Sunday, April 20, 2008

Falling Behind
I have fallen behind in keeping up with this blog. I have been doing some knitting on five different projects and I actually got finished two. The Clapotis was a class at The Knitting Corner and despite a glaring error I found the other day, it's done! Whoohoo. It was easy once you got the hang of the repeats. It also gave me the chance to use my lovely knitting jewelry. I tried to make the Clapotis hat, but that did not go well and it was frogged.

I have two pairs of socks on the needles I have just been horribly distracted by one project that is a challenge despite the fact that it's only a four row repeat. I frogged one color and was gifted some lovely cotton yarn and then started all over. I have ripped out row after row after row and this project is about to go on the back burner as a UFO until I can regain some sanity over it. I want to finish this lace project so I can prove to myself I can do this. I am working up courage to try something more challenging. This is Lily Chin's Charlotte's Easy lace Shawl. Personally, I think it needs another name. Maybe the Easy part should be omitted? I trudge on.

I have finished another pair of socks that has been way too long as a WIP. I only needed to finish the toes on both socks, but kept dragging my feet. I finished them this past week and I am so glad they are done. That leaves me more room in my project basket to start another project. Duh! Another pair of socks...

These have been on the needles way too long too. I have made some progress on them over this last week but not near as much as I would like. I knit late last night on them and got up early this morning proud I had made progress only to discover I had done the gusset wrong and I have already tinked it back to start all over. This does not speak too well of my late night knitting jags. Tonight there will be no late night knitting. I will be watching the John Adams series and have to pay close attention. Either I will miss something on the show or I will screw up my knitting.

So as you can see, I really have made some progress on these. I am hoping to work on both the gussets today because it's looking like it's going to rain and that means no yard work for me.


This is yet another pair of socks that I started. They are on #1 dpns (I love using ones, can you tell?). The pattern is from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch. They are the going to be the Ribbed Lace socks on page 50, if I ever get a good start. I whipped out the cuff but got side tracked by the shawl...

Don't gasp, they are not green. I bought this yarn at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Show last year and have not a clue with kind of yarn it is other than a pale baby yellow and it's extremely soft. I think I got it at Tess. I bought two skeins of it. I wanted the lace to show in these so I decided that a nice solid color would do well. I would make more progress on these if I hadn't started a non-knitting project...

I have wanted to strip this very old book shelf for over a year now and since the weather is getting warmer and warmer here, this is the time. When summer comes, I don't strip furniture too much because it's just too darned hot. So now is when I get hot on it. I am on a white furniture kick right now and this is going to be my first guinea pig. I have three other pieces that I want to strip and paint but I will start small first. This only needed to have a rough sanding so that the primer sticks to it. The other pieces are going to be more complicated.

So you can see why it's been nearly a month since I have posted. Thanks for being so patient. I have two new gadgets that I want to write about. One is knitting and the other is sort of knitting related. That will be next time. Thanks for stopping by!

3 comments:

Wool Winder said...

You've been busy. Clapotis turned out great! And of course, you can never have too many socks. I like the red for the heels.

Luni said...

Your Clapotis is beautiful. I love those colors. I sympathize with you about that lace pattern. It looks hard to 'read'--I'd tend to loose my place in it, I think.

vlb5757 said...

Wool Winder-I enjoyed the Clapotis and I think I am going to make another one or two this year, but in the fall. It started to get hot on the lap so I think for me, it's a spring or fall project. I am smitten by socks. They are a perfect traveling project as you have talked about on you blog and they are great year round because they don't get hot on your lap. I think I am going to like the red heels.

Luni-I thought when I picked the color that the Clapotis would turn out differently. I am happy with but think that next time I would like to do a yarn that would do more stripping and not a random pattern. I checked out the Clapotis group on Ravelry and there are so many wonderful Clapotises there. Lace-is a real challenge but I am going to do this if I go bald trying!! lol!!