Sunday, March 30, 2008

To frog or not to frog?

...that is the question. I have been so conflicted about my Bellatrix socks [Ravelry].
Bellatrix Cuff Socks - Frog?
This is take two for this yarn. I first tried this yarn as Monkeys [Ravelry] - but at the gauge I wanted, the colorway striped totally vertically down the leg. Is there a pattern out there that would be good for this colorway? Jaywalker has more stitches around at the same needle size (for me), but I don't know if I would actually be any happier.
I had totally convinced myself to frog.... but now I am just letting them sit. Perhaps I will just finish them - enjoy the lovely soft, cooshy-ness of the yarn on my feet before it gets too warm, and move on to some semi-solid goodness in my stash.

I was quite sad over my Spring Break a few weeks ago... I lost my "Java Beret" - the one I made with yarn I dyed with coffee.
Java Beret
It fell out of my coat pocket and was picked up by someone within 5 minutes - I was on the scene just after it must've happened. This has been my go-to hat all winter. Such a simple pattern... but wonderfully simple. I liked it so much, that as it happens I made another one not too long ago - so luckily I did have a new go-to hat waiting in the wings.
I hope that whoever has adopted my beloved Java Beret appreciates its hand-knit, hand-dyed goodness. Perhaps I will see it around town someday.

I had been feeling like I had been sprinkled with some Black Fairy Dust (right around the loss of my Java Beret), so my cure was lots of Garter Stitch.
GSS (Garter Stitch Scarf)
I frogged my Dropped Stitch Scarf (another project that was not making me happy) and went for simple and mindless knitting: the classic garter stitch scarf [Ravelry].
It's not super cuddly and smooshy, but it has great weight and drape.

In other FO news: I finally finished my Noro Socks [Ravelry].
These were also mostly mindless knitting (just plain stockinette), but for some reason the last 1/2 a sock took me ages.
Noro Socks
But... Ahhh Noro - so worth all of the cursing I did while trying to wind it into two yarn cakes. It was like velcro on itself the entire time.
I am so in love with how the colors transition into each other.
Noro Socks
It's too bad that they may not get much "foot time" until next fall. They feel like they are one of the warmer pairs I have made so far - and it is starting to get too warm for that around here.
Noro Sock Heel
This pattern (Wendy's Toe-up with Gusset Heel) was a new heel for me. I will definitely use it again. It seemed to eliminate "holey" issues better than other heels - which I really liked. I would like to be able to insert it into other toe-up sock patterns I make - if I can wrap my head around the math of it. It may have just been my own confusion, but the stitch number pre-gusset and post heel is not the same - which I would need to work out if I were continuing a pattern up the leg of a sock.

My birthday gift to myself arrived last week: a yogurt maker.
My second batch is in the works right now. The first batch has already been eaten!
Yogurt Maker
It's pretty easy:
Heat some milk,
let it cool to a certain temp,
add some starter,
and pop it in the machine

My biggest motivation to make my own has been the stupid non-recyclable plastic containers for store bought yogurt... but homemade also tastes super yummy.
Last night the Bud specifically asked for "yogurt with honey" for dinner. :)

Other fun around our house has been bringing my old doll house in from the garage.
Welcome to the Dollhouse
The Bud thought it was pretty cool even with it empty, but we got a new family and furniture for it yesterday afternoon (my old dolls and furniture are far too fragile for 2 year old play).
I love the furniture we got - it is really well made and has many fun pieces.
We only put out a few them, so that we can have some surprises every so often.

I know there are a few people waiting for me to add to my etsy shop again.
I have made a number of sets in preparation, I just have not had time to take photographs and get things going. I am way past my self imposed time-line of mid-February
- it's still in my plans, just a little delayed.

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Egg Fun

Dyeing Eggs - Orange Dyeing Eggs - Blue

We spent the morning on Friday dyeing eggs. We used rubber bands to make the designs: Wrap once, dye in one color, re-wrap and dye in another color.
I really like how they turned out, and the rubber bands made the eggs a bit "grippier" for little hands.

Easter Eggs

Today the house smells of ham with a cognac glaze - and we are in the lull before family arrives to share the day with us.

Happy Easter!