Friday, May 30, 2008

Let's Catch Up, Shall We?

So, of course I've been knitting socks. Here's my Trekking XXL Red Tweed socks. I used a beaded rib cuff (from Sensational Knitted Socks).

Then I made a pair of socks for my DH. For these I used Plymouth Sockotta for the striped parts and the navy blue toes are Opal Uni. I learned the hard way that this Sockotta yarn fades with the first wash! This pic was taken before they were machine washed. He loves them though (bless his little heart).

Being on a sock roll, I then made myself this lovely pair of Trekking Aquarelle socks. And with this pair I do believe that I've found my perfect fitting sock.....except that I've just GOT to figure out how to do a stretchy bind off on the cuffs, since I knit toe-up. Anyway, I'm proud of these:

Not socks, but --- I decided to try to knit a parrot so that my DH could be suitably adorned for "Talk Like a Pirate" Day. I sort of followed the instructions that I'd found in a British magazine. I
 dyed the little guy with green food coloring; I just painted it on. The beak and feet are sculpted out of polymer clay. Isn't he cute?

Yes, he does have an eyepatch. He's a Pirate's parrot after all. Sigh.....


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Crawling Out from Under the Rock

{And....PUSH} -- Yikes, that sun is bright!!! No, I haven't been sleeping for 900 years, but I do feel as if I've been "underground" for way too long. That's not to say that I haven't been knitting and fibering up a storm... I have a lot to show for my blogworldly absence. Let's see, there've been socks knitted, squares woven, fibers spun, and last but definitely not least: a WHOLE blanket knitted square by square, then crocheted together with an EZ (Elizabeth Zimmerman) sideways border knitted all the way around -- using reverse knitting, mind you -- presented to my nephew Alex as a graduation and "going off to college" present. Pictures to follow as soon as I've uploaded them. I don't know how folks manage to both create things and blog about them. There's just not enough hours in the day and energy in the universe for me to accomplish both. So now that my hands are bereft of the blanket project for the first time in a year and a half, I'll try to get this blog back on track and up to date. Then I'll feel my way into the depths of Ravelry; for up till now I've only dipped my toe into that vast pool of creativity. My ravelry ID is JudyBee but I've yet to explore much and I haven't logged in projects etc. Stay tuned for the photo tour of the blanket, square by square, a cable sampler.


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