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FO: Christmas Socks January 5, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — knittingdodo @ 7:35 pm

My mom likes cute socks. She likes to have socks that match her top and socks that are season appropriate. So when I saw the pattern for the Christmas Socks on Ravelry I thought I’d found the perfect knit for her.

Here’s the problem, though, the pattern isn’t a pattern per se, it’s a chart for the stranded panel that goes on the cuff of the socks. No problem, I though to myself, I’ve knit plenty of socks and can figure out the foot for myself. And I did. The foot of each of these socks is perfect. While the others who’d made the socks on Ravelry did them top down, I chose to do toe up so I could get the boring bit out of the way. I figured it would work just as well if I turned the chart upside down. And it did.

I even had the perfect yarn in my stash. This had a Wintery quality to it.

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See, it looks like it’s snow and ice, right?

So, I did the foot on a US1, but knew I was going to have to go up to do the chart. This is where not having a proper pattern or enough stranded experience messed me up. The chart was 60 stitches, the other projects on Ravelry all did their’s on a 2 or a 3, so I tried the chart on a 2. I got about halfway up, tried it on and it was painfully obvious it wouldn’t fit. So, I ripped and then tried it on a 3. This time I did the whole chart before trying it on. That was really stupid because it also didn’t fit. I could get it on with a lot of tugging, but the stitches looked sloppy and I really wasn’t happy about it at all.

That’s when the sock got put in time out.

I had to then decide which of the following 3 things I was gonna do.

1. Frog the whole thing and come up with another gift for Mom.
2. Rewrite the chart to add 12 stitches or so and re knit it on a 2
3. Go up to sport weight yarn and a size 5 needle

I went over these options in my head for weeks. The first one would probably have been the best choice, looking back, but I really thought these were the perfect gift. The second option seemed like it would be more annoying than the third, even though it would be cheaper. But, I went ahead and ordered some sport yarn from Knit Picks and started anew on size 5 needles.

And it’s ok…

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They look like socks and they fit, but I don’t like the obvious transition from the fingering to the sport weight.

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They’re just not the perfect Christmas sokcs I’d had in mind.

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Project: Christmas Socks by Anne Abrahamsen (Rav Me!)
Yarn: Schoeller+Stahl Fortissima Colori Socka Color 104, Sandnes Garn Peer Gynt color 8764, Knit Picks Merino Style in Hollyberry, Dusk, and Vanilla
Needles: US 1 and 5
Date Started: November 12 2009
Date Completed: December 24, 2009
Notes. I want everyone to understand that my dissapointment with these socks has nothing to do with the chart. This is completely a user error situation.

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FO: Dreams Of Spring Hat I

Filed under: Uncategorized — knittingdodo @ 7:08 pm

With my hair now really short, I’m noticing two things. 1, my head gets cold now and 2, when I wake up, my hair’s all over the place. So I figure I need several cute hats to keep my head warm and cover up a bad case of bed head in case I oversleep or just don’t feel like doing my hair in the morning.

I’ve already made myself one hat, and had to put knitting for myself on hold for a while while I finished up Christmas gifts. But, I did manage to work a few rows now and again on this:

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I was all excited about this hat. It’s a beautiful stranded pattern and I saw so many versions of it on Ravalry, and my LYS had the perfect yarn on sale! Where could I go wrong?

Several places, apparently.

First off, while I thought the two colors were contrasting enough, I have found they aren’t. They are very complimentary and look good together, but you can’t hardly make out the picture. And what’s the point of fair isle if you can’t see the picture?

Also, what I didn’t take into consideration is the fact that a skull cap, no matter how adorable on others, isn’t really my style. Maybe it would work if I was 10 years younger and lived in an area that got snow. But, being 32 in SoCal, yeah, not so much. So, I’m loaning it to my LYS for a bit and then I think I might gift it to my young cousin in North Carolina.

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Project: Dreams of Spring Hat I by Jeanne Stevenson (Rav Me!) 

Yarn: Louet Gems Bulky in Sage and Ginger
Needles: US 7
Date Started: November 16 2009
Date Completed: December 21 2009
Notes: Again, I took so long because I’d only do a row or two here and there and I think that’s one of the reasons I’m dissapointed in it. Normally, a hat only takes a day or two, so if it stinks, then you’ve only put a few days worth of work into it. Essentially. I waited a full month for this hat and so my expectaions were higher. (Kind of like when you hear all these people rave about a movie for weeks and then, when you go see it, you’re a little dissapointed). Also, I wrapped every stitch on this hat to see if that would make a big difference in my stranded knitting. I found that it was a bunch more work and time for just a very little pay off. At least the way I was doing it. I’m planning to do a yolk stranded cardigan soon and so I’m thinking I’ll try the philosopher’s wool method. I hear a lot of good things about it.

 

FO: Glynis

Filed under: Uncategorized — knittingdodo @ 6:45 pm

A friend asked me if I would teach her how to knit socks toe up in exchange for Cookie A’s new book, Sock Innovation. I told her, “Of course.”

So, I have this new book and I’ve seen on Ravelry that several people are planning to knit the whole book. Since I like pretty much all the patterns in the book, I figured that’d be a good goal for me too, especially since the first one would be perfect for my Aunt Kathy for Christmas.

You see, Aunt Kathy has teeny tiny feet. She wears a 4.5 shoe. But she likes her socks high, so I needed to find a pattern with a rather high cuff, but one that would be easy enough to alter to fit a small foot. Enter Glynis.

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(Sorry, I only have the one picture. I couldn’t very well try them on and Aunt Kathy hasn’t sent me a picture of her wearing them yet.) (hint, hint, Aunt Kathy)

Project: Glynis by Cookie A. (Rav Me!)
Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss in Burgundy
Needles: US1
Date Started: October 22 2009
Date Completed: December 7 2009
Notes: It took me so long because I took a break between the first and second sock to knit other gifts. Also, you nmay have noticed that I didn’t knit the pattern on the foot. I did that because I wasnt’ sure how well she’d like it in her shoe. I figured I ought to get her sold on hand knit socks first, then incorporate patterned feet.

 

FO: Ribby Slipper Socks

Filed under: Uncategorized — knittingdodo @ 6:17 pm

So, my MIL is back in the hospital.

Yay.

You might recall that back in mid September she had an anuerism burst in her brain. She had emergency surgery to repair the bleed and then, after only 5 weeks recovery, she became a miracle patient and was able to go home by herself to take care of herself. And she was doing really well, or so we thought.

The week before Thanksgiving I went to pick her up for a doctor’s appointment. When I got there, I noticed that she seemed really confused and had some issues with her left hand. It didn’t take long for me to decide that she needed to go to ER. When there, they did a CAT scan and saw that her brain was bleeding a little bit. Apparently, she’d taken too much of her blood thiner and it’d caused her brain to have tiny bleeds. It wasn’t so terrible to kill her as long as she got medical attention immediately. So they gave her plasma to “thicken up” her blood and planned to have her admitted for a few days. Not too big of a deal, but Ron and I were going to have to monitor her medications from now on, right?  This was a Thursday.

Friday all hell broke loose. Apparently, she had a second anuerism in her brain that the doctors didn’t see the first time. Well, the blood in her brain from the blood thiners caused her to have siezures and those caused the second anuerism to burst. All of a sudden she was completely lost and beligerant. They had to restrain and then sedate her because she swore she was at work and needed to get something out of her desk. She was seeing people from work outside her room and they were coming and talking to her. And, the worst part is that it took several days before they found out it was a second aneurism that had done this.

Now, a burst brain aneurism is a really dangerous thing. 50% of people who have them don’t even live long enough to make it to the hospital. Of those that do make it, only 50% survive in the hospital. Sierra has now beaten these odds twice. And here’s the hard part. They can’t do surgery to repair the second aneurism because she’s too weak and won’t survive. But, because of the plasma they gave her, the aneurism has clotted and is not actively bleeding. Don’t know how long that clot will stay there, though, and, if it starts to bleed again, she’ goes back to having a 50% chance of making it to a proper hospital. How many times do you think she’ll beat the odds? It’s a twisted game of Russian roulet, I tell you. But, the doctors say she’s got better chances with the clot then she does with the surgery at least for now. They’ll be re-evaluating her on the 14th to see if she’s strong enough for surgery then.

She’s in a convelescent hospital now and she does seem a little better everytime I see her. Physically better, that is. Mentally? Well, mentally she’s just about as crazy as you get. She talks regualarly with her mother, who’s been dead for 2 years, and she’s having all sorts of other hallucinations. And, even though she can’t walk without major assistance, she keeps trying to get out of bed and her wheelchair, resulting in her falling on her face. This has happened 4 or 5 times now and they’ve had to resort to tying her restraints in the back because she was untying them.

So, needless to say, we need more prayer. And I know I can count on you all for that.

But, the whole reason I bring that up is to explain her Christmas gift. You see, she’s a jewelry person, especially beads and stones and silver. So I had originally planned to make her a knitted beaded bracelet. However, right now she needs that like she needs a hole in the head, (Ha!) so I thought about what I could make that was quick, easy and was something she could use.

I came up with slipper socks.

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Project: Ribby Slipper Socks by Cathy Carron (Rav Me!)
Yarn: Louet Gems Bulky in Lilac
Needles: US 8 and 11
Date Started: December 13 2009
Date Completed: December 17 2009
Notes: I held the yarn doubled for the foot and then single for the ankle. Each slipper took a day to complete. They were really really easy and, if they weren’t so ugly, I’d say a great last minuted gift. However, they can’t be comfy to walk in and they are pretty ugly, so I don’t think I’ll be making them again. I’d rather just make regular socks on big needles. However, for my MIL, these are perfect.