Crafty Mands

Chronicles of my obsession with all things crafty

One of these things is not like the other… October 26, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amanda @ 5:55 pm

(Taps playing in the background) You served me well for two pairs of socks and numerous sock starts. Little did we know that there was a weak spot in your middle that would snap at the most inopportune time. Thank you for holding yourself together just long enough for me to knit the stitches, the ones that clung perilously close to death, off and onto another needle. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. You will be remember each time the Razor Shell Socks are worn. Farewell, my friend, my US2 Bryspun DPNs.

Edited to add that I might have raided the stash that I was planning on sending off to a friend and…well…took a set of bamboo US2 DPNs. It was a for a good cause though, I mean, come on! It’s the Razor Shell Socks. That’s quite a lovely reason to become a needle thief. Yeah, knitting has really increased my rationalization skills.


Update Post

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amanda @ 2:21 am


Thanks, Gracie! It was such a joy to receive this package today. I was home sick all day and when the mail carrier knocked on the door and my husband brought this to me in bed…well…let’s just say it was very welcome! It’s gorgeous and I love the card. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Pattern: Rib Tips Socks
Yarn: Cascade Fixation in Black
Needles: US 3 Bryspun DPNs

Mike is pretty happy to have these and is even gracious enough to ignore the honking ladder going down the side of his foot. I think I pulled too tightly at the join of the DPNs and stretched the Fixation out too much. Lesson learned. Pattern: Cozy
Yarn: Joseph Galler’s Peruvian Tweed bought at Yarns and Fabrications the newest LYS in my area. If you live slightly north of Cincinnati or slightly south of Dayton you have to check out Yarns and Fabrications. It’s small right now, but I’m sure they’re going to grow. My SIL and I spent a couple of hours in there agonizing over yarn purchases and Lori, one of the owners, is just the nicest, sweetest yarn store owner I’ve ever met. And if you get a chance to meet her kids they are darling!
Pattern: Razor Shell Socks written by Miriam L. Felton
Yarn: Knit Picks Sock Garden in Zinnia
I’m in love with this pattern. It’s just absolutely fabulous.

The yarn is a little brighter than I anticipated when I bought it for a scarf and so it became destined for socks and I think they’re going to be perfect for Autumn.

And finally…the children relaxing. This is generally the view that I have while knitting. Aren’t they just adorable?


I finally finished my SIL’s scarf. This is a the … October 2, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amanda @ 3:38 am

I finally finished my SIL’s scarf. This is a the Finnish Lace pattern from Vogue knitting in Berroco Softwist.

A close-up of the stitch pattern. I really enjoyed this lace pattern and was pretty excited that I could go to the book, pick a pattern that I liked, add a garter stitch border, and create a scarf. It was such a thrill!

This yarn, while gorgeous and soft to touch, is a pain to work with. I think that if I had been using bamboo to knit with the duller points would have worked better, but my Denise needles just split this yarn like mad which, in turn, drove me mad quite a few times. This is the 4th reincarnation of this scarf. Each time with a different pattern.

In non-knitting news, Mike renewed his reserves contract last weekend. It was a moment of great importance for him as the Vice Admiral in charge of the Navy Reserves did his reenlistment. Here’s a pic of my sailor in his dress whites. He’s sharing a few words after reenlisting for another 6 years. I’m so proud of him.