Tuesday, March 27, 2007

New socks

Here are the new socks I finished this tonight. What do you think?

I think I'll get back to my sweater now and finish the sleeves.

I also found the pattern for another pair of socks I need to finish. I will probably find some time to work on them this weekend.

I have a lot of sewing to finish in the next two weeks as well. I hope I can manage to get it all done.

Monday, March 26, 2007

More Socks

I have finished most of another pair of socks. I would have completed it today - but I discovered and error right after I finished the heel. Of course I had started to decrease the toe before I noticed it.

My cuticles are almost healed. This makes knitting much less painful.

I did some more rearranging in my work room. It's still an abominable mess. I threw away an enormous bag of garbage away. I also found and put in binders an amazing number of knitting patterns.

I have two shelves of space available for bins from the basement. If my back didn't spasm at the mere thought of moving heavy things I'd go and bring a few up. I hope that the muscles relax soon.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Wool Withdrawal

I have had no time to knit this week, so far.

I have finished a lot of sewing though and I only have 100 messages to get through and my email will be all caught up.

The weather here has been very nice and I do not want to sit in my office all day. I want to be out in the Spring enjoying the sunshine.

I have some really painful cracks in my skin of my fingers. It's mostly nerves. Up until last Friday I had most of them healed up but when I'm under stress I tend to worry my cuticles, usually without noticing, until they start to bleed. This makes everything from typing to knitting painful. As a nervous habit goes it's small but I'd really like to quit doing it.

Tonight I am staining the last of the trim work. (Hahahahaha) We have only trimwork left but there is quite a bit of it. We hope to be all done in a couple weeks. But then we've hoped that for a while now.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

And we have cast off!

Here they are - my loud socks.

I love Koigu colors. They are some of the best. Some day I'd like to knit an entire sweater with Koigu. But for now I'll just settle for lovely socks, many pairs of lovely socks.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

And now!

a whole sock! And part of a leg! The colors are much LOUDER in person. I absolutely love it!

I can't wait to finish the other one so I can wear them. I might even have to make another pair. In purple and lime!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

You will see

There is sock (well, there is leg and heel of sock) and soon there will be picture.

It has been a very nice break from the cardigan.

I hope to finish the gusset and get to the toe tonight, after my time in remodeling purgatory.

Tomorrow we grout, some more.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Insanity IS my natural state of being

As if the sweater thing wasn't enough, along with the remodeling and the SCA thing, I've decided to join the Sock of the Month Knit Along 3. Mwwahahahahaha! I need more socks. I have the will and the yarn. Now I just need a 36 hour day!

Now where are my sock patterns? The sock yarn is all sorted in a box on the shelf and I have several socks started so I'll start there and do some finishing up. It will help me get my sewing room cleaned and organized though so that is a Good Thing.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Floor Galore

We have finished most of the flooring. Just some grout left. Yay!

I also finished the body of my cardigan - LOOK!

I'm so pleased with how it turned out. It is quite nice. I have started the sleeves. I'm doing them both at the same time on one circular. I like it as much as I like making socks that way. It will be nice to have them both done - but it is not a relaxing way for me to knit.

I ordered a new sock book "My Favorite Socks" and I'm still waiting for it. I'm not really sure I'd have time to actually knit any socks but I'd like to fondle the book.

I hope to find some time to start the socks for the Socks That Rock. I also have a skein of Sock That Rock yarn that I got from from a secret pal exchange. It came with a delightful pattern and I'm want to knit those up too. I have both my skein winder and my ball winder in the same place at the same time now so chances are pretty good I'll be able to get the yarn balled this time.

I am also thinking about posting a tutorial for left handed knitting. I can get my daughter to help take pictures. I'm just not sure I have the actual skill to produce a decent page that can be downloaded for use. I'll bet I have friends that will help me though.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Knitting Camp

My mother and I are signed up for knitting camp. I'm not really sure how they decide who gets in but I'm hoping!

I managed to get one whole row done on my cardigan since Sunday.

Passmentarie: I made a sample of a finger braid. According to the directions you can make longer ones if you have a second person help. I'm going to make Liz be my little assistant. That should go over well. As long as she is in a good mood it will be fine.

Tomorrow we start putting down the floor! I'm so ready for this job to be done!

Monday, March 05, 2007

Very Productive!

The weekend was very productive. The railings on the second and to the second floor are installed. The main floor is all painted. We have started prepping the floor for the tile work. I also got the first coat on the last remaining wall in the second floor bath.

I have started the neck shaping on the cardigan. I was at 20.75 inches last night, with 2 inches to go for the back neck shaping! I had a lot of stop and go when the pattern changed from in the round to back and forth. If I get lucky I might get the body done and the sleeves started this week, in between time spent tiling the main floor.

I also got a picture of the sweater I made my mother. You can't see the lovely cables. She said that she had a better picture and will send it. If I get one the shows the cables well I'll post it.

Today my daughter wore the lovely red and white mittens I made her. I don't know why but it makes me happy when she wears/uses stuff I made her. Today has been a good day.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Post storm

We have FEET of snow. I got the car out of the driveway but I couldn't get it back in. I did get it in far enough that it isn't on the street, but only just.

We have almost completed the stair railing for the new story. We can't work on the old stairwell until the tile is down. By this time next week!

I have reached the all red portion of the cardigan. I'll try to post pictures soon.

My mother and I are talking about a Kilim sweater (from Philosopher's Wool) knit along. We both have the yarn and the pattern. It is on the list of things I should knit this year. The problem is getting her to be brave enough to try to post a picture. So I am cheering for her - RAH RAH RAH - she can do it! It will be great fun to work on this project together and watch each other's progress.