Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.
The only projects on my mind (over the past month anyway) have been these 3 pairs of socks.
And just as I typed that, I realized that there actually is one more pair that I feel really bad about forgetting to photograph! Before I forget, that pair is a late Christmas gift of Embossed Leaves in Cherry Tree Hill yarn. I'll get them photographed later. If I was actually knitting often, they would move along quickly like their beginnings. That pattern is so pretty and moves so quickly. Anyway, here are the other pairs I've got on the needles for the near future (again, I remembered one other pair ... grrr and ...).
This is the other pair that is a late Christmas gift! I finished the first one while visiting Texas in December and the recipient got to try them on for a custom fit. But, I forgot to take more yarn to begin the second one and you know once I'm home, things move s-l-o-w-l-y. I'm so close to finishing this pair though!
**So, I'm picking up where I left off on this post. I had to save it because I was unable to upload but the one photo the day I started the post. Since then, I've finished the pair of socks! I know, can you believe it? So sad, since the new year began I've had little knitting mojo, or rather any at all for anything. Anyway, they are lovely men's ribbed socks and I think my Mom's husband is going to love them.
They turned out well, I know they look a bit odd in the photo but I promise they aren't. I thought I'd taken wonderful, detailed notes so that I would know what numbers I used. But, as is customary for me, when I located the notes (they had dived off into a pile of papers) the only thing I'd made note of was my cast on number, the heel flap numbers and what I worked the foot on. The thing is, I had a hard time keeping the 2x2 ribbing on the instep, working smoothly, with the numbers that I settled on - that's where more details would have helped with sock #2. Still, I got it done and they look alike. -Here's a closeup to see the beauty of the yarn.
The yarn has a lot of depth that doesn't show up in many of the pictures. It's really a beautiful green, it is Fortissima yarn and took almost all of 2 skeins. Now that I have experience with this yarn, I would probably knit the cuffs just a bit longer but I was worried about running out of yarn. Also, I have to admit that aside from being very busy with school this year, there were 2 factors that had me dragging my feet on these socks. First, the yarn was very splitty so it slowed down knitting a bit. Then, to be safe in regard to fit, I switched from double pointed needles to 2 circulars when I started working the heel and instep. I have a love/hate relationship with 2 circulars. I always think it's going to be so much faster and easier when I start it, then I grow to resent the project. But, once I start that way, I can't really stop because my gauge varies from one method to the other - I knit much looser on 2 circulars. Regardless, I would consider using the yarn again because I think it's very resilient. And like I said, I think that the recipient is going to enjoy them. I've been meaning to knit him a pair of socks for years now.
Other socks ...
I'm not sure what yarn this is, it seems like it's Regia but I can't find the yarn band right now. Anyway, I was just curious as to how the glittery fair isle would knit up and it had been sitting in my stash for a long time. So, I picked it for yet another "first try" of toe up socks. And I have to say, this method is the first that worked for me, getting me to the heel and beyond! I used the toe up story from Ann Budd in the Summer 2007 issue of Interweave Knits and it's brilliant. I did have a few problems with the heel but since I went back and reknit, it's better. I think that most of it is just about me needing more experience with a short row heel. I 'finished' it yesterday but it is too short and my bind off was too tight. So, I just need to add a few more rows to make them proper anklets and learn a good bind off for toe up socks. I think I started these in October or November but I'm not sure at the moment. I checked Ravelry but I guess I never added the socks to my project list!
Last is a pair of socks from Mountain Colors Bearfoot for my Mom.
This yarn has beautiful variations in it. My Mom chose it for a pair of toe socks with picot edges and I think short row heels. That's sad, that is how long they've been languishing on the needles - I can't remember what heel she requested, will have to check on that. Regardless, they are already at the heel length because they are to be short socks. Before I continue on with these though, I will be picking up her Embossed Leaves again that I mentioned earlier.
So, I think that about covers at least half of the socks - OH! I almost forgot though, I actually cast on a new sock last night so that I could have a simple stockinette sock that will be knit with a heel flap so I have some mindless knitting. Because you know, I have started knitting again. So, here is that sock ...
They are being knit from the Regia Kaffe Fassett line of yarn. I'm pleased with the somewhat earthy stripiness (I say it's a word :p ).
So, now that really covers every knitting thing that I have any photos to show you. And I've gone on and on so I think that's probably it for now anyway.
I'm going to try to start posting a little something at least every other day, but it may not be much knitting. I don't know, maybe it will be knitting! Anyway, it would be good to post more often.
This has been on my mind for awhile now, what with all the news coverage everywhere.
A picture of Fort Concho, in San Angelo, from my last visit in December. Many of the pictures on the news seem to be as unappealing as possible. While I'm not sure what to say about it, it was/is a home of sorts. I don't know. Anyway, very pretty picture I think. -And one more from my last trip.
Cotton fields are one of those things, like Longhorns and cactus, that I forget are missing from my everyday scenery. Things that are a nice reminder of where I come from, something I think about more and more the older that I get.
Today was my birthday, yay! I love birthdays! It was a nice sweet lazy day with my guy, my kitties and a neighbor kitty who is adopting us as his favorite hangout. We went out just for lunch and that was alright but the best part was just being home alone and doing almost nothing (I still have lots of homework reading to do, so there was some of that going on but not as much as was needed). Ahhh, a good birthday.
*I can't find my camera cord so no birthday pictures right now. I'm considering using some birthday money to buy a card reader, because I lose that cord much too frequently!
no, I didn't forget about posting more stuff but today was much busier than I anticipated (considering I didn't have class) so I didn't get new pictures. tomorrow I am going to campus just to do some schoolwork while my guy has classes, but there is tons of good light there! so, I think I may even take a break and blog from there. just a break. just a break. that's a reminder for me actually, because most of my classes are online and I don't want to get distracted. you know, there are so many things to distract you once you are online!
ok, so that's it for tonight. I had a picture that I've tried and tried and triedand tried to upload for the last half hour and Typepad thinks not. I've been thinking about moving to Wordpress but obviously I'm a glutton for punishment and lazy so I don't know. see you tomorrow.
I've had little things to blog but the week I actually had time I was just too tired to think. So, I'm going to do a few separate bloggings rather than a really long one.
No knitting here, but there are some goodies. This was the best stuff that I've thrifted in awhile.
I love this picture. The bright colors make the tools look like so much fun, like you just can't wait to use them! They were all under $1.50 too.
Then there was this crafty stuff:
These were in good shape and seem like good stash yarn for projects that I haven't met yet. (Because I really do remember how to knit, I do.)
Pink is one of my colors anymore. It's fingering weight and seems to barely (if even) have been touched so there is a lot to use! Now I can't remember and I'm too lazy to look but I think it is wool. There's part of a content label inside of the cone.
The Bernat Scandia is a soft fat wool. It's a really nice mellow buttery (hee!) shade in person. This seems like it would be nice even as a hidden treat, like a hat lining. I think that since it's such a heavy weight that one skein would go far, given the large needles I'd knit it on. *As I looked to see if I could find a link for the Bernat Scandia, even though I'm sure it's well past its time, I found this cool vintage booklet for the Scandia. It's great finding vintage items like that while thrift shopping. My own guess wasn't quite as far back as 1961, just because it's in such good shape.
I hope I'm not losing you, I'm almost through!
I've been buying cloth napkins that I want us to use. I thought these were really cute, I think there's four there. Now if I can just remember to put them all together so I can see what we have and put them to regular use! I've actually only had really good luck with finding nice sets of these at one of the thrift shops we go to.
And last, some cute shirts!
These were my prize find at $2 a piece. I know, I know, I get e*x*c*i*t*e*d about these things! -This was the best picture I could get of the shirts, they are both hard colors to get right in one shot.
So there you have it. My last thrift shopping was very productive. Yay me :-)
Knitting tomorrow - really, even though it's small. I keep having trouble with Typepad letting me upload pictures but I wanted to post this before anything else. That's because these thrift shopping pictures have been sitting on my desktop now for two weeks so now they can be moved. Anyway I will post again tomorrow and update you on all kinds of stuff!