Archive for December, 2008

Another Frog

When I was untangling all the yarn the other day, I came across a loom knit sock I was working on for one of my sons. I had completely forgotten about it. I was glad to find it though, because my husbands afghan has gotten so large it’s not very good for travel yarn play. A sock on the other hand, that’s perfect for travel. I was making the sock on an adult sock loom, the one I always make mine and my daughters loom knit socks on. Normally I do an e-wrap to do my knit stitches(nice and strechy), but when you use the e-wrap the stitches slowly spiral, so to get the heal and toe to line up properly you have to offset the first few stitches of the toe. I thought this time I would use the flat stitch instead, because with the flat stitch off setting the toe is not necessary, everything lines up as it should, BUT… With the flat stitch, the stitch tends to be tighter. That made the sock I was working on MUCH too small. (I had to frog it. Rip-it, Rip-it) I guess if I want to use the flat stitch I’ll have to use a larger size loom.

Massive Tangled Mess

I spent about an hour last night untangling my yarn stash. My husband and three kids had all of it in a massive tangle. I was soooo angry the whole time I was untangling it all. They all know they are supposed to stay away from my craft stuff, but I have caught every last one of them getting into my designated area making a mess of things. The worst thing they do is to knock my yarn basket over sending all my balls of yarn rolling trailing yarn across the floor as it rolls. Then instead of them rolling the yarn back onto the ball, they simply wad it all up and throw it back into the basket. Hence the massive tangled mess I had to deal with last night. My husband got a big kick out of it though. He thinks it’s soooooo funny to watch me TRY to control my temper.
 

Afghan Progress

I’m a little over half way done with the heart afghan. I really excited about it. This is the third afghan I’ve started in my life, but the first two didn’t work out. The first one I started when I was a 15 living with my grandmother. Before it was completed my grandmother passed away and my brother and I had moved in with my father. I ran out of yarn and I needed more to finish and well….. lets just say daddys look at buying yarn differently than grandmothers do. So the part I had done got put into storage in hopes that when I got old enough to get a job I would be able to buy the yarn I needed and finish it. Unfortunately it was one of many things that disappeared from my storage. Frustrated and disgusted at loosing all the work I had done, I didn’t try again until I was 20. This time it was a full size blanket for my fence (now husband) since it was soooo big and heavy and we live in Texas I couldn’t stand to work on it during the summer, but I loved working on it in the winter. It kept me nice and toastie. I ended up working on it for three winters and had it almost half way done (like I said it was a really BIG blanket) and I put it away for the summer. The next winter when I took it out to work on it some more I discovered rats had chewed a it all to pieces to make themselves a nest. I was so angry about all the work I had put into it just to have it destroyed by rats, it actually gave me chest pains. I have refused to even consider making another blanket (other than baby blankets)for the past 13 years. So if I’m able to actually complete this one it’s going to be a VERY big deal.