Short Track Medal

Short Track Medal

Saturday, February 28, 2009

What a Week!

As some of you know, I have been knitting in the Solid Sock KAL on Ravelry. I started my peach pair of Milanese Lace on February 2nd all set with the intention of finishing within a week.
It's been a rough month. I did work on them and they're finished today, 26 days later; however, not without a war wound. These socks just weren't meant to be.
First, a broken needle.
Then, I couldn't find the matching wooly nylon which I had to use on sock 2 being I used it on sock 1.
Then, the directions being wrong for the lovely eye of partridge heel I wanted to do.

Then, I accidentally put a twistie in the microwave. Did you ever read that metal in the microwave causes a fire? Well, it's true. I burned a nice hole in my left thumb the size of a pencil eraser. Major delay of game.

Then, we were fooling with the furn-a-kit hutch; changing it into a coffee table. Great idea until we had a small mishap and DH put his end in first and it gouged a piece of my left index finger out. Yep...1" long and 1/4" wide. That'll probably leave a nice scar.
Thing I learned this month: NuSkin really works!

Then..finally, I was on the foot of sock 2....then the toe this morning...and voila!

That's my lovely sock and a nice close-up of the pattern. I love them. Let's see if they grow when I wash them.
Hoping for better things in March. Color is GREEN!
Can I knit Green Socks or what??

Friday, February 20, 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009

February Break Update

It's been a busy week. I'm trying to spin, knit, get the house in order, do my taxes and amuse the kids. Tuesday, we went to the park for a bit. Somehow, I smashed my UV Filter. Always use one! You never know when that can happen and it protects the lens. Do the math, a replacement filter is like $10. I have no idea how it happened and didn't even notice it until I got home! I thought the lens was dirty and that's why I got a diagonal ghost image on my pictures.
The line starts at the lower left, just above the railing and goes all the way up. Also, in the bottom center. Pooh. Lens was fine, thankfully. The next day, we went to Best Buy to visit the TV I want to buy and to get a new filter.

Today, I took them to the Long Island Children's museum. I almost always enjoy going there but like to do so when it's not crowded. I was there only 12 minutes after the place openned and it was filled to the gills. Lots of interesting exhibits though.

Girl in a bubble.

Self portrait (yes, I focus with hand underneath, I was shielding lens from the track lighting)

Some dried up flowers yet, when will it be spring?

Monday, February 16, 2009

Milanese Lace Sock

Happy President's Day!

Without further ado, Milanese Lace Sock #1 is done.

Here's a close up of the heel. I've used Wooly Nylon as a reinforcing thread and it was a perfect match. Good Stuff!

The pictures are a little dark, sorry about that. I'll take some good ones when both socks are complete. Busy today trying to clear out my office and balance my check book from 1997 to the present on Quicken so I can work on my taxes.

Back to the shredder.....

Friday, February 6, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Hello February!

Another month. It's the dead of winter here on Long Island. It snows a bit nearly every day, 2 inches here, 2 inches there. There have not been many warm days and I think we have snow on the ground from around Christmastime, believe it or not. Ugly bits of dirty icy old snow were covered today with a blanket of new snow. It was springlike yesterday and yet today we got another winter storm today and about 4" of snow. I would much rather have 30" of snow than all these itty bitty 'storms' because I only want to shovel once. Hello February.

Yesterday was Groundhog Day. Puxatawney Phil said six more weeks of winter but what's-his-face in Staten Island said spring is just around the corner. What kind of drugs was he on? Once the weather pattern is in place, it stays that way for the entire season pretty much. I predict spring will be late and I'm nearly regretting not digging up my Dahlias. Best to start shopping for bulbs now.

Anyway, I was able to knock out a third pair of socks for January. (well, technically, I finished them on February 1st.) Ok, I knocked out the first pair of socks for February. I finished a pair of Ridged Squares for my Dear Son. He wanted green socks and he got them.
Here's a close-up of the Eye of Partridge heel and the nice gussets. Much nicer than some of my earlier pairs. I used exactly 49 grams of yarn so I can easily make him another pair. The leg on this is on the longish side and they're a bit big for him so I'll be fine as long as it isn't a yarn eating pattern.

For the February KAL for Solid Socks, I'm working on Milanese Lace in a none green color. See if you can guess what it is. Hint: They're not red either! Pictures next time!

Until next time, happy knitting!