Tuesday, February 22, 2011

weekend knitting

This past weekend in Ontario was a long one - Family Day was yesterday. What better way to spend Family Day than with my family at our favourite place - the cottage.
There was snowsledding behind the snowmobile with the neighbour girls:

There was much running and sliding on the ice, as well as some ice fishing (the guys, not me). They were shut out - I guess the fish were not at all interested.

And of course, there was knitting.
I made some great progress on my father in laws socks

he has stopped hinting for new ones, and has come right out and started asking for them. A lot. And often. I thought I'd best get on it. It's been so long since I started these, I have no idea of the wool. I know it has some silk content, and it feels quite lovely. I"m using my traditional toe up construction, but instead of a short row heel, I've tried Wendy's toe up gusset heel. It's okay, but I have to follow the directions, instead of just knitting.
There was also progress on my Mom's flamingo mittens.

I'm not fond of the two circular method of knitting in the round, but I couldn't find my 2.5mm dpns, so I went with it. It takes me longer to do it this way, which is why these aren't finished yet.
Another reason they aren't finished is that I keep picking up new projects. Like this baby sweater.
(sorry for the blurriness - not sure why that happened - better shots to come soon...)

(Raised a few eyebrows this weekend when it was discovered I was knitting a baby sweater, and there are no babies in our family or circle of friends). No worries - it's for a co-worker at our parent company in Spain. She's due in July with a boy (her first) and is so excited. She's incredibly helpful to me in getting info and such out of Spain, so I thought I'd knit her up a quick sweater. I truly believe every baby deserves a hand knit out of beautiful wool, and this Fleece Artist is perfect.
(not the best colour represenation - the colours are much richer and saturated - just beautiful shades of blue)

Another skein gifted to me from the wonderful LuckyCanuck. YOu know my feelings about natural fibres - Acrylic + Babies = Icky. Especially when there are so many wonderful superwash wools and cottons out there.


Brenda said...

Looks like tons of fun. I have a pair of those same socks. can't remember the yarn either I didn't realize they were 'guy' socks. :)

Anonymous said...

I am trying to remember which wool that was and can't! Just goes to show that I had waaaay too much yarn. Looks great!

Sel and Poivre said...

I think our kids were too far past `kidhood` when family day was adopted. It always kind of sneaks up on us. My husband usually works the whole weekend (family day included) as well due to a business committment that long predates family day as well. Looks like a great weekend at the lake!

Carol said...

Snowsledding looks like so much fun!

Anonymous said...

Here I am, waiting for our cab to the airport - off to Cuba this afternoon, where the temps are in the 30s and the forecast is sun, sun, sun for the next week. Bye winter! - Lucky

KnitTech said...

What a fun cold weekend.