Hermione’s Everyday Socks have Heels!!

Hermione's Everyday Socks have Heels

I did finally get the heels in this pair of socks.  I will just stick to the heel I was taught until I feel that I have mastered it and can move on to different sock heels :P.   Now it’s just the feet and toes which will hopefully not take as long as the heels.

I have been lazy in finishing the heels, no not really lazy, unmotivated is more like it.  I lost a child right after Mother’s Day almost 8 years ago, and this time of year leaves me lacking the desire to do things.  I know he’s with our Heavenly Father, I just miss him. It just hits harder at this time of year, maybe because it’s so close to the anniversary of his death and the combination of it being so close to Mother’s Day.  I try to keep everything tucked in so it’s not apparent to others that my emotions are trying to leak out as tears.  Some people tend to think, because it’s been more than a year,  you don’t grieve anymore (sure we do) or that you can just pick yourself up and get back into your old life.  Well life is never quite the same after a death, it changes everything in your life, it turns everything upside down and it will never really be back to normal again, like that picture on the wall that never sits quite straight again after it falls.  Oh it does eventually get easier to handle during other times of the year as the years pass, but there are still those very tender times during the year that are hard for others to understand because you tend to isolate yourself so others won’t see your pain.  Times when you miss his phone calls, or miss laughing at something silly he said or did.  I know I will see him again when my time comes to return to our Father in Heaven, but until then, I just miss him.

Oh My Gosh! A Rick Reeves Spinning Wheel

I got a call earlier today from someone who goes to my church.  He said he was getting ready to move to the west coast for a new job and had a spinning wheel he didn’t want to move out there.  He is a single father of a son and isn’t a spinner so he just wanted it to have a good home.  He asked me if I would like it.  I said sure (you can never have enough spinning wheels, right?)  I figured it was an older wheel and probably had some repair work that would need to be done to have it made into a working wheel.  OH MY GOSH, when he walked in with this wheel I knew it was in perfect shape, how lucky can that be.  Then he told me he had been given this wheel from his father who had worked with the Rick Reeves Spinning Wheel company and showed me the name plate on the wheel.  OH MY GOSH!  He was giving me a Rick Reeves spinning wheel.  I am overwhelmed with amazement.  It’s beautiful and in perfect working condition, and apparently it’s never been used.  It is a double band drive and I’ve never spun with a double band drive before so I will have to learn how to spin with, and adjust it, a new adventure!  How lucky can one girl get?  Since my Church friend has no daughters, I decided to name my new wheel after his mother, my new wheel’s name is Donna.  My plan is to spin some fiber and knit him a thank you gift.  🙂  (Sorry my photography skills are sadly lacking!)

I am hoping to have the 2nd heel, on the socks I’m knitting, done this week end  so I can start on the feet and toes.  Hopefully I’ll be posting a picture on Sunday of my progress.  🙂

Oh My Gosh More Snow! – Sock Update

More Snow 4-8-18

Well we got about 1 to 1 1/2 inches of snow last week end, Sunday April 8th, evening and over night.  Close to the same is suppose to hit us tonight into tomorrow.  Sigh, we hit almost 70 this past Thursday and now we are in the lower 40’s today, cold relative to Thursday’s temps.  Tho’, in all honesty it’s not really considered cold in IA :P.  The picture was taken during the early part of the storm and it melted off by mid Monday afternoon.

 

Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering

First, I’m sad to say I did have to frog the heel in the Hermione’s Every Day socks, sigh.  I will just go back to the heel I’m use to, the one this pattern called for made no sense to me, but I’m not an experienced sock knitter, yet :P.

This picture is of a sale yarn I ordered from Knit Picks, it is their Hawthorne Fingering Klamath Falls Tonal Hand Paint colorway (I like when sock yarn is on sale so I can afford a skein of sock yarn for special things.)  I wish my camera would get a realistic picture of yarn colors, but it doesn’t.  It is a dark blue but it has some brighter highlights that just aren’t showing up.  Because it is 100 grams but only 357 yards instead of 400, it’s a little heavier, and that makes me I wonder if I should go down a needle size and if I will have to play yarn chicken with the socks :(.  I bought this so that when I am finally finished with the socks on my needles now, I can start these for my dad for Father’s Day.

Hope you are all having a great week end.  I’m watching a Star Wars marathon on TNT. 🙂

It’s SPRING!! First Robins!!

FIRST ROBINS of Spring!!!  I wasn’t able to catch them with my camera last year :(, but I have this year :).  They are everywhere!!!  In the upper area of the first photo you see 4 (I think if you click on it it will enlarge the picture),  and the other picture is a “closer up” of one in the adjacent yard (hehe, sorry it’s not a close up but closer than the other one, there for a “closer up” photo :P)  I am so happy to see them as they come back to stake out and prepare their areas for when the females get here in about 2 weeks.  I love the Robins!

General Conference – Happy Easter!!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Easter Day.  I am enjoying it as I watch our General Conference with many wonderful spiritual lessons, such peace!

General Conference is televised on the BYU channel and on the internet link supplied above.  It is wonderful talks by our leaders on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm central time USA and 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (those times are for both days).  It is so uplifting.  General Conference happens twice a year, in the spring and in October.

While I am watching and listening, to keep my hands busy I knit.  I finished two dish clothes, In Thirds and a waffle stitch dish cloth I don’t have where I got it from but there are several on Ravelry you can chose from :).   I had started the dish cloths some time ago and never got back to and started another new born 2X2 ribbed hat.  I am using the beautiful heart stitch marker I purchased from Yarn Candy Studio and the beautiful enameled progress keeper that came with my order from Gretel Creations, you can also see the embroidered knitting bag I made myself.  What better way to spend these spiritual days than to knit charity gifts and listen to uplifting messages :).  Hope you all have had a blessed Easter week-end.

 

Typical Midwest Spring

Spring 2018 We had a few days of warmer weather and anticipated Spring.  However, that is not how it works in the Midwest, sigh.  We had a snow storm that was from yesterday evening about 9:30 pm to about 4:30 pm today, we even had thunder snow last night.  Yes that is a real thing, it’s like a rain storm with thunder and lightning, it’s in the winter with snow instead :P.  We could get snow here into May, but hopefully not :P.

I’ve had a bout of not wanting to do anything, including knitting.  I need to finish those socks I’m working on and start another pair.  The problem with the ones I’m working on is that the heel is causing me some anxiety because it’s a patterned sock and I haven’t done the heel on a patterned sock so I’m afraid that I’ll pick up the wrong stitches and have to rip it out, as they have the instructions for knitting with magic loop method and I’m knitting on a 9″ circular, but hey what is the worst that can happen, that I’ll have to rip the heel out, so I’ll just have to bite the bullet and plow through the heels on this pair of socks.  Next pair will be plain vanilla :P.