Sunday, December 30, 2007

The reality of Southern Summer of Socks

For me, Southern Summer of Socks started with grandiose plans of knee socks. Theres something quite sexy about knee socks - the possibilities of lace, delicate ankle definition and the accentuation of that vulnerable area behind the knee. I collected a whole bunch of knee sock patterns, sourced the ideal yarns, and then got pregnant. Knee socks did not play a part in this, but morning sickness and fatigue meant that every time I looked down to read a pattern and then knit, I felt queasy.

Recently though I managed to turn out a pair of these for a friend.

Debbie Bliss Beaded Fair Isle Shoes from The Baby Knits Book. The mods are pretty obvious - no beading or Fair isle. They are made from medium weight Socks That Rock, In the Navy.

Inspired by the uber-quick knitting time, and first ultrasound pictures, I then whipped up this little number.

Debbie Bliss again, Hat with Topknot in some left over Jo Sharp DK from a lapsed felting experiment.

Finally - I've got my knitting mojo back!

Friday, December 7, 2007

The miracle that is waxed dental floss

Theres been competing priorities in my home this week. De-flea Squeak, de-mould the bathroom, relocate the colony of Daddy Long Legs that have been drive inside because of the wet weather. Instead my time was spent threading tiny, tiny beads onto thin, thin hairy yarn to make the edging for Flourish. Sanity was saved, and household hygiene brought that one step closer by the discovery that the beads threaded smoothly when the yarn was trapped between a piece of doubled up waxed dental floss. Behold the power of the floss!