Monday, October 05, 2015


 I've had this yarn in the stash for a few years now (2007?); it's a nice gold with rose & green sections.  It reminds me of the black hills gold colors that were all the rage when I was younger.  Finally I get to enjoy it.
One skein became one very shiny cowl.  It's a bit too big as I added 2 repeats to make up for using a different yarn & needle size than the pattern, but I can always squash it inside a jacket collar.
Pattern is Waverly Weekend Cowl and knit up - as promised - in a weekend. 

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Oh, Baby

Presented for your review: the first baby thing I have ever made & given to the happy parent.  A quick project and fluffy (if small) lap blanket.  The pattern is the "corner start" blanket and after a few moments of skepticism it was surprisingly simple to work.

The yarn was free and when I was done with the border I had maybe 3" left.  A crafting success if ever I had one.

In other news, today was the second day of the Vista Fiber Fair (held at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum). Some of the vendors bailed out because of the rain but the hardy souls who remained were much appreciated.  I brought home only one skein (on clearance!) and one pattern so I call that a win.  Even better was seeing old friends and sharing the event with a new friend.  Everyone should experience the joy of the AGSEM.

After we were done there it was time for a taco lunch in Oceanside & visit to my friend's rental place.  I got in a respectable amount of work on my Bosc Pear shawl.  I may need to take a break tomorrow to rest my fingers.

Saturday, October 03, 2015


I have been crafting away here at Chez Picky.  My best friend finally fell down the crafting rabbit hole so I have been crocheting a lot as we were having the first lessons. Then I remembered I love crocheting and my friend is a good "finisher" so she is pushing me along to get some UFOs out of the storage bins.

The steampunk blanket is coming along at last.  All the little squares have been done for some time.  Now I am connecting the nine-blocks.  Then the six of those will be made into a little lap blanket.
Green square

Silver square
The yarn is Loopy Ewe Solid Series, Steampunk sampler plus a lot of brown to balance.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Tour de Fleece 2015

It's that time again!  

Tour de Fleece 2015: goal of spinning one spindle per day. First batch of fiber is 100 gr natural colored cotton in white, light brown, med brown, mauve and green, 20 gr each.

It took 3 lengths of sliver to fill the spindle (about 12" each)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Partially Armed

Progress continues:

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Sweater Weather

Action shot!
Not quite this orange in person - more brown.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Sweet Charleston Tea

Today was cast on day!  Sadly I do not have an in-progress shot, but I will give you a teaser of the yarn. It is positively scrumptious.

In other news, new cockatiel chick is still pipping along. No nestmates yet.  The second baby from the spring clutch (now a teeny bopper) has found a new home and will be delivered Saturday. I have a lot of intensive handling to do between now & then.  And flight training.

Last but not least, I remembered to vote today after work.