Monday, April 30, 2007

What a Heel !

What a heel! and I do not mean the last guy I dated.

So what happens when you get sock obsessed? You finish your first pair of lace socks in under two weeks. I really wanted to show off these socks at my knitting group this past weekend and I wanted to be just like Chante.
This pattern is from the Favorite Socks book put out by Interweave Press, they are actually on the cover but in a different color. I used up some Spirit Trail sock yarn that I purchased last year in Rhinebeck. I simply love the color and this pattern was so easy to remember.

The most exciting part of it all was my toe. I have had no luck in perfecting the infamous kitchener stitch, but I know that I am not the first to suffer the woes of grafting those toes. I did panic and I even looked at some online videos...nothing helped...NADA
Until I turned to the little booklet that taught me the Magic Loop, it has a simple little paragraph with four little steps...and that is all I needed. The toe took me a minute to finish and then I was doing the cha cha in my apartment.

I loved my heel most of was perfect ( the tears of joy )

So this past Sunday, we had a knitting day at Nancy's house.

As her hubby Rinaldo grilled some great burgers with lots of cheese for me and the kids played, the ladies knitted and purled and grafted some roving and spun some yarn.

I really had no intention of trying the spinning wheel which Rinaldo and I bought Nancy for Christmas. But in honor of my mami and her love of spinning wheels, I tried it.
Don't get it twisted... this picture is not speaking the truth. It was harder than I thought. I was trying to breathe and not let the roving fly all over the place.

I have decided for now that I like my yarn in the old fashion way.... ordered from a catalog on the Internet.

Our lovely teacher Chante was having a ball on the wheel and she came with her little portable one. She makes it look so easy...yeah right.

Nancy is so eager to become a great spinner and I have no doubt that she will be the "mad spinner" in no time. She has the lovely light coming in from her back yard and she knows it will take some time to master.

Tisha was too scared to touch the wheel and she didn't even get to do any knitting either. Her yarn was all knotted up and it took hours for Nancy to unravel it.

Now I have started my first Knitty pattern. I am doing the Hedera socks and they are lovely.
Do you think I like knitting lacy socks .... yep

So friends.. I am heading to New Orleans this Thursday morning. I figured if I am going to spend my hard earned money anywhere, it would be there and I know they need it. I will meeting one of my good friends Cindy who lived in the Big Easy until Katrina hit. She has set me up for a wonderful weekend and my first stop after arriving at the hotel ....

The Cafe du Monde....Beignets anyone ?


Harlem Purl said...

Have fun in New Orleans. don't forge to do a yarn crawl and take lotsa pics.

Nancy said...

That picture of me is halfway decent. Gotta thank Tisha. She's rapidly becoming my official photographer.

Have a blast in NO if I'm not here when you get back I'll be stalking Hrithik in India...