Class ended. I got an A-, though I got an A on the research proposal. I’m quite pleased with that grade;-). I wish it had been an A, but I can’t be perfect all of the time.

However, when class ends, the social schedule opens up. I needed this and I needed the break…but I look back on this week, recall the floods that happened Thursday night into Friday morning in neighboring towns(thank goodness) that washed out roads and stalled out cars.

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The front of the Terpander Socks…I got two rows completed Monday before I gave up and napped…I hope they’re right…

It has been a crazy weather week, and us Michiganders who think nothing beats us…who think, it’s only 6-8” of snow…it’s still not a full foot, we can keep going…have learned a lesson about rain. En mass, in force, water is a force to be reckoned with, and some roads will take months to repair, no matter how much we need them. Some of them have spans that would make the Dukes of Hazard detour. It’s been a rough week. I drove my sister-in-law to work Friday and loaned her my car to get home providing that she pick me up after work. She managed to make it on her own Saturday and Sunday, thankfully.

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Back side of the latest “Two rounds at a time” socks…or Terpander

Then I dutifully got sick Monday. I even called in to work. I made it in through two days of flooding. I wasn’t going to keep going in not feeling well. I felt most guilty about not getting knitting or quilting done. I tried…but I could not concentrate. So I read and slept the day away. Tuesday, I felt just well enough to make a potluck treat and make it to a Quilt Guild Pot Luck meeting. I had fun, saw some lovely quilts and received feedback on a charity quilt I made. It needs more ties…but that stories on the Quilting Journeys page.

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Putzer is enjoying the high-life as he’s hi-jacked my knitting photo pillow…He thinks I owe him a two-handed full-body massage as well…

Wednesday…Tie-dye party. I wish I’d pulled out my camera, but I was trying not to get the dye all over me…trust me, this is a specialty I have to work around…but I had more quilting to do.  So, I didn’t want to play remove dye all night…though lotion, followed by rubbing alcohol, followed by lotion helped a lot. (I’m boycotting dishes right now…it’s my week off). So, what’s this got to do with knitting…apparently, it’s what I was thinking I’d get to, while I did other plans.

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I really wanted to be further along…

Tonight, I was going to knit, and I got to it…but first I had to take my dad his father’s day gift…(my nephew held a graduation party on Father’s day, so we decided he would wait till this week, due to our schedules). Then my niece demanded I and/ or invited me to join her at a carnival at work…right away. I made her wait, but she was not partaking in the tie-dye party last night, so I went to spend some time with her. I took the knitting, but it’s hard to knit these patterns at a carnival (and it was getting dark out). I know, excuses, excuses…

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But, it’s knitting up nice…I just hope the yarns start inter-playing more as I knit on…they should, or I will have to re-think this sock…

So, I came home to make food and knit. And I completed one more round of rows, which I began Tuesday, I think. I have such high hopes for this yarn…I’m hoping the next round will take this sock to the more fun place I think it will go. In the meantime, here it is…check them out.

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Guess it’s time to make progress on these babies…

One problem with traveling knitting and car repairs, is that you may find yourself uncertain where you left that bright bag…and how anyone could miss it. The question is likely, “Whose car is it in?” My boyfriend picked me up when I needed a tow within minutes of leaving the repair shop. (It was a different issue, but these guys were lucky they were my favorite mechanics this week). However, I’m in debt for my car now, and am grateful for my knitting stash, as it will be some time before I can buy more yarn.

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…once my research proposal has been submitted…

In the meantime, I have to wait for my semi-observant friends to find my knitting bag, or return to the Library(at school, twenty minutes away), where no one has turned in such a bag yet. What gets me though, is you really can’t miss this bag. It’s bright pink. It’s not big, but it’s bright for a reason.

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Research proposal helpers…

Also makes me wonder what my youngest niece is up to…she may require a pair of socks just to return the bag…um, I can find a cute pair for six dollars, that may be workable. Let’s pray she’s not specific or I’ll be learning how fast I can knit up vanilla latte socks next week.

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What my research life has looked like this week, when not waiting for a tow truck…

I was going to show you the latest and greatest knitting I’ve been doing. I snuck some time in one evening this week(I don’t even remember which evening) to mutter over the new pattern and wonder what the heck I’m doing. It’s an experience. But it looks like it has to wait until the knitting is returned to me. And my youngest niece is too much a novice to work the pattern right, not that she would keep it. However, if it’s in her mom’s car, she may decide to practice on it.

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Pre-car adventures…my dad playing frisbee at my nephew’s graduation…

For now, I can just wait until it’s found and regale you of pictures of most of what my week looked like. The research proposal is due Friday, by midnight. I go to work at 6:00PM. It will be submitted before then, even if the dogs keep trying to help. In the meantime, my sister-in-law hasn’t seen the bag….now to ask the boyfriend to check the back of the loaner car…then to return to the library last week. I have another project to work on…but let’s see how long I can go without knitting on these socks…

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Dear James playing frisbee at my nephew’s graduation…I got in a throw or two, but had to man the camera as well…

Oh, and then there was the graduation party for my oldest nephew this week (simply high school). It’s been a busy week. But I still have photos…just not many of knitting. Then I decided to recheck my backpack…and under the research proposal documents and textbook…I found that simple but bright bag of knitting…I hope your week is far less eventful. But really, who could miss this bag, except me…(I’m hoping for better photos of the yellow next week…

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The latest knitting in the mandrake colorway by String Theory Colorworks in the Slip-n-slide pattern by Chrissie Gardner…check this out: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/slip-n-slide

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…or more green to give you a true idea of the pattern…I might play with flash when I’m not under a deadline as well…Happy Knitting, my friends. May your vehicles behave.

…until I actually tried them on…

But they’re finally done! And off the needles…and they’re not going back on until I finish two more pair of socks. Here’s why: While I love purple, this pattern has been knit by me four times. Four times is generally my limit. However, the sock is a little snug on my foot. So, sometime in the fall it’s likely going to revisit these needles and obtain an extension. I have plenty of yarn left(that I was planning to make the base for another pair of socks to come, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens in the meantime. I should still have plenty left over.

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You can see where they’re just a little tight…

However, I have not cast on the next pair yet. I picked them out, and I’m going with the simplest challenge possible. Simplest in that it uses one pair of needles and yarn I have on hand. So, next week you’ll get to meet the Slip-n-Slide socks by Chrissy Gardiner. These, too, are from Ann Budd’s Sock Knitting: Master Class book.

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But they’re finally shown on someone’s feet.

I’m using String Theory colorworks yarn in the Mandrake color way and hoping for some fun playfulness in this combination of pattern and sock yarn. In the meantime, I need to get back to the books and write a research proposal and figure out some Bridge stitches and Small Smock and Large Smock stitches to name a few of the new stitches I will be working.

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I still love these colors…I’m going to love wearing them with my purple turtleneck… And, the pillowcase was hand-made by my dear Aunt Maryal…she couldn’t have picked a better style….

Let’s hope I’m still in love with this idea next week once I get started;-). Until then, fellow knitters, May your knitting be frog free and your tangles be few.

What did I get done this week? More than expected actually, I think. Let me explain…mistakes first…. At the ball game, people don’t get the “I’m knitting a complicated row here, don’t talk to me,” glare really well. Perhaps they think it’s normal that I mutter to my knitting, and I do try to remain polite and not scare the kids. So, later in the week, when I picked up my socks, I noticed a problem with the last knot.

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Can you tell? I’ll be able to a little, but I think they’ll feel similar….

Then I held the internal debate, Do I leave it and pretend no one will notice? Or Do I rip it out and start again…so many rows, and I have an exam and a research paper due this week. Sounds busy, right? Well, I didn’t do quite enough studying for the exam, as I thought I needed articles for this paper. I didn’t. Alas, next time I have a better strategy. So I got a solid B on my exam…I chose not to hate it today. However, I got feedback on my first research paper, and while the bias is strong with this one…I got 58/60…That’s like 96.67% –woo-hoo…I hope the next two are just as good;-), and hopefully not as biased, but really, who thinks swearing makes one look more credible? I survived my two point hit for bias, much better than I did the B on the exam…if only I’d listened to my first instincts.

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So, the forever debate…finish them or re-do the end to make it right…

Okay, so, again, two steps forward, one step back…I’m still a few points away from that elusive A. However, on the socks, I knew I’d know, and I thought they might feel different, so I started tinking… (makes me think of old men tinkering under the hood of the car). And with tinking back a few rows comes re-knitting the pattern. Want to know what else I screwed up, the tinking. I didn’t go all the way back to the lifeline. I thought I could fudge it since the pattern lets me know where I’m at. I tinked back to row 14 of 20. Except the problem was in row 13 as well as 15.

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So glad no one is around when I knit these!

It’s firm now, I’ll take an A- on the socks. They’re staying and here’s why. I simply didn’t seem to cable row 13 at all. It only changes the pattern a little and looks like it will feel similar. However, I just knit the last row of the chart, and the guilt is stepping in…let’s see how a photo looks. I’ll post next week whether I took another step back or if I just purged forward. Besides, I’m running out of colors…okay, not really.

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We’re getting there…soon I’ll have more alone time for these babies…

Speaking of color, time to update on the Terpander socks, I got four rows done last week….I’m still not sure how this happened…and I’ll get more time to finish them soon as I had a class cancelled…and once I determined I could use the extra grant money to pay for fall classes, I said, “Yeah, Summer!”

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Decided I needed flowers this week…the shade didn’t want to show all the beauty though…I’ll have to find a better way to snap these pics…

So, it’s almost summer, which means time to plant a patio container garden. (I am not starting a container gardening blog…no matter how much “free” time I’ll have coming up…there’s knitting, sewing, quilting, writing…you get the picture, I won’t be truly “free.” Alas, the container garden is in process…check these babies out…we’ll see what I can identify. Stay posted, there’ll hopefully be more.DSCN2244 (2)

Yes, that’s German Chamomile(the tall one), Cosmos(the pink open one) drinking up sunshine, and Pansies hanging out everywhere but looking at the camera…Then there is a Begonia or two in there.  I do love Begonias.

Soon, I get to cast on another pair of socks. Perhaps I’ll set up a vote next week, perhaps I’ll surprise you;-).

Seventh Inning Stretch

June 2, 2017

..that’s right, it’s that time of year again; Baseball season…if you hadn’t guessed. But it’s America’s pastime and full of tradition. Mid-michigan Big Brothers Big Sisters held one of their annual traditions of attending the Great Lakes Loons game. In the infamous words of Alabama, in “The Cheap Seats” …I don’t often listen to country anymore, but one cannot deny this song or Alabama.

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…getting there…without mustard or relish(though both went on the brat for dinner.)

“We like our dogs with mustard and relish.

We got a great pitcher what’s his name.

Well we can’t even spell it.

We don’t worry about the pennant much.

We just like to see the boys hit it deep.

There’s nothing like the view from the cheap seats.”

 

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Creating a tradition…

Okay, we get box seats, and there’s no beer as it works best that way, but we have a good time, and wait…oh, you’re here for knitting…I’m getting to that. I took the knitting along. The knot sock is in the last repeat of the pattern and I’ll start knitting the toes then. With the exception of the national anthem (Which you stand for because it’s America, it’s tradition, and if you don’t…someone has a bat or glove nearby to ensure you’re standing or unable to. This is not a bitch about someone’s freedom to be a jerk, though I fought for that freedom…but they have bats, just sayin’)…okay, back to the knitting. The sock takes on a life of its own at this point, and I knit through most of the first half of the game till I got hungry.

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Terpander socks….one day, these will hit their own seventh inning stretch…)

It wasn’t a great game….but it was close. Let’s just say we were entertained. Later, my little and I went shopping and we got matching baseballs as our souvenirs. We each spend ten dollars and come away with a ball and a case(and her grandma supports this–thank goodness–last time she abandoned tradition for a first). If you’re raised on baseball, you learn not to ignore tradition. I’m just realizing how much I was likely raised on baseball…and my grandpa would kick my butt if I disrespected the game.

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More Terpander socks…or the backside, which is almost as pretty as the front…

Alas, there really was knitting, in public, at the game. There are no photos. Next time, I’ll have Mariah take one…she’s good at it, most of the time. She snuck a good surprise pick of a friend she’s met through the group.

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Beginning patio garden….from left…peas, weed/flower(hey, it’s surviving), your guess is as good as mine…echinacea (Hopefully, possibly in the heart coffee mug), and Calla Lily in purple in the back…

But you’re here for the knitting, so you thought, but now you want to take your knitting to the ball game…(do it, I dare ya; it’s another traditional pastime). But there was some other knitting I snuck in this week…I even made a special trip to get the photos, because how can you not love these socks… They’re gonna need a new shirt to go with them soon, just so I have another excuse to wear them(once fall sets in…). But they have 47 more rows to go before the ribbing…so, at two to four rows a week, these are mainly approaching they’re seventh inning stretch…though sometimes they need it more;-).

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Pumpkins which will not be defeated….this should get interesting…

Oh, and for the heck of it, here’s some of the patio garden recently planted. Wait till you see the piece d’resistance… We planted pumpkin seeds…prolific pumpkin seeds…and half of them laughed in the face of the lawn service’s weed whacker.