Friday, July 28, 2006

Sock Business

Behold, the latest sock. It took me a long time to get this sock going. First there was the fiasco with cotton yarn, which I will get back to one of these days, just not now. Then it took me three tries to get a pattern that worked. First I tried Open Rib from Sensational Knitted Socks, but the lace got lost and it just looked messy. Plus, required too much concentration. Then, slipped-stitch rib from the same book. I like that pattern A LOT, and it is very nice and three-dimensional. But while the slipped stitches are supposed to be good for preventing hand-painted sock yarn for pooling, I thought they were just muddying up this (presumably machine-painted) colorway. (Which I love, by the way! Isn't it pretty? And I have enough for two pairs of socks.) So finally I settled on the Twin Rib, still from the same book. There was a lot of ripping, but all the patterns were from the six-stitch pattern section, so I didn't have to start completely over. The Twin Rib is very straightforward, very good for doing while watching tv.

The Wallaby is also progressing nicely, although I'm not sure I like it anymore. There is something ... clunky .... about it in general, and some specifics I don't love. * I think I need to keep going, though. I like the yarn and the knitting.

In other news, how about that Elizabeth and Anthony??!!! I was all excited and hopeful for them yesterday, but today reality set in. I'm not sure that's going to work out. Not now, anyway.

Thursday, July 20, 2006


Dear Kathy,
Oh wait. That's not my format. Maybe it should be, though. There was a discussion on Knitter's Review about who people were blogging for, and different people had different answers. You're my entire loyal, supportive readership. I don't want to make you self-conscious, so I'll probably go back to my regularly scheduled format. But this way I can sneak in pictures of ...

the kids!!!!

Of course the pictures are better over at what's-his-name's-site. But where else can I publish mine? :)

They who made it all possible.

and some knitting, too!

West Coast knitting

Sign found on BART ... I love it! I knit both ways under the bay on our visit to San Francisco and the East Bay.

I knit on trains, planes and ... boats. Made progress on the Wallaby and started and unstarted several socks. Decided I really need some plain sock yarn before I do any fancy patterns; they just get lost.

This is one of the linen (Euroflax) washcloths I made for my mother last year and I got to see in action in California. The picture is terrible! The color is not nearly so washed out. I don't know how much she has used it, but it definitely softened up nicely with washing. The pattern is from Knitter's Stash.