Sunday, September 28, 2008

Survey and Stuff

Well, the time sucker is half finished - a great big yahoo is in order! One of Joe's socks is done, and I have started the 2nd sleeve on the long forgotten teal sweater.

Ruth is working on the arms on her February lady sweater...isn't it fab!

I have decided to rip mine out and start over...I need to make a nicer edge...
glad i decided this before I started the lace!

Martha has been doing a little knitting:


and a vest - love love love the colors!

I am too tired to take pictures of my stuff tonight - thank goodness they are on the ball.

Joe (and other members of the family) agreed to take a survey that is going around:

What is your favorite thing about my knitting?
Joe: It keeps you quiet - and lets you do something you like to do while I do stuff
I like to do.
Abbey (dog): Sometimes when you knit you rub my back with your foot
Magic (cat): You let me sit in your lap when you're knitting

What is your least favorite thing about my knitting?
Joe: The cost of the yarn
Abbey: When you knit complicated stuff, you won't pay attention to me
Magic: When you knit light colored stuff you won't let me near you cause
of my black fur

What is something I have knitted that you recall as being good?
Joe: Everything you have knitted is really good. I like the socks.
I love my hoody, but can only wear it certain places.
Abbey: The boys slippers, I love to carry them around in my mouth
Magic: I love to lay on the sweaters when you're not looking

Do you think knitters have an expensive hobby?
Joe: Not really because you have something to show for it
Abbey: NA
Magic: NA

Has my knitting in public ever embarrassed you?
Abbey and Magic: Since you won't let us leave home, we don't know

Do you know my favorite kind of yarn?
Joe: Yes, it comes off an alpaca - whatever that is
Abbey - NA
Magic - I don't know, but I love the soft stuff

Do you mind that I want to check out yarn stores everywhere we go?
Joe: No
Abbey and Magic: NA

Do you understand the importance of a swatch?
Joe: No
Abbey: Can you eat it?

Do you read Knitatation?
Joe: Yes
Abbey and Magic: NA

Can you name another blog?
Joe: No
Abbey and Magic: NA

Anything you'd like to add?
Joe: No

Do you think the house would be cleaner if I didn't knit?
Joe: No
Abbey: I think you'd be a bigger pain in the ass about my fur all over the place.

Thanks Joe for being so supportive of my knitting!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sensory Overload

Ruth and I went to the Hemlock Fiber Festival yesterday and we were definitely on Sensory Overload. All of the beautiful yarns to touch and was almost overwhelming. We both had a dream yarn we came home without. Mine was a silk lace yarn and Ruth's was a skein of us something to dream about for the future. I have been trying to put a lot of time in to the timesucker project - I am on skein #9.

I have been working on a pair of socks for Joe for Christmas. They are a bit heavier than I thought they would be. Doing them on Addi 1.5's. I made up a slip stitch pattern for the top...

1.5 inches of ribbing
Row 1 k,k, slip k
Row 2 k

I like the way it looks- it's easy but gives me a little something to think about.

this is a terrible picture, but you get the idea.

My February Lady Sweater is coming along very slowly.

I saw Ruth's yesterday and hers is turning out FABULOUS. She is almost done with the body.

I went to the Dr this week because of some severe numbing issues i'm having with my right hand - basically it quits working. She's sending me for carpul tunnel testing - a hazard of my occupation at the computer all day. She said Knitting definitely aggravates and advised me to stop. She said well if you have a project to finish up go ahead, but know it's going to hurt.....if she only knew!

Have a save week.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Man is it HOT!

It is sweltering here today - no pictures to show you. I did a little knitting this week
Started a pair of socks for Joe, and got this week's skein done in the time sucker project.
EZ class yesterday was fun - we all talked about our February lady sweaters. I did enough
work on it this week so I wasn't embarrassed. Pictures next week......have a safe one.

Man is it HOT!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Purly Swirlys

I finished my Lorna Laces Purly Swirly socks in Liberty colorway. The pattern may be written down some where, created by someone, but if it is then I'm not aware. It's so simple, I'm sure it's not an original.

It all started when Ruth knit the RPM socks from Knitty. They were swirly. She said you just move the purl stitches. The cat was on my lap so I didn't bother to get up and look at the actual pattern. (Everyone who knits and has a cat that sits on your lap while you're knitting will totally understand this). Also, I wanted to knit toe up socks which I have never done before. I followed Wendy's instructions for Toe Up Socks with Gusset Heel, found Here:

I knit Wendy's toe, and ended up with 72 stitches and started out like this:

P2, K70,
K2, P2, K68

and kept moving two purl stitches every row until I completed exactly 1/2 of
the stitches (18). Next round, I started again with a P2 and just kept moving
the Purl stitches over 2. After completing the heel, I made sure the Purl stitches
started out together at each end of the double pointed needle so the swirlys look
great even at the sides of the socks. This sounds so simple, but if you knew me,
you would know figuring this all out was HUGE! ha!

The 2nd sock I made opposite, I did the toe and then:
K70, P2
so the swirls go the opposite direction.

Very fun. I was able to get an 8" leg with the Lorna Laces which will be very
nice for Winter. I also love how the pattern made the red, white and blue yarn
swirl. The pictures do not show the swirl as well as they could. Damn!

Joey's towel is coming along ok. It is quite a process, and I am now convinced it will
be wrapped up with the needles at Christmas. I have 6 skeins out of 20 done. When I
work on that, there is not much time to work on other projects - it is a huge time

I'm starting another pair of socks tonight, so I can get them going before I hit the
bus on Wednesday.

Joey turned 20 since my last post. Hard to believe we do not have teenagers
in the house anymore.

Tiffany's little pug "Tyson" came to visit today. Joe and I had to puppysit.
He is good, but exhausting. He is springloaded and very fast! Tons and
tons of personality.

Have a safe week, I'm off to start my new socks.