Friday, December 30, 2005

Finished PAIR of socks!

A pair? Really??? Yes, by golly, a really-o truely-o finished PAIR of socks made by ME, the Queen of the Single Sock Knitters.

You can be sure that the dozen or so single socks lying around my yarn room waiting for their mate to be knitted are jealous...

... but it is really amazing how much knitting one can accomplish when all one is doing is sitting around visiting and watching movies with holiday guests! I would do this more often if I could coerce someone else into doing the laundry and cooking.

No, on second thought, not the cooking. I like to cook too much.

This is my first pair from "official" sock yarn on size 1 needles. It was a little bit like knitting on toothpicks. The yarn is "Socketta", a machine washable cotton/wool/nylon blen which I hope will wear better than the handspun I used last time I made socks.

I've already begun another pair, this time in a lace pattern using a multicolored yarn by Lorna's Laces. They aren't knitting up quite as quickly, but they are certainly more interesting! Now, if only I can work up enough personal discipline to make BOTH socks.

Why, WHY is it so hard to do the exact same thing twice??

Thursday, December 29, 2005

An Old Friend Newly Met

I haven't thought of a name for this lady yet... She's a bit of an enigma you see, though she perches so demurely on the edge of my computer shelf...

Her parts have been on the floor tucked under my cutting for... er... I've forgotten how many years. They were acquired in a swap on the Friends of Cloth Dolls list, but were never assembled because the body piece that came in the assortment I received was too small in proportion to the rest of the parts. I finally got around to making a new one for her and getting her put together.

I especially wanted to have this doll, because her head was made by Gabe Cyr, a doll artist whose work I particularly admire. I wish now that I had made her hair a little less realistic to better match the style of her face. But... but... I only just learned how to weft mohair and this batch turned out so well, and the colors were just right -- I couldn't resist.

I'm afraid the glue is permanent. Sigh...

I like her. I also like the newly clean little corner of floor under my cutting table. I'm afraid there are a few more unassembled personalities under there still.

Right now though, I am having too much fun knitting -- it is a much more sociable activity than doll making, and I can enjoy it while also enjoying the company of my holiday guests. I'll post photos soon of the socks and gloves I made so far this month.

Then I really will get around to sorting through those doll parts under the table!