Sunday, October 11, 2009

Finished Socks and New Fall Aprons

My socks are finished! They fit perfectly and feel wonderful on my feet. I will enjoy wearing these. Not a clue why the picture is sideways. That's not the way I photographed my feet yesterday evening, but is is the way blogger wants to upload the photo.

I have been sewing this weekend, too. I wear an apron when I bake and cook and needed a new fall apron. The two aprons I've been wearing alternately both reminded me of summer - watermelon print on one and blueberries on the other. Yesterday when I finished sewing the apron, I had hubby snap a quick photo. His usual hangout on the weekends is either the garage or the yard, so I settled for being photographed outdoors in the apron.

When I bought the fall fabric last week, I just couldn't decide between two of them. So, today I made another fall apron, but this one will go to my daughter. I know she follows the blog sometimes, but hopefully the apron will arrive in the mail before she sees it here on the internet. Here are the two aprons.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Even Closer

I am working on the toe decreases on the sock so I am definitely on the home stretch. Several folks have expressed an interest in the yarn used for the socks. It is a merino/nylon blend from Ellen's Half Pint Farm. It feels wonderful and it has been a pleasure to knit with this yarn. I bought the yarn several years ago at the Michigan Fiber Fest. I am not sure which colorway I have and since I bought it so long ago, it may not even be a color still offered. I can say that I had the worst time picking just one color at that time. They were all so gorgeous!

Hopefully, later today I will post a photo of the finished socks!

Friday, October 9, 2009

So Close to Finished

This has been a good week for finishing things. My previous post showed the finished prayer shawl and 4 pairs of slippers. Today was a raw and rainy day, which I decided was a perfect day to pull out some socks that have been languishing on the needles for too long. One sock is totally finished. The other was at the point where I have turned the heel and decreased back to the original number of stitches so all I need to do is knit along till the foot is long enough. Not too difficult, considering I have small feet. I made great progress today. To make myself accountable, I am posting the "almost finished" photo here. Hopefully, by the end of the weekend, I will be able to post the FINISHED sock photo.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Some FO's, A WIP, and One Less Car

This week in a frenzy of finishing, I completed several projects that were in the almost-finished status. I finished a prayer shawl that has taken me much longer to knit than it should have. I kept setting it aside to make something else. I also had 4 pairs of children's slippers almost finished for the battered women's shelter. They only needed the sewing up and weaving in ends to transform them to finished. Below is a photo of the finished slippers sitting on the finished shawl.

I recently spent a week at Dad's house and stated a prayer shawl to work on while I was there. I always seem to pack more knitting than I actually get accomplished, so this time I took just one project. Of course, given how long it took me to finish the above prayer shawl, I was not in danger of running out of knitting during that week. The prayer shawl currently on the needles is from the book, A PRAYER SHAWL COMPANION, by Janet Bristow and Victoria Cole-Galo. It is called "Ribbon-Trimmed Shawl", but I am not planning to put the ribbons on mine. I think it is turning out quite nice as it is. Below, is this shawl in progress.
My other accomplishment of the current week, was using Craigslist for the first time and selling our extra car. My car-selling efforts were helped immensely by hubby, who is a detail-oriented kind of guy. He keeps the cars maintained, cleaned, and waxed on a regular basis and really put forth the effort to get this one ready for sale. (Think Q-Tips and toothbrush.) Here is hubby washing the windshield for one last time before the new owner picked up the car.