Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sock It To Me

Warning, long post, I've been busy.

First things first, I was nominated for the Kreativ Blogger award by the wonderful Faye, thank you so much Faye. I'm not very good at following the award instructions but I'll give it my best shot.

Seven things about me? Well if you've been reading my blog for any length of time you pretty much know everything but here goes.

1. My favorite day of the week is Sunday.
2. My favorite meal is Sunday breakfast.
3. I'm a craft/sewing/knitting/crochet geek and proud of it.
4. I LOVE to cook.
5. I truly appreciate my girlfriends.
6. I have one friend that I've kept in touch with that I've known since grade school.
7. I'll be 49 next week.

Now I'm supposed to nominate 7 other blogs, this is the hard part. The award has pretty much made the circuit and I've only been able to come up with 5, here they are:

Home Spun Living - Love this blog, I think I'm a country girl at heart.

Life Happens Be Positive - WOW! Just an awesome person sharing the good and the bad.

Adrienne - I have to nominate Adrienne my weeks are just not right if she doesn't post.

Gold - Doesn't post as often as I would like but that probably means she has a life and I still appreciate it when she does share.

String of Purls - I don't know how I found this blog but she's somewhere in Cincy so I feel connected and she just sounds like a really kewl person.

Thanks again Faye, I really appreciate the award. Now on to the fun stuff.

I'm sewing, yippee! Started the Butterick 5375 jacket. In order for the patch pockets to work I felt that they needed to disappear into the jacket front, after cutting the pocket out 4 times I finally got it right. The top pocket just shows the pocket lining on one that I didn't use. Love the lining fabric, some Hancock generic clearance find. The pattern calls for just one button and I found this one on the basement floor, don't know where it came from but it's going to find a home on this jacket. There's a story behind this jacket pattern, when I lived in Pine Bluff, Ark, a co-worker let me borrow a short jacket pattern that she had, I loved that pattern I made one for myself and my sister-in-law, I begged and begged but she wouldn't let me have that pattern, this was as close as I could find, I do remember that her pattern had a back vent instead of pleats. I am going to try to and do that instead of the back pleats, I think it will work better with the thick wool fabric. I'll keep you posted on my progress. DUH! I wish I had thought to trace that pattern and copy the instructions, as Gold would say "live and learn".

A throw back to my 80's crafty days, I saw this on somebodies blog and for the life of me I can't remember. I have a really bad habit of visiting blogs that other blogger's have listed and you know you just start clicking and clicking. It's just an empty jar that I made a Christmas fabric pin cushion for the top and filled it with my jewelry making/embellishment stuff, buttons would be cute too but a lot of my buttons are still on cards and I didn't feel like taking them off. I thought about making another one, filling it with goodies and giving it away for my blog-a-versary. I would appreciate your comments, you can be honest you won't hurt my feelings. This is just the proto-type, you never want the first one of anything I make, another good example coming up.

In other crafy knitting news, I made a sock, that's right, just one lol. I will start the other one next week---maybe. I wanted to learn to make socks because it's the most challenging knitting project for a newbie like me. I don't think I'll ever do fair isle knitting, I'm just not that adventurous. I wanted to learn to make socks because my Father is always complaining that his ankles (tree trunks) are cold, he's cold because his cankles are humongous and no socks come up far enough, how nice would it be to make him a nice warm pair of wool socks that fit, after this experience I might have to keep looking for another solution--can an old man get away with wearing leg warmers lol.

One good thing about learning to make socks, there's a wealth of information on the subject. I think there's an entire section of books just on socks in my library. I was motivated by my own cankles and I did adjust the pattern, I added 4 stitches to the largest size in the beginning and then went down to the normal size for the foot, I'm pretty happy with the fit.

After checking out about 50 different books, (that's just a slight exaggeration) I think this was the best. The illustrations and instructions were very good. I purchased some sock yarn but started with a heavier weight yarn so I could use a larger needled, I knitted these on size 4 dpns. The toothpick size 2's were just a bit much. The book was great because it had several different patterns that used different types/sizes of yarn/needles but no matter which pattern you choose you could still refer to the detailed instructions.

Here's a close up of the dreaded heel flap--whatever!

I guess you can tell I'm not that thrilled with my foraye into sock making. I think there was a pattern in one of my crochet mags for socks, I think I'll try crocheting them now that I understand the terms and basic construction. The dpn's was even less fun than cabling.
I'm going back to familiar ground, my sewing machines and the jacket. I hope everyone has/had a great weekend and if you're off tomorrow bonus! Enjoy.

1 comment:

Faye Lewis said...

Girl, you be doing it to death. A master of many crafts - yes you are. I have not forgotten about my pattern data base. I've got a new computer now (updated from my 10 1/2 year old one). The old one is still going strong though, but now I've got my new lap top with Vista and it's fully loaded with the Office suite. Hopefully I'll get to work on my pattern catalog real soon. Thank you for not giving up on me.