Thursday, July 30, 2009

FO ~ On the Metro socks

From Wendyknits "Socks from the toe up" book

I have to say that I'm so so glad to be done with them. Nothing wrong with the pattern. All errors on my part. But I did get frustrated with these socks. And with that's had been going on IRL it took me a while to complete the second sock. I can tell I was much more tense during the first sock.

I put no cuff on these socks. The reason: I wanted to just be done with that first sock. I seen a pair of socks in CookieA's book and they looked pretty fabulous without a cuff. I kind of like how the top kind of rolls. It has this ruffly look to it as well.

So onto the next project. I'm not sure what I'm gonna start next though. I do know I want to spend some time on my stole. Otherwise that poor thing is never gonna get done. I'm on row 11 I think.

Monday, July 27, 2009

FO ~ Fetching fingerless mitts

Fetching fingerless mitts. Actually I finished this a couple weeks ago.
I made these for my niece for her graduation. I figured these would be good as she walks across the college campus and studying.

I used knitpicks Andean silk yarn in the Merlin colorway. I loved the squishyness of this stuff.

I did an accidental modification on this. I used smaller needles. I realized something was amiss when I had plenty of yarn leftover when I finished the second mitt.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

What is this?

This is my "lock box"


Why it's my float stole! Yes, I started it up again this weekend.

I've pulled out all the stops on this one. I have point protectors, a row counter and whenever I'm not working on this it's going to go back into the lock box. Since I've taken this photo I've completed 4 full rows.

Mel Hunt, the designer of this lovely pattern has her blog here.

FO ~ Gossip Gloves

Pattern can be found here. Nice, eh?

I don't remember how I came across this pattern. I was probably googling fingerless mitts.

I seen this pattern and went "ah ha!" This pattern would be perfect for the handspun I've had just kind of sitting around and waiting for a pattern.

I think the only thing I would add to this pattern is maybe do a thumb gusset. I'm not sure how I would go about deciphering where in the pattern it would go so I will have to research that. I really do love fingerless mitts. This is the first pair for myself though. All the others have been gifts. The fiber is "bluebell" colonial top from Ashland Bay company.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Yes, this is *that* blog entry ...

You know, the first one after not blogging for like a month.

So here is a couple of daisy's from the garden.

Once again, life is busy, but thanks to having a day off from work and basically unplugging from the Internet I feel like I'm starting to catch up on things and starting to feel balance again.

Work is still crazy, but I'm getting used to that. It will still be a while before things settle back down into a routine.

I've finished some things and started some things. I will post them all separately.

This past weekend we went strawberry picking. I got my canning fix and out of one bucket of strawberries I got 12 - 8 ounce jars and 6 pints of strawberry jam. It is very yummy if I do say so myself.

I have also collected a new hobby. I am now a geocacher. Last Monday I got my new handheld GPS. It took me a while to figure it out. But once I did, everything else seems to be just falling into place. We got this one because it has all the maps you could want. Some GPSs make you buy the maps and the cheap ends up expensive. And since I figured I'd want this to OTR directions as well, this one seemed like the perfect one. I'm very happy with it.

So far we have found three geocaches. We even discovered a cemetery that we didn't know existed. It's somewhere around 100 years old but someone is still taking care of it. There were little flags next to some of the tombstones. I'd love to go back there and stay longer but the flying bugs were bad even with having repellent on.

My baby tomatoes seem to be doing great.

They are about 3 weeks old and are just getting their second set of true leaves. The are looking pretty healthy. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

I know at some point they are going to be too big for my little bookshelf green house. I may make a light stand out of PVC so I can adjust the lights once these guys are in bigger pots. I'm debating on whether to bring the bigger bookshelf greenhouse up from the garage. I've have to rearrange some stuff in the living room if I do. Then I suppose I'd have a good excuse to start even more plants.