Sunday, February 22, 2015

now for something a little different.....

Well, I never made it to madrona, and I haven't knit much at all this week.....
Instead I did this...

Two new bowling balls done and ready to be grouted. One for my pond scene I'm making and one for the butterfly garden.

I'll also be pouring a couple of stepping stones today,. and maybe painting the garden ball (sorry miss kitty).

I've been hanging around inside taking care of a boxer girl that had some pretty big surgery on Thursday, making sure she's comfortable and not licking her stitches. She seems to be doing well. She gets the stitches out in two weeks. It's going to be a LONG two weeks for miss frankenbutt, but it had to be done. Hopefully she'll be a happy doggie for a long time to come.

Next week, maybe some knitting, maybe some more glass. I have one more bowling ball, and an idea for both a pond surround and some lily pad stepping stones for my bird - pond - river scene.......stay tuned.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

a bee and a half

In the spirit of the massive spring fever I've acquired, I started this little project last week........
If you squint a bit, you can start to see the bees there at the bottom.

I hemmed and hawed about making this pattern for quite some time because it has more problems that you could count. The designer has been unresponsive, and her idea of fixing it is to let another knitter who purchased the pattern from her post corrections on her ravelry page and then put up a link to that. I didn't want to support that kind of bad business, even if it was only $2.99, but the bees finally bit me, and I decided to forge ahead.

It DOES have a myriad of problems, and, although the knitter who made the corrections did a pretty good job, considering.....there's still problems to be had. So far, I've made it through the worst of them (I think), and it seems to be coming out OK. Just taking my time, not doing the bobbles (I HATE bobbles), and really making sure the stitch count works on every row.

This is a gradient set, that's why it looks a bit darker at the bottom. I made it through the first bee with the first of the gradients, and I'm now on the second skein. I haven't gotten completely frustrated yet, although there has been some frustration, so I'm slowly forging on.....

I decided to skip madrona this year. It would have only been for the shopping, and quite honestly, there's nothing I need that I can't buy online. I don't really have any projects that are demanding to be done.....just gardening and glass right now while the weather holds out.

Speaking of glass......I did this on a rainy day. Flower and butterfly on a bowling ball. It needs some background done still, and to be grouted, but the hard part is there.

Next up for the bowling balls....a waterlily I've been thinking about and then an owl.
patience......

Sunday, January 25, 2015

I won some yarn!!

Won this on a blog post contest.....thanks to the bijous Basin Ranch.
It's 50% yak and 50% cormo....It came with a cute little bag and a pattern for some mittens.
It's kinda bright....and a bit more coarse than you would expect, but it'll be fun to play with.

In other news, still working on the blankie and waiting for the first installment of the shawl pattern club I joined. (that should be next week). I'm also anxiously waiting for the flower show and madrona. They're both on the same weekend this year.....what's a gardening knitter to do??
(go to both, of course)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

working the blankie

and other crafty things......
This week, I made some progress on my scrap blankie.....no pics, you'll just have to trust me.
And I finished this.......

my dragonfly on a bowling ball! It's all grouted and dry, and it just needs a coat of sealer in order to go out in the yard. I think it turned out pretty darned good for a bowling ball.

I recently acquired two more bowling balls, thanks to my sister who stalked the goodwill for them. What's UP with the bowling balls?? They're nearly impossible to find. Maybe everyone else has the same idea??

I'm hoping to score a large lot of stained glass soon.....details to come.

This week, I might have to work on my new bowling balls. I might pour the three stones I have waiting to go, and I'm planning on re-grouting a bird bath that fell apart in the weather.

I'll eventually get bored with the blankie (probably sooner rather than later), and go back to rooting in the stash for something interesting to do. We'll have to see what strikes my fancy.


As you can see, miss kitty is not amused.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

firestarter socks

so, for my post holiday knitting, I decided to do a bit of something for myself....
these firestarter socks have been in the works FOREVER. Like, they've been in my que on ravelry since I joined there. So, without further ado.....


After finishing these, I went back to the blankie for a bit.....I'm going to try to do a little on it every week. We'll see how that goes......

Now it's off to the stash to find the next knitting project, although I've been bitten by the glass bug too.
Yes, that's a dragonfly on a bowling ball. It needs to be grouted, but I think it turned out pretty darned good. Next up, I have a plan to do an owl.....way more complicated, but I think it will be cool. The key to these is small pieces of glass, patience and time. You just have to work on them a bit and then walk away for the day.  the other trouble is finding the bowling balls. All of a sudden, there seems to be a rush on used, beat up bowling balls at the local thrift stores. WHAT's up with that??

Sunday, December 28, 2014

PHEW!!!! I made it

And just in time....

After the Christmas knit-a-thon, I'm feeling a little bored. The final count was 2 pairs  of slippers, 4 cowls, a pair of boot toppers, 8 pairs of fingerless gloves, and 2 soap holders.

I'm tired now.......

Time for a little something for me, and also back to the stash. Yesterday, I restarted my firestarter socks. No rush here, just plugging away at them, I barely made it past the toe.

When I was working on my Christmas knitting, I must have gone through the stash 20 times. The good news is, the Christmas gifts used up some of it. The bad news is, not enough. (it just seems to keep growing....wonder how that happens). So, it's back to the stash for me.

Some good Christmas things, there were a LOT of cool free patterns for the holidays, and I snagged a bunch, with next year in mind. (I'm definitely starting earlier next year), I was able to introduce my mom and niece to the magic that is ravelry (almost lost them there), and I won some very cool Yak yarn in a contest. It's not here yet, but pics when it arrives, I promise.

Last but not least, miss kitty has found herself a new place.
This ball came from the Christmas clearance section. It's meant to be a light. I'm going to paint it blue, put a solar light in it, and I think it will be pretty cool in my moon garden, but only if miss kitty will give it up.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

I've got a good exucse..........

I've been knitting Christmas gifts like a mad woman for the last couple of weeks. At some point, my sister and I decided to make little gift bags for all 15 of the folks that are coming here for dinner. So, wouldn't it be fun if they all had a little knitted item? Of course!!





So, with miss kitty's approval......8 pairs of fingerless mitts, give or take, two hats, one pair of boot cuffs, three coffee sleeves, two pairs of felted slippers, two soap sacks,  three cowls, and a partridge in a pear tree!!

No wonder I'm tired.

Still have a couple to finish, but I think I'm going to make it. After all, I have four days, right?