27 August 2007

They're toe-up socks, without toes.

School starts tomorrow. It would have today, but I only have Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday classes. My Friday class is a "collage and assemblage" class that goes from 9AM to 2PM. I've never taken a formal art class, and I've never taken a class that lasts virtually all day. It should be interesting to say the least. I was thinking about taking slikscreening and lithography but chose collage instead. I'm thinking about taking ballet again, but I did some major flaking on the wonderful teacher two semesters ago, and I'm still feeling guilty =/


Remember how I dyed yarn a long time ago? I finally did something with it! I had small amounts of a yellow, a pink, and a yellow and pink self-striping yarn. So, I put them all together, and came up with a pedicure sock.

pedicure sock - side view pedicure sock + pedicure sock back and heel

yarn: Patons Classic Merino in winter white that I dyed with foor coloring.

pattern: generic stockinette toe-up sock without the toe!

needles: US #3s. I love worsted weight on small needles.

I got a pedicure about a week and a half before making this. I need to make a mate before I get my next one! The mate won't match because I used all of these colors, but it will be the same pattern. It's kind of a goofy thing in the first place, so I could care less about matching.


Isn't it funny how quickly a day can go from super to super shitty? In the course of trying to get this typed up and getting ready to go to bed, I managed to have to restart the computer, have flick not work, realize that I had not written down the classrooms for all my classes tomorrow, and to top it all I discovered that the needle had fallen out of my new lace project. Also, I now seem to have a headache. None of this is major, but I'm none too happy. All I can say is, thank god I switched to blogger which auotsaves my posts. If I were still over at blogspirit I would probably have added the frustration of losing my post in addition to all of that.


I ventured to the downtown LYS Rumplestiltskin over the weekend. I haven't been there since early 2005. Let me tell you, I know so much more about yarn and knitting than I did the last time I was in there. It was almost like being in a different place. I think the big difference is that I have a lot more experience (a lot of it from reading what all you guys are knitting with and what you have to say about it) with yarn. Anyway, I finally got my hands on some addi Turbos, US #1. I have needed a pair of #1s for days, but tend to forget that.


I also got my hands on some Soxx Appeal, from Knit One Crochet Too. It's part superwash wool, part elastic, and part nylon. It feels almost velvety. That's the only word I can come up with for it. I chose a puke-y green colorway, and then realized it matched my shirt.

yummy Sometimes I match the yarn I buy.


Thanks to Pam for nominating me as a rockin' girl blogger. I will have more to say about that in the future. <3

15 August 2007

for all you fans of project spectrum ....

there is a flickr group doing a similar thing, only with days of the week. Rainbow week has assigned all seven colors of the Rainbow to the days of the week. They've even correctly used blue, indigo and violet, instead of just blue, and purple. I love this!

09 August 2007

not my typical crafts

I've been doing quite a bit of embroidery and crochet lately. I'm helping make a quilt for someone, and I have at least 2 squares to embroider. One's already done, and I have one to go.

quilt square detail

I'm thinking I might re-use the swallow from Sublime Stitching that I used on a hankie. It turned out so well, even the satin stitch which I had never really done before. I have yet to really master stem stitch, and chain stitch is just beyond me for some reason.

swallow hankie - steps

I've also been doing quite a bit of work on granny squares. I'm up to about 80. It's fun to be able to put together crazy color combinations without having to worry about it being "too much". It'll only be one square, after all! I'm still trying to figure out what yarn to use for the border. I'm planning on doing another granny row around each square and then a row of single crochet around the whole thing, all in black. The only question is which yarn to choose. I need it to be something cheap-ish because I am going to be using a lot, and acrylic blend at least for ease of washing, but who wants to snuggle with Red Heart?

various granny squares on the floor