Saturday, April 30, 2011

April Roundup

Some things never change...  I'm writing my April roundup on May 12th....  So, anything new with you?  I'm a creature of habit.  And tradition.  Even if it's writing an April post in mid May...

I guess I got 2 pairs of M4A socks done.  I must've started or worked on a couple of other items, but the socks are the only things I have to show for it.  Yep, that's it.  Socks.  That's my go-to knitting.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Finally, the socks are done.





72 sts around, 11 inches long, size 1 dpns. Used up almost the whole 420 meter skein of Austermann Step yarn. only a small ball is left, and I was 2 sts away from having black show up on the toe.

Phew! I'm glad they're done.

In other news, our lilac bush is blooming. DD#2 is in NYC for the week, so you'll have to put up with a picture from me. Not as good, but I did manage to capture a butterfly.

I'll skip the picture of a heavy coat of pollen on everything, and give you another lilac picture.

After all, once you've seen one green coated car, you've seen them all.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Showing off a little

This is the back of my Swirled Pentagons sweater. (Or the front, they are the same.) Anyway, this is the second side of my sweater and I just wanted to show off a little.

See this? This is my cast on. I had to cast on 100 sts. I CO for awhile...and then checked.

100 sts!

That's right, I casted on exactly right the very first time, without checking or counting or anything! I love it when things work out that way!

Here's the next grad socks I'm working on. These are 72 sts and will have an 11" foot. Not as small as the last pair, but they should still be fine to make.

The stripes are about 1" each, so they're much wider than I'm used to, but they're still looking pretty good.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Socks. again.

The latest pair of socks, bound for a Kaz grad:

Check out the patterning on the leg of the bottom sock. I must've been holding the yarn tighter during that section as I created blocks of color rather than random variation. Huh.

Patons Kroy Socks in Candy Kiss.
Sz 2 dpns
60 sts
9" foot length.

Knot so nice

I've been working on ripping out a sweater. It was given to me by the grandchildren of a lady who had made this a while before she passed away.

I first decided to finish it up, and knit the collar as the first step.

Then, I saw the moth holes that were smack in the middle of the front.  Two of them, at least, several rows apart.  Not that easy to repair, at least for me.  Sigh. A year and a half later and I decided to rip it out and reuse the yarn.

It was quite a project.

At least 2 of my family members asked me, in all seriousness, if I was glueing the chair legs back together (which also needs to be done). Nope, but that'll be a good mult-tasking idea for later--winding yarn and glueing chair legs at the same time.

I made nice little curly skeins, tied together several times each, ready for the washing.

Afterwards, they looked like this:

Not so nice-and-tidy. More like a jumble of knots. (Note to self: work on those skeining skills.)

It took me at least 4 sessions of more than an hour each to ball up the yarn. But finally, it was done.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it, but it'll be ready when I need it.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011


What does a sixteen year old look like, you might ask.

It's not this:

Or this:

This is getting closer, but it's also not this:

It's this! This is what a sixteen year old looks like!

Here's a close up of her cake. Since she's always the one that decorates the cakes around here, we thought we'd make a better effort for her cake. This represents all of her school sports and little mini pics of her playing them. If you can't tell, they are track, basketball, and field hockey.

Sixteen years, where did the time go?