Sunday, October 30, 2005

Sunday shopping

Apparently the dogs didn't realize that it was Daylight Savings Time, and woke me at 6 am. The amount of early morning sunshine confused me, so no chance to go back to sleep. Pretty good though, as I had signed up for a 9 am lace knitting class at Knit Happens. Flying on the beltway is beautiful thing on Sunday morning. No traffic. no worries, enough time to arrive for class.

Unfortunately, no class. Annie Modesitt had to cancel due to illness. Hopefully she'll feel better soon, and that the store will be able to reschedule the classes. At least we were able to shop away our morning. I came away with Koigu, Kid Silk, patterns from Rowan and Black Sheep.

With one more day of October, my goal is to finish a Socktober sock. Just a bit more. Hopefully I'll be able to knit at work tomorrow. Well, at least I'll be wearing a knitting project. The gryffindor scarf. (still not complete, and only 18 days until the new HP movie. I guess I have a deadline.) A tie, a wand, a cauldron and a cape/robe will supplement my ordinary work attire. I'm thinking of adding this to my ID badge, not bad, eh?
Hope you all have a Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

meet my new man

he just loves my socks...
and he's very strong...
(look very closely, he's flexing those biceps)

this sock is a little big for him,

but it looks great as a hat!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

It's Socktober!

I've joined Lolly's October-Sock knit along. I tried to make socks a couple months ago, but I couldn't get my fingers to work the tiny needles. With the lure of Socktoberfest I thought I'd try again. On my last attempt, I used some Knit Picks Simple Stripes yarn, which proved to be uninspiring as the sock was soon forgotten. This time, there's a deadline (presumably the end of October) and some inspiring Lorna's Laces sock yarn in a lovely purply pink colorway. I've been attempting the 2 socks on 2 circulars method, but between the twisting of the yarn, the needles, (and my brain). It's taken 3 attempts the get these foot coverings started properly. The first attempt left me in a tangled mess. On the Second attempt, I picked up US1 and US2 needles and started knitting. Unfortunately I only noticed when I realized that one side of the sock was easier to knit than the other, and that my tension and gauge got all wonky. So here we are on my Third attempt on Socktober's socks. I have enough to cover my toes...

After a week of hiding, the Sun made a very welcome appearance this past weekend. Perfect for Klaralaund and hanging out with the doggies.

Em-Em interrupts Mandy's attempt to get airborne

Have a great week and Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

waiting for sunshine

It's been gray and rainy the past few days and I've been waiting to take pictures of my new sweater. It was supposed to be my late winter/early spring sweater. The pieces had been knit but I didn't put it together in last weekend. Finally I have an an FO! It's a great sweater for fall.

Pattern: Klaralund by Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden #34
Needles: US8

I still have my reservations about the stripes, I'm not sure I like the garter stitch stripe across the chest...

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

a blessed afternoon

In the past few weeks, i've noticed that my knitting blog has an extreme lack of knitting content. Not any more! Well, I've finally finshed my "easter" sweater. Klaralund. I'll try to post some photos tomorrow.

Today is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals. So I hauled my two doggies, out to church to mingle with the other dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs, and hamsters, for a special pet blessing. Many thanks to St. Michael's Church for blessing my furry family.