Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Warm Fuzzy For The Day

Yes, I've been knitting.
"Knitting what?" you ask.
Socks, socks, socks!

I decided that my "Ben and Jerry socks" (posted about them previously) were a little too wide for me but they will fit my 18 year old son.  I am finally working on the toe decreases. Let me tell you, making socks to fit a male with size 12 shoes is quite a commitment!  I am going to figure out how many stitches are in these socks.  You will be astounded. I'll post about them soon.

I've also been sewing lots and lots of pillows. My Etsy sales were light and steady in January through May (not complaining... I was pretty burned out after the Christmas rush!), but my sales have doubled in June and July. Who knew? Maybe folks like to have dog bone shaped neck pillows in the summer when they take road trips or going camping? 

I am always tickled when an Etsy buyer takes the time to write to me to tell me how much they like the pillow they received.  I loved this message so much I decided to share it.

The other day... a lady from Canada wrote to say: 


I just wanted to drop you a line and say THANK YOU. I purchased this item a while back when I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and was facing thyroid surgery. I finally had the surgery last week and this pillow was a saving grace!!! It's perfect and comfortable and since I couldn't move my neck from side to side those first few days, it kept my neck stationary without hurting my ears like the U-shaped airline pillows. Also, the handle helped because I can't sit up quite on my own, so I grab the handle and use it to force my head and body upward. It's been a great help. 

Just so you know-- the Thyroid Cancer Society of Canada actually tells its patients to purchase a "dog bone neck pillow" for surgery and recovery. Since I couldn't find it anywhere in stores, it led me to your shop. I think you should definitely include this in your information! If you'd like I can email you the page from the book that recommends the dog bone pillow.

Again, THANK YOU so much for making this. It was so worth every penny I spent on it.


A very nice warm fuzzy for my day!

Friday, July 24, 2015

What Do Ewe Think?

I recently finished up a sewing project for Pam.  She is my step-mother-in-law. She just bought a sheep named Destiny. Destiny will be in the Wisconsin State Fair soon and Pam wanted me to make six double-sided fabric panels for Destiny's pen at the fair. The panels are six feet wide and 15 inches long. 

Above: a finished panel. 

Above:  you can see there is a channel or casing where a wire can be inserted for hanging the panel. 

Super cute fabric right?

I used some blue painter's tape which is not too sticky to mark one inch and two inch intervals so I could stitch the casings. 

I used my Baby Lock machine "Molly" for this project and it worked great.  

This project was challenging for me just because of the volume of fabric and the size of the panels.  Pam sent 12 yards of fabric. The six foot panels were wider than my work table, too. 

I have some leftover scraps and I am looking forward to making something else with this fabric. Pam found this fabric on www.fabric.com. I think the fabric is called "Do Ewe Knit?"

Friday, June 19, 2015

My Socks are Famous!

Something kind of cool happened this week. My socks were featured in an article on Ravelry.  You have to log in to Ravely to see the article as it is, but I was able to sort of "cut & paste" the article here into my blog.  The article appeared on June 16, 2015, and, as a result, my socks are getting lots of views and I am getting a lot of nice comments about my socks.  Last I checked, the socks have been viewed at least 850 times.  Crazy, right?  Here's what the article sort of looks like.

Community Eye Candy: Poolside

Pooling – when the colors in a multicolored ball of yarn group together – can be the bane of a crafter’s existence. You may find yourself trying countless gauges or patterns to break up the colors more evenly. But sometimes, by accident or as the result of a lot of math, pooling can have amazing results. Today we’re hanging “pool”side and checking out some great recent projects that involve pooling.

Sometimes pooling can create bright, unexpected patterns! From left to right: kimfluck’s Saint Valentine Socks, And3UglyOnes’ Socks chvv7, ckkeepstricken’s It had to be Franz! & now Pfau for the neighbor, and VictorianStudio’s Rainbow “Snake” Scarf.

I loved the shared geometric pooling in all these projects! From left to right: Klar651’s RED CARPET, sternchen11’s Ein Wal in Pool, QuietDissident’s Purple makes even washing dishes better, and pixieface’s Scream Queen.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Red Sky Socks

I just finished up my Red Sky socks. 

This yarn is "Diversity" from the Plymouth Yarn Company, Inc., and they call this color way "Red Sky." 

When I was first making these socks, the shades of pink, red, and purple had me thinking of Valentine's Day. 

But by the time I was finishing up these socks, I was thinking of the old adage that goes like this:

Red sky at night, sailor's delight.
Red sky in morning, sailor's warning.

Next think I knew, I was talking like a pirate.

Shiver me timbers!
Walk that plank!
Ahoy, Matey!
Thar she blows!
Yo Ho Ho... and a bottle of rum!

Did I tell you before my mind wanders too much when I knit socks?!

I am pretty happy with the fit of these socks.  The manner in which the yarn pooled is pretty awesome.  It also kind of reminds me of tie dye.

I cast on another pair of socks just as soon as I finished these socks.  I'll share more about the latest socks sometime very soon. 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Sock Update

A little update in my world of sock knitting.  My red socks are coming along nicely. 

At the knit shop, I found two new color ways in the Diversity yarn. I bought the one on the left. 

My sock buddy Belinda and I are gearing up for our knit along (above). We both did gauge swatches in the stitch pattern called for. The pattern is called Aquaphobia. I am going to finish up my red socks before I cast on the new socks. 

Lots of knitting going on but I am trying to balance it all with great walks near our home. 

We've had an amazingly rainy spring. Waterfalls in places I've never seen waterfalls. 

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Great spot to knit

I mowed the lawn on Saturday. It was hot so I decided to sit on the patio to cool off a bit. It was so pretty out I went inside to grab my knitting. 

Best spot to knit in Southern Colorado!

Happy knitting!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Top-Down Magic Loop Socks Revisited

I am giving this technique a second try.

I am convinced my mind wanders too much when I knit socks. This yarn is a Wisdom Yarns Marathon Sock yarn and the color way is "Seattle." They have lots of color ways named after big cities.  I know I have more of this yarn; I think the other one I have is "Boston."

Want to see what I see in this yarn as my mind wanders?

Do you see it too!?

I am calling these my "Ben and Jerry's" socks. Fun!