blue brings out my eyes my whole life. I suppose that’s why I’m drawn to blue; it just seems to be a ‘good’ color even if the project isn’t for me. When I use purple it is almost always in a project for me. I just like it. No real reason behind it as far as I can tell. Although purple has blue in it, so maybe that’s why?

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Notice all the blues and purples. Also, the two yarns I ordered from China are blue.

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Not for me, but blue!

 

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Also not for me but it’s blueish

 

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These have blue AND purple.

 

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Rosie’s elephant is blue.

 

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The One Skein Wonder Sweater is also blue.

 

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Finally, Tychus is blue, too.

 

 

Wow, some of these projects are from right when I started this blog. But blue really is a color I’ve been working with a lot. As I was adding the pictures I was surprised by the number of project’s I’ve made with blue in them. It was more than I had originally thought. Even the yarn I ordered for Podsters 2.0 is blue. Actually it’s similar to the shade of blue Rosie’s elephant. I guess I’m just a blue gal. What colors do you like to use?