7.5 Inches of Shell Pattern

Why do I belong to so many knitalongs! Better yet, why did I create two for my favorite sock books? The clock is ticking, the deadlines are approaching and I am not even halfway done. I am supposed to complete three pairs of socks this month! The voting is underway for the NEXT round of socks. Is there such a thing as SOCK-STRESS? I thought knitting was supposed to be a hobby and, by nature, hobbies are to “relieve” stress.

The FIRST Shell Pattern sock has a completed 7.5 inch cuff and here is a picture:

It a lovely pattern from my VINTAGE SOCKS book. The yarn looks a little pinker than it actually is. I have knit the cuff with two 2.5mm circular needles but am now going to switch to three double point needles to work the French Heel and the gusset decreases. The original pattern was published in 1899 and was written for a small child.

It’s Been a While!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on my blog. Having my girls home for Christmas kept me busy. It was fun to have them home for a few weeks, nice to have our family together again. I’ve posted a picture of me with my girls. This picture was taken the day after my daughter and I had a nightmare flu bug. We were all smiles and glad to be over it. I believe we were getting ready to drive down the mountain to celebrate my husband’s 50th birthday.

My parents were in Colorado with us celebrating Christmas. One of our family traditions is to get pizza at Fargo’s Pizzaria with them. We actually celebrated Don’s birthday there. Here is a picture of the old man on his 50th:

He said it was one of his best birthdays so far. I think his favorite gift was a television my dad bought him. With two girls in college, he was feeling pretty broke so the timing was perfect!

50,50,50 I can hardly believe it! How time does fly. I met Don when he was 26 years old and it seems like yesterday.

We also went to see THE CHRISTMAS CAROL in a historic mining town near our home. It was a melodrama that had a twist of Colorado mining history in it. At first we had our doubts but those doubts were quickly put to rest as we laughed and laughed and laughed.

Santa was good to me….actually, I think Mrs. Claus knows how to knit. I now have more yarn in my stash, two knitting books teaching fair isle knitting, new wooden needles and a yarn ball winder. And, as usual, I have far more projects on the sticks than time to do them in. Speaking of which……..I’m off to knit!

Rocks in the Neighborhood

One of my favorite things to do is to take long prayer walks through my neighborhood. My route takes anywhere from 70 minutes to 90 minutes. I load my backpack with layered clothing, Kleenixs, cassette player and small leather prayer book and head down to the mail box at the bottom of the neighborhood. I start by listening to Dr. Johnson do an exposition of whatever passage in Scripture I am studying that week. Don and I sat under his teaching for years at Believer’s Chapel in Dallas. We still order tapes from The Chapel and still continue to grow from Dr. J’s teaching..even though he is now with the Lord.

After the 45 minute lecture is over I pull out the prayer book. By then I am usually at the mail box and it is a good time to re-distribute layers of clothes and switch out the cassette player.

I notice these huge rocks everytime I walk and last week verses kept flooding into my mind about how the Lord is our rock. It dawned on me that it would take a great deal of human effort and machinery to move these…if they could even be moved. And so, we should understand that we can cling to the Lord in the midst of trials and temptations because He is unmoving in the storm and He is our security. He never changes. Here are a couple of those “rock” verses:

Psalm 106:48

Psalm 18:2

And lastly, here is a picture of the BIGGEST rock in my neighborhood:

Where did those socks go?

Allison’s birthday socks finally made it to her little toe-sies today! It only took two and a half weeks. Jennifer went to the post office to see if they were there and they were..along with the Reformation Bible we bought Allison for her birthday and the dvd Jennifer had ordered. Apparently, they don’t give second notices, or any notices for that matter, to the Logan Square Apartment dwellers.

I started these oak ribbed socks for her as a backup pair but think I am going to keep them for myself. I love the colors. The sock is moving along quickly. It has a French Heel and a Round Toe which, hopefully, I will get to this weekend. The ribbed pattern is refreshing and easy. After my recent more complicated socks these are a breeze. The yarn is Koigu Premium Merino.

I really need to get going on some Christmas presents. The yarn for my Irish Cable Scarf is supposed to arrive today. My walks are getting chilly so it is getting time to start bundling up. I’m off to the mail box to see what awaits me.

Knittin Along Singing a Song

I woke up today to three inches of snow on the ground! Imagine that! The weather man said it was supposed to be a nice sunny day, too. It was very pretty. Later that afternoon I walked down to the mailbox to get the mail. It takes twenty-five minutes to walk down and about 30 minutes to walk back. It was fun walking through the snow. It is so white and pure and glistens in the sun.

I have two different socks on the needles. The picture posted is Conwy and is from Nancy Bush’s Knitting on the Road. The knitalong ends at the end of the month so I need to get moving on them! This poppy color is a popular color this year.

Knitalong Obsession

I guess this is the season of Nancy Bush Knitalongs!

I am knitting the Conwy sock in Lorna Lace’s Shepherd Sock Poppy for the Knitting on the Road Knitalong. Although it seems like the sock is progressing slowly on 2 circular needles, I think I will be thrilled when I have two socks finished at the same time!

The Latvian socks for the Folk Sock Knitalong are moving along very slowly. The picot edge is quite pretty but knitting on size 0 needles is not a whole lot of fun. I will be lucky if I finish these by the end of November (the deadline).

My Mom gave me the middle book, Knitting Vintage Socks, for my birthday. I’m very excited about it. It has several socks for “Gentlemen” in it that dear hubby will eventially get. Of course I went and started a new Yahoo Knitalong site for it. I have had 19 ladies join in the past couple days and we are in the process of “voting” for the November/December sock.

Yes, yes, yes…..I know that I have a foot obsession right now. But, if YOU lived up in the mountains and your feet stayed cold all the time you might be tempted to knit socks, too. It is snowing right now as I right this post.

Take care everyone and stay warm.

It’s Been a While!

Wow! I didn’t realize time could slip away so quickly before I posted again!

I’ve been very busy with teaching two Bible studies and driving back and forth to the Springs.

I have also been busy with knitalongs. I finished Allison’s Birthday Socks and posted a picture of them. I think they turned out adorable and I hope she will love them. I cannot believe my baby girl is turning 19! It happened in the blink of an eye. It has truly been a joy being the mother of such a wonderful young lady. She is in nursing school and busy with clinicals and classes yet she finds time to be active in RUF, Reformed University Fellowship. Her desire is to someday go to Africa on a nursing missions trip. Go girl! Love you bunches and then forever.

Frogged Cable & Rib Socks

Two more weeks before the Knitting on the Road knitalong starts a new sock. Two more weeks before the Six Socks knitalong starts a new sock. So what am I doing? Frogging a pair of socks I just finished while traveling and learning how to knit, not one, but TWO socks on TWO circulars.

My Cable and Rib Socks (from latest Interweave magazine) did not come out as I had hoped. I think I may have knit the second pair on a different size dpn and, I discovered that I cannot do toe decreases while talking to my sister-in-law in the airport! I decided to bite the bullet and FROG. I’n tired of my socks coming out different lengths, different sizes etc. and want to learn this 2socks2cir method. It’s working well…..I will probably never knit on dpns again. I’ll post a picture soon.


Finished Friday Harbor Socks

Finished my Friday Harbor Socks for the Knitting On the Road knit-a-long. Boy oh boy, these knit-a-longs are almost as addicting as knitting socks!

I think I will like these socks. The Weaver’s Wool was not as ‘wooly’ as I thought it would be. I like the Larkspur color. I do prefer ribbed cuffs and have a feeling that this FH cuff will stretch out which means frequent washings…but, all in all, it was fun knit.

I’m down in Texas right now visiting my folks. The ninety degree temps are not very conducive, or I should say – very inspirational, for sock-knitting. When we left Colorado last Thursday we noticed several aspen leaves starting to turn, so it won’t be long before my homemade socks will be my best pals.

My hyper tea-cup poodle, Snooks, has these occasional bouts of insanity and attacks my feet. I keep dreading the day that he attacks one of my beloved socks. He used to do this to one of my daughters who has since gone away to college. We always thought he hated her feet, but now he has tranferred his foot fetish to MY FEET!

Off to work on another pair of socks before starting AMBLE for the Six-Socks-Knitalong.