Monday, March 26, 2007

A wee tiny sock!

First off, I need to apologize to The Imperfect Knitter that it has taken me so long to post this.

I got my wee tiny sock (by Royal Mail)!

I love it; it's absolutely adorable. She even sent along extra yarn so I can make it a pair! I plan to use my wee socks as Christmas tree ornaments. Thank you so much!

A request.

Our friend Stephanie died about two hours ago. She was a beautiful young woman both inside and out who has been battling lung cancer for about two years. On Saturday night a tumor ruptured one of her arteries and the doctors were not able to do anything to stop the bleeding. Please pray for her family; she was only 15 years old.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Six weird things

Six weird things about me:

1) I always save the best for last. So much so that if I have a handful of nuts, crackers, etc., I will eat all the broken ones from smallest to largest before eating all the whole ones. And if I'm eating cereal that has macadamia nuts in it I will eat around them so that the last bite or two will just be nuts and rice milk.

2) With both pregnancies, my linea nigra has shown up three weeks after giving birth.

3) Sometimes I get an irresistible urge to drop everything and go floss. Just because I feel plaque-y.

4) I chew primarily on the right side of my mouth. I make myself chew on the left side sometimes for more "even wear". Not like chewing food actually wears down your enamel, but still.

5) I always create patterns with the eggs that are left in the carton. It bugs me if I can't make it perfectly symmetrical.

6) I can't stand to eat chalazae, so I always pick them off and throw them away.

So what are six weird things about you?

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Works-in-progress Wednesday

Not much going on this week knitting-wise. I did get started on M's (new) socks:

They're Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport in turquoise.

I also made my Wee Tiny Sock (click to view a larger photo) :

This is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in berry. Check out all the wee tiny socks at the Wee Tiny Sock Swap Flickr group!

Free coffee!

Tomorrow, March 15th, from 10 a.m. to noon Starbucks is giving away free 12 ounce drip coffees.

Saturday, March 10, 2007


Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for old age. -Booth Tarkington

And many happy moments are made while rocking one's daughter. For the past two years (yes, F turned two last Saturday), I have been rocking my daughter in this chair, picked up at a garage sale for $20.
I have been cushioning it with a bed pillow and a throw pillow (for the back and seat, respectively) and while it hasn't been the most comfortable, at least we didn't have to take out a loan to buy a nice new glider (have you seen the price for a good Dutalier?).

On F's birthday, my dear friend and excellent seamstress Holly surprised me with this:

The fabric is gorgeous.
I haven't quite gotten used to it yet; I still find myself craning my head forward in order to avoid resting my head on the wooden frame. I love sitting in my glider so much now that this morning I had my coffee and knitted in F's bedroom while she played. Thank you so much, Holly!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Works-in-progress Wednesday

Let's just pretend that I didn't miss Wednesday, shall we?

The only thing I've worked on over the last few weeks is the second Midnight sock. Honestly, I'm surprised that I've been able to knit as much as I have lately (which isn't a lot, but still, I'm dealing with a newborn and a toddler here). All done with the heel flap and ready to turn the heel:

I love the way these socks are turning out and I'm sure that I will love wearing them (which is good, because I just discovered that two pairs of my store-boughten socks have holes in them and need to be thrown out). The pattern is the Lichen Ribbed Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks. It has a Welsh heel which has been very interesting to work, but I'm not sure how well it will wear; it seems thin somehow. Perhaps that's because the seam stitch is continued all the way through the heel.

I had grand plans to knit socks for sister M, who is here visiting this week. I finally decided to scrap the kid mohair socks and start over, so I ordered some Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport. I got fifteen stitches cast on the other night while I was waiting for a prescription (they were very, very quick) and that's as far as I've gotten. She is leaving tomorrow night. Sorry, M. The poor girl even lives in Chicago, where she needs wool socks right now.

For those of you who use a smaller size needle on just the bottom of the foot to lengthen the life of the sock, when do you switch needles? When you start the heel flap? I've been thinking about trying that.

Monday, March 05, 2007

The Wee Tiny Sock Swap!

Emily is hosting a Wee Tiny Sock Swap! Go sign up!

I got legs!

The lovely Becky of Leggy Creations sent me a wonderful pair of sock blockers! For those of my friends and relatives who don't knit, after you wash your socks you put them onto these things like this:

It sort of "molds" them into a nice socky shape so that they come out looking all beautiful and sock-like instead of a crumpled-up wad of yarn.
I love them and I use them all the time. Thank you so much, Becky!

Saturday, March 03, 2007

And the winner is...

Congratulations, Sue! E-mail me (MitoRocks at juno dot com) your address and I will get it in the mail. (And I was wrong. Four people read my blog.)