Cuff number 2 is done. I did use smaller needles and now have switched to the 3.25 for the fishies section. My cuff didn’t have ladders. Turns out that this is what happens when you have an ssk and then a k2tog. It looks nice and I am kind of dumb for not realizing that this is why that happened. Knitting a second sock can be anticlimactic, but it does seem to go more quickly, plus this pattern is so fun that I don’t really mind. Plus I am eager to see how this works out changing needles sizes around.
I looked at sock number one again, and I may have overreacted. The cuff has dried again and it is not looking so floppy. (plus the no ladders) The sock is a little hard to get on, but it is very comfortable once I have it on. It’s not so bad.
Davey has been creating as well! He drew what we consider his first face. David had me quickly get a picture of it. Davey pointed out the ears, eyes, nose and mouth, and he drew each very carefully. (The face is tilted to the side – to help you get your bearings!)
Finally, Davey helped me shell purple hull peas for the first time yesterday. I opened up the pod, and he took out the peas. He enjoyed it and sat with me for quite awhile. Then he decided to find out if Timber (our husky) likes raw peas. He didn’t. (and this is the dog who will eat just about anything.)
I finished them! They turned out nice. I wrote this before, but if I were to knit them again, I would definitely knit them on a smaller needle. I used size 2. I should have used size 1. But that’s just my gauge. I am a kind of loose knitter I think.
So then I wanted to take pictures of them. David has not yet gotten into photographing my knitted objects with any kind of creative flair, so I wanted to try to take the pictures myself. I walked this morning and came home a sweaty mess. I picked up my wool socks and went back into the 70% humidity and 90 degree temperature and sat in the grass to try to get a decent picture. I tried holding up the camera in front of me and pointing at my feet. I got silly results such as – Socks in the Wild:
I was having a hard time with the light.
I took a few pictures inside too. Actually this was when I had David’s assistance – but he was not thrilled with the junk in the background (which I tried to crop out as best I could):
Ok so I am happy they are done! Enough about them, and on to Two to Tango. I keep looking forward through this sock book and there are just such a variety of sock patterns. I get excited looking at them. I am blocking out of my mind that there are “experienced” patterns which also call for Magic Loop which I have never done. That’s for another day.
Abit about Davey. He got a haircut today. It’s very cute. He went to the barber shop and he did just great. Davey let the barber put the cape on him, and he held the lollipop, that David had bought him in advance, under his cape. His hair was getting so long with cute little curls, but this will be much cooler. It makes him look like a little boy though – which I know he is.
He played at the playground after that. He didn’t seem too phased by the 70% humidity and 90 degree temps – well except for that little red face:
I finished my first Roll in the Hay Sock. Yay! I am pretty happy with how it turned out. Ideally, I could have probably gone down a needle size for a slightly snugger fit. I have a giant foot too, so a person with a regular size foot would definitely want to gauge and adjust. (yep, pawning the gauging off to those with little feet!) Here’s photos:
Now it’s time to knock the second sock out!
Davey is playing and playing and playing and playing and playing with Oma and Opa. We went to Ouachita this morning and walked around. He “fished” in the fountain too:
He enjoyed walking with Oma and Opa:
Oma and Opa are coming today. (my parents). Davey says, “it’s so exciting”. He keeps asking me when are they coming? They are just staying one night. He will not like them to leave tomorrow already, but he will be happy to see them.
Sock number one is almost complete! I hope to finish it today. First however, I had to take care of the mountain of laundry on the guest bed, as that might have presented a sleeping problem for my parents. The mountain has been folded and put away. However,the laundry never quits coming, and it’s just the 3 of us! David would explain though that we are in Arkansas in the summer where showers and a change of clothes are required 2-3 times daily.
Davey just came up to me very happy to show me that he found a pacifier. I am trying to keep them away from him except for nap and night time. He will probably find them in various secret places until he is 5 years old!
I am thinking about this yarn for my Two To Tango socks that I plan to start next week: http://www.knitpicks.com/cfyarns/yarn_display.cfm?ID=5420134 In “Blue Yonder” and “Springtime”.
Here is what these socks will knit up to look like: (ideally!)
Which reminds me, I never posted an image of what the first socks are going to look like (except in a different color, and maybe not quite as perfectly knitted!)
Ok. the mountain is returning.