Thursday, March 27, 2014
|Sunrise approach to Key West|
We went digging around in our cubby holes on the boat and found some old clothes that haven't been worn in a very long time. Proof? Here's a photo of me at the helm maneuvering through the ship channel on approach to Key West (yes we had to hand-steer that last leg) wearing a LONG-SLEEVED t-shirt! Yowza! And not only that - it was layered over another cotton tank top!
I'm still working on my "Knit 52 pairs of socks in 52 weeks" challenge so all these combined factors meant that several (as in 7) pairs have been completed since I last shared my progress.
|Self patterning + white|
Most of the yarns in this last batch come from the past donations from my fellow knitting retreat campers. I get a kick out of trying to combine the leftover yarns to make something that a kid wouldn't mind wearing.
|Two tonal yarns combined|
These first brightly colored socks were knit in one 24-hour period! I actually wore off the skin on one of my knitting fingers working these while underway at the helm. It was a little challenge-within-a-challenge just to see if I could do it. No, my finger tip has yet to heal as I'm still in a knitting frenzy. The first solution was to use band-aids on that finger so that I could still knit.
But band-aids don't last long - I keep getting them wet as I wash my hands so often on this salty boat-house.
|Glitter blue + white|
What I didn't do is share all of this with Jonesy, so when he found my finger protection loose in the dinghy he quickly tossed it overboard thinking it was some form of nasty organic trash. I sadly watched it float off. OK. Make another one. So I did.
Anyway, here's a photo of my newest knitting tool. By using this I was (and still am) able to continue on my knitting adventures.
|5x1 Ribbed Socks|
|Big socks w/leftover solids|
|Cuff pocket socks|
These pink/white/purple socks are a kinda wild combination of leftover self-patterning yarns with a little twist...there is a secret pock in the double cuff. The buttons are functional, not just decorative. Into this cuff you can slip a little treasure. I put a small coin from one of the countries that we've visited in the cuff as a surprise for the kid who selects these next winter.
Once these socks are knit and all the loose yarn tails are carefully woven in (using the duplicate stitch technique), they are washed, blocked, dried, measured, labeled with the foot size, recorded in the database of the Mittens for Akkol organization, photographed and finally put away in a special cubby.
Life is good.
Gorgeous socks, Terry. Hope your finger is healing. Are you going to share directions for your "secret pocket cuff" to the HMG sock knitters? Cute idea! ;-)Glad you had a safe trip back to the USA. I love traveling with you vicariously. Thanks for sharing. Love ya, Marilyn in CA
I have used NuSkin, for covering blisters/cuts and it stays on pretty well. Or just even some super glue. I also shared your blog with "Karen in the woods" who blogs and is eventually returning to motor-homing without a home. She is a great sock knitter and weaver and also has an antique socknitting machine. And no her blog is not a spam sight like yahoo thinks. Think she will contact you.Post a Comment