Keeping Me in Stitches

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Pulling a 360

I don't know if I ever wrote about it, but when I first started knitting socks, I did them from the toe up. There was so much appeal to this! Since I've got size 11 feet, I could knit until I ran out of yarn and not worry about running out before the socks were complete! Unfortunately, the pattern I chose (one from that I can't even remember the name of) had a short-row heel. I've got a freakishly high instep that I have inherited from my mom, so the short-row heel posed a *big* problem. Still, I slogged my way through two pairs of socks (one in Koigu KPPPM and one in Knitpicks), neither of which will fit my foot without a major wrestling match.

Then I switched to cuff-down socks. Amazingly, I have yet to run out of yarn knitting from the cuff-down. It's been close a couple of times, but I've managed to make it through. The closest episode was a pair of Dublin Bay socks out of the old put-up of STR lightweight. Finished with 10 feet to spare and I was freaking out through that whole toe.

Well, I have now come the full 360. I am taking a Toe-Up Socks for the Stubborn class at Sock Summit in a couple weeks. Homework was to get a sock done halfway up the foot to be ready to do a gusseted heel turn. And I am happy to report that I have a toe. One sock toe out of Flat Feet by Conjoined Creations. We'll have to see how it goes....

Monday, July 13, 2009

Contrary to popular belief....

....I have not dropped off the face of the earth. Been traveling (Estes was wonderful) and got a new computer (that I finally set up tonight). Really not too much going on.


Working on a 7th knitted gater to send to Operation Knitted Gater on Ravelry. Stopped work on my Mystic Roses, but I'm ready to pick it up at clue 3. Started and finished a Magic Shawl in some Brooks Farm Acero that I got at Estes. Finished Mom's birthday Lenores. Started on a Baby Yours sweater for Elaine's peanut. I think that's it.

The Garden....

Strawberries were delicious and the rhubarb gave me two quart bags of pieces so far. I've been baking rhubarb custard cake and loving every bit of it. My new daylillies have been blooming and so have the new fairy lillies. Still nothing from the gladiolas and irises besides leaves. The bunnies mowed off my gloriosa daisies and I don't think anything is bringing them back, but the coneflowers at least have leaves.

Work.... work. What more can I say? I passed my 5-year mark at the beginning of June. It's hard to believe I've been here that long.

Sock Summit....

Still can't believe I'm going. Hopefully I'll see a bunch of you there. Be sure to come up and say hi! I still need to start my homework for the two classes I got into. I think we're flying out the 5th, coming back the 10th. Mom and I will be staying at the Red Lion and going to the Luminary Panel as well.

Guess that's it! Really, it's been a boring bit for me. Keep your eyes peeled for something new around there though!