Saturday, July 29, 2006


Right now I'm on a sock knitting kick. They are easy, and I love the results -- especially wearing them! LOL I usually knit a basic sock for myself, this time I didn't do left or right toes, but a "normal" toe. I have another pair that are ready for the gusset, so it won't be too long before I can complete them and wear them too. Which is good, because the socks I finished in 1999 are finally wearing out. I keep a list of Finished Objects (FOs) and my list tells me that I finished the pair that completely wore out on May 17, 1999. So, they lasted 6 years of weekly use. Not bad return of my time and effort!

This pair, I'm surprised to see in the picture, isn't as tightly knit in the toes. I think I'm going to have to go down a needle size to a 00 for the heels and toes in the future with Opal yarn. Rats!

This is Opal Crocodile, I have enough more for 3 pairs in the black/red, 4 pairs in the plum/black, and one in blue/black. I'm not sure it will all become socks, still pondering over other uses. I tried mitered squares with black contrast, I may go back to that but use a different contrast color. A shawl just using the plum/black? I don't know. Still thinking.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Long time since I posted

This has been a rough period of time, and I just haven't posted.

Here are a couple of photos from our B & B. This one is the view from the deck.

This one is Howard standing on the deck.

So in revenge, he took my picture there too.

I regret that while I took the camera along to Alison's, I forgot to get any photos. Much to my chagrin, I had planned to take more photos of family, and I didn't. So, we had a great trip, but little photographic evidence of it! I'm hoping to see some pictures from Serena.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Home Again

We had a wonderful time in California, it is great to touch base with family members who have similar senses of humor! We laughed and laughed during the trip. Learned new games, talked, and got to know each other again...priceless!

Nancy's vest is finished, ready to go in the mail Monday. There was a wrench when I declared it "done" as this vest and I have gone around and around, trying to reach accord. I think we did it. True test will be how it looks on her, though.

Started a pair of socks in some Opal, a discontinued color in black and red which makes random color blips. They are going fairly effortlessly, if I remember to leave it off the floor. During the trip the needles would stick out of the bag, catch on something, and be pulled out of the work. Not so bad once it was well and truly started, but such a pain when I was on the first 2 rows -- I think I restarted each twice because of that. I was not amused. These will replace a pair of mine that finally have bitten the dust after 5 years. Not the same color -- will have to find some blue sock yarn for that.

We stayed in a bed and breakfast that was wonderful. View of the ocean, close enough to hear the waves, and quail running around. The quail would get on the roof, and we'd hear them go racing across the roof. We never knew when we'd open the door and surprise a covey. Julia, the owner, also has a small yarn store, which made it perfect for me! I bought more sock yarn on the last day as a souvenir. Enough for, cough, 5 pairs of socks. That should keep my feet happy! Nope, no blue in the lot, but some other gorgeous colors.

Serena and I drove up to visit our friend Alison, and spent a great knitters day, just talking.

P.S. Happy Belated Birthday Mom!