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

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

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!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Linked Treble Dishcloth

Linked Treble Dishcloth

Sugar ‘N Cream yarn--2.5 oz.

Size H hook

Skill level: Slightly challenging

Special Stitches: Beginning linked-treble (beg L-tr) Ch 3, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, yo, draw lp through, insert hook in next ch, yo, draw lp through, insert hook in first st on row you are working on, yo, draw lp through, (yo, draw through 2 lps on hook) 3 times.

For Linked-treble (L-tr) insert hook in upper horizontal lp of last st made (see step #1 in photo), yo, draw lp through, insert hook in lower horizontal lp on same st (see step #2), yo, draw lp through, insert hook in next st on row you are working on (see step #3), yo, draw lp through, (yo, draw through 2 lps on hook), 3 times.For linked-treble illustration click here:

Note: ch 3 at beginning of each row does not count as a stitch.

Ch 31

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 3; turn. (30 sc).

Row 2: Beg L-tr in same st as beginning ch 3, L-tr in next st and in each st across, leaving beg ch unworked now and throughout. Ch 3; turn.

Row 3-11: Repeat row 2. At end of row 11 ch 1; turn.

Row 12: Sc in each st across. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Got my knitting packed

In just a few short hours I will be leaving for my much-anticipated knitting weekend. I drive to Ohio each year to spend a weekend of knitting fun with my best friend, Cindy. We knit (duh), drink coffee, eat ice cream, watch movies, and of course......shop for more yarn. I've packed my Wicked sweater (with 1/2 of the first sleeve done), as well as the socks that I'm working on. How much will I get done? We'll see...........

One of my favorite blogs to visit: My Recycled Bags

On another note, I got the promotion!!! I meant to post the news a week ago when I found out, but time got away from me. I'll start my new position on Monday, with a nice raise to boot! That said, I leave you with this:

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Today's pic and some news

I got the promotion at work!!!! That's my news....and after I post my pic, I'm going to dinner with hubby. Just the two of us. Today's pic is of my daughter Amber and my gorgeous little granddaughter Kelly.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

How'd that yarn get in my bag?

I spent the day in Frankenmuth with a couple of my friends. It's a yearly thing we do, and I love it! We had lunch at Zehnder's and right next door to them is a beautiful little yarn/gift store called Rapunzel's. I swear, I didn't mean to buy yet another skein of sock yarn!!! ;) But once it was in my hands, I just couldn't let go of it. Plus, I also bought a set of size 8 dpns, which I DID need.

This is Berroco's Comfort Sock ~ which is a blend of 50% super fine nylon and 50% super fine acrylic. That equals super soft gorgeous yarn. 100 grams fo $8.95...not too shabby. They had a pair of socks knit up in this exact color and it knits up so beautifully!

I am proud to add that I cast on a pair of socks using the Imagination in Damsel. I didn't have to drive to Frankenmuth this year, so I got to spend the time knitting. I got 4 1/4" of the cuff done. It's a start, but considering how much stash I need to use up...I've got a long way to go! lol

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Did I say how much I love days off from work?

I spent most of today knitting and finished the body of the Wicked sweater! (Trust me, the color is prettier in person. I just couldn't get the lighting right with the camera) I was reading through the pattern for the sleeves and can see that I need to make two slight changes.
1. There are NO decreases all the way down....I'm not a big fan of shapless sleeves on a pullover of this type, so I'll be adding some decreases for shaping. I do love the cuff and will be sticking to that, of curse.
2. For a medium it says to knit in stockinette for 18" then do the cuff for 2". Think about it! I have long arms, but even if I ran the sleeve a little long, it would only be 19" for me. I measured 20" from the point where the underarm is when I have the sweater on and a 20" sleeve would fall to the middle of my hand. Just a tad too long, especially considering the fact that the yoke of this sweater sits a bit lower. Glad that I always read ahead a little bit so that I can know what to expect.

Friday, July 11, 2008

With fingers crossed.....

I had the interview for the promotion today. It went really well, and while I am almost completely confident that I got the job...there is always that nagging little voice of doubt. I'll find out mid-week.

I tried to get more accomplished on Wicked last night after dinner, but I was SO tired that I managed only about an inch before I called it quits and went off to bed. No new photo today, with only an inch you won't be able to tell the difference.

I just found this photo taken right around Christmas. Jessica (the one on the right) was home on leave.

Kelly loves to play with Grandma's magnifying glass.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Some cute bears to share

These little cuties were made by yours truly. My favorite would have to be Willowby, though he was definitely the most difficult one to make.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

I love days off from work!!

I spent most of yesterday afternoon and evening working on the Wicked sweater, made LOTS of progress:

I also got my order from Knitpicks yesterday. Two skeins each of Imagination yarn in Wicked Witch and Damsel:

Too bad I have to work today. What I'd much rather be doing is winding the yarn into balls and casting on for a new pair of socks.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Funny how all the days run together

Last time I checked it was the beginning of 2008...how has the year passed by so quickly?? I hadn't realized that it's been 3 months since I last posted....that's how quickly time has flown.

I've been quite busy, to be sure. Working full time, trying to finish a stitching assignment on time (I didn't), laundry, etc, etc. I have finished the stitching assignment and have not taken on another one. I want to spend some of my free time knitting and reading some of the books on my list. I have read Voltaire's Candide and am now about 1/3 of the way through Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. At work I am waiting to see if I've gotten the promotion that I have been working on. I should find out something this week.

In knitting I have been working on the Wicked sweater. I have the yoke done and have put the arms on waste yarn. I only have a few inches left of the body of the sweater. The pattern is very well written and works up quickly and beautifully. I also ordered some of the new sock yarns from Knitpicks...I ordered Wicked Witch and Damsel. Cool names, huh?

Some new pictures of the kids.....
Top photo: Amber and her husband Alexis
Middle: Justin and and his wife Maureen
Bottom: Josh and his girlfried Katelyn.
Still looking for new photos of the other kids to post.