Friday, September 28, 2007

Unusual Treasures

Two Gifts!
Two Gifts

Is there anything more fun than going to the mailbox and pulling out a gift? How about going back the next couple of days and finding another one! Both totally unexpected and much fun!

JAG sent the delightful photographs, which are of letters in a print set that belongs to favorite cousin. They are absolutely amazing and look splendid here in the window of the shop. I'm going to have to get some kind of special frame for them; they are just perfect with the light behind them. And speaking of wonderful images, JAG has opened a new etsy store, JGeorge Photography, where her marvelous images are now available as prints. You too can be the proud owner of a piece of the astonishingly beautiful and quirky world of JAG. Go now, I'll wait.

And I have never had anyone send me socks before! These are Cathy Clark's Forget-me-not socks, and I'll certainly never forget her kindness in sending them to me! Cathy's beautiful patterns continue to amaze me. These socks fit me perfectly, thanks to plotting between Cathy and JAG. They're everything a sock should be: cozy, warm, beautiful!

Dye Day!
Another Dye Day!

If I put up pictures of all the dyeing we'd be here awhile, so I'll just say the dye pots have been bubbling and there are some new yarns and spinning fiber here at the shop. Even the really bad mistake I made with one pot fortunately turned out pretty!

Hot Head
Orange Blossom Special

And I'm still knitting. This Finished Object pattern is Hot Head by Alex Zorn, found in Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook by Debbie Stoller. I made it in one of my hand spun Music yarns, called Orange Blossom Special. I really like the way the yarn knitted up. Not exactly the way the colors are in the original Hot Head sample, but more my style.

Beginning Violet Beauregard
Beginning Violet Beauregard

I haven't hung up my crochet hook, though. This will someday be Violet Beauregard by Heather Dixon, from Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet, also by Debbit Stoller. The yarn is Tahki Cotton Classic and the colors are wonderful. Progress is a bit slow, though. This stuff is a little harder on the fingers than my soft hand spun and I'm using an itty bitty (D) hook. Sorry to be obsessing over the Stitch 'n Bitch books, but the knitting one has really been helpful and it's just that now I'm getting some time to work on the crochet projects for ME that I liked in the crochet one!

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