When the sock bug bit me a few months ago, I really didn’t know what I was doing. The first two pair of socks I knit this year were a couple inches too short. I’ve been looking at them in my dresser drawer for the past couple of months and wishing they fit. So, I decided to do something about it. I’ve spent the past couple of days unraveling the toes and reknitting them. Besides getting socks that fit, I’ve become very good at the kitchener stitch.
Here are the Splash of Red socks, before and after:
And the Candy Cane socks, before and after:
I’ve also done some unexpected yarn dying. The other day I was searching for the dogs’ heartworm pills (why do I always misplace those?) and found a stash of Paas egg dye. I don’t remember buying it, but I must have planned on dying yarn and then forgot I had the dye. I had one skein of Bare leftover from my December Kool-Aid dying session, so I tossed it in the ‘pot’ with some egg dye:
I like Paas dying a lot more than Kool Aid dying. It was much easier and a lot less messy. Here’s the finished yarn:
I didn’t get a chance to blog Saturday’s Sky this week and it’s just too gorgeous to skip:
Samantha continues to love her new rabbit:
And I finally got a shot of her sleeping on her back:
And here’s Kishka, smooshed into her favorite chair:
Splash of Red Socks
What: Splash of Red Socks
Yarn: Knit Picks Superwash Bare, fingering weight. Dyed with Kool-Aid and food coloring.
Needles: size 2, Knit Picks dpn’s
Pattern: basic cuff down pattern as outlined in Knitting Rules, page 144-145*
Date started: 1/5/07
Date finished: 1/10/07
Lesson Learned: None. I just need to be careful of ladders.
Destination: My feet!
* only modification to pattern was 6″ leg, instead of 7″.
I wasn’t sure how much yarn I would have left over, so I only knit a 6″ leg. I was worried about running out of yarn.
I shouldn’t have worried. Here’s the leftover:
This yarn is the result of my first dying experience. I dyed several hanks of yarn last month with Kool-Aid and food coloring. I definitely prefer Kool-Aid, but I couldn’t find Berry Blue Kool-Aid, so I had to use blue food dye. I had no clue how the yarn would turn out and I’m very pleased. This skein was my least favorite, but it’s grown on me since I’ve been knitting with it.
The next pair of socks is going on the needles tonight. I’m in the sock knitting groove now and can’t wait to see how this pair turns out!
An outtake from the photo session:
I’ll have these socks finished in time for the Arctic cold front that’s due to arrive this weekend.
Here’s Pikes Peak at sunset:
I’m going to have to move Samantha so I can go to bed:
The socks are coming along:
The dogs, as always, are adorable….
Max sleeping on Kish:
I was feeling the Max love last night. First, he fell asleep on my foot:
Later on, he fell asleep with his paw on my leg:
Last, but not least, the oddball dog doing lots of odd things…
Hanging out on the back of the couch:
Not so odd, but really cute:
Sprawling across the dog beds:
Sound asleep, facing the wall:
Wedged under the dog bed:
And her favorite, hiding her face:
My two week long TCM movie marathon is over. I adore old movies and have a habit of Tivo-ing them by the dozen. I never seem to find the time to watch more than a couple of movies a week, and this led to a huge backlog on the Tivo. Finally, over the last two weeks I’ve watched every movie that I had recorded over the past couple of months.
The marathon concluded late last night with North By Northwest. My love for this movie and for Cary Grant knows no bounds. I won’t bore you by waxing poetic about the exquisite handsomeness of Mr. Grant but they really don’t make movie stars like him any more, do they?
I decided to take a break from the Sunshine Lilac Blanket and start something new:
Here’s Parker, moments before he pounced on my yarn:
The Shepherds hung out together today:
Kishka snoozed at my feet:
And finally, today’s Saturday Sky: