After the snow left the blog, it took its own sweet time and arrived here. Probably 5-6″, maybe more. What’s one of the only good things about snow? Snow cream.
It has been all soap, all the time around here. There’s currently a fundraiser going at the local high school, there may be another one coming down the pipe shortly, Ramblin’s work wants to hold one for the employee committee, and I’m doing a craft show at the end of March. Why aren’t I making soap right now?!
And there’s been a bit of knitting. I started a shawl, almost finished it, and started having second thoughts about the color arrangement. So that got put aside, and I started in on the Loopy Academy second semester project.
And there’s even been spinning!
I didn’t get great pictures of this, but it hasn’t had its bath yet anyway, so maybe the sun will shine by the time I get around to doing that. It is two plies of Knittyandcolor‘s Not Drinking Merlot and one ply Holocene, all on merino-silk. That little skein on the left was the leftovers of the Not Drinking Merlot chain-plied.
I guess that’s all the news that’s fit to print. I’ll try to come back before spring. Whenever that will be.
I always feel the need to announce that, like you can’t tell as soon as you open the page.
I haven’t knit any more socks since Socktoberfest, but I have been knitting other things. That’s not true since I started a pair of socks while this post has been marinating. (pictures were giving me fits, so I had to leave it for a few days)
First, I knitted a hat I thought was going to be for me, but then when I finished, I knew that it wasn’t. I didn’t know who it was for, but the hat wasn’t saying, “Mine”. Then when I learned my friend didn’t have a hat for winter, I realized she was who the hat belonged to.
Then, another Loopy Academy project, I knitted a cowl.
And there’s been a sweater partially knitted as well, just needing the button bands and collar. Since I’m so close, I’ll just wait until it’s done for a picture.
And of course, there’s been soap.
Well, not just soap, but other products. Things like lotion bars.
And Meringue, a lovely whipped body butter.
And I’m already thinking about scents for Valentine’s Day.
And may I present to you – the socks that started it all.
I am so glad I posted here about losing the sock mojo, as clearly that was the oomph I needed to get back on the sock train.
Now, if I could just get the rest of my motivation going.
But I have made just a little bit of soap.
So there is that. I wish blogs came with smell-o-vision. (optional, of course, for the readers sensitive to smell – though I have made a batch of unscented as well)
So, these are done.
And I stared these.
And I thought Socktober was going to be sockless. Ha.
A sock monster.
These are going to be birthday socks for a very dear lady. It’s yarn I dyed that I wasn’t too sure about, but it’s working up fantastically. Yay for no pooling! (and now they will start pooling, of course)
. . . I would have posted about losing my sock mojo sooner!
Behold – socks! (or at least the start of them)
Yarn I bought in Vancouver from a local artist
It might have worked a little too well, as I’m finding myself wanting to cast on all the socks.
As a special request for one of the readers out there, I’ll also post more of the hat rampage.
More hats for photography props
And Ramblin’s hunting hat
I have more knitting that needs blocking and photos, but that seems to be slower than even the sock mojo had been. Hmm, maybe posting about it will motivate me for that, too.
And who isn’t working on a pair of socks? This gal. In fact, the last pair I finished was in June. June. Really.
What’s going on? Well, there’s a pair I started based on a pattern I saw that isn’t currently available. I’m futzing my way through it, and it’s just not doing it for me. However, I can’t bring myself to do anything about it, so they languish in my knitting bag.
But if you think that means there hasn’t been any knitting, let me assure you that’s not the case. Currently, it seems my mind has turned to hats.
These are for a local photographer to use as props. I’ve made two more pixie hats and found several other cute possibilities. Today I made a hat in two hours. Let’s see socks compete with that.
I’m sure the sock mojo will come back. If it can fight its way past the soap-making and weaving.