Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Well, today is only Tuesday but it's already been a very interesting week. So far Mr. S has had to have surgery, Grandma is back in the hospital, received a call from England on my cell phone, I have started another Josephine Top (well, I started that on Wednesday), have become a legal dective of sorts (if anyone knows about Kentucky estate & probate laws, let me know, I have a few questions for you), was rained out of last night's softball practice, was snowed on over night and have seen that my Valentine Lace Sock pattern is doing pretty good on Ravelry (please remember, if you'd like a copy of the pdf, e-mail me and I will send it to you).

Ok, to expand a little more. I decided that I wanted another Josephine Top, as it's starting to warm up and I need more nice tops to wear. I wanted navy blue for this one, but they didn't have that color at the store I was at, and I wanted to start one right away, so I had to settle for black. It'll look nice, and it'll go with everything. I didn't have too much time to work on it over the weekend, but with softball practice and sitting in the hospital waiting room, I have 2 repeats of 6 done on the bottom. This one seems to be going a little quicker than the last one did. I'll take pics of it tonight to share.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Weekend knitting

Saturday I finished my first pair of Tofutsies socks while at Miss PJ's baby shower. I love those kind of baby showers, very relaxed and friendly. No stupid games. And lots of good food. Here is the pair I just finished.

And PJ loved them so much, I'm making her a pair to wear in the hospital. And since she's having a boy and I can't knit anything in pink, her pair are going to pinks. Here is the pair I started:And a little excitement for today. While at Wally World, they announced that everyone was to evacuate the store, due to a gas leak. We had to leave our cart where it was and exit right away. We ended up going to another store to get our shopping done.

Also, for anyone who is interested, my Valentine Lace Sock pattern in now available in PDF form. Please e-mail me at rosiegypsy@aol.com if you would like a copy, and I'll e-mail it you.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Universe picks on me

Really. It does. On Tuesday around 8:30 in the morning, we were commenting on how I hadn't been sick since January. This must have caught the attention of the Universe, because at around 10 o'clock that morning I was blind sided by a sinus infection. That is why I was up late Tuesday night to post my pattern. I barely splept that night. Then, I stumbled into work yesterday to realize that we would be short handed for the rest of the week. So, I left at noon yesterday, to go home and sleep for the afternoon. I feel a little better today, and I can breath better, but I'm still so sleepy. I have been drinking tons of water and orange juice, and taking Mucinex and Zicam by the hordes. And Annie came down with it, too. The poor baby. I have been making her take childrens Tylenol, childrens Mucinex and the cough syrup the doctor gave her last month for her strep throat. The bad thing is that I don't have time to be sick. With Katie having softball practice and Miss PJ's baby shower this Saturday, I just don't have time.

Ok, I think I'll go sleep through my lunch, since I forgot my knitting bag at home. See what this illness has done to me? It made me forget my knitting.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Pics and a Free Pattern

Well, as I sit here, in the late hours of the night (waiting for laundry to dry & watching Deadliest Catch re-runs), I thought I'd share a few pics, and my Valentine Lace Sock pattern. First up is the current sock WIP:

My socks made from the Tofutsies. I'm on the instep of the second sock.

Also, we have visitor. My grandma had back surgery, so we are dog sitting for her. Here is Lady:

I call her Bebe, she responds very well to that. She looks a little dejected, as she wants to play with the cats, but they want nothing to do with her. That, and she's waiting for me to go to bed, she's not used to staying up so late.

Here are the pics of my finished Valentine's Lace socks:

No, they really aren't that pointy, Katie is modeling them for me, and she has really skinny feet, compared to my small, wide feet.

Here is the pattern as I knitted it(warning: I turn the heel and knit the instep differently. I turn the heel on needles 1 & 2, not 1 & 4, so the top of my instep is on needles 3 & 4):

Yarn: Lorna's Laces Tickled Pink 2 skeins
Needles: US 1 DPN's
Gauge: Forgot to take it, oops!
Size: as written, will fit womens US 7 to 7 1/2

Cast on 64 sts. Join, being careful not to twist.

Cuff: K2, P2 for 10 rnds.

Leg: Follow Chart below. (I can't remember how to do a print screen, so I took a picture of the screen. You can click on it to enlarge it.) For the leg of my sock, I knit 6 repeats.

Heel: Short row heel.

Instep: On needles 1 & 2 knit across, on needles 3 & 4 follow the chart. I knit 3 repeats.

Toe: Needles 1 & 3 - K1, ssk, knit across; needles 2 & 4 - knit across to last 3 sts, k2tog, K1. Work decreases every other row down to 4 sts per needle. Kitchner and weave in ends.

Please remember, this is a free pattern for your personal use. If you would like to share it with friends or on your blog, please link back to this page.

Well, good night friends, and enjoy the sock pattern. I am off to bed.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Back into the swing of things

It's been so long since I've blogger, and knitted, that's time to get back into the swing of both. That being said, I finally finished a pair of socks that I designed. The pattern was for a pair of lace heart Valentine's socks. I don't have any picks of the finished pair, yet, I'll try to get that tonight. And I was thinking of publishing the pattern here as a free pattern. Sort of a way to give back to the knitting community that has given me so many free patterns. What do you think?

I have decided that since I have moved, now is the time to unpack all the UFO's I have in boxes, and finish them as I can. I will be starting with my poor Rogue, as all she needs is sleeves. Then, I think I'll tackle my bell sleeve shrug, as I only need to knit the other half. After that, I'll take on my CPH, to get her finished off. Then, I'll have to restart my Highland Heather Pullover and my Fisherman's Shrug, as I frogged them both. I really want them, that's why I'm willing to restart them both. I am also going to start my Christmas knitting as soon as I can get my hands on the yarn. And, I am starting so early because I decided to be ambitious this year and make afghans for my nieces. The good thing is, they are worked in 12"x12" squares and seamed. If I make at least 2 squares a week, I'll have them done by Christmas. Maybe. lol.

I am currently working on a pair of socks in Tofutsies yarn. They are a waffle pattern, and the colorway is #734, which is a green & white twist. So far, so good. I'm half way down the leg of the second sock. I knit the first one while watching season 1 of Lost on dvd. I'll try to get pics tonight, as I watch the season premiere of Deadliest Catch. Yes, I watch Deadliest Catch. I even have the first 3 seasons in my Netflix queue.

Other than that, softball season has begun. Katie has practice twice away, and they didn't have enough girl's in Annie's age group, so she'll be waiting at least another year. So, there'll be plenty of knittng time while sitting on the side lines.

At around 10 o'clock this morning, I started feeling like crap! I don't know if I'm getting a sinus infection, again (which is what it feels like), or if it's my allergies. I'm betting sinus infection. So, I'm going to spend the rest of the afternoon vegging at my desk, and then go home and make some hot tea.

Well, off to lunch I go, to knit. Hopefully I'll have pics tomorrow.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Back in the land of the living!

Well, I have made through the move alive. It went somewhat well. With it snowing horribly, the tempratures dropping to about 5 degrees. Then, I had to throw out over half of what I had stored in the garage of the old apartment, as rat had made himself a nice home in most of my boxes. And if I could've cornered him and killed him myself, I would have, especially since he chewed away half of a leg on my sewing cabinet. I still haven't unpacked everything, but atleast we can now see the floor. The rooms that are settled so far are the girls' room, living room, and both bathrooms. My room, the kitchen and the laundry room are still works in progress. And, I was finally able to sit down and knit last week, after almost 2 months I was afraid that I had forgotten. This place is so much smaller than my last couple of places, it hard to find room for everything.

I'll have pics and more of an update later. Happy Monday!