Wednesday, October 31

My finished sock

Check out my beautiful sock. I started on the second one right away, and have just finished turning the heel. I read about, and looked at pics on the net again, of the "picking up of the gusset stitches" and found out I had done it wrong. Apparently a lot of people even had made that mistake, and yes, even Grumperina did, so I don't feel so bad. It still turned out okay I think, and I'm proud of it.


I'm wanting to have some delicious sock yarn in those fab colors that so many people use. I love this stuff that Brenda used - look at her beautiful socks; she makes gorgeous ones. And Jenna, who goes to school at my work, quickly became a sock bug. I wonder if I'll become addicted like so many...

I am contemplating ordering a set of the Harmony DPNsfrom KnitPicks; would be nice just to have the sizes I may need. I used plain slippery needles to make these ones and got used to them, though a few times the yarn just ran right off those slippery little buggers, so want to maybe try the Harmony or some bamboo ones to see if it's more comfortable.

geez, look at me,....actually writing something of content - go figure.

Monday, October 22

no more ladders now in sock sock

Well I worked on Saturday morning on my little sock project. Yeppers, I'm making an actual sock, with actual sock yarn, and actual DPN's 3.00mm size. It started a bit loosy goosy, but now I've actually (did I use that word yet? haha) eliminated any ladders with my needle changes. I'm quite happy with that. Here's what my sock looks like now
sock sock

and here's a closeup on the stitches now

no ladders

Aren't they beeeeeautiful? Happy me. I'm excited to start the 2nd sock to see if I can eliminate those top ladders and pick up the gusset stitches prettier. Of course if I do make it look better I'll probably want to make a 3rd sock :~

Here's my coffee break knitting project, mostly plain knitting in the round, which of course gives you the beautiful stockinette stitch, but I found I can knit, walk and even hang onto my smoke at the same time, so knitting in the round is a great coffee break project for me. With the yarn choices I did, I'm calling it the cupcake purse. Some little girl will love it I bet. It's cute.

cupcake purse

I also worked on my lace shawl on Sunday and finished the 4th repeat. I'll share that project, my first lace project, in a separate post this week. I'm extremely proud of lace knitting my first time.

Wednesday, October 17


Pupoose Isn't $80 retail a little rich?

We've still not had hints of snow, so another day of grace from mother nature. Supposed to be half decent weather for 10 to 30 days. Every day without snow is a total bonus I think.

I'm really enjoying Ravelry, like most everyone else is. I like the unique features it has that no other site has had yet. So easy to lose yourself gazing at patterns for hours isn't it.

I'm hooked playing Scrabulous on Facebook with my g/f who had moved to Phoenix. Such a great way of keeping in touch.

nothing much else new for week so not much time left for me.

Tuesday, October 16

Sock sock

Ok, well, it's one sock to start with,...don't get me going on that second sock already, k?
I'm attempting a sock with 3mm needles,...yes, they're tiny, and actual sock yarn. It's Kroy sock yarn in a denim color. I think it's going okay so far.
roll top socks-Dawns

The pattern is Dawn's and they're the exact style of socks I wear in the winter. Knee or even calf-length socks drive me crazy uncomfy clining to my pants. Thanks for sharing your pattern Dawn.
I've heard people talk about "turning the heel" being a big deal, I think it, and the short rows are easy. It's the picking up of the gusset stitches and making them look neat that' s the tricky part I think. Any hints for me on that? I'll have to watch that video of picking up stitches again, maybe that'll help.

Monday, October 15

OMG, it's me and I'm finally blogging

Well that was a longer than planned sabattical from blogging. My apologies to any readers I have (and haven't lost by now).

Summer was wonderful here in Manitoba. Gorgeous weather, I even made it to Grand Beach for a few days. Camping, though it was in an air conditioned trailer, was still great, knitting and crocheting outside all day; bonfires and moves and chips and dip at night. Alas, it's fall here now. Beautiful weather right now, for fall that is; hard to believe in a few weeks we'll probably have snow, yech. Yah snow is pretty, but the cold weather and being stuck inside all the time sucks bigtime. And driving the distance to work every day sucks BIGGER time. I try and remember how much we enjoy the country property all summer though, every time I'm driving in the snow crap in the winter.

Anyways, on to some projects I've worked on it the past few months. Knitting mostly and some crocheting.

Little Honey Bear Hat I made from Crochet Today.
It turned out so cute, I gave it to a prof at work for her little 5 year old daughter who's adorable in it. Pardon the waterbottle model in this photo.
honey bear hat

Also made another Fat Bottom Bag, which is such a wonderful pattern. Great pattern to work with and beautiful finished object.
fbb-almost done

I haven't been commenting tons, but I'm almost caught up on my blogreading which is usually done on the weekend now.

I read a post yesterday that described me to a "T". On "Her Blog" - have a read on it. Probably describes the dilemma (sp?) of a lot of us bloggers, who take pics, who are on message boards, and Flickr, and Ravelry, and CAL's, and KAL's....

So we're celebrating our 18th wedding anniversary today. Wow. Almost my whole adult life it seems - and hey, we made it this far so that's something in itself.

I'll be back - happy blogging.