Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Child's first Sock....has a mate!

I really think I'm going to have to wait, from now on, to post my pictures. It's a wee bit of an anticlimax when I have the second done and finally have a pair. Feels like we've been here, done that!
I did make a few adjustments on these...but nothing major. As usual, I used a tubular cast on. I notice I'm not a big rebel when it comes to modifications but....I do make a shorter cuff. Why? I don't really know. I didn't however play around or do any tweaks on my pal's sock!!!
I'm doing another pair of footies, just to have something in my hands, because this weekend we're off to Maryland...woo, hoo..and I need some mindless knitting for the journey.
I'ts wee James' birthday and he'll be 4. We're partying at "Chuck E. Cheese"...that's where I choose to eat for my birthday last year and it made the boys sooo happy!! Gotta love a place where kids are safe and can run and play like lunatics!!
Our weather has been beautiful, and today we are off to Marienville on the 'trike.' (Just to visit and tidy up the father-in law's grave.)
Happy knitting,

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Back on the needles...again

'Child's First Sock' from "Knitting Vintage Socks" by Nancy Bush
Using: Fortissima Socka. Colour 1010...a lovely raspberry red.
Needles sz., 2.5mm it says US#1 on the label but this sz. falls between a #1 and a #2
I love this pattern and it's very easy!!
I thought about doing the pattern as a mirror image on sock #2 but changed my mind.
Here's what changed it:-
Me...should I do the patterns opposite one another?
Husband.....what for, it's only a sock.
Me....(remembering that silly commercial about the purple fabric) Well, you're only a man!!!!
Hee have to love socks......
Have you noticed I've been using solid coloured yarn lately...I still love the others, but since I've been on a pattern kick, I don't want my work to get lost in the yarn.
In the new "IK" magazine I loved the motorcycle gloves and I will knit them for myself one of these days. I want to do one more pair of socks after I finish these, and then the gloves. I'll need them on the 'trike.'
Have you all been visiting the knit pligg you really should if you love socks..there are stories, pix etc....only one problem, you could spend hours looking and get absolutely no knitting done.
Happy knitting [and looking].

Sunday, May 20, 2007

'Embossed Leaves' socks

'Embossed Leaves' by Mona Schmidt
Yarn:- Wildfoote sock.....colour...Pine Tree
DP's sz #2
Modifications:-I did an eye of partridge heel
In case any of you think I'm some kind of "knitting machine" maniac, I did these for the 'socknitters' KAL before I had a blog, and I just wanted to show them off.
Well I'll concede, I'm told I'm a little bit of a maniac!!!!!! It does however take me a little longer than a couple of days to knit a pair. From what I hear tho' my sister-in-law can do a sock in a day. Now I haven't seen this feat for myself and considering she just learned to knit socks last year [I was visiting N. Ireland for me Ma's 80th birthday]and I taught her, I'm totally in awe. I do make the mistake of stroking, petting and admiring my knitting which slows me down considerably. I think I did see a sock a day much pressure.
Happy knitting,

Friday, May 18, 2007

Two "Edelweiss" socks....

I love everything about these socks..the pattern and the yarn and how smoothly they knit up. The only gripe I had was weaving in [all] the ends. Let's hope they don't unravel!!!!!!!
You know I really hesitated making these, but I did want to do something completely different, for my pal.
So, what's next..well I'm mulling that over...but I'll bet it's more socks.
Happy knitting,

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Edelweiss sock

Pattern :- Edelweiss Socks by Candace Eisner Strick from "Vogue Knitting" Fall 2006
[I will look for more patterns by this designer.]
Regia colours: natural, red and black
Sz#1 DP's
I love the texture of this pattern, although I do think the sock looks sporty. I still have the ends to weave in and to start the second.
I hope my sock pal likes it...I know it's a little different.
Happy knitting,

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Happy Mother's Day......

These beautiful flowers were waiting for me on the porch last night. I wasn't expecting anything because I hate the hype and $$$$$ associated with holidays...but I was thrilled!! A big thank you to you folks in Maryland.
Hope everyone has a great "Mother's Day"
Knitting news...
I ripped out the "Child's First Sock" was just too narrow in the cuff and leg...maybe I should have swatched....but I just can't or won't. I will use sz#2's and make another pair for I loved the pattern.
I got my yarn for my pal's sock, and will show my progress soon. I don't want to get over confident and then end up unravelling everything.
Happy knitting,

Monday, May 7, 2007

I'm baaack

Started 'Child's First Sock' from "Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush."

Fortissima Socka Colour :1010

DP's sz #1

I did a 2x2 tubular cast-on and this is an easy pattern to memorize. I really like it. This book was a Christmas present from my daughter...thank-you.

Meanwhile I'm still waiting for my yarn order to come in for my pal's socks.

I had a lotta fun at the "Sheep & Wool" festival but only bought a tee shirt and a key ring...I'm a sucker for a souvenir!!!! I did love the buffalo yarn but it really wasn't in my budget. Wonder if I'd enjoy knitting with it??? (Guess I'll never know..sigh.) One irony though...the festival included a variety of LAMB dishes...can you believe it..and lots of folks were chowing down....I just couldn't look at the wee sheep up close and then enjoy them as a meal, but that's just me!!!!!

Happy knitting,


Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Hey Lou~Saved the sox.

I pulled Lou's [he's my favorite son-in-law :)] sox from the bushes and decided to try again...and I've made a little headway. [ Don't you just hate it when something just doesn't go as easily as you think it should???? Oh well...C'est la vie]

On the other hand, I think I really must be excited about knitting for my sox pal....I'm already plotting and planning!!! Also, I am going to the Maryland Sheep & Wool festival this weekend and I know I should probably hold off choosing a yarn or a pattern....but 'naah'....I'm "champing at the bit" to get started!
This will be my first time at the festival, and I've been to their site and checked out the vendors, and it sure looks promising!! Will update when I get back.
Happy knitting,