Friday, November 19, 2010

The F Word

That's right, frogging! For those of you who aren't knitters, frogging is when you have to rip out some knitted work. It's called frogging because you have to "rip it, rip it..."

I HATE frogging. It's fun to do, but it's so hard to see your hours of hard work unravel away in minutes. It pains me. That's why I was having such a hard time understanding how one of the women from my knitting meetup didn't seem to have any trouble at all. She showed me a sweater that she had been working on and all that was missing were the sleeves. Then she looked at me, shrugged, and said, "I think I'm just going to frog the whole thing." I think my eyes might have popped out of my head. She was so nonchalant about it, like it was no big deal. When I expressed my sorrow for her hard work that was all about to be for nothing, she said she wasn't really worried about it because she went into the project thinking that this might happen anyway.

All of this to say that I am proud of myself for frogging just the toes of my socks. Thank you G for your guts and positive attitude about frogging.

Why I thought 7.5 inches was long enough for my socks(when it usually takes 9 inches) beats me. I think I was just so proud of myself for finishing a sock in 24 hours. I guess that's no longer true because it wasn't really finished. After the first sock was "done" I told myself that it would just be a very fitted sock. As I was working on the second sock, I told myself that maybe I would just give them to someone with smaller feet. As I got to the toe of the second sock, I decided that I had put enough effort into these socks to rip out the toe and do it right. I mean, it's not like it was almost a whole sweater.

Here is the comparison of the two socks:


As you can see, the the socks are lined up and the one top is much shorter.

I'm really glad I fixed the short sock (that looked like it was meant for a child). Can't wait to wear them :)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sock in a Day

That's right, I finished one sock within 24 hours!!! It's miraculous. That has to be an all time record for me. It's amazing what you can accomplish when you don't have much else going on.

Here's the sock I finished in 24 hours:


And the conversation I had with my husband about it:

Me: (While modeling the sock on my foot) Babe, do you like my sock?
E: Uh, are there holes in it?
Me: Yeah. That's called lace. It's pretty!
E: Hmm...When my socks have holes in them I usually throw them away!

Awww, the mind of a non knitter. Gotta love him!

A couple of days ago, I also knit up a couple of these Knit Turkeys, which is a free pattern from Webs Yarn


I think they are adorable (and a super quick knit too). You can also see my Thanksgiving tablecloth in this picture. The hubby would like me to do one for Christmas too. I think it's cute when he enjoys my projects :)

Two weekends ago, I went to Portland to visit my cousins and nieces. I was so happy I got to visit with them, and so so so sad that I forgot my camera!!! Argh! The four of us (cousin, her 3yr old, her 6mo old, and me) when to a yarn shop together called Happy Knits. This place was awesome. Not only did they have a play room for the kiddos, they also informed us that it was soundproof (not that we shut the door on the kids). Apparently the building used to be a recording studio. Great shop, awesome lighting!



Although the picture is small, I assure you that my 3 year old niece is holding yarn and needles and believes she is knitting. That's right, we start them young. When asked what she was making she said, "A hat for Addley (her best buddy)." Then she said she needed some glue. Ha ha! Love it!

We also did a drive-by shopping stop (my cousin waited in the car while I ran in to grab this bag) at The Naked Sheep. We usually make a stop at this shop. Every time we go I think about getting one of their totes, but then talk myself out of spending the money. This time I got one and they had my favorite color, so I think it was meant to be.


The bags have gotten a little more expensive than I remembered, but I think that the quality is better too. Plus I bought it in Oregon, so no sales tax!!