Sock Knitting

So happy to have finished my Blue Stripe Ragg (Patons Kroy yarn)!   Perfect fit using the Flsh Lips Kiss heel.  This was my first time using this heel and it’s awesome.

Blue Stripe Ragg Socks - Patons Kroy

So, what do you do after you finish a pair of socks?  Why you start on another pair, of course!  For these I’m using Gale’s Art Wonder Sock Yarn in “The Big O” colorway.  It feels scrumptious and the colors are gorgeous.  Now I wish I could just sit all day and knit on these socks.

Socks - Gale's Art Yarn (1)No knitting all day today, though.  Must get to the pottery studio and work on more pieces for the Etsy shop.  Put a bisque load of yarn bowls in the kiln this morning.  Time to get back to the wheel!

 

 

Potato Soup Time

Boy am I enjoying my time off work this week!  Finally got in some knitting.  Got past the heels on my socks and am working on the cuffs.  I can’t wait to have more time to knit after I retire.  I know my days will fill up with other projects, but knitting will be high on my must-do list.

Made a pot of potato soup this morning and let it simmer while I was knitting.  Nothing better than a pot of homemade soup on the stove while you’re making handknit socks!  I love it!

Potato Soup

I don’t have a specific recipe for potato soup.  I make it differently every time, depending on what I have on hand.  If you’re interested, this is what I put in it this morning.  Sorry, I have no idea on the amounts of most of the ingredients.

POTATO SOUP

Dice 7-8 potatoes and cook them 8-10 min in the microwave while prepping the stock.

In the soup pot, saute chopped onion, celery, carrots, red bell pepper, and mushrooms in olive oil for 2-3 minutes.  Add butter and a little chicken broth to the mixture, then a couple tablespoons flour (I use self-rising) and let it cook a bit, like making a roux or gravy.  Stir in more chicken broth, gradually.  Add milk and a slice of raw bacon, salt and pepper.  Add the potatoes and let simmer for 30 minutes or an hour so the potatoes have time to soak up the flavors in the stock.  Garnish with green onions, cheese, crispy bacon.  Even more delicious when served with fresh baked crusty bread.  Yum!

That’s it, folks!

 

Time to Re-Stock!

Wow, the holiday shoppers nearly wiped out my Etsy store!  What a great feeling.  I hope the gift recipients are all enjoying their handmade pottery.

I’ll be taking a bit of a break to recoup from the Christmas rush and to gear up for the  upcoming year, but by the end of January, I should have the shop re-stocked, especially with mugs and with yarn bowls like these:

Yarn Bowl Collage

New Heel for Handknit Socks

I am loving this new heel for my handknit socks.  It’s called the Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist and the instructions can be purchased here, on Ravelry.

It’s a strange looking heel before it’s blocked, but it fits my foot wonderfully.  I’ll post more photos once both socks are complete and I can show them on my feet.  I’m so excited to finish these.

First FLK Heel

This is my first time to use Patons Kroy Socks yarn.  I’ve seen some very good reviews on this yarn and I’m hoping it lives up to the hype because I can buy this yarn locally.  I really like the way it’s looking and hope it washes and wears well, too.  The colorway is Blue Striped Ragg, knitted on size 1 needles.

I like knitting my socks simultaneously, to help match them up, however I don’t like them to be TOO matchy-matchy.  I started the second sock so it starts on a different colored stripe than the first sock.  They’ll go together, but not match.  Is there a term for that?  I wish I knew.

Socks - Patons Kroy

 

Do you have this in blue?

Seems no matter what color I glaze a piece, at some point someone asks, “Do you have this in blue?”.  I’ve come to believe that blue is the universal favorite color, so I mixed up this recipe for Variegated Slate Blue from Mastering Cone 6 Glazes and here are the results.  I love it!

Slate Blue Collage
So now I can answer that blue question with, “Why yes, yes I DO have that in blue.”.  More blue experiments to come.

 

Handmade Buttons

I love handmade buttons.

I love the subtle differences in each button and knowing that an artist/craftsperson created each one.  Handmade items deserve handmade buttons.

As a knitter and a seamstress (sewer?  sewist?) for the better part of my life, I know how hard it is to find those perfect buttons for your latest handmade creation.  One day a friend suggested I make buttons from the clay I use for making pots.  Lightbulb moment!  Danny thought it was a good idea, too, and would be something he could do since he doesn’t work on the wheel.

We’ve surely enjoyed exploring different textures and glazes.  Making buttons is so much different than making mugs and casseroles.  These are some of the leaf buttons we just pulled from the kiln.  I’ve listed some in the Etsy shop.  Hope you’ll check them out!

 

Handmade Buttons - Sharon Ivy