I Knew There Was Something I Meant To Tell You

I have been holding out on you all, I’ve been knitting away on a couple of mini projects and I haven’t shared, anyhoo here’s what I’ve been up to

Baby Socks
Who says itty bitty socks have to be white
2-3 yr Sherbet socks
Or plain

To ring the changes I deviated from socks

Pumpkin hat
A hat for a new born was whipped up in an afternoon

Soooooo the reason I’ve been knitting for a small person ??  …….. I’M GOING TO BE A GRANDMA AGAIN. Baby aka ‘Podge’ should be making an entrance in the early summer, something tells me life is going to get a whole lot busier & exciting 🙂

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“No ~ I’m Not Cooking Spaghetti”

On my quest to conquer some sort of success at yarn dyeing I thought I’d give immersion or as I call it ‘pan dyeing’ a go

Chunky yarn in the pot
Chunky yarn was popped into the pan to warm through before I chose which colours to throw in from afar

At this precise moment Beloved strolled through the kitchen peeped in the pan and exclaimed “Oooo spaghetti”  … bless him he didn’t have his glasses on … When I replied “No ~ I’m not cooking spaghetti” the poor chap looked quite bewildered

dye added
I added splashes of dye in various colours and left the ‘Yarn Goddess’ to work her magic

Next time Beloved wandered by he looked in the pan once again then  muttered ” Mmmm shall we eat out ?  your spaghetti has seen better days” ~ D’oh put your specs on man !!!

Obviously I’m a total ‘fly by the seat of your pants’ newbie to yarn dyeing and rely totally on the ‘Yarn Goddess’  who conjures up the finished result in spite of my helping hand … photos to follow soon on all her hard work

 

 

Yarn Update

For anyone who read my post on hand painting yarn  well my yarn had dried and now I’m ready for a ……

showandtell

Seriously here is my yarn 🙂

Autumn Time hand painted yarn
I’m rather jolly pleased with the final product

Another shot ….. you know just because I can LOL

Autumn Time
It’s a 4 ply yarn, dyed with Jacquard Acid Dyes in Teal, Chocolate, Brown, Aztec Gold & Pumpkin

This is where I need your input ~ I’m undecided whether to name it ‘Autumn Leaf” or ‘Autumn Time’ …. or if you can recommend a suitable moniker I’m all ears. For anyone thinking of trying yarn dyeing for themselves give it a go ~ you have absolutely nothing to loose and everything to gain ~ you will have a bespoke yarn that lets your creativeness shine and in my humble opinion there is no such thing as a yarn dyeing fail 🙂

A Very Important Order

Next week when Gelfling Grandson AKA Moo returns to school after Easter his class is embarking on a field trip ~ all them dressed as WW2 evacuees … when Beloved discovered this he asked if I would knit Moo an authentic styled 1940’s sleeveless sweater, Beloved has NEVER asked me to craft anything ~ such is the importance of this commission !!! I found This Pattern on a vintage knitting site and set to

1940's tank top
I thought school grey would be the best choice as Moo has ‘gone through the knees’ on a pair of his school trousers which I’ll be able to convert into 1940’s styled short trousers

Moo has been rather intrigued watching me wrestle the hedgehog as I begin to master double pointed needles on my quest to learn to knit socks and bless his heart asked if I would knit him some ‘Evacuee socks’ as you can imagine after knitting the grand sum total of two pairs of ‘Creatively Designed’ socks for myself (read that as they were full of errors!) the thought of disappointing the lad filled me with dread plus I had no pattern to follow for boys knee high socks !!! should that put me off  ?? ….NO

Evacuee socks
Not only did I rise to the challenge I added a fancy heel flap ~ even the decorative decreases down the back look jolly neat and even though I’m a little biased I think they look rather good LOL

Beloved made Moo a faux gas mask box out of corrugated card and now my ‘Little Man is set

Evacuee outfit
Ta Da I’m hoping he will look awesome

Mind you it will take nerves of steel when I drop him off at school  … remembering The Empty Child from a Dr Who program it will take all my composure not to just leave him at the school gate scream “I love you” and run for my life

 

 

The Bartering System

Before I set upon my quest to learn how to knit socks I used to gaze in awe at the skills of a certain crafting goddess I met here on WordPress ~ one Tajana Rabar  you name it from crochet to knitting to cooking to embroidery the woman can turn her hand to ANYTHING anyhoo I longed for some lacy knee high socks …as you do

I got in touch with Tajana and we came to an agreement ~ bartering par excellence, she would buy the yarn and whip me up a pair of socks in return for something she longed for

Bartering goodies
Tajana had really set her heart upon a Chanel lipstick in a VERY fetching shade of red and a set of Karbonz sock needles and so the deal was sealed

Many an eager hour was spent by the pair of us each hardly being able to contain ourselves at the thought of being the owner of something dear to our hearts, in due course a parcel arrived from Italy & I claimed my prize

Socks from Tajana
Are these not just the most gorgeous socks in the whole world ???

I still have to master how to take a cool photo of my own legs though !!!

Many thanks to the bartering system both Tajana & I have something to treasure, thank you Tajana for the socks they are the most beautiful, soft, comfortable foot wear known to man ❤

Praise Indeed

I have found to Beloveds cost ~ apparently I can be quite ‘sarcastic’ if I’m interrupted when I’m mid round on my quest to master double pointed needles .. I think he’s over sensitive but hey ho ~ anyhoo I digress for someone who is about to follow in my hesitant steps to master sock knitting  ~ this is EXACTLY what it feels like when you have more needles than hands

knitting-with-dpn
Be like Sally ~ persevere not only will you end up knitting in the round … you will have a new career as well !!

By pure dogged determination (some may call it stubbornness) I have completed my first pair on socks ~ I even did my makeup  and put on my pearls to celebrate

excited
I squealed and everything

What did Beloved say when he saw my creation ??

first-socks-on-dpn
“Oh yeah they look like real socks”

Actually knowing Beloved as well as I do ~ I know that was a huge complement !! I do believe I’m on the slippery slope of becoming a serial sock knitter 🙂

New Direction And A New Skill

Sorry I’ve been away for ages …forgive me ?? so just what on earth have I been up to ?? Well funny you should ask grab yourself a cuppa and I’ll explain ~ the time was right for me to take a starring role in Gelfling Grandson’s life ..tongue in cheek quote – obviously his daddy has the starring role I’m more of your best female artist

enjoy-life-quotes-2
I’ve never had a clue about the plot in my life ~but that has never stopped me 🙂

I now do virtually all the school runs, Moo stays with Beloved & I a couple of nights a week depending on 2nd Born’s work placements from his nursing uni course and I have altered my working life to school hours during term time only ~apart from every other weekend. Now for the really important news  ….I have taught myself to use dpn and have embarked on my first pair of socks !!!!

heel-flap-and-gusett-first-sock
I have had an irrational fear of dpn since like forever, ~ get me learning something new LOL

I now feel like I’m leading some sort of incredible double life, learning something new AND having a youngster around  ….. which really gives you a whole new lease of life

star-wars-sesame-street
Go on ask me anything about Star Wars or Sesame Street I dare you …I have them both covered 🙂