Sunday, October 26, 2008

NO STAMPING OR PAPER BUT OTHER FUN!

No one has ever accused me of being a single minded crafter. There are only a few crafts I have never tried and even fewer that I have tried that I didn't like. There are ones I can't afford such as needle point on hand painted canvases, but that's a whole different reason for not doing something.

So what have I been up to lately besides stamping, paper crafts, and quilting. Well, at the last quilt show I attended I decided it was time I taught myself how to knit socks. I've been knitting since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Having a very English grandmother I suppose it was only natural that I would learn to knit at a young age. My mother also is an avid knitter so the stage was set. I've done scarves and an afghan or two in my time and even a few sweaters including a very challenging fisherman knit sweater full of cables and popcorn stitches. I loved that sweater even if it turned out a bit larger than I wanted it to. Socks however were something I never took on. The heel scared the dickens out of me. Then our church administrative assistant started knitting socks and I fell in love with what she was doing. It took me 2 years to get up the courage, but in September I bought the needles, yarn and pattern and set out. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, though I have to credit You Tube instructional videos I found with getting me through the turning the heel part of the sock. I know have one done and am on my way with the second of the pair. My main concern now is that the two end up being at least close to the same size........

I think that what I really love about knitting socks is getting to use all the wonderful washable wool sock yarn that there is to choose from. Its so pretty. I already have the yarn for a second pair.

What else have I been doing????? Yesterday I appliqued the aprons for the winners of tonight's Chili and Dessert Cook off at church. It is an annual fund raising event put on by our churches youth group. I think I've made the aprons for the winners for about 10 years now. Every year I also enter a dessert into the competition, but have I ever won.....of course not. Do I care...not really. Usually it's one of the youth group kids that wins the apron. We all think the kids stuff the voting boxes........this year I went with an easy entry. Simply a chocolate sheet cake with yummy chocolate frosting covered with crushed toffee pieces. Not fancy, but it sure smelled good baking!

So that's what I have been up to that is not paper or quilt related. This next week I will be busy preparing items to be sold in our second annual church Fall Arts and Crafts Festival. I have less than 2 weeks to get ready............So you know where I will be if I don't show up here for a while, but I hope to make it by so do stop back and see whats up!

3 comments:

LadyDoc said...

Nice work on your first sock! And, the aprons look great!

My needlepoint experience was that I enjoyed doing the "pattern" but filling in all that background was just TOO tedious. Cross- stitch, on the other hand, uses beautiful fabrics for background- especially all the wonderful hand-dyed fabrics that are out there now. So, the idea of finishing the picture= done was just too appealing which is why I still love cross stitch and will never do needlepoint again.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Those aprons are sooo cute!! And I love the socks!! They look so warm and toasty!!

Susan said...

What fun! I used to knit socks when we lived in Northern Canada and I was a young teen. I still have a pair of them! They have never worn out! Of course, I don't use them much in hot Australia :)

Your aprons are lovely - and your chocolate toffee cake sounds divine. Have fun, winner or not, at the church bake-off!