Sunday, August 27, 2006

All's Well that Ends Well!

I want to say thanks to all of you that posted with regard to my dropped stitch! I laddered that sucker up the way it was supposed to be and then used the same thread and weaved it in on each end. Now, I can show you the blocked doily! (Thank God!)

It came out rather well, if I do say so myself! It certainly is not perfect, but it sure looks nice off the needles!

Caryn got her license this past Friday, so now, both of us are happy! I don't have to do the bring to school route on my way to work, and she doesn't have to get to school extra early. Caryn got a really good shot of our Bailey Blue last night. Bailey loves to "herd" the barn swallows that swoop in our back yard. We have an underground fence for her (that's what that big collar is on her neck) and she runs back and forth along the fence trying to catch them! It's really fun to watch, plus as an added bonus you don't have to throw the ball for her for 20 minutes!

Bryan got all settled into his dorm and he sounds like he's very happy. I guess it's true, they all have to grow up sometime!

Ok, so, I'm back to knitting socks, and trying to knit Hyrna from Three Cornered and Long Shawls from Schoolhouse Press. Look under Lace in the books section! In progress photos to be seen next week.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

How Utterly Disappointing!!

Our son, Bryan is on his way back to school today, so it is pretty quiet around here, I guess it was meant to be a crappy weekend, dh, Chris didn't get the job he was going for and dd, Caryn didn't get her license. Hopefully, next weekend will be brighter! It raining and gloomy here and it fits my mood!

I finished my doily last night, then I was checking it over because deep down in my heart I just knew there was going to be at least one problem, and of course, there was. . .

A wayward stitch that came apart and now I really am quite clueless on how to fix it. It was part of one of those blasted knit three together stitches that was almost more than I could do with crappy addi size zeros! I finally learned the best way to do them for my hands, but as you can see, it was difficult to determine if all the stitches were actually caught, and I did try to be sure they were, but crap! One got away from me.

I know how to pull this back into the stitches to make it look right, but how do I secure the final stitch!?? This might end up in the UFO never to be resurrected pile.

So, here is a final shot of the doily unblocked, cause I'm not gonna go to all the trouble of blocking if a stitch is going to run right down to the middle - does anyone out there have any suggestions??

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Socks for Soldiers

Absolutely nothing to talk about -

Hey everyone, it is quiet here, Bryan is working his last day at work, and going back to school next Sunday. Chris is mowing the yard, as we speak and he leaves for Massachusetts tomorrow. Caryn is studying and going for her driver's liscense on Friday. I am simply trying to keep up with everyone. Knitting dishcloths and finishing that darn doily. 560 stitches is a lot to get through and I have around 10 more rounds - all squished on a 20" needle. I need to check and see if I can manage a 24" as it is starting to hurt the hands. (Old age could be part of it!) Anyway, off to get the laundry finished, and maybe I'll actually have something to share next weekend. Oh, by the way, go sign up for Socks for Soldiers - all you fabulous sock knitter's out there! I can't get that dang link to work though, so for anyone who is interested please go to SOCKFORSOLDIERS yahoo groups! Sorry!

Sunday, August 06, 2006

What to show when you have nothing to show?

Hi guys, I've been busy, busy, busy at work, which translates to: OK I have nothing to show on my blog this weekend! Well, I have actually made progress with my doily! I have finally reached row 95 with all of 480 stitches, but again, how do I show progress? Well, I can't so here is a recap: Center star:

And this is the section that was giving me fits (double yo's and then decreasing into those stitches on the next lace round, with addi's crappy point)!

The color being used is from Manuela in a 50gm ball, size 20 thread, color 103, and I chose size zero needles. I am almost done, and I have over half the ball left. I am just terrible at guaging how much thread to purchase, and I worry that I will run out! So, I have another whole ball with 400m on it, anyone out there want to give this doily a whirl?