Sock Slog

I’m still slogging though the second sock of a pair that I started back in September.  Ugh.  I have a horrible case of “second sock syndrome.”

I had put this project down for a while, and I had been thinking about it.  And it would come to mind again.  So, I started working on it again.

I think the reason why I stopped knitting this sock was that I’m getting fed up with slippy teeny tiny needles.  The are metal, and I am not a fan of metal DPN’s, but it’s what I could find in the size.  That’s ok, I’ll deal.  I already knit one sock with them!  The nice thing is, the more I knit the gusset, the fewer stitches there will be on to of the three needles, and therefore less likely to find their way of slipping of the needle.

I believe that if I take this sock slog a few rows at a time, I’ll be ok.  I don’t want to get overwhelmed and frustrated.  That is never fun, and knitting is supposed to be fun, right?

I haven’t forgotten about this sock.  I just set it aside.  Now, it’s time to finish it.

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Mother’s Day Success!

Yay!  My handmade Mother’s Day gifts were a success!

I made Tuscon Shawl found in 101 Designer Yarn Stash Wonders.  It’s an easy lace pattern, and one that enjoy doing.  It’s easy to do these shawls while watching TV and such.

My mom opened hers up and loved it.  She wore it work today and it was a huge hit with her coworkers.

My mother-in-law raved about hers, too.  Her’s is the one featured above.  She really liked it!

I gave one to my Aunt Ellen, as well.  She was very excited to get it, as she is going on vacation soon and needed a shawl or covering for her head and neck.

Aunt Suzy, I apologize that you know what you are getting.  I’m going to mail it to you, and you should have it in a few days!

So, I hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day and enjoyed it with the mother-figures in your life.

 

Drawn Out

I’ve recently taken to drawing.  I bought a book, How to Draw 1 by Walter Foster  at a local art store, some colored pencils and a few other supplies.

How did this come about?  I love adult coloring books, as is evidenced by this past post.  I’d happily color in pages for hours.  One thing always bothered me; I was coloring in a drawing that belonged and was created by someone else.

I wanted to create the drawing myself.  So, I decided to learn to draw.

You can read about some of my drawing escapades on my photography blog already. (Start here, then read to this post.

Now, this post from my photography blog brings us to the drawing of the night blooming cereus above.  Just for reference, here’s the photo I was trying to copy below.

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The drawing resembles it….sort of.  I added some of the leaves in for contrast.

The bottom line is, I’m learning, and I’m enjoying learning!  Drawing is something I’ve always wanted to do, and I’m finally getting around to doing something about that.

Mother’s Day Prep

I wish I could show you guys what projects I’ve been prepping for Mother’s Day.  They are gorgeous.

The gifts have had their final finishing work done, and are ready to be wrapped and given to their matriarchal recipients on Sunday.  I just can’t show you a photo of them yet, so you’ll have to wait until the gifts have been given!

First off, that’s my mom Kathy up in the featured photo up there.  I look just like her! She’s a fantastic lady.

My mother-in-law Cindy is a fantastic lady, too!  I’m fortunate to have to two mother figures that are wonderful.

Oh, and my two aunts, Aunt Ellen and Aunt Suzy…..I didn’t forget about you two amazing ladies!

As for the projects, they are are all similar.  What I can tell you is that:

  • A. They are knit.
  • B.  They are gorgeous.
  • C.  I can’t wait to give them out!

What have you been prepping for Mother’s Day?  I’d love to hear about your projects, no matter how clandestine they may be.