Monday, December 31, 2007

2007 Year in Review

Since my favorite reason for having a blog is cataloguing my work, might as well start up a list of everything I've knitted in the past year. What fun!
  • Go-Go Garter Stitch Cat Blanket, acrylic, completed Jan
  • Big Bad Dishcloth, cotton, completed Feb
  • Mary Janes, Encore DreambabyDK, completed March
  • A few random baby hats, Dreambaby DK
  • First socks, Encore DK, completed July
  • 3 Christmas stockings, wool and novelty yarns, completed Nov
  • Umbilical Cord Hat, Baby Bee Little Britches, completed Nov
  • Bow-Top Toddler Hat, Rowan Calmer, completed Nov (yes!)


  • Dad's Socks, Plymouth Sockotta, started Nov
  • Peggy's Bear, acrylic, started Dec

It looks like hats and socks topped the list! After I got going, it seems I was always on double-points. No wonder my hands are starting to hurt so much.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Sock it to me

I still am working on the socks. Only now, they're not DH's anymore; they're my dad's. I got halfway down the foot and realized: "these look way too big for my husband's ankles." Sure enough, they were! I tried them on my dad today, though, and they fit him much better. The only major drawback is that now I can't surprise him next Christmas with hand-knitted socks. But he had lots of fun with the needles tickling his feet and standing on a sheet of paper so I could measure his foot so I can get a custom fit. :)

I procured some nice new yarn to try again on DH's socks yesterday. It's Trekking Natura (75% wool, 25% bamboo.) And it's ni-ice. To obtain a better fit, I can:
  • Knit the women's size. (shh, don't tell!)
  • Use smaller needles.
  • Try Magic Loop (which my SIL says avoids the laddering you can get with DPNs).
  • Incorprate some sort of ribbing pattern.

I will ponder my approach as I work on what-are-now-dad's-socks. I may do some or all of these things.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Teh Cuteness!

This might make me want to learn to crochet. I found it on an "Amigurumi" group on Ravelry and that stuff is amazingly cute.

I'm still working on DH's socks. Knitting socks with skinny sock yarn sure takes a long time. But I think it's pretty cool because it looks like "real" knitting (whatever that means.)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

I Cheated.

I bought some knitted mittens for my daughter. I feel so guilty because I could have made mittens myself! But, I didn't want to knit mittens. Now that I'm a knitter, will I never be able to buy knitted things without feeling guilty?
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