Monday, December 31, 2007

New Year's Eve

Two months? I've not been here for two whole months? Sorry, and thanks for checking in....

After tying up a few of those things that have to be done by the end of the year (paying property taxes, renewing license plates for the pickup, mailing Christmas cards), I am back at the house, steeling myself to grade the final exams I gave a couple of weeks ago, and then enter the grades in the computer.

But you're here for knitting, I think. I finally finished the Conwy socks from Knitting on the Road. I'd been working on them, off & on, for over a year. I'm not sure what the problem was. But I like them, and have worn them several times.

Christmas knitting consisted of 3 pair of felted clogs, one of which was wrapped in it's pre-felted state. "Um, I know I have big feet, but...." I didn't even take pics of all of them. Here's the pair for my daughter's sorority sister:
I was able to visit Yarn Barn in Lawrence, KS over Thanksgiving weekend. I found some gorgeous wool/silk yarn and a pattern for Cabled Artist's gloves, and my daughter, who was with me (in a yarn store!?!) asked me to make them for her. I made a few modifications to the original pattern -- added 2x2 ribbing at the start & finish, and knitted a little bit of a thumb, instead of leaving just a hole there.

I'm currently working on my 1st pair of men's felted clogs, for the child on my right in this picture:

He's 15 years old, nearly as tall as his father (he stood on his toes in just about all of the family pics taken recently, to make himself look taller, because he's 15...), and wears size 12 shoes. Also in the works is a pair of socks for his big feet. First sock is done, and I'm about halfway through the second.

I'll try to get back here tomorrow...