Thursday, March 30, 2006
In the meantime, I'm about to turn the heel on the sockpal sock. A few more rows of stockinette and I'll be starting the short row heel. Is it just me, or is the heel the exact same thing as the toe?
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Now I have to learn all there is to know about dyeing, figure out what I want, wind the gazillion feet of yarn into
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Whole foot shot, showing how misleading the first pic is regarding progress:
Snazzy up-close shot of stitches, showing lovely definition and color:
Mebbe I should have picked another section of the photo to blow up, as I can see a few single-stitch mistakes in this picture. Oh well, I'm still a beginner sock knitter, so it's understood that these will be less than perfect. I so love this yarn.
Monday, March 27, 2006
Will it come up? Your guess is as good as mine. Anyway, I had neat pictures, including a close-up of the stitches so you could see all the colors in the yarn, and now, you'll just have to go back a few days and see the progress I posted before I frogged it. It isn't quite that long, but it's a little more snug.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Since it's for Sis's birthday, I'm going to have to redo the blasted thing. I'm so bothered by this I'm going to have to start Cooper's scarf instead. After the sockpal socks. I can't think about this anymore.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Maybe he will be in a better mood this afternoon - he always brightens my attitude with that huge grin when he first sees me. >sigh< Babies rock.
Especially Santa Baby:
'Cuz bubbles are clearly for eating.
Anyway, I made progress on Frill during two conference calls and a weight-watchers meeting today. I am almost ready to drop the stitches and start on the body. I think it will go right speedy once that happens, although finally, after about 34 rows, I have the dratted pattern for the frill part memorized. I think I was so bothered by knitting the lace at the onset that I developed a mental block about it.
Maybe this weekend I will attempt to photograph it. I'll definitely need a before-unravelling and after-unravelling shot. Just because, you know, I'm easily entertained by such things.
Good gravy, I hope tomorrow is a better day. If it's not, I'm cutting out of work early and hiding out in a bar somewhere.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Yup, frogged. It was just too big. I want it snugger, and besides, I couldn't live with the bulging toe. It will be redone with a smaller needle, and I'll take another 4 stitches out of the pattern to shrink it a tad, like 1/2 an inch. Anyway, I'll be casting on again during my 11am conference call, so all is not lost. I'd really like to have this puppy close to done by the end of this weekend, since the other deadline projects are piling up!
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Saturday, March 18, 2006
I have only shown the finished one, so you'll just have to take my word for it that there is a second sock that only needs a toe and a weave-in.
And on other news, The Bug is 6 months old. And he can sit up fairly well, as evidenced by his 6-month-photo-shoot pictures:
No matter what I do, I cannot get that child to smile for the camera.
Anyway, I am off to graft that toe and start my sockpal socks.
Friday, March 17, 2006
Today it's cloudy and overcast and a little cooler than it has been. I feel like a big slug. I want to nap all day and not think about anything. I don't even think I want to knit right now, although if my choice was between work and knitting, I'd definitely pick the knitting. Maybe I need a vitamin or something. (Maybe that chocolate bar in my desk drawer would pick me up.)
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
How weird is it that I love my SnB group after three measly weeks? I went last night and stayed out way too late. (Partying? No, knitting. I am so hip.) I knitted all night long and chatted with such neat ladies. Some have PhDs in crazy stuff like biomedical something I can't remember, some are barely into high school, some are grandmothers, some are mothers, some are happily not. I have spent, all told, maybe ten hours in the presence of most of these women, and I look forward to seeing them again all week long.
I knitted all night and finished exactly three inches of baby sock. I am one slow knitter. I turned the heel and picked up the gusset stitches last night, and frogged all that today when I realized that I was a little too tired for that. I'm not sure any of that matters, since I have actually never gotten that process right on the first try. I'm definitely getting a lot of practice. I need to finish the sock right quick, lest he outgrow them before they're complete. I only started them on Friday (has it been that long?) but those of you who've ever spent time in the presence of babies know that they grow whole inches overnight, and gain a pound while you blink.
I'd like to know if Gerber makes a Large Breed formula.
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Anyway, for Sandy, some sky photos:
To the south, from my front yard.
To the west.
To the east. Think mebbe we're gonna have a storm?
And for some gratuitous cuteness, just because I can:
From the window in the conference room near my office.
Thursday, March 09, 2006
The other day, I realized that my first-thing-at-work ritual had gotten a little out of hand. I had been coming in, reading a few comics, checking my mail, and diving into a project. Took maybe 15 minutes, tops. The other day it occurred to me that, with all the knitting blogs I've taken to reading, my morning ritual had grown into a 2-3 hour affair. Since my employer generally doesn't pay me to surf the net, I did something drastic. I deleted all the links to my favorite blogs from my computer at work. It's been two days now, and I haven't had time to read them in the evenings either, so I am having withdrawals.
However, on knitting news, not only did I finish my first socks, I wore them on Tuesday, to work and then to the knit-and-complain. (Can't even call it the SnB group anymore. Ugh.) I even managed to get it together and find the camera while still wearing the socks. They're stretchy, as I'd worn them all day, and I think they're a little big on me, but here they are in all their glory.
Well, I can't tell if that picture uploaded. Anyway, if it did, it was a picture of my cool socks being worn with cool sandals, which we all know is the ultimate expression of coolness.
Here's a picture of the picot trim at the top:
And if that one came up, here's a pic of what seems to be the standard hand-knitted sock pose:
Yes, that is a little hole on the left one. I didn't pick up an extra stitch while picking up the gusset stitches. Actually, to be more accurate, I thought I did, but apparently, um, NO.
Okay, now that those are done, or not, as the case may be, I am going to go work on my Frill. The longer it gets, the easier the knitting is. I dunno if I'll ever do another project like this with such tiny lace, but it seems like it's gonna be pretty. I hope my sis likes it.
Oh yeah, and I started to swatch my sockpal socks. I'm going to do a basic toe-up, probably a short row heel. I can't decide if I want to work some pattern in, or let the colors speak for themselves. That stuff is gorgeous. Go see twoloops to get some of your own, cuz I'm not sharing.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
This is a new format for me. I have been using a different blog-hosting service, but I couldn't figure out some of the things I wanted to do, and was getting ZERO help from the support line. I am setting this up as a test, and I hope I'm not wasting anybody's time!
Anyway, I know I haven't run this particular blog for a whole month, as required by the netrings, but I hope that my previous blog, which I left specifically because none of the formats allowed ring code anywhere!