Friday, June 30, 2006

At long last, Jamie's Socks

Here they are. I'm trying to learn 2 socks on 2 circs for these. I'll let you know how it goes. I actually have to change out the purple needle. I'm a crack head. Both circs are US 2's, but the purple is a quarter of a milimeter smaller. So I have another US 2/3.00 mm circ to switch out. These are for my friend Jamie. These are knitpicks sock yarn, can't remember the colorway, LOL.

More FO's

I may figure this out yet. Here is a picture of the finished baby blanket. It is a crocheted item, I LOVE this pattern and will use it for future projects. It looks lacy, but isn't hard and goes together really quickly. I'm hoping to see my friend this next week while I'm back home in Missouri and give it to her. She may have the baby before then, which would be convenient. Next you see pictures of some stamped altered journals I did for my 3 friends and myself. All were done with the "composition notebooks." Stamps were, well, I can't remember. Cardstock and ink is Stampin Up. One stamps says, "Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in heels." The other says, "Here's to great women, may we be them, may we know them, may we raise them." There's also some music note stuff on there. the tag has our names spelled out. Pens are made to match.

My socks

Ok, so, um, I can't figure out how to put more than one picture in a post and I'm way too tired to figure it out. So here you have my finished sock, made out of Opal, don't remember which colorway. You see the finished sock and the 2nd sock on the needles. I'm almost to the heel turn, now.

Picture Day

So, I finally borrowed my friends camera and got some pictures. For your viewing pleasure:

First, my first pair of socks. KM was the recipient of these. These are done in Lion Brand Magic Stripes. Doesn't he have the cutest feet?

These were my learnin pair and I think I did a good job. The gusset increases were a little loose, I fixed those by using some yarn to sew in those spots. He wears them often. And he even shows people!!! Of course, after seeing these, FKM wants a pair and keeps asking when he will get his.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

They'll take away my knitting license

Tonight I decided to do a bit of craft closet organizing since my guys are watching an anime movie. I don't really "get" anime. But the guys like it and they don't insist that I watch it, so I decided to do other stuff. KM, FKM and I all moved into this place at the beginning of March. Two weeks after that was the handfasting. So we unpacked rather fast and a lot of our stuff has never made it out of the boxes. So we've all been slowly working on it the last few weeks, FKM is down to just a box or two left in his room, and KM just has a few odds and ends in a few boxes in the hallway. I've discovered I didn't like how things were arranged originally, so I've been working on that.

Anyway. I was going through my yarn and pulling out the left over balls of things to send to someone who teaches kids how to knit. And I decided to tally up my "stash." Well, I don't they they'll let me play anymore because I don't really have a stash. How sad. I have: 23 balls of kitchen cotton, 2 balls of Red Heart red yarn that I use for Raggedy Anne and Andy hair (I make these for my nieces), 2 skeins of Mandarin Petit 100% cotton that I have no idea why I bought them and 12 skeins of sock yarn, but 8 of those belong to my friend Jamie who I am knitting socks and fingerless gloves for. And by the way Jamie, I'll cast on for your socks just as soon as I can catch you to try on my sock to see if it fits.

So there you have it. I don't have a yarn stash. There's a reason, you see. I've been scrapbooking for 8 years. About 4 years ago I got into all of the really trendy stuff, buying brads, eyelets, ribbon, charms, all kinds of things. Then I realized, I NEVER used it. So I sold almost all of it and went back to the very basic Creative Memories products. I use their stuff almost exclusively. So I decided then and there to not keep a stash of stuff for just in case. That has followed into this knitting obsession. I don't buy yarn just because it's pretty, as much as I would like to. One, I don't have that kind of money, and two, I don't have that kind of storage space. The exception could be sock yarn, I love sock yarn, and I know what I will do with it, I'll make socks. And I love the kitchen cotton, I make face cloths/dish cloths with it and a few of those balls are to make some reusable grocery bags.

I may see Jamie this weekend and if I do, I plan to take some FOs over to use her digital camera and load some pictures on to my blog.

OTN: Second sock for me, Gryffindor scarf for FKM, crochet baby blanket for my friend Amy, I only have 18 more rows to go and it's done, then I can mail it off. Need to finish it this weekend as she is due in July.