Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sock Progress

I decided to enter the summer contest the Ravelry - For Me - group has. The challenge is to knit a pair of socks or leggings between May 1 and Aug 31. They request some photos of the progress with a newspaper showing the date during that time frame. Yesterday while I waited at the dentist for R to get his teeth cleaned I grabbed the Abilene newspaper and took a picture of the first sock progress. The yarn is 75% wool, 25 % nylon but with the small size of the object I am not suffering from knitting in the heat! I can't imagine knitting on any afghan right now. Or even on a large sweater.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Here I Go Again

After frogging the unloved sock, I cast on a new one yesterday. I am calling it Mom's Birthday Socks since even though they are for me, I cast on the first one on Mother's birthday. I am using two circular needles and knitting them toe-up. There is a great on-line tutorial called Silver's Sock Class with step-by-step instructions and photos. The website is here:

Once I am comfortable knitting on two circulars I think I will try the two-at-once version so I'll never have the dreaded Second Sock Syndrone. I like the 2-circs knitting but think that for hats I will probably stick with doublepoints.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

To Sock or Not To Sock

This sock looks sorta ok with the stripes & dots, you can see there is some sort of lace pattern to the leg & top of the foot. Then I put it on. Hubby took this picture that exagerates my long foot & toes, and shows the disappearing pattern of lace. Even up close, it is hard to see the lace.
So the final verdict is, off to the frog pond, rip-it, rip-it, rip-it. I am using it as a learning experience for this sock and plan to further my education with the next sock by knitting a toe-up on two circulars stockinette with plain ribbing sock.

On to other knitting, I am playing with different versions of my K1P1 Preemie hat. It is something to do while taking breaks and cooling off from laboring on our property.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Mother's Day Fun

I had a great Mother's Day with a phone call the evening before from my daughter, a phone call early Sunday morning from my son, email cards from each of them and a visit with my mother. I gave Mother a package containing two knitted items. The first one was Bubbles the Fish dishcloth with a message of a little fish to help wash the dish. The pattern is found at http://http//

The second item was the Two Meausres of Joy bag which we then felted. It is an pattern . We made it smaller than a tote so it can be used as a purse. Now I have to embroider the notes of the first two measures of Ode to Joy on it.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Bag Lady in Progress

I really like to knit bags. Even more fun is felting bags. But this time I have two new knit bags for myself in process. One is a Joann's pattern with the wonderful name "Knit Purse with Shoulder Straps". Wonder how long it took someone to come up with that name?


I have knit one side of the bag using Black Wool-ease yarn. Overall I would rate it as a fast but boring knit. I intend to slightly change the assembly and maybe knit a flap to close the top. I do intend to make some black suedecloth straps, no vinyl for this purse. Of course I will put in lots of pockets in the lining.

The other bag I've started is called Percy.

I am using all cotton Sinfonia from Hobby Lobby in a chocolatey brown color. It is tight knit on US 3 needles so it will take me a while to finish.