Warm Tootsies

I found a pattern called Bed Peds by Yvonne Senecal on (where else?) Ravelry way back in February (around the time I joined the site).  I added it to my queue at that time.  For some reason, when I saw them, I automatically thought of my mom. I’m not sure why.

They looked like “slipper socks” in the picture accompanying the pattern and my mom has always worn warm socks (especially in the colder months) so I queued them with the intention of making a pair for her…at some point.  They are not traditional socks because there is no actual knit heel portion.  When they are not worn, they kind of look like tubes with one closed end.  But they shape to the foot when they are on.

I finally gave in last weekend and started working on them.  They turned out to be MUCH easier than I was anticipating, which made me happy! I finished the second one earlier today.  They each probably took about 4 hours or so to make.  Not too bad.  They are supposed to be a size M (an 8 in women’s) and there was an option to make a rolled cuff, but I opted out of that.  I think I would probably add one more repeating section (4 rows) because they seemed a little short at the back of my ankle.  Also, I didn’t realize it until I was about to start the second sock that I kind of screwed it up a little.  But it’s not detrimental to the sock so it’s all good.  (I was supposed to use smaller needles at the beginning and switch to the larger needles, but I did it backwards.  I think they still look great!)

I only have one picture of the first sock I made last weekend.  I lent my camera to my mom so I will take pictures of the pair when I get the camera back.  So for now, enjoy my one foot.  And check back at the end of the week for new pictures 🙂

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AARP at 25?!

So this is not related to knitting in any way, but I had to post this somewhere.

I came home from work today and grabbed the mail out of the mailbox.  I shuffled through the pile: credit card offers, Sports Illustrated, something from the Red Cross, coupons to Yankee Candle…and an AARP enrollment letter for me.

Let me repeat that: AN AARP ENROLLMENT LETTER FOR ME.

I’m 25. 

And if I send in the completed form and the $16 subscription (for the year) I’ll get a free insulated cooler and enjoy all the benefits offered to the 50+ community.

I can’t believe I got that in the mail! haha

Don’t get me wrong, as soon as I’m old enough to do it (and as long as it’s still around) I’m totally signing up for AARP, but I still have to wait another 25 (well, almost 24) years! hahaha

It made me laugh, so that’s good I guess.

More Pumpkins!

I made four more pumpkins in the last couple of days for my mum, dad, sister and Sue.  They came out cute!  However, I ran out of the orange yarn so I’m unable to make more for my mini punkin patch, but that’s OK!

As you could see from my previous post, I have a few more projects to work on, so I’ll continue with those!

Here’s a picture of the other pumpkins:

This is the same pattern I found on Ravelry which I  posted earlier this week.

Busy, Busy, Busy

I have quite a few knitting tasks ahead of me!

A few people have asked for some things and others I’m making as gifts…I need to keep a list so I don’t forget anyone.  What better place than here, my knitting project “tracker”?

Pumpkins
Mum
Dad
Kristen
Sue

Hats
Justin
Sue
Vicky

“Socks”
Mum
Mark
Kristen
Auntie
Me
(these aren’t socks in the traditional sense; according to the pattern there isn’t an actual heel portion to knit)

Sweater
Sonny 🙂

Blanket
MaKayla (I started this over a year ago and put it aside as I learned how to make more things…I really need to finish this for her!)

Miscellaneous
9″x9″ squares for the Pine Street Inn Annual Knit-a-Thon (I’ll explain more about this later)
** [Edit 23-Nov-11] I was unable to complete these by the Knit-a-Thon, so I will save them for next year… I will blog about this later, I have an idea brewing…

There are also some other really cute patterns that I’ve lined up in my queue on Ravelry, but this list is requested items that I want to make and so I will concentrate on these first!

Punkin Patch

I found this Jack Be Little Pumpkin pattern by Elizabeth Murphy on Ravelry last week. I just had to try it. So over the weekend I went out and bought the yarn I needed to make this.  Though I have a tote over-flowing with yarn, I didn’t have the colors I needed for this.  I noticed when I sat down to start it last night that I didn’t have the exact size needles I needed, but I think it came out just fine. I started it last night and finished it when I got home from work today.

It actually wasn’t difficult to do and worked pretty quickly.

I’m planning to make a few more of varying sizes to make my own “punkin” patch 🙂

Happy Autumn!

Completed October 18, 2011

Krista’s Hat

This hat has been my nemesis since early this summer.

I told a friend of mine I would knit her a hat, showed her a few patterns I had in my Ravelry queue and she selected the All Day Beret by Debbie Stoller. Glancing at the pattern I thought it didn’t seem to be too difficult but I needed to buy the yarn and the needles. Three different sets of needles are required for the pattern.  I was able to get 2 of them at the store and had to order the third set online. Of course, the set I had to wait for in the mail was the one I needed to start the project.

Then, I got caught up in a few other things and aside from just doing the ribbed knitting at the beginning, I hadn’t done anything else. In July, I picked it up again and made a mess of it; the pattern seemed to be much harder than I thought! I kept ending up with a bunch more stitches than I was supposed to have. So I had to frog it and start all over again.

Last month, I started it over again and was trucking along just fine… (I realized I had originally read the pattern wrong and was doing two yarn overs instead of one…whew, easy problem solved!) Also,  I took a fellow knitting pal’s suggestion of using markers to help me keep the stitch count (which is such a great help!) After getting through about 1/3 of the hat, I realized it was all twisted. I guess some part of my brain figured it would un-twist itself as I started to decrease…the twisting had never happened to me before so I didn’t know that wouldn’t be the case. When I consulted one of my books, you must know how bummed I was to discover it would NOT un-twist itself (what a newbie mistake!).  So once again, I had to start it over again.

Last week (the 10th) I re-cast. I was extra careful to make sure it didn’t twist. I followed the pattern exactly.  Until I realized I was doing the SSK slightly wrong.  The pattern didn’t specify if the slipped stitches were slipped as if to knit or purl and so I automatically slipped as if to purl.  It’s not “wrong” per se, but my knitting book did say unless otherwise specified assume to slip as if to knit.  Oh well.  I thought it was looking good so I just stuck with what I was doing….(plus I didn’t want to have to start over a 4th time!)

I finished it this afternoon while waiting for the Patriots game to start.

So now, drumroll please……………………………………….

TA DA!

Krista wearing the hat

Completed October 16, 2011

Breast Cancer Bracelets

Every year for the past 10 years my family has participated in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.  The first year was 2001 and only 3 of us walked.  Each year more and more people joined our group…some family, some friends.  And originally we walked for my aunt (who is a 8 & 9 year survivor…she was diagnosed the spring of 2001 and then again 11 months later in 2002). As time progressed, we knew more and more people affected by this disease and now we usually have 3-4 survivors who walk in our group.  It’s amazing how many people are affected by this disease.

This year, I decided I wanted to knit ribbons for the group.  When I tried my first ribbon however, I didn’t like how it looked with the safety pin so I decided to scratch that idea.  I made bracelets instead.  There is no real pattern to it, it is a 4-stitch I-cord made at varying lengths since not everyone would fit the same size bracelet.  Once you reach the size you want, bind off.  Then sew the two ends together to make a complete circle.  I’m pretty proud of these 🙂

Edit (14-Oct-2011): The yarn used for these is Bernat Satin…I can’t recall the exact name (I don’t have the skein in front of me) but I found it on a breast cancer display at Michael’s.  And the label said that proceeds would go to the Susan G. Komen foundation (I’m not sure of the % of the purchase that goes to the foundation)…so not only do the bracelets symbolize support, buying the yarn actually financially supports the fight too!

Completed October 1, 2011