Sunday, January 25, 2009

Weekend Update

Still no snow here, but it is cold, so I am hopeful still. This weekend I attended a creative writing workshop by a local author Joe Jackson . I have always wanted to try one and see what they were like. It was really good. The teacher very entertaining and knowledgable. I am going to go to the follow up workshop next weekend as well. They are held at our local library and free, so it is very hard to resist.

Today, feeling creative on many levels, I am baking loaves of bread for the week, sweet bread and white bread. I finished a pair of socks and wrist warmers. And I have found another project to start. It is called Rosy Barn Jacket from the September 2006 issue of Creative Knitting. It meets all my criteria, not too complicated, and I have the yarn for it in my stash. It will be a Christmas gift for Christmas 2009. I can not of course say for whom, they might read it here and the surprise will be ruined.

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Also let me add that after several pairs of socks I can saw with some authority how much I dislike the kitchner stitch, I have used it on my last pair of socks! UG!


Abby over at Baa Baa Blacksheep isn't feeling well, so Rosie is sending her some healing drool. It doesn't look like it, but Rosie does her best healing drool when asleep.

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I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and having a restful Sunday, especially if you are like me and have to start the work week over again tomorrow.

Cheers!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Another pair of socks

As promised I have a picture of the second pair of hiking socks. These were made for hubby who is a reluctant model so I had to use the sock blockers.
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And have cast on a pair for a friend, she lives in the north east and I know she is very cold this week so I decided on some warm spring colors to keep her little feets warm.
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The colorway is called watercolors. And I am using a 1x1 ribbing on the cuff and then decorative ribbing on the leg.

They are knitting up very quickly and I should have then done in a few days.

We have no snow yet today but the weather people keep saying there is a good chance we will get some tonight. Oh one can only hope.

Stay warm everyone!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Re-arranging it all

Brrrr....it has been very cold here by our standards this week, highs in the 20s, lows in the teens. We have had snow flurries twice but they were only just that. This afternoon, it warmed up to 38 and rained naturally. We have a three day weekend this week and I am hoping that the snow flurries come back Monday night and bring friends. I would love nothing more than to not have to go back to work on Tuesday. This weekend has been so productive I hate for it to end.
We have decided we will not be moving anytime soon, so time to do some things around here. Today we started by re-arranging some rooms. The den is quite large for just two people to watch tv in. The dining room is really not laid out very well, if you put a table in it to accommodate guests it has to sit in the very middle of the room. The problem there is the room has three doors so you are constantly having to walk around the table and it is more often than not in the way. So..... We made the dining room the TV room, the den will be a game room/library with a table or bar of some kind. So we moved bookcases and the sofa and chairs and tables and rugs and more tables. But it is nice an cozy now and we have more natural light in the "new" den for reading and knitting. The old den had no windows and only a sliding door so very little natural light.
So very happy about the new changes. I even re-arranged the HAM shack to make it neater and more organized and easier to use the radio and the computer when DXing.

In knitting news, I should have another pair of socks completed by tomorrow. And as soon as the batteries charge up on the camera I can show you a picture. I do have a picture for you today though. It is of a sock I finished around Christmas time. I call it the Santa's helper sock. They are nice and toasty warm this weekend with all this cold air.
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And the girls love the cold weather and snow, well Molly does anyway, Rosie will not leave the comfort of a soft, warm squishy place to snuggle. So here are a few pics of the last time they got to play in it.

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I know that is not very exciting for some of you further north and in the mid-west but that was our big snow last year. It has been about four years since we have had anything of consequence around here. I'm hoping this year will be different.

Well, until tomorrow...happy knitting, spinning, weaving, reading etc.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

So Much Fun!

Dear Reader,

I apologize for the lack of posts last week, but the wait will be worth it I promise. It has been very exciting since my last post. It was sad to see the holidays leave us, it seems as if they were too short and passed by too quickly. But, now that the decoractions and gifts are put away, I have a nice little home in my craft room for the loom.

Front view:
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I haven't warped it yet, but I plan to perhaps tomorrow! So exciting I can't wait.

I also finished my first commissioned work. A gentleman at work admired my knitted socks one day when I was showing them off by wearing clogs. He asked it I could make some thick ones that would come up above the top of his hunting boots. I said sure. I selected a variety of yarns for him to choose from and he went with a romney wool, from a friend of mine's sheep, that she sheared and spun herself. I offered to dye the yarn for him, but he preferred them in their natural white. I delivered them to him last week and he is thrilled. In my excitment of getting them done and having him try them on to make sure they fit I forgot to take pictures! I used EZ's instructions for knee high socks, the pattern was simple ribbing top with the rest being stockinette stitch. I also like to use the Eye of Partidge for the heel.

I also found online a very nice local farm that raises Southdown Babydolls and Cashmere goats. I ordered 5 lbs of the dark and 5 lbs of the white babydoll roving and it came on Monday. I guess you really don't appreciate how much 5 lbs of roving is until you see it sitting in your livingroom.

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Here is a close up of the yummy fibery goodness!

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I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to start spinning this up!

I ordered it from Silver Branch Farm If you need roving this is the place, Lisa is very very nice and so accomodating. They are only a couple hours away but because of the holidays and schedules I just couldn't drive up there as much as I would have liked to. She has 5 lbs of the dark left and if anyone is interested in more or in the white just let her know. Because that will give her an indication of how much she needs to have processed into roving. She also has a few of her precious sheep and goats for sale if you are looking to add some yarn on the hoof to your home.

I highly recommend them. I had heard from some people that the babydolls roving was more difficult to spin. Lisa sent me samples of the white and the dark and a friend of mine and I did a test spin and had no complaints what-so-ever.

And even more exciting if you can believe there is anything more exciting than roving and a new loom! I recently was able to get back in touch with a dear dear cousin of mine. We lost touch several years ago and she lives in the mid-west, and I am on the east coast, but we found each other again and had the best time talking on the phone. It was really like we had never lost touch, except we had a little catching up to do. I was so happy to hear her voice again.

I hope that everyone is having an equally great start to the new year!

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

De-Stashing

As part of my New Year, I am organizing my craft room, this is no small undertaking I can assure you.

My cross-stitching pattern stash is completely out of control. So I am offering them here for the cost of shipping.

I have several back issues of Just Cross Stitch, The Stitcher, Stoney Creek, Cross Country Stitching and a few others dating from 1991-2001, all pictured below.

I also have a variety of patterns to offer.

Again, they are all available for the cost of shipping it to you.

If you see anything you are interested in and would like more details or have any questions please email me at millyATstitchesandstoriesDotcom

First the magazines:

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Now the patterns:
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And I have one kit, it has never been opened, the DMC thread, pattern and aida cloth are all inside.

For this one I'm asking $5 plus shipping.
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Please email me if you have any questions: milly@stitchesandstoreies.com

Happy Stitching!