Friday, February 29, 2008
You might try something new (toe up socks, on two circs). And you do Judy's magic cast on and it's all good, la la la all the way up the foot and then you get to the heel and do a short row heel for the first time ever. And you're not sure it's exactly right (having never properly seen one in real life) but it looks close enough and most importantly it fits. And then you zip up the leg, knitting knitting knitting, feeling very smug as you are using up all the lovely Koigu yarn and getting a nice long sock in the process. And you rib rib rib and it seems to go on forever. Then you decide to cast off.
And even though you've read in various places (too many to remember or provide links) that you need to do a reeeeealllly stretchy cast off on toe up socks, you know better, oh yes you do. So you just do your regular cast off, trying to do it as loose as possible but not even bothering to go up a stick size or two, no! For why would you need to do that?
Well duh! So you can actually get the sock on over your heel without much cursing and sweating. Yep, oh confident know all knitter, the knitting kicked your butt.
So early one weekend morning when you can't get back to sleep and your husband is still snoring away, you get up, fortunately find the end which you'd already carefully darned in (because of course the sock will fit you), and unpick the cast off. And then re-do it, by doing the sewn cast off method. And this all takes you an hour and a half. And even though it seems somewhat tight, you continue on, because you know it will be fine, just fine, you are doing it just as the instructions say.
AND IT STILL DOESN'T FIT! IN FACT, IT IS TIGHTER THAN BEFORE! Oh yes, knitting really is kicking your butt and showing you who is boss. You who think you are so clever, you are SO NOT clever.
And even though you assert your authoritai by throwing sock on the naughty spot, you know that the sock is right, and you are not.
And so after a few hours in which to calm down, and fortified by a soothing pot of tea, you painstakingly unpick the cast off row AGAIN, and the last row of knitting just to be safe, and you reknit the last row and re-do the cast off, and after another hour and a half, YOU HAVE VICTORY! The sock fits perfectly.
And even though you have won the final battle, it's a hollow victory really, because you know that sock kicked your know-it-all, she'll be right on the day butt. Big time.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
I bought these at my LSS (local shoe shop!). It's near work and while most of the range it carries are fairly sensible, practical work shoes, it will usually have one or two pairs which really stand out. And one day when I ducked in at lunch time with a work friend, these were it.
Clearly that sealed the deal. Had to have them.
Love love love the fabric on the wedge and holding on the carved-y thingy on the front, and the narrow heel. And the carved-y thingy (which I'd like to think is wooden but which I think is actually plastic!)
Monday, February 25, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Or Scottish highland shoes. Or both. Oh, I know, except for the heels. Not very good on a golf course or for doing a highland fling.I actually would never have thought I'd buy shoes with this kind of detail. All the others I've ever seen have been just too much. Maybe it is the colour - all one colour, rather than, say, red white and blue (I've seen them!!). And a nicely shaped heel, not too high. And the d'orsay style of the shoe (toe and heel cup). I really do like these shoes a lot. Most excellent winter work shoes!
Monday, February 18, 2008
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but does represent things I must do this month:
1. Finish charity knitting (pilchers/soakers for disabled kids) for Terri.
2. Start and finish February Baby Jacket.
3. Start Ravelry Bag Lady Swap knitting.
4. Bake something for Mouthfuls of Heaven.
5. Do my tax (oops...)
All very achievable. I wonder if maybe I should aim a bit higher? Is it more inspiring to aim extermely high and fall short of your goals, or be realistic and achieve them?
Friday, February 15, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
The details I love about these shoes are the straps and the t-bar strap which pulls down into a "v" shape which is echoed at the top of the strap as well (which, lets face, is more flattering for the leg as well), and that the buckle is in the shape of a bow. Now I'm not really a bows kind of person (mostly...) but the little bow is an unexpected detail, as well as being the designer's logo, which in my view makes it a nice touch.Not a great picture to get the bow detail, but you can (almost) see it there.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Friday, February 08, 2008
I love this shot - completely candid (I think they are always the best). I wish I could remember what Dad was saying. I think it was along the lines of "are you ready?" (we were just about to walk inside for the ceremony). He was a man of few words!
I miss my dad.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Details: Pattern: My first toe-up sock! I used Judy's Magic Cast On, Wendy's Generic Toe Up Sock Pattern for the short row heel, with some help from Misocrafty's short row heel tutorial and the sewn bind off from the IK which featured Ann Budd's guide to toe up sock knitting. Basically, I wanted something simple and fool proof so I'd get these right first time!
Yarn: Lovely Koigu KPPPM, colour P803 - lovely summer fruits colours - plum, raspberry, strawberry, papaya, watermelon. Interestingly, the two skeins, although from the same dye lot, are slightly different in tone - one sock is paler (or more pink) than the other. But not hugely and definitely not in a way that bothers me one bit!Sticks: 2.5mm 60cm KP fixed circulars x 2 (bought from Donni!). These were also my first pair of socks knit using 2 circs! I don't mind this method, although I think I like magic loop better. I did find that I have a "crease" up either side of the socks, where the needles joined. I think I was so conscious of avoiding ladders, and so pulled the yarn too tight on the first few stitches. Not sure how to get around that. Practice I guess...does anyone have any tips?
Time: 19 January 2008 - 4 February 2008. Not bad. Well, I guess it was a plain stocking stitch sock...which I very much enjoyed knitting!What I learnt: Well, quite a long list of firsts for these - first toe up, first short row heel, first time using two circs, first time using a different cast off method (well, for the second sock anyway...I learnt that my usual cast off is nowhere near stretchy enough for socks). Now, I just have to work up the courage and energy to find the already darned in end of sock 1, unravel the cast-off and redo it. Urk. But worth it, I know.
Stashbusting? Yes! Hurrah! 2x50g skeins
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Sunday, February 03, 2008
I've been honoured in the last couple of days by Del, Lilypily,and Rachael with the "You make my Day" award and Rhiannon with the "Spread the Love" award (my, it's a wonder my head still fits through the door!). I love this thing about blogging - these awards (Nice Matters, Rockin' Girl Blogger, You make my Day, Spread the Love and so on) are like random acts of kindness. You start out blogging, maybe you've been reading a bunch of blogs already and feel inspired to start your own. You join some blogrings, you comment on people's blogs, they comment on yours, other people comment on yours, you find new blogs through the blogs you already like and you build up a little community of blog friends, some of whom you are lucky enough to be able to meet in real life as well (it's a story I've told before, I know).
And then these awards (you like me, you really like me!) (I know, you probably need to be "of a certain age" to get that reference! And I even misquoted it!) come along and it's like the icing on the cake (and don't even get me started on the generosity of bloggers in relation to giveaways and charitable works). Completely unexpected and so lovely to be thought of in this context.
Thank you so much for these awards - it really made my day (or more correctly, my week!). Now I'm supposed to nominate 10 bloggers in return. And it's hard, almost too hard. Firstly, right back at each of you for thinking of me. And then to everyone else whose blog I read (and most particularly the ones I comment on) and to everyone who comments here - each comment makes my day, and each time your blog is highlighted in Bloglines makes my day - and believe me, I check both my blog and Bloglines a lot because I so love reading your posts and comments!
Finally, I wanted to give a shout out to some blogs which I am relatively new to reading. I've only picked up a small number of blogs in the last couple of months - I already had over 130 in my Bloglines as it was! But looking at these awards and clicking through the links to new blogs reminds me it is worth checking out new ones more often, because it really is a great world out there full of great people.
So in no particular order, some of my more recent additions include:
All Fingers and Thumbs
1 More Row
We are all Mad Here (love this blog title!!)
The Joy of Sox (ditto!)
A Room of My Own
Lily Potter Knits
Wouldn't Shoe (because really, why wouldn't shoe!)
So spread the love, tell those around you (in blogworld or in real life) that they make your day. It's worth it.
Friday, February 01, 2008
I think we can all agree that yarn bought without a specific project in mind is definitely stash.
Like this yarn - I went to the Cassidy's sale! Both stores! (I think I'm now an honourary Canberran). How could I not buy this lovely Zara at $2/ball - that's $100 worth of yarn for only $20 (and that's for reals, not crazy talk!). So it's stash, even though it was bought on sale.
What about yarn bought for a specific project. I think if you start straight away, the yarn is not stash. But if you leave it to marinate in the ziplock for a while, does it eventually become stash? Does it only become stash if you decide you don't want to make that pattern and use it for something else? Will think on this as we continue...
(By the way, that is not going to happen with this pattern - I adore this pattern!) (also, I have at least another 3 cardigan patterns and the actual yarn each pattern calls for...)
And sock yarn? Sock yarn is bought obviously for a specific purpose, that of making socks (although we know it can be used for other stuff of course). Even though I signed up for Knit from your Stash 2007, and I was all "oh yeah, sock yarn is so not stash" exception, I think that was actually my downfall last year, because my sock yarn stash grew exponentially. So sock yarn is definitely stash.What about gorgeous yarn that has been discontinued...
Ok, I guess it's still stash. But gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous stash.
Sale yarn is stash, unless it meets one of the not stash rules. (See, I am being harsh here. And honest...)
Finally, yarn purchased to make gifts for others is not stash -unless you have bought it and then not used it for said gifts. Anything leftover definitely is stash. And yarn gifted to me is stash. But stash of the best kind!
I'm sure there are other complications, but these are the main ones for me. The real issue for me, in working out whether I'm in fact stashbusting this year, is the yarn bought for a specific project issue. I think I'm going to say that if I bought it more than 6 months ago (as far as I can remember, in an honest remembering way, not in a vague "oh this, I've had this for ages way", which I may have done previously for shoes...) then it has become stash.
And I'm going to keep myself honest by noting at the end of each month how much yarn I've knit in the previous month (both stash and new) and how much I've bought. I'm just going to do it by number of 50g (2oz) balls. I could do yardage etc but that's too much maths for me. By recording this, I'll have a simple way of measuring my success - if I'm in the negative, I know I'm ahead in terms of stashbusting...
So here's my January 2008:
Yarn purchased = stash: 30 balls (mostly from Cassidy's...)
Yarn purchased to make gifts: 7 balls (for Ravelry Bag Swap)
Yarn used this month from stash: Approx 10 balls - all stash
Stashbusting: +20 (sigh...) (and I go back to work next week, so that'll mean less knitting time...I can't believe I only got 10 balls worth done this month! I think I should have an internet diet!)
*Feel free to read "george" for stash throughout this post. I just didn't want to completely rub it in due to the copious mentions of stash/george throughout this post...