Last week, the first day of spring brought a lot of promise that warm weather was heading to upstate New York. That morning we awoke to rain and most of the snow had melted during the night. Of course it was only 33 F outside so walkways were icy, but it was a nice change from the blistering cold that consumed our winter.
The geese returning north was another welcoming sign that spring is heading our way! 😀
Of course that spring feeling didn’t last long. The very next morning we had a blanket if snow covering the ground. The look on my sons was one of bewilderment and heartbreak all at the same time. He turned to me and said “but mom yesterday was spring!”, poor kid.
Since things are still cold around here I have been inspired to finish up some socks I have had on the needles, so that I can start on more socks! 😀
In January I had decided to start knitting a pair of worsted weight socks for my son to wear when he was ice skating. Of course I had good intentions of finishing them during prime ice skating season, but they have been lying about missing one toe and two heels. when I picked them back up last week I was amazed at how quickly they were finished.! 🙂
These are knit with Paton classic wool in the Lemongrass colorway. I just love how bright they are!
Also languishing on the needles had been a Nagini sock that I had cast on way back in July!
I am not very satisfied by how this sock turned out, which could very well be the reason I stopped knitting on it. The sock is knit toe up, which isn’t my favorite way to knit a sock but I have had successful results in the past with this method.
When I found the sock the heel and heel flap was already knit I just had to knit the leg and cuff. When I tried it on afterward I noticed that the sock is more than an inch longer then my foot. 😦
To frog or not frog, that is the question.
If the only problem with my Nagini socks was that is was too big then it would be easily solved by gifting them to someone with larger feet. However, the real problem is now that I have it finished I can’t seem to find the other sock, which I am almost positive I had already knit and finished eons ago. Or the other skein of yarn to knit the second sock in the event that my memory is completely failing me, sigh! Well at least I have one sock done in the event the other one decides to show up. 😛
Until then it is on to a new pair of socks! 😉
Hello again my friends! Happy New Year! I am so happy to be sitting at my keyboard blogging again, it has been far too long since my last post!
Toward the middle of last year things got really hectic, I moved and the kids started a new school. This might not seem like a big deal but it was enough to throw my whole free time schedule out of whack which left little to no time to knit or blog. However, I would like to believe that this is all behind me know. With the start of the New Year I’d like to get back in the swing of crafting and blogging about my projects and other tidbits of my otherwise mundane life. 🙂
Like last year I would like to start off the New Year by posting what my “goals” are for this year and taking a moment to reflect on my goals for last year too. Last year my goals were to finish up WIP’s and to have no more than 3 projects on the needles at all times. I would like to think that I have achieved this goal. I started off 2014 with only 3 projects in progress and 2 of them are socks (another is a Christmas present that I am still working on). 🙂
Last night I finished up a pair of socks for my daughter that had been in the works since October. So even on the last day of the year I was still whipping up WIPs 😀
These are the socks I finished up New Year’s Eve. I let my daughter stay up until 10pm so I could get her to model them when they were finished. LOL
As for my goal to learn to sew, well… that one didn’t happen. To be completely fair though I did try to sew a bag but my sewing machine hates me and I can’t seem to get it threaded let alone sew anything! And the goal about blogging well I made an effort but clearly need to devote more time towards it! 🙂
Now for 2014 Goals:
- Refresh my stash! Now this doesn’t mean that I am going to go on a wild yarn shopping spree (although that does sound delightful!) What I mean here is that I really want to use up quite a bit of the stash I have (mostly acrylics) and slowly replace it with better yarns (natural fibers).
- Learn a new craft. This can be anything from sewing to spinning to food art.
- Whatever I do have fun! Too many times this year I found myself gritting my teeth to finish a project because my goal was to finish all things!
I would love to hear what your goals are for 2014. I hope everyone has had a safe and happy holiday!
It is hard to believe that it is already February! The past week was such a wreck I didn’t have time to think let alone post. I am hoping that life will settle back down now that the week is over. 🙂
Even through life was crazy this week I still got in a lot of knitting time. I managed to finish my My Tototro Hat. The pattern is Sanpo by MJ Saunders.
My first wearable knitted item I made for myself!
I found this pattern an absolute delight to work. The pattern uses a chart for the color work that was easy to follow. I love the herringbone edge that the pattern uses.
The herringbone edge gave this hat even more character.
My traveling knitting seemed to get a lot of attention this week too. My traveling knitting is simple a small project that I carry along in my tote bag so that if I find myself in a waiting room situation or detained somewhere unexpected I have something to work on.
Well I have been toting around a pair of Afterthought heel socks for what seems like eons. It has only actually been 3 months and one sock was already knit (except for the heel). Well I have done so much idle sitting in public that I have managed to finish all but the second heel. 🙂
I can’t even begin to tell you how nervous I was when it came to take the waste yarn out of the first sock! I
I am hoping to have new warm socks to wear by the end of the weekend. Making that my second wearable hand knit for myself! I feel so spoiled right now. 😀