Thursday, September 28, 2006

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


Mr. Sockworthy asked for an update on the SSsOD.....


well, changed my mind. I went and got some real sock yarn:
And, yes, it knits like a dream. It was suggested that I knit the socks using the recommended needles. Not sure if you can see it on this pic, but they suggest 8's for sock weight yarn!

I knit tightly, but that's a bit rediculous. The swatch looked OK, but once I got into the magic loop, things got stretched out a bit, and there were holes....

You can see the holes on the sides, where I was making my increases. By the way...the Turkish Cast On is unbelievable! I'm in love! Anyhow, I can't have socks with holes in the
On to smaller needles...and another gauge swatch...*sigh*.

And what is on the other needles? neither one is in focus. LOL. Sorry.

May your BOs be swift and your FOs be many!

Friday, September 22, 2006

Elisa's Challenge

I belong to a "Mom's" list of women who were a part of I-village's August 1997 Playgroup (a bulletin board for Mom's expecting in Aug. of '97). We had our babies and kept chatting...and eventually we formed a yahoo group...and 10 years later....we have Elisa's challenge.

Elisa is a photographer (among many, many other things) and she wanted each of us to take photos from our front door. Well, I finally remembered to do it....and it's midnight...and raining.

And apparently, I can't stand still while standing on my porch, in the rain, taking a midnight.

Elisa - I'll try to remember to take one in the daylight. :P


rnd 10

Alright, I skipped a few days and the fans are clamoring for more! LOL.

Ahem...Ang asked for more photos. So, here they are:

KAL on Day 5 (I skipped photo time on day 4):

I still love the pattern. I'm itching to make some more dishcloths, I even made my own pattern.

Anyone wanna test knit my pattern for me? Put your email in the comments and I'll send you the pattern. It's a picture pattern (meaning a stockinette background with a purled picture), but I'm going to leave it a mystery as to what the subject matter is...

And here's a photo of the other item that's on the needles:

This was taken without a flash, as the flash washed the stitches out, you couldn't see anything. Those are size 0 needles, and sport/DK yarn (Bernat Softee Baby, color 31301, descriptive, eh?). I must have been out of my mind.
I hate these socks, they are the devil. BUT, they are nowhere near as evil as the SSsOD (Slipper Sock(s) of Death). I'm sorely tempted to either a) go get a size 6 circular or b) go get some fingering weight yarn. Either way, the project would go A LOT faster. I'm currently using Wool-Ease Worsted with Size 3 needles, and I knit TIGHTLY. I think it makes Ang's head hurt just to watch me knit. LOL. (Ang is the Purrrl-plexed link off to the left.)

Until next time, may your BOs be swift and your FOs be many!

Monday, September 18, 2006

rnd 9

Today is a purple day. Deal with it.

This is today's (Day #3) progress on the Dishcloth KAL.

Row 25 was a PITA. I tinked (that's knit backwards, otherwise known as "unknit" or "frogging" [rippit, rippit]) the damn row at least 5 times. What's weird is that row 25 was a repeat of row 7 (or maybe 9? dunno, didn't go back and look) and I didn't have any trouble the first time through. Leave it to me to do something right the first time, and then completely screw the pooch the second time through. This photo is showing 29 rows done. 4 days left to will be a nice size when done.

Obligatory close up:
I'm loving the developing pattern, and I'm really tempted to make a scarf in the same pattern with a really whispy fingering yarn.


2.5 more inches before I can start the decreases.


Why can't men have little feet? lol.

Until Next Time,
May your BOs be swift and your FOs be many!
**No animals were harmed during the making of this blog**

Sunday, September 17, 2006

rnd 8


I joined a knit a long, because I wanted to learn new stitches, but not commit to these huge projects!

Behold...the dishcloth!

I used a gauge larger than recommended #1, because I didn't have a #7 needle, #2, I knit tightly and #3, who cares if it's bigger than gauge? It's a dishcloth!

I really like the pattern. 5 days from now, I'll have a finished object to share with you all!

I'm almost to toe of the "SSOD" (slipper sock of death for you laymen) and it's working up rather nicely.

Afghan for coworker was completed, albeit a few rounds short, but hey...she'll never know!

Here's a close up of the pattern on the dishcloth:

It might be camera was acting funny.

Until next time, may your BOs be swift and your FOs be many!

Thursday, September 14, 2006


Did I make it sound like Bill has hobbit feet? I didn't mean to. I just think the sock looks terribly large. I'm hoping my gauge isn't off.

Don't look at me like that! I made a swatch!

It was only 3.5 x 3.5, but it was a swatch, dammit! Ang can vouch for me...we both counted the gauge and then compared notes. Right, Ang? they do fit your foot, Bill, I'm sorry that you have hobbit feet. :P (Nothing but love, Bill, I swear!)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006


Somewhere, I picked up a stitch. I decreased it back out, but now it's bugging me. I just noticed it today, thought I had messed up my decreases, added another decrease to even things up, and then noticed the hole on the front left about a 1/2 inch below the cable where I magically invented another stitch. I have no clue how I managed to do it, but there it is. I just don't have the heart to frog back that far. I think I would cry. (I know...get over it already)

rnd 6 and 7 I've been working on the "wool slipper sock of death" for about a week now. Yesterday, it looked like this:

I intentionally made the cuff short, because it is for a foot that lives in CA, and is attached to a man. So, I figured he wouldn't want a big cuff on his calf. It also looks like this sock is going to fit Sasquatch, or maybe his cousin, the Yeti (wool sock you know...).

I should put it on my foot for comparison's sake. I'll include that at the end.

Here are photos of today's progress. I'm done with the decreases, and I'm back to only one magic loop, instead of two.

I think Ang asked about the scarf (which has lost ANOTHER stich!), so I'll include photos of that too.

here is a close the texture of the bamboo feather. Mmmmmm.

The red is a Scakel (is that right?) Rimmel. It's like a ribbon with fringe on the edges. Size 11 needles, garter stitch. It's for my son, so nothing fancy, other than the yarn. Yes, he picked the colors. :) And yes, he is learning to Knit and Crochet (actually, he knows how to crochet already).

Alright. I'm sure this is picture laden enough for one post. Later all!

I have "pressing" business....SLEEP!

EDIT: I forgot the foot-in-sock picture! won't let me add it. I'll try on a new entry.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Progress...I think

Ok...this is the baby sock, with the rediculously small needles, and the baby weight yarn. I've just finished turning the heel (a flap/short row combo) and I'm about to pick up my stiches for the gusset. Hence the pause for station identification, since I need Ang to re-explain what the heck I'm supposed to do. :)

Thankfully, the baby isn't due until November. (The shower is next week though! Eek!)

Now...tell me this guy doesn't look like the Cookie Monster? I had my husband rolling his eyes at me as I opened and closed it's mouth singing "C is for Cookie," which (by the way) he is now humming to himself while he plays on the computer.

It should be stuck in his head for days now. :P

I know...I'm evil. When he starts to complain that it's stuck in his head, I'll hum that Suzanne Vega song that gets wedged into your skull. (something about a diner?)

rnd 5 here's what I did on my lunch today. A buddy of mine is selling them at the Ren. Fair (the one near Cincinnatti, if you want to buy one).

That's my nine year old son's hand, for reference. 26 gauge copper wire, assorted glass and plastic beads (mostly glass).

What do you think? Would you buy one? :)

rnd 4

Well, since I just gave the address for the blog to Bill (aka Mr. Sockworthy)...I guess I better say that he is worth good yarn, really he is! And Wool-Ease isn't bad yarn, right? It's just the run of the mill yarn. I can't imagine Bill handwashing slippers. lmao.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

rnd 3


I am happy to say, I've made progress. This is my first full size pair of socks. Well, we'll see if the second one gets made! lol.

My other sock was for a baby, and I made it with sugar and cream cotton (it's what the pattern called for...I swear!). It's really ugly, but I'm keeping it as a reminder that "I've done this before, I can do it again..."

I get surprise knitting time today, as the school just called not to long ago to say that my DD tossed her cookies all over the playground and could I please come get her now? She's like me, once the cookies are tossed, the illness is behind ya...and it's all roses, but try explaining that to the school!

I'll try to post a pic of the "infamous" first sock sometime soon. It really is ugly...and would fit a one year old!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


I forgot to mention, that sock (from #1) is for a buddy of mine, Bill. I just started it on Monday, and I'm rather proud of the fact that I haven't had to frog more than one stitch at a time yet!

Yes, I know I should use better yarn and then life would be grand, but I am still learning and I don't want to waste or (god forbid) RUIN good yarn. My pocketbook can't handle that kind of news.'s got a rather fragile psyche, and I try to do my best to keep it calm and collected.

Anyhow, that's it for round #2!


A weekend spent knitting. What better way to waste time? It truly was a wonderful time spent with absurdly cheap yarn, circulars with a mind of their own, a yarn winder and Buckeyes!!!

Yes, wasting time WITH chocolate on hand is always better than without. I know. I've tried.

Ang wrote about the weekend on her blog, and since I think the Hyperlink worked, I'm not going to repeat it all. :)