crafts · finished objects · knitting · Life

FO: Tiny Toes socks, an almost FO, and about houses.

Pattern: My own, basic stockinette socks

Yarn: Interlacements Tiny Toes

Needles: Crystal Palace size 0 dpns

Notes: I could have made them longer!  I always seem to be afraid of running out of yarn on socks, perhaps it is time to try toe up?  I really like the colors of these socks, and the fit is nice.  The heel is a tiny bit big, but I have narrow heels.  Next time I will make them smaller.  I thought the yarn was nice but not exceptional.  I should note that the 2nd skein had two sections that were unevenly spun, resulting in me having to cut the yarn in those places.

Stockinette socks are my new thing!  These didn’t take too long at all, and they are so warm and comfy – just in time for the weather to start cooling down!  Last night we walked to trivia, and it was cool enough for me to wear boots.  I love boots, I would wear nothing else all year if I could get away with it!

My next socks will be either Austermann Step yarn, or Trekking.  The Austermann I salvaged from a failed pair of chevron socks and I really want to make it into socks.

I also finished the main knitting on Juliet (wow, that was fast!) and it is now drying, and awaiting buttons and weaving in the ends.  I usually weave them in before blocking, but I wanted to be absolutely sure of the length before I hid them.  I found some buttons in my grandma’s old button jar, and I can’t wait for it to dry!

My next sweater will be either the CPH or the Tilted duster (I reswatched above, and got gauge on size 8 needles… unfortunately my size 8s are in use, but I can switch some things around!) Marc really was excited about the hoodie, so I might give it a go… but I do love that peruvia, so we will see!

Today we went to the bank to discuss loan pre-approval with our loan officer.  It went pretty well, all things considered, and while we have a few things to do to make our credit score look a bit nicer, all things considered I feel much better.  Not to mention, prices seem to be dropping in the area we are looking, so hopefully we will find something (I don’t have a date in mind, although we were thinking spring for a house, but when something we like comes up that is when we will buy!)

Has anyone got any experience with buying a house without a realtor?  I don’t mean FSBOs either (that’s what we did with the place we live now.)  Marc has friends who bought their house that way, and he really does not want to hire a realtor, but that makes me much more nervous.  I didn’t even think you could buy a house without one… and I am worried that we will not be taken seriously?

Prices in the area we want are so strange too… ranging from really low to crazy high for similar properties.  Of course, since it is a downtown area, the neighborhood varies block to block… but still.

From this house, at the low end of our price range to this house at the high end (the second house is located on a walking court, and I love it. I just want it to be cheaper… and have less wallpaper I would have to remove.  I am a wallpaper hater.)  And then there is this house, which is in a scuzzier neighborhood I suppose, but oh my goodness… I love that house so, so much.

It’s all so exciting!  I have always wanted to own one of those houses!  We were looking to buy one that needed work, but found to our surprise that we can afford one that is already nicer!