May 2009


Not much time for blogging today — we spent about 5 hours in town today
trying
to give away some of our baby kittens . . .

new kittens

This picture is when they were a few days old,
but now they’re weaned and ready for a new home!

Everyone must be at the lake, or celebrating graduation this weekend,
because we came home with only one less kitten —
sigh, maybe next weekend!
(anybody want a kitten?)

NOW . . .

just had to share some new knitting books I’ve found recently!

new knitting books

The toe-up sock book is one I’ve been wanting for some time,
and between the two other books, I now have access to over
300 more knitting stitches!  I’ve been just pouring over these books!

The only one I’m waiting for is “Sock Innovation” by Cookie A.

Just . . . can’t . . . wait . . . !

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Just a reminder that I have this book for sale on Ebay!

confessions of a knitting heretic 1“Confessions of a Knitting Heretic” — EBAY LISTING

The listing ends tomorrow around 1:52 pm CST.

Anyone who is a Combination knitter, or
a Continental knitter who struggles with the purl stitch,
this book will help you tremendously!

I’ve finished with it, and wanted to pass it along to help someone else!

I wanted to share with you the beautiful socks knitted by Bonnie
(aka GrizzlyGirl on Ravelry)!

Boyenberry yarn socks customer pic 1

She has called them “Boysenberry Mad Color Weave”,
and they were made using my Boysenberry sock yarn.

Boyenberry yarn socks customer pic 3

Bonnie has chosen the perfect pattern for this variegated yarn —
“Mad Color Weave” by Tina Lorin!

Boyenberry yarn socks customer pic 2

Lovely stitching, Bonnie!

Bonnie has many other beautiful knitting projects —
you can see them on her Ravelry project page,
and lots more gorgeous photos in her Flikr album,
devoted to knitting pics!

Thank you, Bonnie, for sharing your work!

. . . and began again!  This time, I think I got more of what I’m looking for!

I wanted to do a series of large X’s and small O’s — you know, for kisses and hugs!
But in yesterday’s version, everything was just so close together,
you couldn’t really make them all out!

Sock problem

Plus, the cuff “k1, p1” repeats just made the knit stitches too loose.
Since I was so far into the sock before I noticed all these things,
I just thought, “okay, I’ll keep going anyway.”
Fortunately (yes, fortunately), I ran into another problem.

They were way too big!

So I was forced to begin again — no way around it.  Which, as I said,
is a good thing, because now I’m able to incorporate the changes
I was too lazy to make when I should have.

Here’s a “Jewell’s Handmades blog-reader’s exclusive” of the progress so far!

xo socks

Believe it or not, I did not change that much — I just added a few knit rows
between each X, increased the purl stitches between motif rows from one to two,
and changed the K1 in the cuff to “K1 tbl”.  But what a dramatic difference!

This is much closer to what I had in mind for this sock,
so I’m very pleased, and motivated to finish it soon!

I’ll keep you guessing on the name of this sock, and I’ll the pattern here,
in my Etsy shop, and on Ravelry as soon as it’s finished!

One thing I neglected to show in my last entry
is how my newest knitting project is going!

Sock problem

Well, not so good.

As you can see by the knitting needles having been
removed from the work, I’m having to begin again.

The sock is just a little bit too big,
so I’m going to have to play around with it a little bit.

There was one other change that I had wanted to make,
but didn’t really want to tear back just for that —
now that I’m forced to start over, I can do it right!

I’ll be sure to post a pic of the finished pattern!

There have been lots of things going on since my last post —
so I’ll just list the highlights!

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LOTS OF RAIN

We’ve received a lot of rain in the last month or two,
and every time we wanted to go out to tame the jungle of
tall grass and weeds on our land, it would rain some more!

But we were finally able to beat it back into submission —
with the help of Daddy, Mommy, and every one of the children,
including the 4-year-old!

Daniel and Mommy mowing

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BREAD MAKING

We have made our own homemade whole wheat bread for quite some time.
The other day I was going into the grocery store, when one of the employees
asked if I made homemade bread to sell.  I told her I don’t usually do that,
but I’d be willing to make her some bread every week.

The first loaf got raving reviews, so she has requested two loaves a week —
one all-white, one half white/half wheat.

Since I don’t usually make all-white bread, I spent this afternoon
making an experimental loaf just to make sure I’ve got it right
before I make her loaves on Wednesday!

white bread loaf

Turned out yummy!

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NEW THINGS

I’ve been having a lot of fun with our new (to us) flat top stove!
I thoroughly enjoy not having to clean up spills beneath the coils of our old stove —
since only two of the four old coils worked faithfully anyway, this is a real treat!
(the oven clock does work — we’re just timing bread!)

new stove

We also have a new kitten in the house!  Our outside mommy kitty had a
litter of six kittens, so Hannah got to pick her favorite to bring in,
and hopefully we’ll be able to give the other five away!
Considering we live in the country where everyone needs a
barn cat, that shouldn’t be too difficult!

This is Graycie!

Graycie

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NEW LISTING

I’ve just finished another knitted sock pattern — I’ve called it . . .

Rings of Heather

Rings of Heather 1

You can find it in my Etsy shop, along with my other sock patterns,
here!

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ONE MORE THING

I also have the book
“Confessions of a Knitting Heretic”
by Annie Modesitt
listed on Ebay!

confessions of a knitting heretic 1

I remember how much this book helped me when I first began knitting!

I did not like the English method – just seemed too inefficient to me.
But I had a horrible time trying to master the Continental purl stitch.
Combination knitting, with Annie’s clear explanation of the stitches
and how they lay, was a real eye opener to me!

I have now moved on to Continental knitting – finally got that purl stitch –
but I just remember how much this book helped me make the transition.

If you are interested, you can find the listing here:

“Confessions of a Knitting Heretic” on Ebay

The auction ends on May 30, somewhere around 1pm CST.

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