Sunday, March 16, 2014


Can't sleep,  may as well blog about the newest project to leave my needles.

These are Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku and were an easy knit. Not sure why it took me so long to finish ...

They are for MrJ and he hasn't tried them on yet.  I can't wait to see how they fit!


Monday, March 10, 2014

Quick pic


My feet look like boat oars in this picture! And let me tell ya, these stripes are pretty addictive to knit. All weekend I've been saying "just one more stripe!" instead of the usual knitter's plea, "just one more row!"  I am so hooked on these that, to celebrate a really good bit of news that I got today, I have some of this yarn on its way to me so I can knit myself a pair (or two!) in red and white. There's nothing in the world like retail therapy.  I will try again to knit the next pair two at a time. 

I've also decided which project from my WIP pile will get frogged next but I'll tell you later.  Cliffhanger!


Saturday, March 08, 2014

And another one's gone ...

Another one bites the dust!

Alpaca Sox Legwarmers. Pattern by Pam Allen.

I started these legwarmers back in September 2013, with the idea that they were pretty easy and would be a quick knit.  I was going gangbusters on the first one (I don't remember why I decided to knit one at a time), then all of a sudden I slacked off.  

Today, I reclaimed the yarn and put it back in my stash.  It will eventually be knitted into socks.  But now I'm happy to have one less project in my pile. 

This morning, I knitted a few more stripes on my grandmother's socks. They are kind of addictive.  I hope to make a lot of progress on them this weekend.

Until next time!

Friday, March 07, 2014

Frog one, start one

So ...

You know those fingerless mitts I told you about last week?  Well ... shortly after I reclaimed that yarn and put it back in the stash, I pulled out some sock yarn and started those socks that I told you about.  See?

Tom and Ethel Socks by Nigel Pottle.
For my beloved Nana, whose name is Ethel :-)

I just love the color combination. It's bright and cheery and I think they will make my grandmother smile.  The original plan was to knit both socks at once, on one long needle. I tried that but it was pretty much a disaster.  Yarn got tangled and it was giving me a headache so I decided to knit one at a time. It's not my preferred method of sock knitting, but it will save me the trouble of untangling yarn which is so not my favorite thing to do.  I hope to get a lot of knitting done this weekend!

Maybe I'll knit for a while before I go to sleep ...


Sunday, March 02, 2014

More progress!

This morning I went stash diving to find some yarn to knit catnip mice.  Along the way I came across these mitts:

I generally love how they look, but I started them in September of 2012 and haven't really touched them since then. So today I escorted them to the frog pond!  Feels good to recover some needles.  Now I won't feel quite so guilty about whipping up a few catnip mice for the cats, and then settling in to start the Tom and Ethel socks (Ravelry link!).  

Photo credit: Skacel Collection, Inc.

I chose some Cascade Heritage Silk yarn (from stash, mind you!), in snow and turquoise. The socks will be knitted toe-up on one long circular needle.  I'm debating whether to knit them one at a time, or both at once.  Since the socks require 2 colors, there is the potential for major tangling with the 2 at a time method. But I gotta say, knitting socks one at a time is a little like torture for me. I think knitting both socks at once is the way to go -- what's knitting without a bit of tangling, anyway? -- so after I check some things off of my to-do list, I will settle in and cast on.  

How will you spend your Sunday?  Whatever you decide, I hope you enjoy every moment!


... this has been a QuietStorm production, dahling ...