Sock Yarns

Hi Sis,

I have been adding sock yarns to my Etsy shop! It has been fun learning how to do indy dyeing, or should I say playing around and making random art. lol 

I wasn’t pleased with my first few hanks, but I really like my last few. I am learning not only what colors look good together, but how concentrated dye can be and how sometimes adding one color on top of another, doesnt always produce the color I originally wanted. 

Love Jamiegoof


Knitted Opera or Traveling Hood

Hi Sis

I figured it was about time I put up one of my favorite historical hood patterns! 

This winter hood is seriously one of the lightest and warmest hoods I’ve ever worn. It is hand knit with wool yarn, lined in smooth silk taffeta, and the border is ultra soft, fluffy, and wind blocking turkey down. Now on to the pattern!

Knitted Opera or Traveling Hood

Adapted from: Godey’ Lady’s Book & Magazine, 1862

Material List
1 Hank (1.8 oz) of Burgundy & Antique White
2 – Feathered Boa’s (These are special boas… not sold at craft stores)
2.5 yards 2 inch silk or poly ribbon
Size 2 knitting needles
Embroidery and Sewing Needles
Blocking Boards & Pins
Silk Thread and Silk Taffeta Fabric for Lining
Cotton for cord, or thin silk ribbon (tiny drawlstring)

Note: Want to use thicker yarn! That is fine, the pattern is created through measuring instead of counting rows!

Abbreviations and Stitches:

k = knit
kfb = increase, by knitting in the front and back of the loop
k2tog = decrease, by knitting 2 stitches together


Cast on 4 stitches
Row 1: Knit till last stitch, kfb 
Row 2: Knit till last stitch, kfb
Row 3: Knit till last stitch, kfb
Row 4: Knit till last stitch, kfb

Change color: Don’t be confused by images, you are NOT doing stockinette! 

Row 5: Tie on new color of yarn, knit till last stitch, kfb
Row 6: Knit till last stitch, kfb
Row 7: Knit both colors of yarn into first stitch, this will help you carry your yarn. Knit till last stitch, kfb
Row 8: Knit till last stitch, kfb, swap colors
Row 9: Knit till last stitch, kfb
Row 10: Knit till last stitch, kfb
Row 11: Knit both colors of yarn into first stitch. Knit till last stitch, kfb
Row 12: Knittill last stitch, kfb
Repeat rows 9 – 12: swapping colors every four rows, continue until you measure 21” wide on the side.

You are now half way done knitting your hood! Now instead of increasing at the end of the row, you will do a decrease. Like this

Decrease Rows

Row 1: Knit till last two stitches, k2tog
Row 2: Kni  till last two stitches, K2tog
Row 3: Knit both colors of yarn into first stitch, knit till last two stitches, k2tog
Row 4: Knit till last two stitches, k2tog
Repeat decrease rows 1 – 4: swapping coors every four rows, continue until you have 4 stitches a the bottom. Bind off.

Yay!!! You have finished knitting your hood! 

Blocking Your Hood

You will be using the water method to block your hood. Since you are working with wool, you must use cold water. This is because hot water could felt your wool. 

You can block your wool in two methods. One is putting it in cold water, and gently wringing out all the water you can. The other method, is pinning your hood to a blocking board, and misting it with cold water from a spray bottle. 

You should bock your hood to be 21’ x 21’


Step one: Round the top portion of your hood slightly, so that you don’t have a triangle forehead that flops all over the place. Do this by folding over the fabric and pinning. 

Step two: Measure silk taffeta and cut. (Make sure it is 1 inch larger then your knitting, about 22 by 22 inches. This is so you have a half inch to fold under for all seams. You will be rounding the one corner so you don’t have a pointed head!

Why Line Your Hood– Most knit hoods are were not lined, so why do I recommend lining this hood? One, it is not double knit. So, it will be a thin and cold hood without the silk. Two, the silk is an excellent insulator, and great at blocking wind… even better than double knitting. Three, you need to add a drawl string to your hood, or it will fall off your head, and it looks better if you have a lining and casing… vs. weaving a drawlstring in and out of your work.

Don’t want to use silk? A light wool, or perhaps a cotton. Tight weave or a flannel would be great. You don’t want a thin broadcloth. 

Step three: Sew on your taffeta!

Step four: Time to sew on that fuzzy boa! By the way, this will take forever! Try not to pin down your fluffies while sewing.

Step five: Sew a casing and add your drawlstring. I did mine about five inches from the bottom. This string will drawl the hood around your head, so that it doesn’t slip!

Step six: Sew on your fashionable 2″ silk or poly ribbons. I sewed mine about 2.5 inches from the bottom.

Step seven: Gather the very center of the hood. For me this was about 14 inches from the center and pointed bottom and rounded top. And about 10 inches from pointed both sides. 

Step eight: Make a bow and attach it about 11 inches from the pointed bottom. Never made a ribbon bow before? Try with some ribbon you don’t care about first. It doesn’t have to be 2 inch ribbon, some 1 – 1.5 inch scrap would be fine. 

Enjoy your winter hood!

A look into the historical pattern 

I’ve had people ask my source for the turkey down: Swamsdown was what was used historically, and it is no longer sold today. Thus, turkey down is a substitute.

The historical pattern calls for two yards… but, you need closer to four yards of down, unless you are making a childs hood. Don’t fuss over your stitch count, just measure your work. However, your stitch count will be closure to 200 than 100.

Cerise is red. You can make you hood whatever color(s) you would like. I recommend staying away from heathers (use solid colors) as that is a more modern yarn type. Also, keep in mind feathered down only came in white.






New Arrivals

Hi Sis,
I wanted to share our homes new arrivals this autumn. A little over a month ago we adopted Gizmo, the pup! He is an adorable little mutt, that is sure to keep us on our toes. Gizmo is doing pretty well in his training, he knows come, sit, lay (by hand signal… he is still having a hard time with actual word), and is currently learning both heel and stay.  He still has accidents every once once in awhile, but he has started to bark at the door when he needs to go outside.  We are very happy about that progress!!!!

We also got twenty barred rock chicks! You know I’ve been wanting the old heritage line of barred rocks for about five to six years now, and just haven’t had any luck getting my orders through with breeders. Turned out the Old Shepard line of rocks had fertility problems, and my orders kept getting canceled. This time, I got chicks that are a mixture of Old Shepard and Duckworth. I can’t wait to see how they grow up! 

For some reason they are super quiet babies! I thought they were dead when they arrived at the post office. But, I opened the box and all twenty were healthy and hungry. I rarely hear a peep out of them, unless they are eating. They are also super calm, I never see them pecking one another!




Handpainted Yarn

Hi Sis,

Yesterday, I tried hand painting yarns for the very first time! I had some stained old wool that was perfect for the project! 

Step 1: Soak the wool in water and vinegar… (I used 1 tablespoon citric acid per hank) for at least 30 minutes.

Step 2: Make your counter dye proof. I laid down a trash bag, and then put plastic wrap on top. The plastic wrap is important, as you are going to wrap up your yarn inside of it for the steaming part, so make sure you put the plastic wrap down.

Step 3: Start painting your yarn. There are no rules here, have fun!

Step 4: Roll up your yarn. By rolling it, you are treating it like a cinnamon roll. The plastic wrap will get rolled with the yarn. Make sure your ends and sides are sealed

Step 5: Steam your yarn for 45 – 60 minutes. I used a canning rack to steam mine.

Step 6: Dry

Step 7: Rewrap your hanks so they are picture perfect. lol

A perfect color combo for a cute little boy in our lives!






Dyeing Yarn

Hi Sis,

I haven’t done much blog posting because I’m super busy. Actually, I have tons of things I could blog about! LOL. Canning season has begun! Gizmo, our puppy is learning to go to the bathroom outside. Nate decided to sell Magic cards on eBay, and buy an air-soft snipper riffle. Plus, I have been dyeing yarn… lots and lots of yarn.

As you know, I have contacted Indian Silk suppliers several times in attempt to purchase yarn. The lady from whom I used to order silk was unreliable, so I knew I needed find somewhere else to get silk yarn. But, where?  

I found another supplier, but their colors were limited. Thus, I learned how to dye  yarn. But, I still wasn’t happy. That yarn was extremely difficult to dye! It didn’t want to absorb the colors, and I had to dye it multiple times to get a solid shade. The final straw, it was fuzzy! Delightfully soft, but the fuzz… I’ve never seen a fuzzy historical silk purse!

Finally, I spoke with the Indian company, and discovered how much money I had to throw down for them to want to work with me. LOL. Let’s just say they don’t want you to contact them for 10 hanks. 

The silk arrived almost immediately after I purchased it, and I got busy dyeing. I selected 20 colors to offer in my store… but, I am already discovering some that I don’t like, or ones that I want to add to my color pool because the colors I ordered didn’t turn out the way I expected.

I have been learning so much about dyeing yarn over the past two days. I now know how to look at the pot and see if it needs more dye before the batch is finished, how to even out colors without the long process of painting, when I need more acid, how to dye properly to prevent bleeding (yep, no bleeding in any of these new yarns) and if a dye is just bad. Sorry, but my Emerald green is a bad batch of dye! It just will not dissolve properly and creates blotches of color. I am definitely going to order the Darhma Emerald next time instead of Jacquard. 

This is just some of the colors! lol The entire front porch has yarn hanging off it.

Electric Voilet and Fawn

Vermillion (not raspberry… but I still love the color!)

Sometimes you just need some SCREAMING RED






Temperature Afghan – August

Hi Sis,

I just completed my very first month, working on my temperature Afghan. I really like the Cheveron. This August was very cool, we didn’t get out of the 90’s!

The color’s didn’t come out that well in my photograph. It is actually mostly orange, not red. lol




Just a Wednesday with Family

Dear Sis,

This morning we were still battling leftover chicken from Sunday. By Granny’s request, I set about making my yummy Cranberry Chicken Salad during Mr. Baby’s morning nap. 

Afterward, we got back to work on our various organization projects. I love helping Granny in anyway I can, but organizing is tricky. I can’t make big decisions about what stays and goes and what things ought to go where. I was moral support, extra hands, and the like-item-grouper:) 

Mr. Baby and Uncle David

Mr. Baby and Aunt Jerm

Mr. Baby is curious about what Uncle David and Cousin Ethan are looking at on the phone.