Friday, September 23, 2016

Fiber Arts Friday: Orange Socks, part 2

Both of Hubba's Orange Socks now have complete gussets.  Be careful, I'm knitting at lightning speed.  ;-)


Heels are next.

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Fiber Arts Friday: Modified Rill Scarf

The Rill Scarf has been in my Ravelry favorites for quite a while.  I love the simple elegance of this pattern and have had a few different ideas about which yarn to use.

So after finishing the Alpaca Cape, I decided on fine gauge alpaca that has been in my stash for quite a while too

I don't really enjoy making lace. So after about 6 or 8 rows I had messed it up.  Yes it's a simple lace pattern and yes I messed it up.  :-/  Maybe I should take a class one day... I think lace can be truly beautiful and I would like to do it well. But for now, I changed the lace panel to garter stitch.

After a couple of more false starts, I think (hope) I'm on my way.  ;-)


Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Alpacamundo Monday: it's looking like fall

The leaves are changing.  The days are shorter.  The air is cooler.  The alpaca are quietly growing their warm fleece.


Fall is in the air.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Fiber Arts Friday: New Socks

At the end of March I stopped by the Interweave Yarn Fest.  I was in search of supplies for my loom.  I found those and also came out with a little roving and yarn... only one of each, so I really do mean "a little."  :-)

For someone who prefers natural colors, I find it interesting that when I do buy yarn, it is often a pop of color.  I suppose it makes sense since I can spin my own yarn and I'm not too interested in becoming a dyer.  ;-)


Yoth Yarns is a relatively new brand with great presentation.  I loved the industrial feeling of their display furniture and color palette.  Which made the few non-steel-like colors really pop out.


The orange made me think of Hubba, so I brought home one skein of "Little Brother," a fingering weight of squooshy Superwash Merino, Cashmere and Nylon.


I thought I might make him a hat, but he said he preferred socks.... so I wound the skein into a cake, weighed it and then broke the cake into two... 50g each.


I considered trying two-at-a-time socks but given the fact that I have yet to be affected by SSS (Second Sock Syndrome) and I had a trip coming up, I decided that one at a time would be easier to handle on the airplane.


I am using US#2 (2.75mm) and the Sock It To Me pattern.  So far I have worked both socks to the end of the foot and am into the second gusset.


Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Alpacamundo Monday: Sunrise

I know I posted a sunrise picture recently, but with the sun rising later and the little bit of fog on Wednesday morning, I couldn't help myself. ;-)


I hope you had a lovely Labor Day weekend, if you're stateside.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Peaches, 2016

Peach Pickup Day was a couple of weeks ago.


As I've mentioned before, our neighbor sells peaches as part of a fund raiser for women's college scholarships... something I feel very strongly about.


There were 2 Lug Boxes or 36 lbs of very delicious and juicy peaches.  This is about all I can get done in one weekend.



We have plenty of jam from last year and are using more frozen. So I only made one batch of butter, one batch of a new-to-me savory peach chutney, and I froze everything else.



These will be so delicious in January.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Alpacamundo Monday: Hay Day

Hay Delivery Day is one of my favorites.  The alpacas and dogs come up to their fence when the hay arrives.


The neighbor's cows followed me up and down our shared fence trying to convince me to give them some too.  But don't worry, they have plenty of their own hay to eat.


I just love the smell of fresh hay in the barn.