Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Sock and Needles

Here's my mom's sock done. I've cast on for the second sock already but I'm kind of worried about the length. I had my 8 year old son try it on and his feet are about the same size as hers. Yes, she wears a US size 6, small feet eh? They are a bit longer than the photo shows because it's kind of curled down at the toe area. Oh well, if they are too short I can always give them to Miranda right? Then try again for her. The needles are Comfort Zone Double Pointed Needles from Knitting On The Go. I also got bright neon green with the hot pink. LOVE them!

I'm also going to make boogietime from the winter issue of Knitty because, well, 1) I have a lot of sock yarn, 2) I am allergic to cheap metal and this will keep me from getting a rash and 3) I have a few watches laying around that I don't wear for reason #2. So that's what is up today. Oh, I went to Kohl's and bought some clothes with my gift card I received and no I didn't get that salad, though I plan on getting one sometime in the next two weeks!

Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday.....

How come these never seem to load up in the order I want them too? Well, here's a half way decent, despite it being dark, of the pattern on my mother in laws socks. It's a double zig zag and I think it's nice and simple. My wonderful husband actually paid attention to the links I sent him and got me some wonderful double pointed needles that are flexible and brightly colored. They're from Knitting On The Go and Alison from the Blue Blog uses them. That's where I found them through. They take some getting used to because they are flexible but they really are more comfortable. I took a photo of the two socks together so you could see the difference in the colors from the bright yellow to the butter scotch. I got my mother in laws two socks done and my father in laws which you can see at the bottom there. I decided to save them for their birthdays on the 15th and 19th. Then my groovey hubby went to the local yarn shop here in Brighton, Ewe-nique Yarns and met the lovely owner Linda with me before Christmas so I could show him what I wanted from there. He actually went back and got the right stuff! As you can see I got two sets of Addi Turbo's in size 3 and the book Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles! And boy is it fast too! I really like it though I think I will stick to double pointed when I want a portable sock. There are more chances to stop so I won't lose stitches or have to take more time to finish a "row". The sock that I'm working on is for my mom who will receive them as soon as they're done. I wrapped the yarn up and gave that to her to open Christmas day LOL. She knew right away that it meant that I was making her socks. I love the colors too which are very true to life in the photo. My birthday yesterday sucked to say the least. But then, it always does, but my hubby who was the star in my life the day before plumeted to the bottom of my list in one short time span. Since I have tonight off (yes I worked on my birthday yesterday) I hope he will redeem himself in my eyes by at least bringing me a salad from La Shish on his way home. I also have some gift cards to go and spend and I think I may just do that tonight. LOL So I'm sorry for the lack of posting the last week or so but I hope that the many photos of the knitting will make you feel more kindly towards the waiting.

Sorry for the way this stupid thing formatted. I hate when the words won't stay to the left next to a line of photos but sometimes it does it and sometimes it doesn't. ARGH! I need to go and take some more computer classes perhaps. LOL

Friday, December 16, 2005

I'm seeing double again.

Look how far I got on these today! I'm downright amazed. It's too bad you can't see the subtle design I'm doing on them. It's called married lines I think. Maybe when they get a bit longer and I can shove a kids foot in them it will show up. It's a double line of zig-zags that are worked over 11 stitches. The front top of the sock is 22 stitches so I'm doing a double line. It won't be bulky either so there shouldn't be any complaints about that. Not that my MIL would be that rude, but I just "know" there won't be this way. Does that make sense? LOL I even got three loads of laundry done and I cleaned the half bath and the main bath up here. We're talking throwing the tub mat in the washing machine with towels and bleach! Yep, I went all out and my shoulder hates me for it. But it feels so good to be mentally into housework again.

We're hosting Christmas dinner here so I've got a lot of work to do. We usually celebrate winter solstice by having our one annual fire in the fireplace downstairs and I make homemade hot chocolate, gingersnaps or gingerbread cookies and we watch Little Bears Winter Tales video. We started this out of a need to have a family tradition. Family defined for this night: The six of us and only the six of us. The bummer this year? I have to work so we're going to have to do it Thursday IF we're not back too late from having our Christmas get together with my brother and his family. I love winter solstice, it's turned into something we all really look forward to. So, maybe another sock photo tomorrow with the way I'm going!

Thursday, December 15, 2005

I'm Free! Well sort of.... LOL

Hi all! How much do you like snow? What a way to end the semester eh? We got about 7 inches or so but it was "warm" enough that the salt was working well on the roads and the driving was pretty good all things considered. I blew off my last class tonight and came home around 4 pm because I thought the roads would still be terrible like they were this morning on the way there. Ha, it wasn't! I came home and went for a walk with the kids and took a whole lot of photos of the snow. It is so beautiful that it almost hurts.
It makes the whole world look like it is made from sugar. Very fun as long as you can stay home. *grin* Well on to the knitting; the sock that I was working on just ended up way to skinny and my MIL would have a hard time wearing it so I just made it a bit shorter and now Miranda has one sock. But I've started a new pair with a different yarn and will do them both at once. I'll do one band of color on one then do the same band on the other one. Hopefully I can get them done by Christmas but who knows. The colors are similar to the first ones except the bright yellow is now a butterscotch color.
So how is everyone elses holiday knitting going? Some of you are just cooking along I see. I wish I had more time but it's ok. I did get a present today in the mail from my DH but he won't let me have them yet. Just because I figured it out is why I know what they are LOL. I'll have to post a link to them later after Christmas, I want to use them first to give my thumbs up or down. (They're DPN's by the way.)
Have a safe and happy one!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

One final down!

Tonight I have a review for the test in psychology and I have to turn in that damn report. Then I have Thursday to get through. What a day! In the morning I have an appointment with the psychiatrist and I have to take Miranda with me, it's for a medication check up, then I have to go to school and do that oral book report, take two tests in the testing center and then do a F*&$ing debate in government that night. As you can tell I don't like government class and I like debates just about as much, but the two together??? Yeah, fun fun. So I'm holding on to the fact that sock knitting is in my near future along with two books and I am GEEKED, excited, over joyed, giddy. Yep. Later gators!

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Busy bee.

I've been busy this weekend with kids home from school on Friday (snow day, yeck) and work. When I'm not working I've been trying to keep awake long enough to do the report I've got due on Tuesday night. Today I actually managed to type some of it up. Now I have to rush to get ready for work. Yippy Skippy. DH took tomorrow off so I will be able to sleep in a bit and work on my report. He can keep Miranda out of my hair LOL. Knitting is on hold for the next few days so I can handle my last week of school. So if I'm a bit absent then please excuse me and I'm also going to turn off the word varification and see if I get nailed with spam again.

and I thought it would be worth more.... LOL

My blog is worth $4,516.32.
How much is your blog worth?

Friday, December 09, 2005

Take a look!

I'll share a photo of some interesting optical phenomenon I caught with the camera Wednesday morning. The photo is a bit washed out from what it looked liked but it was beautiful, almost like northern lights in the morning. And.... it's a sock! It's a sock that seems to be too small. I'm not sure I'm going to be able to give it to my MIL so it may end up being mate-less until after the holidays and become Miranda's socks. Such a bummer, but I do have time until my MIL's birthday (1/15) and I KNOW I can whip out a pair before then. I guess I should try and do some other gifts, maybe some scarves for teachers and bus driver like last year. Not sure I can get those made quick enough. I have such a list of things I want to make and do I'm feeling a bit over whelmed. I'm going to have to make a list and pioritize because I have things that have to be done for my last two days of school. I'm sorry to see this semester end (except for my government class) so it's a bittersweet week. I'm sure that next semesters load is fueling the bitter part of it LOL. I do find myself getting a bit interested in the idea of learning more about Physics, as long as I can find someone to help me with the math part. Ok, I'm off to make my list of things I want to get done before the next semester starts on the 9th of January. Have a good snow day!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Hey, I remembered I have a blog!!!

(Update: I got my FIL's socks done. Yeah! Another FYO for the list.) I didn't forget really. I've just been really busy with stuff though I have managed to get another band of color on the new sock. I spent my normal knitting time at school on Thursday sketching instead of knitting. I've really missed that and it felt good. I got the newest Enya CD, Amarantine and listened to it while I drew... ok, I've been listening to nothing else since I bought it. If you like Enya's other CD's then you're going to love this one! I have one more paper to write for school, due one week from tonight, two more tests, and one oral book report and then I'm done with this semester. I also read two books this weekend, the first and the second and they were really good! I was going to wait for my holiday break but I just couldn't wait! I think the book I will read this break is this. I just can't pass up a good fantasy book I swear, it's like a disease that creates a need that you just have to fullfill or you're going to tear your hair out (or someone elses hair if they get in your way!) LOL I love to be taken out of reality.

And I broke down and bought another ball of this yarn so I can finish the darn sock so it looks correct. Can you see the slight curve for the toe area? Yep, I'm getting there. And I really like Kirsti's idea of a pair of mittens. But then I do have a couple of little guys that I may be able to squeak a pair of socks out of the remaining part. Plus the new Knitty has this really great pattern for this, a knit watch band. I am allergic to cheap metal and can't wear cheap watches and can't afford sterling or gold so this would be a great way to use some of the watches I DO have laying around and we all KNOW that I will have some sock yarn left over right? Right. I'll try to not let so much time go by between posts but know that I have just two weeks left of school and then you may just get sick of me and my posts again. *grin* TTFN