Monthly Archives: July 2013

Good News and Not So Good News — Comfy Socks…

My comfy socks are finished!!!  I just need to block them now.  I’ve never blocked socks before so I hope I do it right!  Good news is they came out great!  I loved the yarn & the pattern was quick and simple!  The not so good news is they don’t really fit my hubby.  hmmmm, he has a large wide foot and even though I measured the length, the width of the sock is too tight for him.  So….  Guess someone else will get a nice pair of comfy socks!  And I will be going back to the yarn store to get more yarn to make a new pair for him.  First, I have to find a pattern that is a little wider.  Guess I’ll head over to Ravelry to search, or if anyone has one or can let me know of one I would greatly appreciate it!   I was also thinking since the pattern I used has instructions for 4 different types of yarn from fingering to worsted that maybe I could use the instructions for the sport or DK weight and use the worsted yarn…..  I don’t know if that makes sense but I’m thinking it would be a wider sock. since there are a few more stitches.  But here they are pre-blocked.

Comfy socks

Comfy socks

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Update on the Comfy Socks

I have been really enjoying knitting socks again!  And I really love the yarn that I bought last week!  It is so soft and because it is a worsted weight it knits up very quickly.   I am doing a plain ribbed sock using a very basic pattern by Ann Norling and the first sock is almost done!!  Yay!  I should finish it up today & then start on the second sock.

I have been listening/watching a couple of podcasts & on one of the last ones that I watched they had finished a pair of socks and had them on this little sock shaped thingie.  So I instantly went on line to see what this was.  Sock blockers!  I need those!  LOL  🙂  Apparently I should block my finished socks after I wash them the first time.  This helps even out the stitches and just makes them look all even and pretty!  So I will be calling my newly found yarn store this afternoon to see if they have them, if not I will be ordering them from Knit Picks.  They come in 3 sizes so I’m thinking of just getting all 3 since I hope to be knitting lots of socks this year!

Here is the picture of my comfy socks so far!

Comfy Socks

Also this week I added my beloved yarn stash to my Ravelry notebook!  That took me about 2 hours!  I didn’t realize that I had so much yarn!  But I love that now I can just go to my Ravelry page and pick a yarn and see different patters that the particular yarn has been used in.

I should not be wanting to buy more yarn since I already have so much, but I’m dying to go back to my new found yarn store & get something!!!  I have a very busy weekend coming up so I should be safe this weekend from adding to my stash.  I have the first of 3 weddings within 7 months to go to.  The second wedding is in December and it is my daughter’s wedding!!  So excited for that!  🙂

It’s a Whole New World!

I’ve had my blog for almost a month & I have to say it has really opened my eyes to a wonderful knitting/crochet community!  You see, I am the only person that I know of that knits in my little circle of family and friends.  When I need (or want) yarn I went to Michaels or ordered from Mary Maxim or Knit Picks.  When I wanted to knit something I looked for patterns on the Lion Brand website or looked through the various catalogues or magazines I had.  But with this blog, I have discovered what seems like a whole new world!  I’ve been able to connect with other people that knit/crochet & have read about the projects that they are working on.  I had no clue there were so many people that knit!  I love it!  It is so exciting for me to go through and read the different blogs!  I never knew about spinning your own yarn!  It sounds fantastic!  One of these days I am going to try it!  And also dying your own yarn!  I’m also going to try that!  And one of the biggest things that I have discovered is this wonderful website called Ravelery!!!  I am AMAZED at everything that is on here!  OMG, I can spend hours & hours just browsing through the different patterns! Continue reading

Making a Paper Rosette….

My daughter had mentioned that I should buy the “Martha Stewart Scoreboard”, so off I went to my local Michaels and bought it. When I got home I sat at my craft table and looked at my new purchase. Ok, well….. What am I going to do with this? I grabbed my iPad and started googling scoreboard projects. Ooooohhhhh, this could be fun and interesting!

So I started playing. I took a piece of white card stock and made a cute little box. Wow that was easy and fun!

Next I decided to make a rosette.

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Girls day at the beach

For a few weeks now we had all planned a Friday off to spend at the beach. The girls (my sister and my daughter) were both going to drop the babies off at day care and then we would all head over to Ft. Lauderdale Beach for the day.

Monday morning we woke up with the threat of tropical storm Chantal. Wednesday morning the “cone” showed the storm heading straight for us! There went our beach day!

But no, Thursday the storm had fallen apart, though the remnants of it would still be affecting south Florida. What a bummer!!

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Working on More Than One Project….

I know there are several knitters or crocheters out there that have several projects going at one time.  My mom used to do it and at any given point she could be working on a scarf, a sweater and a pair of socks.  I have such a hard time starting something else when I’m not finished with my original project.  I tried it once and I just couldn’t do it.  I kept thinking about the original project that I had started and how it was just sitting there waiting to be finished.  I almost felt guilty for putting down my original project and picking up something new.  I couldn’t enjoy the new venture I had started.   Continue reading

Why I Love My Spin Class….

About 2 ½ years ago I tried my first spinning class.  I hated it!  OMG it was so hard!  When the instructor said up, I could only do it for a very short time.  I looked around and everyone else was up & spinning.  The person next to me tried to give me tips but there was no way, I had to sit back down on the saddle.  I kept trying throughout the class but I just couldn’t handle it.  I did most of the class on the saddle but I kept peddling.  When the instructor said to increase the resistance, I did but after my few seconds of standing I would return back to the saddle.

After class the instructor came over to give me words of encouragement.  She said I did great.  I kept on peddling and didn’t just give up.  And that it takes a good 2 months to build up the endurance & the strength to do the whole class.  That made me feel a lot better!  Continue reading

“Duck” Tape Boxes

One day when I had nothing special to do I decided to go to my local Michaels store and just look around and get some inspiration. This can of course be very dangerous!! I saw a bin full of duck tape with all different patterns and colors. They just caught my eye and were telling me “hello, come look at us”. So I did and I picked up 3 different patterns.

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Denali, The Great One

Our little Chihuahua is the apple of our eye! We named her Denali, yes after Mt. McKinley in Alaska. Denali means The Great One to the Alaskan natives and we felt it was fitting! She may be little but she has a big personality!

We brought Denali home on a whim. We were not planning on getting another baby but I think she picked us (or mostly my husband) and we just couldn’t resist. My daughter worked in a pet store that specializes in small dogs. We had stopped in to bring her her car keys & as I always do I walked around to look at all the little babies! My husband on the other hand always stays in the center of the store away from where the babies are kept so he is not tempted.

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