April Socks and Shawls

I’ve been squeezing in sock knitting time whenever I can and have completed almost 3 pairs for April. Here’s the first, a combo of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock and toes knit in leftover Zitron Lifestyle. I love the fact that the toes don’t match – kind of daring for me!

Haley likes “footie” socks and I knit these for her out of Tofutsies in a springy lime-green — the lone “joiner” footie sock is knit from leftover Claudia Handpainted sock yarn in the “Pink Dot” colorway and its mate should be ready later today. Making these legless wonders is a terrific way to plow through the sea of yarnballs left over from previous projects.

I also began a new lace shawl, it’s the Blue Jeans Lace Leaf Shawl by Spin Diva and I’m using my Rhinebeck ’07 Spirit Trail laceweight. It’s cozy, fuzzy, lightweight yarn and I hope to accomplish my goal of knitting an entire project using laceweight! Here is the start of my shawl:

On a very personal note, please schedule your mammogram if you’re due for your exam – I know, it’s not a lot of fun but it’s one of those things you’ve got to do. I went in for a repeat screening last Friday and was told an area of calcification needs to be biopsied — of course the doctor said not to worry (yeah, right). 85% of these things are benign, if not — “well, then you’ve caught it early.”

The stereotactic biopsy procedure is done while you’re awake – I found quite a bit of info about it on the web and it still scares me to think of having to have this done, but hopefully it will be a good outcome.

And here’s some beagle-love to brighten your day, courtesy of Nikol and Ariel:


Socks and Science

I just completed another pair of socks for Haley from some leftover Lorna’s – she endured a very quick modeling session so I could snap a photo.

Haley has traded sock-clad feet for the comfort of her favorite flip-flops. Yesterday it was 43 degrees after dinner and she went outside to play with her sweats rolled up and the flip flops were in action. This is something that makes MOM CRAZY – and there’s little to do except sigh and…

Coax my little Nikol into modeling my second pair of socks for March, my first attempt at short-row heels using the Zitron Lifestyle yarn I picked up at Modern Yarn two weeks ago.

This is the reaction I get from Miss Nikol everytime she comes into contact with something I’ve knitted. I kid you not – this beagle drops to the floor like a dead weight and seems to be overcome with wool fumes :o)

OK, here’s the science part – Daniel’s Science Fair debut is coming up on April 15th. He worked with DH feverishly for 1/2 hour in the basement yesterday and one of the items needed for the experiment was some wool – hey, there’s plenty of THAT in the house!

Well, it’s almost April Fool’s Day and I have no idea what my kids have in store for me – I’ve received numerous warnings and am about to run for cover!