Monday, February 20, 2012

Finally

I've been working on this blanket since the middle of September.  Now, that's not nearly as long as it took me to finish the Neverending Blanket, and at the end of that tale, I mentioned that I needed to learn to crochet.  I figured that crochet was supposed to be faster than knitting, so that was the way to go.

afghans for Afghans announced a new campaign and they needed wool clothing and blankets for children.  Aha, I thought!  I recently learned to crochet, I have bucketloads of worsted weight wool, and I'll make a blanket.  No, I'll make two!

Needless to say, crochet (for me) was indeed faster, but not as much as I thought it would be.  I started a log cabin crocheted blanket at home and a striped single crochet blanket in the desert.  I learned that they required a lot more yarn than I was expecting and indeed took longer than I thought.  Maybe I'm just slow at crochet or maybe I was being unrealistic in my expectations (me?)  Anyway, I finished the log cabin blanket and I think it looks pretty good.  It's certainly warm.



I hope it will keep someone warm in an Afghan winter.

The second one?  Maybe it will be done for  the next time.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Don't Try This At Home

I was shown this disturbing video by my daughter.  It was sent to her by the (responsible) house and dog-sitter we had staying at our home during my absence.  I decided maybe I was paying her too much.


Thank heavens Buddy was okay when I got home to check on him.  It was smart of him to duck and cover at the last minute, wasn't it?


See?  He's fine!



Disclaimer:  No animals were actually hurt during the filming of this video.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mystery Socks

There's a group on Ravelry called Sock Knitters Anonymous and they have challenges each month.  Every so often they have a mystery sock and I've knitted them several times.  You get one clue a week, usually three or four total, and at the end of the time, you have socks.  I like to knit the mystery socks two at a time so there's more chance they'll be finished. The ones for January were designed by Carrie Sullivan (irishgirlieknits) and had a flower pattern.

The first clue was the cuff:



The second clue was the leg:



The third clue went over the heel and down the foot:



The fourth clue finished them:



This is the first time I've made socks that had a lace pattern down the heel flap, so it was interesting.



I needed some semi-solid sock yarn, so I found a pretty ball in my stash  that was dyed and given to me a few years ago by my kind twin, Cathy.  Thanks again!  The yarn, which is Knitpicks Gloss, has a lot of subtle variations of color, some shine from the silk, and was generally nice to work with. I don't think any of these photos show the color very well.  As I mentioned before, I'm going to take a class on photographing knitwear, so maybe next month I'll have more technique!

I've knitted a couple of other mystery sock patterns. The last one was by Janel Laidman and had an artichoke design and beads.  I knitted it out of Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere, which was a wonderful yarn, but I wasn't too thrilled with the way the socks came out and how they fit.



I also made a mystery pattern by Nancy Bush.  I liked this pattern and the yarn, which had a lot of silk in it, but these socks seemed to come out two different lengths.  Even when I do them two at a time, it's no guarantee that they'll match!


In other news, I got tired of looking at the brown spots on my face, so  I had a MicroLaser Peel yesterday.  I'm supposed to be back to normal-looking in 7-10 days (as opposed to the 2-4 advertised in the brochure) because the Doctor went deeper on me.  It wasn't horrible but it wasn't that much fun, either, and today I look like I should be in a horror movie.  So my last week in the desert this time will mostly be spent inside.

I've invested in a quantity of SPF 50 sunscreen.  I'm thinking I don't want to do this again.