Monday, April 24, 2006

The halfway mark!


Here's sock #1 without a toe...

So I've got about a week to knit sock #2. Since I did the first one in a week with pretty much no knitting while I was in TX (about 2 days) I should be fine. DH has also been nice enough to give me a little extra uninterrupted knitting time since he knows I'm on a deadline :o)

I wanted to be sure to get my sock pal update in, but I've got to get going. Since I got up this morning and pretty much did nothing but feed the kids and graft my toe I've got dishes and laundry calling my name. I want to tell you all about my trip and I still need to show you what I got in NY so I'll be back. Until then, how about a cute baby pic to destract you?

Monday, April 17, 2006

Time Out

That's where my sock pal sock is.

I should have seen it coming. Friday afternoon I tried it on and it was a little snug but I pressed on and turned the heel. It all went downhill from there. My pals feet are just a teench (hubby's word) bigger than mine and if I couldn't wear them comfortably then, well, you know where this is going. I can't figure it out! This is one of the times I actually checked my gauge..LOL! I took the sock, the needles...even the book, and layed them off to the side and tried not to freak out.

I didn't think about socks again until Saturday morning. Too painful. *sigh*

Saturday afternoon I cast on for the Hedera socks (ok, so the fake leg is a little freaky, but check them out on a real live foot) with the Baby Ull I had bought for the Spring IK lacy socks. This is what I had by Sunday afternoon...

And by the time the Sopranos came on I was completely done with the first leg. Here's a sort~of close up of the stitch pattern (upside down but hey..)

I'm absolutely loving this pattern. Easy enough to memorize but not boring. I really like working with the yarn too. Also, the pattern is really stretchy so it doesn't look like I'll have any problems :o) I'm going to make a pair of these for me too!

My lacy Nancy Bush socks aren't forgotten. I'm sure I can do some math and rework the heel to make them fit but unfortunately I don't have time for all that right now. I can always just give them to my mom, her feet are smaller than mine.

The baby and I are headed ot to San Antonio in the morning. Design studio stuff for the house. My sock will be coming with and hopefully I'll have some knitting time after the little guy falls asleep at the hotel. Wish me luck that I can keep a 9 month old occupied during a 4 hour flight.

Other projects?
I've set Somewhat Cowl aside until I'm done with my socks. Same with the brown project I've been working. At the rate the socks are progressing though I should be done in no time so I can finish these other two. I joined the Green Gable KAL and hope to work on that along with Orangina next month. The orange blanket? Yeah, it's not getting any longer.

On my trip to NY I managed to hit Purl, Morehouse Farm, and a little out of the way place that does everything in house...shearing (and all the stuff that goes with cleaning and carding and whatever...I have no idea), spinning, dyeing...all that. They actually gave me a peek at how it all works. Interesting.

I'll have picks of my haul next time. Right now I need to get off of this computer and get ready for my trip while the baby is sleeping. It's so much easier to sit here and not think of all the stuff I need to do.

See y'all when I get back.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Something old, something new...

...and sometheing brown.

In honor of Project Spectrum's color theme for March, I've decided to (attempt to) tackle The Orange Blanket. Some of you may remember TOB, and how it went from being the Hearts and Stars blankie from Adorable Knits for Tots to being known as the orange monster. I tell you no matter how much I knit on this thing it doesn't get any longer.

I'm thinking I may call it quits after this month. I mean just bind off on the 30th and give the baby his stubby little blankie.

If you notice, my skein of Brooklyn Handspun sock yarn is posing along with TOB. I'd be kidding myself to think I would have time this month to knit another pair of socks. I just though it was too pretty (and yellow and orange to boot) not to be in the pic. Maybe on the 30th after I bind off my stubby little blanket I'll pour myself a glass of wine and stare at it, thinking of what could have been.

My something new is the Mason~Dixon book. I love it! Chock full of ideas and wonderful stories...all kinds of inspiration. Which leads me to something brown, but you all are going to have to wait until I get back for that. We're all going to NY this weekend to see my family. My SockapalOOOza socks (I'm now about to turn the heel on the first one) will come along for the ride as well as my brown project. I'm close to being done with my Somewhat Cowl but I think she's gonna sit this one out. I'll finish once I get further on the socks.

I'm hoping the weather cooperates because I'm trying to get to Purl, Schoolhouse Products, and the Morehouse Merino Farm before we come back on Monday! Have a great weekend!

PS....the sale a couple posts back? Nothing spectacular. Knitter's are a speedy bunch. Most of what I wanted was gone by the time I got there, and I got there 2 hours after they opened on the first day!