Wednesday, May 28, 2008

What a nice three-day weekend! I hope yours was as well. We went to Brandywine Battlefield and lovely Kennett Square on Saturday, groomed the house on Sunday (I cleaned stuff out of the gutters that was otherworldly, and not in a good way. Some of it splashed on me and I screamed like I had been burnt. Matthew thought I had fallen off the ladder.) Then yesterday, we went over to my dad's house for a little picnic, and then Gus had a playdate with his friend Joel.

I had been wracking my brains about what to make for a teacher present for Gus's teacher, Sandy. We all adored her this year, but I wasn't quite sure what was a good gift. I wanted to get her a Barnes and Noble gift card. I was thinking I'd knit her a bookmark to go with the giftcard. How hard could that be? A little lace panel, a little cable panel perhaps?

Well! I pulled out all of Barbara Walker and all of the Harmony Guides and tried 16 million different stitches. 16 million, I tell you!! And NONE of them worked! None looked right. I was getting so frustrated.

And then a miracle occurred! Sandy is a devout Red Sox fan.....why not make her a bookmark of...... red socks!!! Ta-da!!!

(that's a quarter for scale)

I started with a toe-up sock, bound off all but 2 stitches at the cuff, did 8" of 2-stitch I-cord, cast on 10 more stitches and did another sock cuff-down on the other end. Yee haw! The heels were problematic, since there weren't enough stitches to do true short rows. I just decreased down to 2 stitches, then increased back up to 6 stitches to make an hourglass shape, then sewed the sides together later.

The top of the socks on the logo looks like corrugated ribbing, but that was too fussy even for me.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

EEEEeeeeeee! How cute!

10:10 AM  
Blogger diana said...

cg - thank you - that is the proper reaction. you are not dead inside!

8:54 PM  
Blogger Marfa's Mewsings said...

Divine One,
Love the teacher gift. I wonder if you have tho't of making this as a Momogus pattern?
Can't wait to see you & the New TW!

11:58 AM  

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