Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Oh! Christmas Tree!

Well, my light-stringing skills will not land me a job at the local discount store, that's for sure. But I still like the tree top ornament I purchased used for fifty cents (in it's original box, too), even though my camera didn't include the whole of its majesty.

And notice the bubble-like glass balls. They photographed rather strangely. I always wanted some of those, and this was the year. The snowflake is an old plastic ornament from the 1950's or 60's. I found a few of them in a Des Moines antiques shop--some turquoise and some clear.

Last year I splurged on the blue l.e.d. dome lights. They are really bright. When I turn off all the house lights and the white lights on the tree, it resembles Darth Vader. This was purely unintentional.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Bring on the Eggnog!

After Thanksgiving our neighborhood started to look bright and festive, with lots of lights. I must be the last on the block to get my few decorations up, and mine look so understated compared to all the others. I couldn't find the timer for the spotlight on the front door so I had to go and get another one.

A second wreath on the service door will be lighted from the portico light after I figured out that the light bulb was burned out and the timer was not working because of it.

Tomorrow we trim the tree. Bring on the eggnog!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

The Camouflage Sock/Slipper

My brother-in-law loved his new socks, and he was happy that they were not wool. Apparently he has had some unpleasant effects from the wool socks he had been wearing, and these felt warm and comfortable. I am so pleased.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Ready, Set...

The table is set and family will be here. Although some of our loved ones are missing, we still have much to be thankful for. I am thankful for a loving family, the very best friends, a fine shelter, plenty of food, a manageable (so far) yarn stash, and life in this great country.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

For Exquisite Knitting Patterns and Tips

See Eunny Knit! is by far the best knitting blog I have encountered. Her genius is immediately apparent as she shares her knitting tips and patterns with her readers. If you haven't read this one, you're missing something out of the ordinary...and that's an understatement. How she has time to do all the things she does and blog about them will amaze you.

It sounds like she has a book in the making (no surprise), and knitters will snap it up as fast as it becomes available.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Air Knitting

Seriously, sometimes I wonder if I knit in my sleep. You know, like air guitar--call it air knitting.

Knitting with this yarn is like knitting air. I chose to use bamboo needles because the yarn is so light that any other needle might have slipped right out of the stitches.

Yes, they are socks. Have you guessed I'm Stuck on Socks?

Friday, November 17, 2006

The Sweet Baby Blues - Finished!

Yarn: Opal sock yarn
Pattern: My own
Needles: Susan Bates #1 dpn's
Comments: These socks just reminded me of a baby's blue booties; hence the name. All they need is a ribbon, but I will not add that. Love the yarn and the color.

In keeping with my preference for pattern that doesn't cover the whole sock, I added a bit of pattern on the top of the foot. Good thing it will be hidden with my shoes. Don't my feet look like hand grenades? Yikes!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Verdict on the Judge's Socks

I may have changed my mind about the Dutch heel on the Judge's Socks. He likes the socks, says they feel very comfortable and particularly remarked about the roominess of the heel.

Well, I can give a pattern another chance.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Not Just Socks...

This scarf has been my "riding in the car knitting" recently. It's Morehouse Farm's Knit/Purl scarf in their 2-Ply Oatmeal color.

Early this year I finished their lace weight cardigan, which is light and beautiful. When I finished it, I emailed the photo to Margrit at Morehouse Farms and she graciously responded. She said I did a beautiful job and that she knew how many stitches went into this project!

If you haven't tried Morehouse yarn, I do recommend it. It's so soft (Merino wool) and the colors, especially the natural, are scrumptious.

Monday, November 13, 2006

The Red Socks

I really like this yarn (and I love the color; Blue Blood Red), but am finding that my stitches are somewhat uneven with these socks. The ribbing is a 3/1, which is probably my favorite ribbing because it lies fairly flat while still retaining the stretchiness needed.

Maybe it's because I am a "thrower" or an English knitter. I purchased a book called YNotKnit and would like to learn the Continental method. Would this make my knitting more uniform? Faster? More pleasurable? Will I slow down long enough to even try it? Will it be like starting over?

Sunday, November 12, 2006

From the Living Room

Before the snow flies, I planned to get some spruce tops and arrange them for the holidays. This was the perfect day to do it. But I must confess these were pre-arranged at Bachman's and they looked so pretty I could not resist.

Think of a whole winter without seeing any flowers from your window. That puts this purchase in perspective, doesn't it? Flowers for your soul.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The Camouflage Sock/Slipper

My brother-in-law saw me knitting and asked if I could knit him a camouflage sweater. At that time, I didn't know of any camouflage yarn and didn't want to tackle a multicolored sweater to be used for hunting.

So when I ran across this very inexpensive yarn (not for the yarn snobs, which I am afraid I have become), I grabbed it and decided to whip up a pair of socks for him. I know, I know. They won't feel good, will get all fuzzy and pilled, etc., etc. But the first sock worked up in a couple hours, which was totally fun. I might even make a pair for myself. Whoopee ding!

Is there a wool yarn in camouflage out there?

I hope Dan isn't reading this blog.

The Judge's Socks - Finished!

Yarn: Online Supersocke 100 - Sierra color
Pattern: Gentleman's Plain Winter Sock with Dutch Heel from the book, Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush
Needles: Knitpicks #1 dpn's
Comments: Don't plan on using this pattern again. I think the gusset is too small and the heel is funky. So was the yarn; notice the variation in the striping. But the yarn softened up after washing and feels much nicer than it did going on the needles.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

In Progress--Judge's Socks

Yes, I still use double points and I still do two socks at a time. When you are process oriented versus project oriented, you do what you have to do to assure a finished project. Never mind about the sweaters that lie unfinished in various places! Also, doing two at a time helps me get the striping as close as possible right away.

The heel of this sock is funky. It's called a Dutch heel and I'm not sure I like the looks of it. It sort of pulls in under the foot, which probably will block out neatly (I hope).

Friday, November 03, 2006

Another Pencil Drawing...Done on a Pocket PC

Just adding a quick drawing I did when first using my Pocket PC and a program called Pocket Artist. It would be nice if the software was available for my tablet, because it is a good lightweight art program for those of us who don't use it on a daily basis.

I use my Pocket PC daily, and have used one for about six years. Even though it's old by computer years, it synchronizes with my Outlook calendar and can be synchronized with two computers, such as work and home, to keep your calendar, email, and contacts wherever you need them. It is wi-fi ready, which is very handy for getting email or looking up something on the web. I wouldn't want to be without it!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Name These Socks...

Wow, this yarn is quite lovely. It's almost a Robin's egg blue, but I don't want to name them that. The ribbing, as you can see in the closeup, is a broken rib stitch about 1-3/4" in length.

Have any ideas for a name for these socks?