Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Now sporting two pair!

At long last, we finally have two pairs of socks that sorta match!

Pattern:  My own.  I cast on 60 stitches on Size US 1 needles using a 4 x 2 rib pattern.

Yarn:  Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball Crazy in 1564 and Zauberball in Meadow 2081 for the green one.

I can now move on with my life!

I say that, but there are a dozen more unfinished projects waiting their turn, too.

Repeat after me, "I will not cast on anything new...I will not cast on anything new..."

Monday, September 19, 2016


While I cannot say I have a lot to show for my efforts, the husband was a machine yesterday!

After spending a good part of the daylight hours working on the front, side, and back yards, he set to reclaiming some of the wood from the tree house for me. I did not need much, but he stacked the nicest pieces on the picnic table. CoalBear was so proud!

Not to be left out, Bane contributed by leaving stray pieces of wood strewn across the newly mowed lawn.

The tree house is looking a bit bare now. I suspect the husband will finish tearing it down shortly.

Blessed soul is he, the husband also saved the steps for me. I use them as a backdrop for photos, knitterly and otherwise.

He is such an amazing person, he did all that and smoked a brisket!

As I watched the local news last night, the weather lady said it was 97 degrees in New Braunfels, but with the humidity, it felt like 104 degrees.

The husband got a big bowl of ice cream last night. It was well deserved!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

One-half of two pair...

There was a time when I cranked out socks all the time. That time has long since passed, but I very occasionally knit socks.

How occasionally?

I started these on January 9, 2013.

They do not match, and they are not intended to.  I should have wound each ball into two halves and knit a single pair at one time, but for some reason, I did not want to wind half the balls and just knit two separate socks at once.

Now that I have two singles, I must knit their respective halves.

Pattern:  My own.  I cast on 60 stitches on Size US 1 needles using a 4 x 2 rib pattern.

Yarn:  Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball Crazy in 1564 and Zauberball in Meadow 2081 for the green one.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Listing to starboard

 The playhouse tucked among the trees in the very back of the yard is in its final days.

The weathered wood is so handsome, I had hoped to clad the back wall of my office/yoga sanctuary/weaving/yarn shop room with it.

However, a tally of the wood available and the dimensions of the wall proved there simply is not enough of it to cover.

Thus, Plan B was hatched.

A trip to Hobby Lobby found iron corbels, which just happened to be half off... For less than $20, I bought six of them.

The plan is to use four of the 72" boards from the structure to make one shelf, 64 inches wide x 11.5 inches deep x 1.5 inches thick. Which basically means two boards will like side by side to give me the depth of the shelf with two more boards lying on top of each of the others to give me the thickness.  All four boards will be screwed together with a few one or two inch strips underneath to give them added support (and hold the two side by side ones together).

The husband has been tasked with reclaiming the wood, cutting them down to size, screwing them together, and generally executing the plan.  Guess that means, I am the brains behind this one, and he is most definitely the brawn, although, I freely admit, a good bit of thought, experience, and skill goes into his side of things.

Of course, he will also have to locate the studs and attach the corbels/brackets to the wall, too.  For even more support, I envision using three brackets per shelf, as the shelves are more than five feet long.  In the end, I hope to have two of these shelves.

Cross your fingers the husband is on board and motivated to help me out!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

T-shirt Rag Rugs!

The rag rugs practically fell off the loom!

Six days from warping the loom to hemming and throwing them on the floor!

Prior to washing and hanging to dry, one is 27" wide x 54" long and the other is 27" wide and 48" long. I expect them to draw up to about 24" wide x 48" long and 24" wide x 42" long.

I don't know how many t-shirts each one of them took, but I did get about 27 - 1/2" loops from each one.  

The pattern is here

The larger one is going to my mother, while I have already put the slightly smaller one to use at the door to the backyard.  Here's an ultra sexy photo of it:

Yeah. There is nothing exciting about a backdoor shot.

Speaking of my mother, her blanket is now finished!!  It needed a tag:

Next up:  608 warp ends ten yards long of organic cotton in natural for more tea towels!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

September, already?

August was here just a moment ago...

Despite the lack of posting, there has been quite a bit going on here at Feisty Central.

On Saturday, I pulled off four tea towels made from a cotton/linen blend.

The pattern is Ribbon Towels from Webs.

As for the thread, I admit to a bit of confusion. The pattern clearly calls for 8/2 cotton; however, in trying to decide between the Ribbon Towels and Island Breeze Towels, which uses 8/2 Cottolin, I kind of married the two by using the Ribbon pattern and Cottolin...

While not a horrible mistake, I just have tea towels that are much larger than anticipated because the cotton apparently shrinks, and the cottolin does not.

Instead of 17" x 31" towels, I have 20" x 36" tea towels.  I actually do not consider this a problem. They are beautiful, and I am thrilled.

Of course, before I could make the tea towels, I had to finish the gold and ruby blanket, which was on the loom.

I did!

The pattern is from the Handweaver's Pattern Dictionary.  The warp is 8/2 tencel in gold. The weft is Miss Babs Yowza in Ruby Spinel.

The finished dimensions are 50" wide x 75" long.

This picture fails to do it justice. It is gorgeous, the occasional dog hair notwithstanding!

Once the towels were off, the loom did not sit idle for long.  I finished weaving the towels at noon on Saturday. I immediately zigzagged the beginning and end of each towel, but I did not cut them until I had washed, dried, and ironed the whole big piece of fabric.  Once they were trimmed, I hemmed and ironed them again. I guess, I completely finished them in the middle of the afternoon.

After a nice break and dinner, I decided on the next project. From 6:30 p.m. until 11:22 p.m., I prepared the warp (368 ends of cotton rug warp), wound it onto the loom (back to front), threaded the heddles, and sleyed the reed,  By that time, I was a bit worn out, but I wove a bit of the rug warp doubled, as well as some some wool (also doubled) that I am considering weaving a rug with.

The next morning, I began preparing my weft:

Yeah. Those are a lot of t-shirts!

If you guessed a rag rug is well underway, you would be CORRECT!

It is going well with just one little hiccup.  Do you see the problem in the photo?

The rag shuttle I ordered has not yet arrived.

My little impatient self could not wait, so I push the ball through the shed with my fingers.

In case anyone is wondering, there is no real pattern with the colors.  I just decided I would work in groups of 12, as in I attach 12 loops of t-shirt material and roll them into a ball. I also make sure to begin and end each group of twelve with black and try to select the colors in an order where each loop goes well with the next.

The dogs are actually the impetus behind this project, as I need a washable rug at the back door to catch their paws as them come in.

If anyone is interested, I am using this pattern for the weaving.

Lastly, the knitting has picked up a bit of speed as well!!  More to come as lovely fall is just around the corner.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Yarny Randomness

Several years ago, the husband built a playhouse for the younger daughter in the very back of the yard where there are plenty of trees and shade.

As he is an avid deer hunter, this playhouse is also the size and shape of a deer blind, approximately four or five feet off the ground.  It has stairs leading up to it and windows on three sides.

The younger daughter decided a long time ago, but only after it was built, that she is an inside kind of girl. Despite begging her father for the playhouse, I doubt she has collectively spent more than ten minutes in it.

However, I have used it frequently over the years as a backdrop for photo shoots for many of my finished knitted projects!

Time has done a number on the abandoned structure with the stairs losing their supports and the bottom rotting out of it.

The husband observed the other day he needs to tear it down.  At the mention, I asked if he would save a wall with a window for me, so I can continue to use it as a backdrop.  He consented, but no further movement has been made to deconstruct.

Although, I admit, I immediately took a screwdriver and removed the door.

At barely five feet tall and twenty inches wide, it's not much of a thing, but I have moved it into my office/craft place/yoga sanctuary.  It now sports a cool hook to hold yarn, which enables me to photograph yarn inside...

Happy, Happy!

Wanton Fibers Flourish fingering in Damselfly.

Wanton Fibers Wanton DK in Ladyslipper.

Blue Moon Fibers Marine Silk Sport in Fade to Black.

Even the lowly Cascade 220 sport in Camel looks nice against the weathered wood.