Yup, I've been tinking ... that's ripping out the stitches in your knitting for the un-initiated (Read 'knit' backwards). I learned the term from the Yarn Harlot. Very funny lady, definitely recommended reading. But back to the tinking ...
Here's the sock I started a few days ago ... it's sooooo cute, I love the colours ... but take a look at the size! Those are the inch marks you see there on my cutting board! I'm following a pattern from one of the vintage pattern books from ebay. It calls for this particular yarn - Patonyle - it calls for US size 1 needles ... delightful little stiches ... cast on 60 stitches - not out of the ordinary ... and you end up with something that would fit your 5 year old child!
Now, I have skinny legs, but this is insane! Were the women of the 50's so different in the leg department? So I consulted the book I purchased the other day. The same directions for a very similar looking sock. Hmmm ... I didn't make up a sample to check my tension ... probably a fatal mistake. Sooooo I ripped it all apart and used the next size up needle and it's looking much better already. Who knew I was a super tight knitter?
Anyways, I've done about one inch of the new and improved version of the sock, and I imagine I'll get some more done today. It's 40c here today so we're not venturing far from the house. Cam has a birthday party to go to, but he won't be able to go, he's been running a temperature all night, and earlier was ill. He's all medicated up, and I'll just sit with him and have quiet time so all will be well hopefully. There have been all sorts of things going around, so I guess it was only a matter of time before he picked up one of the bugs.
All is quiet here on the quilting front, I am just waiting on a template to come in at the quilt store. It should be here in the next couple of days. I wanted a cute little something to put in the setting squares on the zig zag nine patch quilt. I haven't pinned it yet, I should do it soon. I've just been too lazy. I also haven't worked up the courage to cut into the Lady Liberty fabric yet, but I will do it ... I promise!