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 KnitPicks.com 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!