Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Around the House

John and I have been making lots of little changes around the house. Most recently, we painted the light fixture above the sink and used some antique wrought iron drawer pulls we found at Jackalope to make cup hooks for the wonderful rooster mugs my aunt sent for Christmas.

Believe it or not - my sink really is dish free and my counters are clear.

John also took an old over-the-door towel hook and modified it into a wall rack for the master bath. I'm currently working on a wall rack for a collection of beautiful ink bottles my sister sent for my birthday. We also have plans to create a coat rack for the entryway out of yet more wrought iron hooks we found at Jackalope.

You'd never guess the weather has been too frigid to go riding...

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Knitting Socks

It's a new year and I'm still knitting away. Thought you might enjoy seeing some of my finished works.... well - almost. The three on the right are hoping I'll reach down behind the dryer and find them friends. The reality is, I need to stop trying new patterns and finish some sets.

Left to Right: Jess's Striped Socks - 100% mercerized cotton, Jess's Varigated Socks - varigated acrylic, Sam's Flame Socks - Lion Brand Microspun 100% acrylic, Jess's Magic Socks - Lion Brand SuperWash Wool Magic Stripe, and finally Jess's Beaded Rib Socks - Lion Brand Microspun 100% acrylic.

The GREAT BIG WONDERFUL basket pictured on the left was one of my Christmas gifts from John. I LOVE it. It's perfect for all my yarns, and is within arms reach when I sit on the sofa knitting.

I've created another "pattern book" similar to the one I'm making for my other knit projects, but exclusively for socks. I made pre-printed pages with spaces to document all measurements, yarn yardage & type, gauge, needles, stitch counts for the various parts of the sock, and of course the pattern name and recipient. There is also space for a yarn sample, notes, and a grid for pattern stick charting. I have a small sock diagram for additional design notes, and to color in with any patterns I design. There is space for a photo of the completed socks. I bound it all with a comb binding (ahh, office products can craft!) and viola! Now I just flip to the sock I want more of and knit away - or grab a skein, needles, and a pencil and design away!

It's so great to have socks that finally fit my big paddle feet!