Monday, October 27, 2008

I'm back (again)!

I haven't been keeping up with this blog at all. Bad blogger! But in between working and chasing a toddler around, I've been knitting and sewing.

I made Julian a blankie:

This is the unfinished version; I haven't taken a picture since it was finished. The top is just a piece of fabric with ducks and colored bubbles (because he loves ducks and balloons), and the back is soft blue flannel. I tied it all together with yellow embroidery thread and sewed on a pale yellow satin binding. By hand, because my sewing machine conked out as soon as I sat down to sew the binding.

I've also been knitting socks!

Elfine's Socks, in Socks that Rock Lightweight in Jade, raveled here.

Monkey Socks, in Koigu KPPPM, raveled here.

And now that those are finished, and wonderful, and being worn all the time, I'm back to working on the pink socks. About a thousand years ago I knit a pair of pink socks. They were too tight. So I ripped them out and re-knit them. But then I had a baby, and it took a while to get the socks knit. Finally I finished one, tried it on, and the heel kind of sucked. So I knit the Monkey socks instead, and in the process, I discovered the wonder that is the Toe-Up Flap Heel from Sensational Knitted Socks. Went to Portland and went a little crazy with the Socks that Rock, had to cast on for new socks right away. Finished the Monkeys. Ripped pink sock back past the heel, re-knit. Finished the Elfines. Tried on the pink sock again and said wow, this is great, it's getting cold outside and I need more socks. Am now about 25% done with the second sock and it's going quickly! Hopefully there will be no more distractions and soon I will have another pair of socks to show off.

But you know, Julian really needs a pair of piggy mittens.