Wednesday, June 17, 2009


This evening I finished the 4th pair of Cookie A socks, Sunshine. Another easy pattern to memorize and knit. I don't know why I thought I might run out of yarn because I had plenty to spare.

Pattern: Sunshine from Sock Innovation by Cookie A
Yarn: Trekking Undyed dyed with Pro Chem One Shot Dyes Cornflower
Needles: 1.5 / 2.5 6-inch dpn's from Knit Picks
Started: June 1, 2009 Finished: June 17, 2009
Mods: I knitted four repeats of the pattern on the legs. I like my socks longer in the calf than most of her patterns suggest. This pattern is quick to knit. I was held up by Vacation Bible School last week and didn't get much done. I was unable to capture the true color of this yarn. The closest I came was the first picture I posted earlier this month.

I made my regular check on the garden today and found several tomatoes just beginning. I was worried that they might not set since I had this problem once before. The lone cucumber is growing. Still lots of blooms but no other cucumbers. I picked the first banana pepper today with one lone pepper remaining and lots of blooms.

We walk around the campus at work and often check on the two gardens planted on the grounds. One has huge cucumbers which should have been picked, lots of smaller cucumbers and tomatoes. The other has tomatoes and baby watermelons. They both have other vegetables planted that have just begun to bear. We work on a fairly large property with lots of green space. I wish we could plant gardens around the property. I think the only issue would be the excess water usage given the budget constraints that we are currently operating under.

Planting a garden is a wonderful experience especially for children. I always let my nieces and nephews help pick the vegetables when they are visiting and they love it. It gives me the opportunity to explain how things grow and how we get our food. When Isaiah stayed the weekend last month we planted tomatoes and flowers. He is always amazed and full of questions so it provided a great opportunity for teaching. Last year he picked tomatoes and this year he'll have the chance to pick a variety of vegetables. If you get the chance try it. You might be amazed yourself.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sock Frenzy

It's been hot, hot, hot here. That means lots of time spent indoors escaping the heat and enjoying the AC. I've been working on the 3 pairs of socks that I have on the needles.

Sunshine - One sock down 1/3 of the second started.

Elongated Corded Rib - Sensational Knitted Socks for mom. I'm using Regia Bamboo Color. I started this one before the June Cookie A Sock Knit-Along began.

Nebula - Cookie A Sock Innovation Knit-Along June. I'm using the Kona that I dyed Cantaloupe.

I'm not sure if I'll finish this one in time. It requires a lot of work and I may not have the time to devote to it.

I've decided to knit the Triangular Warm Shawl. I spent two days looking for the pattern and it was exactly where I had put it. This pattern is in the September/October 2002 Piecework which is sold out and I was freaking out for a minute because I knew I'd purchased it with the kit. I haven't started yet too busy trying to get some of these socks finished and I've cast on something for mom.

She's been looking for a bolero type sweater. The new Knotions is out and features a cute bolero named the Little Peacock. I had Cotton Classic on hand in cream, she had specified white, but says that this color is okay. I casted on today and will try to finish this by the end of the month. We have a trip in July so I definitely want to be finished by then.

I've been keeping an eye on the garden. The tomatoes and squashes have blooms but no squash or tomatoes thus far. I have peppers growing and today I saw the first little cucumber. It is about an inch long so I have to be sure to water them well. Each year I'm trying to add something different. I love fresh fruit and vegetables and this is the time of year when you can get them at their best. I'm hoping that I have the same bounty that I did last year which gave me plenty of opportunities for sharing.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Odds and Ends

I skeined the last yarns from Monday's dyeing session. I tried the yarn cake method but my cakes were a little too loose and fell apart in the dye bath. I used a Slate Blue dye bath to dye two yarn cakes and two skeins. I'm pleased with the results obtained. Two of the skeins I overdyed, one with red and the other with yellow. The cake dyed with red has shades of red, purple and blue reminding me of berries. The skein dyed with yellow turned various shades of green from deep almost black green to a lighter almost green yellow like the colors found in a deciduous forest. One of the blue cakes wasn't overdyed and reminds me of acid wash jeans.

From left to right: Deciduous Forest, Berrylicious and Acid Wash

I dyed two more skeins of the Kona Superwash Merino a vibrant orange color named Cantaloupe. I'll use this for the Nebula socks. The color isn't shaded as it appears in the picture it is pretty much a solid orange.

The Sunshine socks are coming along well. It didn't take long to develop a rhythm with this pattern. The repeat is very easy to remember and execute. I think the ribbing is too narrow for mom's big calves. I've lengthened the leg by one repeat and will be keeping an eye on the amount of yarn I have left.

And as always at this time of year I leave you with a little beauty from the yard.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

C is for Cookie

Yesterday I started my fourth pair of Cookie A socks. The Sunshine pattern from Sock Innovation. I'm using the Trekking Undyed that I dyed Cornflower. This color has called me from when it first came out of the dye pot. I may end up giving these socks to mom as the leg seems a little big on me. She has you increase to 80 stitches when doing the pattern and that may just be a tad too much for me.

The Sock Innovation knit-along is also planning to knit the Nebula. It is a new pattern available on her website. I was planning to use the Dream In Color Smooshy I purchased at Stitches South but it turned out to be a tangled mess. I had undone a knot in the skein thinking it was where it was tied and the trouble began. One large beautiful skein turned into 3 smaller yarn cakes. I was disappointed to say the least.

I've narrowed my shawl selection down to two. Both are Galina Khmeleva designs. The first choice is the Triangular/Warm scarf which I purchased as a kit at the TKGA convention in Atlanta a few years ago. The second choice is Olga's Indiski (Indian) Shawl which is on the cover of the current issue of Piecework. I saw this shawl at Stitches South and purchased the magazine before it was distributed. If I select this pattern I'll use some of the 50/50 Merino Silk I purchased from Skaska at the same time.

I'm still playing around with the dye pot. I tried the yarn cake dyeing technique used by Monica. I wound the cakes too loose and they fell apart in the pot. I also added two skeins that were still in their original form and had some fun results. I've overdyed some of the skeins and am waiting for them to dry.

I went to In the Loop to find yarn for the Nebula socks. I didn't find anything that caught my eye so this evening I am dyeing two 400 yard hanks Canteloupe. The large size of this pattern takes 500 yards! I may have to tone the color down some when I check it in the morning but for now it's looking good. This dyeing thing is getting in my blood. That's all for now, check you later.