Friday, November 18, 2005

Ready for winter...

I finally finished my sewing project just in time for the winter weather. And here it is...




I got the chance to wear it today, and it's really warm. I used denim for the outer shell and two layers of polar fleece inside. I also made matching mittens.

I started another pair of socks. These are made with Patons Classic Wool. It's worsted weight so I'm using size 6 needles.




I had to put the wheat colored socks on hold till I can get to the store to buy regular needles. The needles I started with are the ones I use while traveling. I prefer aluminum needles when doing socks and of course I can't find them. So, I will have to replace them. This is my first sock project with a hand wash only wool. I wonder if I'll remember to hand wash them??? Just how small do you think they would get if I put them in the washer and dryer??? I hope I never find out.

Monday, November 14, 2005

NO MORE SWEET TARTS...

I give up!!! I know, I know, I know. I said I wouldn't do it but I did. I re-frogged those Sweet Tart socks twice since my last post. I just couldn't get it right. I know I said I would work them till I got it right...I just couldn't look at that yarn anymore!!! I frogged them yesterday. I had gotten to the point where you turn the heel and I noticed a dropped stitch at the ribbed band. I thought I was going to cry. I must have reworked those socks 6 or 8 times. That was it...They went to the frog pond.

I started a new pair and all is well so far.

wool-ease wheat socks

It's worsted weight yarn on size 4 needles. I just used the same pattern you would use for the sock yarn. They seem like they might be alright. I have rather "fluffy" feet so they might just give me a little extra room. They are much thicker too, which will work out well since this is supposed to be a bad winter. If it's anything like last year, we'll be buried in lake effect snow before you know it. All the T.V. weather people are talking about snow Wed. and Thurs. They even said possibly we may get enough snow to shovel.

Here is the second pair of socks I made. I had never worn handmade socks before and wondered how they would be. Let me just say this...If you ever get the chance to wear them, do it. They were so comfortable. I just wish I could knit faster. I would like to eventually replace ALL my socks with handmade socks.

purple magic stripe socks

I went to my local yarn shop and started a wish list. So if anyone out there is shopping for me for the holidays, I WANT SOCK YARN!!! But, gift certificates for sock yarn works too. :)

Thursday, November 03, 2005

My Favorite Fireman...

This is my nephew Bobby. He came to my neck of the woods this year for Halloween. He was the only fireman we had this year. Am I the only person bothered by this new trend. Where have all the hero's gone??? Anyway...As you can see he is eating his favorite snack food, green beans. I bought him a pound to take Trick-or-Treating. My brother said he munch on them all night. :)





I recently, bought a new sock book and some yarn for more socks. I like this book a lot. It has the pattern and three different versions for each sock...sock weight, sport weight and worsted weight. When I finish the Sweet Tart socks I think I may try the worsted weight socks next. From what I've been told they are just like traditional "boot socks". It might be fun to work on something a little different next time around




I am still working on the Sweet Tart socks. I have frogged and re-knit the heel several times since my last post. I just can't seem to get it right. I think I am becoming obsessed with finishing these socks. I refuse to give up. This will become a working pair of socks if I have anything to say about it!!! All other projects are on hold till these socks are finished.


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