It’s been a crazier week. I worked four days in a row(hardship, I know). However, one of those four days was fourteen hours of dealing cards to customers and ready to go home at twelve hours. We’re hosting our own annual poker tournament late, and I got the shift with the shortest stick. I didn’t draw the shortest stick. However, I still achieved some knitting and quilting in my three day weekend.

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(My Dream Smooshy Yarn…I want to smoosh it…yes, that is now going to be a technical term;-))

First, I made some progress on my Knot socks and got through the first cable repeat. In addition, since I wasn’t untangling recycled denim yarn this Thursday, I actually got to my local yarn shop to cast on the Terpander socks I was planning to start last week. I was planning some other simple socks, but two different pair at a time should be enough socks.

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(My Knot socks…knit according to pattern…so far;-))

I also bought my books for classes and got them a shelf in my craft/work room. In addition, I also got many of the tweaks done on my super-secret(maybe) fantasy quilt and made some fabric decisions as well. I’m supposedly ready for school to start. Okay, not really, as it starts right at the end of my next four day weekend and I return to my second job as it starts, but I have my knitting set up…or so I thought.

Now, let me tell you about what went wrong. I’ve knit the knot socks twice before, so I feel I can knit them relaxed(not quite in my sleep, but relaxed), as for the Terpander…I’ve already had to re-knit. Allow me to explain.

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(One of my early attempts at the toe…it’s hard to see what’s what… More photos next week, I hope.)

I went to the yarn shop. I cast on sixteen stitches as directed. I knit a row, as the first row said to…and I then reviewed the pattern and worked out the increase math. I was supposed to cast on sixteen stitches, eight per side, not sixteen per side for thirty-two total stitches. I had to pull the yarn off and re-knit. Alas, my start looked better than I normally do. We couldn’t have that.

I’m hoping I pay better attention to these socks and don’t have to re-knit them four times or even three, as I love this yarn and want to keep a good relationship with it. So, I can only pick them up when I can give them full potential…You are welcome to stop laughing any time now…

 

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They’re making a simple hair-combing look easy. Perhaps I should know better than to attempt to wind my own yarn. This has whiled away the time on a lazy day for a few hours before. I aim for two, it becomes four…today, I aimed for two to three…eight hours later, I set it aside in search of food.

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(Wondering if Scamp played with this yarn first…)

There is good news: I got the Pussy Willow socks off the two-circular needles-in one piece;-). I now have a wearable pair of socks that I have lost count of how many times I tinked and frog. No need to remind me, guys and gals, really, no need whatsoever. Dear James already has; and ended up buying me a new skein of that dark purple and blue sock yarn I cabled into Knot Socks without a second thought. I want my cables back. He was eager to gift me an easy pattern.

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(They’re off the needles…my happy moment for the week;-))

I missed my appointment to wind on the magic loop for the terpander socks today–due to trying to wind my own yarn. I don’t care what she charges, I’m paying Diane at Apple Tree Lane to wind the cotton yarn on her skiff next time. I don’t know what she charges, but it will be worth it. Most skeins I wind in an afternoon. I woke late at 1 today (prepping for afternoon into late-night work, vs. just late night work.) poured my first coffee and blended my breakfast smoothie, adding oatmeal and blending again.

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My easier pair of happy knitting…

I think I get it. There is something satisfying to untangling a rowdy skein of yarn…but this one makes poker players and middle-school students look well behaved.  Oh, dear, I need to get back to it, someone pour me more wine, please. In the meantime, I’ve gotten through the second row on the knot socks for the first of two new socks….

The big question, make the one with four extra stitches first, or make the standard sock first. The standard pair will be for a gift. Can I get them all knit by Christmas? And take classes? And finish a quilt? Let me quickly change into my Wonder Woman uniform;-)…and once this skein is untangled, let the next set of knitting begin.  Now, wish me luck on the rest of the de-tangling of yarn when I get home tonight;-)

Quilting for knitting…

August 11, 2016

…or knitting for quilting….

DSCN1109.JPG(‘Tis only a matter of time before he’s in the bag of goodies…)

It was my birthday on Tuesday. I celebrated well, like any responsible table games dealer would(no, I did not search whether that was an oxymoron)…alas, I went to Roz’s diner in Rosebush, with my Dear James, his treat…but we’ve wanted to try this. I made plans next year that supercede this one, trust me;-). Roz’s was good. I had the lamb burger. I got out of work at 12:03AM the morning of my birthday(and though I had to be back at 12:15pm to pick my new shift,) I used the early day to prep for the quilt show.

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I received a new sewing machine of my request…I’m not sure what I was thinking when I picked it, but I believe it will work for me. I’ve opened it and looked, but I haven’t used it yet. My quilting may move into the twentieth century….but truly–where would the fun be in that.

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The wool…for the sampler with my quilt guild…
I often remind dear James, as I did tonight, that if the zombie apocalypse happens(and looking at our presidential candidates–it has–i’d rather talk about the silliness of pokemon go), I’ll be in high demand.  As I watch the gymnasts and swimmers on the Olympics and hope they survive their treks through unsafe waters, I can only hope.

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See, there really was knitting this week (and no ripping!)…

In the meantime, I got some knitting done at the quilt show. Then I came home with scores of new fabric(yes, I was lucky enough to shop this year–and well, did what you guys do, right?). We will not discuss budgets…but I didn’t list that all my dreams had come true. (I’m not even sure of all of them some days). But I got more than expected…allow me to show you;-)!

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I know where one of these is going once washed…the other, we’ll see…perhaps the purse…

Oops…I may have gotten a little over-excited there…and there was yarn, but I refrained because, well, budget….and it was a quilt show. Later I may kick myself but I have a stash and I need to finish the purple cabled socks–both pair, and what I’m working on now. Alas, enjoy my goodies and allow me to quietly re-take some photos over here while you enjoy the fun stuff…

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This should be a pretty cool purse, see what I mean;-).

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And Putzer is not shy about it, he just sent Squibby packing…(Squib would rather play with the knitting anyhow)…

Hard-Knitting Socks…

August 5, 2016

or…Heel-to-Toe And Back Again…thankfully, not as far as last time.

So, it was a small amount of ripping…or tinking this week…but I may be working my way to experienced-level tinking. (As soon as I think I’ve got it, I manage to screw something up.)

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How the sock look before I knit the first heel attempt…

I started working the heel turn on two circulars, and soon after had a toe…or some sort of appendage wrap that wasn’t meant to go on my heel, perhaps a duck bill. Sorry friends, no pictures of this, even though it was funny enough for a photo. You’ll have to use your imagination…I swear, next time, there will be pics…but there’s only so much evidence you want floating around the internet;-). DSCN1025

Squib only looks like he’s here for snuggles…

I tinked back to somewhere close (I hope), re-read the pattern when I was less tired (I hope), and made it work for me. This has been one difficult sock. The pattern is well-written, it just requires much attention to detail. I miss cabling. Cabling is so much easier. And for me, dpns are easier as well! I know those can be fightin’ words, but I like my heels on my dpns. They’re easy and comfortable, and I don’t have to go find silver. Though I love Silver’s Sock Knitting Classes and really should utilize her more when using a new or different approach.

Okay, that’s the knitting part, I’m currently a third of the way through the heel work. Let’s hope this stays reasonable and moves back into the regular pattern soon. The good news–class is over. I no longer have to be told how to write by someone else. I no longer have to submit to “You didn’t pay attention to MLA standards” when it was an upload error, not a paper writing error, and if you’d accepted a hard-copy, you’d have seen that. Okay, more wine please…I should be done knitting for the night anyhow. The cats and dogs are demanding my attention.

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In a matter of seconds, Squib will be attacking the extra needle length. However, if I get out the camera, he tends to disappear…

Though I have a leftover story from last week that I forgot to mention. My nieces do tend to make for cuter stories. I’ll come back to them. For last week, I dropped my car off to have it’s traction system checked out last Monday night into Tuesday morning. Of course, I didn’t sleep to my normal time, having my car in the hands of my mechanic–I’ve been highly scarred from previous vehicles. However, when I called the mechanic to check on my car, they told me they’d traced it back to a broken wire.

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Mama, come love me…I might even want a ride in the car…but, aren’t you done on that computer yet?  I want to be loved.

I asked if it was a ten dollar wire or a two-hundred dollar wire. He said they’d have a definite answer for me in thirty minutes. At least he didn’t tell me that was the million dollar question. So, forty-five minutes later(and I refrained from calling again), he told me it was a–wait for it, wait for it…a “left-front pigtail.” I nearly fell out of my writing chair laughing at the term. I resisted the urge to ask him if that was a technical term. I should have–and it probably is. Alas, the left-front pigtail only cost me $125.00 or so, and the end repairs with an oil change came to somewhere close to the $250 I had planned for the tune-up and oil-change. All in all, not a bad day for car repairs.  Anything in the $250.00 range is a gift from the car repair world in my book.

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The socks that need to be hard-wearing for all the tinking I’ve done…

This week, I need to return to these hard-knitting socks(that aren’t that hard, but require attention to detail), to hope they are hard-wearing socks, too. After all the time I spent ripping them out and re-knitting areas, they’re getting worn every time I wear something that matches. Here they are in their current glory.

Oops…I forgot to tell you the latest story about my nieces…I’ll update you next week. For now, they’ve started a secondary Word of the Day subscription and today’s word was scrumptious…I’m wondering what Jessica was cooking up;-).