Thursday, June 28, 2007

Laughing in Flowers

I had to step away from the needles lest I throw the yarn out the window. I don't usually like to throw valuable goods out windows. Water balloons? Yes. Merino Wool Superwash & Mohair? Not so much.

It began simply enough. A desire to begin a new pair of socks.

Everything moved smoothly. The purls were purled; the knits were knitted. And then somewhere around the heel everything went horribly awry. I couldn't say exactly what happened. Only that one moment there was the happy beginnings of a charming sock and the next a wooly rat's nest had landed in my lap. The yarn broken in places, knotted in others. The frustration sat heavy in the room and so I had to walk away.

I've made peace with the yarn since then. The knots and breaks smoothed out and patched. And soon, very soon Operation Sock Creation 2.0 will commence.

I guess in the end the only thing to do is laugh. :o)

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

A Smile On My Face!

Sarah came over last night for some super sock knitting and brought presents from the Knitters Connection (see Karen's blog).

Who doesn't love presents?

She gave me some beautiful sock yarn from Neighborhood Fiber Co. It's called Mount Pleasant and I love it, love it, love it!

She also gave me some cute stitch markers. The sheep is too adorable!

The gifts were topped off by a Cider Moon sticker!

There's nothing better than the unexpected gift. Thanks fiber buddy, Sarah!

Saturday, June 9, 2007

A Knitting Anecdote

I thought I'd share the first hat I ever knitted. I made it for my husband. But it ended up on this cute stuffed animal, because apparently using the right yarn and the right sized needles is important.

Oh, and my husband is still waiting for his hat. ;o)

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Projects! Projects!

I'm currently working on two major projects:

Sock #2 of my first pair (because socks are EXTREMELY important)...

And a baby blanket for a very soon-to-be mommy that I am woefully behind on...

I am hoping to make a huge dent in the baby blanket project over the weekend.

I also had a wonderful idea today regarding some yarn I recently received. One of my friends, I've known her since the 5th grade, tried out knitting a while back but never really got into it. Then a few weeks ago she was getting rid of a bunch of stuff and ran across her stash and having no use for it she gave it to me. This brings us to my wonderful idea: Turn All The Yarn She Gave Me Into Knitted Fun For Her! The only problem I'm having is what exactly to make. I don't want to do anything too intricate or difficult that would take lots of time. I'm thinking practical and fun because she's a single mom with a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old. I'm still in the concept mode, but I thought I'd share the stash (pictures and details below) in case anyone has any suggestions! So, if you do think of anything, please, please share it!

Yarn List

Lion Brand Wool Ease in Wheat
3 skeins

Red Heart Super Saver in Grey Heather
1 skein, 1 ball

Patons Melody, Quick & Cozy in Happy Daze
3 skeins

Lion Brand Homespun in Shaker
2 skeins

Red Heart SuperSaver in Painted Desert
2 skeins

1 Pound of Black Acrylic

And Unknown Colorful and Soft Skein

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

One Down and One to Go

I woke up this morning and decided to finish the sock! And thanks to and the support of Sarah and Karen I was able to complete the first of the pair. It's not a perfect sock but I love it all the same!

Now, I just have to make a buddy for it.

Monday, June 4, 2007

It Keeps Growing And Growing!

Just a quick post to show the progression of the sock.

I have moved past the heel and have begun the foot!