Friday, April 27, 2012

One week to Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival!

I just can't wait to  get to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival next Saturday. I do hope the weatherman is only joking with the prediction of THUNDERSTORMS for that day. Really? Again I have coordinated a group of 55 fiber-holic women to make the trek on a Cole Transportation bus. They give us the best service and have for years! If the rain holds off I will take photos and will post upon return.

I DO NOT NEED YARN!!! OK, I have it in writing. It is official. But I do want to head to the vendor with the yarn bowls and get one...more for decorative purposes. I plan to take along bubble wrap and tape to securely wrap it before putting it into my quilted bag. I will have to carry it all day so it needs to be secure.

Oh I bet I will buy a skein (or two) of yarn. I do need intervention...

Monday, April 09, 2012

UFO Finished!

My summer fun socks are finally finished! Cross one UFO off my list for 2012 knitting...

Someone is going to say that the feet look small. They are small. I only wear a size 5 1/2 shoe. And this pair of socks is somewhat is a sizing experiment. I have been knitting socks for years, primarily because store bought ones are way too big. Sometimes though some of my knitted socks are a bit too big. I recently read that to make the feet snugger and hence tighten up the fabric around the ankle, to knit the feet 1/2 to 1 inch shorter. So, these feet are 7 1/2 inches long instead of the usual 8 inches. I might have to make another adjustment, but I think these will work well. Hope so, I am tired of baggy socks at the ankles.

I had another skein of this yarn -- which was only made for one summer -- in shades of lavender so it is barely on the needles. Summer sock yarn with stretch to keep the socks up is hard to find.

I must tuck these away and get back to my shawlette so I have it done in time for Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. I want to wear a hand-knitted item. Of course if this year's doesn't get done, there is always the one I made for last year that didn't get blocked in time. All I would need to do it block it. But I really want to finish the current one.

Stay tuned.....