Monthly Archives: September, 2007

Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. ~ Elizabeth Lawrence

The Socks of Spring (last seen here) have been frogged. The combination of yarn, needles and pattern just wasn’t working. I never enjoyed knitting them, not even a row or two at a time. Life’s too short to knit something you know you won’t like, so they’ve hit the frog pond.

Also, the just finished Tropical Monkey socks may be heading to the frog pond, too. I love how these socks look, but I wore them and I hated them. I got gauge and followed the pattern exactly, but the socks are way too big.

I’m considering these three options:

  • Frog them completely and knit another pattern with this yarn.
  • Frog back to the heel, decrease stitches and reknit the Monkey pattern on the foot.
  • Keep the Monkey pattern on the leg and knit a plain foot.

I know I won’t wear the socks again as they are and I love this yarn too much for it to just sit in my sock drawer.

My parents were in town last week and we hit the road to check out fall in Colorado (for the locals: this is Highway 67, between Divide and Cripple Creek).

I have very strong feelings about how you lead your life. You always look ahead, you never look back. ~ Ann Richards


Another pair of socks is off the needles!



Tropical Monkey Socks



What: Tropical Monkey Socks

Yarn: Knit Picks Superwash Bare, fingering weight. Dyed with Kool-Aid.
Needles: size 3, Knit Picks dpn’s
Pattern: Monkey

Date started: 4/26/07

Date finished: 9/16/07
Lesson Learned: After picking up stitches on the gusset, ktbl instead of just knit. It looks better and avoids holes/gaps.

Destination: my feet!






I have this much yarn leftover:



These socks were an enjoyable knit. I loved knitting the pattern on the cuffs. By the time I got to the foot, I just wanted the socks to be done.


I completed the feet of the socks last night while watching a marathon of Law & Order: SVU. Both feet and one toe took seven episodes to complete. I knit the second toe and grafted both toes this afternoon while watching The Wedding Night (one of my favorite old movies).


My only regret about these socks is the heel. I wish I had done an eye of partridge heel. The stockinette heel just looks too plain.


My girls:




There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. ~ Oscar Levant (1906 – 1972)


I have never been happier to see a pair of socks come off the needles. I really like the finished look of these socks, but I hated knitting them.



Pastel Rainbow Socks


What: Pastel Rainbow Socks

Yarn: Knit Picks Superwash Bare, fingering weight. Dyed with Kool-Aid and food coloring
Needles: size 2, Knit Picks dpn’s
Pattern: Classy Slip-Up socks from Knit Socks

Date started: 2/12/07

Date finished: 9/11/07
Lesson Learned: None.

Destination: my feet!






And, the leftover yarn (with a 7″ leg!):



I really like these socks, but I hated knitting this pattern. I don’t know why: it’s simple and easy to memorize. I just did not enjoy knitting it, so it took seven months to finish these socks.


I have two pairs of socks left on the needles. I’m going to try to finish them before I cast on the next pair. The next pair will probably be a plain stockinette pair knit with this fabulous yarn:




Lately Kishka has been sleeping with one foot stretched out and one foot tucked underneath her. I call it The Flamingo:






What I find most odd about this is that this is how I usually sleep. Either Kish and I are on the same wavelenghth, or she’s been watching me sleep and is taking notes.




A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away. ~ Phyllis Mcginley

The sock bug has struck again. I think it’s because the beastly heat has gone (finally!) and the cool weather has turned my thoughts to how much I love wearing my hand knit socks.

I finished my Pink Clouds socks:

Pink Clouds Socks

What: Pink Clouds Socks
Yarn: 2 skeins of Claudia Handpainted Yarn in Pink Cloud
Needles: size 1, Knit Picks dpn’s
Pattern: Basic stockinette socks with 1 1/2″ of 2×2 ribbing on the cuff and an eye of partridge heel

Date started: 5/8/07

Date finished: 9/9/07
Lesson Learned: Pull Kitchener tight as you go, not when you’re finished.

Destination: my feet!






Thank you to the bloggers who warned about the short yardage on this yarn. I knit short socks and was left with this much yarn:

I’ve read rave reviews of this yarn and I’m kind of puzzled. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it (it’s soft, the colors are nice, it was a pleasure to knit, etc.), but it just didn’t make my skirt fly up. I would knit with it again, but it goes on my ‘just another sock yarn’ list.

I’m going to start another pair of stockinette socks soon.  I just have to decide which yarn to use.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery. ~ James Joyce (1882 – 1941)

Before the last month, I had successfully felted five items.

In the past month, it’s felting: 2. Me: 0.

Kitty Pi

What: Kitty Pi

Yarn: Lion Wool in Rose, Ebony, Winter White and Cadet Blue; Festive Fur in White
Needles: size 10

Pattern: Kitty Pi

Date started: 9/1/07

Date finished: 9/3/07

Lesson Learned: I really, really hate knitting with fun fur.

Destination: The kitties



This is the first time I’ve knit with fun fur and I HATED it. But, I think it fits for this project, so it was worth it.


I expected the sides of the bed to start going up at the second repeat of blue. Instead, they started before that, at the pink part. No amount of stretching and blocking could fix this problem. As a result, the bed was much, much too small. I’m not sure where the pattern went wrong, but it went very wrong.


So, I cut the bed up and it’s now a kitty mat. I have more wool in my stash so I may try making a kitty bed of my own design.


Speaking of kitties, here’s Parker, keeping watch on the neighborhood:



Here are two sunsets, taken on two different evenings: