July 26th, 2011
After many mistakes, and lots of tinking back, and lots of mistakes just left in there, the first sock is done.
Now that I’ve got the first one under my belt, I think the second should be no problem. These will be this year’s Christmas gift for my little sister. She picked out the pattern and it’s actually a fun one.
It’s hard to believe July is close to being over… I still feel like summer just started! Emmet’s been getting friendly with the wildlife in the backyard.
He found 2 of these tiny guys while I was mowing the lawn. He saved their little lives.
So I’m feeling like Christmas will be here before I know it. And this year I am determined to have the presents knitted BEFORE Christmas. I’ve done the calculations, and I believe it’s possible. I have 7 gifts to finish before December. I mapped them out on my calendar, and I have a plan in progress. Hopefully I can finish the second Kai-Mei sock within 2 weeks. I’ll keep you posted!
July 22nd, 2011
I don’t have much to show in the way of knitting, except a turned heel on the Kai-Mei sock. So I’ll show something more fun. Emmet got a belated gift that we have all been having fun with….Thanks Aunt Shelly!
July 16th, 2011
It amazes me how something that looks like this:
Can magically turn into this:
Blocking is like magic. It’s the final piece of the puzzle and you can’t REALLY tell what your work will look like until you drench it in water, spread it out and pin it down with a thousand pins. Watching this transformation just might be my favorite part of knitting lace.
This gorgeous shawl is the design of Kitman Figueroa. The yarn is Light Brown Hare’s Jackrabbit. Light Brown Hare makes some of the most beautiful yarn I’ve ever seen. I have 3 skeins of it right now, and there are 100 more that I want on her site. I loved the pattern and the yarn, and if there weren’t 80,000 other patterns I want to knit before I die, I would actually consider knitting this one again!
I will keep this one, under threat from my sister, but as much as I love it, I’m still not really a shawl type of gal. I put it on, walked around the house with it over my shoulders and pretty much just became annoyed that it kept trying to slip off of me. I’m sure it will be a nice huge scarf-ish thing for me in the winter. And even though I just don’t quite feel comfortable wearing them myself, I still have an insane desire to keep making shawls, just for their beauty.
July 8th, 2011
I must say, I’m very excited about how this shawl is coming out. I’m on Row 80. It looks beautiful.
My favorite parts are the little cables.
And I started Liana’s Christmas socks. I’m making her the Kai-Mei socks by Cookie A. She picked out the pattern and she fell in love with the Dream in Color Starry yarn that Shelly bought for me.
I’m loving the yarn so far. It holds together nicely and has great definition. It’s not all fuzzy. The last pair I made her was practically felting as I knit them!
And summer is here in full swing:
Emmet was treated to a visit from Grandma:
And a visit from Aunt Shelly:
And a visit from “Angelina” (That’s how he says Aunt Janina.)
We’ve had wonderful times with my favorite people:
Sparklers on the 4th:
But now I must get back to knitting. After all, I have a whole lot of yarn to get through…