Tuesday, March 30, 2010

February and March's Socks

Even though it's taken me until the second to last day in March to post them, I really did finish a pair of socks in February for my personal crafting challenge. Two pairs of socks actually....

The green one are another 2 ft. pair for Brian. (I call them 2 ft. socks because they measure at 24" of knitting from cuff to toe... and that is a lot of stockinette.) The little watermelon ones are Lila's, and they are a simple 2x2 ribbing down to the toe.

These are Brian's 3rd pair of sock I have knitted for him and he has proven himself eminently knit-worthy. (To be knit worthy you have to value the time and effort I put into making the whatever it is, you have to actually wear/use it, you have to care for it appropriately, and you tell me that you can't wait until I knit you some more!) The "eminently" in Brian's knit-worthiness came when he said he would love another pair of socks and I told him I wasn't sure if I had another manly colorway to knit for him. His response was, "I don't care if they are girly or not, they are the most comfortable socks I've ever worn!" Talk about the way to a knitter's heart! About the only thing that could top that would be to drive them to a yarn store, hand them a credit card and say, "Go crazy!"

Evie has out grown the socks I knit for her and wants to know when she gets another pair. I've promised her the next socks on my needles will be for her. In the mean time she contented herself with trying on Brian's...

...which Lila found quite distressing for some reason. The whole time I was trying to snap a picture of Evie wearing her daddy's socks like thigh-highs, Lila was trying desperately to pull them off her. I thought maybe Lila wanted a turn wearing them, but once she succeeded in getting them off her sister's feet she toddled off to play with something else.

And here are March's socks. So far I have one sock and one inch, and yes I am aware that I have about 36 hours to be done. The pattern is the Mock Croc and the yarn is Berroco Sox, which is a 75% wool/25% nylon blend that I am liking the feel of. One of my knitting buddies, Natalie, moved last week back east. Before she left, she, I, and our other friend (and knitting guru) Jeanette decided we would make matching socks. Because that is how knitting geeks roll....

Friday, March 19, 2010

...something blue!

This is my favorite detail of Janessa's wedding dress, I love the blue lacing up the back!

I love how the dress is simple and elegant (and sparkley!) from the front...

...and then sassy and fun in the back with that punch of color!

Evie dreaming of the day it is her turn to dress like a princess all in white.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Wedding Projects Weekend

So I didn't get knitting gold during the Olympics. I would place myself in the running for a bronze, as I finished more that half of my goal. I made Brian's socks, Lila's socks and am 2 inches shy of finishing Jake's socks. Oh well, I gave it my all, and at the end of the day that is all you can do. (I'll be posting pictures of them as soon as I can get all those feet together...)

I had to radically shift gears last Friday and start working on these...

My cousin's wedding dress and her sister's flower girl dress. It was a long weekend, with lots of decisions to be made. But we got it done and she was happy with the end product, which it the most important part. I think she looks beautiful.

I also snuck in a little knitting project in the wee small hours after we were done with sewing for the day. I was teaching my cousin Tiffany this cute hat pattern, so I knit one along with her so I could show her the steps as she came to them. It turned out so perfect! I made one for a shower gift a little while ago, and knew that I would be making another on soon. This one was a bit of experiment as I added the row of eyelets so I could thread the ribbon through it and make it a little more girly.

I love my sweet little model! She actually wore this hat for quite awhile today before ripping it off her head and figuring out how to untie the bow and unthread the ribbon. I was hoping to make the ribbon interchangeable, but I might have to make a commitment to a ribbon and add a few stitches to the bow so she can't undo it... what do you think? Keep the more neutral color, or go for something with more contrast like a chocolate brown?

P.S. I am hoping that Tiff will post pictures soon of her cutie pie modeling her matching hat. *wink, wink... nudge, nudge*