Socks with Sarah KAL update – Tardis socks

My Tardis Socks are coming along. If you don’t know what a Tardis is, it’s from the TV show Dr. Who (great show, you should watch it!)

With (mostly) steady attention thanks to the motivation of the Socks With Sarah KAL,  slowly but surely, they are growing. Some days I just manage a round or two, some days a little more. There have even been one or two (or more) days when I didn’t touch them at all (shhhhh! Don’t tell on me!) but I’m trying to do better at that.

I’ve reached the “windows” now, which is the first section of colorwork. I love it because it’s interesting and the “door panel” portion had just started to get boring.

socks in progress

I had added some ribbing to the bottom of the foot to make it a little stretchier and more forgiving on size. This pair was supposed to be for my husband, and I think they will fit him…but they fit me nicely so far too, and I really like them, so we’ll have to wait and see who actually gets them in the end.

This is my first toe up pair, with a basic short row heel and no gusset. I don’t love the way they look when laying flat, but they fit well and look nice on my feet, and that’s what counts.

short row heel

I was really hoping to have these done for C2E2 this weekend, but I don’t think I’ll make it as I still have quite a ways to go. That’s ok though, I’m sure socks are the last thing we’ll be thinking about when we’re there!

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Tea Cozy Tuesday – April – Week #4

There are 5 Tuesdays this month, so this is a bonus post! I decided to make two of the Daylily Tea Cosy for Mother’s Day by Jenny Stacey this month, since there is extra time and they’re so pretty.

Last week, I had just finished the panels for the red ones. While they were blocking, I started in on the yellow panels. So now I have all 4 panels done and blocked or blocking. I decided to block these lightly before seaming just to stop the edges from curling. I thought a quick rinse and stretch would make it easier to line up the seams properly.

all 4 pieces blocking

By next week I’ll have 2 new lovely cozies :) Are you making one with us? We’d all love to see the progress, so if you post about it anywhere, remember to leave the link below.

If you haven’t already, please do check out the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page for the button, rules, and other useful links.

You can also visit the Ravelry group for tips and suggestions, and to follow everyone’s progress. You can view all the finished cozies on the Pinterest page. I will keep adding them as they are finished, so keep checking back for more! If you made one and I haven’t posted it there yet, please let me know (it may matter one day, you never can tell!)

 

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10 Random Things

After seeing so many of my blogging friends make similar lists, I just had to do it too! So here are 10 random things you may not know about me.

  1. I am a real estate broker and my Mom is my partner.
  2. I have a degree in Chemistry. Unfortunately, by the time I graduated, I realized I no longer had any interest in Chemistry.
  3. Most days, the first thing I do when I get home is put on my pajamas. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, as long as I’m not planning on going anywhere.
  4. Twining’s Irish Breakfast is my current favorite tea
  5. I taught pre-school for a couple of years. It was fantastic.
  6. I can’t sing. I’m really painfully bad at it. I sing along to everything. Even commercials.
  7. My favorite vacation idea is to take the City of New Orleans train all the way from Illinois to New Orleans, spend a couple of days there, and then take the train back again. All because of the song.
  8. I sometimes spend hours doing jigsaw puzzles, even though I really don’t have the time for it. It relaxes me. The more pieces the better.
  9. I like Spam. Vienna sausages too – you know, those little sausages that come in a can? I really like those.
  10. I collect souvenir bells. I don’t know why, I just do. I collect salt and pepper shakers too.  See?
    Salt & Pepper Shakers

So that’s 10 things about me…now check out some similar lists on these other wonderful blogs!

 

 

 

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Milestones

I was surprised to get a notification, after my last Tea Cozy Tuesday post went live, that I had just posted my 200th post. One day earlier, I had gotten a “Happy Anniversary” notification from WordPress too. I didn’t actually start writing for a little while after I had set up my account, but that still means I’m only about 2 months away from my true “blogiversary.” Where has the time gone?

A lot has changed since I started on this journey. I now have an active Ravelry account, a Facebook page, a logo, and my business cards just arrived!  Aren’t they lovely?

My new business cards

I feel like I’ve grown as a knitter/crocheter as well. I’ve learned lots of new techniques, tried a few new things that I never thought I would try, and, despite my best intentions, purchased lots of new yarn.

I couldn’t have done any of it without all of you – reading my posts, encouraging me and sharing your experiences on your own blogs so others, like me, could learn from them. Thank you!

 

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Gauge Demystified

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I’ve learned this one the hard way quite a few times…maybe one of these times it will stick!

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Don’t ask me why, but I hate gauge swatches, even though I have learned the hard way (more times than I care to admit) how important it is.

The Sterling Peplum pattern that became available yesterday was the last straw for me. As I had previously mentioned in a post while in Belize, I had to restart the top as it was much, much too big!  The original design concept was for it to be knit from the bottom up, completely seamless worked on circular needles.  But as I made headway on the peplum part, I quickly realized my math had led me astray.  (Turns out, my original gauge swatch was worked on with size 2 US needles, but I was now knitting the top on size 3 US!)

I quickly changed the design to be worked flat from the waist up, seamed, then have the peplum worked from the…

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Tea Cozy Tuesday – April – Week #3

This month we’re making the Daylily Tea Cosy for Mother’s Day by Jenny Stacey. I decided to make two cozies this month, and I’ve made good progress on my first one – the panels are done and blocking, so all that’s left is seaming and edging.

Red cozy pieces blocking

I realized right away that I was going to need one extra shade of yarn for the edge. I had only bought two colors for the petal instead of 3. I decided I didn’t want to buy a new skein for just one row. Luckily, I have lots of cream colored baby yarn in my stash, which coordinated quite well.

In the pattern, the designer said her teapot was a 2-cup pot, and included the approximate measurements. When I measured my pot, I found it was significantly bigger. I think mine may be a 4-cup pot. To adjust the pattern to be larger, I started with a larger hook (I, instead of G) and worked 1 extra row of each of the red colors.

I think it turned out pretty well, and I’m going to use the same modifications on the next one. I should note though, that the extra light red row meant that I had to make a choice about which row I marked as the right side. I chose to mark row 4 (the first row of the darker red color) as the right side, but really I think you could go either way as long as you’re consistent on both pieces.

How is your cozy coming along? Have you made any modifications? If you post about your progress anywhere, remember to leave the link below so we can all follow along.  There are 5 Tuesdays in this month, so we have an extra week to work on them. Tune in next week for another progress update!

If you haven’t already, please do check out the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page for the button, rules, and other useful links.

You can also visit the Ravelry group for tips and suggestions, and to follow everyone’s progress. You can view all the finished cozies on the Pinterest page. I will keep adding them as they are finished, so keep checking back for more! If you made one and I haven’t posted it there yet, please let me know (it may matter one day, you never can tell!)

 

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Uninspired

This blog is supposed to be about knitting, crochet, and scrapbooking, but you may have noticed that I haven’t written much about scrapbooking recently. Well ok…ever. The simple reason is I haven’t wanted to.

The scrapbook I’m working on now has been rather uninspiring. I’m embarrassingly behind, so I’m currently working on the album for our honeymoon…from 2008. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fabulous honeymoon and I’m enjoying reliving the memories, but scrapping it is proving to be overwhelming.

I saved absolutely everything from this trip. Napkins, placemats, ticket stubs, brochures…in many cases 2 copies of each. In addition, I have literally hundreds of photos, and 2 bags full of postcards in case my photos didn’t turn out well (which most of them didn’t). It’s great to have it all, but it’s a lot to sift through.

I had decided to do the entire album in pocket pages. I thought this would help me incorporate more pictures per page and get through the mound of memorabilia a bit faster. That has actually turned out to be true, but it’s making for somewhat boring pages.

Washi tape helps, and a few pages turned out ok, like this one:

Rockport scrapbook page

Or this one that I posted earlier:

Salem album page

But I’ve mostly fallen into a rut of even more picture heavy, photo album style pages like this one:

Boston Gardens page

These get a bit boring and make the album seem never-ending. I could of course ease up on the images and add more embellishment, but I can’t decide what to leave out.

I’ve also hit the point where I’m running out of pocket pages and am feeling limited by the layouts I have left. So the album sits, untouched for about a month now, as I fall further and further behind.

Maybe I’ll work on it tomorrow…

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