CLABBERS's blog

Housebound Knitting

My school district canceled school today, so I busied myself getting a project done for a friend of mine. Initially, I was just planning on doing the socks, but had enough yarn left over to do a hat as well. So, he gets both. I tried something different with the socks. I used the heavy worsted wool, but instead of using the recommended US7 or US8 needles, I used US5. Since the socks were being done by following a math proportion pattern, I just had to focus on inches instead of number of stitches. My goal was to make very thick feeling socks. It worked.

Snow Snow Snow

No Knitting to share this time, just photos of what NW burbs of Chicago look like with 13" of snow in two days and there is more falling. Why do we live in this climate!?
Now where did I put that ticket to the tropics?
Enjoy.

Mark

Simple 2x2 Scarf

I was giving this yarn by a dear friend of mine on this site, Lou Chicquette. It is a beautiful, supple blend of 42% wool, 35% acrylic, and 23% Viscose. The yarn is by Berroco and is buttery soft that makes it a very pleasant yarn to knit. I simply began each row with a slip stitch to make for a nice salvage edge, then continued with k2, p2 on RS, with knitting the knits and purling the purls on the WS. Easy! I didn't want a complicated design to interfere with the yarn colors. It has so many different colors with lots of metallic influences that react very nicely to light.

Catnip Advice and Follow Up

Howdy Gentlemen!
I am making a new snake-like tube that I want to fill with either catnip, or something else that has been soaked in catnip. Have any of you made something like this? If so, what did you use to stuff it and how did you integrate the catnip into it? I tried some dried catnip last year and the toy was not as well liked as those bought at the pet store. Any suggestions?
Thanks.

Hiking Socks

Just finished a new pair of sock using the white wool/acrylic yarn that we were gifted with at the retreat. They are really nice and thick as they are heavy worsted but using US5 needles made the foot and heel tighter and I think that will make them a bit stronger.

Birthday Surprise

Well, I turned 60 today. Thankfully, I don't feel a day over 59! ;)
My wife and son always find fun things with which to festoon me. Two sizes of sock blockers, three skeins of yarn, a nice knitting book, and my favorite chocolates from the folks at Godiva. They are always so generous.