Socks For the Feet and Club

I have decided that starting with my mom in August everyone will receive a pair of socks for their birthday.  I love knitting socks and most people love them once they are on.  I have one of the socks for my mother finished (the other is a Branson project through and through), but I was waiting for the Blue Sky Alpaca DPN’s to come in, so I started on the pattern for my sister in Koigu.

 I used the Knitty pattern Crusoe.  It is a stranded sock pattern, get it?!?!?!?!  Unfortunately I did not swatch until I was thinking wow this looks really small and then I found I was getting 7 stitches to the inch instead of 6.  So, now I am rooting around trying to find size 2s in the Blue Sky Alpaca and will probably have to end up ordering them online…doh!  They were turning out beautiful and they were a true pleasure to knit, so it will not be a problem to cast back on for them.

Koigu - Crusoe Pattern

I also went on a sock yarn buying binge online (dang those Lime and Violet girls) and I order Koigu, Socks that Rock (why hasn’t USPS delivered them to me yet?) and some fabulous Lisa Souza Yarn (www.lisasouza.com) .  Here are the pics of the Souza yarn:

Lisa Souza Sock Yarn

For years I have been trying to find a good gift for my dad that he will actually use and not just put in a drawer and never think of, i.e. the golf ball monagrammer, the plain, initialed money clip, etc.  I think I may have found the pattern though:

Golf Club Pattern

I am going to even ask him colors and if he wants the number of the iron on his clubs.  My aunt, whose husband also plays golf, said no way, the big thing now is to have your initial on them.  Will do what he asks, because I am going for usage, not surprise.

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First post and it’s a hodge podge of things!

It has been a busy week, between school and my CNA exam and I am so glad it is almost over.  I thought I would share some pictures that I just downloaded off of my camera with everyone!

A couple of weeks ago, I was at the office and I heard the loud and unmistakeable sound of cloth ripping.  As I run out into the hallway I am praying that my 2 dogs, which come to work with me every day, have not ripped the cloth right off the cube wall during their play.  When I get out there this is what I see:

Calvin and 'The Fluff Incident'

Calvin and Frank E. have ripped apart their favorite new toy (I only got it for $1, so it wasn’t a heartbreaker that it was new!).  Frank E. must have heard me coming and ran into Laurie’s cube to hide, but Calvin decided to act guileless and sit serenely in the middle of all this chaos with an innocent look.  However, the fuzz stuck to the muzzle is quite classic!  I included a pic of Frank E. simply because he is so cute…just wish I could get a pic of him without devil eyes!

Frank E. - Gratuitous Pic

 Here is the scarf that I just finished up for my sister, Melissa, birthday!  She lives in Massachusetts, so I thought she would love the warmth of this scarf.  It was knit with Brown Sheep’s Burly Spun in Strawberry Patch.  I love this yarn!  I was in my LYS, taking the first class of my sock knitting class (have to post the pics of that tomorrow) and we were commenting on what this yarn must look like knit up and wouldn’t you know it someone walked in with a questions about a project using this yarn!  If that wasn’t a sign for me to get it I don’t know what was.  The other lady I was talking with about the yarn picked up a blue/green one and is making a felted rug out of it…can’t wait to see how that turns out!

Mel's B-Day Scarf         Entrelac Noro Silk Garden Hat   

The hat that is on the right is the one I am taking a class to learn to knit.  It is an entrelac hat done in Noro Silk Garden.  I have been dying to try out this yarn, but not quite sure what I would do with it…I am thinking a Christmas set for my sis Mel again…for some reason this yarn done in entrelac is reminding me of her!

Well, I had better be going to Math class ;x, but before I go, enjoy these three pics of Jenny (my cousin) and Carson and Collin (my cousin’s children).  This pics were taken on the car ride up to the Newport Aquarium near Cincinatti right after Carson and Collin’s baby sister, Cameran, was born!

Carson and Jenny     Jenny     Collin