A Creative Spirit (What do you do with yours?)

"She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands." Proverbs 31:13

Thursday, January 01, 2009

I moved!

New year, new blog. You can find it here:
My Creative Spirit

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Sweet Mary Jane Cardi and Watermelon Stripe Socks

Today I shall let the knitting speak for itself.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

More completed socks

Finished these Sept 2. I knit them with a basic cuff down sock pattern using 2 circulars. I used Comfort Sock by Berroco in Stewart Island. Someone had recommended the yarn to me and at first I was skeptical since it is an acrylic, but it knits up beautifully and holds its shape well. I like the yarn enough that I bought 2 balls in solid colors to make more.

My only complaint is that I found a knot in the yarn while on the foot of the second sock. After undoing the knot and knitting on I discovered it had interrupted the colorway. I decided not to frog the sock but to leave it as it was.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Oh boy, here we go again!

This is my Jessica, who was home on leave earlier this month. She leaves for Iraq on Sunday. Will it never end? It was hard enough having my son go 3 times, but this is my little girl...and this really sucks. Sorry, I know that sounds a bit juvenile, but it's the best I've got right now. It's going to be a long 7 months! The bright side is that shortly after she comes home she will be getting out of the Marines, she chose not to re-enlist.

I made hubby a stocking. It was a very quick knit and he really likes it. I let him chose the color and he paid very close attention to my daily progress. It's the Snowy Night Gansey Stocking by Lisa Carnahan from the book "Christmas Stockings: 18 Holiday Treasures to Knit".

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Knitting socks, the Detroit Zoo, and Iraq

I have been knitting socks and nothing but socks for the past few months. I did finish a top and will hopefully update with pics very soon! (the camera is charging as I type) I found some awesome hand-dyed sock yarn that knits up to look like watermelon stripes. I've got one sock almost complete and it is just too cute!

Last Friday I took the kids and 2 of the grandchildren to the Detroit Zoo. We had a blast!! Kelly was completely obsessed with finding the elephants (can you believe there aren't any there?) We took her into the reptile exhibit and at first she was fine....until one of the snakes moved. She let out such a scream and there was no way any of us could convince her that it was okay. When she was let out of her stroller we did a lot of "chasing Kelly". Here it is my turn:

And now about Iraq: Jessica is home for predeployment leave until this weekend. She ships out to Iraq in less than 2 weeks. Enough said. This is Jes at the Butterfly house at the zoo.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Pretty much a whole day spent knitting

Remember this sock? This is the sock I knit while learning to knit with 2 circs. Well, yesterday I had the day off and I pretty much spent the entire day knitting. (with a few breaks to throw another load of laundry in) I did the cuff, leg, and heel flap, then called it quits for the day when I got to the heel turn. I used those gorgeous Harmony wood circs from KnitPicks.
Oh, and speaking of KnitPicks...I got an email from them (I really shouldn't read their emails, it always costs me money! lol) This email was about sock samplers, and this is the one I ordered. I had a hard time choosing, but this is a good one to start with. I already have tons of bright sock yarns, and Meadows has some really gorgeous deeper tones.
Sheesh, I'm starting to sound like an advertisement, aren't I? ;) Just wait....I'm going to the Michigan Fiber Festival in less than 2 weeks. Can't wait to show you the goodies I'll pick up there. I'm also going to sign up for a class on drop spindles ath the Fiber Expo in October. I'm really looking forward to that class! I wish I could take a class at the Fiber Festival, but since it is a weekend that hubby and I have planned together, I can't expect him to just sit it out. That's alright...there's always next year. ;)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Yet another sock pic

No, not just another single sock pic....a pic of a PAIR of socks! Instead of making (or eating) dinner tonight, I knit. None of the kids were home, so not a big deal. I'm so pleased with how well they turned out. I just love that Imagination hand painted yarn from Knit Picks.

Sock on 2 circulars

This is the sock that I made using 2 circs last weekend. I learned the method and completed the sock in a day. Fast yes, and I'm pleased with it. It was easy to catch on and the sock turned out very well, but it's not my method of choice. Call me crazy or just plain old-fashioned, but I really LOVE using dpns!

I knit the sock using Knit Picks Simple Stripes...I love the patterning!

Monday, July 28, 2008

One tired girl!

Not much to post tonight...I'm exhausted. Today was my first day in my new supervisor role at work. The good thing is that the day just flew by!

I turned the heel and did the gusset decreases for the 2nd sock and should finish it up tomorrow.

Kelly wearing Grandma's sweater.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

I had the BEST weekend!!

I just got back from my trip to Cindy's. We had the best time imaginable!!!! I got two socks done ~ not a pair, though. I took time out from the socks I was knitting with Damsel (see an earlier post about Knitpicks Imagination yarn) and I learned to knit a sock using 2 circs. I finished that one in a day!!! After which, I cast on for the 2nd sock in Damsel and got the leg done and started the heel flap this morning before coming home.

I also bought more yarn....imagine that! wink wink
I got 4 skeins of Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece for a pullover that I'll be starting for the Knitting Olympics. I also got 2 hanks fo Classic Elite's Alpaca Sox in charcoal and 2 balls of some beautiful purple fingering weight yarn that is also slated for a pair of socks.

Then I came home and ordered 2 pair each of 24" circulars from Knitpicks in sizes 2 and 3.
The Alpaca Sox yarn is going to be a pair of socks for hubby's father for Christmas. Shhhhhh!