Thursday, February 23, 2006

I got the first sock done of the Knitting Olympic pair done, the cables turned out really nice. My DH loves them and is looking forward to me getting the pair done for him. The second pair is about to visit the frog pond, I'm not happy with the fabric, it seems to soft and open to me and I don't think it will wear well. Since this pair is for my son, and he doesn't seem to mind waiting, I would rather make them where they will last than just continue on with them like they are.

I got the yarn for my granddaughter's skirt, it is Red Heart Plush in Wine. This is a velour type yarn, so I will choose a simple stitch pattern for it. The color is kind of a purplish red, but is real pretty and I think she will like it. I haven't swatched yet, but the label calls for a size 8 needle! I think I might end up using a size 4 as the yarn seems to be more a sport weight than worsted weight. I will definitely swatch to find the right size.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

I actually have TWO pairs of socks on the needles at one time!!! I have my Knitting Olympic socks on one set and a pair for my son out of Lion Brand Magic Stripes on another pair. This is a first for me, as I have only had enough needles to do one pair at a time, but that gift of needles from my friend will let me have 5 pairs going at once...don't think I'm ready for that yet. :) I will get there some time. Just remembering what I'm doing on each of the ones on the needles right now is hard.

The Knitting Olympic socks are down past the heel turn and 5" into the foot, which has to be 9" before the toe decreases, so the first one is going along nicely. I'm usually just at the heel at this time on a sock. The other pair is still on the leg, but I mainly knit on those in the evening when it is to dark to work on the other pair, since they are a basic stockinette stitch sock.

When I finish these two pairs, I will have enough yarn to make Bob one more pair and me two more pairs. Then I will either have to spin or go buy more yarn. It is amazing that I'm almost out of yarn after 3 years of having more than I thought I would ever get knitted up. I would like to get some solid colors to go with what is left of the Brown Sheep Wildfoote Rock and Roll yarn that I have. Then I would do me a pair with color work on the cuff, but that is if I can find some that will go with it.

I found out that my granddaughter wants a RED skirt, so I will have to get some yarn for that. I might get some other colors as well, depending on what I can find that I like and think would look good on her.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

I'm so bad at keeping my blog up to date. So lets see...

The socks for Bob are done and two more pairs besides. I ran out of yarn on the toe of the second sock of the first pair, so had to finish that with a different color. He doesn't care, they fit and keep his feet warm. To keep that from happening, I made the leg of the sock 7.5" instead of 8". That gives me a bit of extra yarn for mending, if needed. I have enough yarn for two more pairs for him. One is my project for the Knitting Olympics, I'm on Team DPN. They are going to be out of Opal yarn, in blue with flecks of purple and lime green, with cables.

My granddaughter has decided that her poncho works better as a skirt...So now I need to make her more of them, according to Bob. So we will see, what yarn I can come up with for another one for her.

I got a package in the mail today from a friend. She sent me 3 sets of size 0 needles, 10 needles per set, and 2 sets of 4 size 1 needles. She also sent me two 50 gram skeins of Katia Mississippi 3, a 60% cotton/40% acrylic blend in a lime green and a 100 gram skein of Fortissima Colori 1000 in a gray colorway. The needles were in homemade needle holders, they are cloth with a flap top and tie with ribbon. Each holder can hold up to 3 sets of needles.