Thursday, July 17, 2008

ESTHER SOCKSPattern: Esther, by Stephanie van der Linden
Socken-Kreativ-Liste, July 2006 A Yahoo Group
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepard Sock, June 2008 Blueberry Snowcone
Purchased at Jimmy Bean Wool
Needle: Size 1 Brittany Birch
This pair of socks was very fun to knit. The 24 row pattern kept things interesting. I started knitting the size small on 60 stitches. After turning the heel I realized it would not fit. Ripped back and made the large size with 70 stitches. Still very snug. Below you can see the difference between the 60 and 70 stitches. These socks required concentration and were very time consuming. Cast on July 3, 2008, finished July 17, 2008.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

The Solstice Slip
The pattern was the 2007 RSC June pattern. On blockers, on feet, on the flowers, this is a great sock. The color says summer and so does the pattern.
Yarn: ShiBiuKnits Sock - 100% Merino Color 21, Lily - Purchased at the Loopy Ewe
Needle: Size 1 Cast on 65 Stitches
This is sock #1 for SOS08. I chose this sock for it's simplicity. I had surgery planned for June 25th and I had to choose a pattern I would be able to knit while recovering from the surgery. You know knit while taking Vicodin. This was a great choice and a perfect addition to my sock collection. The yarn is so very soft but had an quite a few knots in it. As it is not self striping this was not a major isssue.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Where Has June Got To
This is the new garden enclosure. A gift from the boy child for Mothers' and Fathers' Day. One might think it was errected to keep out wildlife. Nope. The cat. Our cat likes to dig big holes. No duty just big holes. And where better than in just dug soil.
I purchased all of my seeds from "Seeds of Choice" this year. Everything is growing as I write this but it has been a slow start. The "Cherry Belle" raddishes and the "Snow Peas" are the only offerings, so far.

Above are "Pink Blossonms" socks. A pattern I found on Ravelry. Not sure if the dirrections are still secret or not so I will just leave it at that. I used Jaeger, Sienna, a 100% cotton fingering yarn, in the Lobelia color. Needle size 0 with 72 stitches. Very nice sock to wear with my teva's.
Here is the next batch of aprons. They are all 100% cotton and so very fun to make.

The summer has not been all fun and games. I have had 3 "Synvisc" shots in my right knee. This is supposed to relieve the pain caused by arthritis. I also just last week had knee surgery in the left knee. I have pretty much been in a vicodin haze since surgery but improving daily.
Before surgery I got to spend 4 days down on the Jersey Shore with my husband, his family, and our children.

I am presently working on a pair of "The Solstice Slip" socks for SoS08. I should be done tomorrow.