Tuesday, August 28

mini socks

K and I were having the most no-good, rotten, horrible day. Fighting and arguing about everything. Nothing was making either of us happy. And then I finished the first sock of this pair, and handed it over for him to try on. He was elated and his angry words quickly became "mama, i love you for making me socks."
Pattern: On-Your-Toes socks from Interweave Knits Summer 2007
Notes: see the other socks finished two posts back.

I had just enough yarn left from my socks to make socks for the gremlin. seriously, there were about 8 inches left when all was said and done. i used their sockula (sock-formula) for these, but ended up going a bit smaller. Eight cast on stitches for the toe, increased to 48 stitches for the body equals a toddlers size 9 with enough room to grow.

I think i'll enter this in the contest over at Stash and Burn.

Saturday, August 18

Friday, August 17

Finished Toe-Up Socks

Pattern: On-Your-Toes socks from Interweave Knits Summer 2007
Yarn: A lovely wool with Aloe built right in to soothe your feet. gifted to me from a friend, and yes, I lost the label.
Needles: #2 Susan Bates metal (I think #1 would have been a better choice, but this is fine)
Mods: none really. i bound off wrong on sock #2, but i just wanted to finish something.

These things are finally done! After the #$*&% heel disaster on sock #2, i stuck these in my stash bucket until i felt ready to face the problem and do a good job. Luckily I had a business trip with several short flights. It's nearly impossible to 'work' on those short hops, but sock knitting is perfect for fidgety flying fingers. So I figured out where I went wrong with the heel and reknit the whole thing on the way to JFK. Finished the cuff between JFK and Richmond and back . very efficient.These are my first toe-up socks. I still think the cast-on is pretty fidgety and tricky, but I really like the short row heel. Now that my first try is over, I think i might be up for trying some Jaywalker socks...

Wednesday, August 8

new floors


And after. sorry i didn't style these. it's just life.
up next - the bathroom

Wednesday, August 1

Arisaig and mini-quilt progress

so, I've cast on for Arisaig. So far it's great summer knitting as the yarn is quite thin and not wooly. It's knit on #1's and #2's, so it's going to take me forever with the limited time that I have for knitting. Mainly I knit at the end of the day while watching a bit of Red Sox. If it's been a rough day, I may not even have the energy to pick up these tiny little needles. I envisioned myself knitting this at the beach cottage in Maine, never mind that this year the beach cottage may or may not happen, that's how i envision it going down.
Here is a long term WIP. A mini log cabin knitted quilt. Inspired when the Whiplash challenge over at Whip-Up was about mini quilts. I took the Mason-Dixon info, and started with my leftover sock yarn and size 2 needles. Some friends sent me additional sock yarn as I quickly ran out. This will be one of those projects that will go on forever I imagine. Possibly I'll do them like granny squares and eventually sew together.