Thursday, May 28, 2009

Inspired by the Yarn Harlot!

I love this book! Admittedly you might not find as funny if you aren't a knitter. (Although I did read parts out loud to my husband and it made him laugh, perhaps just because he was identifying with the author's husband as a long suffering spouse of an obsessed knitter.) But the highest praise I can give it is that I was torn the whole time I was reading it between keeping on reading or putting it down and picking up my knitting.

As soon as I finished the book I finished this pair of socks. I have been inspired! I had to agree with her that there is nothing to compare with a pair of hand-knit socks. There is just something about taking a couple of sticks and string and creating something where there was nothing before. To quote the author, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee: "When it is all over, when the socks are done, a knitter will have invested an average of twenty thousand stitches in the name of love and warm feet, knowing full well that the socks will wear out. That's love. That's why socks are special." (She also makes a side note that if you like to knit socks you should marry people with small feet.) But back to the part about my inspiration, I am going to do a give away. That is right. From now until Sunday (May 31st) anyone who leaves a comment will be have the chance to win a beautiful pair of socks, knit with my own two hands, just for you. The catch is you must be knit worthy, which means you have to be willing to wear them and send me a picture. Not hard, right? In your comment tell me your favorite color and the length of your foot, from heel to toe. Believe me, once you feel your foot snuggled in hand-knit wool, you'll never look at machine made socks the same way again.

Edited to add: Just so there is no confusion you have all the way through Sunday to comment. I will pick a winner Monday morning.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Finally finished!

This has been a pretty intense project for me this last month. This is a knit romper with cables and lace work. It was my first ever knit item with button holes and sewing the pieces together, and I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. I am also pleased that it didn't take me so long to finish it that she outgrew it before I got done! Now I just have to finish the little matching booties...