Month: December 2011

Somewhere over the …..

I know. I’m not a rainbow kind of girl. But I just had to try. And I kinda like it, even if it’s not really me.

So I only have 2 skeins left to dye. I’m hoping to open my Etsy shop in early January. Now, I must get back to the Bella Mittens…only one half a mitten to go!

2 more down, 1 to go

Christmas is right around the corner. I started with a fairly good sized list of presents to knit. As of this morning, I have one more to go.¬† Take a look at the #105 Slouchy 2-Way Cabled Hat. It’s a forgettable name for an unforgettable hat.

It can be worn slouchy, like shown here on my 4 year old (wearing rock star pajamas and playing guitar):

Or it can be worn as a brimmed hat, which is my preferable way of wearing hats:

It was super fast and easy to make. I used size 10 and 1/2 needles as per the instructions, and if I were to make it again, I think I’d use size 10’s. Also, it did not require anything close to the amount of yarn the pattern calls for. I bought 3 skeins, thinking 2 skeins would not be quite enough and I better play it safe, but I actually only used just over one skein. And I have enough yarn left over to make another one, maybe for me!

See how it seems just the tiniest bit too thick…at least it seems that way on me. I will not say who this is for, but I think they’ll like it.

The second finished present is another 2×2 Ribbed For His Pleasure hat. Made for another friend, who will not be named. This is the one I actually dyed all the yarn for. Remember this yarn?

It has magically turned into this hat:

I love it. I know it looks a little pointy at the top, but when you put it on, it smoothes right out.

And last, a picture of my cutie and this year’s tree.

Bella mittens, NOW it’s finally your turn. Yes people, that’s what goes onto the needles tonight. The last present. Can I finish it in time? We’ll see……

Yarn Lab

I don’t even know where to start. It has been a while since I’ve posted, I know. And every time I look at my StatCounter and see that people are looking at the blog, I feel guilty. But since a few weeks ago, life has gotten CRAZY busy.

I work from home, proofreading, and sometimes it’s really slow and I have extra time and that is when I dye yarn, clean the house, knit Christmas presents, type up blog posts….catch up on life. But since before Thanksgiving, work suddenly got busy. And I let my fulltimers have Thanksgiving weekend off. And the work came in fast and furious, but not many proofers were around to deal with it. Including me. Well, we’re dealing with it now. I’ll have worked almost 50 hours this week by the time today is done. My brain is tired.

I haven’t started Christmas shopping….I have a 4 year old who has asked for everything in every commercial he’s seen. (No, he will not be receiving very much of it but I think I should get him a few things ūüėČ I have 3 knitted Christmas gifts to finish, and only 24 days to do it. I have about 10 more skeins of yarn to dye before I can take pictures of it all, and upload it to my new Etsy store, which has nothing in it at the moment.
I need to make my tags, of which I have to show you. Here’s one of the 4 I’ve finished so far:

I’m madly in love with it. My husband designed my logo and I’m making the tags with the rubber stamp he had made of it. Mustard Seed Yarn Lab is being birthed! It’s not here yet, not completely, but I figure it will be by the time December is over…I hope.

And can I just say, Yarn Lab is such an appropriate title. You should see what I’ve got cooking today. It’s very complicated…I don’t even know if I can explain it completely, but what I’ve got going right now, as we speak, is probably best described as a debacle. And the whole experiment, well, I would call that a fiasco.

It started with a grand idea I had to make self striping yarn. I had an idea, a picture of a contraption in my head, and I was determined to try it. But how? Well, let’s start with 5 heavy pint glasses on the floor, now how about a wet skein of undyed yarn…now imagine the wrapping of the yarn around the glasses…carefully…caaaaarefully….and now we’re tangled. Tangled, wet yarn. Now imagine me taking the rest of the day to untangle a skein of yarn that is half hooked up to a contraption on the floor. Picture backache and tears, and a 4 year old accidentally¬†knocking over one of the glasses, inciting a temper tantrun from his mother. At 8:30 at night, said mother was done untangling and wrapping, and decided to tie off the different loops of yarn…only to realize this was never going to work.

That mess of yarn sat on my dining room table for a couple of weeks. Sections tied off, stinking of vinegar,¬†waiting for me to do something with it, even if it meant undoing the whole thing and just plain dyeing it. Now here’s the kicker. After I realized this was obviously NOT the way people make self striping yarn, I thought I’d be sneaky and google “How to¬†dye self striping yarn.”¬† I feel like such an idiot. Why I didn’t think of this in the first place, I have no idea. Oh,…there is a MUCH easier way to do it, and rather than explain it, you can google it for yourself. Sigh…

So. The yarn. I decided for my lunch hour today I would show this crazy looking sectioned off yarn who was boss. After all, miracles happen right? Well,…let’s just say I feel like a mad scientist in my yarn lab.¬† Rather than trying to describe the scene that just took place, just go ahead and picture yards and yards of tangled plastic wrap, drips of acid dye, paper plates, plastic cups, rubber gloves, plastic medicine syringes and a mad dye scientist running back and forth 40 times from the dining room table to the kitchen sink. It was not an ideal situation. But now, now my friends, I have a large pot of steaming yarn hanging out in a colander precariously placed on top of the pot.

I can’t wait to see what becomes of my creation. If it were green, I’d call it Frankenstein.