Almost done, done and something new!

So what is almost done ….

Still not to much knitting going on but I am happy to report that I’ve almost finished the mate to my modified Los Monos Locos socks!!!  I’ve just started the heel gusset increase and hope to have this mate finished by the weekend, it not sooner.

Now for those of you who don’t know me too well, when it comes to self-striping yarn, my stripes have to match.  That means I am known to rip out and start over until I have a perfect matching pair of striped socks.  Yep, I’m a little OCD about that!  So,I ‘m very happy to report that my stripes match and I will soon be wearing a new pair of socks.

So what have I finished …

To give my left arm a little bit of a break from a tremendous amount of knitting and spinning, I’ve turned to cross stitch.  I haven’t worked on cross stitch for years but decided it would be fun to do again.  I really enjoyed working on Quote the Raven by the Cricket Collection.  I made a couple of changes, basically just color and love how it turned out.

As you can see in the photo above left, the fabric was cream and on the right a bit more “beige/tan”.  After finishing the stitching, I decided that this piece needed a more vintage halloweens appeal and opted to tea dye it.  The result was just as I hoped (see below) and I was quite pleased that I even had a frame that was perfect for it.

Please forgive the glare and shadow from me taking the photo
For the tea dying process:  I used two PG Tips tea bags and boiling hot water.  I prepared the finished piece by rinsing it underneath hot water and then placed it into it’s tea bath.  I swished it around several times and then allowed it to seep in the tea for about five minutes. I then took it out, placed it on a towel and used one of the tea bags to dab a bit more “tea color” around the design. I gently rolled it up in paper towels to remove excess water and then placed it on a towel to dry outside in the sun.   
So what is new …

I share a few Harry Potter inspired knits last Friday and fell in love with Always by Mary Annarella.
Photo courtesy of Mary Annarella
I will be making this fun knit in Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted in Lapis and Nutmeg. I’m hoping to have enough yarn left over to make mitts to match as the MC (Lapis) only requires 170 yards and the CC (Nutmeg) only requires 80 yards.  With that in mind, I’m think fingerless mitts in Nutmeg with touches of the Lapis.

What do you have going on this week?  Any finished projects or soon to be finished projects ?

Until next time ~ stay creative!

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