This has been a rather busy week after getting back from Charleston. I'm in the midst of painting the inside of the house. We bought the paint months ago and have been waiting for our painter to come get started. He has been sick, his wife has been sick, and various other reasons for not coming. I couldn't stand it any longer so I got out the paint brush, ladder, drop cloth and paint and got started. I do fine with just the flat walls and that is really what needs it the most. I'll save the trim for Ted because he is so good at it and is a very neat painter (unlike me who gets it all over from head to toe as well as the walls). Hopefully he'll be able to do that in the near future. I certainly hope so. I could do it but I would had tons of clean-up to do after all is done. ;) So far I have done one hallway and have managed to keep things neat and tidy.
So, not wanting to paint all day long, I have been knitting on my breaks. I have been working on one of the KAL socks for September----Wendy's Generic Toe-up Feather and Fan Sock:
The yarn is a little bright, but that's ok. It is On Line Supersocke 100 and fun to knit. I decided to knit Wendy's gusset heel just to try. I love it. No holes at the join and no extra stitches to pick up. The fit is great and that's a plus. The feather and fan pattern is tending to be a little big, but I thought I would do a 2x2 or a 1x1 rib at the top for an inch instead of Wendy's garter stitch to try to pull it in somewhat. I think Wendy started the pattern at the ankle because the yarn she was using was going to make the sock a little tight on the foot when wearing shoes. I think I could have started the pattern at the toe with the yarn I'm using. (I'm not going to change now!!)
I have had some yarn sitting around in my stash for years---yes, years. I don't know where it came from, but I decided to use it to knit up Bonne Marie's Miss BB. This is a fun pattern to knit. There is always something going on so it is far from a boring knit. I'm not too sure about my center cable, but I think I knit it the way she designed it. I'm working on the back now and am almost up to the shoulder shaping.
The yarn I'm using is Colinette DK in a dark purple colorway. I know, the photo looks blue, but it is really a very dark purple---as bad as knitting black, if you know what I mean. The knitted fabric is rather soft, which is a good thing. It is also wool, but doesn't scratch as most wools do to me. Also, I'm sure I'll be wearing something between me and the sweater.
The yarn ends that you see hanging from the bottom of the sweater are where I had to cut them and re-attach the yarn. The ball I was using had previously been wound---I don't know what I had been trying to knit with this, but evidently when ripping back I weakened the yarn and it was literally hanging by a thread ---three different places.
Forewarning: Update pictures of the grandchildren ;)
Here is the latest of Nathan, Angela, and Seth (thank you, Seth, for sharing)
This was taken at a special celebration at the seminary last week.
This one was taken of Nathan at the Kentucky State Fair. He had so much fun. Here he was riding the bumper boats.
He even got to jump in the sling-------------he didn't like it when the attendant came up and pulled the cord when his feet didn't quite touch ;)
Next are updates of John and Maggie:
Maggie's modeling some of her new clothes from Just Ducky. Oh look who's going to be left handed (yeah for the lefties---I'm one too ;)
The King----this was taken at the Children's Museum in Charleston this weekend
Ok, back to the paint brush!