Monday, December 10, 2007

New Stuff

My pal Colleen Kay has a new blog showcasing her mixed media art quilts. She combines quilting and found objects to create whimsical sculptures which I think are so very clever. I met Colleen years ago when we both lived in IL. She now lives in Huntsville AL and is considering moving up 'north' to my new neck of the woods. I have a link on the sidebar to her site.


Knitting Content:

Old dog, moi, learns new trick. It's the Magic Loop Technique which I learned here.

The directions and pictures are so clear I was able to do it easily. If you would rather watch a video demo, see this site.
Now I have knitted a tube, of only 24 stitches, which are uniform and smooth all around. To learn I used a 32" size 8 Addi turbo needle, and now that I know how to do this I am ordering a smaller size 3 needle (same length) and will attempt to knit sox from one circular needle.



This blister on my right thumb is not from overdoing the knitting, but a burn blister from not using the right pot holder. Win some, lose some.


New Recipe


I almost forgot! Yesterday was our 29th wedding anniversary, and while making our special dinner, I had a stroke of genius. I peeled and sliced several carrots in the food processor and just for fun, peeled, cored and sliced an apple. I simmered them together in water and butter until they were tender, which didn't take long due to the thin slicing. Then I tossed in sauteed slivered almonds. This was so simple, colorful and super yummy delicious. O and I added the remaining tablespoon or so of Canadian Mist bourbon that was sitting on my counter to the veg and that did the trick. Yum.

Update on Magic Loop Socks


I have constructed the heel and started the foot part of the sock. It was a snap! I am thrilled to have figured this out. However, I didn't count and keep track of how to do this, as in repeating it for your benefit...but you don't want to make a teeny sock anyway. It is just a learning device.
Here is the finished teeny sock. The toe is pointed because I worked it down to 8 stitches in the round, totally, before doing the kitchener stitch to finish.
The heel looks like it should, no gaps or holes. I am ready to do this for real, as soon as the new needles show up at my mailbox.

8 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your anniversary!

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  2. Pam from Jax12:52 PM

    Congratulations indeed. You can always hang the teeny sock by the fireplace and hope Santa will put something interesting in it. Earrings would fit. So would chocolate. You never know till you try!

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  3. Thank you for directing me to Colleen Kay's site. Her work is amazing. I like her sense of humor. She's now added to my list of daily reads.

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  4. I've done the Magic Loop Two Socks on 1 Needle. It was a bit frustrating if you didn't pay attention 'cause you could pull the needle all the way out. Plus the yarn twisted up on itself. It is easier if you work one sock from one ball of yarn and the other from another ball rather than working both socks at the same time by using both ends of the skein. Good luck. You seem to be enjoying your retirement. And congratulations.

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  5. I think you'll eventually love the Magic Loop method. I wanted to knit socks (thanks to YOU) and took a class in Magic Loop last February. Since then, I've knit 30 pairs. I would recommend a 40" circular Addi though...

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  6. happy anniversary!

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