Sunday, August 30, 2009

10 of My Favorite Things (In No Particular Order)

1. Family
2. Friends
3. Gypsy
4. Knitting - especially with Knit Picks needles
5. Spinning on my wheel
6. Golfing - even if I now fully appreciate Mark Twain's golf quote
7. Book, books, and more books
8. Technology - which would also make my list of ten things that I don't like
9. Weekends
10. Autumn and winter

What are some of your favorite things?

Monday, August 17, 2009

As Promised

As promised in my last post... The felted clogs I've been working on. The pattern is the Fiber Trends Felted Clogs, the yarn is Patons Classic Wool. Though it doesn't show well in these pictures, the pink and gray are lovely heathered colors.

And now, the before and afters:

These are my slippers before:

And after:

Jordan's before:

And after:

After they were knitted, Jordan's were about 18" long, and mine were about 16".

Afterward they were about 12 1/2" and 10 1/2" respectively.

They are so comfortable and cozy, and they really keep feet warm. Sadly, that makes them almost impossible to wear during the summer, but they're surely a wonderful winter treat.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


A new month has arrived, and I have nothing to say really.

Last Saturday, the Knitwits met at my LYS, which, though small, was very accommodating and has some Really Lovely Yarns. I picked up 2 balls of Noro Silk Garden in colorway 84, and 3 hanks of King Tut cotton in 329. I don't currently have plans for either beyond a swatch of the Noro, but they were too beautiful not to buy.

I've finished knitting up a new pair of felted clogs for J. He went through his last pair so quickly that I've had to let him know that this pair has to last for a while or he must learn to knit. I've also started, and am half finished, knitting another pair for myself. Mine are starting to get a bit ragged and worn through on the bottom, so it's time. I figure that I'll just felt them at the same time when I've finished knitting mine. Pictures of before and after next time.

I had been spinning up the most beautiful bombyx silk, but my dog got ahold of the roving, and, though I saved it, I just haven't had the desire to finish it. I'm sure I will though, as I've plans to turn it into a swallowtail shawl, and am eagerly anticipating the knitting.