Saturday, January 29, 2011

My parent's 45th Wedding Anniversary

Hubby and I surprised my parents tonight by showing up at their house and taking them out for a formal dinner. Next Saturday is their 45th wedding anniversary!! This about plan D in trying to surprise my folks for their anniversary. First I was trying to have a small party with both my brothers. My brother's however had conflicts and we couldn't find a date on the calendar that would work. Then I was going to host a party at a local state park but again, I couldn't find a date that worked with everyone. So I was back to square one. We decided to take them out for dinner. I left my Aunt in charge of stalling my parents and keeping them to their house. The neighbors watched the kids, I got my hair done (see below!) and bought a corsage. I polished up the tiara I wore for my wedding and my jewelry. I had mom wear the tiara and I wore my jewelry.
They were definitely surprised to see us! My surprise worked!
Mom, Auntie and I went through all of her gowns and picked a purple velvet form fitting dress.
Enjoy the pictures below!

My hair do.

Ohhh, such pretty hair!

Here we are at the restaurant.

Oops, an x-rated one!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Lorna's Lace Shepard Sock Yarn sock

Updated: 1/18/11. Photos above show my progress since yesterday

Here's another sock I just started. I saw the sock on the cover of Sensational Knitted Socks and really liked it. I usually do not use the yarn nor the color specified in a pattern. I just had to on this one though. This is Lorna's Laces in Pine and neon. I would never have paired these two skeins together if I hadn't seen it in this sock.
I wasn't thinking when I bought the yarn. I was thinking that I would be fine with one skein each to make the socks. After I got the yarn I realized that I would be knitting the sock in fair isle so I'd be using both skeins at the same time. That means I most likely will need another two skeins. YIKES!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

5th Street Sock KAL I-Karjen

1-18-11. Updated photo above.

Here is the start of my sock for the 5th Street Sock KAL (knit ALong). I bought some On-Line Supersocke cotton stretch yarn for both my neighbor and I for Christmas so we could do our own Mystery KAL. Okay, well, really it is only a mystery to her since I am making it up as I go!

The Karjen Sock

So, you are probably wondering about the name of the sock. It's quite simple. I am Karen, my neighbor is Jen. Original, I know...

clue #1:

Yarn: any sock weight yarn. I used On-line Supersocke Cotton Stretch
Needle: size 0-2 depending on how tight you like your fabric. I used a size 0 (2.0mm) needle.
Gauge: Gauge? What gauge? it's a toe-up sock. It doesn't need a gauge! Okay, if you must the little bit I have knit is about 10 stitches to the inch. As I go I will get looser and it will probably be more like 9 sts/inch.
Go to youtube and watch the video on Judy's magic cast on
Cast on 28 stitches.
Round 1: Knit
Round 2:*k1, M1L, knit to 1 stitch before the end of the needle, M1R, k1* repeat from *
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until you have the desired width of the sock. Make sure it is a multiple of 4.

Clue #2
Row 1:
needle 1 & 2 (sole stitches) knit
needle 3 & 4 (instep stitches) k3, p1
repeat row 1 until you are 2 inches from the heel.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Happy Birthday! SSS90

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday dear Dork Sister, Traci! Happy birthday to you! I used the sketch SSS90 from the Sweet Stop. The paper is double sided and to make it pop a bit more I added pearls to each of the intersections of the diamonds. I wanted to use my new deckled ovals I got for christmas, but dang! I asked for the ones that do not fit with the ovals I do have. I was bummed about that.
Thanks for stopping today!!