I have to say that I have loved knitting these socks. It was my first time knitting with size 0 and I wasn't so sure I was going to like it. Not as bad as I thought. It was also my first time knitting with my new Sock Rockets. These are fast needles. Like really fast. The joins are better than average - they aren't really seamless, but they are pretty close.
I'm not sure what was going on with the lighting, but that is one fuzzy picture. But you get the idea. They are fraternal twin socks.
I thought my eyes were fuzzy because it was still morning, but clearly that wasn't the case. I guess the good news is that my eyes aren't as bad as I thought.
The bad news? These socks are huge. I mean like they could fit Michael Jordan - he could put these on OVER his Jordans and still have room. I cast on 66 stitches because I was knitting with size 0. I cast on 60 when I knit on size 1. Makes sense?
I don't care. I'm love them. I am wearing them.
Some people stuff their bras. I will be stuffing my socks this holiday season.
The sweater was completed in November. Task accomplished. Checked off the list. One less Christmas present to complete. All that was left to do was sew on the buttons and get it blocked, both of which had to be done in a stealth fashion. You see, as I was knitting on the sweater my husband never even asked what I was working on. However, once he saw the buttons I knew he would figure it out. He has been asking for a sweater with toggle buttons like that for years. So I had to be all sneaky about it.
I started sewing them on and realized something.
I had five buttons. I made six button holes. I was one button short. That's OK - I could order more. They arrived a day later (cause some Etsy sellers are great like that). But the new buttons are way too small. I obviously did not measure correctly. So these are fondly known as "stunt buttons" - you know, the kind that will do the job until the "real ones" show up.
To be quite honest, I think the stunt buttons are going to work. Even though there is an extra button hole it's really not needed. I'm leaving the sweater as is and my hubby can decide if he wants a sixth button or just leave well enough alone.
Nakniswemo is complete. The sweater needs to be blocked strategically at another location so hubby doesn't see it. It will get a photo shoot later in the week. In the meantime it's back to some selfish knitting for me.
Christmas Socks. It's from Desert Vista Dyeworks. The label got tossed so I can't remember the name.
Are you seeing the difference in the skeins? One sock will have thick green and red stripes. The other has thicker white stripes.
I'm trying out some new needles. So far so good. It's my first time using size 0 and it's not as awful as I thought it would be.
I guess because it's Thanksgiving week that I must have been real in sync with Carole. I started thinking about what I am grateful this year.
1. My family. That's what most everybody says, I know. This year it has even more meaning. My husband lost an uncle and his mother. I lost an uncle this past weekend. It makes me grateful that I have both my parents and that they are in good health. Heck, I even have a grandfather - not many people pushing 50 years old can say that.
2. My health. There are small issues, but nothing that I can't live with. I pray I will be as healthy as my grandfather. Can you imagine being almost 101 years old and not even having to take medication for any aillents?
3. My daughter's college transition. I was pretty sure she would make the adjustment, but a mom always has her concerns. So far she has handled working, college and social life with fun and responsibility. I have heard some horror stories from others so I was a little worried!
4. Work. There was a time a few years ago that my husband was unemployed and I had a job that was on a week by week basis because the economy was so bad. We are still economically recovering from that time period and it will take a while longer to get back to where we were but we are heading in the right direction. Phew...
5. My iPad. I procrastinated about getting one for the longest time. When the mini came out I knew I would use it. A day does not go by that I don't get on it. I don't even use my laptop anymore.
6. Vacation! We hadn't been on a real one in a while and I was grateful that we got to go this past year. We are planning some stuff for next year as well. Just a few days here and there for some quiet time is all I need.
7. My puppy dog. This time last year we were still missing Magnum so much. I didn't even have it in my heart to start looking at another dog. That Mowgli though - he just melts my heart. I can't believe he will be a year old in January!
8. Knitting. Seriously. I always wonder what my life would be like without knitting. Pretty darn boring I'm sure!
9. My husband. We have been together almost 28 years. Married almost 25 of those years. He's always supports me especially this crazy fiber existence. Never has he said "you're buying MORE yarn???" He's a big enabler.
10. This blog and all of you who read it. I love reading all your blogs and you inspire me. Some of you I know personally. Some I only talk to online. Who would have thought that a blog could bring so many people together?
A few people asked for my recipe for Onion Shortcake. I made it over the weekend so I thought I'd share it.
2 Large Onions sliced
1/4 cup butter
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 box of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
1/2 cup milk
1 can creamed corn
A few dashes of Tabasco sauce
Sauté onions in butter on stove till browned. Remove from heat. Add sour cream and 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Mix till cheese is melted. Set aside.
In seperate bowl mix egg, milk, and corn. Mix till blended. Add a few dashes of Tabasco. Pour mixture into a buttered casserole dish (I use my old 8x8 Corningware dish). Pour onion mixture on top. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Bake at 375 degrees for about 35 minutes.
If you're making this for Thanksgiving you can make it advance and bake it the next day, which is what I usually do.