Sunday, June 28, 2009
I started a pair of the classic striped slipper. Made with Phentex craft yarn, these slippers are durable and very comfortable. My MIL always makes these for the family and I finally decided to make my own pair. Previous attempts at slipper-making have ended in dismal failure (and general mockery at my expense I might add, but I'm not bitter), and I'm uncertain about whether I'm carrying the yarn across the work correctly. Still, it's coming along (did I mention how much I dislike garter stitch?) I started another pair of socks for my little boys. This pattern is from an old Patons pattern book with lots of sock and mitten patterns. Scored the book at a charity book sale (yay for me!). The needles are 2.75mm and they feel huge after using 2.25mm for so long. Hope the socks will fit nicely.
I have also been working on my lace scarf (remember it from Lace Scarf Post 2 and First Lace Post ), but sadly I am running out of yarn(see the second pic below). Need to order more, but I've been slow to do so.
Happy knitting all. :)
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Initially it was a way for me to write more in-depth about my knitting. Ravelry is an awesome place which affords the knitter a place to document their experience (good or bad) with a particular pattern. But often there was more to the story than just simple modification. I needed another avenue to share my trials and tribulations. Needless to say, I sometimes ramble on about things other than knitting, but that's another story.
I've been online in some form or another since early 2000, mainly on forums and such (initially for new moms, then parenting, then scrapbooking . . .well, you get the picture). Some time during my forays into cyberspace, I discovered blogs. Then I discovered knitting blogs. For the past two years, I have been religiously following umpteen blogs which I check on a weekly basis (my blogroll , unfortunately, does not accurately reflect the depth of my obessession as I've only listed a few and have yet to add the rest--forgive my laziness). I am the classic lurker and generally leave no comments, although I've tried to reform my reticent ways of late.
I love reading about the adventures--and sometimes misadventures--of my fave blog authors. Each week I'd eagerly check in to see how much progress they'd made, to admire the lovely fibre acquisition they'd made or to drool over a new pattern. Most I had found through Knitty whilst seeking out free patterns. Then I'd mine the blogroll of my fave designer. These days, I check out the blogs of fellow ravelers and bookmark the ones I enjoy the most.
Perhaps the most important reason for blogging is my desire to write. Okay, I'll fess up that about 2 years ago I tried my hand at writing a novel. I gave it my best shot, then the "pop and fizzle" faded. Writer's block? Perhaps. Maybe I just lost interest (okay, here's the vampire part: it was about blood drinkers, but more twisted and surreal then anything I've ever come across and not very romantic). Despite putting down the pen, I still yearned to write; I needed an outlet for creative energies. Hence a blog was born.
How long will I continue this pursuit? Will I some day abandon it and let it fade into the twinkling lights of cyberspace . . . perhaps not, at least not for a while. Certainly I never would have guessed that knitting, blogrolls and vampires would have led me, thus far, to this place. To where the road continues, I do not know, but I shall enjoy the journey. Hope you enjoy the journey too! :)
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Well I never thought I'd get to kitchenering those last 20 stitches on my son's ribbed socks. Finally finished the second sock! Yay for me! I darned in the last loose ends and passed them over to my son who promptly pulled them on.
Found the pattern in Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Sock Book. I think I might have to buy this book (originally I had borrowed it from the library to learn more about socks). It's supposed to be a vintage pattern. And I just love the fit of ribbed socks--no slouchiness.
This is my second pair. The original pair I made were knit as written--no mods. With this second pair, I needed to modify. My other son has skinny ankles and wide feet, especially at the heel. It's a 56-stitch sock, but I added 4 extra sitiches before starting heel flap; also, when decreasing the gusset, I only went down to 60 stitches so there'd be more room in the foot.
Of course both boys are growing, so I may need to make more mods. In fact, I'll have to peruse a couple of old Patons sock books. The Vogue sock book did have a generic sock pattern with required numbers/stitches required for size.
My problem with most sock books are the lack of "manly" socks; there seem to be an overabundance of girlie patterns. However, I don't make socks for myself--only the boys. Given that ribbed socks have worked really well for me thus far, I could try various combinations of ribbing stitches--need stitch dictionary for that. Perhaps that should be my next knitting book purchase.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Then I spied an unused "space". Along the driveway, there is a lack of of greenery and flowery goodness. Putting in a flowerbed didn't seem feesible. Perhaps potted urns were the way to go. A few times I considered asking my FIL to build me a planter. He loves woodwork and carpentry, but currently lacks any space for his hobby. So I didn't make any requests.
Imagine my surprise and delight when he presented me with a lovely planter box! There was more: not only did he buy the bags of dirt to fill the planter, he also offered to buy the flowers! What generosity!
So today we visited the Pleasant Valley Nurseries and it was fabulous. My mind was a whirl because the nursery had everything. It was so well organized with so many varieties of trees, shrubs flowers . . . suffice to say, they had everything. And it all looked so pretty--and healthy.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
The Coral Bells , Foamy Bells and Hosta, awake up from their winter sleep, slowly stretch up towards the sun--whatever little sun can get through the shade of the dogwoods.