Monday, September 29, 2008

Frogged!

I seriously hated that sock pattern. I got all the way to the end of the heel and realized that it was wrong side out. I followed the pattern exactly, it was labelded wrong. Dang it! So, since I hated it so much...I frogged it. I'm on the lookout for another men's sock pattern now. I'm not sure I'm ready to try designing one myself. So, he'll have to wait. Maybe he'll get them for Christmas.

Speaking of Christmas, I have the list of things I intend to make. Now I need supplies and a schedule. If I don't write it all down, I'll never remember. So, wish me luck.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

I don't Wanna

Did you ever start a project and hate it? I have. It sucks. I'm supposed to be working on a pair of socks for the hubs. He picked out the pattern and I hate it! Don't tell him though. I think he thinks that I'm taking my time because I need a break. If I had actually liked this pattern I could have had both socks finished by now. As it is, I've only just started the heel on the first one. Granted, I did have to rip it out and start over. It was actually too big for him. I still don't like the pattern. It's sort of like a basket weave but not quite. It certainly is not a pleasure to knit. I don't like that feeling. I thoroughly enjoy knitting. Just not right now.

I know what you're thinking, just hurry up and get them done. Then they will be out of the way. I know, I just can't. I can barely bring myself to pick them up. Sad, isn't it?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Finished Product Pics


Close up of the lace panel.

Close up of the sleeve.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Sweater

I finished it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I finished it on Monday night at knitting group. I'm so excited. I need to block it. The bottom hem wants to roll up a little bit. Pics coming soon, I swear.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Nutkin 1 001


Nutkin 1 001
Originally uploaded by tiffibug

Nutkin 1 002


Nutkin 1 002
Originally uploaded by tiffibug

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Nutkin

I did go to the Morgantown knitting group last night. It was fun. The cheesecake was amazing. I finished the second Nutkin sock last night. I'll get pics posted as soon as the hubs sends them to me.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sweetheart Cardigan

So, I think I'm becoming more like Melissa. I got bored with the last little bit of Nutkin, all I have left is the toe, but I cast on something else. This time it is the Sweetheart Cardigan by Laura Brown. I'm making it for my niece Abigail for Christmas. I actually did a gauge swatch and needed to go up two needle sizes. My tension must be incredibly tight.
Speaking of Melissa...she keeps inviting me to go to the Morgantown knitting group. I think I'll actually go with her tonight. I haven't been to that one yet. She says I'll know a couple of people from the Fairmont group. I should give her a call.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Nutkin

I finished sock number 1 last night. I was surprised at the heel and toe she used in this pattern. The other socks I have made used a heel flap where you go back and pick up stitches for the gusset. This one was much different. It was interesting and more fun since there were no stitches to pick up. The toe was made the same way as the heel. So there was no grafting, no kitchener stich. Although I have just mastered it. This was the first time I did a three needle bind off as well. I'm not sure wich I like better 3 needle or kitchener stitch.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Dream Job

I've come to the realization that my dream job would be to work in a yarn shop. I could get paid for playing with yarn and knitting all day! That would be totally awesome! Too bad the yarn stores around here are all fully employed or not busy enough for more help. Dang it.

Friday, September 5, 2008

More Substitutions

I've started another sock pattern. This one is Nutkin by Beth LaPensee. It is top down, I haven't attempted toe up socks yet. The thing I find most interesting about this pattern is the cuff. You actually make a cuff at the top, instead of just having your cast on edge showing. I really like it. The pattern was easy to memorize, so I could knit this while at work without fear of losing my place if I had to wait on a customer.
I started off with the size 1s it called for, but my tension was too tight. I couldn't get my foot in the cuff. So I frogged it and started over with size 2s. Now it fits! I'm on the last repeat of the pattern for the leg. Then I'll be ready for the heel.
Oh, I'm using Patons Kroy sock yarn in Gentry Grey, it's a dark charcoal grey. Very nice, although kinda splity.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Sweater Pics




As you can see I ran out of yarn again, but I will get the last skein I need on Thursday.

Monkey Sock Pics






They were too small for my cousin Judy, so my Aunt Daphanne claimed them instead. They were such a hit that Daphanne and my cousin Melissa put in orders for more!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Family Weekend

I spent the weekend camping with family at my step-dad's farm. I hadn't seen some of them in a few years, namely my Uncle Jon and his family. Jon is only six years older than I am. We were buddies when we were little. He taught me how to play basketball, he was a HUGE fan of Michael Jordan. He also taught me how to crack my knuckles. Weird huh? It was the cool thing to do on our school bus, he wanted me to be cool too. So he taught me to crack my knuckles. He's got the cutest kids. They look like little clones, not his offspring. They are all just as sweet as he is.

My cousin Judy came up with her new baby. He was only 5 days old! Matthew, is his name, and he was so incredibly tiny. She said he weighed 6lbs 6ozs, but I think he was smaller. My hand was bigger than he was!

I got to spend lots of time loving on my nieces, Hannah and Abigail. Hannah is 3 and Abby just turned one last week. They both have my brother Jimmy's orange red hair, although Hannah looks like my mini-me. Abby looks just like Jimmy. Hannah wants to read, she's trying desperately to figure it out on her own. She sat by herself for over an hour "reading" books. She will read to you. She'll put her little finger on the page and move it along the words as she tells you the story. It is too much! I wished I lived closer to her, I'd teach her to read. Abby is very funny. She thinks it is hilarious when she sneezes. Every time she sneezes she cracks up. She would go to different people, but turn back to me and want me to take her back. She especially liked to do that to Pawpaw, my stepdad. Every time she would come back to me she'd say, "Ha, ha, ha!" Very funny.

I had a pretty good time. I'm glad I went, but man am I sore. I slept on a lumpy, lopsided cot next to Hannah. Half the night she would be lying across me, or her knees were in my back. I'm glad to be home and to get to sleep in my own bed. Oh, and I'm glad for indoor plumbing. I've had it with outhouses for a while.

Getting Closer

For the last couple of days I have been camping at the farm. So of course I took my knitting. I finished the body and one sleeve of the sweater. I started the next sleeve, but am going to run out of yarn again. I stopped at Castaway Saturday morning, but they decided to close for the whole weekend to observe the holiday. I wish I had known that on Thursday evening. I would have bought extra yarn then.

I also made a stop at A.C. Moore, since I was traveling past it. I bought size 4 dpns and a 29 inch circular to do the sleeves on the sweater. Plus I got some Patton's Kroy sock yarn and size 2 dpns. So, now I will have the proper size needles for the Hedera and Monkey sock patterns.

I'll take some pics and get them posted.