More woolly goodness, and I suck at blogging

So, I’ve been adding stuff to my store and remembering to tell folks on Facebook, Twitter, and Ravelry, but I keep forgetting to blog about it. (You might want to click on the links in the upper right hand corner over there to keep up with my informative posts plus lots of inane chatter.)

Anyway, I’ve been adding some of the backlog of stuff that’s accumulating. The coolest thing?

You might remember I picked up a knitting machine at an estate sale a few months ago. Well, ok, in January. Man, time flies. I’ve been using it to knit sock blanks which I then dyed. I’m selling both the dyed and undyed blanks so you can dye your own if you want.

For those of you not familiar with the sock blank deal, it’s two strands of sock yarn machine knitted together, and then after it’s dyed, you can knit a pair of socks two at a time from it as you unravel it, and the socks will match. I have no idea who came up with this concept, but it’s brilliant. Here’s a pair of socks I’m working on from one of the blanks:

sock blank socks in progress

And here’s one of the dyed blanks for sale in my shop:

red diamonds sock blank

You can see all the sock blanks here.

I also added some undyed Falkland wool top. It’s soft, easy to spin, takes dye beautifully, and, because the Falkland Islands don’t have the parasites that plague sheep elsewhere, the sheep weren’t treated with chemicals. Happy sheep!

falkland wool combed top

It’s also a bit whiter than other wool, so if that’s something you’re looking for, here it is. I’ve got it in 1 lb and 4 oz quantities.

I’ll be adding more soon.

What else have I been up to? Smoothies! I’m trying to eat more raw food, and a great way to do that is to have lots of smoothies. Tonight’s dinner was a smoothie made from eggplant, cucumber, spinach, soy milk, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, ginger, and the feverfew tincture and Chinese herbs I take for my migraines. Some of the cucumber seeds didn’t get ground up, so that was kind of weird, but other than that, it was delicious! And healthy! And a beautiful purple color that will undoubtedly lodge itself into my subconscience until it comes out as yarn!


  1. Marcy

    I love smoothies! I haven’t experimented much. I pretty much do some green like spinach or kale or chard with mango and banana and a little agave nectar to sweeten it up. I need to try different fruits.

  2. Nyomi

    Adding more raw food to your diet is a great idea. Lots of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and more.

    I hope your migraines go away. I’ve read in the past that most of the population in the US are low in magnesium (so this is probably true in e.g. Australia and similar countries too), and magnesium supplements have been shown to help treat migraines in some cases. If you Google keywords such as “treat cure migraines magnesium” you’ll see some great entries. I found a free ebook, visit: http://www.scribd.com/doc/18374799/How-to-cure-Migraine-magnesium-and-riboflavin-ebook . I haven’t read it, so I can’t review it. It may or may not be of help. All the best.

  3. Riin

    Thanks for your suggestion, Nyomi. I’ve tried both magnesium and riboflavin for quite a while, but they didn’t really help me. Maybe someone else will try it and have better luck though.

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