Sunday, July 26, 2009

Dane is Here!

Hi,

My brother's son, Dane, arrived safely this week, and he and his mother are very well. Mitchell and Chris and I went down to their house, today, so that Mitchell could meet him. Grandma went along, too, to see the grandsons together. Yea!

Mitchell was pretty good with him. He was very intrigued with Dane's hands and feet, and I was little worried he would pull things in the wrong direction, but Dane didn't seem to mind.


Happy Mothering,
Lisa Kay

On Hold, Take Two

Hi,

I finished my second pair of On Hold Socks, well in time for the end of July. (KAL due date.)



The Creatively Dyed Calypso works up wonderfully (no pooling), though the color is a bit inconsistent throughout the skein (yes, these are both from the same skein). The color difference is more noticeable in the toes.


Up the calves of the sock, the two socks are about the same color, which you can see in the picture of the folded socks. The folded picture is to show that the calves are about as tall as the feet are long. (Nice symmetry.)

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Dinosaur Climbing




Hi,

While Mitchell has many photogenic moments, I don't seem to have my camera handy at all the opportune times. I do seem to remember to take it to the park, though!

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

On Hold Socks, Take Two

Hi,

July 17 is awefully early in the month to be done with both KAL pairs, so I started another On Hold Sock. I'm using Creatively Dyed Calypso (also from The Loopy Ewe, though you can also go directly to Creatively Dyed's site to order). The colorway is aptly named, "HotHotHot!"


The yarn hides the stitch pattern a bit, but I was really excited to try this yarn. CD is a sponsor of the KAL, and I also just really like it. :) It is very springy, dense yarn, and the dying is very unique. It has random spashes on it instead of being dyed in blocks, so there is no repeat at all. Very interesting and lovely!

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

On Hold Socks Done!

Hi,

I finished my second July pair of socks on the 17th.

Pattern: "On Hold Sock" from Wendy Johnson's awesome book, "Socks From the Toe Up."
Yarn: Dream in Color, Smooshy
Color: "Don't Be Blue" (this was a "consolation" yarn from The Loopy Ewe for not getting in the sock club.)
Needles, size 2.5 mm
Started July 5, Finished July 17.



I may actually have time to do three pairs this month. I have almost half the month, left. A lot will depend on how much knitting time I can manage during my "class" next week. I'm doing a class for work that involves four nights away from home. I'm not sure how much time I'll have for knitting, though.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Watching TV

Hi,

Mitchell watches a lot of TV, and he likes to climb on the furniture. (Well, he's a little boy, isn't he?) So far, no catastrophes...

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

On Hold Sock Progress

Hi,

Here's some progress on the second sock pattern for the July KAL, "On Hold Sock." (It's called that because Wendy drafted the pattern while waiting on hold on the telephone.)





Mitchell wanted to get into the pictures. He's a bit of ham. :)

I really like the double border going up the side of the sock.

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Good Knight

Hi,
Mitchell likes to put various things on his head and say they are helmets. Here is a white T-shirt, one of the more innocuous items. Some of the other would be black-mail material some day... think underpants...

He has a lot of knight toys, a couple of castles, a boy-size sword, etc. I have a bruise on my arm that I think is a sword wound! The Playmobile knights and castles are pretty neat. There is "working" cannon. (Spring-powered).

He really enjoyed this book from the library. He asked for it after we took it back. Maybe we should buy it. It is about three little dragons who agree to take care of a wizard's kitties, but they can't read his instructions. They use the pictures in the instructions, to interesting results. The Good Knight helps them out and teaches them to read.

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Second July Sock Started


Hi,

This is "On Hold Sock" from SFTTU, in Dream In Color, Smooshy, in the color "Don't Be Blue," which is an exclusive "non-club" color from The Loopy Ewe. (It was part of a consolation kit for not making it into the sock club. Sheri does a lottery for her sock club. Another possible name would have been Boo Hoo Blue. Ha!)

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Finished First July Sock

Hi,

Here are my finished "Nanners" socks from the July KAL. I have enough yarn left to make a pair of booties, but no girl babies in my life. Only little boys!



I like the Louet Gems. I have a few solid colors, now, too. They'll be good for some of the "gansey" patterns. (For you non-knitters, that is just a textured sort of pattern, not lace.)
Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

Friday, July 3, 2009

Bow Boy

Hi,

Mitchell has a somewhat improvised bow, and he enjoys hunting things... usually Mommy or Daddy.

It is just an old plastic cup rack (I used it in my dorm room in college), with a piece of scrap yarn tied on it. (I don't have any yarn around here...)


Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay

July KAL Sock




Hi,

I've started "Nanner Socks," one of the two socks for July. I'm using Louet, hand-painted by Cherry Tree Hill, which I found at Crazy For Ewe on my last trip to Pax.

Happy Knitting!
Lisa Kay

Another Formula Sock



Hi,

I'm working on another test sock for the Formula Toe-Up Sock (for any size). It is supposed to allow for any pattern stitch, but this one is a lattice pattern based on "Koolhaas Hat" by Jared Flood (BrooklynTweed). I made the lattice have six stitches instead of four, though. I made a Koolhaas Hat last year with Dream In Color Classy, but the sock yarn is a lot more pain-staking to cable. Oh, well... Only one pair of these, then. I'll work them at the end of each month, after KAL socks are done...

I've put it aside for the moment, while I do the July socks for the "Socks From The Toe Up" KAL. I'll put my progess for that in another post...

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay