Sunday, October 19, 2008

Back in a Mac

Wow the last time I posted was almost a month ago!!!  While I totally admit laziness had a lot to do with it, there was also a major computer malfunction that was partly to blame.  The motherboard went on our old Dell computer and since it was kind of held together by spit and tape at that point anyway we decided to put her down.  We've since gotten a new IMac much to the delight and joy of several of our Mac pusher friends.

In the meantime I managed to squeeze in a quick trip to Florida and visit the niece.

She is into everything right now so we spent lots of good time swimming, playing, dancing, coloring, reading books and all that good stuff.  And when I was exhausted and would collapse during naptime or at the end of the day I managed to spend some nice time with her new baby brother!

What a big boy already!  He was born September 25, is happy and healthy and wonderful.  And of course he loves his Mason Dixon Log Cabin Blanket!

Between traveling and computer acquisitions there has been knitting too.  And I now I give you-what is for me at least-this year's Fetching!

Pattern:  Cabled Footies from One Skein by Leigh Radford
Yarn:  Cascade 220 Superwash

I've made two pairs of these already and I have two pairs still to make.  I think they'll make great Christmas presents.  I had had this book forever and was never that interested in making anything out of it until I had seen some really cute ones on Ravelry.  My new theory is that the ones in the book are on this super-skinny model and for some reason they look huge and bulky. Almost like they're made out of bulky weight yarn.  But they're not, they're made with worsted and they knit up very adorably and super-cute!  Footies for all!

I also made my first pair of no-purl Monkey socks

In Socks that Rock colorway Highway 30, I adore these also.  The yarn is just scrumptious and makes me wonder why I don't wear these colors all the time on the rest of my body.  Ok, that's a little much I guess, but the sock pattern is awesome also.  The no purling means you're practically knitting stockinette with just a few pattern stitches thrown in every other row. Nifty!

And knit socks are going to be a good thing in this chilly economy and this chilly weather.  I'm set though, fall is my absolute favorite season ever.  Today I did a good fall thing and made a little compost bin for my Recession Garden.

I know it doesn't look like much but it warms the cockles of my little home gardener heart.  Plus, the Recession Garden deserves it.  Despite the fact that it's late October my cherry tomatoes are still coming in in droves and it looks like in another week or so I'll finally get to harvest that lettuce I've been tending to!  I am very excited!