Sunday, January 20, 2013

Just Married

Our dearest daughter and her one true love were married at the courthouse in Cincinnati on Thursday. It was a simple, very joyful event, and we feel so privileged to have shared it with them.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Little Sweaters For My Feet

It's January in Wisconsin. That means it's cold and I dress in many layers. But my feet were making do with only one, and even a pair of thick wool socks can use some reinforcement on bare wood floors. So I made slippers.

They aren't fancy knitting, but are very cozy, so I'm happy.

The pattern, which is super easy, came from Drops Design. I didn't have any suitable DK/worsted weight yarn in the stash, so I used two strands of regular sock yarn held together, one a self-patterning stripe and the other a subtly multi tonal.

The only thing I didn't like about the process was sewing the bottom seam - edge to edge garter is kind of a PITA. So I decided to fiddle with the pattern a little so I could work the foot portion in the round. Instead of working toe to top, I started at the top and worked the heel portion flat in garter. Then I joined the round and worked down to to the toe. Since I don't much like working garter stitch in the round, I changed the foot  to a garter rib.

I give the final product mixed reviews. I like the way it looks, but it is less stretchy and cushion-y than the all garter version. And I could have made it just a teeny bit longer. But it's wearable, and will be warm.