It's that time of year when it's too damn hot to be outside, so I pack up the essentials and head into the woods. Is it cooler? A little... I just love to get out and explore the wilderness. I have 3 travel goals:
See all of our national parks
See all of Washington's state parks
Hike in all of Washington's wilderness areas
I won't say where I'm at with them so far as it's probably pretty pathetic... I need to get a couple of maps to mark up. Then I can start a game plan for the future!
This weekend Martha and I are off to Barclay and Eagle Lakes (probably). Getting ready...
Clearly I'm not into regular blogging. No matter. Life happens and blogging fits in wherever it does. Robin's step-MIL asked me to make a hat for her granddaughter. I made this hat for R&J's daughter, Charlotte, in the spring and Cindy loved it and was inspired to request more. The one I'm making for Cindy's gd is pretty much nothing like Charlotte's. I hope she anticipated a bit of artistic license. The guidelines I received were "multicolored and pink". This definitely fits :) If she wanted something different, this will go to one of the other adorable baby girls currently making my heart melt!
I never knew baby things would be so rewarding! I knew they were fast, just didn't realize how much fun it is to knit for others.
I'd like to apologize for extreme blog-silence and say I'll do my best to keep on top of this, but I'm not going to commit to something I probably won't do. I will say that I will at least check in more often and show off what I'm up to :) Right now I'm up to gifty things, so can't show it all off... one of my best friends' birthdays is this Tuesday, so I knit something for her and will get it in the mail Monday. Chances are good it will arrive on Tuesday, but Wednesday is ok, too. No pictures until after she gets them! Gifty thing 2 is a baby Viking helmet hat for Baby Lee who is due in just a couple of weeks!!! So far I know Baby Lee will be a girl, so she gets the version called Brunhilde which has wings on the sides and braids... sickeningly cute! The hat part is nearly done, so by the time I hit post on this, you will have a picture of that, braids and wings will come soon. I also plan to make Baby Lee a couple of other things - possibly another hat, Miittens, and if I get really ambitious, I'd like to sew her a little dress, but I'm not sure yet. I have grand ideas of projects, but the amount of time I actually have to make things is rather limited. (which reminds me, I need a benefactor who will fund my current lifestyle without me working) Moving on and speaking of working... my boss turns 40 this week and she is happily celebrating in HI. We are jealous and happy for her and will be hosting a pot luck for her upon her return. A pot luck made up of soft foods so her new old self won't have to chew too much :) I'm planning to make a s'mores cake because you don't have to chew cake too much, it looks amazing in Taste of HOme, and she likes camping! I'm also planning to decorate her office, he he he. I'm sure you know where that is going! Finally, I'm knitting Bubble Socks. And here are the beginnings... super cute pattern, but I'm way off on gauge, so this is round 2. They should go pretty quick since pattern gauge is 9 sts/inch and I'm at 6.5 sts/inch! P.S. Thank you to my Hermit for reminding me that I have a blog...
My hairdresser trimmed my hair the other day and said we should do a trade. She asked for deep purple gloves. I'm interpreting that to mean purple fingerless gloves - she wasn't definitive, so I feel like I have enough artistic license to not produce solid indigo fingering weight gloves. Part of the reason I plan to do fingerless gloves is because I have this great skein of white Cascade Lana D'Oro yarn that's not quite enough yardage for really-o-truly-o gloves. Anyway, it's allowing me to kill 2 birds w/ 1 stone - trade work and stash busting. I dyed it this afternoon using Wilton's icing dye. It took a couple of hours because I seriously underestimated how much dye the whole skein would really take, but in the end I think it has turned out awesome! I'd like to find a smoky stitch pattern so I can really call them "Smoke on the Water Mitts". I'm so creative, I know, besides who doesn't love some classic rock in their knitting? In general today has been super productive! While the yarn was prepping and dyeing I was trimming my quilt pieces that I cut sometime during the last ice age. Now with the whole world warming up I'm finally getting ready to actually assemble this quilt :) I'm about 1/2 way through the process of trimming the previously cut pieces, but considering how long it's been since I've even thought about it, I'm calling that a major success! Now I'm cooking one of my favorite dinners - Chicken Cacciatora. It's been at least 2 years since I've cooked it and now just smelling it is making me smile :D It's one of my very own comfort foods not handed down from my mom. Much as I love things like chicken over rice and beef stroganoff cooked only the way she cooks it, it's really fun getting to have a few of my own. Maybe someday it will be my family's favorite. Man, must I wait this last 15 minutes before it's ready? I am so excited for dinner! In other news, I'm working on Christmas knitting which consists of lots of things that I will put on Ravelry (or are already there). I'm knitting Owls for myself. The body is complete up to putting together w/ the sleeves and the sleeves are almost 1/2 done. I'm worried the sleeves will be too tight, but I'll cross that bridge when I get there.
Today I tried needle felting! I got a kit when I went to NW Needlemarket with the ladies that own Cashmere Cottage Yarn. They asked me to make a sample because I thought we needed the kits. I finally did it and I think they turned out great :) It was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I'm not sure what I was expecting... The directions are really clear. The kits are Woolpets and they come in Chinese food boxes. The kits have enough roving to make at least 2 of the pet in it. All I need are a few inches of pipe cleaners and I can make more of these guys. I'm thinking of using it to make something different, though. We shall see. Now I'm going to try and make chickpea burgers by mixing hummas with rice. Then I will get back to knitting.
How to maximize weaving in ends on a pair of socks in just 6 easy steps: 1. Begin by deciding to make socks with contrast yarn for the heels and toes. (btw, this is a great way to use up that little bit left from your last pair of socks) 2. Start knitting beginning at the toe. 3. Knit a few rows past the heel and admire your handiwork. 4. Decide said handiwork is not at all what you were after. 5. Start over. 6. Knit your pair of socks again using a pattern you like better. By following these steps you will undoubtedly not line up your knitting the same way you did before and have many many more ends to weave in than your every day, one-yarn-throughout pair of socks. However, the final product is totally worth it! Go Cougs!