Friday, January 29, 2010


No internet for 5 days. No email. No nothing. Sorry. I'm still catching up.

Friday, January 15, 2010

A New but Not New Room

These are the new windows for the back sunporch.

That's Bob, we've known him forever and he's an amazing carpenter and as nice as can be, and

yes, he is taken.

This room has been many different things, junk room, oh-my-God-we're-having-company-hide- everything room, office, play and art room for the kids. The view is pretty nice, and it's very quiet back here, unless the garbage truck is rumbling down the alley.

But soon it will be something new, I will have all of my yarn in there, in one place (eek!), and all of my books, and I will have a nice spot to sit and knit in.

I can't wait!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


This weekend I took a class with Franklin Habit called "Photographing your Fiber". Franklin was so nice, and so much fun, if you have the opportunity to take a class with him I highly recommend it.

The room was beautiful, and the lighting was perfect, and I had time and space and voila! I learned how to turn off the dreaded flash on my point and shoot camera, and had a reminder of some of the photo skills I knew, but conveniently ignored. I really wanted to try to photograph my beloved Noro scarf, because it is really hard to get a decent photograph of that thing, between the colors and then trying to capture a representation of the variegated yarns.

Ready? Lots of photos...

Well, what do you think?

Friday, January 8, 2010

...but, of course

Me: "I've gotten 20 hits on my blog today!"

D. : "Wow! What did you write about?"

Me: "Sock heels."

D. : "Well, there you go."

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A Necessary Evil

Sock heels. I am not particularly fond of knitting heels - but no, no tube socks for me. That just reeks of the groovy pair I wore growing up in the '70's. Purple stripes were my favorite, thank you very much. Blech.

Heels. I don't like short row heels, they never work out that well for me. I sat next to the awesome J. in a Heel class by Heather Ordover at Sock Summit, and she had the most gorgeous short row heels...check out this Rav link. They were most perfect short row heels I have ever seen!

Since I am fairly new to sock knitting, I'm still working out the mechanics of socks and not comfortable enough to improvise and muddle through changes until they work. I also have very flapper like feet. A very narrow heel and then much wider at the ball of the foot.

At the Heel class we tried on various heels to see which shape fit our feet best. I fell in love with the square or dutch heel. Heather didn't have the numbers worked out for toe-up, which is how I prefer to knit socks - you know some of that skein insecurity there - and I knew I wasn't up for the challenge.

Using my Google-fu, I found a recipe on Cybersocks! Yay! This is an awesome resource for sock knitting, and lo and behold they had "A Reverse Dutch Heel by Denise Powell". Thank you Denise Powell, you made my day!

C#2 needs a second pair of socks and his are the guinea pig square heel socks...wish me luck and some heel-fu, too.