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

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

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.