Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Actual Knitting is Being Done

I have cast on for RM's Christmas socks. These are done in Nature Spun 100% wool and the color is blueberry. Now, I am not afraid to blog about them, because honestly, RM doesn't read my blog. At. All. And I am ok with that.

The pattern is made up as I go along. Beginning with a figure 8 cast-on, then 2 x 2 ribbing and a short row heel, I may end with a complete sock. How simple. Did I mention that this yarn is a worsted weight, so they are going F.A.S.T.

Now on to something I should have blogged about a long time ago. These were RM's socks from last Valentine's Day. They are knit with two different toe up styles. The one on the right is with Wendy's generic recipe. The one on the left was with knit picks two at once pattern. Definitely like Wendy's recipe best of the two. Because of my experiment with the cast on's, each toe is different and the toe stripes don't match. I worked hard to get these socks to stripe the same. Even the heels match (using a short row heel). There is a better photo here. Note that these were for Valentines day, but I never even started them until after the darned holiday and finished them well into March. But RM likes them and often takes them when we go up to Boyne Mountain. An added bonus is I did not finish them until after the 52 Pair Plunge started - so they count!

And . . . only 442 bloglines left to read!

PS ~ if you left the comment about my simple wrapover, I would love to e-mail you a photo and exchange tips, so please leave your e-mail address.

Monday, October 15, 2007

929 Bloglines to Read

OMG! A lot has happened without me in the past few weeks.

929 bloglines about knitting. . .do we really not have anything else to do in our lives?

I certainly hope we don't. Reading these lovely blogs about knitting, life and simple pleasures are my way of slowing down the hectic whirlwind that I call life. The beauty of words and photos mixed with glimpses into a stranger’s life are exciting. My day ends with the anticipation of perusing these glimpses, making me very happy. Capping my day off right, so to speak. Therefore, I am going to take my time and read through each one, reading slowly so to enjoy the loveliness each blog possesses.

Though commenting may be a little tough. It seems my little brain only has so many words it can spew forth in a semi-coherent manner on any given day. Commenting on one or two is difficult enough, but over 50 a day?! Gees, who do you think I am? Wonder woman?!**

**The visual of me wearing the skimpy costume, the sexy boots and the gold wrist bands while knitting and reading blogs seems hysterical to me at this moment. What do you think?

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Roza Sock Done

Pattern: Roza's Socks from IK's Spring '07 Issue by Grumperina
Yarn: Rio De La Plata Yarns Merino Sock in Quartz pink - confetti - dry rose
Needles: US 1 Addi Lace Circular
Started: July 10, 2007
Finished: September 21, 2007
Notes: Very classic pattern. It also taught me how to use the figure 8 cast-on. This cast on has now become my favorite. I had added an additional repeat, but found the results odd (that's being delicate). So I went back to a basic rule . . . trust the pattern. I followed it to a "t" and now have a beautiful pair of socks. The yarn is scrumptious. All I can say is "I want more!"

Monday, October 08, 2007

I Believe!

Ten Things I believe:

1. Getting a job seriously cuts into knitting and blogging time.
2. Running is a great way to blow off steam.
3. Blogging friends are the best! Examples are here and here to name only a few.
4. High School is tougher than I remember. Yea, I did graduate some 20+ years ago. But Soccer Chica is just beginning the High School experience. . . and all I can say is WOW!
5. If I could main line coffee each morning, I would.
6. You must set time aside time to knit if you want any completed items.
7. My husband can't make a bed to save his life.
8. Roza socks do eventually get finished (I promise to post details later - when I find all the time I have lost over the past month *insert hysterical laughter*).
9. Summer comes to an end way too soon.
10. I truly believe in the Keyboard Fairy! Thank you oh so much, you know who you are. Cough, cough "lurker!" Cough, cough.

Now if I could only find the house cleaning fairy . . .

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Special Days

Pooh Bear, I remember . . .