Thursday, February 28, 2008

Happy Feet!

Got me some new first-ever cowboy boots, and they're in BigYellowBike yellow. I love 'em!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

I can't find my camera this morning, but if you scroll down to the January 1 post, that's what it looks like outside ....
They just called from work to tell me not to come in today because the roads are too bad. Guess I'll knit! : )

On the needles:
Baby hat for friends' impending grandbaby: nearly done.
Matching socks for above: finished.
Chatroom contest RalphSocks: about four inches down the legs.
My socks (formerly FrigNsocks, but I liked a different yarn better for his socks, and so did he): past the gusset decreases.
My socks (bright red): starting the gusset decreases.
Hat for the knitting class I'm teaching: stalled. I already finished one to show the class, and only started the second one for demonstration purposes.

About the knitting class:
I was approached by a local township library to teach a basic beginner's knitting class. I've never taught more than one person at a time, and was a little reluctant (ok, scared half to death!) to take it on, but it's going pretty well! We had ten women sign up, with several on the waiting list. Most had no knitting experience, and one or two were taught when they were little girls, but hadn't done any knitting in years.
I chose Lion Brand Bulky for the yarn and we're using a hat and scarf pattern that was printed on the ball band. It's a very easy hat, knit horizontally rather than vertically, and all in garter stitch. We're not worrying about gauge, and the knitters are using needles in sizes 10-11. By the end of the second class, two of the women had already finished their hats. One of them had a family tragedy during the past week. Her grandson was walking along the road with a friend when a driver ran off the road and hit and killed the boy's friend. I downloaded instructions for a prayer shawl, taught her the purl stitch, and got her started on a shawl for her daughter. Here are some links to start a prayer shawl ministry of your own.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Another pair of chat-room socks...

These have gone to Jerry in Detroit, the third-place winner. Two more pair to go, then it will be time for another contest!

This pair is just like Woody's, except for the heel flap. I used EOP for Jerry's and regular heel-stitch for Woody's...not that you could tell that from the picture. It's hard to photograph black.

This is KnitPicks Swish again. I wish they'd make this stuff in a fingering-weight yarn for socks. I love working with it, but it's just too heavy for socks for me.

The next pair of chat-contest socks will go to Ralph. I'm thinking blue Swish for him. First, though, I need to knit up a pair of little socks and a hat for our friends in Texas, Dale and Suzi, who are expecting their first grandbaby very, very soon. I'm using Regia sock yarn for those. Also on the needles are a pair of socks for me in Opal Bamboo, another pair in DK, bright red, and I really need to knit myself a pair of fingerless mitts to keep my hands warm while I chat...

Sarah, you really like my boring black socks? Thanks, sweetie! :)

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

FrigNsocks Finished!

I love the way these socks turned out. The stripes match up nearly perfectly. I hope they'll hold up well...this is the first time I've used this yarn. They will be on their way to Louisiana shortly.

Nearly finished are the number-three winner's socks...another pair of boring black socks in Swish. I will be starting the toe shaping tomorrow.