Location: Crescent City, California, United States

I love to make things with my hands. My current passions are knitting and spinning.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Socktoberfest Update

Yes, I have been knitting, not quite as much as I would like though. I'm hoping to get back into blogging once a week now, so stay tuned for more updates on my knitty world.

I did manage to finish one pair of socks for Socktoberfest. Yes, Linda's Jaywalker are finally making a public appearance. Now I feel the need to knit a lacier pair of socks in a light solid that will show off the pattern well.

Last week I had that unbearable urge to start soomething new, and I must confess, I didn't use anything from my stash. I just HAD to knit the Ivy sweater from the Fall 2006 issue of Knitty e-zine (is that the correct term for a magazine that is only published on the internet?).
After a couple of false starts, I have now knitted about 5 inches on the back piece.

You will have to wait for close-ups next week. Blogger doesn't want to upload any more pics for me today.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Yes, I'm still alive...

This has been a very busy month between working extra hours and soccer season. There are only 2 more soccer games left (both of them out-of-town), and this coming Sat. is the last Sat. game!! I will be getting my Saturdays back for catching up on housework, shopping and maybe even going to the LYS and visiting and knitting (and shopping of course!). I love watching the kids play soccer, but it's always such a relief when it is over.

See, I have been doing some knitting in some stolen moments.

This is the first Jaywalker sock with the Opal handpainted yarn. I am up to turning the heel tonight on the second sock. I don't quite understand how people get SSS (second- sock-syndrome), I'm always anxious to get my socks done so that I can wear them. The only second sock that I have had trouble with is the Tangled Sock (see previous post).

I am on my 3rd of 4 days off in a row. I'm loving it and have been doing way too much cleaning, and not enough knitting! I even made homemade cookies for the kids. I made them right before dinner last night, and everyone had to taste test the cookies before dinner (next time I think I'll time it different). The fabric in the background of the picture above is for the lining of a jacket that I was cutting out today. It is very simple - no darts, no gathering in the sleeves... maybe I'll finish it in this lifetime.

Last Saturday was kinda frustrating, I had my mind set to get all kinds of stuff done, and then my dryer died. It has had health problems in the past, but this time it was terminal. We decided it would behoove us to get a larger capacity washer and dryer since we still have 5 people in the house, and will for awhile yet. We ended up with the HE4 by Kenmore.

It is soooo nice to have a regular load done in less than an hour instead of 2 hours in the dryer. I'm hoping it will really make a difference on our electridity bill.

I hope to post again some time this weekend, hopefully with my second Jaywalker sock done. I hope everyone has a good week.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Frustration Station

I just haven't had very good luck with getting online lately. Our internet service has been down quite frequently lately, especially when I have the time to post. Last night I had almost my whole post typed before I realized that the internet service went down, so I am going to try, try again.

I was going to town on Tangled sock #2, when I decided to take a closer look at my progress and discovered this ( see if you can tell what I did wrong)......
I'm so sorry about the yucky-yellow factor with the pictures (that was another part of my frustration factor last night) - but, if you look closely to the left of the curly "V" you might notice that it isn't a complete "curl". I must have missed a row or two on the pattern....AArgh!!!!

This second (much better quality, older picture) is upside down, but as you can see the curly-Q's below the cuff of the sock are complete, and good, and right. I just knew deep in my bones that everything was going along just a little too quickly. So my question of the day is.......drumroll please!..........Do I rip it back to the mistake and re-do it the right way, or do I ignore the mistake and pretend that these socks are not supposed to match perfectly (and hope that my pantleg always covers the mistake!). If I leave it the way it is, I don't think I will ever win a blue-ribbon at the fair (darn it). I think I hear my mother's voice in my head telling me that anything worth spending that much time making should be done right.

In the meantime, while I have been trying to screw up my courage to make a final decision about what to do about the Tangled socks, I finally started my first pair of Jaywalkers. I'm probably the last known sock knitter on the planet that hasn't knitted a pair yet. I had to join Lolly's Socktoberfest and wanted to work on a special pair of socks for it. I was going through my stash last week and couldn't find the perfect yarn to make them, so I had to "draaag" my self down to the LYS and buy a skein of hand-painted Opal fingerweight yarn. I am about 1/4th of an inch away from starting the heel and hope to get there tomorrow. I will post a picture when I can get one that isn't quite so yellow.

TTFN....(Ta-Ta for now - in case you missed Sleepless in Seattle)