Well, today was Kyran's birthday. He's two years old today. This picture is actually from the first, I thought it was funny that he happened to be wearing a blue and grey shirt. lol None of the pics came out very clear though, he wouldn't stop moving. Once upon a time, he was this chubby little critter that cried continuously. Now he is a big, active boy, and he still cries when he's cranky. I wouldn't trade the world for him, even though at one time I was sure that the beginning of his life meant the end of mine. Just look at him. :) Happy birthday baby bugga!
Not much knitting was actually done this weekend. My parents were in town, Justin had to work on Friday, and I was just so tired. I did take my dad into my LYS, he really was fascinated by it all. He usually is, it amazes him that people just seem to fall in love with certain hobbies and crafts and how proficient they become. He likes to know how things are created, what's happening, why it works the way it does...so I showed him the spinning wheels, and the drop spindles, the hand carders, the drum carder, needle felting, different fibers, etc. It was really a lot of fun to show him around, he has a way of making a person feel incredibly talented just because they can do something he can't.
Anyways, I did
finish my first I Dreamed of Africa sock (pattern by my good blogging buddy Ann-marie
), which I didn't even realize I'd been making much progress on. A few things I did differently though:
1) I did a gusset and heel flap instead of a short row heel
2) I patterned the foot of the sock
3) I did the pattern across 60 sts instead of 59.
rows 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9: *sl5 wyif, k5* rep til end
rows 2, 4, 6, and 8: k around
row 10: K2, bowknot st, *k9, bowknot st,* rep from * to * until last 7 sts, k7
rows 11, 13, 15, 17, and 19: *k5, sl5 wyif* rep til end
rows 12, 14, 16, and 18: k around
row 20: K7, bowknot st, *k9, bowknot st*, rep from * to * until last 2 sts, k2
Now, I patterned the foot so I'd know exactly how many I did for the second sock, it's important to me to make them identical. I'm so crazy. The gusset and heel flap
is a personal preferance, I have high arches and the short row heels don't fit me as well. That and I just don't like the way my short row heels look. It takes a bit of tugging to get the sock on though, due mostly to my high arches, and if you have a wide foot, you may want to think about going up a needle size or two. Otherwise this is a really cute pattern! It works great with longish color repeats or self striping socks yarns. Though, I wouldn't really recommend it for solid colors or fair-isle/self-patterning sock yarns. My LYS owner has a similar pair worked up in self-patterning yarn, it doesn't really make the bows pop. I really like this pic of the sock almost finished, I don't know why though.
Also made a couple more inches on Wicked, it's up to 8 past the underarms now. Which makes it about...4-5 inches from being done. Depending on how long I want to make it. I have been thinking for making it a bit longer than the pattern calls for.