Saturday, November 10, 2007

We've got knitting!

My, my, my, I was busy yesterday.

Finished the other fingerless glove; if electric rates skyrocket as heating oil rates have, I'll be in tall cotton [an expression my husband is fond of saying]. Our house is all-electric, all-the-time, and the heat pump we had installed a couple years ago has saved us tons o' bucks. And we're pretty warm. But you never know; it's always good to have a little hand protection in case this economic slowdown turns into a full-blown recession. Which I fully expect to happen. I'm not an economist, nor do I play one on television. I'm just saying.

I wish, though, that there was a way to just wear the finger part of gloves. My fingertips get colder than my wrists, especially when I'm running! Finger puppets, maybe? Heh.

And the stockings for my son and his family are finally done.

Well, almost done. I have to figure out how to put each of their names on the cuffs. I looked at metal alphabet letters in the scrapbooking section at JoAnne's yesterday, but couldn't figure out how to attach them. I'm not sure hot glue would hold up. I might try "writing" their names with strung beads, which I can sew on fairly invisibly. Any other ideas? I tried Swiss darning a letter on the swatch I felted and it looked horrible. I'm a knitter, not an embroiderer.

Lessee … oh, yeah, I rowed for 45 freakin' minutes yesterday morning. I was a sweaty little puddle when I was done, and my arms were aching last night. My feet are feeling better; the blister on my left foot is almost entirely healed. I'm hoping the pin-prick pain I feel on the callus on my right foot goes away if I just stop running for a while.

A full slate of college football today, and my needles are empty. And today is Designated Rest Day. We can relax and enjoy the competition, since WVU won their game Thursday night. But I'd better find a knitting project or I'll be forced to resort to something like decluttering or dusting while the games are on.

The horror.


jeannie crockett said...

Hi, Debbi.

Why don't you just knit a long strip of the green (in stockinette stitch), felt it, and cut out the letters and sew them on. The felted knit won't ravel, and even if the letters aren't perfectly even they'll that handmade charm.


Mary Christine said...

I made felted Christmas stockings for my granddaughters a few years ago. I embroidered their first initials on the cuff... very ornately. It looks pretty.

Lori said...

Debbi, those are beautiful. I don't have any suggestions for the names. I know what kind of embroidery stitch I would do that's easy but I can't describe it exactly. It's like a stockinette stitch when it's done.

45 minutes is pretty damn impressive! You know, you're doing one thing that I'm always hearing: shaking things up.

Great job!

denise said...

The stocking looks great. Would it be possible to do a cross-stitch name on it? I'm sure you could stitch it another fabric and then sew the fabric piece on, but I'm not sure how that would look. Cross-stitch is the only thing I know how to do, so it's the only suggestion I can make.

Of course, I'm supposed to be learning to knit. I did finish a cotton dishcloth for my mother, but apparently it was too thick and heavy to be practical...oh well.

Lori said...

Denise, why couldn't it be a potholder? :-)

denise said...

Interesting idea, Lori. I don't think it's quite thick enough for that. And, being cotton I don't think it would turn away the heat well enough for anything really hot. I need to find a real pattern, I think, instead of just straight knitting.

Of course, my mother thought it was neat that I made it even if she doesn't seem to be using it, so it was still worth it in the end.