Thursday, December 18, 2014


I almost cried Uncle.
Sock #1 has a big mistake.  The gusset worked up horribly.  There was a big gap between the stitches for about an inch. I'm thinking maybe I pulled the first couple of stitches too tight and that made stitches three and four kind of "gappy".  

A small crochet hook came to the rescue and closed up the gap.  YOU can barely see it, but I know it's there and it bugs me.  It bugs me big.

Also, I liked the color combo in the skein, but I'm not quite sure I like it knit up. 
Especially that little fudged part.
I don't like fudge. 


... my big plan for today was to cut off the kitchenered bottom and frog everything back.  The yarn would go back into the stash until I figured out how to fix the issues and/or find a better pattern to work with that intense color.

But then.....

I gave the situation some serious consideration.  One sock is DONE, FINISHED, FOOT READY!  And, while I can see the mistake, no one else would even suspect there was some serious finagling of stitches on that gusset.  Sock #2 is through the dreaded ribbing. Do I really want to start all over?

No!  I don't!

Knitting to continue in 3-2-1.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


When I started this cross stitch project I thought maybe it would take a couple of weeks.  It's on perforated paper (i.e. no partial stitches).  So, it should go quickly.

I SERIOUSLY misjudged this pattern.  See that tree?  YOWZA ---- the symbols there about drove me blind and/or crazy.  Probably both .....yeah, it absolutely was BOTH.

But, you know what?  I love that silly tree and I love the car it is riding on.  

Check out this post by Amy (scroll down).  Seems like we had a similar idea this Christmas.  There is just something about a red car, right Amy?

So, the days are counting down to Christmas and it gets busier and busier.  I still think I can get this done before December 24.  After all, the hard part is over.

"Little One" wanted to get her moment in the spotlight too.  A couple of years ago Vicky gave me some cuttings off of her Christmas cacti.  It was the middle of summer so we didn't know which colors I now had.

I put them all in one pot and what I got truly amazed me.  I love the apricot and white together.

Maybe someday "Little One" will be as big as Meredith's two beauties.

Friday, December 12, 2014