Thursday, September 13, 2007

A Blog is Born

Probably not the most unique post title, but what else are you going to use for your first post? So here I am with my shiny new toy, let's see how long until the novelty wears off. :-)
Why have I started a blog? It was sort of an accident. We were eating lunch at work and I was regaling my coworkers with yet another tale of my puppies' destructive exploits and one of them said "You should have a blog!" because the stories are generally funny and I apparently have a lot of them.
I've known what blogs are for a few years. Around the time I learned to knit I discovered knitting blogs. I've even imagined sometimes what I would write on a blog if I had one. And I've heard that it is good to keep a knitting journal for your own reference, but I've never felt like dragging out my old paper journals, besides it's hard to put pictures in them.
So I wandered over to Blogger and before I knew it, there was my new blog. It doesn't hurt that it's free.
I think I'll keep it focused on my knitting and my puppies. That should keep it fun and easy to write. Obviously I can expand that if I want.
To get us started, here is a picture of the pups in question.

And here is a picture of my sock in process.

Jitterbug in Burnt Charcoal on US 2.
I've named them "I heart husband". They are stockinette stitch with little reverse st st hearts on the ankle and foot. When he is laying on the couch watching TV he will see the little heart and know I love him. You know, in case the fact that he is wearing handmade socks is too subtle to get that message across.
I'm sure getting my money's worth out of this yarn. This is the third time I'm knitting this one sock. I started with 64 sts. After I turned the heel I made him try them on to check that the heel flap was long enough. It was, but he declared the general fit "fine." When I delved, he admitted they were baggy. So I ripped back to the ribbing figuring I'd decrease down to 56 sts, but instead of swirling nicely the black started pooling in a nasty blob. So I tore it all out, cast on 60 sts and then decreased down to 56 a few rows after the rib. The swirl came back, which was the goal. They seem to fit fine now.

Ok, I think that's enough for now, don't want to over do it on my first post.
And I can already see that this will all probably be interesting to only me (and my mom).

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