Wednesday, May 30, 2012


I seem to have missed a couple of FOs along the way.  (Think I was gonna post all of the socks in one post but forgot.)  These are two pairs of ankle socks knit from my leftovers stash for my friend, M.  They are both plain old vanilla socks on 2.5mm needles, 60 stitches, 10 row ribbed cuff, straight into a 30st heel, toe to 20sts.  The first pair was started way back on March 13 and finished on the 16th, the yarn is three different shades of Invicta.  The second pair is two leftover colorways of Kroy FX, started March 17, finished March 21.  Details here.

Happy knitting!

Monday, May 28, 2012


Well, I guess this post has to be centred cuz if I try to change it, it messes up my pictures.  I don't care for the new Blogger.

Anyhoo, late last week I finally gifted Heddy's W's gift.  I started it way back on January 31, but I didn't get it finished til May 17.  I had the back done right away, then I got slack.  It's size 4, and W just turned 2, so he's got a ways to grow into it (and that's also why I wasn't in a super rush).  It's kind of dress-like right now on him, but he's only going to get bigger, not smaller!  The pattern is Pembroke, the yarn is Patons Classic Wool in natural mix.  I followed the pattern to the letter.  I toyed with the idea of mirroring the cables, but I figured I'd forget along the way and mess it up.  Ravelry details here.

Maggie jumped up on my lap the other night and sat on my knitting.  When I picked it up a little later I notice she snapped one of my 2.5mm bamboo dpns.  Luckily I use four when I knit socks, and the package had five.  I need a new set, but everywhere I've been they're out of this size dpn.  Mine are getting pretty bent, and now I have no spare.

My last FO to show is the final pair (for now til I rebuild the sock yarn leftovers stash) of ankle socks for my friend, M.  This pair was started on April 6 and finished on May 20.  Basic 60st vanilla socks with a little twist -- I did 2x2 rib with a mock cable pattern, but you can't see it very well with this yarn.  Should have used a solid yarn, but I just wanted to do something different.  The light blue is Invicta, the darker blue and multi is Strickgarn Sokken Effekt.  Ravelry details here.

Since the school year is almost over I've started some gifts for the teachers for year end.  I also have to be better with my next baby gift -- Marti welcomed her big little bundle of joy the other day.  It's nearly half finished.  And I've got another non-knitting friend who is due with her first baby (another boy! no pink, frilly knitting for me) on June 25.

Happy knitting!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Knitless Catch Up

Long time, no post.  I don't have any pictures of knitting to show.  I did finally finish Heddy's little guy's gift, I guess now it can be a combination shower/birthday gift since he recently turned two.  I can't show it yet, he won't officially have it til next week.  Right now it's still blocking.  The only other thing I've been kind of working on are ankle socks.  This will be the last pair for my friend for a bit, at least until I build up the sock yarn leftover stash again.

So for Mother's Day I got a new hanging basket for the hook by the front door (hook courtesy of last year's MD).  I also got a nifty paper mache pink pig from the Littlest One (made it in school), and the Oldest One's class made tissue paper flowers.  I also finally got a rhododendron.  I wanted pink or purple, but they were much larger and cost a whole lot more, and I'm cheap, so I picked out a red one that was like $23 cheaper!

Other goings on include rec room renovations now that the water leaking every time it rains hard has stopped.  (Thanks to new gutters and a repaired weeping pipe!)  This is the before corner, this spot is directly under the bathroom.

And this is how it looks right now.  New half bath awaiting walls and a door, lol.  It's a little bit.... public.... right now.  We noticed today, however, that there is water around the base of the toilet and floor, so I have to call the plumber on Monday.  (It's a holiday here, but the guy said on Friday that they don't get it off as it isn't a statutory holiday.  I lucked out, I get the day off with pay, yay!)

And in other news, the Oldest One got his cast off yesterday.  Now he's got to go to physio and work with a stress ball to help get his arm and wrist back into shape.  He goes back in a month for a check up, and until then he still has to take it easy.  But he can go back to band now, the doctor thought that playing the trumpet would be good exercise for his wrist.

And a bit of a downer, a week ago Friday our next door neighbor passed away.  He was 85, he was in rough shape when we moved in almost 11 years ago, then he'd bounce back.  Then something else would happen, and he'd bounce back.  He fell a few years ago and broke his ankle, hit his head, they said he'd have to go to a home.  No sir, he wasn't going to any home but his own, back he came.  They set up a wheelchair ramp for him, but I don't think he was in the chair for long.  Last summer he had pneumonia.  When I came home from work on the 11th one of his daughters saw me and informed me that he had passed away.  He had pneumonia again, and this time he couldn't fight it.  They had taken him to the hospital the night before.  One of his other daughters told me that he had a heart attack and had internal bleeding they couldn't stop, all brought on my the pneumonia.  I'll miss seeing him sitting on his front deck this summer. 

Happy knitting!