Monday, May 31, 2010

On to Dragonfly

I finished up my Swan Song socks and have moved on to Dragonfly....details on my sock knitting blog. Before long I'll need to take a sock-knitting break and finish up some dishcloths I promised to knit for a family reunion. But I really NEED to finish up my summer socks first, right? RIGHT?
Okay, I confess. Socks are more fun than dishcloths. I even do the dishcloths two-at-a-time now so I can stay awake knitting them, but socks are still more fun. Sometimes I think of all the UFO's (UnFinished Objects) in my knitting basket, waiting patiently for me to pull them back out of the pile as I happily ignore them, knitting away on brightly colored, summery, lacy socks.

But most times, I just don't think of them. :-)
Happy Memorial Day, everyone!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Camping and Knitting

I spent last weekend tent camping in my favorite campground. It was soooooooo relaxing to sit by a campfire and watch chipmunks play while knitting socks. Boy, if someone would only PAY me to do that full-time. But then it would be a job and not nearly as much fun. *LOL*

I'm up past the heel on my Swan Song socks now and actually knit the toe on my Dragonfly socks which are next on my agenda. I started the Dragonfly socks because I could knit the toe while visiting with other campers without losing my place in a lace pattern. I love the way the Swan Song socks are working up, but I'm too single-minded to work the lacy pattern and carry on a conversation at the same time. They're going to be worth it, though.

I hope to get in some serious knitting time this weekend. I'll be off four days, so I'd really love to finish up the Swan Song. We'll see how it goes.

Have a great holiday weekend, everyone!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Knitting Injury

I guess I'm now officially a knitter....I've suffered my first knitting injury. Last night I was watching Arrested Development on Netflix and knitting happily along on my Swan Song socks when I poked the tip of my right size 1 needle into the tip of my left index finger. Not deeply enough to bleed, but enough to hurt. Dang it.

I'm the first to admit that I put a lot of undue stress on the tip of my left index finger because of the way I hold my needles. I can remember when my Granny (Daddy's mother) once tried to teach me to knit that she kept telling me "You're holding it wrong." I finally said, "I don't have enough hands to learn to knit" and she switched to trying to teach me to crochet. I guess she figured I would be less dangerous with one pointy metal object than with two.

When I was recently knitting in the presence of my 99-year-old great-aunt, she too told me, "You're holding it wrong." I just smiled and said, "I know, but it works for me." And it does. But it does involve my brushing the tip of my right needle over the tip of my left index finger repeatedly.

I think a solution to this would be to simply wear a band-aid on the tip of my left finger while knitting. I'll try that when I settle down with sticks and string tonight. Any suggestions about a better solution would be greatly appreciated. :-)

Happy Friday, everyone!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Michigan Lake Shore Socks Complete!

See my 10,000 Hours of Knitting Socks blog (see link on the right) for a photo! I've enjoyed knitting this pattern and will probably use it again soon.

I have yet another doctor's appointment in the morning (I'm calling May "Patch and Repair Month"....*LOL*) so I'll take my Swan Song socks with me to work on while waiting.

But for now....early bedtime. :-)

You Know You Knit Too Much When....

YKYKTM when you're disappointed when the nurse calls you out of the waiting room to see the doctor ON TIME and you were hoping for some extra sock knitting time!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

World Wide Knit in Public Day

On my lunch break I was just doing some reading about "World Wide Knit in Public Day", which this year has been expanded to over a week! This year it will be observed June 12 - 20.

I've not yet participated officially, even though I knit in public a lot. I try to never be in a waiting room without my knitting. In fact, I was recently knitting in the pre-op area while waiting for a minor procedure. *LOL*

I think (weather permitting) that this would be a great reason to go to a lovely little park near my home, sit in the sun, and knit awhile. How about you, my knitterly friends? Do you participate in WWKIPD?

Friday, May 7, 2010

Finally Friday!

It's been a crazy busy week; I love having time off from work, but always have to pay for it when I go back to the office!

But, because I had three different medical appointments this week (all follow-up things, thank goodness), I had some productive knitting time in waiting rooms. Sometimes you really have to dig for that silver lining, y'know? *LOL*

All my knitting time was on socks, so I'll post a bit about that on my 10,000 Hours of Knitting Socks blog (see link at the right).

Happy Friday, everyone!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

A Family Heirloom

During a visit with Mom and Dad yesterday, Mom said, "Oh, I ran across something the other day I thought you might like to have." Then she gave me this beautiful darning egg! Mom never used it much ("It just got in my way."), but it was given to her by my grandmother.
This means it must be AT LEAST 50 years old. I was just tickled pink to have it. Another link with my past, y'know?
You can tell that it was much used in its day; the varnish on the end has nearly been scratched away by many, many needles long ago.
I just love family heirlooms, don't you?