Monday, May 2, 2016

Sock Madness - Round 4

Finished!  Sweet Nuttins is a lovely pattern by Adrienne Fong (aka Bellybutton Knits).  Cables, lace, beads, cute little ruffle, pattern on gusset and heel and toe.  Oh, my!  A neat challenge and pretty socks as my reward.


If you like to knit socks, and want to learn new techniques and make unusual socks, Sock Madness on Ravelry is the place to go.  You'll have to wait until next Feb. to sign up for 2017, but it is such fun.  I'm speedy, but not nearly as fast as some of the knitters.  That's fine with me.  Teams are set up with the knitter's ability to zoom in mind. So this year we have 16 teams, ranging from very slow to beyond fast.  I'm somewhere in the middle, where I belong. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

My take on Slip Stripe Spiral

Slip Stripe Spiral was this year's qualifying sock for Sock Madness.  I didn't try to get gauge since I knew they would be much too big on me.  And indeed they were, and they fit the Hubz perfectly.


I just loved the techniques, and had enough leftover yarn to make me a pair.  The original pair was knit toe up, with a Sweet Tomato Heel and on 64 stitches.

I decided to re-engineer the pattern to fit my small narrow feet and legs.  So, a 56 stitch sock, knit top down with the usual heel and toe.



I love them to pieces!  Now I want to explore slip stitch colorwork patterns for socks.  I've done this technique many times before, but always for sweaters.  So this should be a lot of fun.


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Sock Madness - finished

I just finished the third sock for this year's Sock Madness.  I really love these guys, but they are big on my little feet.  About an inch too long, and very roomy.  However, I can still wear them and I shall.  They look like they fit, but trust me, there's a lot of sock under my foot.  I enjoyed this one very much!



Friday, April 1, 2016

Castle Wall

I finally finished my sister's wall hanging.  I don't enjoy the quilting process, either by machine or by hand, but I also don't want someone else to quilt it for me.  So it can take me forever to finish a quilt.  Couldn't get a good picture because it's so sunny.  But the top two pics are very close to the real color.  The last pic was taken on my driveway in the shade.  Click on the pics to get a better idea.  Anyhow, here it is:  

Linda's Castle Wall 



Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Second Sock

I finished the second pair of socks for Sock Madness.  Took me 3 days.  I couldn't get the hang of that cuff.  Watched the videos over and over, and then it clicked.  The rest of the sock is pretty straight forward, but oh, that killer cuff with the beads!

The socks weren't all that pretty while I was working on them, but I do like how they look on my feet.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

It's here. It's finally here.

The Annual Spring Poem

High up, over the tops
Of the feathery grasses, the grasshoppers hop.
They won't eat their suppers,
They will not obey
Their grasshopper mothers and fathers who say:
"Listen my children, this must be stopped.
Now is the time your last hop should be hopped.
So come eat your suppers and go to your beds."
But the little grasshoppers just shake their green heads.
"no, no," the naughty ones say.
"All we have time to do now is to play.
If we are hungry we'll nip at a fly,
Or nibble a blueberry as we go by.
But not now. Now we must hop.
And no one, but no one can make us stop."

The end

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Sock Madness Is Here!

The annual craziness known as Sock Madness is upon us.  I just finished the qualifying pair of socks.  Made them for the Hubz.  These are done toe up with a variation on Cat Bordhi's Sweet Tomato heel.  Slip stitches form the instep and leg.  I really love these, although I am not a fan of Japanese short rows.  The heel fits him very well, but in the future, I'll use Cat's instructions.  The pattern is SlipStripeSpiral by Mylene Pijper.  




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