Thursday, September 13, 2007

A Plethora of Projects

It’s been a busy, long day here at chez DPUTiger, North Branch.

The baby brother and I woke up early to start the car detailing shuffle. My car went first, his car went second. It took from 8 am-5 pm to get TWO cars done which seems pretty extreme, but they did a fantastic job on both cars. Very shiny and clean inside and out, and all waxed up to be ready for winter.

I nearly finished my second Fleece Artist sock before the Great Car Swap at 1 pm, and grafted as soon as I got home.

I think they look great. When I tried them on for the photo shoot, the second sock felt much tighter (and a smidge shorter) than the first one. ::sigh:: I’m hoping I was just hyper-sensitive and when I put them on without knowing which was which, I won’t won’t really be able to tell.

Pattern: The Yarn Harlot’s basic sock recipe from Knitting Rules
Yarn: Fleece Artist Merino
Needles: US2/2.75mm KnitPicks DPNs, which I LOVE
Start/Finish: August 14/September 13, 2007

Assuming I didn’t really knit two different-sized socks, I’m very happy with this knit. My only problem? What’s my next small project? HELP!!! Gotta have a sock-in-progress by Sunday. It needs to be easy to follow. If I can transfer the pattern to an index card, that’ll work, but the whole shebang must fit in my GoKnit pouch. I'm hoping to do toe-up on two circs.

I may jump in on one of the free patterns Wendy has up at The Loopy Ewe. I do plan to attack the first baby sock in the new Cat Bordhi book, but I don’t think that’s gameday knitting, nor is my current most mindless project, the Steelers Scarf (too big).

Just to prove that I am at least as schitzo with my quilting projects as I am with my knitting, I took pictures of all the WiP’s that I have here at the Lake. I think I know which one I’m going to quilt on first/next, but the truth will be told tomorrow morning when I set up. Tonight, I’m probably going to felt my 12:01 pumpkin and Booga Bag. Sometime after the ‘Eers put this game away.

So. Quilting. First up is this panel that I picked up at Road to California a few years ago. I’m pretty sure it was at The Fabric Patch. It’s pinned with some ditch quilting on it, but I think the ditch quilting is in water soluble thread. It's really not this blue, but I didn't notice the tinting until I downloaded the pics, and by then it was dark out.

Below a Mary Ellen class I took at Bearly at least a year ago. Pretty sure it’s a Stargazey pattern called Celebrate! It’s pinned. I’m gonna do a close stipple in the background, not sure what I’ll do on the “colored bits.”

Next is another Mary Ellen/Bearly class. Daisies and Ladies. Lots-o-Applique. Also basted …. It’s ditch quilted in water soluble thread. Again, I plan to closely stipple the white areas, but there’s a problem. My cone of white quilting thread went to Quilted Memories with the Pineapple, so it’ll be a little while before I can tackle this one.

This is a baby quilt that just needs the binding sewn on

Then, finally, there is Hip to be Square. Also ditch quilted with Vanish. No freakin’ clue how I’m gonna quilt this thing. I’ll figure it out eventually, I’m sure.

So that’s it from here. We had a totally clear sky at sunset today. I don’t expect this trend to continue. Today was the first nice day of the week, and Erin and I both spent time on the beach. The beach was HUGE, and it was obvious that in the last 48 hours, the water had gotten the whole way up to the seawalls. That doesn’t happen too often.

Anyhoo, here are the photos. A little quilting followed by A LOT of organizing/picking up tomorrow. Enjoy!

Oh, and I was doing something after sunset, then got up and looked out the window. The reds on the horizon were amazing, so I grabbed the camera again. This was at 8:02 pm, nearly half an hour after the sun went below the horizon.


SJ said...

Those are some incredible sunset shots!

I wouldn't worry too much about one sock being slightly tighter than the other. Mine always loosen up as I wear them and, honestly, after a while I can't tell which is which. (Or maybe if you do notice, wear the tighter sock on your smaller foot?)

Jen said...

The socks look great - love the colorway!