Thursday, April 27, 2006


Today is my 1 year blogiversary. I can say in the past year I have learned about uploading photos, adding links, making buttons, and being annoyed by my blog and my lack of computer knowledge.

In the past year I've made 3 sweaters, 4 Christmas stockings, 2 pairs of mittens, scarves, wash clothes, 2 pairs of socks and a baby blanket (at least this is what I can remember).

Tuesday night was the steeking event at Melissa's house. These first two pictures are the test swatch for steeking. (The size was meant for a teddy bear size sweater so that it could be something useful. Some people, namely me, changed the size to fit it into the time I had available so it's not exactly a useful size for anything.)

Next came trying a two different steeking techniques the first was dropping the front stitches cutting them and trying the ends together. For finishing this would require tying the loose ends into knots folding them over twice and sewing the edge down to make them inside a pocket.

The second method we tried including using a crochet hook - slipping stitches around the edge
of the intended opening and then cutting - this seemed to require a lot less finishing afterwards. The only problem being I am crochet deficient. We used this technique to make on of the arm holes. This was the as far as I got since it wasn't going to be used for anything I went on to other activities.

Like suggesting we use the kitchen torch from the brulee cheesecake to brulee a peep. The result was pretty good - a nice crunchy crust with all the joy of a roaster marshmallow inside.
I suggested a new steeking technique using the torch but no one seemed to want to try it on their swatch.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Steeking Day

So today is steeking day - I've been assured liquor will be available :)
I haven't finished my homework yet so we shall see how far I get
I did one row driving to work today
so that's a start I can probably get another round down on my way home 4 more rows and I can probably do the armhole steek and then just a few rows after that and I can bind off if I don't have to to get to 6 inches
Tomorrow I will have pictures (if my camera batteries aren't dead) of the steeking process and an updated photo of my clapotis.

Monday, April 24, 2006

work is really getting in the way

I have so much knitting to do and not nearly enough time. I have only done about 12 rows on my steeking homework for tomorrow night and won't be home tonight because it is Mr. Fudgie day at Kopps so I'm going to Milwaukee tonight. I also have to go to work tomorrow so I'll have to see how much I can finish between 4:30-6 tomorrow. I also have to make a snack for Melissa's.
I didn't work on my sock at all this weekend - it hasn't been touched since Wednesday it's a sad sad sock.
I got about 3 more rows done on the Clapotis but still looks pretty much the same I am on repeat 8 of 13 we'll see how the yarn hold out.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

heel number 1 turned

here's my sock update
I keep looking at it and feeling the yarn
Socks that Rock are really nice and even though they are being knit on 2.5mm needles it's going relatively fast

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

socks and tires

So this weekend I worked on my sock quite a bit - I am ready to start the heel flap tonight.

I think it looks a lot more pink in the picture than it actually it. I ended up working 3 1/2 inches of k2p2 ribbing even though I didn't want to I tried the socks on and they fit snuggly.

I also got to buy 4 new tires this weekend because one of them had a bubble in it the size of a softball and was on the verge of explosions - apparently this is unsafe : ) so even though I'm getting a new car soon my old car had nice new tires on it.

I did work about 4 more rows on the Clapotis but it looks just about the same.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Socks that Rock

It was way too warm last night to work more than 3 rows on the Clapotis and I decided why not cast on some socks. So I got out my Socks that Rock and my size 1 needles and cast on for some socks. The colorway is Ruby Slippers.

I knit 12 rows of k2p2 ribbing and stopped because I'm not a big fan of doing ribbing and was going to stop and just knit the rest of the way down but is an inch of ribbing enough to hold the socks up? I think it should be but I don't want the rest of the sock to the ankle to be baggy.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006


Here's an updated picture of my Clapotis - I am on repeat 5 of 13 for the straight rows.

I've started to feel like no matter what I do I am never going to finish this.
I'm on my second ball of yarn so at least I'm to 2 of 3 on that.

I'm considering casting on some socks to break up the monotony or weaving in the ends to the blanket I finished 2 month ago - you know something useful.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Spring is almost here

I have one daffodil blooming in my yard and soon to be many more hopefully. Seems like my yard must be slow to bloom as there are many more already in their full glory on my drive in to work so that's much nicer that seeing the bare trees and leaves from last fall covering the ground.
Not much progress on the Clapotis tuesday I worked on more sewing together of the afghan at meetup.
Next time our charity project will not include sewing together of squares what a time consuming task. Maybe next time people will vote for what they actually want to do : )

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

the waiting is over

I got home from work yesterday and this was at my front door! I ordered the grill on March 8th and it had finally arrived. The package was lost so the resent me another one.

I got home early because I saw online that my package was out for delivery and I didn't want to wait another day since I had already been waiting since March 8th.
About 15 minutes later my doorbell rang and the delivery man was there with another grill. The first grill that had arrived was the lost package. I think the man thought I was crazy when he put the package down and saw inside another grill. So now I have to wait for the return label to come to return the second grill. But I can finish putting the one I am keeping together to use sometime soon : )

In other news my parsley looks like parsley already so that is pretty exciting!

There is limited progress on my Clapotis. I have learned that I have trouble reading. This problem surfaced when I was making Colleen's shawl and has one again resurfaced. For some reason I thought the increase rows were to be repeated 13 times. Wrongo the directions clearly state 7 so after I had done 9 full repeats I reread the directions and ripped back about 30 rows. But I did do my first repeat of the straight rows and got to drop one section (bottom left corner of the pic).