Sunday, August 31, 2008

End of summer socks

And while away at camp, as well as my return home, I finished a few pairs of socks. And baked some bread from a William Sonoma bread book I got at Auction (to benefit the rebuilding of the camp Chapel) at camp. It was in a lovely basket with 4 kitchen towels, hand lotion and hand soap. Made me smile!

Pattern: Citrine Socklets by Marilyn Webster in IK Holiday 2007
I made them into Stockings for my Aunt Gunborg in Sweden
Yarn: Socks that Rock Medium weight in Grimm's Willow Wren
Needles: US2 (2.75mm) 2 at once on one 40" circular
Construction: This pattern is just right to show off the lovely colors of the yarn and still add a little interest. I made them long with increases to accomodate calf size, and did a twisted k1, p1 rib. Finished off with an alternate rib BO.

Pattern: my own design, currently being test knit, currently named "Oval Lace"
Yarn: prototype knit in left over sport weight Cherry Tree Hill Merino.
Needles: US2.5 (2.75mm)
Construction: Pattern to be available in the near future - Great FUN to knit!

Pattern: Girl's Best Friend Anklets
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill SuperSock Merino in Nantucket Red. I love this yarn, it has such wonderful stitch definition!
Needles: 2 at once on one 40", US1 circular.
Construction: worked from toe-up. incorporated a k3,p1 rib on the instep. started the cuff at the ankle, so it is not a fold over anklet (anymore). Ooops, don't tell Mom about this sock, it is her Christmas gift! I think she is going to love them, they are just too cute.

End of Summer Fun

We spent the last week of August at Camp Spofford in Spofford, NH.
What wonderful, relaxing, fun week we had!

The girls loved the playground:
The slide,
The accessories,
All of the play structures!
The rope swing was a big hit.

And of course the lake!!!
We even managed to find time to go put put golf and have ice cream.

This is where we stayed, in what is called a tentel. Perfect for "in-between" camping.
This little garden and birds nest is in front of where the old Chapel burned down last fall. Currently the tent is working well as a temporary Chapel, with plans in the works to build new! I am thinking about designing a pair of socks to offer for purchase, with ALL purchases going toward the rebuilding of the Camp Chapel. I'll let you know when I get that accomplished.

This wonderful place is where I spent many a summer growing up, and I hope my children can experience all the wonders and joys that I did!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Gift socks for Mom

I was going to give these to her for Christmas, but I just can't wait. And besides my wonderful Mom has my children for the week. So I think this is a nice way to say "Thank you Mom!". And I'll just have to make her another pair for Christmas....

Pattern: Seaweed Socks by Wendy Johnson
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino in colorway "Country Garden"
Needles: US1 KP 40" circular
Construction: I made the medium size and I think they will fit her well.
I also did a hemmed cuff, which I feel really finishes off a sock very nicely (if not alot of work)

Just a closeup of the pattern

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Lemonade for sale

The girls are at Horse Riding camp this week. They came home one day and asked Daddy when they could get a horse. Daddy replied that they would have to get a job. So the next day before leaving for camp they asked me to buy lots of lemons. When they got home they went ahead and made Lemonade. Very enterprising little ladies. Although they still need to learn a few things about running a business, as it cost them $3 for the lemons and they brought in $2.25.
But the FUN is Priceless!

Oh and by the way we got the yummy recipe from here.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Balloons over Hudson

Hudson Balloon Festival 2008
What a fantastic day we had. We started out at 6:00am to see the first balloons in flight. The above photo shows an early stage of inflating the balloon.

Balloons in flight, just over the tree tops. It was a foggy morning and many balloonists were waiting for the fog to burn off. Above is a brave adventurer.

Later in the day after much fun, the balloons inflate again, for yet another flight.
There were tons of activities for the children including a silly pirate who painted mustache and goatie on the kids along with a pirate flag tattoo and a gold coin. Above you see my little pirates having too much fun.

Check out the basketless single person arrangement above.

Then at 9:00pm they all got together for a "moon glow". They would all attempt to light up their balloons at the same time. Below you can see the half moon.
I didn't have a tripod, that would have helped, instead I had the top of my daughters head.

A very long but fun day!

Friday, August 8, 2008

I'm slowing down...

Sock #12 for the Summer of Socks 2008.

Pattern : Vinnland by Becca Compton
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino in Fuscia
Needles: US1 (2.25mm) Knit Picks 32" circular
Construction: I used Judy's Magic toe for the CO (rather than a short row toe).
This pattern would be better (I think) with a gusset/heel flap, rather than a short row heel, as the sock gets a bit tight over the ankle at that point. This was a fun knit, with long memorizable repeats that make the sock seemingly go so quickly.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Still like them Mom?

Mom has asked me to make her a pair of socks with this gorgeous variegated yarn. The Yarn is Cherry Tree Hill supersock merino in colorway Country Garden.
The Pattern is Seaweed sock by Wendy Johnson.

And here are the kids on a rainy Saturday in their Fort (in the Livingroom mind you)
Playing Pretty Princess Game.
They really are having fun!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Happy Belated Birthday Mom!

Enjoy your new socks!
Swedish Socks in colors of the Swedish Flag.

Pattern: Florenz by Stephanie van der Linden
Yarn: Blue is Cherry Tree Hil Supersock Merino
Yellow is Louet Gems in Goldilocks
Needles : US 1.5 on leg and foot and
US1 on Heel and Toe
Finished at the beach today. These are beautiful socks!