I have been bound and determined to learn to knit socks. They are a bit of scary thing to me. I am trying to figure out which way I am most comfortable knitting them. I did my very first pair, using double pointed needles. I found that very awkward. I made a lot of mistakes, But I did it. I frogged the second one, and so, I only have one, ugly, house sock to show for it. I didn't even take a photo, it is not very pretty!
The second time I wanted to learn to do magic loop. I used a good tutorial, and purchased the pattern to follow. I followed it exactly, and a sock was made!
Then, I saw a technique using a very small 9" circular. I ordered my circulars and two sets of dpn's from Hiya Hiya, and was going to join in on the sock KAL with The Grocery Girls on Ravelry. Do check out their podcasts, they are such great fun!! I cast on, and I found the needles so terribly slippery. I was using fingering #1 sock yarn. It felt like dental floss and toothpicks in my hands. I had to frog it. I set out once again, this time with a dk weight yarn, and size 4 needles. Back to magic loop. I am cruising along just fine. I think my friend was right.....stick with the dk and sport weight yarns, and slightly larger needles, until I am very comfortable with sock making. And so, that is what I will do.
My house is in total disarray. Erika and Noah have moved out, and into their own cute little condo, leaving me with two rooms to do something with. First things first. Pull the carpet and pad up!
Haven't been sewing a quilt lately, but I do have a quilt in the wings, ready to begin! I have been doing a lot of machine embroidery. Most of which I cannot show, as they are gifts.
This was a small tote bag I did for my Mom.
We are getting ready to bring the boat up to Big Bear Lake for the summer. We are so eager to be spending time up there. We will be bringing our new trailer up for a week in July, as well as several weekends. We also have several other small trips planned throughout the summer that we will be taking it on.
My garden has done absolutely awful this year. I have had what I think is bunnies, eat most everything to the quick. Despite fencing, and chicken wire on gates, something has destroyed almost all of it. I have kind of lost the desire to work it now. I do have pumpkins going, and looking good, as well as tomatoes and a few other things. I will keep those going as long as I can. I also planted lots and lots of flowers from seed, and none of them came up.
My other things are blooming beautifully in the yard though.
I have been hooked on a PBS series that I am binge watching on Netflix called, Call The Midwife. I am two thirds done with it. I don't know what I will do when it is over. I have enjoyed it so much! It has been a wonderful escape for me lately, during a not so great time in my life.
That's all I've got. To be honest, I have thought seriously of ending my blog. I don't seem to have the traffic I once did, and I don't really feel I have much to offer right now. We shall see.
Tootle Loo for now.