Thursday, January 31, 2008


A mouse!

I awoke to the tale of one of our cats having chased a mouse around in the bathroom. It was entertaining breakfast chat and my husband mentioned the total disappearance of any sign of the visitor. We both hoped that meant no "ishy" surprises later in the day. I was let down.

Our first meeting was in the shower. The mouse perched atop the showerhead and I did a startle hop as the mouse did a freefall onto the linoleum. I shuddered briefly. Then, as mousie scurried around the bathroom floor, I jumped onto the edge of the tub and screamed until the entire family showed up outside the door to find out what I was shrieking about. I'm not proud of the stereotypical mouse/fear reaction. It happened and I was even laughing at myself while it was happening. I was so afraid that my toes would get bitten. Is that rational? I mean, I'm the big and noisy monster in this scenario, right?

Dave managed to catch the critter and get it outside (where the pic was taken). I'm pretending s/he escaped into the woods and the cats will be too cold tonight to go after her/him.
In other news...there has been much progress on several fronts.

And the clogs are awaiting the felting process. Here is the second sole being attached to the first:

And here is the pre-felted pair:

Time to start the next pair of clogs!

Friday, January 25, 2008


How much knitting is there left to do on the clogs for Patrick? Well, same as last time. Just the second sole.

Why am I putting it off? Because I don't wanna work on clogs, I wanna work on all the lace fun stuff. (lower lip sticking out now, arms crossed and right foot is being stomped)

Fun stuff like this:

Plus, Clue 1 for dem fischer sin fru was posted today. I am itching to get going on this because the yarn is so luscious and the pattern divine, as I ascertained from knitting the swatch:

I will work on the clogs tonight, though, just because I can't bear the thought of depriving a person of the wondrous toastyness of woolen footwear another moment.

I spent some time frogging a couple different socks last night. I started a plain sock for my husband, but it was a bit loose when I had him try it on, plus I knew I would run out of yarn before completing the toe. I'll restart it as a toe-up sock to avoid that problem. The other pair I really want to do is a pattern from the Socken Kreativ Liste called "Pearls" designed by Stephanie van der Linden. It has a beaded cuff. I bought beads, I had dark yarn, I thought I was all set. As I started knitting it, I thought, "Gee, the beads seem a little big, but the yarn will stretch and give the beads room as the sock is worn." Nope, beads too big. I don't know the size of the beads because they were purchased at a superstore and not a bead or craft store. So, maybe something nearer a size 6/0 next. There's always a "next."

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

ohhhh, so close

I'm this close (-----) to being finished. Only the second sole left to do.

Here is a photo sequence of progress (this all took place in one evening):


I'm also working on a few shawls (cough):

Now, if I only had some little knitting something to carry around in my purse... (because I just don't have enough projects, right?)

Saturday, January 19, 2008


I fell in love with Cookie A.'s pattern the moment I saw it.

Molly must have, too, because this is what she requested for our swap. Here is what Molly received after waiting four long months:

And here is a snippet of her e-mail to me:

"The socks are here! They are perfect!!!! I LOVE them!!!"


The truth is, I didn't want to stop knitting them. Between the Knit Picks Essential and the flow of the pattern, I could've turned these into a unitard. (stop a moment to picture a fully cabled unitard)

Between Ravelry and the various KALs I'm in, I think I will need to live to 150 to actually knit everything I want to knit. Will that work as a "fountain of youth" for me?

I'll be clog-knitting tomorrow. Progress photos to come. I swear.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Skipping around a bit

Well, since I knit and do so many other things, I decided to skip to something else. For sure, felted clogs will be making way too many appearances to make folks feel comfortable.

I've joined yet another KAL: Mystic Light

I've begun on Spring Shawl Surprice.

And I've begun including photos of my pets. As I was photographing my yarn to upload to Flickr, so I could then upload to Ravelry, a kitty decided I needed a new element in my shot.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

So it begins...

I mouthed off at a New Year's Eve party, "Hey, I'm gonna make felted clogs for a bunch of people and blog about it." At the end of this year the plan is sobriety and staying home. I wonder if I'll make it?

Tonight I start my first pair for the blog. They will be sent to Denmark to a son's friend. I'm using the Fiber Trends Felted Clog pattern and Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in the Winter Night color.

Is all hope lost? Will I ever knit anything else ever again?