Friday, May 30, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Here are the details:
Pattern: Undulating Rib socks from Favorite socks
Needles: US 2 dpn
Yarn: STR won in a contest from Abigail! (thank you again!)
Modifications: Do you call mistakes modifications? Doing the first sock while visiting home I wasn't paying that much attention! There was supposed to be a purl on each side of the instep...mine only has it on one side. It didn't bug me enough to rip it out, so it was a modification. In light of first modification, I did a standard toe instead of one with pearls like the pattern said.
News from mom: she is on the heal flap of the second sock! Wow! (She is a little worried about doing this part by herself, but I'm confidant she can do it!)
Monday, May 26, 2008
First of all we have some exciting giraffe updates....I realize that you all may not feel about giraffes as I do, but you get to humor me....Gertrude is available here! (this is the pattern I've been waiting and waiting to come out) I've got the pattern and now am trying to decide on the yarn! Woohoo! Go admire the cuteness of her!
Friday, May 23, 2008
SIL graduated from DH and my alma mater! We are both so proud of her and her hard work! She is such a super lady! As an added bonus, we got to say hi to a lot of professors that have made such a difference in our lives!
On to knitting news....here is my mom posing with her lovely sock. (This was her progress when I left to return to BR) I think she is doing super! She has since reported that her foot is now 5 inches long! I think the hardest part for her is learning how to fix the mistakes she makes (especially now that I'm not there to help) But I'm confident she can do it. It just takes practice and patience! Way to go mom! She will be finished with the first sock in no time! She has promised to keep us updated with pics! Coming attractions.....update on my socks and some giraffe news!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Here is my sock! I love watching how the colors unfold and knit up! I'm doing Undulating Rib socks from Favorite socks on US 2 dpn. You may have noticed that my sock is looking loving on some sock blockers (from The Loopy Ewe) They are an early b-day gift from my little brother!
Today I'm off to lunch with my SIL, who is in town for her brother's graduation! Have a super day!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
My sock went on the road!
sock with cat in the back seat
somewhere in the middle of Arkansas
I had these great plans of taking "sock pics" all along the trip...but then I forgot. So those were the ones I remembered. I had written down the pattern for the leg for the car ride (I packed the book) thinking there was no way I would get to the heel.....after I few hours I realized I had to pace myself or I would have many hours without knitting. So here is my progress! I will post more details in the near future!
Friday, May 9, 2008
Yarn: Louet Gems, color Terra Cotta, 2 skeins, purchased at Knit-wit in Olathe KS
Needles: Knitpicks Harmony DPN size 2.5mm
Modifications: I did the ribbing option for the cuff.
This was a new yarn for me! I loved the color, but was a little concerned that the yarn might be too thin or scratchy, but I was completely wrong. I love how it knit up and it produced a thin sock (but not too thin) and feels very soft! I was pleasantly surprised! Now I'm ready to start some socks for me using my new STR! Sunday we (DH, Knox and I) leave for KS to visit the families and see my SIL graduate college (Woohoo!) So posts will be a little more sporadic, but I will try to keep in touch!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
I've joined my first swap! (recall my hesitations about joining the Pair-A-Month-Challenge) When I heard about it on ravelry I just couldn't resist! It is SECRET PRAYER SOCK SWAP II! You can sign up via the Christian Knitters and Crocheter's group. Here's how it works:
- You get a secret partner
- You knit them a pair of socks
- and (the best part) they give you prayer requests and you pray for them while knitting the socks!
- Someone does the same for you!
I think this is an awesome idea! I do it a lot when I knit anyway....especially if the project is for someone, I can't help thinking about them and praying for them! So I can't wait to get my partner and work on their socks and pray! (Last time they did this, someone got saved as a result! Talk about awesome!)
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Abigail is having another contest this month....go check it out!
Look...she even made a cute little "button" for it!
On to some knitting content, though yarn definitely counts...here is the sock progress from this weekend (and yesterday)
I guess it looks about the same as last time, except that is the second sock! Yep, second sock! These socks are just flying off the needles! I appears they may be done by this weekend, so I can take a new project on the road with me when I go to KS (and get to teach my mom how to make socks!)
In the background you see evidence that this is indeed the second sock! Woohoo!
Monday, May 5, 2008
Also, I mentioned about a week ago a knitted giraffe sighting on ysolda's blog. I emailed the store she mentioned visiting, Ariadne Knits, about if the pattern was available. She said they are working on it and it should be ready in a week or so!! Woohoo! She was even kind enough to offer to email me when the pattern is available. So I will let you all know when I hear! ( because I'm sure you will be just as excited as I am) Tomorrow I'll show you my weekend knitting!
Friday, May 2, 2008
These are Waving Lace from Favorite socks! The yarn is Louet Gems in Terracotta. (I've made this pattern once before, so maybe that is why it is going so fast)
and how about a random story I haven't told you about because of the end of semester craziness: So last fall I won a teaching award that had prize money. I pondered long and hard how to spend the money. Yarn would be an obvious choice, but I was afraid in 10 years I wouldn't remember where the money had gone. Well then nice jewelry lasts, but I didn't really have anything in mind. Then I thought a trip! One of my best friends, M, I met in college(we did undergrad and masters together). Now she is working on a Phd in Economics--far away from me! One of our favorite profs which we think of as a dear friend too, moved to Seattle area. So we (M and I) are going to fly out to Seattle to visit with him! It will be a super trip and great to reconnect with such dear friends. We worked hard to find tickets that would get us there at about the same time (from our respective homes) and were reasonably priced and it turns out we are on the EXACT same flight from Dallas to Seattle!! We even got our seats arranged so we are next to each other. (and we didn't realize we were on the same flight until after the tickets were purchased) Talk about a blessing! Needless to say, I can't wait for June 30th!
Thursday, May 1, 2008
- it never comes before school (or to school for that matter--I would never get any work done),
- it never comes before church, or
- I can't lose sleep due to knitting
- the housework can't get too neglected....must have clean clothes and not be mortified if an unannounced visitor comes by.
I started my May socks today. I don't want to push it this time (and I don't think I'll have to with some serious travel time coming up--13 hours in a car=lots of knitting time) More details on that later, because first you need details on the ones just finished!So here they are: details of April Socks (see pics in previous post):
Pattern: Old Navy socks by Abigail!
Yarn: Knit picks Risata in Navy (2 balls)
Needles: (hmmm, forgot to check the size, I think they are US1--the larger 1's if you want me to double check just let me know) Knitpicks Harmony DPN
Made for: ???? I'm not telling
Modifications: So when turning the heel on the first row I only P18 instead of 19. For whatever reason that is what made it work for me. And last night as I was doing the second toe I realized I didn't decrease enough. I decreased until there were 8 stitch on each needle instead of 8 on top and 8 on bottom. So since I made the mistake the first time I just went with it the second :)
Yarn thoughts: This was the first time I had used this yarn. It is the best cotton sock yarn I've used (but I haven't sampled a whole bunch) I still had some give in it. The twist is a little different, but it didn't pose any problems for me. The dark color on the other hand was a little challenging to see the stitches (and makes photographing hard, sorry for the bad pics)
New skills learned: Cabling without a needle--not sure I will ever go back! (Thanks Abigail for writing a pattern that motivates one to learn this skill) and a new grafting technique that works for me (yeah!)