Monday, October 29, 2007

Socktoberfest 2007

Socktoberfest is almost over and my goal of two pairs of socks has been missed by a mile. I did finish one sock for my mom. I actually finished it a few weeks ago but it was too short in the foot so this weekend I frogged the toe and increased the foot length and finished it again.

Since I had such a rough time with my Jaywalkers, I am going to put them on hold for a while. I might try the toe up pattern to see if I can get them to fit better.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Mitered Squares

Over the summer I didn't knit much because I was kind of bored. I wanted to learn something new but couldn't find a class that really fit my schedule. I signed up for a mitered square class in September but it was canceled and I was able to take one in October. We are making a felted bag based on the mitered squares found in the Mason Dixon book. Instead of 80 squares, we make 8 and then create a bag. So far, I've made 2 of my squares. They are a lot of fun to make and it's fun to work with colors I wouldn't put together.

Fall has finally come to my little neck of the woods. We've had the windows open and fall is in the air. It makes me very happy! I've even been decorating a little. Here's my mantle. My DH thinks I'm going a little pumpkin crazy but I love them. I can't wait to decorate more. I think I will really go all out for Christmas this year.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Fall? Has anyone seen Fall?

I love Fall, it's my favorite season. But here in KC we seemed to be missing it. The first weekend of October and it's 87 degrees and I have the AC running. It's kind of bumming me out.

I want to wear sweaters and go for walks to see the leaves change but even if you go outside you start sweating. I bought a dark red mum to put on my porch hoping that would help, but no, I'm still looking for fall. I've decorated my house with pumpkins but it still doesn't feel the same since that briskness is missing from the air.

I've been working on my Socktoberfest socks. I finished the garter rib sock but it's too short for my foot. I don't know if it will fit my mother so I haven't started the second one. I am tempted to mail it to her and have her mail it back to see if it fits but I am pretty sure she will think I am nuts for this.

I also started the basic sock from Knitting Rules for my mother-in-law out of Knit Picks Dancing I had in my stash. She asked me a few weekends ago if it was hard to knit socks. I thought instead of trying to teach her, I would try to make her a pair for Christmas. I know this goes against general knitter's opinion but if I tried to teach my mother-in-law something, I would probably end up divorced.

I knit about 3 inches on my Jaywalker and tried to put it on my foot. It wouldn't go over my heel. I had to rip back to the ribbing and start over on size 2 needles as opposed to size 1. I'm wondering if I should maybe even go up to size 3. It's knit in Trekking XXL and I'm a tight knitter. I'll give it an inch or two and see how it goes.