Thursday, September 07, 2006

Broadripple Completed

I finally finished my Broadripple socks, which were started back early last month maybe? Thereabouts. I didn't change the pattern any except for the yarn - I used hand-dyed merino bought on eBay. I think my next socks will be my socks for the Mystery Sock KAL so I can start reading their blogs! (I don't want to see the socks I've picked.)

Wonder what the neighbors thought of me with my foot stuck up in my front bay window. I wanted a natural light picture to try to get the color closer to real life.

Yesterday was the first day of school. It rained. I ended up taking him to school because he had a lot to take, and I also wanted to see his teacher. He went on the bus today. There are four kids on the street that go to that school this year. Last year there was only two. There are some older kids that go to the bigger school, and probably a couple in junior high. The smaller school is grades primary and one, the next school is grade two to six, junior high is seven, eight, nine, and high school is ten, eleven, twelve. They built a new high school in 1991. I graduated in 1990 and was part of the last graduating class from the old high school. Another old school was tore down. My old high school became the junior high. The old junior high closed and is now this place. A couple of the small schools closed, they built a new one a few years back (for grades two to six), and so on. Closing, opening, building, tearing down. (Yesterday when the bus arrived in the afternoon, three little boys were missing! Somehow they got on the wrong bus and arrived home 45 minutes late. No one was missing today, thank goodness!)

I also started a pair of mittens that I originally thought would be for my oldest, but I think I will put them in the Dulaan pile. My Dulaan knitting is slacking (plus this also gives me credit for the Knittin' Mittens KAL!). He really likes green anyways, so I've got some yarn in mind and patterns to try for him. Something with a matching hat maybe. Same with the Littlest One. This pattern is an old Patons pattern no longer in print, and I did the color changes myself. (I didn't write it down, so I hope I remember what I did when I get to the second mitten!) I am using leftover Decor yarn from a sweater that someone knit for the store. It's 25% wool,75% acrylic but really nice to work with, soft and thick. It's my first time using this yarn. I have to get my butt in gear and start some hat/mitts sets for the boys. I registered them for skating starting October 15. They'll need them. Well, the mittens anyways. They have to wear helmets.

I got a good shot of our caterpillar today. When we got him last week at the campground he didn't have those black spikey hairs. There's also some white ones now. He's been eating and pooping a storm, so he must be getting ready to soon make his cocoon. (Yes, caterpillar poop! And for such a small creature he sure poops a lot.) This little guy is probably only an inch long.

When I went outside today I found this little guy on our steps, so I put him in the other bug house. He's kinda blurry, but this one must be a butterfly-in-waiting. He's not hairy, just a light brown/beige, and he's about 1.5" long and quite fat. I hope they both transform like the first one did. I'm interested to see what they will look like. (When we got the first caterpillar a few weeks back I read on the internet that most hairy caterpillars will turn into moths, and the hairless ones will most likely be butterflies.) We were at the camper when the first one actually emerged from his cocoon. He was waiting to be set free when we came home. Pretty little thing. It would have been neat for the boys to see him "emerge". Hopefully these two will complete the cycle as well.

Happy knitting!


Blogger Shelley said...

The socks look great, and the colour is so pretty!

They've changed the order here for middle (junior high) school and high school. Back when I was in school (graduated in 86), junior high was grades 7-9 and high school was 10-12. Now junior high is 6-8 and high school is 9-12. I think it's been about fourish years since they've changed it.

11:16 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

I love the caterpillar pics. I hope you can get one when they cocoon and then emerge. That would be really neat to see.

9:30 AM  
Blogger aija said...

I like your broadripples! I always wondered what the pattern looked like-- to me the sample was too dark to really "tell" you know? Looks great in that yarn :)

The caterpillar is so cool! I've only seen them randomly, never in between stages like that.

10:58 PM  
Anonymous Dipsy D. said...

Wow, I really love your socks, they look fantastic, what a lovely colorway! And your mitt is so pretty too - as well as the caterpillar, how furry this little thing is, amazing!
All the best to your boy, I hope he's having a good time at school and enjoying himself a lot there!

3:14 AM  
Blogger Shannan said...

Your Broadripple socks look great. I love the color!

4:02 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

Nice socks! I had totally forgotten about that pattern and how much I had enjoyed it.

4:04 PM  
Blogger Bitterknitter said...

Great Broadripples! I'm with Aija, the sample did nothing for me, but seeing yours, well, there's another pair on my "to do" list!

Love the mitten, BTW. I think my mom uses that same pattern, an oldie but a goodie!


8:43 PM  
Blogger Ginny said...

Your socks are gorgeous! I love the color.

9:52 AM  
Blogger Teri said...

Great socks! I live close to the Broadripple area of Indianapolis, so have always wanted to knit these. Seeing how well yours turned out made me move them up higher on the list.

I got a smile out of the picture of your son. He reminds me so much of my boy at that age. Just want to pinch his cheeks!

12:31 PM  
Blogger Miss Tonia said...

Love the sock, and the color is goregous. My Summer Sock Party pal made me the broad ripple. And trust me, your neighbor's don't think your weird, unless they tell you, like mine do. They really think we're weird, always taking pics of our feet and hands (sock & gloves).

Well, at least the 3 boys just got on the wrong bus, and they didn't change the route in the middle of the day and not tell the kids, like they did to my oldest daughter. She thought for sure she was in trouble for missing the bus, and it wasn't even her fault.

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Silja said...

Lovely socks! Now I think I have to knit a pair of broadripplesocks.

3:23 AM  

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