Monday, May 07, 2007

New Project plus Blooms in the Garden

It's been a quiet week in the neighborhood...

I've been reading WendyKnits Blog about her Mitered Square sweater; her method intrigued me so I pulled out some sockyarn leftovers

Leftover Sock Yarn

and made a few squares. Then, just a few more - OK, now I'm hooked.

Mitered Squares


I have no idea what I'm making but it's fun to see the different squares the same ball of self-patterning yarn will make. I LOVE that there will be no seams to sew; new squares are added by picking up and/or casting on stitches.



Mitered Square Closeup



Now the big problem is how to find more sock yarn leftovers. I've even been dipping into new skeins of sock yarn - there has to been enough extra to squeeze out one or two squares. (I'm aware I may live to regret this decision to use "pre-leftovers.")

Blue 2 Ply


The fiber used for this skein was an experiment in dyeing methods. Half was dyed in the grease in a kettle of soap with dye added. The other half was kettle dyed after it had been washed. I liked the slight streaky result from dyeing in the grease plus it saves several steps - always a plus.

I then carded the two batches together which was a good lesson in mixing on a drum carder.

Out in the garden; while replacing the fence Jim accidentally dug up my clematis that would grow into my climbing yellow rose so he bought a new one. Wish I knew how to make my flowers have as much color as they have when they come from the nursery.

Clematis

My flowers will be that size but very faded.

The Epiphyliums are in full bloom. (I'm terrible about learning or remembering botanical or variatal names, please forgive me.) Here's a pink one with flowers 8 inches across in front of a clump of Spanish Moss. (I just read that this moss is also an Epiphylium; funny because I bought my first bit of it years ago at a Bromeliad Show. I just assumed it was in the Bromeliad family.)

edited: 5/19/07 Talked to a member of the local Bromeliad Society who told me that Spanish Moss is indeed a Bromeliad. It's an epiphyte not an Epiphylium but an Epiphylium is also an epiphyte. Epiphyte just means it can grow in the air with out roots in soil.

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We gave Annie a bath and her coat is always so fabulous those first few days.
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Here's a picture of her mane at her front shoulders. I love how it divides, hard to keep your hands out of her fur.

So that's what's been going on here.

3 comments:

LaurieM said...

I've got some bits I'm willing to donate. Send me your mailing address and I'll send you some sock yarn ends. I don't have much because I recently donated some ends to a friend, but I do have a ball or two.

You can e-mail me at laurie_corriveau AThotmailDOTcom.

Carol said...

I just saw your yarn request on Got Yarn Got Karma and had to pop over to see what it is your making. It is very nice and it looks like it would make a nice baby blanket. It is such a neat idea. Your flowers are gorgeous. I live out in the desert here in Vegas and don't get to see much of flowers like those ones.

Maia said...

The flowers are amazing! I just bought some clematis for a fence in the front yard.

It is hard to look at that fur without wanting to spin it. Have you? spun it that is.