Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter Memories

I can't remember when exactly this happened, but I know it was before 1946 when I informed mother that she could color the Easter eggs before I went to sleep because I didn't believe in the Easter Bunny (Osterhase) any longer.  So this must have occurred before the French and Americans came through the neighborhood.  It most likely happened on Easter Monday of 1943 or 1944.

One of my mother's sisters, my cousin who was 10 years older than I, and my mother took me on an Easter egg hunt.  There was only one rule:  If I found an egg, I had to show it to them and then put it back so other children could find it also.  I would be able to keep the last egg for myself.  Off we went into the Forest for a walk and Easter egg hunt.  I eagerly ran back and forth searching for eggs, finding one, showing it to my aunt Agnes and mother and then putting it back for another child to find and, then, on to finding the next one.  The afternoon went by quickly and when I was tired from looking for all the eggs, I was able to keep the last one.  I never questioned the fact that all the eggs I found were the same color and that my cousin was not to be seen anywhere.  I had too much fun.  It only occurred to me later in life that there were no other children and that my cousin hid the same egg over and over again so I could look for it.

Some years later, when food was more plentiful, another cousin and I colored several eggs with various colors with the last one dipped into every color we had used.  This work of "art" was for my uncle.  That year we hid it in the kitchen lamp shade.  My uncle being a good sport went through every room in the apartment looking hither and yon until he "found" it. 

Now this was fun.

A happy Easter Holiday to everyone. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

More short-row socks

And another pair has gone into the donation box.  This one was knit on 2.75mm needles with 6 ply ONLine Supersocke Wellness II Color.  I really like this colorway, but the eyes didn't like it all that much.  The leg is knit back and forth sideways and closed with a 3 needle bind-off on the outside of the sock.  Then stitches are picked up for both the heel and the foot and the cuff.  The cuff is different from the pattern shown in the booklet since I needed to make the leg longer.  I added the stockinette and garter stitch sections.  I also made the 2x2 cuff longer.  The pattern is again by Ulrike Brueggemann from "Twist-Socken stricken" or translated "Knitting Short Row Socks."

 Oops, I just noticed the little gap.  Will have to fix that.


By the way, that dirty white stuff is snow piled up from plowing.  It's not quite as high now as when I took the photos. 

Knit on, merrily!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

More socks

I have always a car project going; these are usually socks.  It keeps me from being too much of a backseat driver.  These are called "Voeges Indische Rauten" or "Voege's Indian Diamonds."  Somehow I came across it on the Internet.  A search shows that the pattern has been knit multiple times, but no one seems to know who Voege is.  The pattern exists of a chart only.  Each pattern repeat is conveniently 15 stitches, so a 60 stitch sock is easily knit. If you don't like yarn overs, you can knit the yarn overs through the back loop on the next row, but be warned:  it will most likely take another repeat to make it fit the average foot.  The pattern is easily memorized, so it's ideal for knitting in places where charts are not convenient.  As the chart symbols are in German, here is a translation for those who would like to download the chart. 

1/2 = purl 2 tog.
1/3= purl 3 tog.
U = Yarn over
O =  purl
-  = knit

I used hand-dyed sock yarn in an antique gold color.  Dyer, as always, is my daughter Angela.  Needle size was 2.25 mm.  Recipient will be a youngsternin one of the two Kazakhstan orphanages to which the founder of Motherless Child Foundation delivers each December about 500 pairs of socks. Face Book link is here .

Cuff, heel and toe to your liking. 

Knit on Merrily!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Third pair of short-row socks

This pattern is called Criss-Cross (Kreuz & Quer).
Yarn: ONLine Supersocke 100 Flower Color and some deep purple hand-dyed by daughter.
Needles: 2.25 mm
Recipient:  All three pairs are designated for the Kazakhstan orphanages.


Knit on, Merrily!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Second pair of short-row socks

Name of socks: Auf den Wellen or On Top of the Waves by Ulrike Brueggemann. 
Yarn: Regia World Circus and Regia 4 ply
Needles: My trusted inexpensive metal needles, size 2.25 mm
The white in the windshield is a reflection of snow. The piles are now officially taller than 5'2" (i.e. me) and it all fell in February.  Geesh enough already. 


Knit on, Merrily!