One of the day care workers at my girls' centre loved the Newsboy Hat I made for them and asked me to make one for her and she would pay me. I really don't like getting paid for knitting, so I made one for her as a gift. One of the biggest reasons I dont like commission knitting is, I have to be that much careful with the product. However, if it is a gift, those little imperfections are not as big of a deal! I think she was quite surprised when I gave it to her. Yeah!
This is a sock I am making for Chris, using Regia sock yarn. The heel is an after thought heel, and I really like knitting these types of heels. Basically, you knit down to where the heel is, using waste yarn, knit half the total of stitches, go back to the working yarn and re-knit the stitches on the waste yarn. Keep knitting until about 3.5 - 4" short of the total foot length. Decrease for the toe, graft, weave in ends. Now to the heel - take out waste yarn and put stitches on 2 dpns. I knit 35 stitches on the waste yarn, therefore I had 70 stitches to re-arrange onto 3 dpns. Decrease like the toe to, I think 1/3 of the total stitches, graft, weave in ends!
My other WIP - a sock for me using, yet again Regia. I think Regia sock yarn is my all time favorite to knit with. I like the feel of the Fleece Artist sock yarn, however, it is not as durable as the Regia. If I am going to knit a pair of socks, I want them to last longer than 6 months! The FA socks I recently made, now have a freaking hole in the heel. Had I made the after thought heel, I could have unravelled it and re-knit it. Hind sight is 20/20, eh?
I do not have that many pictures from our DR trip, but here is one of them, taking on the last day:
Happy and relaxed. Wish I could say I feel that way now. Lucky me, I have pink eye to deal with. I go from sand and sun to crazy home/work life and pink eye.
Anyhoo - have a good one.