Thursday, March 27, 2008


is for FINISHED the FIRST SOCK. I have FINISHED the FIRST of the Swirl socks. I really like the pattern and I like how it pooled around FOOT. I have seamed up the toe and I am ready to start the second sock unless I get the notion to start another pair FIRST.

F is also for FED UP and FINDING confidence in FIXING mistakes. It snowed again this morning but it has mostly melted off which is good. I noticed on the heel that I had slipped a stitch by accident and I was able to ladder down and FIX it. I was pretty excited. I year ago I would have ripped the whole sock out because I was never able to get it back on the needles after ripping backs a ways.

I haven't been spinning lately since I was FOCUSING on the sock. I guess I better get the other one cast on before my attention wanders.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Sock Mojo Has Returned

Finally, my sock knitting mojo has returned. It was on a long hiatus I think. Maybe it was depressed from all the snow and cold weather but it seems to be back with a vengance. I finished these yesterday. The second sock seemed to just zoom by. On Thursday I was still working on the leg and all I had left to finish yesterday morning was the decreasing the toe. I so enjoy the Monkey pattern. It is so much fun to do and it is so easy to remember.


Posh Lucia Sock yarn in Feather
Monkey pattern knit as written
Started sometime in February 2008
Finished March 22, 2008
Knit on KnitPicks 1.5 DPN's

I have had a great afternoon. Brett and the girls are spending time with his parents and grandpa at the hotel swimming and eating lunch. Buddy and I stayed home so he could take a nap and I have spent the afternoon knitting and listening to knitting podcasts. I have reached the heel flap on the Swirl sock and I hope to get in some more knitting time later after church tonight.

Last, but certainly not least. I hope you all had a great Easter. I am so thankful for having a Saviour that loved me enough to die on a cross. If you don't celebrate Easter I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Forget Snow, Bring on the Yarn and Socks

First, the yarn. This is my third attempt at spinning and plying. I love to spin and wish I had more time to get better. It is Corridale top that I dyed with some green and yellow Kool Aid. There is about 420 yards of approximately fingering weight in the two hanks. The yellow didn't show up much but it made it a really pretty spring green. I am deciding what to knit with it. I will use this for something but I am not sure what.

Second, the socks. I will admit to having four pairs of socks in progress right now. Two pairs I haven't touched in a LONG time. These are the two pairs that are seeing a little knitting action. I am making a pair of Monkeys for myself and the first one is done. I am working on the second one now and I am almost through with the leg and hope to get to the heel this evening.

This is the beginning of my Swirl Sock. It is the Loopy Ewe sock club. I really like the yarn it is Cherry Tree Hill. I was obsessed with it for a couple of days and then life got in the way. I am hoping to have both pairs done by the end of the month. The picture does not do this yarn justice. I hope to get a better picture later.

Monday, March 17, 2008


is for ENOUGH.

ENOUGH said.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Stoles, Spinning, and Using the Snowblower

Clue 5 is finished. I am working on Clue 6 now. I hope to get this done soon. I am behind. Clue 8 will be out on Friday morning but I am not sure that I can get two clues done in two days especially since a little girl is having a birthday tomorrow.

I haven't had a chance to spin since Sunday but I can show you what I spent hours working on over the weekend. I finished up four ounces of the Corridale top that I got when I bought my wheel. I got about three hundred yards when it was all spun and plied. I am still learning but I see improvement already. WOO HOO!!!!!
This picture is before I washed it.

This last picture is both of the hanks after they were washed. I am really happy with them. I am not sure what to make with it but I will make something. Maybe a scarf or neck wrap. You can always use one of those in Minnesota.

We got snow overnight. We didn't get very much but it was more than I really wanted to shovel so I used the snowblower. I did all by myself and I hope my husband will appreciate it. I even did the sidewalk for the kids going to school.

Sunday, March 02, 2008


is for a DETAINED and DELAYED post. I am a DAY behind on my ABC Along post so please forgive me.

It seems like I have been busy but I DON'T really have much to show for it. I have been bitten by the DYEING bug as this picture will show. I used some food coloring and it was lots of fun. It is fun to come up with stuff that is all mine and no one else will have anything like it.

This is some of the wool that I got when I ordered my wheel. It is a Corridale cross I think and it is called Vineyard. I am thinking of spinning it up for a shawl knitalong but I am not sure. I DO have some yarn that I have spun but I haven't washed it yet and I think it looks better after it has had a bath.

D is also for DISTRESS. Buddy was not very happy with me so I had to share this one. Before the picture was taken he pointed his finger at me and told me "DAT'S not nice". I am sure you will survive not getting another piece of cheese.