Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Two knitting updates

Maybe three...

I'll begin with the saddest one...
Frequent readers will remember my l-o-n-g story-telling of making the socks for my Sockapaloooza pal (the story is here). Here's a photo of what I mailed out:

Since my pal lives overseas, I mailed them out the end of April. Well, it's now eight weeks since I mailed them and my pal has not received them... I think I have to accept the fact that the package I mailed has disappeared... Seriously, I want to cry when I think about it.

So my sock sister asked me if I would be willing to be my own sock savior (one who knits for the sockapalooozers who didn't receive socks) and I said that I would... Unfortunately, I have no more dye-able yarn, and all my sock yarn on-hand has colors that my pal requested her socks NOT have, so I decided to use a partial-wool, worsted weight, shade-of-brown yarn to make my pal socks thick enough that they COULD be worn as slippers, but still thin enough to fit inside a slightly large shoe. I hope that's okay... I can't afford any more sock yarn right now... Anyway, I got started on my "savior socks" and I think they're looking pretty okay :) Not as good as the originals, but I hope my pal will like them. Here's shots of the top (patterned) and bottom (plain). It's a pattern I'm making up as I go along, taking elements from all the socks I've knit thus far.










I have finished two more ball-band washcloths from Mason-Dixon Knitting, knit as opposites. I think I will try to do several sets of these to have on hand for when I need "hostess gifts"... instead of flowers or coffee (my usuals), how about a pair of handknit warshcloths? :)

Finally, I finished the baby kimono (also from MDK), but have to get the ribbons and make a matching hat before I post any pics.

8 comments:

Dar said...

I want to get that Mason Dixon book! And I wouldn't give up home on the socks yet; I've had international mail take a long time, especially if it ends up coming back.

I'm working on the soaker and learning a lot - thanks for the directions :)

sewingsuzee said...

I agree...land takes 6 weeks minimum, and half of what I sent air ends up going land.

But I like the replacements, and LOVE the washcloths!

jen said...

Oh, how annoying! You and your poor sock pal.

Hopefully these encouraging souls above me are right. I've never sent a parcel overseas, so I wouldn't know, but expecting nothing out of the postal service seems to be a good bet. At least that way you're never disappointed!

amy said...

oooh, I do hope that package eventually arrives.

Still need to attach the ribbon to my kimono, too.

mamafitz said...

did you send via air or boat? i've had packages take 3 months to get to australian via the slow boat. hold out hope, they may arrive yet!

Cindy Minear said...

How sad to have the package go missing like that. I hope it someday shows up. I'm sure she will love the new socks.

The washclothes are adorable! I sure any hostess will love to receive them.

Stefaneener said...

Oh, you poor thing. I can't imagine losing a sock. What a love you are for redoing it. Your pal is a lucky one.

Monika said...

Packages dissapear more often than you would think. I live in Canada and in the 10 years I'm here there were 4 packages addressed to me from Europe who never made it. But also two packages from the U.S. It's the sad truth.