Monday, March 20, 2006

The good, the bad, and the ugly

I have had to frog something while on the yarn diet. This really really sucks. I started the Skull Socks of Fury, (Sly was bothering me to make sure I posted the link to the pattern for Mrs. Snake) and they were looking fantastic. I was totally pleased with how they were turning out. I used a left over half skein of Lamb's Pride in purple, and a skein in black. My DD loved the socks, and I thought, great, I have enough yarn for two pairs. Then, along about the heel turn, disaster!

Fair isle can get a little tight. All that carrying of extra yarn. One can not help but pull at it a bit too much. Well, the socks are just a bit too tight. Actually, I can't get them over my heel at all. My daughter can't either. So, time to frog! Damn. The problem should be taken care of by a bigger needle and a looser hand. But the socks looked so cool, I wanted you all to see them.

After that stunning defeat (can you tell I am just a little bitter?), I cast on the Bell Lace Socks with Wool-ease. I used one of my last balls of a discontinued color that I just love. The first sock turned out great. I love it, and the pattern is a piece of cake to do. They are even Birk approved (that means I can wear them with my Birkenstocks).

I spent the weekend helping my mother move. They have sold their house in Valpo and bought a smaller, easier to care for place down on Lake Shafer. Well, the new house has an electric dryer, so mom had to give up her four-year-old-oversized-quiet running Maytag gas dryer. And since these things normally come in pairs, I am now the proud owner of a dryer that I DIDN'T find on the side of the road and its washer mate. Yes, folks, you read that right. For the last four years, I have been using a dryer that I found on the side of the road, during a snowstorm no less.

That was until mom gave me this lovely new set. Please note that my laundry room is really just an old pantry. It is a pain in the tookucs doing laundry in there. But at least I am doing it in style now.

Another bit of good news. MY CAR COMES HOME TODAY!!!!! I am really very happy :) about this. I hate not being able to just jump in the car and drive off. Six months is a long time. But, looks like everything is all fixed, and the new engine is doing great. So, look for me to be running around on a street near you soon.

Okay, I KNOW I promised to post the new pattern. I just haven't taken the time to re-knit the pattern to make sure I know what I did. Soon, soon.


erin/pinkerbell said...

Those skull socks so look awesome. I had to frog my squirrel mittens becasue I was pulling too tight. (Note to self fair isle plus hospital visit= disaster)

yay new dryers rock

GaiaGal said...

I think i'm more excited about the new (to you) washer and dryer than i am about any knitting content. LOL!! WoooHooo!!

Sorry you had to frog that sock it was indeed looking very cool!!