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:
Candy Cane Socks
What: Candy Cane Socks
Yarn: Knit Picks Superwash Bare, fingering weight. Dyed with Kool-Aid.
Needles: size 2, Knit Picks dpn’s
Pattern: basic cuff down pattern as outlined in Knitting Rules, page 144-145*
Date started: 1/10/07
Date finished: 1/18/07
Lesson Learned: None. I just need to be careful of ladders
Destination: my feet!
* Modifications to pattern: after 4″ cuff, I decreased to 60 stitches (from 68). Decrease was done over four rows. The heel flap was done on 30 stitches and the leg is 7″.
This is another skein of yarn from my dyeing session last month. You can’t really see it in the pictures, but I used 5 or 6 different colors of red/pink. The result isn’t really variegated, but there are subtle changes of color throughout the sock.
The next pair of socks will go on the needles in the morning. I’m in the groove now and can’t wait to start another pair.
When I went to bed last night, it was -9 outside my house. And the wind was blowing, so I’m sure the windchill was much colder.
Tonight, it’s 1 degree. This is progress.
Kishka looks cold:
Max had a Kong chewing session last night:
And then he konked out on the Kong:
The Candy Cane socks are on the home stretch:
A close up:
The frozen landscape for Saturday Sky:
The Candy Cane socks are ready for their heels:
A rare shot of both of the kitties together:
Romeo (the one on the left) is very camera shy, so it’s hard to get pictures of him.
Max and Kishka also enjoy hanging out together:
One of Kishka’s favorite things to do is to look out the front window:
She’ll sit like this for hours. I think it’s absolutely adorable.
Finally, here’s my Max; enjoying the snow and cold:
What comes to mind when you see the color orange?
Did you ever get in trouble while you were in school? If so, what was it for?
I was actually very shy and quiet all through school. Okay, I was a goody-two-shoes. I can only remember three specific times I got in trouble:
- In 5th grade, I was caught eating Smarties on the playground. I had to write “I will not eat candy on the playground” 100 times.
- In 6th grade, all the girls in the class ganged up on another girl. We received a stern talking to from the principal and our teacher. This was certainly not my proudest moment. Meg Jamison, if you’re out there, I am truly sorry.
- In my senior year of high school, I was kicked out of the National Honor Society because my grades dropped below their standards. The assistant principal of the high school personally kicked me out and thought it was a horribly solemn occasion. I was actually quite amused at being kicked out and he kept trying to impress upon me how serious the situation was. It didn’t work. Flash forward six months to the Senior Party (held after graduation and lasting all night) and this assistant principal was in the dunk tank. I was the first person to dunk him.
Which topping(s) make up your perfect pizza?
Papa Murphy’s Papa’s Favorite Pizza. Hold the mushrooms and add tomatoes.
Do you believe in UFOs/aliens/etc.? Why or why not?
I don’t necessarily believe in them, but I don’t not believe in them, either.
What color is your bedspread/comforter/quilt?
I don’t have any of the above. My bed partner is quite hairy, so I cover the bed with a blanket. I have three blankets that each serve a couple days on the bed before being moved into the washing machine. The blankets are hot pink, lime green and mauve pink.
I was driving out of Colorado Springs at sunset today and snapped this picture of Pikes Peak:
The Candy Cane socks are on the needles:
Earlier tonight, Kishka was holding court with the Shepherds. I don’t know what she was saying, but she was very emphatic: