After a weekend of playing with chunky yarn, I'm back in my comfort zone with 2.5mm needles and fingering wt/sock yarn. Just another basic man's sock that will probably end up in someone's stocking (shhhhhhhhh--don't tell).
I'm reading the latest Vince Flynn book (The Last Man)---PapaGeek downloaded it before his trip last week, said it was a 'page turner' (although on the kindle you don't exactly turn pages), and since we can share our kindle downloads, I put it on the iPad. It's one of those thrill a minute espionage/adventure reads----and the faster I read, the faster I knit. Not enough book for two socks, but it should get me through the first one.*
*So much for that idea.....it got so frenetic towards the end, that I totally put down the knitting and just read at warp speed. The book is done. We've saved the world once again. Now I can get on with the important stuff......knitting!
joining ginny for knitalong and tami for WIP Wednesday! Come peek!
I'm not sure exactly why this was in the stash (of course, I know why---did you see the price on that??!) because I pretty much hate knitting on needles larger than a size US 4 or with yarn heavier than dk. But there it was (actually 2 skeins!! I must have had something in mind for it at purchase time other than grabbing a great deal), and it was perfect for these.
I found myself with no competition for the television this weekend....and there was a Castle marathon going on---and before I knew it...
two pairs! I guess that bulky yarn has something going for it after all. A sweater out of bulky---and I look like the Marshmallow Man in Ghostbusters; but fingerless mitts in bulky work for anyone, and I got the two pairs from the one skein (with almost nothing left over). Stash busting--holiday gifts--hours of Castle....that was so much fun, I went out and BOUGHT another skein of chunky, and made
the Hampstead wreath while listening to the latest Stephanie Plum, Notorious Nineteen. It is exactly like all the other Stephanie Plum books (and I've read/listened to them all)--totally mindless, nothing whatsoever to redeem it stylistically, but I could wander around the house and let it keep running and not really miss more than a couple cars or vans getting blown up--and by the end of it, I had a wreath--and the stash had less in it than when the weekend began.
:: Lots of cookie making.
*Bourbon balls (a bit potent....little people were banned from tasting)
*cut out sugar cookies (Darth Vadar with sprinkles all over his face?!)
*spritz cookies we couldn't get through the cookie press (I dumped my old press last year for a new and improved electric press---but we must have needed new batteries---and it was Black Friday---and we weren't going to ANY store THAT day for batteries) so we turned them into thumbprint cookies
*my mom's chocolate drop cookies.
(First time ever.....more sprinkles ended up on the COOKIES than on the floor. Major success. Note the concentration on those faces....I obviously wasn't concentrating at all.)
They don't look the least bit like Christmas cookies, but we only make them at the holidays because they are so good we always eat waaaaaay too many and who needs all those calories? Special treat. Once a year. (Well, we usually end up making three or four batches of them during the holidays, but we count that as ONE.)
CHOCOLATE DROP COOKIES
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup cocoa
2 cups flour
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup butter
1 tsp soda dissolved in 4-5 tbls hot water
Drop by the teaspoon and roll in granulated sugar. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes. The cookies should be puffy.
I just started Taste, Memory: forgotten foods, lost flavors, and why they matter by David Buchanan. One chapter into it....way too soon for a real opinion, but I'm liking the flow so far, and the biodiversity topic I find intriguing.
The knitting....a pair of basic socks, a holiday gift for a non-knitter (but I think she is "knit-worthy"). Yes, both socks are cast on---for two reasons. First, I used the German twisted cast on (found described in Sock Club by Charlene Schurch but I'm sure available all over cyberspace in video form) and I had to refresh myself on how to do it. It is extremely elastic, and I think the best cast on for socks I've ever used. I'll probably never use any other. So, as long as I was casting on---and before I forgot how to do it again (!), I decided to just do both. This is working out well---one sock stays in the kitchen, the other one where ever I happen to leave it. I've never done this before, but I'm guessing it might also help alleviate the dreaded second sock syndrome (reason #2!!!). Elving efficiency!!!!
after a little stutter start...where the ruffle got sewed to the waistband instead of the pants leg...I got into the groove----and then got smart. I made up a little 'kit' for my oldest granddaughter, and Rach and I will make a couple pairs of these together.
:: 4 pairs of capris + 1 sewing project kit
the CandyMan had a basketball game that took exactly
this long (with time allowed for some serious cheering---they lost by only 2 points after an early 13 point deficit.)
:: 1/2 pair of AG socks
The Bling's mommy asked her if she wanted Santa to bring her (fake) AG doll some clothes or things. Oh, NO. Grandma's making her clothes. That's all I want. YIKES. The pressure is sort of on, Grandma. (Grandma is clothing 3 AG dolls this season.) Off to the stash....maybe another coat....
the problem with working from the stash (sigh). When it became clear that I was seriously going to run out of yarn....I worked both sleeves at the same time....
then grabbed some pink for the cuffs. To make it look like this was the plan all along, I blanket stitched around the little jacket. OK. I think that worked. Now, it needs a hat.
OOPS. It didn't take long at all to figure out the pink wasn't going to make it (AGs have really big heads), so the hat had to turn into a headband.
I like it. But, the best part......I found some pink AG UGGS here!!! Now that's an outfit!!!
:: hat + headband + UGGS on order
PapaGeek had to get a couple things for an upcoming trip....and we decided to wander into the Art Gallery shop. Remember when we did this? I think the advantage/disadvantage of the bombee knowing who the bomber is...... they know who to call for more!! YAK needs a Santa hat for the season. With so many wonderful patterns 'out there' (have you taken a look at my Ravelry favorites lately???) I've never felt the need to do much designing. Sure, I tweek, adjust, amend patterns all the time, but never do the.....get-out-the-tape- measure-and-start-from-scratch thing.