Monday, July 23, 2012


This is the most recent picture of a sock I'm working on. Or was working on. The first sock has been done for quite a while, but I had lost my project about a month ago. I found it again last week and continued with the second sock, but discovered I ran out of yarn before the toe.

The ball of yarn came with enough, but I had already made socks for Margaret out of this yarn. I started this pair hoping that her socks didn't use too much. Unfortunately, they did.

So now I can rip out 2 socks and try something else with the yarn. Or I can finish this second sock with more of the same yarn, but in a different dye lot. Or I can use another yarn completely and just have fun with one of the socks having a vastly different toe. What do you think?

Also, I finally signed up with a team for the Ravellympics Ravellenics. I need a project/event, though. Should I work on something I need to do or something I feel like doing or should I just leave my queue up to the decision of a random number generator? No idea.

Christmas Aprons

After I made the gnomes, I realized my knitting was not kick-started by that kit. So I tried again, but with sewing.

You know those fabrics that have a pattern and instructions printed on them? You just have to cut it out and follow it? A lady in my quilting group was destashing her fabric last Christmas and I acquired the fabric and instructions for 4 aprons.

On the bottom of two of the aprons, I've attached red eyelet lace, but I don't have enough of the eyelet lace for the other two aprons. I do have some ruffle, though.

Help me figure out how I want to sew this ruffle on. On the left, the ruffle is pinned so that the top edge is behind the apron fabric. The right has it so you can see the edge. The top is how I sewed the eyelet lace: I chose to put it behind the fabric, but I'm not sure about the ruffle. Ruffle has a different feel.

Also, sorry for the bad coloring: I had to accentuate the differences between the reds in the picture so you could tell where the apron ended and the edging began.

What am I going to do with 4 aprons? Not keep them. The University ward has a Christmas auction every year and I might put them in that. There is also a homeschool craft fair where homeschool kids and families can sell things and the money is given to a Women's Shelter. If they do that again this year, I might donate these aprons to that. I certainly don't need 4 aprons!

Also: how would you do the ruffle edging here?

FO: Gnomes

I haven't blogged much these last couple of months because I haven't knit much. I had some pregnancy-induced depression that kept me from even knitting. I did try one week to knit about 3 different toys for friends' kids, but all 3 of those toys are half-finished and I really doubt I'll ever finish them. Frog or toss?

So in an attempt to get my knitting mojo back, I thought I'd try a kit. In May a lady at church was de-stashing her yarn and patterns and I took a lot home. She had some very very nice yarn. Unfortunately, that's not where I started. I decided, "Oh this knitted gnome kit! That'll be nice since the pattern and yarn and everything is right there." I hoped it our jump-start me back into knitting.

It didn't. And I made a couple of interesting gnomes. And by interesting, I mean, "I think these are kind of ugly." The date on the kit says 1987, which I think accounts for the large shoulders. Larger shoulders were a thing in the 80s, you know.

Margaret likes the gnomes. I guess that's all that matters. We got a fairy doll house last week and rainbow gnomes have taken up residence there. These big ones will probably end up there, too.

First Place!

I put my parasol in the Alameda County Fair and as you can see from the tag, it has a blue sticker on it designating that it won first place. Its category was "accessories" so it was competing against hats and scarves. That doesn't seem very fair to me, but the only other option was "miscellaneous" and it seemed to be more like an accessory than a "miscellaneous."

Blurry photos courtesy my iPhone.