Friday, October 15, 2010

Sock knitting in progress




The sock project is coming along. This is the Embossed Leaves pattern from Interweave. I am using Zitron Zauberball yarn and two circular needles to create these socks. One thing I have discovered is that this yarn kind of "sticks" together when worked and if is necessary to rip anything out, it becomes a bit tricky. Other than that, I have enjoyed working with this yarn. This pattern is one of my favorites and is one lace pattern that is easy to remember in terms of the repeats. Can't wait to finish this pair. My new felted slippers are in the background. They are so comfortable and cosy.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Knitting and crocheting again!





Here in Southern California, our weather has been fluctuating between super hot and rainy, chilly and windy! What an adventure! Since my Humpty Dumpty incident, I have been a bit sore especially my right hand. Gradually, things have been improving and I am no covered with Technicolor bruises. This new found sense of well being has rekindled my need to knit and crochet. A freeform sweater that has been languishing in a bag unfinished is now being worked on again and actually looking pretty good, if I do say so myself. Right now, I am finishing off the yoke of the sweater and assembling the body and inserting the sleeves. So far so good. Then, the finishing touches will be added and FINALLY it will be done! Hurrah!

Additionally, I have started another pair of embossed leaf socks. It seems that everytime I make a pair they end up with someone else. This time, I am determined to have a pair of my very own. Hoping that I am strong minded enough to keep them! I am a push over when it comes to giving things away.

Still spinning too and have created some lovely new yarns which I have posted on my Flickr page (janrocrochet.) There is just something alluring about wool fleeces and the whole process of preparing for spinning that I really love. Last week, my friend Jamie and I introduced two new spinners to wheel spinning and they are now hooked on it too. Love it when someone is drawn in by the joy of spinning!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Humpty Dumpty




Once again, my adventures have been a bit curtailed. This time, I took a tumble and ended up with technicolor bruises all over! Not being known for my grace, I slipped and went down following a pedicure (my feet were slippery afterwards.) Getting up was a challenge and required my husband's help. Everytime, I tried to stand up, down I went again but I did have cute pink toes! Finally, I made it and promptly went to bed for the rest of the day! Over the next few days, I began aching in places I didn't know I had!

The one thing I could do a bit of was spinning and thus I would sit up for a while and create some yarn. One of the bright spots was the afternoon when Michael Pauly came over with the new version of the SpinOlution Hopper in tow! I immediately took to this new wheel and promptly ordered one of my very own! Hopefully, I will get it this week - just can't wait!

Now I am up and doing well, I actually cooked dinner the other night for Louie and made him some brownies with walnuts and chocolate chips! He is still in shock but loved it!

Last night we had quite a thunder and lightening display out here with heavy rain. It was pretty spectacular. Today, the sun is out and the air is clear. Wonderful!