Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Some Days Later . . .

I spent all weekend and I mean ALL WEEKEND working on this sock. I did 8 inches of ribbing on the top and then stockinette stitch on the foot. Pretty simple pattern but 8 inches of ribbing on a size 1 needle for me goes v.e.r.y. s.l.o.w. I've got the sore hands to prove it. My oldest son was home all weekend with me watching movies and he would look over at my progress (or lack thereof) perodically and say "that's all you've gotten done?" He would tell me how long I had been sitting here and tell me it doesn't look like much. He's out of town on a class trip (Disney World) now. Won't he be disappointed he wasn't here for the finale of the sock? No? Oh but just in case he feels like he is missing something, I have started sock 2 and I have about 1 1/2 inches of ribbing completed. I know the striping isn't going to match up, but I think with the color variations being the same, I think it will be quite unique and well . . . me! It's going to be another slow process but since husband and oldest son are gone (Disney World) I'm sittin and knittin! They think I'm not having fun ha! I am! I'm knitting! Socks! Now my other 2 boys --- JEALOUS! I told them they could knit socks with me and for some reason that just didn't seem to make them feel better. Things make you go hmmm? I am still looking for the perfect pair of shoes to show all my socks off, but haven't found them yet. But, I'm on a mission!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Needles and More Needles

I stopped in at my LYS AGAIN yesterday and hip hip hooray she had the dpn's that I wanted. And so I bought a size 0 and a size 1. And for good measure, I bought a circular bamboo size 15 in 16" length. I made a shawl last week on a size 15 in a 36" length and got really frustrated because it was WAY TOO LONG. So, I bought the new needles for the next shawl that there is no yarn for at this point. But ya know . . . just in case. So now I am swatching for my socks. I am swatching because of my failure in knitting a few weeks ago. I promise to swatch everything from now on forever and ever - maybe. I did swatch that shrug though. Oh no I'm pouting again. So, I made two shawls for auction and another shawl is in the works from my summer vacation souvenior yarn (for me). And the socks. By the way, I am so glad that I am not the only late fashion and "in" person. I am in good company! I hope to post pictures soon of all this stuff and then onto knitting another sweater of some kind.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Doing the "in" thing

I always do the "in" thing like a year or 2 later. It goes without saying for fashion. I NEVER like the current fashion. It has to grow on me. I have to see it on other people for a long time before I even begin to like it. Then, when it is on the 75% off rack and in the wrong size, I like it! So, if I'm lucky (or not) I am in fashion a year late. Same seems to go with knitting. I may not be a year late, but after seeing "Sensational Knitted Socks" and "Knitting Vintage Socks" on EVERYBODY'S blogs for quite sometime, I finally bought them off Amazon. The mailman has just delivered them and now I must knit some socks. I actually have been to my LYS 2 times this week looking for the right needles but she is out . . . still. Hopefully, they will come in next week as she is having a store-wide sale. Also, I bought my 2nd skein of sock yarn off ebay (and I'm lurking in the shadows for a 3rd). I had them both wound up at my LYS store today. Everyone was oooing and ahhing. Then my mailman also delivered a 3rd skein of yarn I bought from ebay. It is a mohair/wool blend from Dancing Leaf Farm in the Salsa color - purples, golds, greens and blues - very pretty. I have a lacy shawl in mind from a pattern I bought long ago. It will be good for this weird Texas weather. If someone has a good idea for 490 yards of wool/mohair besides this shawl, let me know! I am currently working on a simple basic triangle shawl for a school auction project. It's pretty. I'll post pictures when it is completed. What a fun mail day.

Friday, February 03, 2006

I Have Accomplished . . .

nothing. I've been working on a pair of socks that I found hanging out on my dpn's that I thought I had lost. I only had the ribbing done on the first sock so progress is very slow! I have been working at my boy's school doing a mass mailing a good part of the week and then filled in for a receptionist that became ill. So, I haven't had much knitting time. How do you working women do it? Okay, I am divulging some personal information here that I'd like prayers on. Well, it's not me but it involves me - emotionally. My brother and his wife are 8 weeks pregnant and everything looks good. This is their 4th pregnancy. They don't have any children yet. But as of today's doctor visit the baby has doubled in size from last week and the heart rate is good and all the other stuff that should be happening at this point is happening. So, pray for them that the baby stays healthy as does my SIL and that they can relax and enjoy this time. They are on pins and needles. They've never made it past 4 months. So, hopefully all will be well and I can knit some baby goodies! Woo hoo - I can get it back to knitting and getting something accomplished!