Sunday, 15 January 2012

Is There Anybody There?

Are you all still there? I do hope so. 
I have felt so detached from you all and the rest of the world not having a phone line or internet for such a long time.
So apart from the festivities being all over I have kept my fingers and brain busy with my first project of the year.
What to knit as my first knit or crochet of 2012?
A rummage through  the stash revealed some lovely sock yarns I had forgotten about. My two Wendy Johnson sock knitting books have been missing for months so a Ravelry search brought me to the lovely stunning Watercress socks. I should have realised that when it came in 4 pdf's that it may be too complicated for my noggin!!  And too complicated it was for a bear of very little brain like me.
Hey-ho in for a penny in for a pound and always keen to learn new skills I began. I say I began but the truth is I didn't look any further into the pattern than the row that was coming next......Yes I was one of those pupils at school who when the teachers told you to read through your exam paper before beginning rushed on in then realised at the end I had already used the answer to the last question in question 2 !!!!!!!! Everything was ok until I came to the gusset (such a rude sounding "gusset" isn't it?) 
I knitted.....I frogged.....I knitted....I frogged. Nope I just kept getting holes where there weren't supposed to be holes :( I won't be so dull as to explain any more to you non sock knitters but the construction of this sock was totally topsy turvy to me so I decided to butcher the pattern.........I kept the lace pattern and went with what I new, then tweaked the bits that I had to do and this is what I came up with

Taaaaaa Daaaaahhhhhhhhh

The original pattern has a frilly top to the sock but I wear boots a lot and don't really want the bulk round my leg so I did a plain 2 by 2 rib. 
Even with all that frogging they are still the quickest pair of socks to date and I am very fond of them indeed.

 Now they are done next on the needles is a tank top for my baby nephew Archie. I am 3/4 of the way done but I will save the pictures and details for next post

Lastly for today...........
I had some news this week which has flipped my world upside down and 2012 is going to be a hard, emotional year so if I disappear again for a little while every now and again, please forgive me but I will be posting when I can.



Thursday, 5 January 2012

Happy New Year! Normal Service Will Resume Soon (I hope)

Happy New Year to all you lovely Bloglanders! 
Welcome new Followers and thank you for the two blog awards.
I am unable to post as normal at the moment because I have no home phone line and no internet so I am writing this VERY quickly from work and hoping I don't get caught. I will do a proper post as soon as AOL sort themselves out and get me back in the land of the living. Ggggrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!
Until then lovelies hope you are all well and I look forward to catching up with all your posts and comments!
Love to you all