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Friday, February 19, 2016

Zombie Socks - Done and Done!

Hi Knitters and Others,

Have you been bitten by the "knitting bug" yet? Good for you and the people you love. They'll get nifty knitwear (if they're worthy recipients) and you'll have a fun (albeit frustrating at times) new hobby. This pair of socks took me 10 months to knit. You can make a baby in less time than that. I did knit several things in between, but, really? I admit that they are huge. I have big, size 10 feet. I could call it second sock syndrome. I will probably knit another pair....some day. Assuming I live that long. I'm 63.
The first one (thanks to Susan B. Anderson's pattern - "How I Knit My Socks" from her website. Thank you, Susan. The first one was a breeze. I followed the instructions and I was amazed at the results.

I started the second sock, finished the ribbing for the cuff and put them away until a couple of weeks ago. I won the yarn from the dyer, Susan of "Desert Vista Dyeworks". It's part of her 'Zombie' collection. "Desert Vista Dyeworks" ran a contest looking for new zombie colors. I suggested a zombie wedding color called "Zombody's Getting Married." Susan ran with it, calling it "Here Comes the Zombride". Cute, right? The whole time I'm knitting the sock I'm imagining the zombie blood and guts to actually be crushed roses - in my head. I guess you can love zombies at my age but - me - it's crushed roses all the way.

And then it's almost Valentine's Day and I need to knit pink. So I pick up the second sock and get going on it. And had to rip it out and start over. Then I got all the way to the toe and started the kitchner stitch to close the toe...screwed that up, ripped out the toe and finished the sock yesterday.
A bit late for Valentine's Day but we're still kind of celebrating here. Until the chocolate's gone and the flowers are dead, it's still a holiday.

I can't decide - Is the look more Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Cozy Corner

I love to spin with my drop spindle in the evening. It keeps my hands busy. I drink a nice cup of herbal tea or, healthier yet, a big glass of water. I'm not riveted to most of what's on the tube (with the exception of Downton Abbey or Doc Martin). Spinning is productive. I get yarn when I'm finished. I don't have to concentrate on my project, my hands remember what to do. It's tactile. The fiber is soft, the yarn on my spindle is squishy like a teddy bear. I'm spinning dark chocolate brown pure Alpaca, a gift from my daughter from our local farm, Alpaca Hill.  Many spinners would consider the process a bit boring. They need color - the brighter the better - to lift their spirits out of the mid-winder doldrums. I look forward to my little corner at the end of the day - pure, cozy comfort.