Saturday, July 31, 2010

House of Oz.......

A side-duel for HLBOE term 4 ... we needed to create a book-scarf. We could use the usual HP House colors, or create our own. Since I have another mini swap coming up & needed some more items, I chose to create my own 'House', the House of Oz.

Colors? Easy! Yellow (brick road) with emerald (city) accent. :)

Men's Irish Hiking Socks

Another Meagheen Ryan pattern.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Term 4 Muggle Studies

Had to find a local fantastic creature & capture it on film ......

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Beauty & the Beast sock

Rich brown for the Beast's fur.
Sunshine yellow for Belle's gown.
And all *mine*!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Minerva :)

My latest 'magical creature' :)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Luck o' the Irish

Another Meagheen Ryan design - Men's Irish Hiking Socks.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Mini sock :)

Okay .... I couldn't resist making *something* right away with the yarns I dyed .... this is it. :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Bug Swap, July 2010

The July 2010 Wee Tiny Sock Swap was themed for bugs. My first choice was the Luna Moth, the largest of the moths and a soft green all over. My partner made this sock to represent the moth.

Yarn dye experiment #2

Decided to play with my new Wilton paste food colors today, so I skeined up some mini-skeins of fingering weight wool.

Such fun! First three pictures show set up. One skein was already dyed in strawberry kool-aid. I re-dyed parts of it with burgundy. The rest of the yarn was undyed.

I did one in green, well, I thought I did one. Found out I did two, so I got to play with the second one, adding a second color to it by putting just part of the skein into the dye bath & nuking for 2 minutes.

Did one in solid golden yellow, to go with the solid green for an upcoming Oz swap.

Then I made a mistake .... I asked my husband to help me pick out combinations. He has a good eye for color. The mistake? I didn't tell him I only wanted *2* colors per combination. He, of course, promptly picked out *3*. ::sigh::

So .... I have a skein with teal, kelly green & royal blue. I have a skein with kelly green, leaf green and teal. And I have a skein with orange, golden yellow and lemon yellow. Whew!

But then ...... I took a deep breath & the skein I had dyed in green & yellow ..... and I dipped just the end of the yellow into the orange & nuked it. Then I dipped just the end of the green into a deeper green & nuked it. Now I have a skein with variegated greens & yellow/orange!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

Severed Finger

It's a joke, Peeves ....... just a joke .........

More Minis.........

Two more mini sock patterns from Meagheen Ryan - Let It Snow and Prof. Snape

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Still more recent knitting .......

The burgundy & gold mini Christmas stocking is from patterns by Terry Morris - you can find them on under mix-it-up Christmas stockings. There are three different sets of patterns for knitted stockings, one for textured stockings, some of which I used here, one for stranded color work and one for intarsia color work. You can also find patterns for a crocheted version. Patterns are available only to members of holidaymysterygifts on

The small variegated red mini sock is the July 2010 kit for the Wee Tiny Sock Club, a group on

More recent knitting

Test knit for Meagheen Ryan. Mrs. Pot, Chip & Luminere from Beauty & the Beast

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Christmas in July Stocking craft-a-long

One of my yahoo groups, holidaymysterygifts, has started a Mix It Up Christmas-in-July craft-along. There are patterns for crochet and knitting - for intarsia, for stranded colorwork, for textured stockings of one color.

I'm going to be making more than one - I can't possibly get all those patterns on just one stocking!

This one is just two colors - deep forest green & cream.