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.
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.
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. 🙂
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.
Here is our progress on our Diagonal Garter Stitch scarfs. We are coming along. Glad I didn’t have as many stitches as Keri :P, but she has much less time to knit than I do :). Looking forward to the color changes on her scarf :).
I’m coming along on the Te Ara Fingerless Mitts. I will have this finished by Saturday and ready to give to my friend on Sunday :). They match the 3 Color Cowl I made for her. I hope she will enjoy these. 🙂 I’ll get a picture of them finished before I give them to her.
Hope everyone is enjoying the first day of February. It’s the last official month of winter, YEA!!!! Spring is just around the corner I can hardly wait :).
Here is an update on our progress on the Diagonal Garter Stitch Scarf. My friend is a EMT so she has less time to knit, but to be fair I am using a bulky yarn and she is not so mine appears to go faster :P, but I do have two skeins to her one, so it will equal out and it is not a race, just a KAL (knit a long). My colors change faster than Keri’s do, so it will be interesting to see her finished scarf :).
Here is the update on the Te Ara Fingerless Mitts I am knitting. I still have to finish the thumb and have decided that I will make it match the upper part of the mitts in the lighter speckled yarn. To see more about the yarn I am using check this page out. I will just keep my fingers crossed that I will now have enough of the navy blue to do the other mitt :P.
I taught my friend to knit when I lived in TN and we use to have Harry Potter Marathons and eat popcorn. Ahhh those were fun days :). We have missed doing those things together, as I now live in another state, so we decided to have a Scarf Along. We have picked out our yarn and needles and our plan of attack for the scarf. I wish I could tell you where I got the pattern, I hand typed it out and have had it for years so no telling where the pattern was from originally so I can’t share it, but there are several on Ravelry that are Diagonal Garter Stitch Scarfs.
The pictures above are the yarns we chose, I neglected to get the brand of yarn she got for this project, but it looks like Lion Brand tho’ I could be wrong, I’ll check back with her and update this(**Yes it is Lion Brand yarn Mandala, thanks Keri :).) My yarn is Yarn Bee Aspyn from Hobby Lobby, it is 80% acrylic and 20% alpaca and very soft and is a bulky weight tho the pattern calls for a DK weight and a US size 5 needle. We both decided the 22 stitches cast on was to narrow for us. My friend, Keri cast on 44 stitches and went up 2 needle sizes and I will also be using the US size 7 and I am casting on 32 stitches. We should have pictures of our progress to show soon :). I am excited to get to do something with my friend again :).
I am coming along on the fingerless mitts. I decided to add the 3rd color from the cowl on the top of the mitts because I was getting very nervous about the yarn chicken game with the navy yarn, lol. So I will frog some of the top area of the mitt I am working on and add that 3rd color. I should have one mitt to post a picture of soon as well. I started with the navy, then added the beautiful turquoise color for the pattern area, then back to the navy and the top few inches will be the light speckled yarn. It will be a perfect match for her cowl. 🙂
I did get the 2nd pair of fingerless mitts done for the teacher just before the end of the school year. These are the Te Ara Fingerless Mitts and they are really pretty on, very elegant looking :). I used the skein of V Yarn (her etsy store is here) that I won on the Never Cast Off ravelry podcast. The yarn was very pleasant to to knit with :).
I’m working on the preemie knitted caps again. And I’m going to knit one here shortly for a friend who’s 5 year old grandson has a kind of blood cancer. I’m sure he will be losing his hair and will enjoy a hat to wear, I’ll post a picture when I get it started. Cancer is so ugly. 😦
I have never seen a double yolk egg before. Imagine my surprise when I cracked open an egg from the grocery store for my breakfast this morning and it had a double yolk. Pretty cool :).
I have finished the Au Clair Fingerless Gauntlets. I made them mitts instead by only doing 3 cables instead of 7 (which just makes them shorter.) They were a fun knit, I hope Maddie’s teacher will enjoy them.
This is some spinning fiber I bought at the Cedar Rapids Fiber Festival. The fiber in the left corner is black (not brown as it shows), green and blue and is a BFL and Corriedale cross 64%, Alpaca 27% and Sari Silk waste 9%. It’s very soft and oh so beautiful and is from Fiber Curio and Sundries, LLC. The other fiber in the top right corner I purchased is 100% Rambouille from Mountain Colors.
I did break down and buy some knitting tools that I have been wanting for a quite a while. The picture on the left is 2 DPN (double pointed needle) holders, which makes it really nice so the stitches don’t fall off the needles while your project is in progress. I also got a nipper to cut my yarn and a little case to put my stitch markers in and a needle gauge and a sheep progress keeper. These I purchased on Etsy from Twisted Yarn and Fiber Co. The picture on the right are some wonderful progress keepers from Yarn Candy Studio. I bought a row counter progress keeper (very nice for when I’m doing work and knowing what row I’m on is necessary) and I bought Harry Potter progress keepers and I love those Harry Potter progress keepers, of course I love the Harry Potter movies so maybe that is why :). The one you can’t see very well has a hologram in it that is a picture of the patronus charm for Harry (stag’s head) and the words expecto patronus. It’s really very cute, was sad it didn’t show up in the picture very well.
Went to my son’s today to watch him “blow out” his alpacas in prep for the shearers who came to shear the alpaca. The shearers did all 6 alpaca in one hr. I will have some pictures to post eventually.
I couldn’t resist, love it :).
I bought some knitting accessories for myself (don’t do that very often) and I will get pictures and put up soon. Been sick with yet another cold and laryngitis again so I haven’t felt like doing much :(. Also as soon as my back is better (yes I threw it out again) I need to skirt the fleece I have and send it off to be processed into yarn. I’ll talk more about that when it happens 😛
I did finish The Heat Advisory Shawl for my oldest son’s fiancee, see picture on the left, :). I like the way it turned out and after getting it wet and rising it has fulled a little and is really pretty. The picture underneath is a close up of the lacey bottom.
I’d like to start a pair of socks now, but I will need to split the yarn so I can do two at a time to make sure they are the same length for the leg and foot :), and first, I need to start those fingerless mitts for the little one’s teachers school year end gifts. I have decided on the Au Clair Fingerless Gloves, they are very cute, I will give more info on those in the next few days. I have also started another one of those 2×2 ribbed newborn hats, great yarn and cute pattern. 🙂