1 Sock and a Cake

Well I finished one sock today.

Last week I was up to turning the heel and I was completely lost. I tried saying it out loud to my husband, even though he doesn't know anything about knitting. He came over and was very helpful, he started writing numbers and somehow he figured out what I needed to do to turn the heel. If he hadn't helped I'd still be at the heel.

I got to the toe area on Saturday and on Sunday realized that I had messed up, so I had to rip back. I picked up the stitches and continued and had problems again, so again, I ripped it back. I finally got it and worked. It's finished! I still have to do another one, but I finished my first sock!!!! My husband is very happy and is waiting for the next one.
In other news, I had a bridal shower on Sunday and I made a towel cake for the bride and groom. I was very happy with how it came out, even though the pins didn't want to stay in on the bottom layer.

The flowers just gave it that final touch. The best part about it was that the mother of the bride didn't realize it was towels and was wondering how the restaurant got a mousse cake to stay up like that!

I've been tagged

Here's the deal: Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write in their blogs the 7 facts, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag 7 others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and to read your blog. I've been tagged by Cactusneedles.

1. I started knitting a few years ago when my mom was going to make me a scarf. I thought it would be fun to learn, so my mom showed me how. I didn't pick it up again until 2 years ago when a co-worker was knitting at work, it got me interested again.

2. I'm almost finished with my second master's degree in Library Science. My first master's is in Computers in Education.

3. My favorite store bought cookies are Oreo's, my favorite homemade cookies are Pinoli.

4. My favorite book ever is Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. Although The Thirteenth Tale is in a close second.

5. I'm a Disney freak. I love everything Disney. Disney World is my favorite place to vacation.

6. My house burned down when I was in tenth grade. An electric blanket caught on fire. (So don't use them)

7. I'm addicted to Diet Coke. I can't live without it, if I don't drink it during the day I end up with major headaches.

People tagged...The Sleepy Knitter , Good to be Girl, Purly Whites, Whimsy, Sheep in the City, Two Wooden Sticks and a Ball of Wool, InfiKnity

Socks x2

Well a couple of weeks ago I said that I had ripped out the socks that I was making. I didn't like the seam that was showing up. So I started new socks, but not just one pair, two pairs.

I'm not crazy about the Magic Stripes (not my favorite colors).
The Eclipse is going well, but a little more difficult to work with (it's probably not supposed to be used for socks, but what do I know!)

So I'm moving along and slowly getting a sock (or two).

Mother's Day Gifts

I was searching for Mother's Day gifts a week ago and was really having problems, until I came across a website FabulousYarn.com. I thought it was great they would get the whole package, yarn, needles and pattern. So we ordered it and within three days it was here. Both my mother and my mother-in-law seemed very happy with the present and excited to knit the shawl. I recommend this site for anyone that has a knitter in their life and wants to get them a present that has to do with knitting.

Sheep to Shawl Festival

My mom and I went to the Sheep to Shawl Festival today in Huntington. It was the first time I had seen a sheep being sheared. Look at
how the wool comes off in one piece!

The sheep looked much cuter with all of the wool off! This was just one year's growth, the woman had sheared these sheep last year at the same festival.

I couldn't believe the difference in the outer wool and what the sheep's real color of gray looked like. I wonder when they wash it if it turns back to gray or if it is permanently the yellowish color.

We saw a lot of talented craftspeople making some great things. Although I didn't get to meet the woman that was making the lace tatting I was very impressed with her work. They had lots of crafts for kids to make (yarn dolls, paper bonnets) they also had an old fashioned weaving machine that they taught the kids how to use. There were woman doing rug hooking and a couple of yarn shop people knitting.

Starting over

I was working on my sock last night and realized that I really didn't like it. I like the colors, but because I was joining the yarns there seemed to be a seam. It also felt like the yarn was more the weight for legwarmers than a sock. So I ripped it out. That's right you heard me ripped the whole thing out (I was up to the heel).
So I'll find a use for this yarn and create something different with it. Maybe that sampler afghan or something else. I plan on stopping to get some real sock yarn. Someday I'm sure I'll be able to say that completed a pair of socks!

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