Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Little Progress Made

Yesterday was my scheduled day with the grandchildren—Miss J was a bit under the weather.  Miss C had ended the weekend with a stomach virus. Miss J, as always, had to have what ever Miss C had—and started feeling ill very late (11:30PM) Tuesday night. The worst was over by Wednesday morning—because she was sick to her stomach most of the night.

In three days the girls generated 6 loads of wash by throwing up on themselves, their crib sheets, and their parents. They were both a bit cranky—Miss J still had a bit of fever, (but had stopped throwing up) Miss C was better, but cranky from lack of sleep.  Miss J largely sleep through Miss C's being sick, but Miss J kept Miss C from sleeping. I kept them entertained for a while as DD finished up the last 3 loads of laundry.

By late after noon the sun was out and the air at its warmest 78°f—so we went out side to get some fresh air... Chalk, a big red ball and bubbles provided entertainment.

Miss C loved the bubbles—Miss J still wasn't at her best, and only wanted to snuggle with momma, (NOT Nana—she had had enough of me for the day.) But she cheered up when a few birds came into the play area—And while she didn't want me, she did want to play with my knitting--I let her of course. I spent this AM undoing the knots she managed to make in the yarn. It's is amazing how good both girls are as knotting the yarn!

In spite of the knots, I made some progress, not much, but some—the ribbing is clearly longer. I like these socks better than the last pair I knit—even though pink is not a favorite color. I generally like socks with a fancy cuff and plain (or ribbed) knitting for the rest of the sock.  I have some pink clothes, too, though not many. 

I have one major set—from back in the early 1990's I bought a slightly damaged bold of cloth—60 inches wide, (down to 56 inches for most of the bolt)about 10 yards in all.(for $10 or so- I remember I didn't have enough  cash, and paid in $0.50 tokens) I made: a skirt, a jacket, a vest, a pair of pants, and a pair of long shorts... I still have the all but the pants, for no other reason than they have hardly been worn—see statement above—Pink isn't a favorite color!

I also have 2 lengths of cloth (soon to be shirt dresses) that have some pink accents so these socks will have some “go with's”. The 20 year old pink jacket will match the shirt dresses, too.

Some time in the future, I will knit a pink (a very bright Bubble Gum pink) shell (from Lion Brand Sock-easeyarn, in Lollypop) . With a co-coordinating cardigan—in a hand painted pink--Araucania Atacama. (you can see this in my stash on Ravelry) Together these will make an almost, but not quite, matching sweater set. The socks are not a perfect match either, (color wise) but will be close enough.

In the past (the recent past, even!) I hardly ever got cold--but time is catching up to me, and now I like the idea of owning a very warm alpaca sweater,

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Back again (for what the 3rd time?)

I have been knitting more years than I would like to admit—54! I never really stopped knitting, but at times I have knit less, and at other times, I have knit more.

The past 10 years have been “more”--and it's not just that I have knit more. I have blogged, and joined knitting BB's and groups, I have made over 65 videos devoted to knitting and created a web page that is mostly about knitting, in addition to actually knitting things.

This past year, my knitting mojo has been losing steam.

I have been knitting less, and blogging less. Project that a few years ago I could complete in a week are taking me months, and with less knitting, there has been less to blog about. Just one post in March, and this is the only post for April.

Last week, I finally completed a pair of socks I started in early February. Part of the slow progress, was I didn't like how the skein knit up. I just didn't much like the stripe pattern and more over, I didn't like the breaks in the skeins that broke up the stripe pattern. Secondly, it was a toe up sock (and these are less interesting to me) and finally, it was a cabled pattern. Cables look OK, but they really just don't interest me that much. I like how they look—but not enough to really like knitting them. I know some knitters just LOVE cables, but to me, neah.

But finally, as of last week, they are finished.

Since then I have started another pair of socks. I don't remember the brand of sock yarn (and managed to misplace the label when I make the single skein into 2 cakes. I remember the color way name—Flamingo--I don't think its a good name. The yarn is too pink, and not Flamingo pink, which is a bit closer to coral than to a pure pink. I remember where I bought the yarn –Knitty City, and about when--5 years ago,  (when I was working uptown, at 103rd and B'way at the internet cafe).

These socks are not one of the home made sock club knits—I wanted something new and a surprise, and after a few false starts, I cast on using the double knot cast on, and made some rows of scallops—that I decided I didn't like (to knit) and changed to a simpler ribbed pattern. A bit more of the ribbing, and it will be time to start the heel. Pink crowns is a double word play--Pink'd originally meant with a notched or ruffled edge --Pinking shears retail the old meaning of the word.  Carnations were commonly known as "Pinks" for having just such an edge. Later, the word Pink came to associated with the color of common carnations. (Carnation is another common name, rooted in the word carne meaning 'flesh toned".)

I dug out some other skeins I liked, one a bright pastel colorway, and another of light grey with stripes. The second is another color way of Reynolds “swizzle”--and will likely be another generic pair of socks—perhaps with something special at the top edge, like these socks made with a different colorway.(I have a third skein of this sock yarn in a dark green color way still waiting its turn)

When I haven't been knitting, I have been working on my web page—and there is, as always more work to do. The home page needs a revamping, and there are some under construction tutorials that need more work... Still images need to be upgraded to videos.

Speaking of videos, I am continuing to make new ones—Double knitting ones, and other cast ons, including finally, one demoing the Emily Ocker cast on..

Finally, two good friends, one a master knitter, and one a beginner, have been ill—seriously, deadly ill, and this kind of turmoil has spurred my knitting mojo—each stitch I knit is a prayer—a hope that they will both do better than their  current medical predictions. Knit a row or two with them in your thoughts and prayers. They both need them.