Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Rain, Rain go away....

....at least until we get the new roof on please. Torrential downpours are not a good thing when the roof really, really needs to be re shingled. It also means no Parks and Rec for the youngest, which makes for a very sad young lady. She is keeping herself busy with practicing her clarinet. Summer band began last week and she is really doing well with it... hardly any squeaking at all.

I have knitting to share. I have been busy with socks. I am on a yarn diet and I have lasted 2 whole weeks with no new yarn purchases. I am starting to get a little twitchy though so, we will see how long I last. I have been going through the stash to see if there are any long forgotten sock yarns hiding out that I absolutely need to knit and I think I really do have enough to keep me busy for awhile. However, I didn't knit with any of the yarn that has been in hibernation. Instead, I knit with some of my most recent purchases.

I finished a pair of socks knit in the Monica's Sunset from Sheepaints. The design is Malu. The design kind of gets lost in the contrasting colors of the yarn, but I like how it plays with the yarn. I knit them again in the Claudia Hand Painted in the Shells on the Beach color. And I have found a short row heel I really like. It is the boomerang heel. It is fast and easy and most important, no holes. I may have even convinced Karen to give it a try. I am also really beginning to like the Magic Loop method for knitting socks. I tried to knit with dpns the other day and I find I really didn't care for it anymore. I can't believe I just wrote that as I have always been a die hard dpn gal. I guess I will have to purchase more long cable circular needles as I don't have near enough of those to keep up with my start(itis)

Also finished, the Tempted Glam Grrl in the Bruisenberry colorway that I raved about in my last post. I loved knitting with it as much as I thought I would. It has a wonderful tight twist and knits beautifully. This design is called Katrin. Both of these designs are available in my Ravelry shop and will be at The Loopy Ewe soon. The box of pattern s shipped today.








And last night I started a new pair with a design I had been working on some time ago. I had originally started these in some CTH Sockitome, but I think that yarn may be a tad too fluffy for the design. It kind of flattens out rather than defining the stitches as I would like them to be. I will probably still finish it in the Sockittome, but wanted to try it in the yarn Karen gave me for Christmas. Araucania Ranco Semi Solid. I don't know the color number right off the top of my head but it is heathered grays and blues. I had the design already typed up, but I making a few changes to it as I re knit these. The back of the sock is a twisted baby cable.

Look at this precious little ball of fur. My sister's dog had puppies and one of my other sisters was able to bring one home to join their family. Her name is Sadie and she is just as sweet as she can be. She will be even sweeter once she is potty trained. The driving daughter is so happy that she is going to be puppy sitting for her when her aunt needs to go to the office to work. I heard plenty of whining the last few days about how much they would like to have the last available one, but the allergies and the asthma make it impossible. Sorry kids!!! And no I won't give in even if you keep nagging nonstop.

I think that is about it. I need to straighten out a few things and then get myself ready for a date with my dear husband. Today is our 20th wedding anniversary. I don't know where the years have gone, but I feel so blessed to be married to a man I love more today than I did 20 years ago.

Have a good week all!!

14 comments:

Karen said...

Happy Anniversary to you and Tony!! I was just thinking about your wedding the other day, because it was one short month later that I got preggo with Mandy! The socks look great (as usual) and I might try that heel. Sadie is cute, I better not let Mandy see her; she will want one too.

Helen Knits said...

Congrats on your 20th Wedding Anniversary! Socks are lovely as always! I am still a dpn girl one day I must sit down and give the circulars a proper try.

Shannan said...

Happy Anniversary! Both of your new designs are great!

JoAnn said...

Beautiful sock patterns, Monica.
I especially like the start of last pair (gray yarn) - can't wait to see the rest, when completed.

Congrats on your anniversary!

I'm starting to like 2 16" circs better than DPNs for patterned socks now. Tried Magic Loop once, but it's not for me.

Very cute puppy - at lease DD gets her fill in taking care of that one. Not as good as owning her own, but close enough.

SusanB-knits said...

Happy Anniversary!
Love the socks!! especially the last one with the baby cables. (I'm still liking dpn, not much a fan of the magic loop)

Angela said...

I am a "magic loop junkie". Started out on 2 circulars, never could handle the fiddleness of double points, then tried magic loop and never looked back. Love the puppy. Is he a Golden Retriever or Lab? We just got my son a Golden for college - it's what he asked for. We love him. BTW, happy anniversary.

Alisha said...

Happy 20th Anniversary!

I am never disappointed when I come to read your blog....so many great socks.

Daniele said...

Happy Anniversary! I hope you had a good night out.

Loving the socks, patterns and colors!

And the puppy - oh... cute!

Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

All those socks you've been knitting are Bea-u-ti-ful!

Kristi said...

Wow! Your new patterns are beautiful Monica. You've been busy and it's well worth it!

Beth N said...

Hi Monica--Your socks are all gorgeous--hope you got your new roof all completed. Your socks, Lauren, are featured on the home page of K&C.

Sheila said...

Hope you had a great aniversary. I am catching up on all my blog reading!

hakucho said...

Very nice socks...and such a cute, cute puppy!!! Happy belated anniversary :) The years are certainly flying by....

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