Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Walking Dead!

We had a neighborhood Halloween Party at our house today. 

It was a great day but I am exhausted.  Lots of Harry Potter themed fun - we played Quidditch! - and pretty healthy snacks but I am asleep on my feet now and looking for my pjs.

Since we had to clean out the garage for the party (it was the "Leaky Cauldon" where we served food), I decided to put my old wetsuit out to pasture. 

Too big for me - but maybe someone at a rummage sale will want it. A pair of pants, a set of sheets, a men's polo shirt, a boys teeshirt and a boy's fleece will also be magically whisked off the St. John's Rummage Sale as well. 

The Seventh Item? A duffle bag from the garage but it is getting washed right now. I think they were multiplying out there - you'll see more duffle bags next week!

To keep you in the holiday spirit - some of my favorite "undead" crochet designs come from La Fee Crochette. She is the author of Crobots: 20 Amigurumi Robots to Make which I highly recommend! 

Happy Halloween!

Zombie group
Originally uploaded by la fée crochette

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mmm, yummy.

I'm so glad I went to all the trouble of cooking up some fresh indigo to get . . . 

beige yarn.

Yep, a very non-blue shade of tan.

There was a little tinge of blue on my fresh yarn but it never got any bluer than that. It's nice tan yarn but it is not blue. So far, I'm zero for three on my natural dyeing experiments. 

One thing I've been working on lately is my pair of Hedgerow Socks (but done 2-at-a-time style.) I am getting very tight on my remaining yarn - this is why I should have waited for GFMelissa to return my Toe Up 2-at-a-time book! - so I may have to step out for a ball of similar sock yarn to use on the toes of the socks.

I've mostly been working late at night when I can indulge in some low-brow sci-fi entertainment - watching Battlestar Galactica! How did I let this series get by me? And it's perfect to knit to . . . lots of action and no subtitles.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Grumble, grumble, grumble

You know that commercial where the "older" woman is asking, "Where are my keys?" Mine would go, "Where is my button?" Last Sunday I bought a lovely handmade button to complete my Mr. Greenjeans sweater - and promptly lost it!

For one whole week, I've been putting off my blog posting because I wanted to finish the sweater. On Monday, I made a skirt. Should I blog? No, I'll wait for that sweater to be finished. By Wednesday, I've begun turning the heel on the Hedgerow Socks. Should I blog? No, I'll wait for that sweater. Today, I've been harvesting indigo and getting ready to dye yarn (Remember that lovely Bellingen yarn I won in the Vestuary contest?) - well, heck. I still can't find that button!

So - here it goes.

Skirt -

Crappy photo but a cute skirt from Sew What Skirts. I love this book - it's very simple sewing but fun.

This one is called East meets West - I used a imported Japanese cotton for the main body and an all-american calico for the bottom portion.

Hedgerow Socks - 

I forgot to take a photo but I got a complement on them at the Minnesota Knitters' Guild meeting!

Dyeing -

Stripping indigo leaves takes much, much longer than you would think. Tomorrow, I'm doing the actual dyeing using the instructions from here.

Sweater -

Finished but waiting for a button. Grumble, grumble, grumble . . . 

Saturday Seven?

Three pairs of shorts, a pair of pajamas, man's denim shirt, a rug and a pair of hockey skates. And they are already out of there but its very hard to make rooms for skates in my laundry room. Grumble.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Why isn't it Saturday?

I ran my blog through Wordle and this is what came up. I was really hoping the words "Finished Projects" would come up more often than "pirate" or "sale." As it is, I'm still working on the Mr. GreenJeans Sweater. 
I have achieved button band status and have even bought a button - but I decided to reknit one of the sleeves. 
The one I did with a broken hand did not match the one I did after the hand healed. I'm hoping to finish the cuff later today. And just in time to enjoy some of this fabulous fall weather we are having in Minnesota!
By the way, my Saturday Seven already left the house (ie. before Mr. Daisy could ask about them.) 

Six plant pots and one cooler. We are a house of many coolers and since I think we stole borrowed this one from a family member many years ago, I feel justified in passing it on to someone else.

 On to the cuff making!

Saturday, October 02, 2010

My good left arm

For some reason, the left arm of this sweater looks huge! But it's not. I have only two words for you right now: button bands. I need 'em.

As for the Saturday Seven - I hope you stopped by the St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church Huge Sale today! - because this week's collection already left.

Sandals, tee shirts, sweaters and a "Pirate" themed felt board set. Out!

As for that Big Sale - the Big Bag Sale is Monday, October 4th at 9 a.m. Tons of good stuff still available!

Back to that button band . . .