More Malabrigo love


I just finished my own pair of 3 X 1 socks in Malabrigo and they are every bit as comfortable as Sweet Baboo said they were.  This yarn is truly fabulous.  It knits like a dream and is so, so soft and smooth.

First sock -- a little over half done.

Yummy yummy yummy!!!

One down and 2/3 done with the second -- but starting to get a bit nervous. Not a lot of yarn left at this point!!

 

A really close finish!!

By the time that I got to the toe, I was checking and re checking my yardage (or should I say footage!) hoping that I had enough to finish.  That little loop of yarn in the upper right corner is just about one yard of yarn.  I had another ball, but I really wanted to keep that one for something else and now I can!

 

 

 

 

Ed’s Perfect Fit Socks

Not long ago, having hit a knitting brick wall, and not knowing what I wanted to do next,  I told my sister to send me measurements for her husband’s foot so that I could make a pair of socks for him.  He’s big on outdoorsy stuff, bow hunts, makes maple syrup, farms, etc.  A pair of wool socks would be a good choice.  However, sister hasn’t sent me the measurements yet — have you sister? ;)

Anyway, after some thought I decided Sweet Baboo could use a pair.  Off to Woolworks, found some fabulous yum yum yarn called Malabrigo which is pure Merino wool and superwash to boot.  I knit socks with two circular needles rather than 3 or 4 or 5 or whatever is needed for double points.  What’s nice about that is that you can stretch the sock in progress over the foot of the intended recipient.  I must have asked him to try the first one on 43 times.  Good natured as he is, there was no complaint.  He’s been down this road before and knows what he’ll get at the end.

There is nothing like being able to measure and re-measure a foot during knitting.  The fit is fabulous and if there’s any tightness or looseness anywhere,  it’s not a hardship to frog a few rows back and knit it correctly, rather than finding out at the end that there’s a problem.  These are like a second skin for him, plus the yarn is so smooth and itch-free. The colors aren’t even close, but he’s happy!

This pattern is a mishmash of several that I have, but mostly starts with Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles by Cat Bordhi.  Love her pattern, just kind of improved on it for these socks.  Plans are to add the pattern here.

Some people drink, I knit…..

Pretty yarn,  isn’t it?  Thursday was a day from hell.  This is my version of a middle of the week margarita.  After feeling like I had been beaten up at work,  I had stopped at my LYS, Woolworks on my way home on Thursday and picked up a couple hanks of Malabrigo Rios.  Believe it or not, they are from the same dye lot (sort of)  but Jen & I unwound all the hanks and chose two that were somewhat close, without any lime highlights.  Aesthetically, I’m really the only one that cares about how close the shades are. This will be socks for Sweet Baboo, and he wouldn’t care if one sock was blue and one was orange.

Next was picking a pattern that would be different from the one that I’ve been making socks from for a couple of years now.  I love the pattern from Cat Bordhi (Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles, the very first pattern in the book, just a basic crew sock) but I thought I’d look for something else.  Well, that something else turned into a huge search (incredible how many patterns there are out there) but I didn’t want anything too complicated.  Then I found this pattern Quick Knit Socks and it was a free pattern — two of my very favorite things!!  Check out Chris’ site, Chris Knits in Niagara — lots of really cool knitting patterns.

Anyway —  I don’t do dpn’s, so I’ll do a little shuck and jive with the pattern so that I can use my two circular needles.  Nothing like creating something to clear out the cobwebs and drive away the poor little me’s!!!

Flap Cap for Jillie

Cute as a bug’s ear and takes practically no time to finish.  This pattern is The Little Flap Cap #109 and can be purchased here at Cabin Fever.  They have lots of patterns here, including an adult version of this one, which is a baby size.   I used Patons Shetland Chunky Tweed Medium Blue and size 7 needles.  And I actually swatched it so that I knew the gauge was correct!!!

Just a side note — if you linked through to this post hoping to find the pattern — sorry!!  This pattern costs $5.00 through Cabin Fever, so I can’t write out the instructions.  At the time I bought the pattern, there weren’t many flap cap patterns (like none!!) floating around the internet.  Since then, there have been a lot of very similar patterns listed on Ravelry, if you’d like to take a hop over there and look around.

Pretty yellow kimono sweater for GrandDolly

This would be a great project for a beginner — it’s knitted all in one piece, starting at the lower edge back, up over the shoulders and down the front, leaving just side seams and under the arms to be sewn up.  I learned a new technique for sewing up the side seams called a mattress stitch. (Check out this video for the how-to.  It’s about 2/3 of the way down the page.) It gives you an invisible seam, even for a first timer like me!!!  I was very pleased with the result.

The yarn that I used is Lion Brand Baby’s First, an acrylic and cotton yarn that is absolutely mouth-watering and comes in 6 or 8 colors.  The pattern is a free Lion Brand pamphlet that I got at Michaels, Jasmine Kimono.  You can pick up this pattern here or here, no dinero needed!!

A size 10 needle is recommended, but I ended up with a 10.5 after swatching a few inches.  Because of the nature of the items that I knit and crochet, I don’t usually worry too much about swatching, but I did do it for this item.  I also did a light steam blocking just to square everything up when I was done and before I sewed the seams.  During that light steam blocking,  I found out that my very nearly new Rowenta steam iron leaks like a sieve!!  That does NOT make me a happy camper.  More on that another time.

And of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without a picture of GrandDolly modeling the sweater, would it? She’s such a ham for the camera!!

All in all, a great pattern that really didn’t take very much time at all — maybe 3 nights in front of the TV and with very little frogging!!

Another pair of socks . . . .

. . . . . for Sweet Baboo this time.  I’ve been making quite a few things (and giving most of them away) and he was starting to feel left out.  Can’t have that, now, can we?  socks

He was so happy when I finished them this past weekend.  I think that it took about 10 days to knit them, start to finish.  Look how excited he was!!

ed-and-socks

(Hee, hee)

Hey, did anybody miss me????

blog readability test

I found this test — I don’t know, somewhere out there — so I dropped in my url and voilá!  Elementary school level?????? Depending on how you view it, I either write very simply or I write so that simple minds can read it. Your call.

I had a nice month off from blogging, thanks for asking — truth be told, I was being obsessed with other things.  That’s the way my mind works — I get hung up on something for awhile and it’s all I can think of or work on until I burn it out.

I spent 2 weeks assembling a “household notebook” which essentially has every phone number and financial statement and appliance booklet and road map etc etc in it.  My lists of what I wanted in it were extensive, (read: overwhelming!!) but after putting it together and knowing that anything I want is in there, I’m pretty proud of it.  I got part of the idea for this (mostly the financial and legal end of it) from Lifehacker, a blog/website with some of the most amazing information on it. Check it out if you have the time. Not everything on the site will interest everyone, but if you scroll down to the bottom and click “archives”, there is a list of tags that you can choose from.

I also devoted a bit of time to closet cleaning (found a Christmas gift that I had put away for DD — seems that I do that just about every year and she’s always so excited when I give her the gift a few months later) and going through plastic tote boxes of fat quarters.  I seem to have a serious problem in the quilting cotton fabric department.  I have 5 totes of fabric!!! Smallish totes, but totes just the same. I’m not a hoarder (usually) but the thought of parting with it makes me quite nauseous.

Also cleaned out my (ahem) clothing that will fit when I lose weight.  HA!!  Isn’t going to happen, or at the very least, won’t happen sufficiently that I will be able to get into them.

Sissy and fabulous BIL came down to visit for 42 hours — they live on a farm with a tight schedule — and we had a nice visit and toured Old Sturbridge Village in — duh — Sturbridge, MA. Don’t let anybody ever tell you differently — the good old days weren’t even close to being good!! Sissy and I said over and over that it was such an effort to do anything back in the 1800′s.   It makes you appreciate all that you take for granted.

And of course, knitting.  DD has been patiently waiting for me to finish her French Market Bag (photos when it’s finally finished). It’s just waiting now for a good felting. I also made a few hot pads with some orphan yarn that I had — also waiting for a good felting.

My last obsession has been assembling the supplies that I need to make reusable grocery bags.  You can’t beat thrift stores for sheets — who could pass up sheets for $1.50 each??? That’s a heck of alot of fabric.  Let’s see, full size flat sheet about 80″ x 100″ — that works out to about 6 square yards of fabric.  For $.25 a square yard!!!!! So yeah, I’ve gone a little sheet crazy and will be making these little beauties as soon as I get my fanny to a fabric store for fusible interfacing.

I also saw an idea for lounge pants from a bed sheet on Creative Little Daisy’s blog that I will probably be making a stab at, and finally, just tonight, I found a Pyramid Doorstop pattern from All It Took Was Just One Stitch that is just the thing that I need for about 3 doors in my house. Heavy enough to prop the doors open, light enough that it won’t squash GrandDolly’s toesies when she picks it up and drops it on herself.

So what have you been doing for the past month?

Blog Talkers Talk #67

Be honest …

What is your most important goal in life? Why? (Please elaborate) How do you propose to get there? (Or how did you accomplish it). What sort of sacrifices will (or did) you have to make in order to achieve this goal? Once you’ve accomplished this goal, how will this change your life?

An interesting question with no one clear answer from me.

Depending on the time in my life, my important goals ranged from being married and happy (no, that didn’t happen, thank you very much for asking) or procuring a position that would enable me to have few money worries and let me be creative and happy with my work. (That actually did happen — it just took me 3 decades to find it.) At another point in my life, I was striving for Super Mom-dom — I wanted my daughter to have everything that I didn’t have growing up — and, again, no that didn’t happen either.

You see, I have this obsessive gene in my DNA that in a way sabotages my attempts to do something. I have had to give up many things that I initially enjoyed but ultimately hated because perfectionism would rear it’s ugly head and eat away at me until I would just toss whatever I was doing aside and run in the other direction. Screaming. mad0014

I spent forty years trying to please other people — or maybe a better way to phrase it is, I spent forty years trying to make other people like me. After that forty years ended, so did my marriage and a few years later, so did my totally unsuitable job. The next few years were devoted to raising a teenager, getting her through college, and finding my soulmate and building a life with him and the teenager.

So with all of this in mind, I would say that right now, my most important goal is to do all that I can to make sure that there is peace in my life and eluding the highs and lows that have been trying to take me over all my life. Finally taking care of myself has been long overdue and I’ve been happily just rolling along with no clear cut goal in front of me. Right now, it’s what I really want. I have a Sweet Baboo that loves me very much, we have a home together that is everything I ever wanted, the “teenager” has morphed into a Darling Daughter with a wonderful husband and adorable GrandDolly that I love with all my heart. Life is good. I’m not going to poke at it.

SIL’s Sockies Finished


SIL’s Sockies Finished

Originally uploaded by mlm7154

Not blocked, but finished. SIL tried them on tonight when he picked up GrandDolly and they fit great. I had made them a bit bigger so that he could wear a lighter pair underneath. He’ll be using these just for house socks, not wearing them with his boots. The heel looks a little flat but it’s just because they’re not blocked. A nice beginning to Finished Objects for 2008!!

Socks for Son-in-Law


He said that he wanted orange and green yarn for his socks, and that’s what I found for him. I had him try on the cuff just before I started the heel flap and he liked how they felt on his skin. He has sensitive skin, doesn’t like itchy or tickly anything. I’m using Plymouth Yarn’s Galway Paint color 805. Usually one skein will make a pair of socks, but he wanted a higher than usual cuff so it will take more. Just a couple more chores around the house and I can sit down for awhile and perhaps even finish this one. Although it’s nice enough outside right now, we are in for a “weather event”.  How big and how much is anyone’s guess.