Yay! One more pair of socks for the gift pile…or myself.
This is the Handmade Sock Society Season 2 first sock: Shell Cottage. If you’ve ever knit anything from Helen Stewart, you know how well written her patterns are. She lists each row and the stitch count so it’s easy to put down the project and pick it up again. I still kept track of my rows on the sock foot so I could make they were both the same length. I learned the hard way to count my rows rather than just measure the length as it is easy to stretch an item to make it fit (and hurry the knitting along).
The second sock in the series will be released next month.
For the past few weeks I have been working on a secret painting project. It is now finished.
Ever heard of this game? They have an official site with rules and everything! Our daughter told us about the game and we thought it would be a great way to get everyone to play together from the two-year-olds on up. It’s great for family reunions, tailgating, outdoor parties, or any time!
I bought the raw 2-foot by 4-foot plywood game boards already assembled sight unseen and decided to finish them myself. The plywood was the worst I’ve seen and I think I overpaid (an understatement) for them. They are solid construction-wise but the quality of the top was pretty poor.
I used an 8-oz. container of wood putty to get them semi-even then sanded them as smooth as I could before the painting on the primer.
Next was a base coat (or three) of white paint.
Then I taped around the edges and painted one blue and one yellow.
The final design with five coasts of polyacrylic. No, those are not decals. I painted the flying WV myself with the aid of painter’s tape and an Exacto knife. Fortunately you can’t see the up-close and personal details. They look great from a distance…there are “inconsistencies” when you get real close.
I gifted the Ms Ida Chain Link mittens to my sister and she sent me a picture of them. For some reason I forget to take the pictures before I gift something.
Ms Ida Chain Link mittens
I followed the pattern (large) including the yarn and colors except I left off one diamond repeat on the thumb and it was plenty long. My original plan was to make these flip top mittens but I was having such a time with the thumbs that we (my sister and I) decided the flip top wasn’t necessary.
I used Knit Picks City Tweed in Dungaree and Andean Silk in Cream. I loved working with this yarn though it is sticky. Just don’t make many mistakes to tink or frog.
Thinking I would make two pairs of these mittens, I bought another Andean Silk in cream and City Tweed in Cottontail that appears to be discontinued. It’s a taupe color. I’ll find something else to knit with it.