Friday, March 18, 2011

Gotta Love Those Cochineal Bugs!

Several ladies from the Red River Fiber Arts came out to my house today and we played around with a couple of dye pots. The tea dyed yarn is lovely, but the cochineal is breathtaking! Without mordant! I will post more photos when the rest of the yarn has been washed. I finished up with a soak in Eucalan.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Toe Up Sock Design

I have been reading Wendy Johnson's Socks From the Toe Up and using Judy's Magic Loop cast on I started my first toe up sock last night. As luck would have it, 64 sts on size 0/2mm needles with Sockotta sock yarn gives me 8 spi and a perfect fit for my skinny, size 9 feet.

I need a narrow tapering toe so I cast on 16 sts, 8 for the top and 8 for the bottom, and when I increased to the required 64 sts I switched to dp's since that is my favorite method of knitting socks. By increasing one stitch on the top of the sock I was able to have enough sts to do the Lace Rib from A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker, with 5 repeats across the top of the sock. Now...on to the gusset!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Saving a Red Oak Tree

In 2002, my husband's father died and he had 3 seedling oak trees that had not been planted. So, my husband and his two sisters decided to plant them in his memory.

Last year, we noticed that the oak tree was too close to the lateral lines and decided to move it while it was still relatively small: 9 ft tall and 2" diameter at the base. Today, Marvin Odom came out with a helper and dug the tree up by hand, transplanted it to a new location with plenty of room to grow.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Brioche Hat Finished

This is truly a one size fits all. It fits my 22 1/2" head as well as my husband's 24 1/4" head. I cast on 60 sts with worsted yarn on a size 8 circular 16" needle and knit for 10" in circular brioche st. Directions can be found here: Circular Prime Rib Patterns. My gauge was approximately 3 spi. I ended with two decreasing rounds. 1st dec round: sl 2, p1, psso. 2nd dec round: sl 1, k1, psso. Cut thread leaving enough yarn to thread through the remaining stitches and close the opening.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Brioche Scarf and Hat

Brioche is a good stitch for a scarf and works up nicely in a variegated yarn. It is also possible to do this stitch in the round for a hat. I found directions here: Circular Prime Rib Patterns.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Late Baby Blanket

I don't believe I have EVER taken this long to knit a baby blanket! Fingering yarn and size 5 needles and SOLID garter stitch....sigh. I have calculated how many stitches there are in this thing so far, 52,480, and  still have 3 strips to knit on it which will be 73,800 stitches.

Getting Organized

It never fails: I go to my LYS for knitting needles and think I know what I need and end up duplicating something I already have. So....I spent the evening cataloging my knitting needles and creating a spread sheet for all my double pointed bamboo needles, addi turbo and addi turbo lace circular needles.

Now I have a couple of index cards with the info on them to keep in my wallet and I know what I don't have for a visit to the Woolie Ewe tomorrow with some of the ladies from Red River Fiber Arts in Sherman. I love playing chauffeur for my friends, especially when it is for a trip to the yarn shop.

I also re-bagged all my circular needles in ziplock plastic bags and labeled them with the needle size. I still need a better way to store my double pointed needles and not have to hunt to find 5 of the same size. They are currently in a jar on my desk....still working on that idea.

The addi lace needles are hanging where I can get to them easily and the others are in the top drawer of my wicker end table.