Friday, October 8, 2010

Not so dreary after all, and sock making

So, it rained almost every day since I last posted. One day I was singing the rain rain rain fell down down down ( from Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day). But after three straight days of grey, cold, dreary, rain I was starting to feel kind of grey myself! It was a treat the other day that the rain let up long enough for me to go out and get the mail. I discovered there is beauty on a dreary day, if you go looking for it!

The nasturtium leaves look like someone played with a bedazzler!

Remember all the Lady's Mantle in my garden? The dead blossoms have turned to jewels in the rain!

And look at this spider's web!!! Just like the ones fairies from Fantasia decorated, right?

OK, I did the second sock of a pair ( sort of) from Cat Bordhi's book Personal Footprints.
Here are the steps ( no pun intended.) Note: This is not intended to be a pattern. If you want the details, they are in the book.

Cast on 6 stitches and divide between your needles ( I use 2 circulars for socks)

Increase until your sock fits your toe

That's MY "personal footprint" in my sock, to see if it's time to increase yet.
I went a few rows past the "lifelines" to show you how your sock looks with them inserted. You will open this up to make the leg later.

Decrease for the heel, but do not close the end yet. Place the stitches on some string for now.

Cut the stitches in the row between the lifelines. ( Hubby had to help as this was a three hand operation to get the picture)

Open up the leg by carefully unraveling the stitches in that middle row.

Reinsert the needles into the stitches with the lifelines in them. Remove the lifelines.

Join yarn and begin knitting the leg.

When you finish the leg, make sure the heel fits, then reinsert the needles. Close the heel with a three needle bind off.

This sock is actually a different pattern than the first. I figured since it was an experiment, I'd try more than one leg pattern! I'm not sure why they aren't the same length. (oops!)

I am grateful for:
Brief periods of sunshine to refresh my spirit!
A productive time in the garden. ( of course I won't know how productive until next June!)
Hubby and son having some bonding time.
A few days to relax before the quilt show.
I found some late season zucchini for bread!

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