Sunday, April 2, 2017

Where Have I Been?

Right after we got back from Florida, our choir began the final weeks of preparation for our concert last night.  We sang Mozart's Ave Verum and his final work, the Requiem.  The wonderful soprano soloist sang his Exultate and the orchestra opened the program playing his Sonata in C.  It was a wonderfully uplifting evening, but boy are we tired today. (There's a photo on our Facebook page.)  In the meanwhile, I did finish a couple of projects recently.

The Crazy socks are DONE!  It was probably the most complicated sock I have ever made with lots of unusual stitches and direction changes.  The cuffs were knit sideways and then seamed with a modified 3-needle bind-off.  All those direction changes made for a very interesting sole, and the "thing" in the gusset is on both socks and supposed to resemble a butterfly.  I started this project with a plain color yarn which was splitting badly so reverted to this choice which I thought was a tonal but became quite stripy. A plain color would have shown the different stitch patterns better, but this yarn made for a very fun sole.

My hair stylist is soon having her first baby, a girl.  Her color scheme includes lavender, so I made a pair of booties to welcome baby.  (They look blue in this photo though.💜)

As soon as our youngest GD saw her brother's zebra slippers, she asked for a pair.  How could I resist such a sweet request?  The first thing she said when I handed them to her was, "Do they have my name on them?"  That they do, and they even fit!

Just the other day I remembered a promise made last fall to make a pillow for my oldest GD using her latest completed embroidery.  Since we are headed that way soon, I thought I'd better get busy and here it is, ready to hand deliver.  If you click on the photo, you may be better able to see the chicken button.

Those are supposedly Bohemian chickens!?

 So know you know where I have been!  Hope you've had a good several weeks.


Anonymous said...

Of all my friends, you are definitely the busiest. LOL The crazy socks are very interesting.

Giroux says hello to Mocha and Ginger.

Araignee said...

Wow....those socks are something else!!!

Tanna said...

Those are some fancy socks!! Nice job! Love the booties! I know those little mommas are going to enjoy them. And, embroidery, too! You have been VERY busy, Judy. Cute pillow! Have a great week busy lady! blessings ~ tanna

karen said...

your life seems busy but full of goodness! I love the crazy socks, quite interesting!! knitting for new babies is simply a complete joy for a knitter.

straythreads said...

You have been busy! those socks do look challenging the are gorgeous!

kathy b said...

You have been one busy lady! Wow. I just love the complicated socks. The spring chick pillow is adorable jUDY!!

Betsy said...

Those socks!!!!! Oh my goodness! I am SO impressed. The booties, slippers and embroidery projects are very nice too. I know all of the recipients will love them because of the love you put into them. That pillow is so sweet. What a great Grandma.

Sharon Massena said...

Those socks will be so fun to wear. I absolutely love them, but will have to get rid of some other projects to have time to make them. Or a clone would be nice. Seems you are traveling most of the time these days. It was sweet of you to remember and get the pillow done. She will love it!

Anonymous said...

Where have I seen that blog title before? Oh, I know, right here! LOL You do seem to lead a busy and complicated life!

elns said...

Busy Busy. I love the bohemian chicken pillow. hehe. It makes me smile! You do such lovely work for your friends and family it's no surprise they put in for special requests. you're so kind for always obliging. Oh you and those small knits. So good!

I love the lavender socks. Crazy! Crazy Good! I'm glad you took that adventure for the rest of us vanilla sock knitters, hehe.

Caffeine Girl said...

Wow, those are amazing socks! I don't think I have that much patience for socks, but the result is spectacular.
I'll be in Seattle the first week of August. We're spending a couple days in the San Juan Islands. I'll let you know the dates. I hope the work out!