Saturday, December 09, 2006


Originally uploaded by sockhoppers.

***GUEST PET: This is my pal Groucho. He's a 19 year old Yellow Nape Amazon who was born in Kansas City. We found him when he was ten weeks old, a tiny round bundle of feathers too young to perch or crack open sunflower seeds.

To say I adore his every feather is an understatement. I mean, he greets me in the morning with a cheery, "Good morning, Sweetheart" and an occasional "Shiver me timbers."

See the towel stuffed under the ottoman? That's to keep parrots from disappearing under the furniture. The old furniture was a tad higher and we had to sweep parrots out from under the sofa a few times a day.***

I designed a pair of wrist warmers.

I'll pause while the amazingness of that statement sinks in. I'm not saying I reinvented the wheel or anything. I'm not saying that there aren't a bushelful of modifications I need to/want to make on the next pair but I did it and it worked.

Pix tomorrow but the gist of it is as follows:

42 stitches
K2P2 ribbing for 5 rows
Switch to the faux cable from the Simply Splendid Socks in SOCKS SOCKS SOCKS
Continue until you feel like doing a buttonhole thumb
Continue in pattern for another inch
Then do 10 rows of K2P2 ribbing

I'll show you the places where the above really doesn't work when I post the photos but right now I feel like the love child of Elizabeh Zimmerman and Barbara Walker.

(It doesn't take much to make me a happy knitter.)


Blogger Fran Baker said...

Oooh, I'm going to try that pattern, Barbara. Thanks for sharing it. Can't wait to see pix and hear what didn't work exactly right.

10:14 AM  
Blogger Cindi Myers said...

Barbara, Groucho is adorable! Can't wait to see the pictures of your wrist warmers.

4:02 PM  

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