I don't know about you, but this new Blogger interface is really difficult for me to figure out. Okay, enough about that, let's get to the fun crafty stuff. This was the progress that I made on my father's ribbed knit socks since I last post here on April 11th.
This is what I did on Sunday:
I think here the cuff is about 3.5" inches long. I hadn't done much work on the socks in the last few days. However, this day I decided to really be disciplined about this. Daddy needs new socks. Oh, yeah, even my father said "That's it? That's all you've done?" YEP.
Our regular ride to church wasn't going that day, so we also stayed home. Instead of being in church, we watched Pastor Greg Laurie online. I gathered all of my knitting supplies first:
It really was a lot of fun and really relaxing to be able to knit and listen to a nice message at the same time. Our regular ride to church wasn't in town today, so that is why we ended up having to stay home. My father will be able to drive again in just a couple of weeks. He's recovered so well from his heart episode back in January. So this is what we watched this morning. It's Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Church in Riverside, California. You can click here if you'd like to visit their site:
It was in my knitting basket all along. I told my dad right away that "I'd found it" "What?" "I found it".."Oh, Heather...(dad shakes his head and tries to frown, but is having a really hard time hiding a laugh and a smile)
These socks are proving to be really challenging. The difficulty I'm having is figuring out where to increase and decrease the stitches while doing a knit 2, purl 2 rib pattern. I know there's a way to do it, but I haven't found a satisfactory explanation anywhere.....yet. So that's why I'm kind of winiging it. That's okay. I love experimental knitting. Maybe that's part of my "rebellious" knitting side. In any case, this is what I had last night, before I got so frustrated with how "wrong" it was turning out:
So last night while I was watching a re-run of "Hawaii 5-0"...dada da da da da... I unraveled that entire cuff, which by that point had reached almost 8 inches. I started over last night and worked on this some more today. My father, bless his heart, is being really patient. This is what I have so far:
That's about it on the crafting front. I really enjoy writing up a knitting pattern from scratch. It can be aggravating at times, but still a lot of fun. I have been taking notes as I go along. When it comes time to knit the second sock, I'll either follow the exact same pattern or alter it, until I find the right "formula" to achieve the look that I"m going after.
That is the news from the ocean shores of California today. Love and hugs to you all, Heather