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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

BACK ON TRACK

You know how you try something--and then later think, "I'll never do that again" Well, I did the two socks on one circ a while back, toughed it out and learned how to do it--and decided it was more trouble than it was worth. I was right.

I am knitting BIG BLACK SOCKS for soldiers and decided maybe I should try the two socks on one circ again. Maybe this time it would go better. Maybe I would like it this time. So I got them transferred over onto one 40" needle and started knitting. First few rows were okay, and then the tangles started again. That's what drove me batty the last time! But I'm smarter this time--I know I don't have to suffer anymore! I just put them back on their own needles and got back to knitting. Will they be the exact length? Well, close enough! I mean the things have to be 12 inches before you start the heel! So I will measure each sock as accurately as I can and then do the heels. Works for me! And I am much more likely to finish them!

Speaking of heels: I've never done a short row heel before and was reading Ann's blog SheepShots. In it she recommended this short row heel, so I plan to give it a try.

http://countrywool.tripod.com/freepatterns/csocks.htm

I am starting to knit socks for Children in Common and the little socks will be a good chance to learn to make those short row heels. This pattern seems like something I could actually do.

We soon will be having a Mitten Challenge for Native American Support. I enjoyed last year's challenge and as a group we got a lot of mittens to the Rez to keep those little hands warm. This year we will be working on the Mitten Challenge a bit longer--get more of those mittens made before school starts. Mittens and socks are good knitting projects during the warmer weather--small and easy to tote around.

Quilting:
I am making a little progress on the Grandmother's Fan quilt. I am sewing the fan wedges now. The 1/4 inch foot on my sewing machine does such a nice job. I thought about sewing them together by hand, but discovered it is just not my style. Decided that I would hand sew the curved parts, though, for accuracy. So I will be adapting the methods to make me happy--as usual! Hey, that's what all this is about! Enjoying what we do!

Till next time--

Friday, May 12, 2006

BLACK SOCKS FOR SOLDIERS

My black yarn came and I started knitting my BIG BLACK SOCKS. I belong to SockForSoldiers@yahoogroups.com It is a great group and we are making black hand knit socks that military personnel can wear on duty--and know that we love them. I don't think anyone likes the idea of war, but our young people are out there and need to know we care about them. The socks have to be knitted out of machine washable and machine dryable yarns--come over and join the group with us. It is a great bunch of gals and guys knitting away on all that black yarn!

I have about 2 inches done on the cuff of the first sock and have started the st stitch leg part. It has to be 12 to 14 inches long before I can start the heel--so I have quite a bit of knitting to do! But I'm happy to be doing it!

The spring colored yarn for Piper's and Cora's socks came finally. It got sidetracked and damaged the first time out, but the supplier tracked it down and sent a new package to me express mail. Really great service! I got this yarn from www.doublediamondknits.com The yarn is called Confetti and is very pretty--the girls are going to like them. When I need a break from the BIG BLACK SOCKS these little pretty ones will be great!

I'm also knitting a pair for myself with Socks that Rock and enjoying that yarn, too. All these yarns are superwash--is there any other kind? (G) Well, not in my knitting basket!

Speaking of knitting basket, I've been thinking about getting a knitting basket of some kind to sit by my chair, something that would help organize and keep things where I am more likely to find them! Any suggestions?

Hope you are having as much fun knitting as I am!

Sewing and quilting are sitting in the background. I did treat myself to Jinny Beyer's book Quiltmaking by Hand. Lots of good info and ideas there. She talks about piecing by hand and how to organize it so you can take it with you. I think I may try her method and see if I like it. I used to do Lap Quilting years ago and enjoyed that. Maybe I can combine the hand piecing and machine assembly in some way that I'll like. But when I quilt for kids, I definitely will be machine quilting a good part of the quilt so it will survive the hugs and loves! I want my quilts to be used and loved!

My birthday is coming up on June 6th and I have been wanting to get some embroidery thread for my Kenmore Ergo3. I ordered 112 spools, all different colors from an eBay dealer--they arrived today and are absolutely beautiful! I also ordered the Clothsetter from Sears for my machine--just couldn't afford to get everything all at once! Now I will be able to decorate little bibs and shirts for the babies at the Rez--and make Piper and Cora special little shirts, too.

I mean, hey! A gal has to get what she wants for her birthday, right? Otherwise your sons will give you screwdrivers and wrenches--------