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Ready…Start!

Of course you know since I just finished a pair of socks…I must start another pair! And since I have 2 skeins of dyed Knit Picks blanks screaming at me everyday, yes even though they are hidden in the Yarn Wardrobe…

One of my friends from Tuesday Knit Night said “knit the Tour de France Socks!” I cast on for these within 10 minutes of kitchnering the Rainbow Socks closed. I had to weave in ends… The Chicken Legs laughed at me for casting on so fast, but hey! I thought I did good, not casting on until I finished BOTH of the rainbow socks! I usually don’t have that much willpower in the face of new yarn.

Here is a picture of where I was this morning:

I took this picture before I went to work, The Chicken Legs weren’t out of their bed yet!

The first picture was taken on Tuesday the 5th, I cast on Sunday night. I love it when socks go fast! I’m so anxious to see what the yarn is going to do next. 🙂

Rainbow Socks!

I just completed the Rainbow Sock pattern! Yea! I think they came out really well. I used ONline Supersocke 100 Tropic Color 81, color number 925 (second sock from the top right) and japanese short rows for the pattern repeats. I did do japanese short rows for one of the heels but hated dealing with all the pins and used a wrap-n-turn without picking up the wraps on the other one (learned at a Lucy Neatby class), I don’t think anyone will notice unless they are 2 inches from my heels. 🙂

I think the only things I might change next time is adding some more stitches, they’re a bit tight, and taking out the bit where you knit all stitches around in the middle of your short row heel. I did do some modifications to the toe in this pair, I made it longer when I realized they were narrow and short. I wrote my modifications (for the japanese short rows and the longer toe) up in my Ravelry project.

The best thing about these socks is that I got to learn and practice some new skills. This was the first time I used Magic Loop for the whole project and I practiced my continental knitting. But the coolest thing I learned (in my mind) was knitting backwards! I hated the thought of turning the work for all those short rows! 😯

Flat Feet

Darcy over at Darcy’s Knotty Knitter is having a comment contest for Flat Feet Yarn. This is the yarn that inspired my girlfriend and I to dye the Knit Picks sock blanks! Remember these?

Nap Time

July 6th

So July 6th was our 7th Wedding Anniversary. 🙂 We’re trying to follow the “traditional” wedding gifts to each other and this year was copper or wool. DH got me a lovely copper bird feeder (I was really hoping he’d just get me an miniature sheep but I guess that really wouldn’t have been feasible…).

The Chicken Legs liked it too!

This is what I made for him:

I thought wool, copper, hmmm… he doesn’t like the “yarny” things….wool, copper… What more appropriate than a copper sheep? Off to the hardware store for a bit of copper pipe and copper wire, a little time and a couple of shrinky dinks and voila! And it seems proper that I used knitting needles to create the “wool”! 🙂


This year for our anniversary we just puttered around the house, we usually try to get away somewhere, whether it’s a trip to Philadelphia or just camping up north. We did go out and try a Mini-Golf course that we hadn’t been to before. The Chicken Legs were excited, they had never been to a putt-putt.

This putt-putt’s theme was Pirates, and they had 2 courses you could go on. They had a lot of flash in decorating, but not a lot on the greens. There was one cool hole that had a water hazard. You could aim straight down the course but if you were off your ball would bounce into the stream that flowed into a tunnel and then rapidly downhill. It was $1 a lost ball so needless to say, DH bounced it off the rock and as he’s hurrying down to see if he might be able to get it, the ball pops out onto the green!

The Chicken Legs didn’t come anywhere close to winning but they had fun learning!

More Fairy Doors!

*Fairy Door picture #1 is inside the Bead Gallery. The rest of the pictures are from Peaceable Kingdom, both inside and out.

We lucked out this Saturday when the predicted afternoon thunder storms decided to make an early morning appearance and leave the rest of the day clear! The Chicken Legs and I hauled all my dyeing equipment to my girlfriends house and we had a dyeing party.

We had bought some of Knit Picks new Sock Blanks to play with and I brought along some undyed yarn that I had sitting around waiting for me to be spontaneously creative with.

If you look close you can see the yellow string in there? I ran some crochet cotton through the live stitches on both ends of the sock blanks. I could totally see them unraveling on us!

The Chicken Legs admired my girlfriends yarn. The blue in the jar was a gradated dyeing attempt. We flew by the seat of our pants on that one, I forgot to bring directions on that… 😮

Here are our final products:

In the left picture the 2 sock blanks to the left are mine, and in the right picture the 3 skeins to the right are mine. 🙂

When I got home, they were still wet so I put them out in the back yard to dry and of course took more pictures:

Guess what I’m calling this? Yup! Le Tour de France colorway. Get it? I tried to represent the 4 colored jerseys that are awarded during the race. I was a little overenthusiastic with the color though…I don’t really have enough white space…

After a long day of dyeing, I think I wore The Chicken Legs out.