Archive for October, 2005

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Halloween

October 31, 2005

Crocheted Candy Cozy….yes, I do have a problem… 😉

My Halloween Village…next year I will have tombstones, a pumkin patch and hopefully some fences…just didn’t have time to make that stuff this year.

Pumpkin having dinner with a CareBear. 🙂

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Happy Halloween

October 31, 2005

This year I am costumeless. However, I am good at last minute things and suppose I could dress up as a hippy (that just takes a walk into my closet.) Sierra is going to be a purple care bear and Madeleine a pumpkin. My sister is a tree and her coworker is going to be a hippy tree hugger (not the chain around my sister’s waist? I guess her friend will be chained to her…ha ha!)

I am almost done with another hat and have casted on to knit Madeleine a pair of wool pants.

On Saturday, I crocheted the smallest/tiniest pumpkin. I chained 7 and then worked in the pattern for about 2 inches. It was a fast project. The stem was just a loop of yarn at the top. I was pretty impressed on how fast it went and now am contemplating if I have time to make 24 of them by 2pm for Sierra’s class party.

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First Knitted Sweater – Nell

October 30, 2005

Debbie Bliss Nell
Yarn: 3 1/4 skeins Cotton-Ease Sugar Plum
Needle: US 5 and US 6

This is a size 6, my daughter wears a size 5. It is a little big and long in the arms, but I think she will grow into it. Purple is her favorite color. I am really impressed with how it turned out. I like how the sweater drapes and I like how soft the cotton-ease is. Why did they discontinue this? Ugh… I keep using up my stash of it too…I guess it is only inevitable that I run out. This sugar plum wasn’t even from my stash. This is from two very generous persons from yahoo groups. Thank you!

I did knit a sweater before this, but I had the increases/decreases wrong as this was before I realized that they slanted in different directions. So, it is in the frog pond. This sweater is my first completed knitted sweater. 🙂


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Ball & Hank

October 28, 2005

Hank of Blue

Isn’t that just a Ball of Autumn?

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Pictures Mixed Dyeing

October 28, 2005

WOOT!

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Mixing up the dyeing

October 27, 2005

Uh oh…I have been mixing it up. You all will NOT believe the colors that I got from Kool-Aid and a little bit of mixing with food coloring (red and blue.) The first hank, which is a small, will be called Variation on blue (rasberry reaction Koolaid, Iced Raspberry Lemonade, and blue food coloring.) It is amazing!

Now, the second one is incredible. I have to admit, I was stunned. I cannot tell you the secret recipe as it was spur of the moment mixing. I will just say there is grape ka, cherry ka, black cherry ka, orange, rasberry reaction ka, and red & blue food coloring.

The first color I put on the yarn looked black, absolutely black. However, when I cooked it in the microwave it turned purple. When I put the orange on the yarn it looked like a rust brown and now it is an orangish version of that. This really is a gorgeous, large hank or yarn. I know I am tooting my own horn, but I never expected these colors and when I stuck it in the microwave you would have thought I was making mud. I should have taken before and after photos.

pictures coming soon…

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A Sunny Soaker

October 27, 2005

So, while I was waiting for the yarn for Nell to arrive I started to knit this soaker. At first, this yarn was going to be a pair of socks. Then, I worried I wouldn’t have enough for a pair, get all the way to the toe of the last sock and realize I am out of yarn. Since I dyed this yarn myself, I would have been SOL.

It was an easy/quick project. 🙂 Yes, I am procrastinating on Nell. It is just that mattress stitching isn’t all too exciting and since I am a newbie, it will take some concentration. Oh…and if you examine the soaker closely, I am not very good at the kitchener stitch. I had to go back with needle and yarn and try and “fool the eye” to make it look like a normal stitch. 😉