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April 28, 2003
sock parade Ella's feet

sock parade

Ella's feet didn't want to be left out!

The reason that the ribbing of the socks looks different in the third picture is because Zoe wore the first one for 24 hours before I got the second one done. Indeed, after a feverish episode in the night, she was wearing nothing but the sock when she woke in the morning!

I really do like knitting socks. It's true. And when knitting for people with small feet, they go really fast. I tried a few different cast-ons. I think I like toe-up better and I found the shortrow toe easiest for me to work. I don't like picking up those double-wrapped shortrows particularly, but there're only a few of them and it's very satisfying to see the shaping done. I may try a shortrowed garter stitch heel next for extra durability. The Noro "sock" has a reverse Dutch heel flap (my, doesn't that sound arcane!), but I like the shortrowed heel just fine. Also, I made an extra gusset bit on the top of the foot just before the heel, because one pattern I looked at said to. Now I see that this isn't standard. Do you? What sort of toes and heels do you like?

And with all my new Kool-Aid, I fantasize that I will create my own self patterned sock yarn. I have figured out the method, but I don't know if I'll really do it.

Also, has anyone dyed cotton yarns with procion dyes? I've tie-dyed a T-shirt or two in my day, but I wonder about yarn. Can't see why it wouldn't work.


06:27 AM
April 27, 2003
hey, kool-aid! I briefly

hey, kool-aid!

I briefly escaped from House of Strep this afternoon to do some grocery shopping. Vons has Kool-Aid ten-fer-a-dollar. Sale lasts
through the 29th. Von's = Safeway = Pavillion.

Stock up. Dye yarn.


06:49 PM
April 23, 2003
Sock me! I have

Sock me!

I have a confession to make. After eons of turning up my nose at sock knitting, I've fallen off the slippery slope. I got tired of
the projects I had been working on and I didn't really want to embark on anything big as I am waiting on some yarn to arrive in the mail
for a major project and also my package from Emily so I can start in on
the quilt...

Anyway, in and amongst all that, I thought that I might dabble with the ins and outs of sock architecture. Not make a proper sock, mind you, more the "idea of sock". I decided to make kid socks as 1) it didn't really seem like I was knitting a sock and 2) my children actually wear socks just in case it turned into one

I grabbed out my DPNs and some inappropriate yarn (Noro Cotton Kureyon, which breaks like crazy and has no stretch) and cast on using Wendy's short-row toe on a sock with 28 stitches. Used a reverse Dutch heel, and some other little details. Finished one, and rather than casting on another just like it, I went out and bought some proper sock yarn and two round needles (size 3's!) and cast on my second sock. Toe Up with Regia's Crazy Color. I think I'm about ready for my heel, but I wanted to do a short row heel this time. How do I do that? I know that I work with half my stitches (16), and that I knit 1 less stitch each row, but do I knit any plain rows between? Also, of the 16 how many do I shortrow and how many do I leave live in the middle? Probably treatises devoted to the subject, but I haven't found a simple answer yet.


07:21 AM
Knitty rules! Knitty was

Knitty rules!

Knitty was the Yahoo pick yesterday.
How cool is that? I, for one, am thrilled with Knitty's success. We're moving rapidly toward our 250,000th hit.

And speaking of Knitty, I've got to get my summer pattern written up! It's been knit for ages -- and it's an absolute hoot!


06:46 AM
April 21, 2003
go figure! Just got

go figure!

Just got back from a week in Washington DC. It was so springy! Fruit trees a-blossoming, bulbs a-blooming. And we had a wonderful
time seeing all the relations, celebrating Passover and seeing the nation's treasures down at the Smithsonian. Visiting the Smithsonian
is always mind-blowing. This time, I was particularly struck by the skeletons of every creature known to man from tiny mice to giant
whale. It brings to mind a children's book I read recently about Oliver Tolliver who proudly displayed his precisely "one, one of each".

Anyway, I returned to find a message from the sewing machine repair man. The pink 60's Brother is going to cost $65 to get him up and running. No problem finding the parts. Should have it done this week. Strangely, my nearly working, much newer and much cheaper Kenmore is going to cost $55 to get the timing fixed. Go figure. Anyway, I told Mr. Fix-it to repair both machines. No sense in keeping a machine that doesn't work or in discarding something that is so close to working.

Now that I know that the Brother is on the mend, I can turn my attention to the cabinet. It needs renewal too.


05:05 PM
April 13, 2003
does knitting run in

does knitting run in families?

My interest was piqued by a recent post over at Queer Joe's. He remarked that there
seemed to be lots of Jewish women knitting. My husband's family is Jewish. There are a couple of knitters, but it doesn't run as deep
as it does in my family. This got me thinking about knitting family trees.

Who taught you to knit? Who taught them to knit? Who in the family knits? Who does not?

My mother must have taught me, but I don't remember it. Probably when I was a preteen.

Mom said that her mother taught her. My Granny was a fabulous handiwoman who crocheted unimaginably beautiful projects and sewed for her whole family and herself, even when I can remember, so she must have been well into her seventies and still making her own clothes. Over her long life I'm sure the sewing was at times necessity, but she was good at it and I think enjoyed it as one enjoys any activity at which one excels. I never knew she knit, but Mom says she knew how well enough, but just never liked it.

Beyond that, I think there were knitters of necessity, but the needlework that the preceeding generation was mainly drawn to was tatting. Now there's a lost art for you!

Coming back forward now, it is almost as interesting to note who didn't partake in these activities. Of four sisters, my Granny was the only one who was really drawn to handwork, according to my mother. Mom has two sisters. One is a fabulous life long knitter. My great inspiration. My mom knits too and has, off and on, her whole life. I don't think the other sister has ever done much needlecraft.

And finally, me. I've knitted and sewed and such (off and on at least) pretty much always. My sister, however, doesn't. Did she not learn? I know that she learned to sew. She was in 4-H! Did she not want to and I did? Did she learn it and forget it?

Anyway, if the conversation gets dull over the holiday table this week, do a little research on your own knitting family tree!


03:20 PM
April 12, 2003
quilt project I took

quilt project

I took both machines to Mr. Fix-it yesterday. Hopefully, they'll both be up and running soon.

And when they are, there's a project waiting for them. A friend of mine is an artist in Chicago. I saw some of her recent work and thought, "Hey, that'd be a great quilt!" So we're collaborating on making a baby-sized quilt based on her "Faces" picture. You can see the picture in question and more of Emily's work here.

It's an ambitious project, but an exciting one.


08:22 AM
April 10, 2003
oh, brother! Look what

oh, brother!

Look what I found at the thrift store today! A Brother Festival 431. And it's hot pink! It needs a few things, but I phoned a sewing repair shop and found a guy who thought it was a great little machine and that he'd probably be able to get it up and running. Cool.

And yes, for those of you paying attention, this means I now have two sewing machines, neither one of which works.


03:11 PM | Comments (2)
April 8, 2003
slip-stitching I got my


I got my hands on the old Interweave Knits and made a connection with another San Diego knitter about town. Thanks, Heather!

There are bits and pieces out there on the Web on mosaic/color slip-stitch knitting, but it's doesn't get a lot of airplay. Or try some of Barbara Walker's books.


02:44 PM
olympia I grew up


I grew up in Olympia, Washington. In the mid-eighties. I was right there, in the hotbed of cool, unaware that it was the hotbed of
cool and merely bored.

Anyway, came across this fun little site via NotMartha. Check out ex libris anonymous. Turns out they are in Olympia too.


02:29 PM
daylight savings time I

daylight savings time

I am perhaps the one person thrilled with the beginning of daylight savings time. Not for the long light evenings, but because now
when I get out of bed at what used to be an ungodly hour, it's already 6:30! That's nearly human.

The one tiny morning plague: The coffee-maker is really in it's death throes and no longer makes the coffee before I get out of bed. It actually stopped mid-brewcycle today until I fonzied it into restarting. It's been a great little coffee-maker, but I don't think they make that model any more.


02:13 PM