Monday, February 09, 2009

How'd It Get To Be Monday Again?

Just have a few moments before the Beasties arrive after their dentist appointment. Not that they need dental work but just getting them used to sitting in the chair and opening wide and such. Gotta post fast. Or much later!

Sea Monkey Socks
For: Nana

Yarn: SWTC Tofutsies, 50% superwash wool, 25% soy silk, 22.5% cotton, 2.5% chitin (made from shrimp and crab shells!), 464yd = 100g, colour 788, used just over half the ball.
Needles: Clover Takumi 5”, 2 mm.
Pattern: Monkey Socks by Cookie A.
Mods: Used my usual heel flap and wedge toe. Foot was nearly 6-1/2” before toe dec to accommodate pattern. Nana has such teensy feet that that was 1/4” longer than I would have preferred.

Comments: The pattern was very nice and easy to knit. No wonder so many have made them already! I will be making more for sure. The yarn was definitely a PITA. It was sticky on the needles and very splitty plus my ball had no less than 5 knots in it. However the washed and blocked socks feel lovely and silky and the pattern shows up well. I also like the short colour changes particularly in the lace pattern. Apart from a few annoyances I consider these very successful. Hope they fit! Her birthday is tomorrow.

I thought I’d show you how nice the veggie garden looks now that we’ve spent some time cleaning it up. There’s only a trace of snow left on our property and hopefully no more will stick. That’s my madder in the pots on the right, fall rye still growing on the raised beds and note the new fence built by the fellow next door and his dad. Now we can do some new planting along it this year. The back fence needs to be replaced (along with the other side that you can’t see) and hopefully we’ll be able to get that done before the blackberries grow up again. You can see the arching canes that T-Man pruned. Like wrestling very large cats! Some scratches are always inevitable. When the sun is shining it’s quite toasty in the greenhouse and hopefully soon we can take the deck pots out again. The deck looks very bare without them! There’s always more still to do but the work is (mostly) enjoyable to both of us. Especially when the weather cooperates.

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