Tuesday, August 25, 2009

On Hold

All Personal Sock Club socks are currently on hold.

A very good friend of my sister has been diagnosed with breast cancer at just 31 years old.

So I will be knitting her a pair of purple socks, using this stuff from Ailsa at Knitabulous Yarn.

Sorry about the crappy photo. This yarn is beautiful, but so very hard to photograph!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Crazy Town!

Things are a little crazy around here at the moment.

Soldier was home for a mid course break for the weekend.

The Boy is teething and generally in a bad mood, hitting the cat, his sister, the toys, you get the picture.

Noo is very clingly and missing her Daddy. Sometimes I think it is easier on everyone if Soldier doesn't come home mid course. We just get used to the new normal without him around all the time and then he comes home. Then when he leaves again we have to go through it all again.

The dog has returned from a week of roaming the streets and a few days at the pound. He now has kennel cough and is generally miserable.

The cat has decided that the time is right to start adding to the chaos by clawing at the furniture and the screen doors.

I think I am the only sane being around here at the moment. Let's see how long that lasts.

On a brighter note, I am nearly done with the first Green Goddess sock and loving it. Such a great pattern. Without Soldier around I have hours of uninterupted knitting time on the couch after the kids go to bed. So it should be done in the next few days.

Hopefully, I will eventually get back on track with the Personal Sock Club.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Personal Sock Club 2009 - May!

The socks for May have been completed for a week now. I haven't shown them to you because I cannot get a decent photo of them. I have decided to bite the bullet and just show you my crappy photograpy skills.

Pattern: No pattern, knit toe up with short row heels. 3x1 ribbing at the top.
Yarn: One Fat Slug, this yarn didn't have a name.

Needles: 2.5mm knitpicks circular. That was until I managed to remove both tips and render them useless. Finished with Harmony dpns.

According to Ravelry I started these on May 10th and finished them on August 11th. I just couldn't keep knitting them. They were driving me to distraction. Just so boring. Knit, knit, knit all the way around, for row after row.

I tried two new techniques with this pair. A new cast on and a new heel.

I used this cast on. I love it. I have used it on both of the other socks I have cast on since. It can be a little fiddly to begin with, but when I pair it with KRL and KLL increases it makes for a very neat toe.

The heel I used was a short row heel. I had never done one before, but I knew how to do it because I have used short rows for toes in the past. This wasn't as successful as the new cast on. I just cannot get past the bunching at the front of the ankle. It looks like I need heel flaps to make the sock fit snuggly.

I thought that the socks were a little long in the foot. But after looking at them, I don't think that is the case. I think that there is a problem with the ribbing at the top and they aren't staying up. Because of the short row heel the sock seems to slide down the foot. I think I may undo the cast off and pull out the ribbing and try again with a 1x1 rib.

To date these are my most unsuccessful socks. I have worn them exactly one time. They are annoying to wear because I have to pull them up all the time.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

What's This??

Playing outside with bare arms and legs? In mid August? In south-western Sydney? Really?

Well it seems to be true. Apparently it got up to 25 degrees here today. It is actually warmer outside than it is inside for a change.

Yes, that is how long my lawn gets when my resident lawnmower is out of town. It has five more weeks to grow before he is home, so it will get a lot longer.

I have a finished sock to show you too, but I cannot get a decent photo of them. They just won't co-operate. Don't you hate that!

Anyhoo, I am off to spend somemore time outside with the smalls before it starts to get chilly again.

I hope everyone is having a lovely Sunday!

Monday, August 3, 2009

It is official!

We have the posting order in our hot little hands, access to the Army's housing site and instructions on how to submit our house inventory to the removal company.

It is official, we are on our way to Melbourne in a few short months. To stay for a least three years.

The last three years have gone by so very fast.

I have to pack an entire house, by myself because Soldier is away on course for the next couple of months and then on maintenance trips until we are ready to pack the car and drive to Melbourne. I am not looking forward to that.

I have to organise to have the animals temporarily housed and then transported to our new home.

I have to declutter and reorganise the house, so it is easier to pack.

I have to say goodbye to familiar streets and wonderful friends.

I am excited. I expect that to wane in the next few months as we pack up and I get bogged down in the small details that are required to pack up and move the family to a whole other state.

Watch out Melbourne, here comes the HoneyBees!!


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