The vanilla socks are finished and I’ll post a photo after Christmas, just in case the recipient reads my blog!
I started on the hat for my husband, using the corriedale fractal wool I spun (as shown in last week’s update). I am using a pretty simple ribbed pattern, as I think the yarn colours would blur an intricate design; plus cables work best with 3 ply, not 2 ply. It seems a long while since I have knit something with a worsted weight yarn and larger needles. So this photo is just one day’s progress, so should be finished early this week and I can do some selfish knitting.
The stressful situation I have been dealing with for a long time is finally over…so to treat myself I have bought some interchangeable needles. I prefer wood or bamboo needles, so opted for KnitPro Interchangeable needles in sizes 3.5mm to 8mm. And they perfectly fit in the opening flap pocket of my circular needle case I made! Perfect!!
This week at my felting group I did some needle felting instead of wet felting for a change. I used a ball of wet felted samoyed dog hair I made months ago (these parts were too rough to spin). I then needle felted a picture similar to one I had noticed on Pinterest. I just need to sew a loop on top and hang it on the tree. It is very lightweight.
I also made some replacement pictures for a couple of Christmas frames I had. These are clearly mice who have been tucking into too much Christmas cheese!!! Especially the one on the left (she’s hanging a stocking on a toadstool…in case it isn’t clear.
Well you couldn’t make up my numptiness! I thought I would dye a skein of merino silk blend yarn. The idea being to test the different coloured landscape dyes I have and see how they turn out. So I carefully mixed the colours, put in little pots, kept the pots of dye in the same order…..then when I finished I packed it all away having not written notes about what colours I used where!!!! Doh!!!
The same day I also dyed my Shetland homespun yarn that I finished the week before. I used hot pink, raspbery and opal blue colours and Oh my goodness I love this purpleness! And this will be another hat for me! You can’t have enough purple hats!
Oh and for regulars to my blog, I have now finished watching all 12 seasons of Bones. It was easy to have on in the background without needing to watch the actual screen, so I could still be productive. Now to start watching Christmas movies!