Stockings are hung


Knit for Baby Setsuko for her first holiday season.
Santa - Get busy cuz this bad boy needs fillin'.

Pattern: Classic Socks for the Family, supersized!
Yarn: My own handspun. Bulky CyberCandy and Sterling
Duration: Quick like lightening!
Note: The little i-cord bow sets it off nicely.


Merry Merry.

In the midst of everything, Baby Joachim made an early appearance.
(No. He's a baby, not a cookie jar)
So, off to knit.

Pattern: Wee Hat (sorry, only available on Ravelry)
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted
Duration: 2 hours
Note: Buddha looks really great in it

And another, which didn't look as good on Buddha.
A little too long in the noggin.

Pattern: Bamboozle Baby Hat - want to make those booties and sweater too.
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted
Duration: 3 hours
Note: My first project knit continental style. Big plans for learning stranded knitting in 2008 and I think continental may be one of the keys. It does speed things up!

And because I can't seem to stop myself - hand-dyed rovings. A total blast.

2oz Cultivated Silk Top
Dyed with Landscapes Elements Dyes. by preparing the roving and dribbling on the water dilution dye. Then rolled in plastic clingwrap and steamed until set.

2 oz Brown cashmere 50/Tussah 50
Used the same dyes but sprinkled the powders directly on the prepared roving lain in the enamel pan of a small electric roasting oven.

This was a freaking disaster.

Yak. And it looks exactly like someone did.

1.9 oz Yak Top
Same dyes. Same process as above HOWEVER when placing the sliver into the initial hot water bath the whole thing went apeshit. Fiber separating and floating everywhere.

Never deterred by abject failure I continued on with the dyeing and luckily...

... was able to fluff the whole thing out again. We'll see how it spins.

Z enjoyed the creation of the Gingie House.

"Mama. Can we eat it now?...



You know how it goes.


Fairly Odd Mother said...

With my two girls, they'd sneak a little candy and then leave the poor house alone. My son? He picked at it so much I had to move it to a higher location and even now, he asks, "candy, mama? candy?" all the time! Oh, and your knitting is gorgeous as usual.

tiennieknits said...

Great knits and candy house! I hope you're able to still use that roving!

Ali said...

Oh do I ever know how that gingerbread house thing goes. The only blessing is that Johnny gorged himself on so many sweeties that he is now slumped in front of the TV in a sugar induced coma so I have 10 mins peace!

And your stocking is fabby.

Anonymous said...

I'm amazed at how the yak turned into a beautiful pile of fluff! I'm itching to try my hand at dying some rovings...

Every morning I go through an elaborate routine to move chairs and such so no small children (Maggie!) can get their hands on the gingerbread house.

Merry merry!

Chickenbells said...

How about now?

Love the stocking and the sweet little hats...just wonderful...and the roving? Yes, a little like Ralphing...oh my...at least the colors are pretty!

Lindsey said...

Glad you were able to save the roving! Hope it turns out well.

Merry Christmas!!