Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Finished Crap-Yarn Crochet Blanket

Extreme close-up to show the lovely pattern
Over all pattern
The sexy, rumpled look
The whole thing - reclining, Roman-like - on my bench
I don't know the dimensions, and I don't want to find my tape measure and figure it out - but I do know that it is surprisingly heavy for its size. This is a very dense pattern!
Today's view of the crab apple tree (note the sunny day!)

Sunday, February 14, 2010


I had to share what I found when the girls and I went to the 2nd hand store last week. We all found something we wanted, but I get the prize for finding the PRIZE!
Beautiful, beaded crochet. Flawless, elegant and . . . $8.00!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Birthday Socks

Despite Zora's best efforts (it has been established that she is a chewer), I did get the socks done with an hour and a half to spare! I wish I had taken photos of how I did the fix, because I think that it was worthy of an Olympics Knitting Challenge (as seen everywhere on the blogs). But because of circumstances, I had to go for the gold early. In fact, this may have been more than an olympic challenge, I think I may now be a ninja knitter!

So, here is how I accomplished the fix. . . I remembered reading about knitters using life-lines and wondered if I could modify the practice for a save. I found what looked like the last whole row before the hole and using a darning needle and dark yarn, made a pass through every stitch I could identify. Then I ripped back the yarn until I was one row before the life-line. Knowing that the life-line row was still available to me, I started working the sock back on to needles (using a smaller size and aluminum for ease). There were a few dropped stitches that I re-knit, but I got everything on the needles, removed the life-line and started figuring out where I was on the pattern. With a little study, shifting and twisting of stitches, I was able to begin again and finish the sock in record time! I wish there was a medal for a save like this - although I would probably then have to forfeit it for having left the sock in harm's way to begin with.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Who's Idea Was It To Have Dogs?

Sure. She LOOKS innocent.
This one also. I don't see any green threads caught in her teeth.
But SOMEONE did this while I was distracted this morning.
I'm glad I took the photo of the whole sock when I did. Now at least I have proof that I was on schedule for a pair of socks in time for the birthday. The thing is, I have only myself to blame. A beautiful hand knit, wool sock left lying on the arm of the sofa is far too tempting for a new little dog who has shown that she will bite at yarn and bamboo knitting needles when sitting on my lap! Or for the dog who regularly chews sock spiders that I make for her from old, worn out socks! The only thing I can think to do is rip the sock back to the gusset (there is no damage until after the heel turns) and carry on from there. The socks will be slightly late, but I will persevere.

Dang it!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Lacy Sock Again

It's encouraging to note that I can learn from my mistakes. I'm knitting another pair of Lacy Anklet socks for my dear friend's 50th birthday. The very moment I finished the first sock I cast on the second so I wouldn't have a repeat of when I made the socks for cheerleader right around Thanksgiving. That time I waited so long to cast on the second sock that I couldn't remember how I had done things and had to rip back my knitting several times before I got it right. Now, I can't take all the credit - I am under a very tight schedule to finish these socks before the end of next week so that they are a timely birthday gift, and that may have had something to do with casting on the second sock so quickly. But it is still a move in the right direction.

Friday, February 5, 2010

NOT a Chiggy then . . .

Zora is a VERY wiggly dog, which makes photographing her difficult.
But it appears she is NOT a chiggy, which is sad, as I really like saying Chiggy.
Cheerleader found a dog breed book at the library and, minus the cropped ears and docked tail, the photo below looks just like the little miss.
It had never occurred to me that she was a Miniature Pinscher because the only Min Pins I'm familiar with are black and tan. I didn't even realize they came in the lovely cinnamon color that Zora is sporting.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Here are the arm warmers I made from the sale wool. I made one using the same fingerless mitten pattern from {a-black-pepper}, but it was too tight so I ripped it out (even though I FINALLY figured out the thumb gusset!) and made these from A Friend to Knit With - I think they are "Toast", but maybe "Toasty". One thing I have learned about my knitting - not only do I knit tightly, but I bind off tightly also - perhaps a bit too tightly. The thumb openings need some definite stretching. But I love the color and the form fit.
Ripple has reservations about Zora.
She dislikes the snuggling and would really like to play - which Zora is not quite ready for.
February Crab Apple