Sunday, February 26, 2006

Give me that gold medal!!!

FavoriteSpouse and GirlChild socks are done, and with 1 day to spare! Congrats to all medalists!!!

Friday, February 24, 2006

Garden Spot the color of Ainsley's room.

Hopefully she'll like it! The black cat is enjoying the open windows and the sun.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

That's BRIGHT!

That's my powder room. It's pretty cool. I ordered a rug from Target, which should be here in a few days. It looks like this:

And, I got sheers for the dining room:

Lookin good!

I'm about halfway through Ainsley's first sock - I could finish the first one tonight, especially with the figure skating finals for good TV.

More painting tomorrow - Ainsley's room will be green!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

I had a busy day

I finished FavoriteSpouse's socks today! They fit and everything. Now, I'm starting on GirlChild's socks - seeing as how she's only (almost) 3, her socks shouldn't take very long. Hers are going to be the baby rib pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks, done in leftover KnitPicks Dancing.

What else did I do today? Well, let me tell you. I painted the dining room...

I love it! I need to get curtains - I'm looking for light blue sheers, but I may end up buying fabric and making them.

I also attached a light kit to the fan in our living room...

And! The wool I've been waiting for from Mystical Creation Yarns came today. I'm finally catching the Clap(otis).

Tomorrow, the bathroom turns bright orange! Stay tuned!

Sunday, February 19, 2006

We have a knitter down!

In a completely brainless moment, I burned my hand on a skillet right out of the oven. I usually don't put skillets in the oven, so my autopilot said "Sure! Put your hand on the metal handle! No problems here! Roger that!" A lot of aloe later, I think it'll be OK. Probably no more knitting for tonight, but hopefully tomorrow I'll be back in shape to continue the never-ending socks.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

1 and 1/4

...of the first pair! Eeek! I finished the first sock on Friday (during an all-hands meeting - I wonder if our VP appreciates handknits?)

The sock on its owner, while watching speed skating...

Close up of the sock...

I'm halfway down the leg of the second sock, and THEN I have to do the kid socks! Luckily, they're only toddler socks, so they should go quickly. AND, as luck has it, I'm taking half of this week off work! I bought a ton of paint today for 3 rooms, so I'll be working on that, and knitting like crazy to finish!

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Socks on my cat - part two

The sock has gotten a little longer - tonight at Stitch n Bitch, I did all the gusset decreases. The extra weight of the sock required a larger cat - good thing I have one! Gandalf (female) has the girth to support just about anything. (The chair is child-sized - the cat is big, but not THAT big.)

Now begins the foot...

Monday, February 13, 2006

Socks on my cat

Arwen was not pleased at being a sock model.

But now I could put her on Stuff On My Cat. Have you seen that site? It's crazy.

Anyway, the heel has been turned, and I'm about to turn in.

Go sock team USA and snowboarding!!!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

The Cow Says "Knit"

Team Frog has recovered from the early setbacks! I have about 3/4" until it's heel time. Frequent fitings tell me it might actually fit.

The sock poses with the Chick-Fil-A cow:

Extreme close up, sans cow:

Part of the problem, I've discovered, is that my husband has feet like a chicken (my mom asked if that means he has 3 toes). He has very wide feet and skinny legs, so I've needed to go down a needle size for the leg, and up one for the foot. Good thing I like him.

As I am gainfully employed, knitting time will be reduced to lunchtime and evenings (after SmallChild goes to sleep). We really should get (paid) vacation for this, you know...

Team Frog

After making about 4" of progress on a rather lacy sock intended for a man, I started to think "You know, this sock looks HUGE." So I put it on FavoriteSpouse's foot, and of course, it was too big. Much too big.

Maybe this is why we were supposed to swatch.

So, I frogged away (is there a medal for the first frogging?) and SWATCHED. And switched patterns, because men should not necessarily wear lacy socks.

So, now I'm doing the Twin Rib from the Six-Stitch pattern section. Hopefully this one will be OK!

ARRRGGGGHHH, the pressure!

Friday, February 10, 2006

Knitting Olympics - Day 1

After casting on a 6PM, I've finished the cuff and 1 pattern repeat of the Arrow (8-stitch) sock from Sensational Knitted Socks. It's for FavoriteSpouse, so it's big! But it's going well!

Happy Day 1!


Monday, February 06, 2006

Stripe me wild

How cool is the Wild Stripes Baby Blanket from knitty???

Here it is, all pinned out on the guest bed:

Here's a close up of the embroidery:

I lined in in blue fleece with dark blue piping, and I think it looks good! It's very warm - I could use one of these.

I started a new pair of socks (amazing, I know) from the awesome Sensational Knitted Socks book. It's the twisted rib cable with faggoting pattern (that's very long - it needs a new name - TRCWF. Terk-woof. Hmmmm.) Anyway, it's a nice sock. The yarn is KnitPicks sock garden, and it's soft!

The sock poses on the piano:

The sock says "close up, dammit!"

I'm a sheep and I joined the Knitting Olympics. I'm on the Sock Team USA. I'm feeling a little crazy, so I'm knitting a pair of socks for FavoriteSpouse, plus a pair for the girl-child. In 16 days. Pop. That was the sound of my head exploding.

Go team!