Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The Prodigal Model

The Prodigal Son finally put the new blue socks on tonight. He likes these as well.

The Prodigal son modeling the blue socks

The Prodigal son modeling the blue socks

Eek! I need to get the carpet cleaned, don't I?

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Second pair of socks

I finished the second pair of socks at work today. I couldn't talk the Prodigal into posing in them since he is busy cooking us supper, but I did take the usual boring table top snaps.

Pair of blue socks

Heru getting caught by flash while sitting on the blue socks

Heru felt the need to guard the socks, but I caught him with the flash. His Royal Highness was not amused.

I may try and talk the Prodigal Son into modeling the socks later after he's put food into his belly, but I make no promises about his compliance. He can be a stubborn cuss sometimes.

Monday, November 28, 2005

I'm building a stash

I received two more skeins of 100% Merino sock yarn in the mail today. Each skein is composed of shades of green and grey.

Green Merino sock yarn

Green Merino sock yarn

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Second pair of socks

I started a second pair of socks for the Prodigal Son while I was visiting my folks for Thanksgiving. I opted to modify the simple stockinette pattern I used the first time into a chevron pattern. I have one sock finished and the other just barely started.

Blue chevron pattern sock
You can't really see the chevron pattern because of the yarn.

Close-up of the chevrons
The pattern is just a bit more visible.

Heru protecting the sock from nasty sock theives
Heru, ever vigilant, is guarding the one completed sock from any potential sock thieves who might wander into his domain.

The sock is the same dimensions as the first pair I made using the Starter Stockinette pattern in Knit Socks! by Betsy Lee McCarthy. For me, that worked out being 14 stitches on each of four double pointed needles. The chevron pattern I used works out as follows:

Row 1: k6, p2, k6
Row 2: k5, p4, k5
Row 3: k4, p6, k4
Row 4: k3, p8, k3
Row 5: k2, p10, k2
Row 6: k1, p12, k1
Row 7: p14
Row 8: p6, k2, p6
Row 9: p5, k4, p5
Row 10: p4, k6, p4
Row 11: p3, k8, p3
Row 12: p2, k10, p2
Row 13: p1, k12, p1
Row 14: k14

Since I used four needles, each set of stitches is knit one time on each needle to complete the row.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm off to spend the holiday with the folks and I will probably be 'net-less while I'm gone, so I hope all of you who celebrate Thanksgiving have a good one.

Christmas came early


Guess what was waiting at the post office for me when I got home from work tonight? Three prezzies from me to me. I got my box of Lebkuchen, my three new Patricia A. McKillip books, and two - yep, two! - skeins of hand dyed Merino sock yarn for making more wonderful socks. I'm such a happy little camper!

More Merino sock yarn

Monday, November 21, 2005

You know your socks are a success when . . .

. . . the Prodigal Son has worn them for two days without taking them off.

. . . the Prodigal Son informs you - yes, informs not asks - that you can make him another pair when the new yarn arrives.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

If wishes were yarn . . .

I'd have another couple of skeins of the Merino in my stash so I could actually make this entrelac scarf.

First few tiers of an interlac scarf

As always, my picture taking does not do the project justice. Not that it's really a project since I don't have enough yarn to finish it and it's highly unlikely that I will get anymore of it since it is hand dyed.

But anyway . . . When I first got Scarf Style by Pam Allen, I was a little put off by the entrelac scarf. It just looked way too complicated - sort of like making the heel for a pair of socks did. So when I finished the socks and I was done playing on the computer, I thought I might just give the instructions a try with the little bit of Merino I had left over to see if I could get the hang of it.

Obviously, I did. And just like the socks, this pattern is so easy I can almost do it in my sleep. So now I'm left wishing I had more yarn so I could make the scarf for me. I've been such a good girl making presents for everyone else, I deserve a pretty scarf. Really, I do. Just ask me.

I guess I will just have to find some other yarn, in sufficient quantity once I figure out what that is, to make this pretty for myself.

Get a load of those legs!

My son modeling the socks with his pant legs up

The Prodigal Son doing modeling duty.

My son modeling the sock with his pant legs down

It's a pair!

The socks are done. I officially have my first pair. Woohoo!

The first pair of socks I've knitted

And, of course, Heru has to protect my sock book from any unscrupulous knitters who might sneak into my house and try to use it while I'm busy snapping pics of my socks.

Heru protecting my knitting book

The socks are from the first pattern, Starter Stockinette, in Knit Socks! by Betsy Lee McCarthy.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005


OK, well, there's only one so far, but it will be a pair of slippers soon.

I guess technically this is really the first sock I've knitted even though it is supposed to be a slipper. This is also for the Prodigal Son. It is from a pattern Karen graciously sent me. The heel is worked differently on this pattern than it is on the purple socks I'm making. Both of the ways are really easy once you understand what you're supposed to do, but I think I like this one better.

Knit slipper progress photo

The socks

I've started a pair of socks with the hand dyed Merino I got yesterday. I'm not sure why I thought socks would be difficult to make. I guess it's because the instructions for making a heel didn't really make much sense until I had the sock in hand to figure them out.

Knit sock in progress

The Prodigal Son has already called dibs on them so this pair will be for him.

Monday, November 14, 2005

It's here!

Approximately 440 yards of 100% Merino wool sock yarn hand dyed in shades of pink and purple. This is the yarn I'm going to use to make my first pair of socks.

Ball of hand dyed pink and purple sock yarn

The Prodigal Son thinks he might want the first pair in this colorway.

But before I can begin knitting the socks, I have to hunt down a set of five size 3 double pointed needles. Since I'm already in my jammies, this won't happen until tomorrow on my way home from work.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Where do I get my scarf patterns from?

This magazine that my mother got years and years ago when she was still knitting. She was going to throw it out but I took it from her even though it was in German. I remember enough of it that I could figure out most of the pattern instructions. The patterns for all the things I've knit this year, except for the open weave scarf I made for my XMIL, came from this book. The open weave pattern my mother showed me back in the Dark Ages when I was still a teenager.

Cover of German knitting magazine I use for pattern inspiration

Sample pages from the magazine

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Done, but not finished

I finished the scarf for my granddaughter at work on Friday. I haven't sewn in the tails but all the knitting is complete.

Knitted scarf

Knitted scarf


I did not work on the butterfly fairy at all this weekend. As a matter of fact, I didn't do anything crafty since I spent the weekend in Corpus Christi with my best friend. I had a wonderful time.