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January 31, 2005

1 Down - 1 To Go

This is my first socka-PAL-ooza sock. I'm pleased with the way it turned out. I knit it from the "Fancy Chevron Lace" sock pattern, as I had planned, in handspun merino.

I didn't kitchner stitch the toe very well. I used a darning egg from Rose to hold the toe in shape as I repaired my mistake. I enjoy the darning egg. It allows me to finish socks neatly. Now I need to buy some sock blockers. Anyone have a good place to buy some?
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Since I imagine the one I'm knitting for has two feet, I'm off to cast on the next sock.

Posted by Angi at 10:26 PM | Comments (3)

January 29, 2005

Mama always said

finish playing with one toy before getting out another one.

I didn't learn very well.

I'm still working on Casual Cables, a couple of gifts, and the socka-PAL-ooza socks. Now this has arrived JoSharp.JPG for the Brunswick sweater. I've ordered more sock yarn from Knit Picks. AND Spring shearing hasn't even begun yet!!!!

Posted by Angi at 11:06 PM | Comments (0)

January 25, 2005

The drink of English Royalty

Recently, Katy wrote about her favorite place to buy tea. I visited the site and saw they sell white tea. Having never heard of it, I wrote and asked Katy if she had tried it.

A few days later, in my mailbox, there was the nicest gift! Kaity gifted me with a sample pack of white tea bags and her favorite PG Tips! The tea is delicious. It gave me the perfect opportunity to use the beautiful teapot, cup and saucer Benny and the kids gave me
for Mother's Day! tea.JPG Cheers!

Posted by Angi at 06:05 PM | Comments (4)

January 22, 2005

Decisions

Here is my progress on the Casual Cables Cardigan.
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I have decided to make it almost as written. The exception will be that I will make at least 1 extra cable repeat. That way the horizontal line around it will be higher.

I've decided to spin some natural merino for my socka-PAL-ooza socks.
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I'll wait until it is all spun to decide on the pattern. I'm leaning toward Judy Sumner's Fancy Chevron Lace pattern.

I ordered some Jo Sharp DK wool from Elann today. I chose Navy. I plan to knit Brunswick.
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I will probably put a zipper instead of buttons so DH and I can share it.

Posted by Angi at 02:02 PM | Comments (2)

January 18, 2005

Reconsidering

I'm to the place on the casual cables cardigan where it's time to begin knitting stocking stitch. I've realized this will make a horizontal line around the middle of me. I'm not sure that would be the most flattering design for my body. It's the only part of knitting I don't care for. Not being able to "try before you buy".

I love the yarn I'm working with. The cables have been really easy. I may just continue making cables all the way up, and cable the sleeves. I'm sure I have enough yarn.

In the meantime, while I decide, I'll begin some socks for my socka-PAL-ooza pal. After reading her blog, seeing the things she knits, I'm a bit intimidated! Oh well, she'll receive some socks from my heart!

Posted by Angi at 07:03 PM | Comments (2)

January 16, 2005

We're Sick and tired

of being sick and tired! Thank you for all of the get well wishes both on and off the blog. The yuck has made it's way now thorugh the 6 of us, but we're all on the road to recovery.

As I lay in bed I didn't feel much like knitting. I did get a few more rows knit on the Casual Cables Cardigan. I'm almost up to the point where the plain stocking stitch begins. That's the point where I'll be really glad I decided to knit this in the round.

I've been in touch with the lovely Polly from across the pond. She has agreed to sell me the most wonderful Jaeger cotton yarn. The color is called grape. I'm looking forward to an eyelet sweater for myself!

I hope this finds you warm and well.

Posted by Angi at 06:19 PM | Comments (0)

January 10, 2005

We Met the Fockers!!!

Saturday evening found us at the movie with Justin's girlfriend's parents. We had a great time. Somehow the kids had previously decided that the movie mothers were very much like their own mothers. I'm not sure how to take that!!! But if I had to be one, at least I got to be the fun one!

I've spent the rest of time, since the movie, in my bed. Angi's famous last words: "It dosen't matter that I can't get a flu shot. I NEVER get the flu!"

Off to find some chicken soup.

Posted by Angi at 04:37 PM | Comments (2)

January 08, 2005

Needles!

My friend Rose just got the United States distributorship for Surina wooden knitting needles and crochet hooks. They're made in India. I'm knitting a pair of socks with some 3mm double points right now. They're super smooth. If you need needles or hooks, you should give these a try.

Posted by Angi at 02:31 PM | Comments (1)

January 04, 2005

The Game begins!

I just sent in my information for the Socka-PAL-ooza exchange.

In the past, exchanges have brought me stress. I always enjoy them in the end, but I don't do well with deadlines. I procrastinate and then don't allow myself enough time to finish the project enjoyably. So I spend a night or two before the deadline, awake most of the night finishing.

I was always like that in school too. I think people are either made to procrastinate or not. I've never known anyone who was good at managing time become a procrastinator or vice versa.

The mail date is not until March 15. I will begin as soon as I receive the information about my recipient. Depending upon the tastes of my recipient, I'm thinking of spinning something nice to knit the socks from. Maybe a merino/silk blend.

Posted by Angi at 08:17 PM | Comments (1)

January 02, 2005

A Fine Beginning

2005 has begun quite nicely here.

Today, my man child was cast in a Southern Ohio Museum production. He will play the part of Maxwell in Shakespeare To Go. It is a play about actors acting in a Shakespearian Production. He came home thrilled to have been cast. We're thrilled for him.

This evening my family gifted me with the most thoughtful gift. It's a 3 ring binder filled with plastic sleeves and card stock, for keeping a knitting journal. They "Familied" the cover up. Benny wrote me a loving note. Kaity and Khi traced their hands. And the teenagers wrote, "To our melodious mother: Bob Dole has E.D.!!!!"

May the whole year be filled with laughter!

Posted by Angi at 09:24 PM | Comments (0)

January 01, 2005

Happy New Year!!!

May your year be filled with Blessings and Joy!

Here's a recipe for a candy that is the biggest hit in our New Year's gift baskets

Turtle Pretzels

small pretzels
Rolo Candies
pecan halves

Line baking sheet with foil. Place pretzels in a single layer on foil. Place 1 Rolo on each pretzel. Put into 250F oven for 5 minutes. Push 1 pecan half into each Rolo. Refrigerate until firm. Enjoy!

Posted by Angi at 04:59 PM | Comments (0)