Sunday, October 24, 2004

Sock Monkey Stocking Finished!

I finally finished my sock monkey stocking. It took awhile, but it came out really well. It's really HUGE, and it's really pretty. I think I might take it to work and put it up in my office, or I might just put it up on my mantle at Christmas. It was really fun to make and I enjoyed making it. To be honest, I was surprised that I made it so easily. I have not had too much experience knitting socks. I have knit a couple of pair, but this stocking looked fairly easy, and it was for the most part. I knitted the top of the sock and the leg on circular needles, then switched to dpns when I got to the toe part. The only really tricky part for me was when I got to the heel and the directions said to knit some waste yarn in. That was no problem, but after I finished the stocking I went back to the heel. I had to put the stitches above and below the waste yarn on needles, and then very carefully take out the waste yarn. I thought I was going to have to take it to my yarn store for help, but I figured it out myself. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

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Now, I'm working on my sweater that my knitting guild is knitting. I'm still not sure how it's going to look, but at any rate I will be learning something, so I'm going to go on with it. I'm also still working on my Kitty Pi for my kitty, Heckle. He will probably sniff it a few times and then leave it. Oh well, it will be fun to make anyway, and I will have learned something new, like felting.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004


The night before last I was looking at some old church directories that had belonged to my aunt who recently passed away. I found something odd in one of them. Her picture was in the directory, but the church or someone had made a mistake and put someone else's name under the picture. It kind of freaked me out at first because I thought maybe I was losing my mind. I decided to show it to Eddie to see what he thought. I went into the living room and proceeded to sit down beside him on the sofa so I could show him the picture. Prior to this I had been doing some embroidering on the pillowcases I have been working on. I use embroidery needles which are sharp kind of like sewing needles. You know where I'm going with this, don't you? Anyway, as I sat down I knew right away what had happened and I yelled "Ouch!! What the heck?" when I knew just exactly what the heck it was. I was so mad at myself. I had laid the embroidery aside on the sofa to get up and go do something, forgotten about it, and apparently the needle slipped out of the thread and got wedged into the sofa seat cushion sharp side up.

In light of all this stress we have been going through with the sunroom and various other stressful things, this was the last straw. I had a total and complete hormonal episode. I was just so mad at myself for doing such a dumb thing as sitting down on a needle, and then realizing the potential for an infection, etc., that I just went kind of nuts. Thinking the worst (that my butt might get infected and rot off, or I might have to go to the hospital and get a tetanus shot) I thought to myself "This is all I need right now." I really didn't want to have to go to the hospital or doctor when there is so much other stuff going on right now. Eddie was very good and kind to me. I cried like a baby and he treated me like a child who needs comforting. He doctored my place for me and put a bandaid on it. I know this is too much information, but he was wonderful. I cried the whole time like a child. I couldn't seem to stop crying. Later on I began to laugh and cry and the same time and decided that one day I would laugh about this. He assured me that my butt was not going to rot off, that the worst thing that would happen would be that I might have to get a tetanus shot. But, he said it was probably unlikely since the needle was not rusted. We have been watching it and treating it and so far, so good.

Today I have been laughing about it, but it just made me feel so dumb. I'm hoping that it will continue to heal. Needless to say, this has dimmed my enthusiasm for embroidery right now. I really have enough pillowcases to give as gifts anyway, but I thought I might embroider one more set just so I would have more choices. I wanted some mindless knitting, so now I'm back to knitting my sock monkey stocking. I figured if I want to use it at Christmas time, I better get it finished. I'll eventually get back to my embroidery, but probably not for another week. Shesh!

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Knitting Guru

I took Marnie's knitting quiz to find out what kind of knitter I am and here are the results of the quiz. Interesting and fun.

Knitting Guru
You appear to be a Knitting Guru. You love knitting
and do it all the time. While finishing a piece
is the plan, you still love the process, and
can't imagine a day going by without giving
some time to your yarn. Packing for vacation
involves leaving ample space for the stash and
supplies. It can be hard to tell where the yarn
ends and you begin.

What Kind of Knitter Are You?
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Friday, October 15, 2004

Still Embroidering Pillowcases

I have let almost everything else fall by the wayside because I have been embroidering pillowcases. I'm still doing it. They are turning out really pretty, but I'm getting tired of doing it. I'm ready to start knitting again. And I am doing some knitting when I just can't do the pillowcases anymore. I need to be working on the sweater that my knitting guild is working on, but I don't seem to have much interest in that either. I think that all started when my gauge didn't work out right to begin with. I finally found a gauge that I could live with, but I had to go up a sweater size, and my stitches still look alot looser than everyone else's. I don't know that the sweater would be a see through, which I don't want, but I'm just not sure I would be satisfied with it once it's knitted. So, I'm kind of avoiding it.