Saturday, November 3, 2012

Glistening Wisp

It has been a slow summer of knitting (yes I realize it is now fall) due to my acquisition of a Kindle Fire. It is extremely tempting to read and my knitting is falling to the wayside, unfortunately. The Kindle was a great birthday gift, so I do thank my family for their thoughtfulness.

I finally sat down and actually finished the glistening wisp scarf and I really like the results. I almost made it a cowl, but since I really envisioned it as a scarf, I stuck it out and here are the results. Close up it looks really fancy although it is a piece of cake to work up.

I also finished the boysenberry tunic, although I have not weaved in the ends yet and "officially" finished it in the sense that I can actually wear it yet. Since I am in a finishing mood, perhaps I will pick it up and get that wrapped up as well.

I took my knitting with me on our family trip to Florida but did not get much knitting done. I chose a pattern called Adrift from the website Stolen Stitches and while I love it, unfortunately it is made from sock yarn, which means a row takes F-O-R-E-V-E-R. I am wondering if this sweater may be relegated to the never be done pile???

Monday, July 30, 2012

How Big is 10 Centimeters Anyways?

I just started working on a sweater pattern called Buttercup by Heidi Kirrmaier that I found on Ravelry. It is a loose fitting short sleeved tunic with feather and fan lace at the neck line. I am using Amy Butler's organic cotton and wool blend, which is simply delightful to knit with. I am into my 3rd ball and no knots! This is a great pattern for first time sweater makers as it doesn't really have anything difficult going on with it. It was perfect for my car ride to the Detroit area this past weekend.

The only struggle that I am having has to do with the measurements. Heidi uses centimeters. I don't think in centimeters, I think in inches. You know what I mean, when someone says 4 inches, I can hold up my thumb and first finger and gesture 4 inches. So, I got past the lace portion of the sweater, got the sleeves off on stitch holders and then read the line "work to 10 cm." I was wracking my brain trying to figure out how long 10 cm might be. It seems silly that I would not know this. But I don't. I really don't.

Thankfully I am saved by my tape measure yet again. Some wonderfully intelligent person has printed both centimeters and inches on my tape measure. And now I know that 10 cm is 4 inches.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Cast The Net Wrap

Wrap yourself in the coziness that is kidsilk haze, a gorgeous blend of mohair and silk.

The wrap was inspired by the visual I had of a fisherman standing in his boat preparing to cast his net into the sea. It is a loosely knit stockinette stitch which creates the mesh look.

Size: 20" x 66"

Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze 581 Meadow 3 balls

Supplies: #10 US/6mm circular needle, #6 US/4mm circular needle

Gauge: Is not critical

Glossary:

K - knit

K2 tog - knit two stitches together (decrease)

M1 - make one stitch (increase) lift strand between stitches with left needle and knit it

P - purl

Sl 1 - slip one stitch as if to purl

St St - Stockinette Stitch - knit one row, purl next row, repeat

YO 2x - wrap yarn around needle two times



Pattern:

Cast on 160 stitches with larger needle

Note: On the first stitch of every row, slip first stitch as if to purl

Work st st for 5 rows (end on knit)

Work one row of purl with smaller needle

Sl 1 K2 tog across, K1

Purl

With larger needle work 6 rows st st

Drop Stitch Section:

*Sl 1 , YO 2x, K1 across

Sl 1, drop 2 wraps, P1 across

Work 12 rows st st*

Repeat drop stitch section (from * to *) 5 times

Work st st until piece measures 50"

Repeat drop stitch section (from * to *) 4 times

Sl 1, YO 2x, K1 across

Sl 1, drop 2 wraps, P1 across

Work st st for 5 rows

Work one row purl with smaller needle

Sl 1, M1, K1 across

With larger needle work st st for 5 rows

Bind off loosely


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day to Me

If you are a mother or grandmother or step mom or foster mom,  
Happy Mother's Day to you! 
Enjoy your special day and bless you for taking care of the children in your life.

My kids got me one of my all time favorites that will never be a disappointment, chocolates! Thank you Elizabeth and Daniel.


They also got me a new flag for my flower garden with cardinals on it. I can't wait to hang it up. Don't you think the colors are beautiful?


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Green Fluff

I am working on a new free pattern that I hope to finish and post some time next week. I felt like sharing a sneak peek. All I am going to say is that it is kid silk haze, which is a lovely, lovely yarn not only to work with but also to wear. Are you intrigued?


This past week was the Tulip Time Festival in Holland and my son marched in the parade on Thursday afternoon. The weather was pleasant and sunny, about 60 degrees, which is just great for marching. By the end of the route, he was pooped out, but agreed to pose for one picture. Unfortunately, since there are no tulips left, he is just standing in the crowd. Yes, that is a palette and a paint brush in his hand, the theme for their class is floral fantasy.


Another great thing the festival is known for is food. There are many booths with non healthy foods to choose from like deep fried Oreos, Twinkies, as well as elephant ears, fries, gyros and funnel cakes. It makes my arteries harden just thinking about it. Our family went down one evening and indulged and it was awesome. Sigh......

Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Booty

I finally managed to get to Lizzie Ann's today. Unfortunately for me, but fortunately for my wallet, the shop closes at 5:30 most evening, so Saturday is the one day I have available to yarn shop. I even had my Christmas gift certificates with me. A whole 75.00 of free yarn, not that I ever stop that soon when I am there it seems. After dodging many wet tourists in to see the tulip festival (which currently resembles a stem festival) I managed to get to the shop. And there was much to be had still, even with a 25% off the whole store. I managed to snag up 4 balls of kid silk haze and a pattern for a shawl/wrap, 10 skeins of Plymouth Encore, 2 hanks of Art Yarns mohair splash, 10 balls of Amy Butler and last but certainly not least, one hank of S. Charles Collezione Celeste and a pattern for an awesome ruffled scarf. What an awesome trip even in the rain.

On the home front, I spent some time organizing my yarn corner in the family room. Previously, I had piles of needles and books and buttons and various things on my shelves. I decided to use fabric totes from Target and I really like how they look in my shelves. I am half way organized (not really).

Sunday, April 29, 2012

In the Nick of Time

I don't always like to work on a deadline for a project as I tend to get stressed instead of relax, but I am happy to say that I managed to get the azalea mesh scarf finished in time for the basket. Whew! The pattern, which I got from Ravelry, was super easy and I used some Lion Brand Cotton Ease from my stash, which made hub happy as well. It is really cute as well and I would recommend it for new knitters that want to do something a little different. The only additional skills needed are knit two together and yarn over. Piece of cake!
I hope the recipient likes it as much as I enjoyed making it for her. Here is my daughter modeling it for me.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Work In Process

I have been a little distracted from my knitting lately it seems. Books and movies have been catching my attention instead. I watched The Lake House for the first time (yes, I realize this is an old movie) and I really liked it a lot.  While it definitely is a "chick flick" it touched me deeply. Sandra Bullock is an excellent actress in my opinion. There was the right amount of chemistry between her and Keanu Reeves, which always makes it work.

I have managed to work a few more rows on the baby cable socks, however. I turned the heel and am on my way down the foot. While the colors for the stripes don't quite match up, I don't think it looks terribly off. At least not enough for me to rip back and start over again. I think my next pair will be a solid color though :-)

At the same time, I am trying to finish a mesh scarf for a friend and co worker who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Our team at work is putting together a welcome back to work basket for her when she returns after surgery. I have a deadline of next week so I really need to knuckle down and finish the scarf this weekend.  Even though it is a terrible thing, I am gratified to see how it is bringing the ladies of our supply management group together in support of one another. We now have regular meetings to rally support around our work sisters who are going thru rough times.

On another sad note, I received an email notification that one of my favored yarn shops, Lizzie Ann's Wool Company, will be closing at the end of May. The owner has decided to retire and spend more time with her family. We will definitely miss her and her shop.

Well, back on the topic of movies, I am heading off to see Chimpanzee, but at the theater, which I generally don't do because I hate to spend that amount of money and possibly be disappointed. Yeah, yeah, I am cheap, but if I could spend 10 bucks on a great ball of yarn or 10 bucks on an uncertain outcome, I already know which I would choose.


Sunday, April 15, 2012

That's A Wrap

We are back in Michigan after our spring break get a way.  Our last stop was New Orleans. It was pretty neat to see the city in person. The cathedral was awesome and the aquarium was great fun for the kids. We even took the ferry across the Mississippi. This paddle boat was crossing when we were coming back.

Man is it cold here! Funny how your perspective changes thru the year. In the winter, 60 is a heat wave. After having spent a week plus in 85 plus degree weather with high humidity, it suddenly seems chilly.

I finished up The Black Swan today. I decided to photograph it hanging on the deck rail outside since it is relatively pleasant outside, even though it is overcast. I really feel like I should have been able to finish it more quickly, as it was not terribly difficult, but I seemed to get distracted a lot during the week. I did get a great stretch of knitting on the way home as well as on a business trip earlier this week. I just need to weave in the ends and block and then it will be all ready to go. It was a great pattern and I feel like this technique will definitely inspire future patterns.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Restlessness

Well, I am back from a wonderful vacation and yet I scarcely feel relaxed....I think the restlessness is still bothering me. You would think 55 games of Bejeweled Blitz would help me unwind after a long day at work, but alas, I am not (although I am happy to admit I am the top scorer). Next, you would think adding 5 new connections in Linked In would make me feel more fulfilled. But it still doesn't. Especially when I can admit that I am too chicken to go to a new knitting group because I am afraid of not knowing anyone. It is just ridiculous. I feel like I am waiting for something, but I am not sure exactly what it is. One would almost think I was 14 again (yikes). Enough whining about me.

One thing that really made me feel good today was reading an email in my cluttered in box about getting your knitting mojo back. I really think the author is onto something, especially her comment about cleaning out your stash. I am seriously considering purchasing some of those fabric totes from Target to store some of my stash stylishly.

The cats are especially happy to have us home and follow us around relentlessly. You have to wonder what goes on in their little kitty brains while we are gone for over a week (my brother stopped by and fed and watered and chatted them up while we were gone). Normally Georgie sleeps at the foot of our bed on his blanket, but the last 2 nights he has slept right next to me. It is always nice to be needed.

I made good progress on the black swan on the drive home from Louisiana. I am starting the 7th triangle. I opted to follow the pattern and not wrap the turns. It makes for a nice sort of lacy look between the triangles. I may do a little single crochet trim around the perimeter, still pondering. I didn't work on the baby cable sock during vacation, but I think I will take it with me this week on the road to a supplier. I better turn the heel first though as I don't think I can follow all of the directions while riding in the car as it makes me sort of car sickish.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Hot Spot

It has been all quiet from me lately, so this might be an extra long post. You may (or may not) remember that I was working dilligently on the beach house pull over when suddenly Holland was hit with unseasonably warm weather for about 2 weeks. It was in the 80s, no kidding. Well, when you get nice weather like that, you just have to go outside and enjoy it. So we did. At the same time, was going thru some tough stuff at work and I would just go home and not want to do anything. So I didn't. Consequently, I didn't make much progress on the beach house pullover. Frankly, it is hard to be motivated to work on a 100% wool sweater when it is 85 degrees. Maybe its just me, but I could not stay focused.

Well, we started to get close to spring break time and I wanted to take some knitting with me, so I packed away the sleeve and pulled out the yarn for the matching baby cable sock. I learned a few lessons on this that I want to share right now.

First and foremost, unravel and match up your yarn before you start knitting socks made of varigated yarn. (Enough said)

Second (and equally important) remember what size needles you were using for the first sock. Especially if you have a bunch of needles.

Third, remember how many stitches you cast on the first time.

After a bit of dinking around, I got the second sock going and it is a fairly good match to its sister sock. I am just about to the heel flap, but I decided that would wait until I got to the hotel to manage, I am not experienced enough to do the heel flap in the car yet. At the same time, I was searching thru patterns on Ravelry before I left and I saw the most awesome pattern, called Wingspan. Please take a second to follow the link and check it out as there are many versions and all are equally beautiful in their own way. That is one thing I really love about Ravelry, you can see how others make a pattern and revise it as well. 

I have started work on the Wingspan pattern, but mine is going to be called The Black Swan, pretty dramatic, huh? So far, so good, I only had to frog once because I forgot to put the marker on and when I attempted to tink back I dropped a bunch of stitches, doh! I wasn't that far along, so it made more sense to just try again.

In the mean time, we are enjoying the local weather. Pretty awesome, huh?

Monday, March 12, 2012

A Little Off the Cuff

I have spent very little time on my beach house pullover as of late, but I have started on the first arm. I decided to use my dps and was merrily going along until I got to the staghorn cables. I came up with the bright idea to use a short set of circulars, only they were not short enough. Very frustrating. I almost put the whole thing away. But I managed to put it back on the dps and I am back in business again. Sometimes I make myself crazy.

In just a couple of weeks we will be traveling to Pensacola Beach, Florida. You know what that means, lots more time to knit. I just might finish this sweater at some point. I am glad we are driving because I can take a lot more yarn with me (and back). If you know of a good shop in the area, let me know.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Not Up in Arms - Yet

I am happy thrilled overwhelmed to announce that I have finished the body of the beach house pullover. WOW! What a heck of a lot of cables that was. I was almost temped to leave it as a vest, but I can't be a chicken about it, right? I can do this! (I do realize that the collar is not done yet, but I am basking in the current situation).

So, I had my Shalom Cardigan on the other day and a lady from work walks right up to me and points at my sweater and says,"You made that didn't you? I saw that pattern on Ravelry!" So one thing leads to another and she takes her shoe off and shows me her socks. We discussed the benefits of toe up vs top down socks. It was so fun to talk knitting with another knitter who has the passion that you do. I just loved it. I think I could talk about knitting all day.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Progress

I was feeling like I was in the monotony of no progress on the beach house pullover and in reality, I wasn't making much progress because I wasn't doing much knitting. Funny how that works (or doesn't). Today I sat down and just started plugging away at it. I think I was sick of all of the counting that goes along with neck and arm shaping at the same time as the cable pattern. I am feeling a desperate need for stockinette or even garter stitch (yikes). I tried the sweater on today again and I think that is what finally got me out of my funk, it looks really good (so far). I can't wait for it to be done though. I have a gift certificate to Lizzie Ann's that is burning a hole in my wallet, but I am forcing myself to finish this project first. I am concerned if I don't that it will end up in the UFO pile, never to be completed. I just need to keep reminding myself, good things are never quick and easy.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Hind Site is Always 20 20

I have finally made it to the neck on the beach house sweater. Finally. My interest is waning. I want to knit something else. I want to design something new and different. It isn't so much that I am bored with the sweater as I just want it finished. The only way it will get finished is if I knuckle down and just do it. Its killing me, I tell ya, it really is. It doesn't help that I just downloaded 2 new books for my e reader. It also doesn't help that this sweater is not good for travel knitting. I went to Wisconsin this week and it would have been a great time to get some knitting in, but alas, the sweater was 2" below the neck shaping and I knew it would be difficult to handle neck shaping on a plane. In hind site, I should have gotten my sock yarn ready and started on the other baby cable sock. Hind site is always 20 20.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Slow Going

This past weekend we traveled to my mother in laws to celebrate her birthday. She turned 89 on Friday, how awesome is that? The forecast was for some snow but when you live in Holland MI, that doesn't mean too much in the month of February. It ALWAYS snows in February. Hub asked if I thought we should go and I peeked out the window, there was less than 3" of snow out there so I said yes and we packed up Blue Betty and hit the road. WOW, it was so icy, we had barely gotten onto the highway and there were half a dozen cars in the ditch or median. Needless to say, it was a very stressful drive. I wasn't even driving and I was stressed out, which didn't help hub. He finally told me to play a game on my phone to keep me occupied since I just could not knit. I got to level 6 on word mole....once we got to his mom's house (5 hours later) I did quite a bit of knitting, but boy if it doesn't take forever to do this pattern. I am hoping I don't lose interest in this sweater and it becomes a member of the WIP family.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Doing This, Not This

We celebrated January and February birthdays at my house this weekend. So we had a lot of this





And some of this as well




And saw some of this




And enjoyed some of this

So I haven't done much of this

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Right Back Where I Was

So, it has been a week since the "Epic Monday" event. In said week, my car was declared totaled, I shopped for a new van, I purchased said van and I started on the hamster wheel of car payments again. On a bright note, I spent a lot of quality time with both my husband and my brother who were officially dubbed "Don and Eric's Taxi Service." Now I more clearly remember what it was like as a teenager when I had a drivers license and no car....

On another note, I have made fairly limited progress on the beach house pullover due to the many distractions surrounding "Epic Monday." I managed to get the 6" of ribbing done on the bottom, all the while wondering if I should make it less than 6" or not. (I stuck with the pattern). I thought that this sweater would be a great opportunity for me to learn how to cable without a cable needle since the whole sweater is covered with staghorn cables. Apparently, I thought wrong. For the life of me, I could not get this to work. I caved and grabbed my cable needle after about 4 attempts. There must be a trick to this, so when I get a little time I will google this and see what you tube videos are out there to provide guidance.

I was so focused on trying to cable without the cable needle that I misread the pattern. Here I am knitting merrily along and I get to the 1/2 way marker and I have an uneven amount of stitches. Hmmm, I must have miscounted I think and add another stitch. Didn't even bother to look back and see if I miscounted or anything. I get to the last marker and same thing, so I just add a stitch. Miss Know It All assumes there must be a mistake in the pattern (its never me). Well, we all know what assuming does for you......I get to row three of the pattern and I can visually see this is messed up but I am in denial. I flip the magazine to the picture, is it possible that it really is supposed to look like this (denial), maybe just the first rows look like this (denial), maybe.....maybe not. I flip back to the pattern and read it again and my bifocals point out the two stitches I missed the first time around. Well, maybe I can live with this row a little off on the bottom (denial), maybe no one will notice (denial). OK, I'm not fooling anybody. After hesitating for brief moments, I yanked the knitting off the needle and proceeded to frog back to the stockinette. On the bright side, it allowed me to try on the sweater and see how it fit on my hips. And it looked great. Especially without the goofed up cables.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Manic Monday

Yesterday was not a great day. It started off by sleeping in one hour (which was very great) because the kiddos had the day off of school due to end of semester. I love sleep. I had a meeting across town and the weather was a balmy 46 degrees, unheard of in January in Holland, MI. After the meeting I headed back across town to yet another meeting, yep, that is what I do for a living. At lunch time, I was waffling between running home for lunch (right around the corner) or picking something up and running back to my office in Zeeland. Unfortunately, I opted to run over to Subway. Not that Subway is a bad place to eat, but it started a chain of unfortunate events.

I looked left and then right and waited for a car coming from the right to pass me and then I turned left into the path of a car. It spun me around and then I hit a very large rock by the driveway where I was pulling out. BAM! I didn't realize at the time I hit a rock, but I couldn't figure out what I had hit because I couldn't see anything, both because my glasses had been knocked off and it was below my line of vision. I coughed a couple of times and shook my head, the airbag dust floated around me. It was surreal. I am glad to say, neither of us was injured and I had the ability to still think straight. I called 911 and shortly the police arrived. They were wonderfully sympathetic and helpful (big thanks Ottawa County). Also a big thanks to State Farm (hopefully my rates don't go up too much) and Hansen Collision who towed Bessie away.

I opted not to knit yesterday and iced my shoulder instead as it is quite bruised. I think today I will get back at my new project, the Beach House Pullover, featured in Interweave Knits back in summer 2010. I love the cables on this sweater. It looks kind of slouchy/comfy in the picture with 4" of positive ease, so I decided to go down a size so it isn't too baggy on me. I can't wait to get past the ribbing and get to the cables. This will be the first time I try cables without a cable needle. Should be very interesting.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Taken For Granted

I finally finished one (yes one) of the baby cable socks. Yep, only one. And I can't attribute this slow pace to any knitting issues. Hub got sick. With the stomach flu....I won't share the gory details, only that he missed work for 2 whole days. He NEVER misses work. Naturally, we did everything we could to keep it from spreading in the house. (I hope I didn't just jinx us) We kept the door shut to the bedroom and I wiped everything in sight down with Clorox wipes. I even slept in the spare bedroom. So far so good. HOWEVER, hub does a lot of things during the day and I ended up having to pick up his load. Wow, he does a lot of things that I never realized. I kind of felt bad about this (once I could take a breath at 9pm at night) so I resolved that I would tell him. And I did. Don't take your significant other for granted.

OK, I will get off my soap box and back to the knitting. I had decided to make the leg shorter since I was thinking that I did not have enough yarn to finish the socks and I remembered what happened the last time. Two things happened that I was not expecting:

1. I didn't run out, not even close

2. I really didn't like how the striping yarn changed color right at the toe as I was grafting the toe.


The toe appears to have a light grey line down the front.......at this point, I am not disturbed enough to unravel and cut and try again. I am almost over it (almost). My next thought is, I have never made socks with self striping yarn, do you search thru the next ball until you get the stripes to match? Or do you just go fancy free and totally non matching?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Fun Observer Questions

I had my knitting at work with me this week so I could take advantage of the lunch hour since I wasn't planning on going out anyway. To give you a little background, I am still working on the baby cable socks with the self striping yarn. As I knit, several people came by and asked questions. Here are my 3 favorites:

  • What is that? I am working on the foot of the sock currently after having started at the top...perhaps this person does not wear socks?

  • How do you know when to switch colors to make the stripes? A legit question if you have never seen self striping yarn

  • How do you know when to stop doing "the straight part" (the leg) and go to "the curved part" (the foot)? It is all about math and how long/big you want your sock to be.

Do you get interesting questions when you are knitting out and about?



Sunday, January 8, 2012

Easy Cables

I am working away at my baby cable socks and I love this pattern. I have never made cables without a cable needle before. It is super easy, you just do 2 x 2 ribbing for 3 rows and on the 4th row for the knit section you knit 2 together but don't take off the needle and then knit the first stitch and take both of the needle. Purl is same as before. Doesn't that sound easy? AND it looks great. I am thinking about using this as a more decorative edging to a sweater. Or possible on hand warmers. Even on a scarf it would work because ribbing is reversible so the "cable" portion is in the trough of the purling on the other side. I was also thinking about maybe 4 x 4 ribbing to see how two cables look next to each other. Oh the possibilities.


Saturday, January 7, 2012

What a Week

So, I went back to work this week (started Tuesday) after being off for 6 weeks for the hysterectomy recovery. In week 5 I was feeling pretty good, although I wasn't going to set any records for walking speed. I knew it would be hard, but wow, I had no idea how hard sitting thru meetings really was. I felt really sore every day by about 3pm. Bleh! I know, I know, I just need to be patient with my body and let it do its thing.

After finishing the socks, I wanted some mindless/easy/no brainer knitting. What better than a washcloth? I pulled out a pattern by Anne Mancine for a spa day facecloth that I had in my queue. And who doesn't have a ball or two (or 5 10 15) of cotton in their stash? I opted for a natural ombre from Lily Sugar 'n Cream.

I love the texture on the washcloth, even as much as I detest too much seed stitch, there wasn't too much that it drove me crazy.
 I love how the ombre looks with this pattern. I am thinking about making a bunch of these and sending out to my sister-in-laws, neither of which knit.
If you are anything like me (which for your sake it might be good if you aren't), I always look at a pattern to see how I could have done it differently for next time. Wonder what a multi color with slip stitch would look like???

Monday, January 2, 2012

Warm Feet

I finished the granite pebble socks today and I think I may have inspired my step mom to start a pair as well. If you are thinking about trying socks, DO IT! You will love it. Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch is a great tool to help you get started. I feel warmer already, in spite of the 8" of snow in the yard.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

All Buttoned Up

So, it is 2012. A brand new year. We had some great times last year, a high being our trip to Italy. Last year sort of ended on a not so great note with my hysterectomy. But the surgery was a success and I will be heading back to work in just a few short days, so that is positive. Here is to hoping for a great year with lots of great experiences and friendships and yarn.

Some of you are probably thinking, what happened to the sweater? I did promise to post pictures after I sewed on the buttons, which I finally did today. The shots are kind of grainy, but, they will do for the time being, I guess. At this time of day, it was only raining, but currently it is snowing and blowing and they have forecast 3-6 inches of the white fluffy stuff. Bleh! I love this sweater and I am positive I will get a ton of use out of it. I plan on wearing it my first day back to work. Can you tell I am growing out my bangs? (The bobby pin is the hint) Not a fun project, but I am going to try to stick with it. Wish me luck as I am not the most patient person in the whole wide world.

Still working away on the socks, I turned the heel last night just before bed at 10 pm (no I did not stay up to watch the ball drop) and I got a little bit of knitting in today. I think I can finish this pair up tomorrow. I would like to make a pair of socks for my mom as I think she would be a great recipient and would wear them a lot. I still can't believe I never tried to make socks before. I think I was always freaked out by the skinny yarn and dinky little stitches that would take forever. Not like a sweater doesn't take a month to complete.....I was wrong. I like socks very much.