Secret knitting update 

Tonight I finished knitting my secret project! There is a tiny bit of finishing work, but I feel good having the knitting done, and ahead of schedule.  With these secret projects that involve deadlines, I tend to get them done really early so there’s no last-minute panic! I wish I could do the same in other areas of my life. ­čĄö

Coming along nicely 

Maybe I like costumes a little too much? Two days into Halloween prep and the Wee Boy’s Fourth Doctor outfit is progressing nicely! The coat and vest have been altered/sewn, and the scarf is already over a foot long.

  I need to put buttons on the vest and coat for sure- yesterday the jacket was out for a test run and was flapping annoyingly in the wind. There are distinct advantages to getting an early start, eh?? No last-minute irritating surprises like flapping clothing!  The hat also needs a wind-proof strap, as it flew off the Boy’s head more than once! 

I highly recommend this scarf pattern for a child’s Doctor scarf- it’s quick and easy, and the stripes are fun! And goodness, I haven’t made a garter stitch scarf since I started knitting over 10 years ago! ­čśő

Little by little

My secret knitting project is coming along nicely, but the slippery yarn plus size four needles have been bothering my hands, so I can only do a little each day. 

I’ve resurrected my mystery KAL hat, and have decided to whom I’ll gift it- I’ll tell you later, but I think it’s a super cool choice. 

I’m about to start the crown, thank goodness! With a recipient in mind, I hope to finish it up soon! Only 21 rows to go.


Tonight at knit night I started and finished a tiny Gryffindor scarf bookmark- a birthday gift for a fellow Harry Potter fan.  I did the fringe when I got home.

The pattern is from Charmed Knits, Projects for Fans of Harry Potter. I used DK weight yarn, so it’s a bit thicker than I’d like, but I didn’t want to but yarn for such a small project so I made do with stash yarn (mystery red cotton, yellow Silky Wool).  I think the recipient will be pleased!

Cute little FO

A few weeks ago (?) I started sewing a Japanese knot bag out of some cute fabric a friend gave me. I couldn’t get far at that time, due to kids and confusion with the pattern. But today I finished it!

I meant for it to be a project bag, but as soon as it was done, I was heading to the library and stuck my wallet, phone, and keys inside, instead of taking my big (and unnecessary) backpack. It was perfect! Here’s an awkward selfie to document the simultaneous use of handknit sweater, handknit socks, and handmade bag.

Also! Yesterday we went to the beach and the kids decided to wear their recently tie dyed shirts, so here they are in action.

And! My indigo-dyed yarn is finally dry- here’s what they look like.

I’m pleased! Hope you had a good weekend!

Dye day

Today we went to a friend’s house for socializing and dyeing! I was very excited for this, because I’d been wanting to dye some white handspun and overdye some bright green handspun that I have never gotten inspired to knit up.


copious use of rubber bands here.


There was dye made from yellow flowers as well, but I chose to use only indigo. Compressed results:

4 skeins of yarn, 2 bits of fabric,1 pair of socks, and 2 t-shirts.  I’m so pleased with all the results! I’d hoped the green yarn would end up more of a blue, but the forest green is better (to me, at least) than the neon green!

Now I really want to try more tie-dyeing! I felt like I was a teenager again, working on my 4-H projects for the county fair! ­čśť