So remember the very cute rainbow socks from last time?  How cute they were?  I was just about ready to turn the heel the other night…but it was late so I went to bed instead.  As I was washing my face, I saw lines all over my hands…weird….black lines.  Wrapped around my fingers.   In just the same place that I hold my yarn.  Yep – the black dye was coming off.    I found the dyer on Ravelry and sent her a message – and she responded very quickly with some ideas – basically really dark colors can do this, and I need to set the dye.  No biggie – I just had to frog the socks (sigh), skein it, and then cook it in the microwave.  This is how far I’ve gotten…


Almost there right?  The yarn has been sitting on my table for a couple of days – I really need to skein it up and get it going.  But I’ve been distracted with this….


I had to have commute knitting!  So I started another pair of socks – and for this, I pulled yarn directly out of the stash (not out of my sock of the month bags).  This is ShibuiKnits sock yarn – very pretty, eh?  This is another Wendy Knits toe up pattern (Diagonal Lace) from the book – very easy, but I think pretty for this yarn.   

And now that I’m distracted by the new socks, I really have to push myself to take care of the black rainbow yarn….although I want to because it was knitting up so nicely.   I do suspect that the longer I let this go, the more likely that this yarn will find its way back to the stash where it will wait for a long time for me to pick it up again!    Isn’t it hard to do the non-fun things in knitting – washing yarn, knitting gauge swatches, cleaning out your stash…

I ran across the cutest store on Etsy last week – Stellar Babble Creations – I haven’t wanted to mention it because I didn’t want anyone to buy the bag I wanted before I could get to it (I know – so nice of me!).  But now that I have it, I thought I’d share…


Isn’t that cute?  Its a notions bag, and I love it.  The little bag is for needles, stitch markers, whatever.    I had an old Knit Picks notions bag that I keep in my purse – boring, too big, floppy, and I’ve been looking for something new for a while.

This is perfect – it fits all my things nicely and I know I’ll be able to find things a lot easier now…


The bag is really well made, and the shipping was fast – all in all, very pleased with it.  Now I’m eyeing up the DPN organizers – what a good idea!

I got very good news yesterday at work – I can work from home one day a week now.  I was very happy, very excited.  I’ve missed being able to do this, and it will make things just a little bit easier.   I’m working from home today (no point in not taking advantage of it!) and it was really nice to sleep past 4:30.   

OK, I need to actually go work, so that’s it for now.  Have a great rest of the week, and happy almost Friday!


23 Responses to Chores

  1. Steven says:

    Sorry to hear about the yarn. But get back to it soon — your fans want to see what you do with it! I’ve never knit with Shibui yarn, but I bought some for a friend once and she really liked it. Cute bag, too!

  2. Valerie says:

    Great little bags, they remind me of the pencil cases I use to cram full of crayons in school!

  3. Robin says:

    Love the bags! Cute and look like Springtime. I really like those socks, too. Toe-up is on my list to try again. Too bad that you had to rip out to set the color. Get back to them ’cause I want to see how that wild color knits up!

  4. Stacy says:

    Thanks for the Etsy recommendation. I went and bought one of the bag sets for a friend’s birthday.

  5. Stephanie says:

    Yeah, sleeping past 4:30 sounds great to me! Amazing that you can get up so early.

    I think I used to have ShibuiSock yarn in that colorway. Then I knit it up into lovely socks.

  6. weezalana says:

    Ugh, sucks about the dye coming off. Yep, better wash and cast back on right away before it lands in the bottom of the stash (I speak from experience! :P)

    Cute bags!

  7. katie m. says:

    Great bags! Sorry to hear about the yarn … hopefully the new socks-in-progress kind of make up for it.

  8. Oiyi says:

    I find that doing the non-fun knitting things hinders the actual knitting, too. I hope you muster the motivation to set the dye, though it sounds like a pain.

  9. Good luck setting the die, the yarn is going to make great socks if you can knit them. The notions bags are great, the mini one is super cute.

  10. Rachel says:

    4:30? am?? oh my god! it must be wonderful to sleep past that time at least a few nights a week!

    I find sewing pieces together the hardest task in knitting, this is why I try to avoid projects that call for sewing as much as possible!

    I think you should microwave that yarn today 🙂

  11. Robby says:

    I too had “striped finger syndrome”. At first, I kind of freaked out since it was red and I thought maybe I was hurt. No slacking on setting that dye, we all want to see that yarn knit up! Please.

  12. kim says:

    Oh, my gosh! I want to work from home one day a week (or you know, five!)!!!! Congrats. Love the orange sock. Have a great weekend!

  13. Chris says:

    Love the new socks and cute bag! Glad you can get your work at home day back!

  14. Suzanne says:

    Sorry to hear about the rainbow yarn. I love the new bags! Very cute!

  15. socksformum says:

    So happy you get to work from home one day a week as I know it makes a big difference for my hubby. The notions bags are GREAT! Wendy’s diagonal sock pattern looks similar to the one in Favorite Socks…lovely!

  16. misa says:

    Congrats on your day at home!! Four days a week in the office is a reasonable way to live life. I like your new sock, bummer about the dark stripey one.

  17. Linda says:

    Bummer about the yarn, I’ve had that happen, I just finished the socks and they’ve been fine since. Good luck! And I love those diagonal lace, they are on the top of my to do list. I’ve been eying them since she put them out on her blog. Your’s are looking wonderful. I love that shuibui yarn too! And CUTE see through bags! Cool idea!

  18. tiennie says:

    That’s a bummer about the rainbow socks. 😦 That is a cute bag though!

  19. Opal says:

    i’m so sorry about the yarn! i love the way the shibui pagoda sock is knitting up though. congratulations on getting to work one day a week at home. 🙂

  20. Wanda says:

    I love how the new diagonal lace socks. Very pretty. That’s nice that you are able to work from home one day a week. Congrats!

  21. Anna says:

    The bag is so cute – I can see why you wanted to keep quiet until you had it!

  22. Ren says:

    i hope you get the yarn set… it’s one thing to do un-fun knitting tasks, but it’s another when you have to frog the socks, too!

    congrats on getting to work from home! hopefully it makes life a bit easier for you! : )

  23. rhoda says:

    teehee. you crack me didn’t want to share the link of the shop in case someone decided to buy what you had your eye on?? the diagonal lace socks look really nice. you have to set the dye? yeah..I think that yarn will be going back into the stash. lol.

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