Saturday, February 27, 2010

Skew Socks

I thought the socks were going to be the death of me.  I fell in love with the Skew sock pattern on Knitty when it came out a couple of weeks ago.  When I looked on Ravelry and saw the close to 400 versions of Skew by other knitters, I was inspired.  I found the perfect yarn and set off. 

This is how my adventure set off.  Cast on for my first toe up and it was a little exciting learning a new cast on.  Darn, I dropped a stitch - had to unravel and start again.  Drat, the stinking perfect color yarn splits like crazy and with all those increases it's driving me crazy; dropped another stitch and had to start again.  Decided to move to DPNs since they're a tad more pointy on the end.  Finally get past the 8th or 9th round and have crazy huge ladders, frog yet again and start over for about the 6th time.  Decide to use another yarn that won't split so much.  Takes 3 hours to wind 400 yards of yarn because I have still not bought a yarn winder.  Finally cast on with new yarn, and decide to use 47 inch size 2 circulars by the 7th round, realize I have one more stitch on one side than the other; since I'm not too far into the sock decide I'd rather frog again than backstitch.  Cast on for 30th time, probably about 10 rounds into it, pull tight at join to keep the nasty ladders away and my STINKING YARN breaks!!!  I finally did get it started and going great, once I was up to 72 stitches, I changed to my new HiyaHiya 9 inch size 1 needle.  It is now going along great and I lurve the 9 inch needle.  Did you notice I started with a size 2 needle?  Well I didn't mean too, and with all the problems I had I wasn't about to start over yet again.  Yes, I can tell - hopefully it won't feel crazy once they're done and all cute on my feet.  Look at the top left side and you can see the point when I changed to the appropriate needle size.

Now that I've complained about my stupidity with trying to start these socks over and over and over again, let me tell you how cool these socks are.  I love the way it's coming together and I love the Zen Yarn I changed to.  I can't wait to see how they turn out.  I'll leave you with one more picture to see the side view.

Monday, February 22, 2010


I finished this last year, but never did add the fringe and never did show it to you all.  It's the children's poncho  pattern made with Knitpicks merino wool (so soft).  I started making it last year for my youngest, and when it was finished; she, of course, hated it and refused to wear it.  Red did, however, loves it; but it's a little too small for her, especially the neck opening. 

It was my first time using Knitpicks yarn, and let me tell you - I wasn't dissappointed.  It is so soft, and got even softer after washing it.

Friday, February 19, 2010

More on hair and more on *BOOKS*!

I mentioned a few posts back that my little one cut her hair again.  I thought I'd put a picture to show how minor this one was; hence my forgetting to tell my Mom about it.

Do you see the little chunk missing where I pointed the arrow?  You might also notice what a horrible job I did on trimming her bangs.  The good news is, with a rubber band in her hair and me properly using the scissors to fix her bangs, you can hardly notice the blunt cut she made.

Allright, so enough about hair this week.  Let's move on to books.  You may have noticed that I added the Amazon widgets on my sidebar.  I am going to try to make a few cents with this.  So .... if you ever need to place an order through Amazon; please do it through my blog to help me fulfill my wish list.  That means you Kim, Rhonda, and Darla - I know you all love Amazon as much as I do.

I've been reading a lot lately and have read a few ho hummers; the best by far that I've read in a few months has been a kid's series that my son has devoured.  It's called Fablehaven and so far there are 4 books with the 5th coming out next month.  I would say it is equally good as Harry Potter.  They are packed FULL of adventure and excitement.  If you and your child is looking for a great new book by an up and coming author, check out Fablehaven (Boxed Set): Fablehaven; Rise of the Evening Star; Grip of the Shadow Plague.  I'm on the 3rd book and am having a hard time putting it down to do my housework.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

New book!

If you've read my blog for long, you'll know that I lurve Farbenmix patterns. Now Sabine Pellohn and Nancy Langdon have written a book! I got it a couple of weeks ago when I was down with the flu and it certainly lifted my spirits; even though I didn't feel like pulling myself up off the couch to sew.

It has 10 patterns in it including the Feliz Party Dress which I'm dying to sew for my girls. I think that will be their Easter dress this year; and I'm hoping to stop by Glenna's to buy some Amy Butler Love to make it with.

There's lots of other very frilly and funky patterns in this book with very colorful images. And true to the European fashion, they use very crazy fabric combos. I'll definitely tone down the things I make, but I know I'll be getting a lot of use out of this book.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I *love* this little girl

This little sweet thing is my youngest. I don't know if I've ever met anybody who loves life more than her. I'm telling you she is one crazy child from the things she wears to the way she wears her hair - she fixed it herself in the above photo. I probably failed to mention that she yet, again, cut a chunk out of her hair last week. It's become so common place that I forget to share it with people anymore. She begged me to shave it off like I did her older brother's hair. When I offered to take her to the beauty shop to get it in a bob, she declined saying she wanted very long hair now.

Today she has been carrying around a boom box (do they still call them that?) around with her from room to room listening to Weird Al Yankovich. Her favorite song is one called Jurassic Park that she knows all the words to and one day I'll catch her on video singing at the top of her lungs. Her second favorite that I've heard 40 times today is Bohemian Polka; it's Bohemian Rhapsody sung to a polka beat and let me tell you from experience, it can grow a little tiring.

I can have her showered and "super shiny clean", as my redhead would say, and within 5 minutes she will look like she's been dragged through the woods by a pack of wolves. She climbs onto the counters looking for candy or snacks in the upper cabinets and if she can't find anything, she'll grab a spoon and eat sugar directly out of the bag.

She drives me crazy sometimes, but I'm so glad she's my daughter. She truly keeps me on my toes and makes life FUN. Plus, she gives the best hugs!

Monday, February 15, 2010


My poor boy looks so cute with longer hair and I love it. It reminds me of Joey what's his face from "Gimme a Break". Do you remember that show? He always begs me to cut it, and I will only trim as I see fit. Well, it had gotten even too long for my likes. He has asked me for the past week to please cut his bangs because they were in his eyes. I finally cut just the bangs yesterday and he looked like a little Amish boy; so I had to give him a full on proper haircut tonight. I must admit, he's pretty cute with a spiked up do, too.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

We have had a great weekend! It started with a four day President's Day weekend for the kids. Then we had a great snowfall on Friday. We usually don't get much snow here in the south. But it just kept falling and falling and was so beautiful.

The kids had so much fun playing, and Charlie got to make his first snow angel. Three of the boys even made a snowman all by themselves. I think the pine straw and leaves mixed in from our unkempt yard add a special touch.

The best surprise of all, though, was when the these arrived on my doorstep Friday afternoon from my Valentine. Aren't they pretty? I think they are the most beautiful flowers I've ever got.

We had Filet Mignon tonight for a special Valentine's Day dinner by candlelight. The kids thought that was the best thing ever and wondered why we don't do that every night.

The best part of all is .... they're predicting more snow tomorrow!!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


The flu struck our house last week. It got half of the children and me; and a few of us are still feeling the effects.

Some of the few things that helped me make it through the week were my fleece gown my Mom made me several years ago, the butt ugly but oh so warm wool socks I made, and the hot tea my brother in law, Robert, brought me back from a business trip to India. The leaves looked an awful lot like spinach after steeping; but was a delicious green tea that soothed my aching throat.