Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Socks on my Feet

Last August, I bought a beautiful skein of yarn from Button & Needlework in Victoria.  Alas, I only bought one skein - not enough for socks to fit my size 12 feet.  I found the same brand of yarn (Shibui) at the Seattle Yarn Gallery, and this time I bought 2 skeins.

When Grandma passed away the socks were put on hold.  It was the last project I started with her; and it was hard to think about working on them without being able to share my progress with her.  But I knew she wouldn't be happy with an unfinished project just sitting there.  So a couple weeks ago, I got it out and started knitting again.  Last night, I cast off the second sock.  And today I get to wear fun socks from my own knitting needles!  I think Grandma would approve.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A New Year in the Rooftop Garden

Right now things are looking rather bleak and miserable up on the rooftop.  The snow is gone and what's left isn't pretty.  Admittedly, I haven't thought much about my garden since September--and it shows.  But it's a new year, a new beginning, and time for imagining what's possible in the spring and summer ahead.  I'm reading Seattle Tilth's The Maritime Northwest Garden Guide and re-reading The Bountiful Container by McGee & Stuckey; and I've just decided what to order from Lettuce Link's seed fundraiser.  Now if I could figure out an easy way to get a dozen bags of soil and compost up six flights of stairs...

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Back to Blogging

Back in September, my grandmother passed away at the age of 91 3/4.  For a few months, it was difficult to think about crafting anything without her to share it with.  But through the holidays, the need to make gifts brought me back into the groove.  Here's my latest project.

It's a DROPS pattern from  I used heavier yarn than I should have, so they turned out a bit large for potholders.  But they do work well as trivets.  :-)