Monday, February 26, 2007

More Yarn Dying

Can you guess what I used to dye this yarn? ....
Give up? The one on the right is beet, the one in the middle is dry mustard and tumeric, and the the on the left is pure tumeric.

For the beets I chopped up three of the roots, boiled them for a while, then drained the jiuce and put it into another pot with some vinegar. Then I let that simmer for a while, and left it overnight. In the morning the water was still very red, so I think three beets was probably a little overkill.

I would not recommend dying yarn with tumeric, it took so incredibly long to wash the powder off, I'm pretty sure there's still some specks left on the skein.

I'm not sure that to make with the yarn. It's not much, about 120 yards, so arm warmers might be the way to go.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Wee hat

A wee hat, modeled by the lovely Totoro.
The hat is to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma society.
It's part of the Team in Training Program, and the person raising the money is looking for either yarn donations, or finished items. The first deadline is March 9th, and we have a basket for donations at the store.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Do they look influenced?

It may not seem like it (only one person drinking, and two people knitting?), but here are a couple of pics from our Knitting Under the Influence Event.
And here's Claire, signing away.
We've decided to make every Last Friday of the month Happy Hour Knit, so if you missed this event, there'll be other opportunities to sip and knit.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Oscar the hat?

Since loosing the only scarf I made for myself and managed to keep, I decided it was high time I filled that lonely gap in my heart with a hat. I found some green encore and green furry yarn in my stash - perfect, I thought, for a hat. Nope. I've tried five maybe six times to make it look good. I've tried holding them together, alternating them every row, every other row. But no, it just ends up looking like like I killed Oscar the grouch and placed him on my head.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Knitting under the influence

Book Signing & Drinks
with Claire LaZebnik, author of Knitting Under the Influence!
A novel of life, knitting, and martinis in LA.
Feb 10th, 5:00 pm
Chat with Claire, and have a drink (or two) of a martini from the book.

Star Wars

Two of my siblings are very into Star Wars, so my mother bought a year subscription to the science museum because they have a new Star Wars exhibit. Most of it was clothes and props from the movie, sometimes someone dressed up as a character from the movies would walk by.

A few models of real life robots and games involving magnets comprised the "learning" portion of the exhibit. What I learned: there was no knitting in Star Wars.

Sunday, February 04, 2007


Yup, still working on the pirate socks.

Rather stripey, yes?

Friday, February 02, 2007

sinister spindle

Our spin your own yarn class is tomorrow, and to commemorate I tried out the top-whorl spindle I got for Christmas (don't worry, not the same kind of spindle in Annie May's kit), only to find out that it wobbles! Woe.

I was able to spin some yarn, and the wobble wasn't that bad, as in it doesn't hit me in the liver whenever I give it a twirl.

Doesn't the spindle look sinister?