"Nuttin but knittin" - that says it all, with an occasional deviation into the real world.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Whats been brewing......

While trying to stay cool, and dry (which is pretty hard to do!!) summer days have been slipping by..... I can't believe it's been over a week since my last post. 

I have my mom's socks done.  If you will remember, these were a pair of rare toe-ups.  Not my normal style of socks, but it was fun for a change.  They reminded me of how much I like Lisa Souza's sock yarns!  I have quite a big stash......perhaps I should dive into it more often. 
This is the plain sock with gusset construction from Wendy Johnson's first toe-up book.  I like the gusset construction quite a bit.
I think I will be knitting socks using this technique again.  The "Norwegian Rose" socks are nearing completion.  I'll post those in a few days....hopefully.

I have been busy spinning up some roving.....a BIG bag of roving.  The recipient of this yarn picked up the first 4 skeins a week or so ago, and really seemed pleased with it.  So....I was suppose to spin up the rest.  I have 7 skeins finished so far (well, I need to set the twist of 5 of them).  I need to ply 2 more skeins this afternoon (singles on the bobbins) and then will spin up 3 more skeins, and then will be finished!  It's been a fun project, but I must admit that I am ready for a little color......  Yes, I really said that!  ME....wanting color!  LOL.

Speaking of color, a couple of new rovings arrived this past week or so. 
This is Crown Mountain Fiber's SW Merino in the Bacchus colorway.  Gorgeous!  I really like this, and hope I like the finished yarn half as much!
And this is a mixed BFL (meaning light/dark mixed natural colored wool) dyed by AllSpunUp.  This also makes my heart sing!  Lovely dark, rich colors.  Screams winter socks to me!  I can hardly wait to start spinning on this.....

But probably the most exciting thing that has been going on is this purchase:
BG loves trains, especially Thomas.  This grandma couldn't afford the real Thomas set up, so I bought a generic, and will eventually populate it with "real" Thomas train pieces.  One little 2-yr old is just totally pleased with that plan! 

So, I guess that's what I've been up to.  I must admit, I am looking forward to Fall.  It's always been my favorite time of  year, but this year it may be even sweeter than normal.  Hopefully our Fall weather will be better than the Monsoon season we have had of late.  Also, our son will be coming "home" for a visit!  And....there will probably be a little vacation trip for DH and I.  BG will be starting a little "Pre" pre-school twice a week - which will be very exciting!.  So, hope all of you are surviving in your own crazy world we all call home...... Talk to you later!


Dorothy said...

Lovely projects. I, too am ready for a little color after spinning piles and piles of grey! And fall is my favorite time too. This summer has been very strange for us - definitely on the cool side.

Artseycrafts said...

Grant looks like he loves his new train table. Beautiful projects, as Dorothy said. Heat is our culprit which makes me wonder if it will ever be cool again.

Monika said...

Lovely socks! I like to do toe up once in a while, but it will never replace my love for cuff down.
Wow, that's a big spinning project! How wonderful that you could stick with it. Yipee for it being almost done. Lovely new fiber, gorgeous colors!
BG sure is spoiled by his grandma! :o)

JakkiMitch said...

Nice to catch up with what's been going on with you, your yarn, & BG. :-)

Marguerite said...

Love that Bacchus colorway. Looking forward to seeing the resulting yarn.

Pre-preschool. What fun. I remember when Kimmy was learning to count and I though she might never remember the fourteen that needed to go between the thirteen and the fifteen. Now this summer she's in driver's ed. Time flies.

KnittySue said...

BG sure looks like he's having a good time with those trains, pre-school already..man where did the years go.
Love your socks..they look so soft and such a pretty color. I just finished a pair with the Regina you sent...YUM..I'm using the rest to make a pair for my little man too.

Melissa said...

Love the trainset!!! U are the best grandma ever!!!

Robin said...

That is a good-looking gusset! Love the play table. Boy, once he starts preschool, you'll be busier than ever! The roving is gorgeous - so rich - especially love the second one.

Judy S. said...

Great socks! They make me think of orange sherbet. Those rovings are so pretty....can't wait to see the end results. That BG is a lucky little guy!