Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Not just yarn (but mostly yarn)

Yes, we've already started to decorate for Christmas! It's the best time of the year. First there's Halloween, then Thanksgiving, then Christmas, then nothing until Halloween rolls around again! We didn't do much for Halloween, carved some pumpkins (can you guess which one is mine? I bet you can't), had some decorations up, but mostly ate too much candy. I'm determined to enjoy the holiday season for as long as I can. We also picked up a new bookshelf for our books and movies the cat. There's a tree right in front of the window with lots of birds, and it overlooks the neighbor's yard where all the street cats hang out. He's been pretty happy with his new spot.

I finished knitting a pair of socks just for myself as part of a Halloween knit-a-long. I dyed the yarn myself with food coloring and I'm so in love with them. I've been wearing them around the house for the past few days. I was going to try to wear them out but the only shoes I have are bright orange flats and it looked kind of ridiculous. Regardless, I love them. I picked up some professional acid dyes to experiment a bit more with dyeing yarn. Most of what I have come up with has been extremely ugly, but some of it looks nice. It's definitely a work in progress. I'm currently making a pair of Endpaper Mitts for myself with the teal yarn I dyed and some glittery mint yarn and I am thoroughly impressed with my progress so far. It's my first time doing any kind of color work. A month ago I had never knit anything more than a simple scarf and now I'm doing fair isle. Look at me go. My advice for anyone who wants to knit something scary looking is to just go for it, it looks much scarier than it actually is.

Sean took me up to Julian a couple weeks ago to get me out of the city. I get frustrated with driving, dealing with crowds, and never having any real peace and quiet. I'm not much of city girl. He got the most adorable little cabin. I'm obsessed with tiny houses so I was so excited to stay in an (almost) tiny house. It was just so precious. I can't wait to go back for a weekend, I would get so much knitting done!