Friday, April 28, 2006

Back to the blue...

I'm sorry to say I am going to abandon this sock for a bit though. Since I had decided to make socks for my sister-in-law, I really wanted to make them special and these are just not cutting it. I like them, but they just won't cooperate being anything but stockinette. I am thinking if she never gets another pair of hand knit socks, these are just not special enough. So....I am going to make these for myself but I'm going to do something different for my sister-in-law. I started a pair of socks from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks with some red handpainted Wildfoote. They aren't far enough along to take a picture of yet, but when I get going on them I know they will knit up fast because I'm motivated (for the moment at least! lol) Does anyone else have this problem of knitting for someone else? Nothing seems to be good enough!

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Once in awhile there are FOs

I made my friend a moebius basket. Why is it that when you have made something several times without any trouble at all, the one time you are making it for a gift, it gives you all sorts of grief? This was nothing but trouble. Besides the fact that I didn't really like the colors, the bottom was puckery and then after I felted it, my son got ahold of the only balloon I had and put a hole in it so I didn't have one to dry it properly. I had to re-wet it after I got another balloon. Oh well, my friend loves it. The basket probably looks bigger than it really is. It's gone now so I can't measure it, but it's probalby 6 inches wide.
She also had a new grandbaby so I made the baby a hat. It's out of Cascade Fixation on a size 6. I started the hat about 6 months ago or so with no one in mind. She had seen one I had made and was trying to find someone to knit one for the baby so I decided to finish it and give it to her. She was thrilled. Now I am back to my blue Trekking socks, which are behaving just fine now. :)

Friday, April 21, 2006

Sometimes this is just the way it goes

I accidentally erased the first tinking ... I tried and tried to do a pattern of some sort on this sock, but it just wasn't right, so I tinked it all back and started over twice. Then I decided this sock really just wanted to be stockinette after fine, I was liking it just fine. Then, I discovered a split stitch. Really, I'm sure it would have been just fine, but since these are a gift, my conscience just wouldn't let me go I decided to drop the stitch down and pick it back up. Easy enough most times, but not today. This yarn splits easily, although I still like it. we have this:

haha......Oh well, I want them to be right. I'm not discouraged. (really, I'm not.....) I just pray these don't become like the "beloved" socks I made for hubby. Those became such a trial that I had to go through huge attitude adjustment and in the end, they became known as the "beloved" socks. He loves them, so yep, it's worth it.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Uh Oh!

I am nearly to the toe decrease on my 2nd Trekking sock but I forgot the first one at my daughter's house last night. What was I to do but start another sock? I have been thinking a lot about my sister-in-law who has been going through so many heartbreaking things. There is nothing more from the heart I can do but knit a sock for her... I always said I would not knit socks for anyone but our immediate family, but I want to do something for her and this is the best thing I can think of. Whether she realizes it or not doesn't really matter to me, I need to do something for her. I was really tempted to do some great pattern because I am excited to give her my best, but then I realized if she never gets another pair of handknit socks, it would be nice if these are something that actually fits. lol.

As soon as I get my other sock back, I am going to have to force myself to finish them before I get too far into these but, hey.....this is good too, eh?

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Lovin' these socks!

They are knitting up pretty fast even though I am doing them on size 0. I am looking forward to getting more of this yarn.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

It's the day before Easter...

I have a sick child and am so tired. We forgot to color eggs so somehow I will work today, go to our church's Easter service tonight and get those eggs done! I've slept on the couch for 2 nights near my daughter and I am tired.

I've made a little progress on my second trekking sock...I haven't figure out how to match the two so it is starting out a lot different, but I don't think it's going to make a big difference. I'm a few inches into the new cuff. I can't wait to get more of this yarn!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Trekking Socks

Inspired by Stephanie, I got some Trekking XXL Color 90 and knit a sock. It went really well and I do like the yarn even though it has a tendency to split a little. I just did the old stand-by pattern and used the eye-of-the-partridge heel I like to do best. I feel pretty pleased with the sock and I hope to get the other one soon even though it isn't really the time of year to wear them. The colors are beautiful!

Charlotte still sits on the needles, I really haven't looked at it all week. I am not discouraged, I just know I need to take out one more row before I get started again. I like just looking at it. I saw a Charlotte shawl on someone site recently made out of Kuryeon and it was really beautiful....surely worth a try! She did it on size 10 1/2 needles.

Saturday, April 08, 2006


The past week has been busy....spring break....daughter traveling in Spain. I've just been too tired to post anything. I have been knitting and even crocheting a little....but progress? Hmmm...It's been forwards and backwards. Maybe a little more backwards than forwards. I made progress on Charlotte only to tink back to my lifeline. I started my Girly Girl socks but the pattern and yarn just would not cooperate. I have done the pattern before and thought it was so easy....but what's wrong with me now? It just won't work. I am not sure if it's because I am doing it this time on 0's but why would that make a difference? So instead I started some Trekking XXL socks, am really liking them! I'll post a picture when I have some good daylight. And for crocheting....I started a sweater from Interweave Knits but have come back more than forwards. It's been a long time since I crocheted and I keep gettting off.