Sunday, February 8


I had my first dyeing sucess this weekend with kool-aid. It turned out so much prettier and nicer than the last time tried to dye wool. I had a rather ugly skein of yarn that I overdyed with 2 packets of cherry kool-aid and it is really pretty now. I also overdyed 6 skeins of orange o-wool Balance with 15 packets of orange kool-aid and 2 packets of cherry. Lovely. Hopefully I can get the photos of them up when I get home tonight. I re-cast on for my Susie's reading mitts last night. I am using some left over knitpicks DK wool. They look kind of garish - but I know a friend that will LOVE them so she will be getting them for her birthday.

I have the picot edge done on one of them. I even put the seam together because I am horrible about seams and ends. Photos to hopefully come later.

Saturday, February 7

Goldilocks and the three mitts?

It seems that my vision is off. I worked on the bird and vine mitts for my sister and lo and behold - they are entirely too small for her to put on - good thing I am only into the first half of the first mitt. I also worked on a 2nd pair of mitts Susie's Reading Mitts - and they are entirely too big. So I am ripping both out and hoping that my new cast on will be the right fit...

Friday, February 6

slipper sensation

I am working on some felted slippers for my sister for her birthday present in December - yes - that was last December if you MUST know... And the pattern is leaving me utterly confused. I am thinking I might just have to scrap it and go back to my original plan of making her some felted clogs. They will be equally loved I am sure. Both patterns are from Fiber Trends. The one I am having trouble with is the pattern for the ballet slippers. I have tried three or four times and it just looks so wonky. So I am going to work on the felted clogs. Although - my last endeavor with them ended up being to small for Matthew and Austin... (speaking of which I need to get those out to someone...)

I am going to try to work on some Christmas gifts this year. I have a few great ideas planned but it is hard to see them come to fruition (sp!).

I am going to be working on a few very exciting but topsecret gifts this year... maybe I will take small and cryptic shots of case anyone reads this.

Thursday, February 5

Rock n Roll

So I have fallen in love with these stones. I think they are truly lovely. I am forcing myself to wait to craft them until after the house move. I am going to make a set for my best gal pal Crystal for Christmas this year. I was thinking about doing a set that said peace, love, family, friendship and hope and karma. Crystal is a very big beleiver in Karma so I think she would really appreciate them.

I also have an idea pending for a necklace for her based on one that I saw at Kohl's but figured I could do a much better job than a storebought one!

Sunday, February 1

okay - new year - new blog

I have decided that this year I am going to actually make an effort to blog. I miss doing it - even it is just for me. Ravelry seems to be taking up a lot of my knitting time. But this year I have a goal of having a handmade holiday and I really want to work on making as much stuff as I can this year. I know that it will not be easy but I will try - so this is going to be dedicated to all things crafty from now on and not just knitting... more to come.