Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Well Read Bun

Smokey, my French angora rabbit, really likes magazines....well, really likes to chew on magazines...but her favorites tend to be healthy ones. She like my Curves magazine, and is very fond of Martha Stewart.

Here's a pair of Monkey Socks I've finished for Christmas using Trekking XXL yarn. Love that yarn, and this is a great knitted sock pattern. Have to wash and block them, but hey, the knitting is finished!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Making Cane Syrup

Today was a BEAUTIFUL south GA day, and a perfect one to make cane syrup. We arrived at the farm a little late for the pressing, but our friend Tracy is demonstrating how it's done with a tractor/contraption that squeezes out the juice into a bucket, while the tractor driver(used to be mule) gets dizzy going round and round and round.

Next, the juice is boiled for hours (and hours) in a caldron and skimmed to remove impurites such as wax from the cane and anything else lurking in the boiling caldron.

It's getting close to time for syrup now, and the way it pours off of the edge of the bucket lets you know if it's ready. (I would need a thermometer to figure this out, but I think I got it by what it looks like....)

It's ready - time for Cosmic Ray and Donald to pour it through cheesecloth and filter out any remaining plant/bug parts.

I had the all important job of moving the empty bottles into position to pour....
Time for biscuits! Yum!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Plan Ahead....

Aren't these cool socks?? They were going to be a Christmas gift, however.....I'm running out of yarn. And better yet, the company who dyed this yarn is not making anymore at the moment....so, progress is halted on this pair of socks.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Homemade soap

Cosmic Ray is wondering if Walmart is no longer making soap or socks, since I seem to be making both of them at a fast pace...but here's pics of my soapmaking endeavors with Lindsey this week. The soap on the left has chocolate swirled in it, just because I think chocolate is good on the outside and inside of every person. The soap on the right is lavender - nice circles using a Pringles can as a mold.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Smokey gets a haircut...she's slightly embarrassed...

Smokey has lost her baby coat, and I have 2 ounces of angora wool to spin! She looks a little "sheepish" and isn't quite sure if she likes her new look....she is enjoying hopping around on our new plywood subfloor we're putting in our front room.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Silly wabbit....

Still enjoying Smokey, the French angora. She likes to hop around on the tile in our dining room.

Had fun dying roving at the GA National Fair on Saturday - dyed some merino rovings with indigo. The pot of dye looks nasty - yukky yellow green, but it's a miracle when you pull it out and let the air hit it - it turns a beautiful blue!!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Smokey comes home...

Here she is - I'm now the proud owner of a French angora rabbit! She's 4 months old, friendly and loveable, and I can't wait to spin some mittens and socks from her. She came home with me today while I was attending a spin-in at the GA National Fair in Perry, GA...I wandered over to the rabbit show and was smitten. Stay tuned for bunny updates.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Spinning is a beautiful thing....

Here it is - the yarn from Alix the Shetland sheep. I've started a pair of socks with some merino for accents...think I'm going to TRY to knit a sweater, too...if I'm brave enough. But who needs a wool sweater in South GA?? I'd get to wear it once or twice/year...

Here's my newest spinning project - I met a great lady in Newnan who was spinning angora from her bunny. She was kind enough to send me some to try - it is SO SOFT. I now want an angora rabbit...but Cosmic Ray is not being too agreeable....hey, they are smaller than sheep, and don't eat as much....

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Tour de Fleece starts soon!

My family thinks I've totally gone over-the-edge now....but this is a great idea!  Spin while those sweaty folks bike all over France!  Click here for more info and join today.

Back to spinning the mountains of roving from Alix, the Shetland sheep.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Alix's Fleece Arrives!

Alix, a moorit Shetland Sheep from Sheltering Pines in Michigan, gave me this beautiful fleece.  I had it processed in Indiana at Wooly Knob and it's spinning up nicely!  Think I'll make a sweater...or socks....or a shawl....or hats....decisions, decisions...

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Fibery Goodness for Mother's Day

My kids and husband surprised me with these beautiful rose quartz merino rovings from Main Street Yarns and Fibers in Watkinsville, GA....they were up in north GA for a 4-H contest and stopped there to by my present...they did good!! It spins up soft like a dream! The sock started on the right is from some yarn I got from Sheri at the Loopy Ewe - it's called Las Vegas Brights and it's very colorful and soft. Hope all mothers had a great Mother's day!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Kool-aid - more than just a fun drink....

I've been dyeing some superwash merino rovings with Kool-aid and having a great time!! The colors are bright, it's easy and the kids like helping...

Monday, April 23, 2007

Spinning, spinning....

I've got a new addiction, er hobby....spinning with my Kromski Prelude spinning wheel. I spun this blue-faced leicester wool into a double ply skein last week. Now I'm trying to decide whether to dye it, or knit it into something as it is....it's so soft, I feel like knitting it into a stuffed animal....
I spun some wool rovings from the Sheep Shed Studio, plyed 2 singles together and knitted this hat for my daughter. She loves it!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Zokni Socks

My mother's family is from Hungary, and I thought it would be fun to make a pair of socks with a Hungarian connection - Zokni means "socks" in Hungarian. This pattern is found at Pepperknit.blogspot.com I'm using Lisa Souza sock yarn in the Violets' Pink Ribbon color and the yarn is gorgeous and soft...can't wait to wear them, but I think my oldest daughter is claiming them for herself.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Monkey Socks Finished!

Loved this pattern from Knitty.com! Worked up nicely in Lorna's Laces Iris Garden yarn on #1 double pointed needles! Daughters are fighting over who gets to wear them....

Monday, February 19, 2007

Monkey Socks

I love this pattern!! This is the Monkey sock pattern in winter edition of Knitty, a great online knitting magazine. My cat, Mocha, loves this sock, too....actually she loves anything I knit, and loves the yarn before I knit....cats are funny that way.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Chain Link socks finished and others started...

These chain link socks from the Nov/Dec SixSox knitalong group on Yahoo were fun to make! I used Trekking XXL yarn and size 1 needles - hope my sister likes them! I'm also making the Thuja sock from Knitty for my daughter - these are working out beautifully with KimiK sock yarn I bought on ebay. Great colors!

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Sampler Quilt Blocks

Finally!! These quilt blocks have been hanging around my laundry room for a few years, and I finally decided to sew them together. I'm going to look for a darker fabric to put around the outside, and get it machine quilted soon. This is the year of finishing the unfinished projects!

Monday, January 29, 2007

Death by socks....

I've been killed...but what a way to go!! My Death-by-socks assassin, Elizabeth, got me with these socks today - and I love them! I've been wearing them since they came in the mail, and everyone I've showed loves them, too! This yahoo group is fun and what a great pattern.
Here's my unfinished sock that goes back to Elizabeth to finish for her next victim...

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Snowing in NE Pennsylvania..finally....but not enough for me

I guess when you visit Pennsylvania in January, you expect it to snow, but it's still exciting when it happens....especially when you live in South GA and it NEVER snows. I'm spending time with my parents as they recover from hip replacement(dad) and spinal stinosis injections(mom) and this snow was just what I needed for MY therapy. Even though the wind chill was 3 degrees, and the actual temp. was 19 degrees, I took a 2 mile walk just to enjoy the snow and the deep
blue sky.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Chain Link socks finished

This pattern is fun! From the yahoo group six sox knitalong, we knit 6 patterns/year and have lots of fun. These are for my sister, whose favorite color is purple. I knit them on #1dpns using Trekking XXL yarn - one of my favorites.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

5.17 miles of sock yarn

Just finished laying out my sock yarn stash and discovered I own MILES of sock yarn waiting to be knitted into socks....I signed up for Limenviolet's sock marathon and discovered how big my stash was....and it doesn't include partial skeins or alpaca I'm not sure what to do with yet...
Heading to PA in a few days to help take care of my dad while he has his hip replaced - hopefully I'll knit some of this into SOCKS!