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Hole-y cow

This week, I realized that my favorite slipper socks have very rapidly developed some serious holes on the balls of the feet.

hole-y socksI am devastated. These are my favorite socks. The yarn is perfect. The fit is perfect. They are only the second pair I had ever made, and the first pair of slipper socks. They were my final project of 2010, so they’ve had about a two-year run.

They still look fabulous on top!

top of my slipper socksBut I don’t think they are easily salvageable, so I’m now in the process of making a replacement. I’ll be making the opposite of the socks I made for my Mom’s birthday.

I just started late last night and am already making good progress.

new slipper socksI am hoping to have new pair of socks in the next few days.

Now off to keep knitting and watch some Murder, She Wrote re-runs!





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Finally finished.

So… it seems that the poll yielded unanimous results. Navy, teal and white it is. I can’t wait to get started on this color combination for my next charity blanket!

What I’d like to show you today is that my finally completed Gryffindor scarf!

completed Gryffindor scarfI started this scarf early in 2011. And while the main scarf part was completed in time for my 2011 Halloween costume (Hermione, of course!), I didn’t put the fringe on the ends. It wasn’t a major problem, but since I did knit it as a tube to avoid having a wrong side, I did have some weird rolling. The picture below shows before and after fringe.

Before and after fringe on my Gryffindor scarf

There are the same number of rows after the gold stripe., but I was losing at least an inch of the scarf due to rolling.

I went for the shorter fringe, approximately an inch and a half, to try to keep it a bit more grown up and subtle.

I was so pleased to finally be able to mark this project off the list officially. I just hadn’t had time to mess with cutting and adding the fringe and it was one of those little niggling unfinished items hanging over my head.

I’ve also started using up some of the leftovers from this scarf for a few special projects, which I’ll share later…



FO: Charity Blanket #2 and… help me pick my next color combo!

I’ve recently finished my second charity blanket of 2012.

charity blanket #2 of 2012This was my first blanket using three colors, and I really love it! I went for red, white and blue since this has been a very patriotic year for us. Mr Snips became a US citizen, we went to London for the Olympics, and Mr Snips voted in the US for the first time. It was all good red, white and blue fun!

I think that this blanket has a lot more pop than my main color with some white stripes that I traditionally do (to see a previous example, see blanket #1 of 2012). But I am still a creature of habit – this is the Blue Afghan pattern again.

I am now preparing to start blanket #3 of 2012. Not to say I’ll get it done by the end of the year (in fact, I can almost guarantee it will become #1 of 2013), but I do like to have one on the go all the time.

I’d like to do three colors again, and use up some leftover yarn from previous blankets. It will be, of course, the Blue Afghan pattern.

Since I’m feeling indecisive, I thought I’d enlist the blog to help me pick a color combination.

The first possible combination has the primary color as navy, and contrasting stripes of teal and white. I think this has a lot of pop to it, and the teal makes it bright and happy.

navy, teal and white possible combo

The second possible combination will still have navy as the main color (that’s what I have the most of), but with lilac and white as the contrasting colors. I like this one, too, and think it’s a little more feminine. Navy, lilac and white possible blanket comboSo… help me choose! I’ll take the tally on Monday morning at 9:00 am and hopefully get to work soon!



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Sailor Hats: Delivered

You’ll remember that earlier in the year I was collecting hats for the Hats for Sailors project.

My Friday Night Knitting group got in on the action, and I got my mom into it as well. All told, by November, I had 16 hats! I was very pleased with that number.

Collection times are Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day, and my mom finished her last hat just in time for me to add it to the pile before sending it off. Here was the final pile:

Sailor Hat delivery for November 2012

My mom really came through with all of the front row hats sporting the white tags.

For the hats I made, and the ones my Friday Night Knitting group did, I made my own tags. I made all of them thank you cards, since we are doing this in appreciation of their service. Though I don’t scrapbook any more (now that I can make an iBook faster and cheaper and get Apple to print all my pictures in a professionally bound book in less than a week – why bother?), I do find it handy to have some of the tools around. I used some bright paper I had left over and my fancy-edge scissors to create small cards. I wrote “Thank you!” in different writing on the front of each tag. Inside, I included the first name of who made it and the care instructions.Sailor Hat tagOnce that was complete, I took all 16 to the post office, crammed them all into the “medium” box (why is it so small if it’s supposed to be medium??), and sent them off.

It’s been a very fun thing to participate in, and I’ve already started my pile for May. I’ll share my first completed hat for the next round in a few days.