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Saturday, May 23, 2009

What Heel?

For some reason I lost my avid sock knitters mojo last fall. Not sure why, it left late in the night and I began tank tops and sweaters that have yet to be finished.... they stare at me every time I pass my nightstand and end tables.... Ugly reminders of how I can't seem to finish anything knit related!

I was digging' on Rav. and happened upon the "Lifestyle Sock" hmmmm, Toe Up? Let me give that a whirl again..... I began with my Judy Becker magic cast on and fell in love! The foot went by in a virtual flash and it was time for the heel... Heel? I hate short row heels! What to do? I tired a "short row hell".... Nasty! I tried my first backwards gusset heel (i favor gussets)... All I can say is that I loved the method so much it left me hungry for more! It's almost a sickness now to finish this sock! It has gone from 16 toe stitches to nearly done in 48 hours... Avid has returned!


In my quest for more patterns to exploit my new found love of toe ups and backward gussets I found this:


And there is a 2 yesr KAL to go with it on Ravelry. Of course book is purchased and KAL has been joined. Mama Llama is even donating a few prizes ;)


I am Wooly now!
A Wolly Woolgirl that is.... I was very happy to get my complimentary package this week.



Koigu!
I'm Koigu crazy lately! I received 6 skein of each of the colors.....













New Mama Llama Pattern Toula

Specs: Test Knitted by Brynne
Yarn: Mama Llama Silky Ewe 1.5 balls
Needles: Sz 7
Bust Size 36 inch, more sizes available




Cute kid photos, just because!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

There's Knitting a'Foot

Can it be?
I have to say I am pretty impressed with the Mama Llama Original Sock 3ply if I do say so myself... I Love the stuff for socks but this garment is turning out so beautifully, I couldn't have asked for anything better!

Specs
Yarn: Mama Llama Orig. 3ply, colorway Winter
Needles: sz 7/ 4.5mm
Pattern: Garter Stitch Swingy Sweater


Carmens Birthday sweater cam to a screeching halt when dyeing took over my life for the past few months. I wouldn't call right now a calm, but I have found time to knit while I help Brandon with Jumpstart and Starfall games on the computer.

Speaking of Brandon we went to wait for Hillards bus today and took these pics together.




I made a commitment to myself to get healthy 18 months ago and I've almost lost it all, except for those pesky last 13 lbs!!!! I eat these items in moderation, but I love them anyway... I decided not to admit my Peets coffee addiction, so its not pictured. Whoops!

I plateaued for over 4 months... But this morning hopefully marked a downtrend. Cross fingers!

Have a great Week!