Saturday, December 29, 2007

Finished DH sweater

Finally finished knitting DH sweater that I started May 2004 while on the trip to Bosnia. Now onto sewing seams and blocking. We both think the sweater is now too small for him. If so, it will go to Uncle Gray and if it's too small for him then it will go to afghans for Afghanistan. I'll post photos later.

I've finished 45% of the Wildfoote Ragtime sock since returning from the beach. Today I spent most of my time on Ravelry posting enough sock yarn for 31 socks - that doesn't include the stash I bought at the beach. I'm glad I've joined a knit down the stash group. Between my two part-time jobs, classes and life at home, I'll be hard pressed to knit 31 socks but I'm going to try.

Recently finished this Herringbone Lace sock in Cascade Fixation Solid. Pattern from Ann Budd's Getting Started: Knitting Socks. Size 8

Pattern was easy to memorize. The yarn is yummy. I have two skeins of this colorway left as well as 4 in Hokie colors.

We're enjoying watching football games - me with my knitting and DH and his Weavette.
He is using his grandmother's Weavette to make a blanket for us.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

I'm back

Once again, I can't believe how many months it has been since I last blogged, but here I am again. We just returned from Christmas at Nags Head, NC. DH and I spent the past few days in Duck, NC where we rested, ate, slept and watched the ocean change from rough and rolling to calm and serene.

I got caught up on my sock knitting and started a new pair. I finished this pair of Cascade Fixation - Herringbone Lace pattern.

I started this basic sock in Wildfoote Ragtime. I love this yarn. From the time we left the beach, I knitted about 4 inches on the sock. Here is a view, while I sat in the car and DH put air in one of the tires before we left Duck.

As we crossed the bridge before entering the tunnel at Hampton .....

And another from Pierce's - the best barbecue spot in Central Virginia.

More later, time to love on the kitties!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

I've missed writing

Okay, it's been almost five months since I last blogged and I don't want to go that long again. I enjoy processing my thoughts, projects, ideas and life through writing -- so here I go again.

Knitting updates
I've become sock obsessed! In the past two weeks I've bought enough yarn for more than 20 pairs of socks. I recently finished a pair for one of my nieces - I need to block it because I'm afraid I made the foot a little short. We wear the same shoe size and it fits snug on me. My hope is that because she has the foot of a sixteen year old and mine is of a 43-year-old that it will fit her perfectly.

I'm waiting on size 1 and 2 40" Addi Turbos to arrive and hope they do so before Saturday so I can cast on a sock before I leave for Honduras (more about this later). I knit using the Magic Loop Method or check out the book here and I love it. I love the feel of pulling out the back needle and bringing it to the front to knit the next row. I've found a group on Yahoo and am learning alot from the members of this group. I'm really hung-up on which pattern to us to determine gauge - some patterns say to knit gauge in stockinette and others in the pattern. I'm a loose knitter so I almost always have to change by 2-3 needle sizes.

I'm also knitting a baby blanket that is in a k3p3 rib pattern. It's a mindless project but the yarn I'm using is a little too warm for this time of year so I've put it aside until our next long car trip when I'll want my legs to be covered because of the AC. The yarn is Lion Brand Jiffy Pastel Yellow. It will be given to my cousins daughter who is a month old.

I'm also making progress on Honey's grey cardigan started two years ago. For the longest time I've been stuck on making the left front and the button holes. The pattern I'm using is from 1955 and the only directions are to "make opposite of right side and include button hole loops every x inches". I'm determined to finish this sweater before Thanksgiving and will make a stop to my LYS for help with the instructions.

Crochet update
Finished a blanket for daughter of cousin mentioned above (pictures posted later). Based on the size and weight I think this will be more appropriate as a crib or car seat blanket. They live in Southwest Virginia and it gets really cold in the mountains where they farm. I loved working on this shell pattern and creating the edging - this was the first time I had created an edging without following someone elses pattern. Lessons learned: use a larger hook for a more flat shell pattern.

This Saturday I leave for Honduras on a medical mission with The Friends of Barnabas I'm only now getting excited about the trip. I've had so much going on this summer with transitioning from full-time student to full-time work at the seminary and part-time at the church, two uncles who are undergoing treatment for cancer and dealing with the heat that I haven't had time to think about the trip other than to be in prayer - which is the most important thing that I can be doing. I'm going as chaplain and am planning the devotionals and a worship service. The theme that has come to me is "God is Closer Than You Think". It may seem obvious to some that God would be in the middle of a missions trip but often those on the trip experience times of loneliness, doubt, fear and anxiety. I thought that this theme would bring encouragement and hope.

Off to get ready for work.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Five months since my last post

This is the first morning in five months that I have been able to catch my breath. I knew the last semester of seminary was going to be hectic but I did not know the plans in store for me. In December I began working part-time (going full-time in July) at the seminary. In addition to my course and internship hours, I feel like I'm working two full-time jobs. But this too shall pass.

I have been knitting like crazy, especially chemo and preemie hats. Photos to be uploaded later this weekend.

The big news is that a month ago, I taught myself to crochet. I was working on a vest for afghans for Afghans and needed to single crochet (sc) and double crochet (dc) around the edges. I could have asked my friend RB to crochet for me but instead I drove to her house and said "Is this right? Is this how you crochet?" In less than an hour I had both sc and dc around the edge of the vest, made buttons holes and was ready to do the armholes. No pun intended but I am hooked. I've crocheted another vest and beginning a ripple blanket to send with the vests. I also have two others baby blankets in progress. One will be finished tomorrow. The other in a few weeks.

As I've crocheted, I have felt a deep connection with my grandmother. I know she is smiling as she watches my hands work. When I was 8 she taught me to chain stitch. I never could get the turn and then single down the chain. I tried again when I was a teenager, still no progress. Even three months ago, I tried and could not get it. I think the Spirit moved through me, because it feels like I have been crocheting all of my life. I know that knitting has helped me understand loops and stitches. I'm joining The No-End-In-Sight Ripple Along to help me work on the latest baby blanket. As I watch the war in Afghanistan I can't help but worry for the women and children.

Off to class and work. Will upload pictures tomorrow.