After being pretty sure and everyone in the world now has a blog, and that there are enough craft blogs in existance to ensure that even if every one else who had a blog quit, there would still be an extremley populous blogosphere, and after creating two blogs and not posting on them at all, and then feeling bad for taking what I considered to be reasonably good blog names out of circulation, I am now inspired to share my own little crafting adventures with the world.  

Part of the inspiration is my most recently completed project, a pair of socks made for a gardener friend of mine.   I had given her a card with one of these little slug guys on it, and as I described my desire to make her a pair of socks (with my crafting urge constantly saying "FEED ME" like Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors I'm always fostering new recipients of my projects), she promptly asked for socks covered in slugs and snails.  

The trickiest part by far was figuring out the "EZ-Shaped Instep" (what I've come to think of as V-sole) because the way I think that knitting directions should be written is often just slightly different from the way they are written.  On future socks I think I would start the V-sole sooner so that it created a little less of a diamond shape in conjunction with the toe.  Speaking of which, the toes came out a little more pointy than I would have liked, (and then the photos in the book lead me to believe they would).  My friend, however, is very appreciative and forgiving and found the point to be a wonderful ergonomic accomidation for her pointer toe.  

These cute little slugs and snails came from the briliant mind of Anna Hrachovec, the patterns are available free on her blog, and the sock pattern is out of Charlene Schurch's book More Sensational Knittend Socks.  These socks were knit on size 2 needles with Kertzer "On Your Toes" and Lana Grossa "Mega Boots Stretch Softcolor".

1/4/2009 05:47:14 am

Oh I'm so glad you've joined the craft blogosphere too! This is so exciting. I'm so hoping that your blog (and Ariel's too) will keep me honest about staying crafty and not letting the Civil War swallow me whole-- which, at the moment, I'm deeply afraid of.

Good luck on this project, cant wait to see what you come up with!

1/4/2009 11:43:45 am

Awesome! Do know that I will be checking in on this every single time I try to procrastinate. You know, in case you needed motivation to write.

1/7/2009 02:54:31 am

I love them. I've been thinking about trying socks again. I'm working on a sweater for my niece's daughter (grand niece?).

Jess Steytler
1/7/2009 03:04:02 am

Good luck maintaining your blog! I love the pattern.

2/23/2009 01:43:19 am

Wonderful work, girl! I never knew you did this kind of thing. Believe it not, it reminds me of learning to knit from my grandmother (yes, a GUY can knit!) using a pair of size 8 needles. I barely managed a potholder. Your socks are awesome and beautiful. Hope all is well with you out there! Deb and Shasta send their love.


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