Saturday, September 09, 2006

Happy Dance in Progress!!! Socks are done!!!!!

I finished my pair of socks today and can't wait to wear them. I put them on for a few minutes and they felt so toasty on my toes, I know they will be terrific on a cold New England winter day. I knitted a very simple garter rib pattern from the "Sensational Knitted Socks" book, using size 2 DPNs.

Now, to decide which color and pattern for the next pair......... I have so many sock yarns in the stash to pick from, the decision will be torture. The Cherry Bomb tank must be finished first. I just have half the back, shoulder straps, and neck trim to finish. Hopefully, it will be done before Oct.

Friday, September 08, 2006

My first spinning bee experience....

My DH took me to Marshfield Fair in Massachusetts a couple of weeks ago just so I could see spinning wheels in action. I learned a great deal and had a terrific time watching everyone. Hopefully, I will have a wheel next year and will be able to participate in that spinning bee then. Also, there was a spindle competition. Unfortunately, I had left mine home and could not join in this time.

I have been debating which wheel would be best for me. After seeing the Ashford Traveler in action, I still think I prefer the Kromski Minstrel more. They are about the same in price, but, the Minstrel appears to fit my needs better.

I have been spinning with the spindle and getting very good at it. Now it is time to make my appointment to learn plying.

I also have been knitting up a pair of adorable socks in Knit Picks Sock Garden Merino Sock Yarn in the color "Pansy". This yarn has the exact colors of the flowers and is sooooooo soft. I put the first sock on my foot and fell instantly in love with the way it felt.

My poor tank top got pushed aside for a bit so I could make the socks. The reason this happened was because I went camping and wanted a smaller project to take with me. I plan to finish the toe of the second sock hopefully tomorrow or Sunday. Then, I can finish the tank top. I would like to get to wear it at least once this season. I guess I could always wear something over it, but really wanted to wear it alone.

My poor old cat Katy has been diagnosed with diabetes. DH gives her the insulin shot every morning faithfully. She seems her old self, so I guess she's feeling better. She is still hitting the dog whenever I scold her for being into something.

I found some nice glass nuggets in pretty shades of red and green for Christmas stained glass projects. I have some patterns for ornaments and these will make nice berries. I also have some in white and plan to make some candy cane ornaments, trimmed with a bow, or wreaths.

It's late, I'm tired, so good night for now. Happy knitting to all.