has made it to the quarter-finals after an unfortunate rough game on Sunday versus the Netherlands. We haven't made
it this far in the World Cup
in decades! We play again this Saturday morning at 8 am. England is most likely going to kick our butts but it's
still pretty exciting! (My dad is Portuguese and I grew up in Lisbon where soccer is massive).
We saw the game at the only Portuguese restaurant in town, Portugalia
and the place was packed. If you're in the area and want to eat in Ocean Beach check it out.
Check out some pix of my fair city: Lisboa
....geez. I haven't posted in a while and now it's only a few words. But the rules state that you post to
your blog, so a meme via Nancy
Rules: Please leave a one-word comment that you think best describes me — it can only
be one word long. Then copy and paste this into your blog so that I may leave a word about you.
And, despite the lack of pictures, I do have quite a chunk of the Roundabout Leaf Tank done, although it's pretty
boring at this point. I only work on it while watching TV, which lately has been Cowboys in Space night at Heidi's or
watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer (which is new to me). I do have some progress on a lace project which I started just
for fun and hadn't really intended on finishing. I may ditch the Trellis Scarf altogether and complete this one instead.
Pix to come.
Well, maybe I'll put a pic. This is a stash of goodies acquired a couple of weekends ago when the knitter's that
were at the dye party, decided to go tour the only Camel Dairy in the U.S. While we were up in that area, we did a "best-of"
Julian tour and stopped to pick up local goodies. So if you're up there on Rte. 78, check out the following (I've been
assured, they're the best of the best):
Hand-made camel milk soap from Oasis Camel Dairy
, Jalapeno bread from Dudley's Bakery
, Peppermint Bark from King Leo's
, and local honey from one of the candy stores in downtown Julian (White Sage and Orange Blossom; I couldn't decide!).
Oh, and I finally joined the the 21st century....even my mom had one before I did:
So now that I've had my final in my Plant ID course, and the crazy deadline at work has come and gone, I can finally
post about last weekend's fun. Wendy
hosted a fabulous dye day at her house and it was tons of fun.
I've post a few pix here, but I took a bunch so I put a link at the end of the post to the Flickr set.
Everyone's yarn before dying. There was sock yarn, lace weight yarn, and some amazing silk yarn
. The yarn has all been soaking in a vinegar and water mix overnight:
Yarn prep by Grace, Yoli, Heidi
, and Nancy
. The skeins need to be tied off in several places with acrylic yarn so they don't get tangled:
mixing the acid dye powder with water (safety first!):
I brought some skeins that I bought but didn't like the color of. I overdyed them with green. By mixing basic
colors up in different amounts, we created several different colors:
Yarn wrapped in Saran Wrap so that the dye doesn't leak into other yarns in the same pot. The yarn has to be steamed
to set the color:
After steaming in a crock pot, this is what we ended up with. Aren't they beautiful! (The bottom two are the ones
I love the way this skein turned out. It's Louet Gems Pearl
sock yarn that I picked up from Wendy's store Lanas de Libelula
. Two pairs of socks from one skein. I love
this uber soft yarn!:
I'm seriously thinking about buying myself some acid dyes and playing with colors. I was razzed (you know who you
are ;) because I carefully plan out my color choices...but hey, that's where the most fun was in it for me (I was an Art major
for more dye party pix!