Monday, November 23, 2009

The week of Thanksgiving

I've been a slacker about updating the blog this month..many apologies. My divorce was finalized...a huge relief. I've been pretty upbeat and happy the last couple months...not much can get me down in the dumps these days. Still toiling away on the 2nd "Manly Sock." I might keep these for myself, since 2 pairs of socks have bitten the dust this month due to repeat wearings and machine drying/washing. The "Classy and Fabulous Socks" for my little sister are almost 1/4 done. They look fab, as always. DIC Starry is a definite favorite yarn for the future.

I went to Knitting on the Square last week. It's a yarn shop located in Chardon, Ohio, about 25 minutes from my house. I first read about it in Knitscene magazine a couple years ago. I went there to get some new sock yarn, and I was not disappointed. Stash enhanced with: Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine and Dream in Color Smooshy "Happy Forest"

I've been into semi-solids and solid colors lately because of my current obsession with non-stockinette socks.

Last night, my sister, a friend, and I went to see New Moon, the 2nd movie in the Twilight saga. I have all the books in the series, and love them all. I bought some Socks That Rock Lightweight over the summer in a particular colorway, "Knitters Without Borders," which is black, red, and white. I might make some socks in that yarn soon in honor of Twilight, since the colors remind me of the series.

Friday, November 6, 2009

TGIF and knitting updates

Happy Friday! Though it's getting colder and snow is definitely on its way here in Cleveland, its perfect knitting weather. The second "Manly Sock" is in the final stages of ribbing and I plan to progress further with it this weekend, so I can keep on track with finishing it by the 15th or so. The "Classy and Fabulous Socks" for my sister are coming along well-I'm currently working on the heel flap of the first sock. I will once again say how much I love the pattern, Karen's Socks, by Monica Jines. I'm going to make a pair for myself after the holidays. It is the perfect sock for me, because the pattern keeps it interesting enough with the cables and the lace pattern. I've stalled a little on the knitting of the various second socks I have laying around...those will happen after I'm done with the "Manly Socks."

It may seem like I have too much on my plate knitting-wise, but with the events of the last 5 months, I'd rather be extra busy than have a lot of time to reflect, although I do that a lot when I journal. Things are getting a little easier over time, more is falling into place, and I'm getting a better picture of where I am headed next: nursing! Wishing you all a happy weekend and plenty of knitting time.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Classy and Fabulous socks begun (AKA little sister's stocking stuffer)

Feeling a wee bit bored by the "Manly Socks," I decided to get a jumpstart on Christmas gifts and begin the "Classy and Fabulous Socks" that I'm gifting to my little sister for Christmas. It's the first time I've ever cabled with a project, and its going well--I'm really into cabling it appears. It's also my first experience using Dream in Color Smooshy, and I love love love it!! I'm actually using Starry, but its the Smooshy base with a little silver woven into the yarn. The colorway is "Into the Mystic" and it's fabulous!!

The pattern is "Karen's Socks" by Monica Jines, and I bought it last year from The Loopy Ewe. It is a pattern that keeps me interested, which helps when it's time to start the second sock.

Here is a pic of my progress--it's not a great pic, it does not highlight the fab colors but I will take a better pic as I get more done.