Monthly Archives: August 2013

Boot Cuffs

I finished a pair of boot cuffs for myself….getting ready for the cold Florida winters.  LOL  I know…..  But on those few days when the temps get down below 75 I like to wear my boots & I love the way the boot cuffs look so I decided to make some.  I used a pattern I found on Ravelry called Rebekahs Boot Cuffs.   I loved the pattern.  It was so simple and it looks so cool.  I think I may actually make a pair of socks using this pattern.  I used the left over yarn I had from the comfy socks, just because I love it!  And I used size 7 DPN.  I cast on 54 stitches and I added the ribbed cuff at the top & the bottom.  I wanted to do K2P2 but the number of stitches didn’t work out so I did K1P1.  I did an inch of ribbing at the top and a little more at the bottom just because I could flip them around and have more ribbing showing or less.

Boot Cuffs

Boot Cuffs

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Saturday Morning Bike Ride…

It has been a while since we have gone out for a nice ride.  Summers here are just way to hot & humid!  But since we are approaching the “end” of summer (not really down here though)  we decided to pick up again on our Saturday morning bike rides.  We have a great park not too far away and that’s where we go.  I don’t like riding on the street, the drivers here are just a little too crazy for me!  We hear way to many stories about cyclists getting hit by cars.  So we go to our park & do our riding there.  They also have awesome mountain bike trails, from beginners to expert.  I started out mountain biking but I had a few bad falls & since about 15 years ago I fractured a vertebrae  in my back and now have metal rods & screws there I decided I would just do my riding for miles.  I don’t want to risk getting hurt again!  That back surgery took me over a year to recover.  So when I go with my husband riding we ride around the park.  The park is pretty large, one loop is about 4 miles.  It is next to the Everglades and there is also a levee that you can ride.  We’ve done that a few times as well.  It goes on for miles & miles.  When we do the levee we usually do about 10 miles each way (depending on how windy it is).  And it is so beautiful!  I thought I had a better picture of one of our Levee rides but this is what I could find right now. Continue reading

A Quick Trip to the Local Yarn Store…. Always So Much Fun!!

Monday after I finally got all the laundry done from our vacation I decided to run out to my local yarn store and just browse…who am I kidding!  I actually wanted to get some yarn to make a second attempt at my hubby’s socks.  While I was there I spoke to someone and told her what had happened with my first attempt at my hubby’s socks (you can read about it here) and I asked if I could use the same yarn & needle and just use the directions for the socks using the fingering yarn.  She agreed that would be a good idea so off I went to browse the yarn.  I really could spend hours there!  I decided I liked the yarn I choose last time so I picked a different color, Royal Alpaca in Spice.

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The color looks really orange here but it’s actually a very nice rust color.  I love it!

I then asked about something to put into the water when I soak my finished items before I block them.  ( I have never done this before  but I read a blog and they used a very mild detergent in the water to block their socks.)  The person in the store told me she uses a little of Dawn when she soaks her items.  She has never bought anything specially made for that, but they do have some in the shop.  There was someone else in the store also who said they never bought anything special for their soaking either.  But I had read about it in a blog and I wanted to try it so I bought a small bottle, and it’s lavender scented so I figured why not.

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I’ve never blocked anything before (except my comfy socks)….no, wait, I made a simple cabled scarf once that kept curling on me & my mom said to steam block it.  I did and it worked.  I actually just remembered that!

I’m still learning about blocking & so far since I’ve only knitted socks that’s all I’ve blocked.  I’m sure once I decide to knit a sweater or something bigger I’ll have to do more research on how to block those.  I’m guessing there are different ways to block the different items you knit.  Anyways….. I kinda went off on another topic.  🙂

I’m always very excited when I leave the yarn store!  I looked up the classes they are offering and I’m going to try to make it to one on how to fix mistakes since this is a huge weakness for me!  And I’m excited to start on my hubby’s comfy socks part 2.  🙂

Do you use anything special in the water when you soak your FOs?

Tragedy on the High Seas

I’ve been gone for a few days, taking a well deserved break from reality!  We went to Cocoa Beach and then on a short cruise to the Bahamas.  It was such a relaxing get away!  I brought along my spooky socks to work on if I had some downtime.  I had put them in a small canvas bag and also put my Nook, the boarding passes & passports.  No problem!  I knitted a little almost every night except the last night on the ship.  That night we were re-packing and getting everything ready for the next morning and of course as it happens on every vacation you leave with more than you originally had.  So I placed a few more things into my little canvas bag…no problem!  We got off the ship fairly early & headed home.  Halfway home I decided to take out my knitting and do a few rows.  Well, apparently at some point a needle or two slipped out of my work!!

EEK!!

EEK!!

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Birthday Card for Hubby

My hubby’s birthday is coming up & I decided to make him a card….drum roll please…..  Here it is!

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

Inside

Inside

Back

Back

I’m making envelopes now for my daughter’s RSVP cards for her wedding so I made a little envelope.  I had some brown ribbon left over from something and used that as the stems.  I then found a jar of decorative buttons I had and used those as the “flowers”.  I added a few beads & jewels.  And then finished it up with some green ribbon on the top and bottom with the same jewels.   I added a little something on the inside using the Birthday Bash Cricut cartridge and there you have it.  🙂

Another sock :-)

I started working on my “spooky” socks.   I wanted to do something other than the ribbed sock but I didn’t want to do anything super complex.  I was going to try the Jaywalker pattern but it intimidated me a little.  I think I will save that pattern for my next project.

I ended up doing a pattern by Virginia Rose-Jeanes called Vanilla Latte.  I picked this pattern because it was easy to remember and it showcases the stripes of the yarn instead of overpowering them with pattern.  This is the yarn that I bought from Knit Picks (Felici self striping). I’m about an inch and a half from finishing the cuff.  Someone is going to love these!  🙂

Spooky Socks

Spooky Socks