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Uh oh this can’t be good.

I was inspired by Grumperina’s hotpad swap a little while ago and somehow brought home 5 skeins of King Tut cotton from Little Knits the other day. (seriously how DOES yarn crawl into my bag?)

It’s crochet!!

I picked up a copy of 200 Crochet Blocks at VYT a few weeks ago when I stopped by to run a favor for a fellow Raveler. I really like the Harmony Guides I have but I loved a lot of these blocks. Not too fussy but not too boring either.

I was in the middle of crocheting the first hotpad when Mom called from NYC, she arrived safe and sound and only one of the eggs broke (long story but apparently Mom can pack 3 dozen backyard free range chicken eggs in her suitcase and only break one in transit). Mom is there visiting with Aunt #4 for 2 months while she recovers from surgery and goes through chemo. Aunt #4 was busy enjoying the eggs and homemade organic butter I made for her so I’m a good niece right now. I mentioned to Mom what I was working on and before I knew it I was making more.

2 fancy hotpads for Aunt #4

and their backsides.

I decided 2 wasn’t enough so I dug into the Sugar n Cream stash that never seems to shrink and whipped out some superbasic ones.

1 ball down, 9 to go.

I’m debating pulling out the knitting machine and working up some simple blanks to crochet edging on to send in the package as well. I’m all about trying to destash fast right now. With Tour de Fleece fast approaching I realize just how little knitting time I will have before Sock Summit. I fully expect to have stashing problems at that event.

I’m loving the Viper Pilot pattern, I love the DIC Starry yet the sock progress is going agonizingly slow.

I finished the cuff per pattern instructions and tried it on but due the slight gauge difference the cuff was too long. As in halfway up my calf too long. I spent a good part of Sat knitting group frogging back to row 40 only to find out that row 40 is not an exact match for row 22 which is where I was supposed to stop. I couldn’t bear the thought of figuring out the new heel pattern right then so I cast on for the second cuff.

It’s still taking me forever. I think I knit more this weekend than I did all weeklong. I’ve just finished the cuff on the second sock and now I have to pull out all the charts so I can reconfigure things. I reckon if I do each piece one right after another I stand a better chance of remembering the mods.

I’ve been doing just a little dyeing lately and will be adding almost 10lbs of roving and yarn to the shop on the 16th. As time goes by I consider the possibility of trying to make Dragonfibers a full-time job but I’m not sure I’m ready to take the leap yet.

There has been a few cooking experiments of sorts going on in my kitchen this past week but nothing I think anyone else wants to see. One won’t be ready for another week but I hope it will be as tasty as I want it to be.

Oh and I knit a whopping 6 rows of garter stitch blanket so far this month. So much for being ahead of schedule.

In other random news…I get the house to myself for 5 days due to both parents heading out of town (to visit their respective siblings) so I find myself wondering where I can get a keg of hard cider in Seattle 🙂

There are times when having a Mom who taught you how to knit is frustrating, made doubly so when you are living with her. A good example is when you knit socks and comments are made about how you should do some “real” knitting only to be asked a few months later to teach her how to knit those useless socks herself. I’ve also discovered that bringing home new yarn should be done secretively in order to avoid a lecture on spending money frivolously. Then again there are times when sharing a house with a knitter is a good thing.

I finally pulled out the 7 skeins of Aracania Ranco this week that has been languishing in the stash for a while. I bought the first 2 skeins back in 2006 at PhillyKnittyFest but the chevron scarf that it was planned for never looked right. Those 2 skeins got me through 6 hours of waiting at the John Wayne Airport so they served me well.

Flash forward 2 years and somehow I come home with 5 more skeins (3 different colors) after an impulse trip to Little Knits. This was all before I realized that Ranco may be marketed as a sock yarn but it isn’t superwash which goes against my most basic sock yarn rule. “Thou shall not be handwash only”.

What to do with 7 skeins of sock weight handwash only kettledyed yarn?

Granny square blanket!

I pulled out the crochet hook and found the basic granny square instructions and went to work while watching more of season 6 of SG-1. Mom wanders in when the square is about 8″ across and declares the yarn too pretty to be used for a blanket. I show her all the skeins and poof…instant destash to Mom.  😀

There has been some good progress on the Viper Pilot socks but nothing that has been photographed lately. I’m about 2/3 of the way through the cuff and the chart is finally starting to be intuitive.

Mostly I’ve been doing stuff like this.

Dad’s birthday dessert. A spicy dark chocolate mousse cube with burnt meringue and tequila caramel sauce. Labor intensive but oh so worth it.

I also just realized today is the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests. It doesn’t feel like it was that long ago and I still remember sitting by the tv watching it all unfold. It had only been a few years since it became official that Hong Kong would revert back to China so everyone was a little on edge waiting to see how it would unfold. It made me proud yet sad at the same time to watch what was going on. Proud that so many people could gather for democratic change and sad that violence is once again the kneejerk reaction.

Poor Daniel. First he gets ignored for several months and I sort of play with him for a little bit in March. Then he gets ignored yet again until this last weekend.

Once I finished the Green Sweater I felt the itch to start something new. Since those Viper Pilot socks are the kind that require some semblance of attention I decided to finally pick up the test braid of roving from the floor where it had been lying for several weeks (I never said I was a good housekeeper). 

Superwash Merino/Cashmere/Nylon roving, splatterdyed with yellows, reds and blues. I started spinning on Saturday afternoon at the usual Third Place Books gathering and zipped through one bobbin pretty quickly.

Sunday night I couldn’t resist the wheel again and before I knew it I had all 3 bobbins filled. 

Aren’t they pretty?

Too bad there was a problem with plying them.

The Fire & Ice Merino/Bamboo that I finished working on in March was never taken off the bobbin.  10 minutes later all was fixed and I was ready to ply.

234 yards of 3 ply Sport to DK weight sock yarn. I still have a little left on 2 of the bobbins that I will chainply to get as much of it as I can.

I’m totally surprised at how the roving spun up. I didn’t realized until the yarn was finished just how much yellow was in the roving. All I could see in the braid was a pale yellow cream with bright red and blue splotches. Those bright colors were strong but still not the dominant color. 

I’m totally in love with the finished yarn. To me it actually feels softer than the commerically spun 3ply yarn I got from the mill. I think I will get more of this.

Finally some Stashdown progress!

Miles: 27.7

lbs: 31.9

Skeins: 210

 

It’s probably time to revisit the garter blanket again.

Flickr Photos

Dragonfibers

On the needles

February Fitted Pullover

Sapphire Waves of Grain

On the Bedside Table

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan (ok not really since I can't find the book anymore)

on the wheel

Absolutely Nothing.

Stashdown 2009

January 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 233 Total Weight:33.13lbs Total Miles: 27

February 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 213 Total Weight:30.09lbs Total Miles: 26

March 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 218 Total Weight:31.95lbs Total Miles: 27

April 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 217 Total Weight:31.45lbs Total Miles: 26.5

May 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 229 Total Weight: 33.8 Total Miles: 28.4

June 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 210 Total Weight: 31.9 Total Miles: 27.7

July 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 201 Total Weight: 30.5 Total Miles: 26.5

August 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 228 Total Weight: 34.0 Total Miles: 28.8

October 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 254 Total Weight: 38.2 Total Miles: 31.8

November1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 224 Total Weight: 34.9 Total Miles: 29.9

December 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 206 Total Weight: 31.9 Total Miles: 27.1

KAL

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