Monday, June 25, 2007

Progress on the Magic Sock!

I haven't posted on the Magic Sock yet, shame shame shame on me! It just has been extremely hectic, but now that I've handed in my latest translation project (and the invoice, gnagnagna...), I've given myself a WHOLE DAY OFF! Needed it too, feel sh***, very tired, bit of a headache, sore back, all added to my monthlies... Ach well, who said georgeous girls never have an off day ;-)

Anyways, time to put some piccies up of the magic sock ball swap! Hooray!

The package arrived last week and as soon as we (me and wee H) unpacked it, the yarn was confiscated by her and she decided she wanted kneehighs! "Net als 'Pipi Langkous', mama!"
It all came in a beautiful self-made bag (which I'm now using to store the project in, super handy!), and there was a bag of 'salmiak drop' (O, my, you English/American knitters, I wish we had smelly/tasty computers... yumyumyum!!!).

Besides the colourful sock yarn, I also received two little mini balls of yarn, which the sender dyed herself. These are going to become socks for baby S, as soon as these are finished!
I have to admit that the candy did not last very long after this picture... Luckily, my sender had put a few in the sock ball as well, which was a nice surprise...


See that bit of plastic in the ball? That's where I poked them out ;-) I also found two nice ribbons, a blue one and a pink gingham one... Great for one of my next projects, which is going to be a boho-skirt for wee H...

And on we knitted! Yesterday, I turned the heel and found... lovely blue stitch markers! This means I now officially am the owner of two nice sets, yeah! I'm always planning on making my own, but for some reason, it hasn't happened yet...

I'm going to measure up wee H's feet in a mo, and then hopefully finish the first sock today. I can already see a few more surprises... My o my, this is sure one way om making me knit fast!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Needles and hooks

And of course, just when you've typed a four page blog entry, pffffff....


Just got back from the dental hygienist. 5 minutes into the appointment, I suddenly remembered why I hate dental hygienists... After prodding and poking me with sharp implements, spraying my face and sucking my cheeks dry, lots of tutting and shaking her head, she AGAIN explained to me how to clean my teeth, how to use picks, and how to not stop as soon as it starts bleeding and hurting. I know. I know. I know. Still don't like her. Doesn't help she has the same name as my accountant, either...

On a happier note, big S came back from a long weekend in London and brought me this: after ripping open the package (book!) and seeing the magic word oller and an elbow clad in a blue cardigan, I started screaming: THANKYOU!!! Cool to finally have some of the techniques down on paper... Why do some sound like nasty S&M techniques? Like the two fisted fair-isle or three-needle bind off. hihi...

I've made progress on my Magic Sock Ball. It's all wound up and the self-made giftie is nearly done. It will be on its way soon! With a nice sock pattern and bubblicious gifts... Hope you like it, secret sockie pal(ette)!

Finished my ONline sock, cute! Simple! Wearable! Will cast on the second one soon. Ideal project for on the bus. Will fit in my new felted hand bag, which I'm going to make now I've got Debbie's book ;-) Otherwise very little happening, busy with work, so usually to be found sitting behind the computer, and when not working, keeping kids/husband/fish (o, shoot, knew I forgot something) /rabbits happy.

Laterzzzzz....

ps: just found a 'concept' of my earlier message. O yeah, forgot Blogger remembers to save stuff for you... Blonde...

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

How being fickle can make you happy!

I looked at my Traveler's stocking last night and couldn't do it. I couldn't frog it... So, I knitted on and finished it! And... I'm really happy with it! Strange how a (bad) night's sleep and another fresh look at it can change your mind... I have a finished sock to show the SnB group tonight (yeah!!!) and, as I promised myself, I did start a new sock, I'm going to try the Wolhalla pattern with small heel this time. In a nice pastelly colour combo from ONline.
What I did like about the TS was the different toe. Not sure if I'm going to use it often, but it saves me Kitchener stitching it all together. Not that I mind, but the less grafting, the better!
All my yarn and WIPs have been stuffed in my new knitting bag *proud*, so I'm ready to go... Cafe Wolters, here I come!!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Soaker, soaking, soaked!

Very satisfying, knitting soakers! Easy, quick and cute...
I've finished the first one for baby S, will lanolize and photograph it asap! Problem was that I just about did NOT have enough wool to make one from one skein (I used a double thread...). Shame... It has some stripes now, which do give it a bit of extra oompfh ;-) I used the Curly Purly pattern, no problems there. I may redo the leg openings, cause I think a few more stitches would give the wee man a bit more comfort there... Now, it's just a bit tight...

I also put a new lace cap on the needles and will tonight say goodbye to my Traveler's stockings. Frog and turn them into a plain Wolhalla sock, I think...

Friday, June 1, 2007

Are you frogging mad?

Oh my, the inspiration has totally left me... I was nearly finished with the first Traveler's stocking, but it is too long for my liking (because of the long cuff), and I think the colour suits a plain short stockinette sock a lot better...
AND I've frogged the soaker I'd started... It was too thin, so I'm now knitting it with a double thread. Much better... I also bought new circular needles, cause I DO PASSIONATELY hate knitting with 4 or 5 needles. I know I can, but I just don't like it. Too messy, too much chance of losing a needle whenever you put it down quickly to do something. Too many sharp points, auch...

BUT, on the other hand!!! I've joined a magic sock ball exchange, yippeee... I've planned an outing to Sneek, because, be honest, Leeuwarden does lack a good, well-stocked LYS... I do love the people at Pietronella, but it is a bit depressing walking in there. And why so much acrylic yarn and so little wool? And the only wool they have is grey or only suitable for old grandad socks... I would have been very happy if they would have sold more plain wool, preferably also a bit thicker, so I could dye it myself, but even that is not available... So, it's off to Devo next week (why don't they have proper web site??? Better bring some business cards :-) ), with a HUGE wish list... Not only for my magic sock ball buddy, but also for the baby shower gifts I'm planning. I'd better start going through my patterns and make a decision on what I'm going to make!