Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Clearing the Crafts

I have been looking and looking at new things to start, but startitus has the best of me. What does one do with startius, well, finish what one has and then panic like the dickens because what's next can't be decided. Hmmm...

Cabin socks

Here's the socks that I took on vacation at my favorite river resort. Noro is fun to knit with. The socks are a lot softer now that there has been a christening of water and Eculan. I should have went through with my experiment. My hypothesis was if I knit one top down and the other toe-up would they match? I chickened out, so they are both toe-up, however, I believe it might have worked. Maybe next pair.

1st scarf

I bought a loom a few months ago when the bug bit me. Fabric bugs are the worst! This is my first scarf all myself. It's tiny, but it will have a home with DD best friend's little girl. Tiny fits a not even one year old.

Golden Autumn 2

I love cables a ton. This is a pretty little hat that my friend, Kara, tested knit.I fell in love with the pattern and just had to knit it. The pattern is Golden Autumn. Can you tell I'm a little tired? Yeah beginning of the school gets me every time.

Retreat

Last but not least, some spinning. This really pretty. Lots of greeny-blues, beiges, whites, and a hint here and there of brown. Should be pretty knit up. Maybe some gloves for the upcoming season.

I have a few ideas in mind for what is next up, but Sunday I quickly grabbed some Noro and started another hat. I know boring, but good knitting for watching True Blood.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Back to the Grind

First week of students completed. Overall the school year is off to a good start. I like to be busy and the busier I am the happier I am. Hmm.... yeah I do love the break in the summer, but going back gives me a new purpose and changes my outlook on life. The days flew by. I swear every year just goes faster. My day starts earlier this year as well. I am trying to eat before I go to work, so I eat more than just a granola bar. To tell the truth, I just decided that a bar that I am trying to chow down just isn't the same as a bowl of oats. I love oatmeal, and feel like I am eating better if I sit down and eat. If I have everything ready the night before, I can sleep until 5:25 and be out of the house by 6:20. This is the very minimum amount of time I can actually get everything done to be at work by 6:45ish. Kids are in the classroom door at 7:05, so there is very little time to get things together. Believe me it's early. So far okay though. My goal is to make every effort to have my plans done a week ahead, if I don't then I really have no time at night. This would be bad because I need some down time or I get a little cranky.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Pioneer

"Pioneer 1" Pioneer 2


I finally finished it. I love how it looks. The colors are wonderful and the fabric has a nice drape to it. I ended up knitting most of it on US5's. Spun up to a sport-weight. I used approximately 900-1000 yards.

Oh and thanks to Kara, my photo expert! Not only did Kara take the pics, but she also told me how to work the new flicker page. Thanks Kara!!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

cherry


cherry
Originally uploaded by knittingkim

Dyed with Jacard dye. This is more of a deeper red than the pinky color that it shows. All teased and fluffy.

Cormo


Cormo
Originally uploaded by knittingkim
Just needs the locks separated.

Fleece-a-thon

Okay, time to work on my organizational skills. Fleece, yeah, I know it's my downfall. Truly I love taking a fleece and turning it into something wearable. Some of my Rav friends and I are having a fleece-a-thon. What it is, is scouring and preparing a fleece or said number of fleeces to be prepared for spinning. Fortunately my rabbit hole is mole size. I have 3. Some of my friend have upwards to about 14 fleeces. Holy shit! There is no way I want that many dirty fleeces anywhere near my house more or less near my stash. Dirty fleece equals fiber eating moths. Ahem, off the soap box. Anyway... I have 3 as I said, a pound of clean fleece that needed dyeing, teasing, and carding. I nearly finished. I only have drum carding to do which can wait. 4 pounds of semi clean white cormo. I bought this fleece a year ago. Scoured it, but it still had some tips that were nearly black compared to the bright white. Scoured some more on Sunday. Half of it is still not dry. Geesh! This one is going to be spun from the lock because Cormo is very fine like merino and tends to nap up on a carder, so I need to separate the locks and this one will be done. That leaves the 5 pounds of merino I bought in Illinois this spring. This baby is a monster. After I get it scoured, I can decide on what to do with it from there. Its a pretty fleece with colors ranging from light to dark chocolate brown. Hopefully next weekend I can start on that one. I just want to get them all clean for now. Here are some pictures of Moroot and Cormo. I'll be set for a while as long as I don't attend any more fiber shows. Yeah right.