Thursday, December 29, 2011

Different Year, Same Resolutions

I just looked at last year's knitting resolutions and realized that I didn't carry through on either one! I never was good at keeping resolutions but that doesn't mean I'll give up trying.

I'm going to carry over last year's resolutions and add more. Yes I'm a glutton for punishment. Last year's were to do toe up socks and learn to do a short row heel. This year I'm going to add finishing my sister's sweater and stash busting. I won't go so far as to say I won't buy any yarn but it will be minimal. I hate hanging out in a yarn shop and knitting without buying anything so I will be making some yarn purchases but not that many. My sister, Pat, will be thrilled to finally get her sweater this year. I started it a couple of years ago and just put it in the back of a closet. I've actually had friends offer to finish it for me because they know how much I dislike the thought of finishing it up. But finish it up I shall!

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and hoping that this year's resolutions have a better chance of being accomplished than last year's did!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Busted Sock

Yesterday, Allyson and I went to see The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Great movie, greater book I hat to say. We had a lovely time then went out to lunch at a local Mexican place where I had a killer ceviche then I came home. Took off my shoes and lo and behold, I had a huge hole at the bottom of my sock! It was bigger than a quarter, in the middle right at the ball of my foot. I was so disappointed because these are relatively new socks, made in the last few months, and they're a pair I really liked, my Hermoine's Everyday Socks. I gave away the yarn so I couldn't fix it with a matching yarn and I thought that because of where the hole was, that no matter what I did it would be an uncomfortable fix so I threw the pair of socks away. Before I threw them away, I looked at the other sock and saw that a hole was beginning in the exact same spot! I looked at my other socks and didn't see anything similar so I'm assuming that it's the yarn and not me. This time anyway.

This is the first time I've gotten a wear hole in any of my knitting and I didn't even know if it could have been fixed but I just wasn't in the mood to work on it and get frustrated. What do you do if you get a hole in your knitting especially if it's in a spot that won't be an easy fix? Did I do the right thing by just tossing the pair?

Hope you're all enjoying the holiday season. I've been busier than a one legged man in an ass kicking contest. We're expecting twenty people for dinner on Christmas Eve and I'm sweating it a bit. If you saw the size of our apartment, you'd feel sorry for me. Ok I'm off to shop and clean!

Friday, December 9, 2011

I Lied.

What did I lie about? That Christmas knitting thing. I usually don't knit gifts for Christmas because anybody I knit for, gets knitted goods throughout the year. This year we have a few new additions. My friend Lisa, who had surgery with me and we shared a room, and her husband Edgardo and Glenn's girlfriend. They're all very appreciative of knitted goods, so I've broken my "no knitted gifts" rule this year.

I was going to make a lovely Star Crossed Beret for Glenn's girlfriend. I've made it before and it's gorgeous and I was going to make it to match the mitts I made her last month. As I told Glenn this, he looks at me and says "Oh she'd love socks." Ok looks like it went from a two day project to a week long project but that's ok she's worth it. I'm also gonna make her the beret though. I know she'll love it.

I made Lisa a pair of socks when we first met and she tells me all the time how much she loves them so I know that she'd love another pair. I'm going to use BMFA Socks That Rock in a mill end which is a lovely light brown color. Gonna have to find a pattern that's quick and easy though! I'll make her husband a nice London Beanie like the ones I make my husband. They're simple and warm as can be.

I've only got a couple of weeks to get this done and I'm hoping I'm up to it. Next thing I want to do is look at my knitting resolutions from last year, see how many I didn't keep and put them on this year's list!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Petunia Dursley Socks

Well first I want to start out by telling you about The Chew! It was great fun but over much too fast. We tried to get photos but none of them came out well which was disappointing. We had so much fun we're going to try to get tickets for The View and David Letterman next. I'm sure the waiting list is huge for them but we'll give it a go.

Now for knitting. I actually finished a pair of socks and there they are:






These are the Petunia Dursley's Double Eyelet Socks by Eric Lueder. I had started these a few months ago for Patrick but thought they were a bit too feminine looking. Love them! Easy breezy! I have yet to be disappointed in any way with a pattern by Erica. She writes lovely patterns and I'm a huge fan of hers. They're knit in Hazel Knits Soy Merino sock yarn which is a dream to knit with. The pattern calls for size 1 needles but I used my gorgeous Lantern Moon size 2 needles which make the perfect size for me.

I'm currently working on a pair of socks which will be a gift so I can't talk about them here but I can say that I'm making them with a yarn I purchased at Rhinebeck and I'm very much enjoying them so far.