Old and New

Last night I realized the juxtaposition of old technology versus new technology.

 

Yes, that is my hand crank circular sock machine and my iPad.  I was able to watch a movie while cranking out a pair of silk/wool socks.  The best of both worlds.

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I Do….Because I Can.

Someone once asked me why I make socks when it’s so much easier to go to the store and buy a pair.  I replied, “Because I can.”   This week I have been making cotton socks for the family.  Each member got their own completed pair of socks today.  Almost everyone picked out their own color combo too.  A few pairs, I just winged it with what colors I thought they would like.

It’s kind of funny, really, because I recently read a blog post over at Granny Miller’s Blog and was excited because I finally felt like there was something I was doing right.  So, therefore, I do….because I can.

 

The weather is finally getting to me.  Having lived in the “desert” for the last 5 years I had grown accustomed to heat, sun, wind, and dry air.  Now living in a climate of near constant rain, seeing the sun peak out for a few moments is a treat.  Yesterday I started washing fleeces to spin up.

After washing, I am used to being able to set them outside for a few hours, and the fiber is all fluffy and dry and ready to go.  Not so here.  After a day and a half it is still quite damp, and I have a fan blowing on them to help speed up the process.  And, as I sit looking outside right this moment….sigh…it’s raining again.  I think I shall go find a project that will keep me busy.

More Socks and Some Bagels Too

I have been having way too much fun the past few days making more socks.  My latest experiments involve cotton and a microfine lycra thread.

 

When the cotton and lycra are knit together they make a tighter sock.  Once the sock is off the machine, it’s stretchy but it’s not until you steam the lycra that the magic happens.

This picture was taken before the sock was steamed:

It measures at 8 3/4 inches long.  Once steam is applied, the lcyra shrinks and pulls all the yarns together.

It shrank to 7 1/2 inches.  After a trip through the washer and dryer (on “normal” cycles)

PERFECT!  They are cushy and a bit snug, but not so snug they cut off your circulation.

 

Friday was bread baking day for the weekend.  Two loaves of bread and some apple cinnamon bagels that were perfect for Saturday’s breakfast.

A great way to use up some of those dehydrated apples from a few weeks ago.  If you are interested in the recipe, let me know and I will be glad to post it.  Our family really enjoys home made bagels.

Grape Jelly and Hand Made Socks

Do you know that you can make jelly from store bought juice?  So, when I found a sale on grape juice I decided to try this theory.  It worked.  Three cups of grape juice along with some sugar, and we had grape jelly.  Kids are thrilled.  Mom is thrilled, because the cost of jelly is rising and there are a lot of mouths to feed here.

I love this pair of socks.  The yarn was spun by me and then the socks were knitted on an old fashioned hand cranked knitting machine.

I love how the colors turned out.  Very comfy too.  These will keep my feet warm as it’s still pretty cold here even though it’s supposed to be spring.