4.24.2009

No Monkey Butt here

Living in southern Indiana is a fun experience, we are just 5 miles north of Kentucky. When we moved here it took a bit to get accustomed to the culture. The people are friendly and warm. When passing anyone in a car you usually get a nod or a wave.

This area has a large population of German Catholics, it embraces its history and people with festivals, churches, schools, and lots of good food. The area was rich in farming when we moved here, but like anything else, that has changed. So many farm fields are now housing developments. I miss driving down roads that had corn like a wall on each side and plenty of birds, possums, raccoons and deer.

We are in a valley surrounded by three rivers. the Ohio, the Green and the Wabash. Often referred to as River City or much less kindly, the armpit of Indiana, that is from a ENT doc. (we all have sinus problems here)

Upon moving here we learned that we MUST go to Rural King, everyone shops there. You can get your horse tack, ammo, tires for your tractor, salt shakers, tree and flowers, chicks and ducks and a ton of candy, I like to see what I can find unusual when we stop there.

My find while I was buying flowers was a product called Anti Monkey Butt Powder. And you have to see the product to appreciate it! I’m not sure what Monkey Butt is, but I surely hope I never get it. If I do, I will run right out and purchase this, which is sure to fix me right up.

Check out the website, you can even get a temporary tattoo, tee shirt or a hat among other things. And there logo is eye catching and kinda cute.

May your needles fly as fast as Dragonflies…

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4.23.2009

Time flies

Add some spray paint and a new back ground, spaceship and a plant. Now you can see time flies, but don’t know how fast.

I have been neglecting my blog reading.

Things that have kept me busy:

1. Frogging my lace shawl, I have been looking at this and doing a lot of sighing. I finally decided that I would frog it and make something else with the yarn. I’m thinking toe up socks, I like this pattern from Wendy Knits. It is a simple pattern and I need to make a fast pair of socks.

I switched to a hand spun yarn that a friend of mine spun, and I have had for a time, waiting to use it.

Crap, now that I see the pics, I think the original looks pretty good.

2. Still slowly knitting on my purse to be felted from Bags that Rock book.

3. Had a soap cozy marathon one night while mindlessly watching TV.

4. Primarily I am in a yarn work mania, it has been three years since I have gotten into the beds and properly weeded, planted and mulched. My nails and hands are shot, but the yard looks great. My husband is tired of me asking him to dig up, saw off or move shrubs and trees. I keep thinking I am done, but then more plants come home with me in my car. Now I think we need a load of dirt or two. (now that is some work). Photos later.

5. Spinning, I am going to get one more plied skein of yarn from this fiber and then I’m going to dye it.

6. I knitted another wire birdhouse, pattern to follow.

7. I have vowed to organized my sewing room, really. If I put or throw out three thing every time I am in the room, well how long will it take me to organize it? Yes Knitters this is like a 3rd grade math problem that I could never figure out then either.

May your needles fly as fast as Dragonflies.

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4.14.2009

What I’m up to

Some inspiration from a glue page, thanks Paula the Quilter!!

One of the nice things about knitting is that you can forget any “I need to be right crap” It can just unfold as it will, you can change the pattern, make one of your own, yes, and even frog it. There is no “wrong” way to do it. I think there will be someone out there that sweater will fit. Or maybe your felted purse will turn into a iPod cozy.

There doesn’t have to be any “rules”, so let your hair down, go sit in the sun, put on some music and pick up those sticks and get some pretty yarn.

I’m making another felted bag, I hope this one turns out a good size. I am using The Propeller Pattern from Bag that Rock by Kelley Deal.

But I’m modifying it some, by using two colors and I am going to do the duplicate stitch propellers in the opposite colors, of the area that they land on, so each propeller will be two colors. Lost?? More photos soon.

Made another wire bird house, pattern to follow….

And have been spinning…

I am planning on having all of this spun soon and dyeing it…I’m feeling yellow, I have seen lots of yellow spring flowers, yes I think I need some yellow yarn.

May your needles fly as fast as Dragonflies….

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4.09.2009

I love it when a plan comes together, even accidentally

Thanks to everyone that gave me advice and ideas about my sadly felted purse. I now know a lot more about felting. See the comments of my felting post. Good tip from A Bag of Olives, "the piece USUALLY (but not always) shortens lengthwise about 30% more than width-wise."

My husband is a drummer and plays in a percussion ensemble. They were playing that night and as were walking out he looks at my bag and says "are you making me a stick bag?", well, you know any good spouse who needs to stall for time repeats the question "making you a stick bag"? And the light bulb went off above my head. {For anyone that doesn't know this is kind of a purse for your drum sticks and other drumming items.} Husband "and it matches my drums!"

Giggles from me at this point, I love it when good karma comes back to me!

My pitiful bag was to become a one of a kind accidental "stick bag", thanks to Spin, Knit and Life who gave me the advice to refelt and even put it in the dryer to make it smaller. Not good for a purse, well think smaller, camera, ipod, makeup? She also gave me a great link workingwithfelt.ning.com, lots of good info here.

So I tossed it in the washer (again}

And then measure again, keep a close eye on it, and toss it in the dryer, watch out....

It can get little really fast!

My husband handcrafts custom drum sets, he also combines the dyes and paints them.

You can see the fit is perfect, it holds all of sticks he needs

And the handle is very thick and strong, I usually feel like I have to reinforce a knitted handle, to prevent stretching.

Styling now.....

Made with the Kelly bag pattern, I used Patons Classic Wool in Forest, 2 skeins

Felted and felted again, then dried until desired size

Thanks again to everyone that had input, and yes I did tell my husband the real story.

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4.07.2009

Look what the mailman brought me!

I got some yarn from Where is she now?

She ran a pass it on, three prizes contest. I won some yarn! Yea!!!

I decided to turn mine into fibery goodness for 3 months. I'm going to run one giveaway in the months of April, May and June. You can enter the April giveaway for sock yarn here. Luck to you!

This is what I got..

May your needles fly as fast as Dragonflies...

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4.05.2009

Need socks?....

It's spring, and who doesn't need to knit a new pair of socks!

Leave a comment on this post, and I will have my husband randomly draw a name on April 30th. You will win one skein of Sockotta Yarn, color 605, Blue Harvest.

Happy Spring! Happy Knitting!

May your needles fly as fast as dragonflies....

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4.04.2009

Felting, saving yourself a headache

I have been working on a purse to felt. It has been hibernating a bit. I finished it, and was quite pleased.

Felt is the oldest form of fabric known to humankind. It predates weaving and knitting, although there is archaeological evidence from the British Museum that the first known thread was made by winding vegetable fibers on the thigh. In Turkey, the remains of felt have been found dating back at least to 6,500 BC. Highly sophisticated felted artifacts were found preserved in permafrost in a tomb in Siberia and dated to 600AD.

WHO INVENTED FELTING?
THERE IS THE IDEA THAT ST. CLEMENT,
THE PATRON SAINT OF FELTERS AND HAT MAKERS,
PUT WOOL IN THE BOTTOM OF HIS SANDALS AS
HE TREKKED OFF ON A HOLY MISSION. 
THAT IS POSSIBLE, BUT ARCHEOLOGY AND
SCIENCE HAVE SHOWN US THAT FELTING HAS BEEN
AROUND A LOT LONGER THAN THAT DEAR OLD SAINT.
MAYBE AS LONG AS ABOUT 30,000 YEARS OR MORE!


Saint Clement I, was the 3rd Bishop of Rome about 100 A.D.
He is the Patron Saint of Hatters in England
and is celebrated on November 23.

The Mongolian thought is that the nomadic
tribes often used sheep skins to sit upon
while they rode their horses.  Perhaps one hot and
humid day of hard riding turn the skins into some great felt

Whoever originally discovered this process, probably many people accidentally felted something, as we all have. The first article I felted was a hand knitted sweater of my husbands that his grandmother knitted him (long dead). I didn't tell him that it fit my Barbie doll for a number of years. (about 10)

Even happier than I thought I would be, when I finished knitting the purse.

So I happily put the purse in my machine to felt it this beautiful sat morning.

Oops...

My "purse" is not 2 feet long!! Yes that's a ruler there, I don't think I can make it work as a purse. Right now just looking at it and trying to figure out what to do.

Lesson from this exercise: Knit a test swatch and felt it. See how the yarn you are using in the pattern is going to felt.

My local LYS, tells me, that all yarn felts differently, and....

1-Your water PH will affect your felting.

2-What kind of washer is used. (top loader, front loader, type of agitation)

3-Water temp

4-Use soap or baking soda, "improves felting", makes more little fuzzies to stick together. Also "speeds" the felting process up.

I have felted several pairs of clogs before and never had any problems.

So be forewarned, gauge is important in felting, knit one and process it exactly like you are going to for your finished product.

May your needles fly as fast as Dragonflies...

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4.01.2009

Things that make me smile...

Lynn at Colorjoy, she blogs, she knits, she spins, and sings. She has a shop and sells yarn, handmade buttons and more.

Check her out, she is a constant inspiration, and as she reminded me recently. Every one needs some down time. Thanks Lynn, you have turned my sluggish feeling into a much needed rest. Giggles....

I got some spinning done. This is the cotton candy, more pics later. I think it is going to be a lace shawl.

This is my first attempt at plying, I have about 8 more oz of this roving. I'm entertaining the idea of dyeing it. It is so soft and fluffy. I don't know what to make with it.

I actually got the freakin Kelly bag, (great pattern, but I didn't like my yarn choice) done and ready to felt.

After the ice storm I lost almost all of my fish, the only survivors were my plecos. They are so graceful to watch, I call them my underwater ballerinas.

Now they have company, I bought a Betta, Mr. Fish, he is blue and looks happy in a 30 gallon tank.

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May your needles fly as fast as Dragonflies..