The life and times of three magnificent cats...

Location: Florida, United States

I have been living in Florida for a year and still getting use to it. I have been told by native Floridian's you are not a transplant until you have lived in Florida for five years. I have a way to go...

Friday, July 13, 2007

Finally an entry!

Talk about being a bad blogger. It has been months since I wrote anything, time flies when you are having fun. I have yet to upload the pictures from the camera of my socks and my trip to Lockport, NY. That will be a project for the weekend. I am knitting a sweater for my grandson and started the second sock. The socks that rock club hank is sitting on the end table staring at me waiting, waiting, patiently I hope. I am going to knit them in the Fawkes pattern from Socktopia it is so cool.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Happy Easter

Happy Easter! Happy Spring! Into the leg of the second sock and have to tear out a few rows, miscounted the rows between the cables. Will update further tomorrow. So much to do today and not enough time.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

YEAH!! One sock!!

After multiple times frogging it is finally finished, the first sock from STR club. The pattern is fairly easy once I got the needle size corret so it would fit over my instep. I ended up using size 3 dpn's as you can see the striping ended up in a varigation of colors. I do like it. I wore it around the house last night and it was comfortable. The foot was knit on oo but the next one I have gone up to size 1 dpn so the striping is not as evident. We shall see the difference, then I can write on the pattern the needles I used. That way I can make them again without all the fuss.

I tried to take the picture with a natural light but ended up with some shadowing.

I have not gotten very far on the second sock as I had to renew my nursing license. It is necessary to have 20 continueing education units to renew and I realized I was a tad bit short. So I spent all afternoon reading and taking on line tests so I could get the CEU's. Well they are completed and will probably have more than necessary but that is OK. I will have to be more diligent throughout the year to get CEU's. However I am a long time procrastinator.

Here is a close up of the cables:

Once I started using the 3 dpn's the cables went fast and were easy. When I get the second sock finished I will take pictures of one inside out and the other right side out. Not that there is a right or worng side to this pattern which is the fun part of it.

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

One cable down

The heel is finished, it wasn't bad at all. I thought I had a hole at the point where the top of the sock began but as I continued to knit it isn't as large as first thought. The first time I did the cables on the STR pattern I ended up frogging it twice. I thought of a life line but too late. So this morning I went to Michael's to get a cable needle. I have wooden cable needles from Brittany needles but the smallest was too big. You don't want me to go to Michael's for one item as I can always find more. I purchased a pale blue pail for Patrick for Easter then had to buy the grass, crayons, pad of paper, and foam stickers to decorate the pail with. I digress here.

I did come home and finish up a presentation for work then was able to knit. I have finished the first round of cables on the socks. YEAH!!! You don't see the cables in the picture but I was able to get my foot into the sock even with the needles still on. It would have been easier without the needles though. The toe and heel were knitted on size 0 needles, the foot 00 and I decided to go to size 2 needles immediately finishing the heel. Onto the rest of the sock...

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

I Have Returned

I had to go up North for the weekend so my post was delayed. I have been knitting on my STR pattern and finally getting the rhythm of the pattern. I actually did get a lot done on the foot of the sock. To make gauge I had to go down to a 00 needle, it was a fluke I even had that size needle. I bought the set while in Savannah, GA visiting my son and his family. I thought you never know when you may need them.

My mom loves her socks I made her. She was the lucky one who received the blue/green socks from the previous posting. They fit her perfectly and keep her feet warm. I do have enough yarn to make another pair for myself. It appears all the socks I have made are going elsewhere, my STR sock are mine all mine I say.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Sunday Afternoon

I did remember to turn my clock ahead for this very early beginning to Daylight Savings Time. At least I had no where to go first thing this morning.

I have finished a pair of socks from Briar Rose 4th of July yarn and I think I have enough for another pair. It is my first pair of 100% wool socks and they are comfortable. I wear them for a short time in the evening. Then my feet get to hot and I take them off, that is the way it is in sunny Florida. The yarn was a joy to knit with it is a heavy sock yarn knit up on size 4 DPN's. The pattern is from the book Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch. To the left is a better picture to see the details. This is a quick and easy pattern to do.

I have another project I must concentrate on. Of course I will continue woth socks but not as the only project. I will be winding my yarn from the Rockin Sock Club so I can attempt a toe up sock. They sound challenging from what I have read on the blog. But I am up to the challenge.

What would a day be without a picture of Remington? You would think he is the only cat in the house when indeed there are three, but he is the one who is into the most trouble and has to be in any picture when I am attempting to take pictures of the finished socks. Here he is again...

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Happy Dance!!!

I am so excited I received my package from the Rockin' Sock Club and a package from my surrogate Socktine Swap Pal. How can anyone be so lucky!!!!

The color way is Monsoon, on the inside of the band is written Footloose and fancy free. Being a newbie to the club I understand this will mean something as the months go on. So it appears I will have to keep track of the posted inner band labels. That will be fun.

This was my other surprise today. When the postman left a note in the mailbox saying I had two packages at the psot office I could not imagine what the other package was. Well, it was a total surprise when I opened the package and there was a wonderful, soft, great pair of socks and other goodies from my surrogate Socktine Swap Pal. I feel so blessed that Sara Jayne took the time to pinch knit for Mulene. I hope Mulene gets well soon. The socks fit so well. They are very warm also. The candles smell so good, cranberry apple and a holder to burn them in. The chocolate, my all time favorite flavor and the sock bag. I have been looking at them and just kept looking now I have one. YEAH!!!! Sara Jayne you are great.

I finished the second pair of socks for John. The yarn is from the Yarn Pirate, colorway is String Theory. I had to get the colorway as John reads or watches all things on String Theory. He would have received them today so we shall see if he really likes them. Of course if he does not they do fit me. The colors are blues, purples, black, white and the shades in between.
I am now beginning to wonder what to do with the left over yarn from the socks. I have heard on the Lime N' Violet podcast about a log cabin quilt which sounds interesting. When I was in Savannah I made it to a yarn store of course and the knitter (owner?) behind the counter had suggested "washcloth" quilt. Using the patterns for washcloths so the squares are the same size, alternating black squares so you can use any color you want on the alternate squares. Both sound great to me. Of course at the moment I don't have that much left over yarn.