Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Please Discuss

Twisted Stockinette. (knit through the back loops on RS, purl normally on WS)

Important design element or pain in the butt?

Please discuss.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

After a particularly rough week at work, a week that questions my ability to even do my job, I find myself with some free time. Adam is taking the girls to a baseball game that his friends from work are playing in. It's a fundraiser for the Northern Lights Foundation. I have some free time of undetermined length. Adam will most likely get called into work today at some point, we just don't know exactly when.

So I think I'm headed to the LYS for a little spinning. I really need to clear off my bobbins and get some practice before Sock Summit. I have one little bolero jacket (Addie's) blocking before being sewn together and a baby sock almost done. Although I have huge projects waiting in the wings to be completed/started, I'm feeling like I'm in a bit of a knitting lull. Nothing has to be done on a timeline. It feels really good!

If you have any good job karma lying around, please send it my way. Otherwise, I'll be knitting, spinning and trying to forget that Monday is just on the other side of tomorrow.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Supersize This!

Do you think it would be possible to upsize this vest to an adult size? There are sizings for up to a 7 year old. Could I use a heavier weight yarn to size it up to a woman's 6?

Obviously I'm going a little nutty. I need one more project like I need a hole in my head. I'm working on the first of two Sidar Shrugs for the girls to wear in a wedding this fall. Addie's shrug is coming along nicely. It's actually going very quickly. I'm a little worried about doing 2 that are exactly the same. However, I decided (very wisely I think) to work the larger of the two shrugs first. That way the second one will go that much quicker. Or that's my theory anyway.

I'm also working on spinning up some wool so that I can empty my bobbins. (And practice spinning thin yarn!) I need 4 empty bobbins for the spinning class at Sock Summit. I actually only have 3 bobbins, one of which is partially full. So... a spinning I will go. I'm hoping to take the wheel "camping" with us this weekend.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Finished Object

Photo that should be of finished socks... Imagine socks the color of the lily pads.

I started off the month on the right foot. I finished yet another knitting project. After spending what seems like an inordinate amount of time on projects that never quite get done, I'm happy to have finished 2 projects worth blogging about.

The problem? Well, I didn't take any pictures of the finished socks. I finished the second sock on the way to my sister's birthday lunch. The only photo I have of the socks is one at the playground of the sock-in-progress while the kids play in the background. (multi-tasking) So, if you want to see what the socks look like, we'll have to ask my sister. And find her a date while you're at it. :)

The Deets:
Hybrid Socks
Pattern: It's a Hybrid - I cast on 60 stitches; knit 9, purl 1, repeat all the way around until the cuff is as long as you'd like it to be. I should have just gone on to a generic heel at that point, but I was getting a little bored with generic and decided to do something different. So I got out the Cat Bordhi book - New Pathways for Sock Knitters. I really like the way these fit, in fact I think they're the best fitting socks I've made so far. Too bad they don't live at my house!!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy 4th of July

It's the 3rd of July, I have a rare day off and it's finally warming up. I'm going to blow off the housework for now and go outside and pull weeds. When I'm done with that, I'm going to set up my reclining lawn chair and knit. Just sit in the sun and knit.

So today, I give you a Friday Fill-In.


Graphic courtesy of Tonya! we go!

1. When I heard yelling from the other room, I ignored it and hoped that Addie and Lily could work out their problem on their own.

2. Ice and Ibuprofen are the best medicine. (Fight club is kicking our butts lately)

3. It's late, but there's still a lot of the day left!

4. Laugh always.

5. My eyes have seen the girls make up their own rules to Shoots and Ladders.

6. Love strongly.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to spending time playing with the girls, tomorrow my plans include a parade and a cookout with new friends and Sunday, I want to eat deep fried pickles and sing Happy Birthday to my little sister!