"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman


WIP Wednesday 8/11/2010

 I am doing WIP Wednesdays again. Another blogger has started a Mister Linky for the meme, which has inspired me to get back at it. If you're interested in participating, please join us.

The camping trip was a lot of fun. We did a great deal of relaxing, hiking, kayaking, and swimming. There was lots of wildlife around us too, including moose. Sis-in-law Sue even saw a mama Grizzly with her cub. I never got my camera out even once, which is a shame because the Indian Pipe was blooming all over the place and I could have probably got some really nice pics of it. I decided when we got there that I was gonna be a lazy good for nuthin' and did a pretty good job of doing just that.

I got a little bit of beading done. I spent 2 of the camping afternoons trying to figure out how to put into beads the picture in my mind of the necklace I want to hang the star donut on because I forgot to take my book with me that would have helped. I wanted a design with spiraling

4-petal flowers in two colors. I would bead something for a couple inches, not like it, then frog it, then come up with a different idea to get what I want, think I had what I wanted, do a couple inches, not like it, repeat.... Finally, after several hours I figured it out and was surprised how easy it turned out to be and wondered why I

didn't think of doing it that way in the first place. I want to have it done in time for the fair (entries are due next week).

I also should mention that 6 lb. Fireline is pretty sturdy stuff. Nymo would never have stood up to the abuse I put that thread through. I used the same piece over and over while doing my figuring. Didn't even fray a little bit. I'm impressed.

I worked on the Rick sock too, but by Friday I was totally disgusted with the quality of workmanship and frogged back to the ribbed cuff. One of the biggest complaints about this pattern that I found on Ravelry is that the two socks do not match exactly. They are knit to be mirror images of each other. This requires using SSK on one sock and K2tog on the other. I couldn't understand what the complaint was about until I started working on the second sock. It's not the SSK/K2tog difference that is the problem. It's the YOs before knits and YO before purls that cause the difference. The holes are much larger on the YO before purls. I've been experimenting around to see how the problem might be fixed. In the meantime, I've decided not to enter these in the fair this year. I don't need to pressure myself over that.

We returned from our camping trip last Saturday. We had to come back early (as in early morning rather than the usual leisurely wander home in the afternoon) because of a full day of obligations. Sweet Hubby's company had their annual Employee Picnic, so it was rush home, shower, and rush there. Then he had a high school reunion to go to after that. We didn't get the trailer unhitched and unpacked until Sunday. Now I've got the usual loads and loads of laundry. Sigh........

Monday I worked at the fairgrounds. The needlework group met at our assigned building to wash the display equipment. It is stored in a place where it gets incredibly dusty, so we all brought buckets, rags, and cleaner and went to work. We also cleaned up about 60 tables, and about 2 dozen folding chairs. I was pretty tired by the time we were done, but it was fun.

Have a nice day.


  1. Wow, your bead work is amazing! I love how you integrated the little flowers.

  2. Beautiful work. I clicked back on your link and I love the hoops also. Beads make me so happy!

  3. Shall you tell more about the fair ? :-)

  4. Love the colors in your beaded project!

  5. Beautiful beadwork! Nice job.

  6. Beautiful work!
    My kids would be thrilled if we had more wildlife among us when we go hiking :) Seing a bear would be amazing!