Wednesday, October 29, 2008

So what have I been doing?

I'd decided a little while ago that I should try to sell some of what I make as there is way too much for me to ever use. Plus I am more of a process person. I just like to make then I have to decide what to do with the item once I've finished.

To overcome this problem I've opened a shop over at Etsy - from a S E E D. Please go and take a gander. Let me know what you think as all comments are gratefully accepted.

Now to the garden. I've had a few queries as to how the vegie patch is going. Very well thank you. We did lose a few plants, mainly carrots, as we had an extremely hot day the day after we planted. Here are a few photos:

A little one enjoying the sun - not sure yet if he is friend or foe. I'm sure it will become obvious soon.

Rockmelon Flower. Can't wait for these to form fruit as the kids absolutely love them and they make a great summer fruit.

Lettuce another favourite of the household. I just love the colours together.

And the whole garden. Corn, rockmelon, strawberries, tomato, lettuce and white apple cucumber - oh and 1 aloe vera that Mr bought home from grandmas.

Keep smiling :-)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Dyeing Completed

And a little bit of dying.

Sweetgrass which was an accident but one I absolutely love. It is dyed on a lace weight 80% merino, 20% nylon.

Pond was my other dye whcih I wasn't too sure about but as always I should trust my judgement. It was snapped up by one of my lovely knitting friends. It is also weight 80% merino, 20% nylon.

Keep smiling :-)

Spinning Completed

This is the spinning that I've done over the last couple of weeks. I just don't seem to be able to get enough of it.

Roving: Merino "Wild Siberian Iris" from Copperpot Woolies
Spun: chain 3ply
WPI: 14
Weight: 100gms

Roving: Merino "Hot Mulled Cider" from Copperpot Woolies
Spun: 2ply
WPI: 16
Weight: 100gms

Roving: Evilla - shetland type from Astrid's Dutch Obssessions
Spun: 2 ply
WPI: 16
Weight: 120gms
Roving: Corriedale "Maine Lobstah" from Maine Woods Yarn and Fiber
Spun: 2ply
WPI: 16
Weight: 100gms

Keep smiling :-)

Knitting completed

Been a little quiet I have. Been working on a new project that I will unveil later.

Not much completed knitting though as always many wips. I did finish this scarf though.

Pattern: Herringbone Seaman's Scarf
Designer: Me
Yarn: Evilla Art Yarn 7 - 8/2 from Astrid's Dutch Obssessions
Needles: 3.5mm

Keep smiling :-)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Dying to Dye

Well I've just done something I said I'd most probably never do. I dyed yarn. Thank you so much to Kelly for showing me how easy it is and that you don't need much room or equipment. Of course now I'm hooked and I want to dye more. The budget however says you must be patient.

Here are the results of my first dye both of which are destined to become shawls.

Bluegum Haze is a 2ply laceweight merino with 100gms in total.

and Paperbark is a 2ply fingering weight with a total of 200gms. Now I have to stop thinking about dyeing and start thinking about knitting.

Keep smiling :-)

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Asymmetrical Cabled Cardi

And finally a finished knit. Feels like forever since I had one. Too much playing around with different ideas.

I really like the way this fits and love the high collar. Normally I don't like high collars but this sits away from the throat but still provides warmth. I'll have to design my own cardi with this collar.
Pattern: Asymmetrical Cabled Cardi by Yahaira Ferreira
Yarn: Louet Riverstone in Caribou
Needles: 5mm and 4.5mm

Keep smiling :-)


Sorry I've been away for so long. Few things have happened. First there was school holidays so life was taken up with entertaining small children. This wasn't that hard as we had decided to start our own vegie garden. As you can see from the photo it is still quite young.

Of course the weather turned hot the day after we planted and so a few plants were lost. The tomatoes are the healthiest and the strawberries a close second. There are also lettuce, cucumber, corn and rockmelon. Pretty much anything the children would eat we planted.

The other reason for the lack of posting was the death of my camera. It had been dying for a while but every now and then I'd still get a decent shot. So I've made an investment in a new camera - a Pentax K100 Digital SLR. I chose the SLR as it wasn't that much more than a high quality digital compact. I of course have all the settings on auto but my other half has always had an interest in photography and he'll be able to play again.

I'll post my lastest FO in another post.

Keep smiling :-)