Feb 25, 2007

Oscar and Lady Eleanor

Oscar night at our house generally means...nothing.
We used to do Oscar parties and have some fun, but lately it just hasn't been the priority so... here we are. The kids are watching Little House on DVD after church and then a full day playing in the backyard with a neighbor boy, Jack.

Tonight the man of the house comes home early from work (9pm instead of tomorrow 9am) so he can leave at 4 am tomorrow with the church to help out in Mississippi. Cleaning up and rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina is the purpose of the trip. He'll be gone a week and we are already missing him. (Hopefully he won't anger any more cacti on the trip).
The socks above are the Feb Socktopia socks I finished a night or two ago. Size 3 dpn, Baby Cashmerino, with a modified Debbie Bliss pattern. I carried the cable all the way down the sock...the one you see on top is the "bad" one. I left holes on the gap area and didn't evenly cable there either. The one you can't see if perfect. I think the first one is "good enough". I'd love to re-knit the ones I made for Katherine for Christmas. I think the pattern was far too big and I like only 48 stitches instead of the original 54. These ones are for me, and I love them!

To the right here is a bad picture, but I had to include it because I have waited sooo long to cast on for this project. It is the Lady Eleanor wrap from "Scarf Style" and I am using Noro Silk Garden. The pattern calls for size 10 1/2 needles and a bigger guage yarn. So, with size 8 needles, I cast on for 12 courses of rectangles instead of the 8 courses it called for! Hope it won't be too big!

Dinner is ready so bye!

Feb 22, 2007

Cactus, President's Day and WIP

This is a Cactus. (Yes, we do live in a desert!) At any rate, gues where it came from. Go ahead. Guess.

OK. Here's the story. My DH went biking in the local trails and whacked at a cactus with a stick. Well, I guess the cactus didn't like that because it came out and hurled itself through the air. It landed on his chest/shoulder area. It hurt. I tried to take it out with pliers. No go. Eventually the doctor had to pull it out with pliers, each spike. One at a time. It hurt. I wish I had gotten a pic of this creature actally attached to him, but my better judgement led me to reject the idea. It hurt, but it was FUNNY.

It didn't end there, either. Several days later he came home from work to find the cactus still in resisdence on the kitchen counter. After promptly throwing the said cactus in the trash, he let a small piece of spine fall unnoticed on the floor. He unkowingly picked it up in his stockinged feet. Later, when he put his shoes on...oach! I had to take it out with pliers. Oops.

This is a view of Lincoln giving his Gettyberg Address at the Reagan Museum on President's Day:

Is it possible that there can be too many socks on the needles at one time? I don't think so! It is so fun to start new ones! This is my slipped-stitch ribbed socks. They are using a 3 X 3 rib pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks. I am really enjoying making these ones...the colors are so very soothing to me, and even exciting, too. Is that an oxymoron? Soothing and exciting? Whatever.

I've also got a Log-Cabin Blanket going: In browns and greens. I had to go to the LYS a week or so ago because I realized I needed more colors. A picture is coming soon...probably of the unripped problem blanket so you can see why I needed for colors.


Feb 20, 2007

The Hubby wants wool socks and gloves!

Who would have guessed it? Not me! I was sure that he wanted the knitting thing to be a part of MY life, not to infringe on his own clothing choices. He seems to enjoy the novelty of new things going on the needles and then growing into pieces of clothing or dishcloths and such. But now he actually asked me to knit him some gloves, like the ones he lost, "and, by the way honey, how about some more socks....cause the ones I'm wearing will wear out sometime". Sweet words to my ear. This is something I can do for him.

I have pics of some interested local cactus and some great yarn...but blogger doesn't seems to be doing pictures at the moment...the button for pictures is ineffective now. I guess we'll check that out later.

For now, I am working on the last bit of my red socks for socktopia's Feb Theme...wondering if I can get to the pink ones, too, before the month is out.