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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Porecca's sister-in-law socks

i've finished the first of the two socks and i really love this pair. i'm going to have to make a similar pair for myself. the color work keeps it interesting and really looks lovely and complicated on a sock. the stripped bottoms are a nice break from the monotony of the pattern. by the time i reached the foot i was pretty sick of it. i used an after thought heel here for the first time ever and i can see why people like it. if it wears out it will be easy to replace. my only change is that i might not work the decrease 1 stitch from the edge like i do on the toes as it creates a very defined line on the edge of the heel. i really liked the red toes and heels on this sock. it reminds me of the hard wearing socks that are used to make sock monkeys. there's just something about brown and tan with a splash of red. on the next pair, i'm going to work one of the leaf clusters in red for a little surprise. i know that the future owner of this new pair is going to love them.
my friend Porecca, who ordered this pair for her SIL, had to wear her pair to bed last night because her heater went out on them. she said her feet were toasty warm and she was glad to have them last night. i was really glad to hear that. it's really nice to have my work noticed and appreciated after so much hard work, and so many unsuccessful projects. it seems funny to me how my skills suddenly leaped into the more advanced levels and now i can just knit socks, gloves, and mittens with out a pattern now. i can finally make things just the way i see them in my head. now all i have to do is reach that same skill level for my sweaters and i'll finally have sweaters that both fit well and are lovely, and just what i can't find in the stores. i have purposely avoided putting knitting needles into the hands of my youngest son until i felt that i was a "master knitter" so that he will be gifted with the skill of a master, according to legend. i don't want to hand them to him while i'm still just barely average and curse his ability, lol. it's too late for Dante. i didn't know about the legend before i handed him a pair of needles.
so anyway, here's what you came for:
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

christmas socks

i've been working on the socks for Porreca's sister and they're coming out really well so far. i'm just getting tired of the pattern, or was it that i'm tired of the amount of the pattern that i'm knitting. hand warmers would be done by now. but here they are...
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and the other side...
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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Saturday night

yesterday i went with my friend Heather to the Make-a-Wish benefit concert at the Blackstone in Pawtucket RI. There were several local bands playing, including Days Unknown which is a band that is fronted by a coworker. They rock out so hard that it's really mind blowing. funny because i know him from work and he's completely different at work that on stage. much hotter on stage. very silly and sort of a doof at work. I've seen him perform once before but i got there late and only got to see the last half of the last song in the set. this was much better! they did about 4 of their original songs from their upcoming album, and 3 covers from Metallica, Stone Temple Pilots, and Nine Inch Nails. it was a really great show.
when i got out of my car to go into the bar, my hand warmers fell off of my lap and out of the car onto the ground. it rained all night so after 3 hours in the rain, in the parking lot, they were really wet and really gritty. i'd been wanting to wash them for a while anyway but i didn't mean for this to happen in order to force me to get it done. so i soaked them in Soak, (what else?) and then squeezed the extra water out between a towel, and hung them out to dry. they'll be really soft and they're much brighter so i guess it all worked out in the end. one was right on the ground right next to the driver side door, and the other was about a foot under the car due to the high winds. i was just really glad that i didn't lose them completely.
i finished the hand warmers for Heather and gave them to her yesterday. it just made sense. and now i've spent the last 2 days working on a pair of socks for Porecca's sister for Christmas. i've started and ripped, started and ripped, and repeated a few more times till i finally pulled out the brand new copy of 1000 Great Knitted Motif's that i just picked up from Bella Yarns yesterday to help out with all the hand warmers, and after 3 failed attempts i found a stitch combo that i thinks going to work well for the socks. on my Ravelry page i have a photo my baby just because i really don't like having empty photo boxes there. its distracting.