So I’m still knitting! I tried and tried and tried to be patient and force myself to change over to Continental style knitting but decided it was not for me. I tried for over a week and decided that I am quite comfortable doing it English style and I like my stitches and gauge, so I’m going to just be an English knitter :)
My next project after my last post is to learn how to knit socks. I started around 2 weeks ago, following yet another Craftsy class and as well as watching some videos by Lucy Neatby. I am now working on my first sock:
You can view my instagram for my progress from cuff to toe (hopefully soon). It has been a lot of fun learning how a sock is made and seeing how much patience I have. I haven’t given up though I have frogged more times than I can count when it came to the heel (must learn to not read ahead in a pattern!). I am currently working on some nice inexpensive Patons Kroy sock yarn but I hope to use this yarn from my LYS purchase in February in the coming month or two. And of course, after I make the above sock’s twin :)
In other non-knitting inamood news, Dad and I drove over 5 hours north to visit my brother and sister-in-law to help celebrate their daughter’s first birthday. This little one is just a cutie pie and I love watching her growing up before my eyes through the lovely photos her mother shares on Facebook and in IMs. For her first birthday, my father made her a gorgeous toybox from scratch:
That is about it here in the Moody household. We are all looking forward to the Spring, it has been a cold, harsh winter for the 2nd year in a row and I cannot wait to thaw out :)
I have been continuing on with my Craftsy class and enjoying it immensely! I finished the second project, a chevron beanie.
Although you cannot see it, it has quite a few mistakes, but for my 3rd hat ever AND my first with cables I think it turned out great. Only thing? Too small for my head, I needed more length as it sits above my ears.
The next project in the class is fingerless gloves but they are done are DPNs in the class and when I tried to do it on magic loop the lace pattern was asking for stitches to be slipped that were on both needles etc, so I put that aside, for now. I cannot seem to get the hang of the DPNs which is why I tried magic loop. I do have some 16″ ChiaoGoo circulars coming, maybe I will try them :)
Last night I spent the evening working on Continental style knitting – it is suppose to be faster and I’m all about speed in my crochet so although I keep saying I can only knit English style…I haven’t given up yet!
I am trying to learn to knit. I believe I tried about the same time a year ago and then as quickly as the want came to learn to knit, it left after I was able to knit (albiet exceedingly slowly), two baby hats. They were both not good enough for my etsy shop, nor was the dish cloth I made an attempt at.
Now, here I am again, it things are sticking much better and my patience is a lot better. I believe I love crocheting baby items as they are completed quite quickly – almost instant gratification. Knitting? Or at least, my knitting…not so much. But my patience allowing something I am working on not be done RIGHT NOW, is a lot better. For example last weekend I knit a cowl following a great Craftsy class; it took about 12 hours but I finished it and I am actually wearing it :)
Yesterday I got it in my head that I wanted to make socks. I went to Michaels bought some yarn and double pointed needles (I tried once before to use magic loop to no avail) and went home and bought an Annie’s sock knitting class. What a disaster! Not the class, but the double pointed needles, LOL. I ended up frustrated and did no knitting the rest of night.
This morning I got up and decided I needed to give magic loop another try. The only issue was that I don’t have any long circular needles in sock sizes. So off to a LYS (well not so local, I don’t think my city has one so I went to the next city) and bought an Addi 40″ 2.5mm and some gorgeous sock yarn (for when I can actually make a good pair of socks).
Isn’t it pretty? The left is for me and the right will be for my sister :)
So I got home and I’ve been watching youtube video after video on magic loop and by golly I think I got it! I totally understand why/how it works and my little tube is ladderless!
So what has been going on in my world since my last post? Hmmm…broken foot healed as best as it could. It aches every once in a while but from my understanding it always will. There has also been tons of home renovations in the last year and a half. We have (and not in particular order):
- replaced all windows (pics)
- replaced the roof
- updated the basement bathroom (pics)
- built a pentagon shaped shed in the backyard (pics)
- made the foyer closet twice it’s size
- painted the interior (except kitchen)
- renovated the 2nd floor bathroom (pics)
- replaced all the doors (not yet painted)
- redrywalled the basement (pics)
I think that is it – there is still quite a bit to do:
- renovate kitchen
- replace attic insulation
- replace the front door
- re-side the house
- replace stair carpet
- add carpet to 2nd floor hallway
- paint all interior doors
- replace fencing in back yard
- parking pad for Buttercup*
- doggy door
And when I say we, I mean Dad. I would never have been able to do any of this without him. I cannot wait to see what 2015 will bring!
* Right now I have to move the cars around M-F as my father leaves first in the morning. We have spoken of taking a bit of the front yard and widening a part of the driveway.
Between basement renovations to get the house ready for a rewire (Basement Reno Photos), living room room updates, I also managed to fracture my left foot. My first real broken bone! Pretty impressive for 41+ years on this green dot :)
My house rewire happened the week of Aug 12th and what a mess! But it is 95% done, they are just awaiting us to finish the basement so they can do the work down there. We had to gut the basement so right now it is just studs and they won’t install lights, switches, receptacles without drywall.
But rather than complete the basement, my father decided he needed one area done in the house and so he started on the living room. We closed off a pass-through from the foyer to the dining area and extended the foyer closet with this found space, patched all holes left by the electricians and fixed any wall issues from the past owners. We also decided to change out all window, floor and door trim. We are currently at the painting stage with the walls having one prime coat on them. This weekend we will finish the painting and installing french doors to replace the sliding patios :)
Then he will go back to the basement and start on the upstairs with my bedroom being first (so I guess I better decide on paint colour!).
Inbetween all of this I managed to fracture the 5th metatarsal on my left foot by running down the stairs and missing the last three…ouch! I was running as Home Depot had arrived with my basement drywall and they ere going to drop it off in the wrong driveway.
I will try to update more, I really am trying to get back into blogging :)