Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Anna's Shetland Kimono designed by Anna Zilboorg.


Sunday, August 24, 2014



Almost done - should be blocking tonight or tomorrow . . .

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Move In

 Monday was the day.  Most of the students move in on Thursday (tomorrow), but The Divine Miss M decided to join the marching band and there was band camp for a week before school starts.
So we packed up the car with all her stuff (less than Girl Far From Home - remember?) and headed on down the road (about 5 miles).

The dorm building - and the only shot of her.  

If you look at the very end of the hall, on the left side you can see half a green door - that's her room.

She needed the occupied sign because most of the rooms are still unoccupied.
Her side of the room - on the very left of the photo you can see her roommate's bed post - there is only about 4 feet between them - it's a very small room.

The tv and dvd player are on top of the wardrobe because her bed is so high.  She thought she might move them to the top of the dresser - we will see how that works out.

 See the pretty blankets and sheets she picked?  This set of sheets is the purple of the bottom pillow case, the other set is the pattern of the top pillow case.  Her towels are the same purple.  Notice she took the Ga Tech pillow she made in 5th or 6th grade and the pink blanket I knit her years and years ago when her baby blanket (the one Mom knit) quit covering all of her.

 Her little fridge - had to get her one because she really needs her cheese and fruit.  I looked at 1.7 cu ft fridges but they wouldn't even hold her cheese and fruit.  This is a 2.7 and it's really tiny but I didn't want something that one person couldn't carry.

 The rug Dena made has moved to several spots in the room.  I'm thinking it will continue moving for a while.  Surprisingly enough, the entire dorm is carpeted.

 This is going to be the ONLY photo ever of a clean wardrobe.  It's only this clean because I unpacked everything while she was at her band audition.  This photo was taken Monday morning and I'm sure by the time I got home, this was already not so clean . . . it's been two days and I'm betting it's a huge mess.

 There is a window at the end of each bed and an A/C unit between the two windows - they can control their own temperature which is much nicer than Hollins.

Her desk is still mostly empty, but the dresser is pretty full.  She won't keep clothing folded so drawers don't work for her for clothes.  So I used it for other stuff - top drawer is office supplies (notebooks, pens, spiral binders, etc); middle drawer is electronics cables, calculators, game boys, etc (she has a lot more of that stuff than most kids); bottom drawer is full of food - she likes to snack in the evening.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Bulls Eye!!!

Dena is terrific at making rugs - really terrific!  This is the blue and gold rug she made for The Divine Miss M - those are her school colors (or will be in a few days).  

Dena knit this with a strand of fun fur and a strand of feltable wool and then she tossed it in my washing machine.

It didn't get significantly smaller, but it got thicker and it's sooooo nice and cozy for toes!  
Miss M will love it in her dorm room!

This is where I am on the Carved Kimono.  I think I am going to love this.  I love the colors and the pattern and it's almost halfway done (well, maybe it is halfway done since the back is both sides).

Here is a photo of Anna in her Carved Kimono.  I hadn't been able to see this for a long time (it belongs to XrX) so had forgotten the color was brown.  Most times this sweater is seen in gray because that is the color of the kit Yarns International sold.

This lovely quilt was a gift from a dear friend.  She made it for me and it was my birthday gift.  
I think it is one of the most beautiful things ever!


Saturday, July 19, 2014

A Beautiful Necessity

I finally finished these - and I love them.  That Girl wants to steal them, but I don't think I will let her.  I knit them and then I embroidered them - that was a fair amount of work.
A Beautiful Necessity by Anna Zilboorg - another free-sole sock pattern.  This pattern is available through Blue Moon Fiber Arts.  


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Calling my name

I just finished a big sample and now I am trying to finish up about ten rows on a sock, about half a shawl and the edging on another shawl . . . But these two yarns just won't stop teasing me! They want to be cast on . . . They want me to knit gauge swatches . . . They want new projects to start . . .

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Dyeing yarn . . .

Dena and I are going to make Anna Zilboorg's Carved Kimono.  We are testing the pattern so it can be added to Ravelry as a for sale, downloadable pattern.   But we didn't have yarn - well, Dena did but not quite enough.  So we ordered the yarn that Anna probably originally used when she first knit it (which is not what is shown in this photo).
We got lots and lots of yarn - five pounds of it - all in it's natural state.  So we decided to dye it.   
We went online and looked at all the dye colors and picked two that we thought would look great in a tonal yarn.  I had a small hank of the same yarn, so as soon as the dyes arrived, I did a test.  

Um, it didn't turn out very well.  The photo barely shows it, but the lighter area which is supposed to be tan is pretty green in spots.  So, we decided to eliminate the tan but then we didn't have enough of the toffee color to dye all the yarn.  So we went through the dyes I had and Dena picked blues for her yarn.
Then the yarn arrived on Wednesday afternoon - Finally!!!

So, first I gave it a good soak.  Now that sink is not all the yarn, that is just half of it - one person's portion.  

 My normal dye pot wasn't big enough for this much yarn, so I hit goodwill and got this roasting pan - it is HUGE.  I also tossed that test hank in to overdye the green sections.  That green pitcher was supposed to be for mixing the dye up in, but it was plastic and didn't hold up too well to boiling water . . . oops!

First batch was the toffee yarn - my yarn.  Sadly, I didn't stir the pot enough and so the bits of yarn that were nearest the heat absorbed a lot more dye than the rest.  So my yarn has some really dark spots - they don't ruin it though as shown in later photos.

Dena's blue dye being added to the vinegar water - loved how the dye slowly spread into the water.

 The blue dye bath . . . The blue yarn got a lot more variegated than I intended.  Thank goodness I'm not trying to make a living dyeing yarn!

 The toffee yarn drying in the sun.

Close up of the dark spots.

 The blue yarn which was supposed to be tonal but ended up being pretty variegated.

How the blue knit up - and these colors are pretty accurate - it is a bit more turquoise than blue.  It knits up nicely - a larger piece will yield less striping.

The toffee knit up.  You can see bits of the really dark on the left hand side and the bottom.  It doesn't look bad at all.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Azalea Poop

This is what happens after my favorite azalea blooms . . . 
It's the last azalea in the yard to start blooming at the very end of May.  It opens up with blooms in both colors (yes, same plant - same branches even sometimes).  The bush is large (actually there are two like this and one is large the other is in the shade and not so large) and there are hundreds of flowers.  The flowers start opening one or two a day and then suddenly the bush is covered.  Until it's not.  Just as suddenly, all the flowers fall off at the same time and the pine straw beneath the bush is covered in this petal profusion.  

In my yard I also have at least a dozen hydrangea bushes.  I have more than one type, but most of them are this plane jane kind - standard all over the south.

And, in the south, they flower blue.  A really pretty blue, but always blue.  Landscapers love to pair them with Stella d'oro day lilies because the blue and yellow look so good together.  And that is the case in my yard.  I have dozens of beautiful blue hydrangeas.

 Except that this year, some of them are pink.  That's kind of odd for Georgia given the acidity of our soil.  But one bush is giving me mostly pink flowers this year.  Different, and I like it!

 Another bush is giving me lavender flowers - now I really like that.  Aren't they pretty?

And that same lavender bush is giving me these half and half flower balls!  (And see that blue flower ball - yep, same bush.)

I love this.