Monday, March 17, 2008

Monkey'n Around

I'm working on my second monkey sock and hope to finish it this week. I found the needles I need for my upcoming vest project. And, I've plied up a bunch of yarn I'd spun for my purse project. So, I have plenty to keep me busy in the fiber world. :) My daughter has been busy with fibery stuff lately too. She found a pattern and crocheted a sweater for her cat. It turned out cute. I'll try to get a picture sometime to post on here. The cat actually seems to like it. She'll sleep for hours, cozy and warm in her sweater made with love. :) My daughter tried her hand at designing some slippers too. It looks pretty cool but turned out way too large...even for dad! This weekend she started knitting her first hat and she's enjoying it a lot. Her life is very busy with school, orchestra, playing her harp (lessons, practice, jobs, etc.), and life, but it's pretty cool when she finds some time for fibery fun...and it's nice to see that fiber love runs in the family! :)

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I did it!!

I did it! I just finished knitting a lace sock! Wow! I'm so proud of me!!! And, it was sooooooo fun!!! I enjoyed every stitch. It's the first of my pair of "Monkey Socks". It's two lace repeats short of what the pattern called for but my yarn balls were 20 yards short of what it called for too. So, I made it work. I ended with just a little bit left. It turned out a bit big...I think the yarn I used was a bit thicker than it should have been. It would probably look really great if I blocked it but then it would be extra big. I've considered ripping it out and using this yarn for a different sock but it was so cool knitting it that I went ahead and finished it off. If they turn out to be too big to wear with shoes, I can just wear them around the house. Either way, I'm sooooo happy about this sock. It was soooo fun!!! I know it doesn't really look like "lace" but I believe it's considered to be that. It wasn't hard at all like I thought it would be. And...the good news is... maybe...just maybe..."lace" isn't the bad four letter word I thought it was. lol

It's hard to get a picture of a sock on my own foot but these are the best of the bunch that I took. Maybe I can get someone to take a better one later...or when I have two monkey socks! :-)

After I finish these I get to find a new sock pattern to knit with some beautiful Cherry Tree Hill yarn that I just bought. It's finer and I think it will probably work a lot better for lace type socks. Now that I've finally been brave enough to move beyond ribbed socks, I'm so excited when I look at all the possibilities. I knew a sock knitting obsession was forming...but now I know I'm truly obsessed! heeheeehee waaaahahahaaaha ;-)