Sunday, November 23, 2014

YOP #47

This has been a productive week! On Saturday I reconnected with a friend through Facebook.  Well here's the deal...when I was in high school I had penpals, lots of them, around 30...mostly in other countries and a few in the States...this friend is one of my penpals...I have never met her, but we have been writing to each other since about 1983-1984!  She is the only one I am still in touch with...her name is Tone and she lives in Stavanger, Norway.....We've always been in touch, but the past few years it's been sporadic...hopefully we'll stay more in anyway she has re-taken up knitting!  She is not working at the moment, after working 50-60 hours a week the past couple of she made some slippers and is going to send me the yarn and pattern to also make some..these are hers...
and I got her to join Ravelry..she had never heard of it....

Now I consider blogging my present way of having penpals! So I consider you all penpals..

On to my work for the week...if you read my Friday post, you'll know I finished two pair of socks this week! Yesterday I finished the first of my H's Everyday Socks....they come in one size and really are too big for me....I have skinny calves and skinny I am learning to readjust the patterns for me...I figure each time I finish one, I've learned something....I'm also thinking I need to get some thin elastic and weave it through my cuffs....that'll help keep my socks up....I did start the second sock..

Yesterday I also finished a pair of fingerless gloves for my swap partner...she's kind of particular, so I hope she likes them...the wool is a bit itchy, but hopefully will soften...I can wear them, no problem..but the Hubs wouldn't be able to...

I'm really trying to finish up some WIPs..I'd like to start the new year with a shorter list...and actually cast on/start some of the knit/crochet projects I have waiting in the wings...

I am having a problem with my fingers..they have been cramping really I need to start rotating projects and not just sock knitting with the tiny needles..

That's it..I hope you all have a wonderful week and a fantastic Thanksgiving, if you are American..and I'll see you back here next week....

2014 Completed Projects:    
Gift Cowl 1/3/2014
17/17 Hats for students (December/January 2014)
Chicago Mitts (1/15/14)
Take Two Cowl (1/11/14)
Take Three Cowl  (1/22/14)
Twin Cowl (1/23/14)  
It's a Flesh Wound cowl (2/3/14)
BOK BOK (2/23) Ravellenics
Rainbar (2/22) Ravellenics
Rainmitts (2/22) Ravellenics
Rainbow Pom (2/9) Ravellenics
Helmetbow (2/22) Ravellenics
Jasper Hat and Mitts (2/23)
Elegant Downton Hat for swap (3/16/14)
Leprechaun Tam and Beard (3/16/14)
Baby Jacob Hat (3/23/14)
Sockhead Hat (3/28/14)
Dr. Who Scarf (2/13/14)
Oliver's Hat (4/8/14)
Crochet Crown (4/6/14)
Crochet Mermaid Barrette (4/6/14)
Crochet Rose Barrette (4/6/14)
Bunny Hat (4/17/14)
Snake bookmark (4/28/14) 
Tutti-Frutti Cowl (5/11/14)
Fifth of November (5/22/14)
Apocalypse gloves - for a swap (6/8/14)
Swap Secret Sprock  - for a swap (6/28/14)
Out of Gas - for a swap (7/7/14) (sooper secret project)
Hop on the Bus, Gus (7/20/14) NW T11R2
2 Stargate keychains as prizes
Zelda Cloche (7/21/14)
Spring Gloves (7/20/2014) NW T11R2
Chiana Cuff (7/20/2014) NW T11R2
Guantlets (8/6/14)

Vanilla Latte (8/14, /2014)  
Rainbow Wings (8/22/14)  
Swap Cowl (8/21/14)  
Bella's Kawaii (9/13/14)  
Stargate Swap (9/20/14)  
Flower Power Hat (9/28/14)  
Big Squooshy Cowl (9/24/14)
Pond Friends (10/5/14)
Stargate Swap 2 (10/6/14)
Cedar Fingerless Mitts (10/6/14)
Brioche Cowl (10/10/14)
Dragonfly Mitts (10/13/14)
Vincent Gauntlets (10/13/14)
Swap Mitts (10/13/14)
Rhinebeck Last Minute Cowl and Mitts (10/17/14)
Aran Wrap (10/19/14)
Braided Infinity Cowl (10/23/14)
Lanesplitter (10/25/14)
Turtleneck Capelet (11/5/14)
Lynn's Mitts (11/8/14)
Do Zombies Skype? socks (11/15/14)
October Fire socks (11/19/14)
Outlander Mitts for swap (11/22/14)

WIPS: Crochet:
Mission Falls Poncho: (Started 2006)
Round Ripple: (Started 2006 (?) Aiden)
Around the World Afghan: (April 2010): about ¼ done
Betty Shrug: I don’t know how long I’ve been working on this, but it only has an arm and a border to go.
Sunrise Sunset Afghan: this has been hibernating awhile, 6 squares done.Orange cotton wrap (started ?)
Tis the Season (11/10/13)
Tabard Tunic (NW Diss 2/1/14)
Outlander Cowl (9/13/14)

Learn to Knit Afghan: (started 2010): 3 squares done
Light in Shadows (1/14/14)
Fire and Blood (5/4/14)
Garter Path (6/1/14)
Outlander MKAL (8/8/14)  
Swap mitts (8/9/14)  
Turtleneck Capelet (8/12/14)  
Willow Fields (9/6/14)  

Kai-Mei: (April 2012)
Faces in Wallpaper (Sept 2013)
Adele Socks (April 2013)
H's Everyday Socks (Jan 2013)  
Johnny's Socks (Jan 2013)

Splashy Flowers: (May 2011)
Larry Stashbuster Scarf (2012)
Beach Bag: (started May 2010)  Just needs lining sewn in
Sunflower: (August 2012) Need a back and to felt
Water Bottle Cozy
Owl for Rose
Hats for friend's babies

Kimberly Skye's tunic  
garter for Caitlin

WIMs: Projects I have the yarn and the pattern
Test Pattern Sweater
Car Coat
Cowl Vest
West End Scarf 
Gathering Leaves
Petal Edge Scarf
Filippi Scarf 
Firefly Scarf 
Danube Cowl
Simple City
Fire and Ice
Holden Shawlette
Trellis Shawl
Bedford Springs Shawl   
Hats and Mitts
Hermione Hearts Ron
Nehalm Hat
Cabled Headband
Cayunga Hat and Mitts set
Ruffled hat and mitts
Evergreen Gloves
Sheepy Cuffs
Twisted Rib Mitts and Hat
Memento Mori
Siren Socks
Hey, Have I Ever Steered You Wrong?
Savory Lace Socks
Autumn Flame
Rescue Me, Chin Boy and Show Me the Stars
Twin peaks
Sarape Shopper
Pleated Purse
Circular Felted Bag


Anonymous said...

How lovely to re-connect and what a long time to be penpals. Love the slippers they look so cosy. Well done on finishing the two pairs of socks and I hope the re-adjusting goes well.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

How wonderful to still be in touch after all these years. I used to find penpals in the back of country magazines. I forget the names of them now. Or maybe it was country cross-stitch magazines. Anyways, so nice that you two have been able to connect also through social media. That's awesome! Best wishes, Tammy

Babajeza said...

Nice slippers. Can't wait to see yours. I have a pair I bought last winter. They are very warm and comfy. Unfortunatelly, they are not appropriate to step outside the house when it is wet (like now). So I mostly wear Birkenstock. Have a nice week. Regula

Renee Anne said...

I usually have to readjust sock patterns because the "regular" 64 sts don't fit unless it's some sort of stretchy pattern. I usually have to go up to 72 in that case. Exceptions include going up to a US #1.5 needle and using 64 sts (like I did for my Monkey Socks). That's really the only exception.

If you've not looked at it, try to get a copy of Big Foot Knits by
Andi Smith (Cooperative Press book). It talks about how to adjust sock patterns, including how to do it with actual patterns.

Lucy Bowen said...

Ah it's always good to catch up with old friends. And a slipper pattern to boot - can't wait to see yours!

Chrisknits said...

I don't have that many active WIPs right now, but I have 2 long term ones I need to just get done! But the are big projects so I cast them off for quick knits. Need to knuckle under!

Holly Hollyson said...

What lovely slippers! Perfect for the colder weather! The look wonderful x

Sam I Am...... said...

The slippers look so cozy and warm. I take they are felted? In your posting picture is that you with the beautiful sweater coat on? You both look great! I take it you made it yourself? Really nice!
You got lots done this week for sure! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!