The Ides Have It

Anything this close to St. Patrick’s Day can’t be gloom and doom-ish.  For me, the Ides of March seem to be foreshadowing new friends and new knitting skills.  No Roman Senate for me… 

Rosanne and I met early and arrived at the River City Knitters meeting in plenty of time.   It’s a very friendly, welcoming group, and we’re already signed up for a guild KAL, the retreat at Graves Mountain Lodge next month, and I am headed to Knitpicks to buy the Sock Wizard just as soon as I finish telling you about it and its sister software, for sweaters, stitch motifs, and more.  (That was our educational topic.  I was impressed, and might even try a sweater one day if alterations are that easy.)  Oh – and if you haven’t seen the new colorways of Felici, rush over and check out the front page for the best view!

Oh – the software.  Knitting Software  has quite the line of things to make it easier to knit.  I’m excited about the sock software because I’m a sock goober, and no designer.  This will allow me to take any pattern and figure out rather precisely how much yarn I need, or slip in a short-row heel, or make a cool pattern toe-up on one circular needle (hem, hem)…  We got to see it at work this morning, and it is simple, without neglecting the details.  Seriously, I already have a shopping cart at Knitpicks with that and two colorways of Felici ready to go…

I carried my socks and Clappy (got to see a finished Clapotis up close and in person – yay!), but poor Clappy stayed in my tote.  The good news is my socks will be done before bedtime tonight, ready to be gifted on Monday.  Phew!  For once, I’m ahead of my deadline with room to spare.  I’ll talk more about this whole two at once via Magic Loop when it is a FO, however I did do each heel separately, and then had trouble getting everything synchronized again, but I figured it out!   A couple more inches, another inch of ribbing, and I’ll bind off.

Imagine my surprise when I pulled my socks out of their cute bag and I had a surprise!  

Somehow, with all of my ooohing and ahhhing when it arrived, I missed that great little button.  I was afraid both socks and two balls of Wick wouldn’t fit in the small bag, but it did, no problem at all!  I really adore this bag. 

I couldn’t resist “Drama Queen” by the afternoon speaker, Colleen Davis, mother of the president of our guild.   By the time we learned of the session, it was full, but luckily, she shared several pieces during “show and tell” at the end of the meeting.  Maybe this will inspire me to actually knit a sweater… 

These next shots are for Mary, but the rest of you can look if you wanna’.

 Sissy, the reluctant model in the 16″, which fits perfectly with no stretch, but will be worn by Mugsy, also seen in the 16″ below.  The 17″ is just a tiny bit loose, but not so much that it will be a problem.  Her big ol’ melon head will keep it from coming off.  The 18″ is a bit big for now, but so little so that I think that’s the size for the future.

(Please note that while the Princess cared not to pose pretty for the camera during her own shoot, she couldn’t let the Prince have a moment alone.)  Neither dog minds wearing bandannas at all, and while Mugsy only has to wear them to humor me on holidays, Sissy is going to wear a bandanna regularly to help with that very wet basset mouth she’s developing.  Sigh…

For those of you still reading along, this is the 18″ sample.  It’s reversible.  I’m really crazy about the elastic, slip-on version, with no loose ends for Sissy to chew on and/or untie.  I believe once my test dummies     dogs give these the paws up, which we’re doing now, Mary might be talked into making them for others after she finishes making Princess a wardrobe fit for a queen.  

So, I’m a real knitter now, with a guild card and everything.  It was another great Saturday with Rosanne, meeting other knitters, and now, I must make it up to Sissy.  She doesn’t believe she should EVER be separated from me, and I have to turn around in about two hours and go have dinner with the Knight and his crew.  If she’ll snuggle while I knit, I can finish the pediwicks…

13 comments on “The Ides Have It

  1. KSee says:

    Glad to hear that the guild is a good thing to join. You know you can knit the heels two at a time. Did the book say not too? I only have done short row heels so maybe it is different with other types of heals. Love the doggies scarves. A bib for Sissy, lol

  2. Bubblesknits says:

    Oh! Mary did a great job on those! I had a feeling that you were the special friend that they were for. 🙂 I wonder if I could get my cats to wear one. SNOL

  3. Wendy says:

    Is anyone else having problems with viewing photos on blogs lately? Or is it just me?

  4. Glad you’re happy with your new guild and friends…hope your pocketbook is up to this relationship, too! (grin…so many enablers) The royal family look very fine in their new holiday attire.

  5. Mary says:

    Oh Congrats on joining the guild!
    Your socks look great too, but then they always do.
    I finally got my 1 done (anklet) but want to do the other one so I have a pair to show..lol
    Oh, the pups look great in the scarfies…so 16-17 it is. I’ll email ya later 🙂

  6. holly says:

    Those scarfs are precious. I am so glad you are having so much fun with your knitting friends.

  7. Amanda says:

    I’m glad you had a good time out with the guild!

  8. Anita says:

    The socks look awesome! I actually did a little knitting today believe it or not! ha ha!

    The puppies look dashing in their kerchiefs! 🙂

    I actually have that sweater program, while it seems really simple to create a pattern I must say that I’ve never actually used it. I keep finding already made patterns that I want to do! Ok, I admit it, I’m a pattern ho! *snicker* Not to mention a yarn ho, a needle ho, heck seems as if I’m just a ho all around! ha ha!

  9. gaylen says:

    Little Missy you are quite the enabler! While I don’t quite have the pattern software in my shoping cart – I am jonesing for that sock yarn. I love that stuff!! There are at least 3 of the new colors that I have to have.

    The pups look too cute for words in their spiffy new necklaces. I wonder if that would keep drool to a minimum at my house?

    Glad you had a good time with the guild. g

  10. nichole says:

    Oh I’m glad you enjoyed the guild… and lookie there, you got an official member card (and another tape measure… do they know about Sissy? ha ha) already! YEAH.
    Love the socks – you’re inspiring me to finally try Magic Loop… and more importantly, 2 at a time!
    LOVE the bandanas… I’m loving the elastic, no tie thing too…

  11. Dianne says:

    I’ve toyed with the idea of getting the Sock Wizard software, but haven’t taken the plunge yet. I’ll be anxious to see what you do with it! That’s assuming that you still have time for socks after you take the spinning class…. 🙂

  12. sounds like you’ve found yourself a good guild. a knitting retreat? SO JEALOUS!

  13. Nancy says:

    well, look at you, all guilded out! that is awesome, I’m glad you found it. I love your pedisocks, and Wick sounds nice. Something I’ve not tried yet. Mary did a great job with those bandanas!

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