I missed my update last week and by the time I got around to writing something up, I figured it was close enough to Sunday to just wait. So, this week has left me with a few finishes – but not items that were on my original project list.
I’m definitely finding it too easy to work on things not on my project list – I am seeing so many other wonderful things that I just want to do them all… so I’m trying my darndest but I can say that my “hobby job” on a gaming server is suffering because I’m so wrapped up in the cathartic nature of knitting and crochet that I haven’t had time to log in and do my job over there. I should really do some of that today.. but maybe later because I have 53 more rows until I can turn the heel on my new pair of socks!
|I now only have 13 rows and a bind off left for these socks|
I have genuinely fallen in love with Opal sock yarn. Granted, I can’t tell you much about the yarn because the band is completely in German. I know that its made of 75% superwash virgin wool and 25% polymide and I wouldn’t have purchased this ball a few months ago if it hadn’t been in the clearance bin at a yarn store my friend A- and I hit up on a quick yarn crawl north of here. The colorway I have is called “Schmetterling” and is one of the colorways in the Rainforest 2 collection. This collection is no longer being manufactured, which is somewhat heartbreaking as I LOVE many of the colors on the ball band. You can see them here as well: http://www.opalsockyarn.com/Rainforest2.html
I finished the Man’s socks this last week to. He just wanted a very vanilla pair of ankle socks (which is what I’m making in the Opal because I liked the style a bit but wanted some color). It took me a few days to work through those. I admit, I wasn’t intimidated by doing the sock, I was working a bit slower because working in all off-white isn’t exactly exciting. I like seeing color changes on the socks I’m making from the Opal yarn, which seemingly makes me knit faster. Going round after round in off-white is kinda…. eh. *laughs*
I did want to stop and make his socks because right before the holiday he said he’d like me to make him some. I was a little stunned by his request – as he is always willing to take a new hat or scarf I’ve made, he had said previously he was not interested in hand knitted socks. But… for some reason he changed his mind. I told him that as soon as my holiday crafting rush was over, I’d work on him some socks. He picked out the yarn and it had just been sitting in the craft room since. I decided I had better seize the window of opportunity and make the darn socks… so I did. And he says he loves them and that they are super soft and squishy… which, in my opinion, means it was a successful project.
Other than that, I’m trying to get my oompf together and work on the Navajo. I tell ya – if going round after round in off-white didn’t get me, doing row after row of single crochet with an occasional dropped double crochet may. That blanket was very fun in the beginning, now its just tedious. I will finish it. I will most likely use it as one of my State Fair projects … and then give it to my brother, the rightful owner.
I did go on another yarn crawl with several of my yarn group friends last Thursday. I was only able to buy one skein of yarn (sock yarn, go figure HA!) because of my budget, BUT I had a great time and I’ll post about it sometime this week coming.
Yup… that’s about it, I think – I have a few other posts I want to start writing up today as well… oh, and of course try to finish off my socks in Opal Schetterling!
And even though I did have another craft related photo in this post, I thought – the personal random photos are kinda fun.
This is a photo of my son, DC, and our outdoor cat, Ed. It was taken just a few months ago at the end of summer. Ed is quite a personality in that he has a personality that if he were human with the same personality, no one would like him or he’d be in jail for murder. He’s not a very pleasant cat but oddly, he LOVES our son. The cat genuinely does not like to be around people but if its my son, he is ok with being held and being petted for a little bit.
I’m pretty sure that cat has never scratched DC either….
oh, and note that this is not a tiny kitty – during the summer month’s, Ed weighs in at about 18-20 pounds almost pure muscle.. in the winter, when he piles on the weight and gets his winter coat, he’s closer to 25-28 pounds (and is much more grumpy in the winter). Don’t worry though, he has a heated “cave” we built for him.
For such a jerk kitty – he sure is loved *laughs*
– 5 pet beds for donation
– 10 chemo caps for donation
– 2 swiffer covers (for me!)
– Knit a Sweater for the Man
– Knit Wingspan Shawl
– 1 pair spat warmers
– Woven Blocks Crochet Quilt
– Room Shoes
– Amimono Kimono (for me!)
Project List Items (done)
– 33 squares for SIBOL
– 5 knit/crochet cloths for Mom (Christmas present)
– 5 knit/crochet cloths for SIL (Christmas present)
– State Fair Afghan
– Dead Fish Hat (Birthday gift for DS)
– Spidey-colored Round Ripple Lapghan (Christmas present)
– 1 crochet knockers for donation
– Wrap (ended poorly – was supposed to be for Squirt but… didn’t work out)
– Striped Granny Bag
– Elite Syncopations
– Harry Potter Scarf
– Blue or Purple Cowl (for a friend; after the holidays)
Added Items (done)
– Have a Heart Shawl (free Red Heart pattern)
– Magic Square Potholder
– Boot Toppers (Christmas present)
– 50 Ruffle Scarves
– Striped Scarf (Christmas Present)
– Crochet Clock (Christmas Present)
– House Slippers (Christmas Present)
– Warm Hat with Bill (Christmas Present)
– Stocking Cap (Christmas present)
– 3 icord knit snakes
– My Garter Slipped Scarf (for me)
– 1 pair Vanilla Socks
– 2 plastic canvas door hanging pouches (for Valentine’s Day)
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