. . . for God loveth a cheerful giver.

But this I say,
He which soweth sparingly
shall reap also sparingly;
and he which soweth bountifully
shall reap also bountifully.

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Every man according
as he purposeth in his heart,
so let him give;
not grudgingly,
or of necessity:
for God loveth a cheerful giver.

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II Corinthians 9:6-7

knitting · socks

More knitting . . . and still waiting!

I’m still working on mini secret projects over here, and here is another sneak preview:

I also thought I’d share one of my favorite steps in knitting . . . the Kitchener Stitch — the 8-ball way!

When it came time to learn the kitchener stitch, I found it easier to make the stitches very loose. (pretend you don’t see that the yarn used in the pics looks suspiciously like the yarn in one of my mini secret projects!)

Then, I needed something to put in the sock to spread out the work so I could lay the stitches flat (kind of like darning a sock) — well, at the time, the children had this miniature pool table set up in the living room, right near where I was working; the light bulb went off! I took a pool ball from the table, and dropped it into the toe of the sock! (the pool table is long gone, but I still have the 8-ball!)

I begin working from right to left, and with my yarn needle tighten the stitches to match the tension of the surrounding stitches.

I found this to be so helpful — all the stitches are even, none bigger than the other. When I first learned this stitch for joining the toe, I tried just holding the sock flat, and tightening as I went, but it looked horrible — my 8-ball kitchener method was just the trick!

I don’t know if everyone loves this step or hates it (I’m also one of those weird seamstresses who really like putting in zippers!), but I really get satisfaction in hiding this join in plain sight! And the 8-ball makes it super-easy!

Oh, and we are continuing to wait for the postman to deliver our bare dyeing yarn!

~ Not yet, Mommy! ~
~ Not yet, Mommy! ~
hand dyed yarn · knitting

From the dye table . . .

Well, the skein from my last post has finally dried, and you can find VIOLETS listed in my Etsy shop!

~ VIOLETS semi-solid ~
~ superwash merino, fingering weight ~
~ superwash merino, fingering weight ~

And now, I begin the wait! I’ve got 2 orders that I’m waiting on for more bare yarn, and I’m eager to get my hands on it! Right now, I’m finishing up my dyeing for the September Sock Club, and then I’m going to be getting ready for my October Sock Club, as well as dyeing up many more semi-solid skeins — so I’ve got my eye on that mail truck!

We play this game when we’re waiting for the mail truck around here! Out on the rural mail routes, the carriers use pickup trucks, and our box is down the hill at the road. Since we live at the end of a 2-mile dirt road, most likely if we hear a vehicle coming down the road around 10:30am, it’s the mail truck.

~ we're waaaay down at the end! ~
~ We're waaaaay down at the end! ~

So, all the children know, if Mommy is expecting a package, they peer out the window, look through the dense cluster of trees out at the road, and try to see if the truck is stopping at the box, or coming up the driveway. When it comes up the driveway, (maybe something too big for the box?!) this yarn dyer is excited! Of course, I’m sure I’m the only one to play this game! =)

I’m going to lay low for the rest of today to try to shake this 24 hour headache I seem to have — I’ll be back tomorrow with updates on some of my other current knitting projects!

crochet · hand dyed yarn · knitting

Okay, let’s play “project catch-up”!

Whew — would you believe this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down all day?! Okay, well, I did try to sit down two other times to write here — but then it was off here, and off there!

Okay, so let me recap what I’ve been up to craftwise the last few days!

First, the Watercolor Afghan made a little less progress than I’d hoped over the weekend, but Hannah and I are still nipping away at it bit by bit!

~ Watercolor afghan ~

As you can see (hers is on the left), she’s still beating me! Crochet-lightning, that’s Hannah!

Secondly, I’ve begun a mini secret project that I’ll just give a knitting teaser for:

Stay tuned for more on that — they’ll be revealed over the next several weeks!

And finally, the really fun stuff — more hand-dyed yarn!


Yes, this is the best picture that I can give you for now! Did you know that a watched skein of wool yarn simply does not dry?!! I should have it listed in my shop sometime tomorrow!

And now, I’m waiting for a few shipments of bare yarn for dyeing — I’ll have to wait to list more yarn in my shop until the beginning of September, but I’m planning to expand my inventory of yarn to include a wide variety of semi-solid skeins!

Can’t wait! Stay tuned!

hand dyed yarn · knitting · Sock club

Last day to sign up for September 2008 Sock Club

Today is the last day to sign up for our September 2008 Sock Club!

This sock club membership includes:

  • a monthly membership — $25 per month; you may come and go as you please!
  • includes hand-dyed 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon yarn and an original, as yet unpublished, sock pattern.
  • pattern will be in PDF format — if paper copy is needed, you may specify!
  • membership payment due by 25th of previous month; to be delivered by the 5th to 7th of next month
  • finished objects (FOs) photos may be submitted to this blog — we’ll display all our finished projects here!

You can find out about our Sock Club Monthly memberships HERE!

hand dyed yarn · knitting


Fresh from the dye table is a colorful skein of WILDFLOWERS!


I was pleased how this skein turned out — I was hoping for a more predominate green with spots of color here and there, but I can’t complain about the lovely colors!

You can see more photos of the yarn in my Etsy shop!


I will bless the LORD at all times . . .

I will bless the LORD at all times:
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

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My soul shall make her boast in the LORD:
the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

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Oh magnify the LORD with me,
and let us exalt his name together.

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I sought the LORD, and he heard me,
and delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 34:1-4