Sunday, June 11, 2006

One Down, One To Go!!

I finally managed to find the time to take & upload some pictures of my current project. It was a sock-in-progress until tonight, but I just grafted the toe so now I have to start the 2nd sock. As I was grafting, my daughter was sitting next to me chanting "knit, knit, knit!" She loves these socks, and wants me to hurry up and knit the 2nd one so she can wear them. Can we just pause to reflect for a moment that my 11-year old daughter and I can wear the same size socks? Good grief!

I'm glad she likes them, because I am not really sure I like them very much. They actually look better in the picture than they do in real life. I think they have too much gold in them for my taste, although I do like how the stripey pattern turned out. I was able to finish this sock up this weekend because my daughter spent Saturday night at a sleepover birthday party, so I had all of Saturday evening and Sunday morning to myself! I watched "Memoirs of a Geisha" while I knit last night. I enjoyed the movie, but I wasn't completely riveted to it, so it was perfect for watching & knitting at the same time. I spent most of today doing chores & errands, but made a special effort to get the toe grafted so I can start the second sock this week. I will be anxious to get the 2nd sock done now, so I can start on socks *I* want. I recently bought some Opal "Ladybug" yarn that I am REALLY looking forward to starting. She's not getting those!!

Knit, Knit, Knit!! Get those fingers flying!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Yeah, I knit tonight! A whopping four rows, but still, it's progress. Still have to work on the pictures. Part of tonight was spent talking to people from our condo association, as there will be some demolition & reconstruction going on in my bathroom. Evidently the showers were built incorrectly, and water is escaping under the floor and into the walls. So they need to fix it. But at least I don't have to pay for it myself.

Lots going on this time of year. School activities, birthday parties, etc. People getting married, celebrations at work, on and on. I just want to be able to come home & work on my socks. Or the baby blanket I am making. I started it for a co-worker, but her baby is due in a couple of months and I know I won't be done with the blanket by then. For some reason I'm really focused on the socks. As much as I love the blanket pattern, and yarn color, I just don't want to knit it. So, I'll just work on it when I feel like it, and whoever has a girl baby first after I am done gets it. Hmmm, like a little contest! It is a beautiful rasberry colored yarn in a lace pattern. But I have to concentrate when I am knitting it - perhaps that is the reason I often don't want to. Not much time for concentration around here!

Enough for tonight. Tomorrow, hump day. Yippee!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

The question of each of my days....will ever get time to knit?? Today the answer was no. Same as yesterday. Friday night I did manage a few rows on my socks. But Saturday and Sunday were crazy busy, as usual. First we helped out a friend with yard work, then went shopping for new frames for my daughter's glasses. Found a good sale at Mervyn's, so bought her some tops there. Came home, did laundry, cooked dinner, figured out the grocery list for Sunday's weekly grocery shopping trip, and fell into bed! Today (Sunday) was church, more shopping (!) and then the grocery shopping on top of that. Found my daughter some swim suits for summer and pants & tops for me. Yeah! Not that shopping isn't fun, but I really wish I felt like I had some time to sit down and enjoy my knitting. The socks I currently have going are Lorna's Laces Socknitter's Rainbow. I am using a pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch. It is the "Baby Cable Rib" pattern. I'm not sure I like the pattern with the color patterning of the socks, but I'm sticking with it. I have had this yarn for a long time, and I have a lot of other sock yarns I want to try and I'm not about to rip it out now! My daughter likes them, maybe I will just let her wear them! There is too much yellow/orange in the yarn for my taste.

I already know the next pair of socks I want to make. They will be the Opal "Ladybug" colorway. I will probably just do a plain knit in order to have the pattern of the yarn show up the best. But first I have to finish the ones I am working on. I am about 3/4 done with the first sock.

And now, time to sleep so I can work tomorrow!

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Wow! I've been sucked into blogland. I've been reading so many knitting blogs that I decided to give one a try myself. I thought this might be a fun way for friends & family to keep up with what I'm doing, and maybe it will give me some incentive to knit faster. Just to introduce myself to the thousands of people who will be reading my blog (ha ha!) I am a single mom living in the Pacific Northwest. I work as an accountant by day, knitter/internet surfer/homework helper/maid (justing kidding) by night. I have one daughter who is just finishing up fifth grade. We are looking forward to a break in the homework this summer.

Onward to setting up this blog! Pictures hopefully to follow!