Thursday, August 28, 2008

I learned to sew!

So, after some practice with scraps, I sat down last night with Gnat (BarknKnit) to sew up a box bag for my Mom's birthday. She was very patient as I had a lot of doubt that I could make it work.

Surprisingly, it turned out good! Here is a picture. The color is bad because I took it on my cell phone. It is bright green, pink and blue flowers with a pink interior.

I think more will be on the way, as I really enjoyed making it!!!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Dyeing Fun

So, yesterday Gnat (BarknKnit) and I spent part of the afternoon dyeing some fiber. We had so much fun. It was a learning experience using different colors, techniques and fibers.

This was my favorite...our kettle dye.

I am still working on the Lady February Sweater. I won't have it finished before my Mom's birthday on Monday. Bummer. I have knit up 4 dishcloths that she asked for, so at least she will have a knitted items for her present. Will have the sweater done in time for xmas. hehehehe

Participating in the Dish Rag Tag and I am last on the list. Also signed up for Hat Attack which starts in September. Should be fun. These ***Should*** be the only swaps I do for the rest of the year. Trying to stay on a yarn budget.

Did finally get my beautiful pink and brown yarn from WA. It is SO pretty...I need to find the perfect project for it now.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Feeling Creative

So, I was feeling creative last night so I decided to dye some yarn. I had 5 skeins of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes and thought I would play around. Here is what I came up with:

Blue -- Creativity stopped before I could come up with cute names

2 packets of berry blue Jell-O, 1 cup vinegar, 5 cups water. Microwaved until water was clear.

I have been wanting pink and brown sock yarn FOREVER. So, thought maybe I could come up with a color option for myself. Not the best picture, the brown is actually more brown than it shows here.

Brown: 1 packet each of orange, grape, black cherry Kool Aid
Pink: half packet of cherry watered down
Microwaved until clear.

The "Italia" as my hubby calls it.

Pink: 1 packet of Strawberry Kiwi and Strawberry Jell-O
Green: 1 packet of lime Jell-O
Yellow: 1 packet of lemon Jell-O
Microwaved until mostly clear

It was fun and I managed to keep most of my kitchen clean and stain free except for a small patch of green on the kitchen rug. Oh well. As this was only the 2nd time I tried to dye, I think I am doing A-Ok.

Creativity stopped before I could come up with cute names, so can you help me name them?

Friday, August 8, 2008

Such a Joiner

So, it has been a month since I blogged. I need to start doing it more often. Thought I would give you a run down of all the things I have JOINED in the last month.

First off, Sean talked me into HAT ATTACK. Not really hard seeing that I LOVE to knit hats.

Second, I had been checking out the Dish Rag Tag since she posted about it, and finally joined earlier this week.

Both races should be fun and not that labor intensive.

Started the Lady February Sweater for my Mom. Hoping to have it done for her birthday (September). I have almost half the body done on it, and still have 3 weeks to go. Trying to get a few repeats a day done. I will keep you posted.