Thursday, January 21, 2010

The sun is shining, so I can take photos

Brown socks finished
Only one more Christmas gift to go. It's still January, the month we were supposed to see the couple. These Florida residents decided that there's less snow and cold in Ohio in the summer, so the gifts will be mailed when finished. When I talked to her, we had 12" of snow and temps in the teens. It sure takes a lot of yarn to cover a size 14 wide foot, but he loves the socks.

Sometimes he loves them to death, or at least to the repair shop. The grey sock is repaired. The new pair is reinforced, now that I know where he needs it.

The Motley Jesters have a heel and the foot is progressing. I may run out of the variegated yarn, but the idea was to use up yarn. There are 4 colors on the leg. I knit the second cuff so that I could see how much yarn was left. I can't use that yarn for the heel, but it may show up in the toes. Yes, the second cuff is inside out.

I've been working on a jacket. The yarn is dishcloth cotton in a 3 color seed stitch. It's based on a Vogue sewing pattern which I charted out on graph paper. Some of the yarn is about 20 years old and didn't work for sweater plan A. I'll be happy if I finish this in 2010. I keep having more important things to knit, so it goes slowly. It doesn't help that Ive made major mistakes on the jacket front. No I didn't see the mistakes right away. The picture shows the jacket after frogging for the first mistake. I knit by feel and didn't feel the color mishap of working 2 rows the same color, nor did I feel the section that became rib instead of seed stitch. I was up to the neckline today when I discovered the rib section, about 3" down. There will be a wide border and collar to finish the jacket. The stitch and yarn will be decided when the sleeves are done, probably the ecru cotton in lace, because I can get more of that color.

We've had a death in the family, so there may be knitting time available. Our son's mother-in-law passed Monday night. We knew her over 20 years.

More Socks
I'll be knitting more 2 color socks for Plymouth Yarn, so I decided that I needed a simple one color project. I got the yarn as a holiday gift at our guild party in November. We don't meet in December. I have 2 balls of Noro Matsuri, so I'm making a multidirectional diagonal scarf. The glass needles are great to work with. I got them at a TKGA convention.

I love sunny days! I'm waiting for a little bit more warmth to melt the ice left from all the snow earlier in the month. I don't walk the dog when there's ice on the sidewalks. I don't think that little beings with preschool brains should be in the street, so I don't use that option. We do have a yard and she knows what to do besides chasing squirrels and rabbits. I don't mind the cold. I have lots of woolies that I like to wear, but I'm getting too old to risk icy walks.

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