Friday, May 29, 2009

Farmin' away

I have not been blogging much, because mostly I was working on super secret projects. Ahh life would be much more simple is the blogging world and the real world did not overlap. The other reason that I have not been blogging is inertia. Once you get away from it is hard to get back or easy to stay away. I usually like to take the path of least resistance, but as I have some really cute knitting to that I can show off now that is has been given away here goes...
Look a little farmer I wonder what he could be doing?

Maybe he's looking for some friends

and here is the over view of the whole thing. If you are interested in what yarn I used here is a link to my Ravelry page on this project. I think most of the yarns are on there although I do need to update a few totals.

Now just one more super secret project to go.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all. Here is a photo that I took this morning with my mother's day present. It is a telephoto lens for my camera. What a lovely family I have. By the way in case you are wondering the thing in the photo is a fig that we have growing on our fig tree.

And here is one of the mother's day packages that we sent out earlier this week. Note the washcloth that I knit sitting on top.

My wonderful husband also made buckwheat crepes fill with strawberries, plain yogurt, and some sugar. They were wonderful and it would have been better if I had taken a picture before I started to eat, but they were too good to wait.

Lena also gave me this really cute bee's wax turtle candle that she bought at the farmer's market. It smells so much like honey you would think that you could eat it.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Yarn review

I recently used some Knit Picks Simply Cotton Worsted in Marshmallow to knit up some washcloths for Mother's Day. To be perfectly honest I am not a big fan of knitting with cotton, but this yarn is undyed, unbleached and 100% organic. It is also less expensive than some of the other organic yarns, so I had to try it. Here are the results....

For a cotton yarn it was really soft, probably because it isn't has processed as bleached and dyed cotton yarns. It would work just fine for a baby blanket and you can feel good about what you are putting next to the baby's skin. I am not sure how it would work for a sweater, but then again I am not fond of cotton for garments, so I may not be the best judge. The pattern is called Chinese Waves and is a free pattern available here. One 100g skein will make two washcloths.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Socks done!

I always have one pair of socks that I am knitting, I usually have a few other project on my needles, but I am always knitting a pair of socks. They are very portable and they offer a lot of knitting time for the cost of yarn. My only rule is that I only work on one pair of socks at a time. The problem is that I have been itching to try this sock yarn that I bought last year (more about that yarn in a future post). Well, Friday night I finished the socks that I was working on for David. He wore them on Saturday and declared them his new favorite pair of socks. It is truly a win-win situation. I get to start a new sock project and he gets a new pair of socks.