Friday, December 14, 2007

Sorry about the light color in the previous post

I thought that the periwinkle color would show up better than it did against the green background.

New socks for me

I finally finished a pair of turquoise socks; these are Opal Magic.  I have large ankles which explains the cuff area, not to mention that I finished them last night in time to wear them to bed and wore them all night long as it was cold.  Next time I will make them longer in the cuff area.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Newest progress pics

These are new pictures of my Arugula sock; it was down to where I would have started the heel; I decided to rip out and recast on more stitches in smaller sizes.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

OnLine socks in Dune

These are 2 pair of socks in the same colorway; the one on the left is a pair by my friend Colleen done on her knitting machine as a test, and they look perfect.  She only has to kitchener the toe on the left one.  I hand knit the ones on the right for my sister, and the toes have been waiting for a couple of months for me to kitchener them or find someone kind enough to do that for me.  I suck at kitcheneering due to knitting with the right hand and sewing with the left.  It doesn't orient well at all.
I thought this would be a good example of both styles.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

I am back

Long time, no post.  I just got my new computer installed today; well, there are 2 more disks to upload, after I did the Leopard system.  I can't figure how to attach pictures to my emails but maybe I can find a couple I took today.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Made it through the fires

This is the sunrise over the mountain in front of where we live; I took this from the front porch about 9am and was still all packed waiting for the mandatory evacuation call. I am very grateful that the call never came.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

More socks for my sister

I am still trying to figure out the exact ratio for the heel on the short row heel. Each person has a different ratio. The Trekking socks in that colorful patterning begged to have bright green for the heels and toes.

Got some socks done to post

To the right are the orange socks in Opal Magic for my orange and yellow loving sister.

These are Lornas' Laces Flame socks for my sister and in the picture with the socks all around, she is modeling them in the middle.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Sunsets over Imperial Beach on a cloudy day

Thursday, September 20, 2007

This is a tree that holds itself as sentry to the property. It seems to have been the same size for 50 years.

The Wanderer Returneth

I came back from the Deep Woods and the two memorial services for my uncle and my father. We got to see lots of family, and I even got to meet new cousins, which keep popping out of the woodwork. Not hard to do in the woods.
The trip out there was nice, Northwest Airlines commercial nice. The trip back, on the two flights, were the stuff of which Northwest has been trying to counter. And failing. It didn't help that once I did arrive in my final destination, the prepaid shuttle (*$$70) was no where in sight or sound. The various shuttles that service Lindberg Field came and went 3 times before my Cloud Nine came; so, having arrived an hour and a half late to Minneapolis as the little commuter hop was sitting, and sitting and had no air on before they decided to turn the key or whatever they do to turn a plane on and make it go. Then, the flight to San Diego was delayed as they needed to order a part and eventually they decided to put us at another gate and another plane. That one took off two hours later.
To top it off, I was sick part of the time I was gone; off and on and returned with what I think is a cold. Considering the mildew in the house, a cold is a GOOD thing to have. I am beat, tired and drained. Oh, and going to have family for a couple of weeks in the house that I had neglected when I had a bad ear infection and struggling in more than 100 degree heat. Gotta try some red bull or something for energy.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Decamping to Wisconsin

And I do mean camping. Like, in a trailer. Last time we assembled en masse, it looked like the refugees of Hurricane Katrina, which by happenstance occured the same time. I will be with my new-klee-ar (thank you Mr President) family as we prepare to say good bye to our father and our uncle. We are many and widely scattered so we decided to assemble in September for various reasons to do this. Next time I hope to post pictures of the property that has been in the family for more than a hundred years.
We will be interring the ashes of my father, the lower right hand side of the picture. He loved the land and was raised and farmed on it with his father until he joined the Navy to go to the 2nd world war. This was his wish.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Too hot to move around much in 108 degree weather

My cat looks almost comfortable in this heat, it stays into the 90's at night until after midnight. Not great for sleeping. I found her cousin sleeping in the tub; he just rolled over and got the other side cooler. This weather is so wrong. No rain since February or March but the humidity is a killer.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Yarn to make me feel better; it was my birthday

Since I was turning "more" than 55, I decided to stock up on more sock yarn. Admittedly, the 3 skeins of yarn to the left are for a lace shawl, the rest are for socks, from Knit Picks. I loved the feeling of the new Felici yarn.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Progress again on a sock, whee

These are progressing, I am on the heel of the second sock and am creeping down to the toe area soon on the first sock. The sock blockers are mens' size 10 so since my sister has size 9 1/2 womans, it will be shorter. I am keeping track of the progress and I need to kick up the pace a bit.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

More progress on that one sock

A friend dropped by today and while I had her around I persuaded her to try on my sisters sock for fit. So Far, so good. Just another inch or so then I will start the toe and then the other sock.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Progress on my sisters sock

I just put in a short rowed heel on the sock for my sister. That is the no-wrap heel from the Easy Sock pattern from Oz yarns' archived web site. Very easy to do; there is the tiny hole in the corner where I have the color change so I will do a sewed stitch to close that. It is not big, just want it to last, sister lives in the Umbria region of Italy on a hill and it can get cold.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Sorting Hat must be Confused

I have taken the tests about 6 times; most of the time it says Gryffindor, 2 times it said Hufflepuff and one time it said Ravenclaw. Now, I don't mind being thought intelligient, as a Ravenclaw, Modest, Humble and Hardworking as a Hufflepuff, or brave and chivalrous as a Gryffindor, and daring to boot, but this is what the conundrum that Harry Potter must have felt. I guess I would be the chamelean and blend in with those around me whereever I went.

Monday, July 23, 2007

toe up socks for my sister

These are Lornas Lace socks made in sock yarn, the colorway is flame. I have to rip out the one with the heel and lengthen the foot.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Knitting at the Olive Garden again

The weather was hot, the food was good and the knitting was fun. What can I say besides that? Lornas' Laces sock yarn in Flame colorway, toe up socks, on a circular.

My Bleu

OK, he is grey but when he was a baby he looked like blue mist, so I think it is a great name. He likes attention in the middle of the night when I am trying to sleep.
Just thought I would show him off.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Wildefoote Deco Green yarn for heels

I think this is the perfect color to contrast with the Trekking sock for my sister, and the Opal socks for me. I might even do the toes too but haven't made up my mind yet. I just love this color and it wasn't easy to find.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Colleens' sock in progress

Colleen got her kit a month after me and she is down past the heel and on the foot, whereas I have not even done my heel yet. However part of that is waiting to see if I can get some bright green yarn to go with the sock. Hers will look so much better than mine and look at that patterning! I love my camera.
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Monday, July 2, 2007

Fun Knitting Day

I met with a friend at PANERA BREAD CO. which has not just great bread, but some awesome broccoli chedder soup. That makes for a great place to camp out for a couple of hours (the length of time it took my mango freezee drink to stop giving me headaches everytime I took a sip) and we got some knitting done. I was working on socks for my sister and a sock kit that my friend Colleen is also working on. Her kit came a month after mine and she is way ahead of me. I did cast on extra stitches and stuff, but still it looks awesome in person. We got a lady at an adjoining table to take this picture.

Friday, June 29, 2007

bright socks for me and my sister

I thought it would be fun to do socks in the same pattern for both of us. Gremlin wanted to be in the pictures, he loves my yarn and needles.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Fine Martial Fiber: Dilemma#links

Fine Martial Fiber: Dilemma#links

Uhhhmmm, that would be SPINNER

Yes, I do know the difference in knitting and spinning and have done both :) but it looked like she was knitting her yarn when I first looked at it.
That is my story and I am sticking to it.

Knitter in Colonial Virginia

My husband was in Virginia and some of the cities and townships are having all kinds of anniversary celebrations of the 400 year colonizaton of the British. He took it upon himself and took this picture for me knowing I would be happy to have it.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Socks for my Sister

I have been knitting several pairs of socks for my sister; well some will BE pairs, but I thought it was time to show what has been keeping me busy.

My sister will be here in the States in September so I think, I hope, I have time to finish them.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

International Knitting in Public Day in San Diego

We had a nice turn out especially since we had knitters come from 2 other counties that could have attended their own knitting groups, but we hold ours in San Diegos' Balboa Park, home of the famous San Diego Zoo so it is a wonderful location and perfect weather. Very good day.
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Saturday, June 9, 2007

ONline sock yarn Beach

This is surprisingly soft and non-splitty yarn. I liked the color on a blog of another sock knitter and actually expected that feel that Sockotta gives; this is so much nicer, you WANT to keep knitting with it.
Now to go into speed knitting mode.
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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Collen's sock and daughter

We met at a favorite restaurant for knitting and chatting and brought the socks we were working on. Fun day, some knitting, lots of food.
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Sunday, June 3, 2007

a bit more progress on the cuff pattern

I thought I would show the little progress I have made of these totally cool socks. Great pattern from an exclusive designer.