Saturday, April 26, 2008

Bringing this Blog up to date! ! !

Love these clear clogs ! ! ! Sloggers ! ! ! Great way for me to show off my hand-knit socks.
[Look good with my workpants, huh ? ? ? ]
Sloggers were a little wide even with the knit sox so put inner soles in and now they're a real good fit.

Frogged my first pair of Magic Loop sox to use the yarn in this pair of Regia Kaffee Fassett Design using Melissa Morgan-Oakes' Twilight Pattern, but I knitted toe-up. I'm really glad I re-knit that first pair. The tension was way to loose and now that this new pair is finished, I'm really glad I decided to re-make the pair. These feel and fit soooo goooood.

Stopped at Hillcreek Yarn Shoppe after lunch at T.G.I.Friday's this week and fell in love with the yummy brown woo/bamboo yarn. Have already begun knitting a Toe-Up version of Melissa's Classic Sock pattern. They're to be for Ron. Yahoo ! ! !

Aside from listening to audiobooks and knitting, I've been working on my newest X-Block quilt top. It's really moving along in spite of the limited time I'm sitting at the Featherweight.

Have already begun planning another version of Mo's Basket pattern, my third.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Here's the Sugar Maple pair just as I've completed the heel and ready to begin the gusset.
Ron and I went to Columbia for lunch at The Cracker Barrel. Lots of people had the same destination for lunch. We had a delicious meal and ate to beyond full. Yummy grub for such a cold, cold day. Winter's showing the last of herself with a blustery and misty day.
Just north of Columbia woke this morning to a quarter-inch of snow. Some in Columbia lost power over night due to the fierce winds. Jeff had the wind, but no precip.

Dropped in both yarn stores while we were up there. The pair of Sloggers that I ordered over a month ago finally came in, so picked those up then went on to True Blue Fiber Friends where I found this lovely sock yarn for my stash. It's TOFUtsies [toe-foot-sies]. 50% superwash wool, 225% soysilk fibers, 22.5% cotton, and 2.5% Chitin. Ahhh, you want to know what the heck Chitin is, right? "Chitin is fiber from shrimp and crab shells! It's naturally antibacterial!"
Guess that sez it all.

Monday, April 7, 2008

So Comfy - and some WIPs

Well, here they are! ! ! I made the cuff a little short and very loose. I love the way they fit. Though I think casting on only eight stitches [toe-up] left them a little pointy and so I cast on sixteen on the pair I started with the Opal yarn.
Ahhh, another view of my feet, sox and the Socka Colori. Love this self-patterning yarn.
This pair made with the Opal [cast on 16 sts] was started so that I can knit-along with a dear friend who got me interested in Magic Loop knitting. We began these socks Monday and will meet again when we both get the the heel. We'll work that together and then we'll be home free.
The foot and cuff will be in a K1P1 ribbing. However, - - -

this pair of Regia cuff down] is Melissa's Sugar Maple pattern. Such delicate little twists. It's a fun [reads easy!] pattern with terrific results. I'm in love.
I know I have several WIPs going but it's hard to stay on one fabulous yarn when there are more waiting to slip through my fingers.
BTW, that's my Vintage Stitches Thimbleberries quilt. Daughter Debbie did the coloring with crayons and heat set them so the colors will stay.
Now that I've my X-Block demo for our Quiltin' Chicks Social given Thursday evening, and my X-Block Workshop project finished for show-n-tell at the quilt guild in Columbia this afternoon, I can relax for a bit. [I'll post pics of my workshop wallhanging in the next couple of days. It turned out great.]

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Hurray for the Red, White & Blue

Red, White & Blue! ! ! ! 1776! ! ! ! Fourth of July! ! ! ! Stars and Stripes ! ! !
These are being knitted from the Toe-Up, what a hoot!

Can't wait to wear them on the up-coming holidays - Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and of course whenever I feel especially patriotic ! !
I'm going to begin another pair of Toe-Up Sox soon with the Opal Yarn from the previous post. A multi-color yarn with a multitude of colors - lavender, yellow, mint, blue, etc., etc. They should look pretty darn good. I'm searching through Melissa Morgan-Oakes book "2-at-a-time Socks" for a pattern for the leg, there are so many to choose from.
Hey, did I tell you that I received my signed bookplate from Melissa and have stuck it right on the opening page. WoooHooo ! ! !