Wednesday, May 31, 2006

A little more than a tad bit irritated

I had so much fun knitting the baby kimono today. I got the cutest ribbon to tie it together with. Love the yarn.

So what's the problem? There are 192 yards on the Cascade Sierra Cotton. I needed 193. I know it looks loose in the picture but I am sure that is the is a nice fabric and I got it all finished and do not have enough yarn to sew it together! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

I guess I see a little matching hat and socks or booties in the future since I have to get another skein of yarn. :(

I did have fun with Lauri today, though. We knit together for awhile today, she's always good company!

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Progress of sorts

I was making really good progress on the sister-in-law socks until the weekend hit. I do have the ambition to keep going on them, though. I finally found the "right" ones and I know she's going to be thrilled with them. I'm using Trekking again. I guess she just needed plain stockinette socks and I know she'll like the stripes. They're really going fast except I feel like I've been on the heel flap (eye of the partridge) for ever...just because I can't get it done in one sitting.

But today, I just had to drop everything and start a baby kimono because I got some Cascade Sierra cotton. I have never liked knitting cotton before, but this stuff is wonderful! It drapes really nicely and I think it's perfect for a baby! Unfortunately the picture doesn't do it justice, but I'll put a finished picture up soon and it will look better.

Now for the comical side of the story. I tried to take the pictures at dusk. I also tried to go do it without hubby seeing how weird I am. I took the sock and the kimono out on the deck and hung the sock in the tree. It wouldn't stay the way I wanted it to so the heel would show so I just snapped it the way it was after I had fiddled with it too much. Wouldn't you know it? It was stuck in the tree! I had a heck of a time untangling always gotta wonder what the neighbor's are thinking! Then I get back inside and hook the camera to my laptop and all of a sudden this big black thing is flying all around my head and I am whacking and flipping my hands all over. My hubby said, "What are you doing?" I am nearly screaming that something is in my hair. He says, "Oh, it's just a MOTH!" Now tell me, is that the kind of thing to say to a knitter? hahaha. And no, it wasn't a moth. Sheesh.

Friday, May 26, 2006


I have really been thinking a lot lately about the benefits knitting has brought in my life. Besides the fact that I love fiber and creating something special with my hands, I have been thinking about the people that have come into my life as a result. There are so many that I would never have met if I hadn't started knitting again. Each person has enriched my life in their own special way. I am so very grateful for each and every one. I value relationship with others and I just feel I can never have enough friends. So, to each and every one of you, I want to say thank you for what you have meant to me and what you have brought into my life.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Will wonders never cease

Look at what I have! Finished socks!!! I needed to answer those socks that were screaming at me from the neglected basket I had stuffed them in. These took me less than an hour to finish. Hmmmm. I needed the needles anyway. Still trying to figure out the socks for my sister-in-law. These are the first socks I have ever knit that I didn't try to match. I think they'll be fun. If this weather keeps up, they'll get a lot of use before I put them away for the summer!

Now I know how Stephanie must feel. I took my socks outside to take their picture and I was hurrying so much I didn't wipe the pine needles off the table because I didn't want my kids to come home and catch me outside taking pictures of my knitting! They already think I'm a little overboard....but hey, I do wonder where I'd be if I didn't knit.

Monday, May 22, 2006

The craziness goes on!

Ok, anyone who has been here before knows what is behind all of this dishcloth knitting. Yes, I am well aware that I am avoiding those sister-in-law socks! I have to face that music soon, but in the meantime, I am having a ton of fun knitting these! Lots of people I know are bitten by the bug, too.
I love the red one the best!

How many days should I continue ignoring those socks that are starting to scream at me?

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

I know I am smarter than this!

I have tried twice to make the round dishcloth in the Mason Dixon Knitting book....but I just can't seem to get it. My gosh! The first time I didn't use a marker and I thought that was the problem. Ok, the first mess looked a little worse than this one. Well, the second time I did use a marker and I counted between every section and I had the same problem! I have been able to accomplish more complicated things than this. But for now, it has defeated me....not trying again (for a while at least!!!) This first pic is right after I took it off the needle. I couldn't resist taking the second

Moving right along..

Even though I haven't posted here, I have continued to make dishcloths. Life is very stressful right now and these have proved to be the perfect project to do....just churning them out without a lot of thought. The colors are beautiful and it's great to get FOs quickly.
Lovin' the multi-color, I need to get more! I usually don't like using them, but these are knitting up pretty fun! I think I'll make one more with either purple or pink solid.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

The best Mother's Day flower I ever got

My youngest son who has Down Syndrome made me a flower in Kid's Church today. All the other moms had beautifully blooming "flowers" and this is the one I got. I would say I got the best one. :) The smile and handmade card that went with it were PRICELESS.

He also gave me this cute little paper. Writing does not come easily for him and it was clear he had really worked on it. We later realized he had copied part of the next line that follows that asked them to write about how she makes you feel special. I know it's hard to see but you get the picture.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Could get addicting!

I am having fun with the dishcloths! Here's my latest one. I started the round one but got off somehow so I am going to start over. I love how thick these are!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Another Dear Kay and Ann

I got caught up in the frenzy from Mason Dixon Knitting and whipped up a dishcloth... or warshrag as they call them! The project is quick and easy and a nice little break from the sock knitting. See my cute little bag? I had to run to my favorite little gift store and buy the bag to put my cotton yarn in. This is what happens when the sun shines and you try to sit outside at work and the wind is blowing your yarn all over the place. haha. I can thank Melissa for getting me off track! lol She's made some great dishcloths! I made mine a little smaller. I have small hands and the other one was just huge. I feel like I've barely worked on it and I'm almost done. Then back to the socks unless I get the urge to make a few more of these first. It's not really a big diversion because they really are fast.
Later in the day:
I came back to post the finished product. I cast on 33 and have 8 of the color sections. I could have gone one more, I am sure, but when I checked it on the needles, it was square. This is actually perfect for my hand. I followed the pattern as written other than the shorter cast on. I figured out that you can increase and decrease by 6 to make it come out right. I am now ready to start the other pattern in the book and I can't decide between lavendar or my favorite apple green. Great Mother's Day presents! Off to my knitting!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Hard to believe, I know!

But I am finally making progress on something! I am knitting the Pomatomus socks from and they are progressing without too much trouble. I think this yarn was just screaming to be these socks. I'm using Wildfoote handpaint and size 0. The only problem I am having is that if I do these socks again, I may use double points instead of my beloved Addis. The points are just not sharp enough to do the knit 2 together thru the back loop. I have solved this by using a dpn to do the stubborn ones, then transferring them to the Addi. Doesn't take much time and it works. I think my sister-in-law will like them and I am going to get a few new socks for myself from this whole fiasco. Can't complain about that, can I! Sorry for the blurry picture, I'm too tired to take another one tonight, but will post a better progress picture later.

Friday, May 05, 2006

I am so fickle :(

What a dilemma I let myself get into sometimes. The ongoing saga of the sister-in-law sock. Nothing seems good enough. I actually think the Nancy Bush Wildfoote socks (red) will be beautiful, but I'd like to get the socks to her in this lifetime....haha. I just don't have the time or the wherewithall to concentrate on the pattern right now. I went back to the blue socks again, but they just aren't that exciting to me. Last night out of boredom and frustration, I started playing with some Opal handpaint I have and it's fun, but just not her colors. I just thought it would be fun for you all to look at my mess. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. haha. I just want to settle on something and GET IT DONE so I can finish all these messes.