Friday, April 27, 2007

Where does the time go???

Wow - sometimes I think I get stuck in a time warp. I can't believe it has been so long since I have been on the computer and written a post. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me - I can't begin to tell you how much it means to know that people care. Life does go on however hard it may be. I'm just trying to find those things that bring me joy and stick with them for a while. Let's see if I can give a relatively quick rundown on what's been happening.
I sent off the Bloomin' Feet package to my pal Leah. I got the most awesome email from her and am so relieved to say that she loved the socks and they fit. It's hard to make socks for someone when they can't try them on - I'm making socks for my Dad and had to rip out the heel twice to get them right after he tried them on. Now, I can't wait to get my socks in the mail.
Speaking of packages in the mail, Anne sent me such a wonderful thank you gift.

Three of her patterns and some luscious Fearless Fibers merino for the mitts. The fiber is soooo soft and I love the colors - can't wait to make them for ME!! The socks look like fun (I think Amanda made them recently) and the Starlight Wrap is amazing (although I will admit that I am a little intimidated by this one :))! Thank you, Anne, for reaching out to me.

And my newest love:

toe up socks in STR Lucy with a baby cable rib up the leg (pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks). These socks were really a lesson in pooling and gauge for me. I started out with my typical 72 stitches - the toe has nice stripes and then you can see the pooling that started in the lower sock. I tried the sock on and thought it was a bit loose. Since they were for me and they weren't that loose, I decided not to rip back, but to simply decrease by a few stitches. 4 to be exact. Look how the pattern changed - the stripes started to come back a bit. Then when I got to the leg and started the pattern, I was absolutely sure I would get stripes. Was I ever wrong! Instead I got those large blobs of color swirling up my leg. I LOVE these socks!

8 comments:

Margene said...

The socks look fabulous! Thank YOU for your lovely note. It's nice to have you back.

Carole Knits said...

Those socks are really funky. I love 'em!

Karen said...

It's great to see you. I like your socks too! You can never tell what some yarns are going to do.

KeanaLee said...

glad to hear your voice, I am in love with your STR socks too!

clothesknit said...

Yay! You're back on the playground ;o)

The socks look great -- pooling is certainly a conundrum. I try to plan ahead and deal with it accordingly but it has a mind of it's own.

Leah loves her socks! Yay you! And yay for the goodies from Anne!

anne said...

i love the way the color pools on these socks—SO lucy! they really look like a cat, sort of . . .

have fun with your new stuff!

Angie said...

I've been coveting the Lucy yarn, your socks inspire me.

somebunnysloveDOTcom said...

Isn't it great how yarn can fool us? The fiber seems to challenge us into trying to figure out the striping and pooling!
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