Saturday, February 20, 2010


My little socks and hat have been done for some time, and mailed off to their little recipient.  He and his mom, however, are out of town so they won't actually be tried on by the baby yet.  I think they came out pretty well and Blueberry liked them, too.

In other knitting news, I made two pairs of mittens for the current campaign for afghans for Afghans and have them packaged up with two pairs of wool socks for mailing today. I sent pairs of socks that I don't wear for various reasons and they should fit a young teenager just fine.

For Ravelympics this year, after agonizing (it's so important, you know!) I decided to work on my sock yarn blankie and see how many new squares I could finish during the two weeks.  I started out strong, but only knit on it at night during the horrible prime time NBC coverage, so haven't completed as many as I hoped, but will continue.  I do love seeing all the colors come together.  Here's a sample of some of them.

Happy Saturday everyone!  I'm off to a yoga workshop then hopefully will have a couple of hours to enjoy the sunshine before returning for the afternoon session.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Knitting Confidence

Yesterday I had tea with a friend who dabbled with knitting a couple of years ago but hasn't succumbed to the obsession (yet!) When I asked about the scarf that she had started lo those many months ago, she confessed that she had messed it up somehow, didn't know how to fix it, and just put it away.  We agreed that perhaps the next time we get together she could bring it and I could help get her back on track.  I also told her my standard line of "it takes me so long to make anything because I have to start over so much/fix so many mistakes/rip out, etc."

I firmly believe the philosophy that I've read and heard so many times in knitting that being a good knitter isn't always doing everything right, it's knowing how to fix the things that go wrong.  I remember the first time I took a project knitting class and how amazed I was when the teacher could see right away why I had the wrong number of stitches on the needles and could quickly "unknit" the offenders and get me back on the right track.  I was convinced that I'd never be able to do that.  Thankfully, I was wrong.  Now I do it all the time.

I'm trying to quickly finish up a pair of newborn socks and last night in my zeal to complete them, started decreasing every row on the gussets instead of every other row.  Now these socks are tiny, will have contrasting toes and heels, and are being done two at a time on magic loop.  I don't know that I've ever successfully completed socks using this method, so I'm referring to the book a lot.  Anyway, when I discovered this last error, I knew I'd have to remove them from the needles (size 2) and rip both socks back to the first decrease, put them back on, and continue.  The first thing I did (I've learned many a lesson while trying to fix mistakes) was to notice which way the needles and socks were facing and put in a marker so I could get them back on the needles the same way.  Then I jumped in and removed both tiny socks from the skinny needles and commenced ripping.  I carefully pulled the yarn so as not to go too far, then had to count stitches and fit the little needles back into the little loops without losing any.  Now I don't worry about getting the stitches back onto the needles the right way, because I know how to straighten them out while knitting the next row!

The operation was a success and I was able to carry on.  The socks will be done today and ready for sending to the new little Running Rebel in Las Vegas, along with a hat.  I guess I've learned more than I realized in the last few years of knitting.

Now to get back to the mittens which will need to be striped because I didn't make sure I had enough yarn in the color I started with.  Always something!

The socks in progress.  Finished photos soon.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Here and There

Well, as usual, my plan to update more regularly didn't work out, but I do have pictures! so here's a little more catching up.

DH and I took a quick trip to Palm Desert for a little sun.  That worked for the first few days, until he left.  Then I stayed on in that January storm that flooded most of the southwest.  Oh well, I had movies and I had knitting.  What else do you need except maybe a little chocolate?

The roadrunner came to visit.

We picked lots of ripe grapefruit and lemons.  The lemonade was great, and I may have made myself a lemon meringue pie (okay, it was half a pie and I did eat it all myself.)

The first knitted objects of 2010 were completed and loved posing with the lemons.

These are Maine Morning Mitts made out of the first wheel-spun yarn that I made.  I love them.  They're a little longer than the pattern calls for and that makes for warm wrists.

Collegeboy called and asked for a scarf (!) so Mom sprang into action.  This time I managed to find the yarn store and got him the requested blue tweed yarn.    This was a wool handspun that was really soft.  I just did a 1x1 rib and finished with no trouble.

I also had an idea for a scarf for the Princess, so I brought along the Running Rebel-colored yarn that I had purchased for this project.  The scarf was also ribbed, but I made the first and last 25% striped and the middle black.  I used Louet Gems sportweight doubled for this.

In the middle of all this knitting, the weather changed.  The view out of the bedroom looked like this:

The grassy lawn behind the pool looked like this:

The scenery looked like this:

It was not how it was supposed to be!  Of course, the sun returned on the day I had to leave, bringing scenery that also is unusual.  These mountains are usually brown.  The new snow on them was beautiful to behold.

Tomorrow we're off to Vegas to visit the Princess.  It's supposed to be cloudy/rainy there, too.  Maybe we should just stay home.....I see a little bit of sun right now here in Seattle.

Catch you next time!