Friday, February 25, 2011

On My Needles

I've been sewing A LOT. However, in the evenings, during that time when I like to curl up and let the busyness of the day just fall off my shoulders, I knit. I like to knit because I can curl up anywhere in the house. If we are watching a movie, it is a simple thing to bring it with me to the other room. Quilting is wonderful, and I LOVE To sew, but hauling the sewing machine around really isn't all that convenient. ;)

Anyway, I've decided this year that I'm going to master making socks. Well, maybe not "master", as much as "get proficient" at it. I started a sock last summer. It was light weight, and easy to work with in the heat. I only worked on it a wee little bit, so when I recently picked it up again, I was determined to do what I could to get these done ASAP. I am using DPN's, but have already decided that the next pair will be done two at a time, using the Magic Loop method. Why? Because, as I finished that first sock, all these little people that live here suddenly asked, "Mama, will you make me a pair?". That is a lot of socks! I have book I got on sale about making socks two at a time, so that will be put to use in the near future.

The pair I am working on will go to Esther. She fell in the love with the color of the yarn, and is the only one who doesn't roll her eyes at me when I take on yet another knitting or sewing project. So, she gets first dibs. :) Here is her foot, modelling my very first sock!

I'm really enjoying making socks. I love fingering weight yarn. There are so many great colors and types to choose from! I am well on my way on the second one. Esther asks me almost every time I am knitting "Is it done yet?". I think I may have passed the sock bug on to her, because now she want me to teach how how to knit them! I told her I would as soon as I got a handle on it myself.

Meanwhile, I have set aside my Seaweed Cardigan to finish Esther's socks. This is a pretty, light weight, short sleeved cardigan knitted in an easy lace pattern. I am most of the way up the back. I work on it here and there, but right now I am totally engrossed in finishing Esther's socks.

Monday I was out and about... BY MYSELF. A strange experience, for sure! I stopped at a local yarn store and totally drooled over their wonderful yarns. And yes, I bought some that was on sale. I plan on making fingerless gloves with it. I love the color! I think it is a "shrimp" colored heather, if that makes any sense.

I just saw last night that has some new lovely lace yarn. It is a mohair and silk blend... gorgeous! I almost asked Dale if I could buy some and make a shawl, but remember the list of projects I already have going. Oh well, another time perhaps. Meanwhile, I'll enjoy knitting up what I have!


Folky Dots said...

Those are some yummy yarns! I love the sock. I'm doing a baby sock and still need to finish the toe. It wasn't as hard to do the heel as I thought it would be.

Jenny showed me magic loop while she was here. I would have to do it to get the hang of it. It is appealing when you have 2 of something to knit...two legs, two socks etc.

Can't wait to see the finished seaweed cardigan. So hurry up with those socks! LOL

Anonymous said...

Wow! You are amazing! The cardigan looks lovely, can't wait to see the finished product. The socks look cute too! Are you going to learn how to make toe socks? ;)