Friday, March 5, 2010

Mom's Pattern

Putting it on here so she can get hooked up on Ravelry

This sock was written for all my friends with soft, rounded and gentle curves.
And they are HOT! Even though I have skinny ankles and feet, I am also
curvalicious. This sock was written in one size only as the pattern is 30 stitches.
If you want a larger or smaller sock, use a larger or smaller needle.
100 gm of a fingering weight yarn. I used Knit Picks Essential Kettle Dyed in the
colorway Wine.
Size 2 circular needles
Tapestry needle
This pattern uses the Magic Loop method. You can easily convert this to your
preferred method.
Cast on 60 stitches using the long-tail cast-on or any method that you prefer.
Divide evenly and place 30 stitches on each needle. Join without twisting.
Ribbing: K2, P2 for 12 rounds
Begin chart working rows 1-18 on each needle for 3 repeats. If you need more or
less length, end after rows 8,9,17 or 18.
Knit across Needle 1 in pattern.
Work heel back and forth on needle 2 and leave rest of stitches on needle 1.
Row 1: sl1, k5 [ sl1, k1] X9, k6
Row 2: sl1, p29
Row 3: sl1, k5 [k1, sl1] x9, k6
Row 4: sl1, p 29
Repeat row 1-4 6 mores times and then work rows 1 & 2 once more.
Heel turn:
1: k18, ssk, k1, turn
2: sl1 p7, p2tog, p1, turn
3: sl1 p8, ssk, k1, turn
4, sl1, k9, ssk, k1, turn
Continue in this manner until there are 18 stitches left.
Knit across instep. Pickup and knit 15-17 stitches along the
right edge of the heel, knit across the heel, pickup and knit 15-17 stitches
across the left edge of the heel. Arrange stitches in this manner:
N1: Instep
N2: Heel and gussets
Gusset decreases :
Knit instep on N1 in pattern
Decrease on N2
Round 1: K1, SSK, knit to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1
Round 2: Knit
Repeat until 30 stitches remain on N2
Continue in pattern on N1 and st st on N2 until 1½ – 2 inches from toe.
Begin toe shaping:
1. k1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches on needle and k2tog, k1. Repeat
2. knit one round
3. Repeat these 2 rounds until you have 12 stitches left.
4. Graft toe closed using the Kitchener stitch.
5. I hope you enjoy your sock and knit the second one.

Copyright 2010 by Jan Bitney
gbbgrandma on Ravelry
This pattern is for your enjoyment to use, but please do not sell the pattern or the
finished socks.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Littlelegs pattern

I designed these cute little legwarmers for my friend Nicole's baby Teagan. They are so cute that I wanted to share them. If I get interest in the pattern, I will write it up and publish it.

UPDATE: Click on the picture to download the pattern which is now available free on Ravelry

Sunday, July 6, 2008

In a funk

I'm in a funk over some personal stuff that is happening with my "friends." I feel betrayed, let down, and unsure of who I can trust. I wonder what it is about me that turns people off. I wonder if the people I've thought were my friends really are. I just don't know anymore.
I feel the need to find new friends, but that's easier said than done. And I don't want to seem needy. I've recently become friendlier with a few new ladies and I hope that matures. But I worry that I'll seem to needy, or seem like I'm trying to bust into their friendship and it will all blow up in my face.
These are the times I wish I could just curl into a ball and forget that other people exist. It's sometimes easier to not have friends than deal with the hurt that they cause you.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Moving Rapidly

The sweater is moving very rapidly. I already have the back done and am working on the front. I truly hate doing stripes (I can't believe I did this voluntarily) because I despise all the ends. Most of these stripes are only 2 rows so it's hard to knit the ends in. It should be interesting when I seam the sweater, which I am considering doing on a machine. We'll have to see.
My good friend, the one I made the dress for her daughter, saw the picture on my blog. I didn't get the package sent in time for her birthday tomorrow, but that's OK. She's going to look adorable in it, even if it arrives late.
The kids have been especially good today, not driving me crazy at all. That's good, because I feel exhausted, and we have a double header baseball game tonight. I have to go grocery shopping during the second game, or we'd be doing it at 10:00 at night. I HAVE to shop while we are already in town because gas is running around $4.20 a gallon here.
The dog just brought me a present.....a dead mouse. Gross.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The nails are gone

I took off my acrylic nails last night. I was getting frustrated with them lifting, and they even looked like crap after the last fill. So I worked on them during the baseball games and got them off. It hurt a little, but I really think I feel better not having them. My nails look awful right now but they will grow out and I will take better care of them now that I don't bite my nails any more. Another benefit is that I can type decently again and I don't have to backspace as much to fix my mistakes.
I got some yarn in the mail today that I bought to make a little vest for a friend who is having a baby boy in August. She will totally love it, and I will bet she asks me to make another for her other son who is almost 4.
I've been crocheting a bunch of dishcloths just for quick projects. It's good to increase my crocheting skills too. It's not something I really enjoy but it's a nice diversion from the monotony of B's tiger socks. I'm really not enjoying them and I think I'll cast on the baby vest right away just to have a less boring project going. I seemed to have chosen a bunch of boring stuff all at the same time.
I made some other cute stuff for another friend who has never even acknowledged receiving them. It's very frustrating. I guess I should ask her, but she's an internet friend and I'd have to post it on the bulletin board. My knitting for certain people has caused some controversy over there but I really don't care. I get to choose who I knit for, and I am a lot closer to some of these ladies than others. Most of them I have known for over 4 1/2 years, since we were all pregnant together.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Family Frustrations

I talked to my dad last night for Father's Day. A little background....up until October of last year, he lived in Guam for more than 20 years. So I've only seen him usually 1-2 times a year for a few days, except for the year we both lived in Hawaii. He promised when he retired he'd come visit us for a nice long visit, which still hasn't happened yet. He always has some excuse, which usually revolves around my little sister's schedule. Mind you, she's 25 and in the Army in Korea, but I digress. He did come for 2 days a few months ago but it was a whirwind visit. While he was here, he offered to pay 1/2 of our plane tickets down there because he thought it was easier for a family of 5 to travel to Arizona then for 2 of them to put their dogs in a kennel and come visit us. We even said if they wanted to drive they could bring the dogs. Apparently not good enough either. Well, we have a very full July coming up, and because we've decided to put the kids in private school next year we need to save our pennies because it isn't cheap. So I doubt we are going to Arizona. He said yesterday that they MIGHT be coming up whenever my sister is on TDY at Fort Lewis (about 2 1/2 hrs away from here) but I can't cfount on that. Always their travel schedule revolves around here, even though they just saw her for a month and my stepmom just got back from seeing her in Korea. I'm so tired of being second fiddle.
Another thing is that my only living grandparent, my Dad's mom, is very sick. She has had emphysema for many many years and her body is just getting tired. I haven't seen her in a few years, but my Dad is trying to arrange this visit here/with sister/with grandma all at the same time, and she really needs him now. It turns out that my Mom went down there this weekend and is actually visiting with my grandma as we speak. It's sure nice that my mom, who has been divorced from my dad for over 25 years, still visits my grandma when she is in the area. I need to get a trip down there scheduled but since our July is so busy with kids camps and stuff, I don't know when and if I can do it. I'd ideally like to take a trip there alone but that's another thing that may not happen.
I'm knitting on the Spice Boy socks and not completely thrilled with the pattern. Now that I know about how many stitches around to make socks for the boys, I think I can do just about anything and get away with it. I also finally put some sock pictures up on my Ravelry page.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Mini Vacation

So yesterday we went to Seattle to catch a Mariners game. It was bobblehead night, which was an added bonus. It wasn't at ALL like the year we went on Ichiro bobblehead night, we got there at like 6:15 and didn't have to wait in line forever. There were plenty of Adrian Beltre bobbleheads to go around. We had some gift cards to spend at the store, so Dan and I each got a t shirt and the kids got some goodies. Then we went up to our seats. It was a cold night, and we only lasted until about 9:45 before we left. It was the end of the 7th inning, and the Mariners were down 7-6. We listened to the end on the radio and it ended just like we left it.
We drove back today, after making a few stops to shop. We stopped at Cabela's, the only one in the Northwest, and possibly on the west coast. Dan got some nice jeans and we got a cute sign for the house. Then we went to Walmart where I restocked my pharmacy. I always do that when we go there.
We had also stopped at Michaels the day before where I got some more stuff I'm using to make the name tags for VBS. I can't wait to show them to Sue tomorrow, I hope she is happy with the job I'm doing. It was fun. VBS is next week and I'm the designated photographer. I like that job because I can walk around and have fun and not be tied down to one group. I'm also going to help the kitchen ladies as needed serving snacks. Dan is going to put together a slide show for the final night of the pictures I take. We are also giving each kid a picture of themselves with a frame they make for it. I know most of the kids, but it will be a challenge to get pictures of the ones I don't know. I think I need to find a way to keep track just in case I forget who they are.
I was traumatized Friday on our drive up. We were driving along, up the freeway when the cars in front of us suddenly braked. Dan braked, but I didn't know what was going on. Turns out a dog had run out on the freeway. The dog managed to make it safely across our 4 lanes of traffic, then he jumped the median to cross the other side. He made it across one lane before meeting up with the wheels of a semi truck. Unfortunately my eyes caught the whole thing and it was just awful. I love animals and I hate seeing them hurt, but there was nothing this truck driver could do. It was a very busy time on the road and it was just bad luck. I hope that soon that memory will be gone from my head.
Today I was very tired and sore from 2 days in the car, and the hike to the ball field. I'm glad to be back in my own bed. That is why I'd rather not go on vacations. I end up not sleeping well and consequently hurting a lot.
I finished my Mockery socks (no photo yet) and started some Spice Boy socks for B. His birthday is coming up in a month and he has been asking me to make him socks for a long time now. I started them yesterday and knit the toes about 5 times. The pattern uses a short row toe and I just think that I can't do them right. Last time I made a pattern by the same designer, I ended up making a standard toe. I didn't give in this time but I'm not totally happy with how the toe turned out on the first sock. Oh well, I'm not ripping them out one more time.