Monday, August 28, 2006

Over the Edge Brown Tweeds


Well, they aren't really "over the edge"as one sometimes speaks figuratively (and they are so ordinary that they might well be "under the edge") but this applies literally to the tiny rollover edge that I wanted to see on these socks. Again, I am applying my own design, since many sock patterns seem too busy for me. I just like simple socks with some interesting detail, preferably at the top. No intricate patterns to imprint on my legs, please.

The yarn is KnitPicks Essential Tweed in gold (but it looks like brown to me).

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Those Bleepin' White Socks!




I can hardly believe these are finally finished. I struggled with them, probably mostly because it's my own pattern (incorporating a couple different patterns) and had to get the striping just the way I wanted it, and I must have been in la-la land at times.

Wouldn't it be funny if these turned out to be my favorite socks...even with the little errors?

Friday, August 25, 2006

End of Summer



When I put together this arrangment in the spring, the colors seemed so lovely with the backdrop of yard and Colonial Red house. The arrangement was small and compact, and the spiky maroon plant in the center was tall and proud.

Now you can barely see the spikes. Funny, it occurred to me that might happen, given the full growth stated on the label. But since I am not a gardener (as much as I would really like to be) I ignored the labels, figuring it wouldn't probably grow as much as possible, with my care at hand.

It's now pressed down and overflowing. I like those words. And the arrangement still pleases me.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Baby Gift



My nephew (my godson) and his wife are expecting their first child...a boy. Here is part of the gift I am planning to give them for their precious new child. The hat was fun and quick to make.

Monday, August 21, 2006

The White Socks


Here are the White Socks! I have ripped, frogged, and redone (okay, it's redundant) these socks until I am blue in the face. Can't figure out if it's the yarn or the needles (new KnitPicks) or just me (heaven forbid).

Anyhow, I decided to go forward, even with the irritating mistakes I have made. They are for wearing, not for framing! And like my friend Phyllis says, "Who will notice on a trotting horse?" Only another knitter. Posted by Picasa

The Wooly Burgundy Socks


Here are the wooly socks I started when I started this blog. They are a bit loose, since I had no idea what I was doing when I began these. But they will be nice for winter and go perfectly with one of my cardigans.

I promise myself I will have only one pair of socks at a time on the needles. But promises to yourself don't count, do they? Posted by Picasa

Friday, August 18, 2006

Reunion

My siblings and I got together for a brief reunion this week. The county fair was a bright spot, even though it looked a lot smaller than we remembered.

Mom does pretty well for an 86-year-old She went with as we dined in the 4-H dining hall and checked out all the displays in the buildings.

We bumped into a few old school friends and went home with smiles and memories.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The Law Book - Finished!

The law book that I have been typing is finally finished and will be delivered to the publisher today. Yahoo!

Now maybe I can get back to some serious knitting...

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Sioux Falls Socks Finished!

And here are the Sioux Falls Socks in all their striped glory. They look suspiciously like the socks worn by the Wicked Witch of the West to me. They feel rather heavenly, though.

I think I will stick to solid colored socks, or maybe use yarn that has a very subtle variation in color, from now on. Or maybe do my own pattern on the solid color yarn. When I purchased this yarn (Regia silk color), I also purchased another called Meilenweit Fantasy, in shades of taupe, white, brown, and light blue. Maybe I will like that one better. Any comments?

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Knit Picks Needle Kit Arrives

Wowee, they arrived in four days! The Knit Picks Options kit has 9 needle tips, sizes 4 - 11, with two each of the connectable cables, 24" and 32" lengths, plus caps to convert them to jumpers or stitch holders.

Notice that I also purchased double points in sizes 1, 2 and 3 to round out my selection. The needles are smooth as Turbos, but their points are sharper, which I think I will like a lot. Plus, these needles are quite a bit less expensive than the Turbos, and I like that a LOT.

The handy day-planner size will fit into my knitting bag easily, so that wherever I go, I am ready for new yarn....Hooo Boy!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

My Fave--Dave (Brubeck)

We went to see Dave Brubeck last night at Orchestra Hall. I have been a fan of his for years, and have most of his albums.

The man is 85, and he can play jazz piano to knock your hand-knit socks off! Loved it.