…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.

…lack of knitting, that’s what! (It’s hard to not complain when you are not knitting!)…

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Current progress on the sock (that I hadn’t knit all week).

Allow me to explain…Friday and Saturday I work…little knitting happens on workdays, unless I knit in the wee hours of the morning. I try not to knit tired. Sunday, I packed for a quilt retreat, got the laundry done and planted plants with my Little, Mariah, and coached her on painting  the second coat….and studied…I was trying to be a good girl. Monday, I drove two hours north to one of the prettiest bridges in the world, the Mighty Mac…also known as the Mackinac (pronounced Mack-in-aw) Bridge, set up my sewing space, and proceeded to pull out my niece’s quilt–because it just needed to get done. I also put in time to finish the current chapter I was reading for homework. Go Me, so I thought.016

The view from our Hotel Window…it doesn’t get much better than this…(For the record, Missing puppies and kitties and Dear James or not; NO, I didn’t want to come home!)

Tuesday, I sewed and sew-cialized(socialized for those who need help with sewing puns), and cooked dinner in a new way. Dinner came out good. I even made enough progress to finally show the quilt at show and tell on Tuesday night. June(the leader of the group) told us to get our machines smokin’ for the remainder of the night. My machine then took exception(it had been working on puttering through embroidery stitches much of the day), and required a few clean outs….I think I managed not to swear out loud. I also took the time to buy a pattern and some fabric to make it(and enough for leftovers as there was a sale).

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(I missed these big guys…who are waiting patiently for a Kong(tm) treat.)

Wednesday, I got up too early after staying up late on Tuesday(our last night together) to sew on the charmed twister bag and got through the second side panel. Then I needed to play with “DecorBond” (brand name for really stiff interfacing). Then I remembered my inability to follow patterns, directions and rules in general. So I packed it up, and toured Mackinaw city for a bit, failed to find another fabric shop(which may have saved my budget, but I found puppy stuff–so maybe not). I came home wanting a nap, and to play with the new computer…except the new block of the month and chapter were out for my Murder Mystery Quilt 2017 hosted by Deborah Christy Moebes.  So, tried to install my printer…it didn’t go well. After attempt number two, I gave up and went to my sister-in-law’s for a bonfire with herself and my nieces. I probably should have gone to bed for a nap(but naps throw off my schedule and are tougher to pull off than they sound). I had a beer and took a breather.

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I think they got more treats than we did(well, kind of….Zeus-y finally gets to catch a squirrel;-)…

And still, no knitting. I have little excuse too. I had it with me. When I was talking to my sewing friends, I could have pulled out my knitting at any time and added a row or two(the worst that would happen is I’d put the cables in the wrong places–nothing I haven’t done before.

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Briannag loves her Kong(tm) treat!

So, my excuseless self came home Wednesday night to finish the studying I should have done on Tuesday, and attempt the practice exam I had scheduled for today at 3:00PM. I did terrible on the practice exam, so I decided I’d better review some more, as I worked and hoped to sort out the financial aid to keep this stress loop going. (Mainly because I want to finish sooner than later). So far, the school cash flow looks only rocky for the next two years instead of like tough or insurmountable mountains I haven’t yet learned how to climb.

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Zeus-y loves his Kong(tm) treat too…

Alas, I got though the exam today (with an “A”), did not get to bring home the other computer as planned and decided that part of the problem this week was not enough knitting. So, I sat down tonight, and said studying can wait a bit(it was going to anyways), and decided to knit a few rows. Here’s to the end of The first foot repeat and moving on to the second…we’re getting there…just not as quickly as I’d like;-). In the meantime, I even remembered the lifeline…see;-)…

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I even learned how to use “Backlighting” on my camera…we’ll call that productive enough for today.

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P.S. How exciting! Apparently this is post 200!

 

There was really knitting. There was also studying and sadness-some related to the studying, some related to life events. I wrote up a “Pre-blog” post earlier this week when I needed a break, as grief is a beast that rears it’s ugly head eight years later as you are heading straight for finals week. I refuse to wallow, however, but I did allow myself a good cry on Sunday as I realized it was part of the funk I’ve been feeling/pushing aside lately. My mother passed away after complications due to a stroke(and generally being unhealthy) eight years ago this past weekend.

I’d finally gained formal acceptance into the motherless daughter club, only to find I wasn’t sure I wanted it. Well meaning friends and acquaintances said things like, “When my mother passed, I realized I could no longer call her to ask for a recipe.” They meant well, but I haven’t had that since my grandma passed on in my twenties. I learned to make my own recipes or use those handy books I collect to collect dust on my shelves. In the meantime, Let me just say, I’m avoiding most stores for the next two weeks, and I’ll make through dinner with dear James’ mom like a peach. It just won’t feel easy until it’s half over.

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Alas, progress report. I know you guys come here for the knitting. In the meantime, thanks for listening about my mom. Some days are harder than others. Same with knitting, right? Dear James has been instructed not to talk to me if he comes over and finds me working on these babies:-).

Terpander Socks (I hope these aren’t the photos I shared last week, I’ll get better ones to put up…right now I need to relax and take a true break).

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Almost makes me miss my dpns…but look!

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I got the heel turn done and formed this little cup, then I began the periscope of shaping the gusset. I’m ¾ of the way through the first repeat of the pattern as well. I love a little freedom, even if I have extra homework to start as I should be finished. But I got 100% on my Research Methods quiz! So, that’s my happy thought of the day.

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And tonight, I got to see my nephew play two characters in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The kids did a good job with it. I had a good time watching it. In the meantime, my dear knitters, keep those needles flying!

Knitting in Public…

April 27, 2017

…while making short progress. I did it! I got the darned paper done. It might even be a good paper. I hope it’s a good paper. I constantly feel as if my grade is suffering in this class. I often feel like my grades are suffering (especially if I don’t have a cushy, solid A that lets me fail the final exam and still obtain a B in the class). Alas, I hope it’s enough to get me a better grade, but I likely won’t know until I take the final anyways, so I’llst have to wait and see. Yes, Finals week is coming up. So, what’s a girl to do?

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Look, look, it’s almost a periscope!

She takes her knitting to the pub to wait for friends to share a couple of beers and enjoy some karaoke(How does one spell Karaoke?). My former sister-in-law got up and sang. I haven’t found a good song that matches my voice since I got up and tried Martina McBride’s “When God Fearing Women Get the Blues,” while I did a stint in the Navy. (This song doesn’t even come close to matching my voice or style, by the way). There shouldn’t have been enough beers in my system then and there weren’t enough beers in my system now to get up and give a song a memorably bad rendition of singing. We’ve considered Toby Keith to match my voice, but I don’t really listen to country much, and there are only a few of his I would be okay with doing. I may have to get up and do classic rock, one of the ones where people are guaranteed to join you in the singing.

I’m willing to perform, the singing voice is another matter. I’ve heard it can be trained, I’m just not sure how that’s going to work;-).

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The front view and right side up!

However, I ran into work friends, and figured out which ones were chatty and which were downright affectionate with a couple of beers in them. I also made some memories with my friends(who are both former sisters-in-law–they divorced my brothers, not me;-)). So, I finally got to the part where I get to turn the heel(I might even get that part done today if I keep at it), and I snuck in two more rows of the Terpander socks this week.

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The back view, upside down…(yes I know there are rotation buttons, but I’m going between kindle and laptop, so forgive the technical difficulties, Please;-)).

So, progress has been made, but I really need to get back to the studying I’ve neglected in favor of progress;-) and nights out with friends where I knit to the heel turn (while waiting, I might add).

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Now to pick up stitches and get on with this bad girl, just in time for summer;-)…
Now, for the update. I did get some studying done, but I had time before class and diligently worked on the heel turn, simply choosing to move my knitting bag very carefully since the stitches would be straddling two needles the entire time. I got it finished this evening with only a few more minutes of effort and I still have time to study that chapter and review the next over the week…Wish me luck on finals and summer classes(possibly).  We’ll find out whether I’m studying or knitting and quilting and working on a book this summer.

Trying Too Hard…

April 13, 2017

It dawned on me this week, after completing a quilt top and beginning another, and printing off directions for the next block of the 2017 Murder Mystery Quilt (come look over here,) that I had considerably neglected my knitting.

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This sock says…”Get back to reality…”

What’s a poor girl (who should be studying her Abnormal Psych book) to do? Why, knit, of course! I started out knitting my knot socks this morning–only three more rows until the heel. I can make this! After 2 rows, reality set in…(after all, I only complete 1-2 rows a day at school), and I realized I may not wish to set up a heel row as my instructor is handing out language tasks at the beginning of class. I decided to set it aside.

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This sock said, “Go ahead, it’s still ‘sweater weather.”

Then I remembered some darning I needed to complete. So, I got out the socks to darn and the matching yarn, and began darning. This patch was a bit bigger than the last one. I’d waited too long and worn a hole in the ball of the foot. (sorry, no pictures of the hole I covered, but it wasn’t as big as the patch. But I finished it this morning, even if I only had bigger needles to work with and I made these socks wearable until I manage to finish a hole in the second foot. Part of me is certain it’s only a matter of time. It’s still cool enough to wear knit socks. I’m taking full advantage of this pretty “sweater weather.”

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This sock said, “Books, what books…I’m too pretty to be ignored over books.”

Once I finished the darning, I should have set the knitting aside and begun reading Chapter 15 of Abnormal Psychology. How many of you want to bet I did just that? …Any takers? None, not one…. Good, keep your money for yarn then. I picked up my Smooshy Dream yarn in charged cherry. I decided to knit the next row where I got to cable five times over 36 stitches. This is a beautiful pattern, I can’t not knit it. I finished the cable row in time to pack up, comb my hair, check my mail, and go to class….

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This side of the sock said, “See, see what I mean?”

Did I do that? What do you think? Hint–I usually knit two rows of this pattern when I knit it, whether I should be studying or not. The second row is all knit and purl with no cables. So this should knit right up, correct? But this takes a minute or three(or more than the ten you have to finish when you are knitting two socks at a time on circular needles.Of course, I continued knitting, right up to the time I had to leave. Then I had to hurry up and put  away the knitting, the book I never opened and get my lunch…it goes on…but now I have no tea…and no knitting; with 38 full minutes between classes to eat lunch, and perhaps, study.

Update: I did actually study…now I just need to finish the photos to share with you. Perhaps I’ll behave better tomorrow…. Who’s starting the pool? (Not that I encourage gambling much, but once in a while, there needs to be a pool of something started).  Sorry, forgot about the bunny shelf photo…perhaps I’ll get it for next week…If I remember in the midst of tests and papers… Alas, Happy Easter!(or however you celebrate your holidays;-).

To Frog or Not To Frog…

January 5, 2017

What a silly question! Of course I’m frogging…and likely frogging some more, UGH.

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Not a love match…if anyone wishes, I have a spare skein I’d pop in the mail….

Allow me to explain, and pour the wine. I think we’ll need it;-). So, my dear James bought me sock yarn and a project yarn as a stocking stuffer. I’ve used the sock yarn before and have loved it, and am saving it for another pair of socks to come. However, the project yarn is a nice description of the yarn. He bought me this: Millefiori that I mentioned last week. I knit ten rounds to find three yarn barfs and two knots. Since I simply started knitting, I still have a skein to work with, but at the second knot and third yarn barf, I was quite frustrated. Then the cowl I was trying to knit had an issue of switching from a fifteen stitch repeat to a sixteen stitch repeat….I was done at that point…I will turn this yarn into something really simple down the road…I had to frog. I even frogged the entire thing today.

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My new pick of yarn…working on a simple cabled headband here….using a pattern found on ravelry.

I exchanged the other two skeins of yarn at the yarn shop for three skeins of Liberty Wool worsted weight yarn that includes alpaca wool. I also liked the color way being a bit more muted. It’s still pink and purple but these colors lend themselves to the gray side of the scale, instead of the brights side of the scale. I like them. I hope dear James approves, as I felt terrible actually exchanging a gift. I’m going to have to use lists or train him how to buy yarn….or we may just have to go with one of the Boyd’s bears he likes to get me holding a darned gift card, which will allow me to purchase pattern books I desire as well. This will require planning.

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The mittens are simply leaving much to be desired…perhaps its the knitter, but I’d rather be cabling than knitting words and weird “star” and “earth” patterns, I think…

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I really have no idea what I’m knitting…back to cables, where I know when I’ve screwed up, even if it is five to ten rounds later;-)…they’re still easier.

However, I’m also considering frogging the mittens I’ve been working on forever. The fit isn’t great. They’re not me. They might be Lizzie, but you can’t read the words. Besides, I bought the yarn to make something for my dad. I think they’re getting frogged as dear James bought me mitten yarn, and while I exchanged it, the Liberty wool I bought is much softer and so far, easier to work with…see what I’ve started. This one is just a headband, but I’m planning to work out a matching cowl, and then some gloves or mitts that fit;-), and are me…

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The Terpander socks from Sock Knitting: Master Class by Ann Budd, I’m loving these little beasts, even if I’m not loving one long circular needle.

Now, for the piece d’ resistance. The terpander socks have met the top of the chart…or the second half of the repeat is finished. I think I will be knitting a heel in about ten more rounds….there seems to be a theme of ten rounds running through my knitting, but I’m fresh out of tequila I’m afraid…However, I’m very excited to get to the heel of these socks. It’s new, I’ve never knit a toe-up heel before and I’m dreadfully curious to do so. I may be visiting Silver at http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/ very soon. I owe her much of my sock-knitting education not mastered by trial-and-error, or how to fix a problem after you’ve made it. Sometimes it pays to get help ahead of time.

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The back of the socks…soon they’ll look like the front as well…but I have to get the heel knit first…

However, I had to frog a row on one of the terpander socks this week, as I realized when I got back to sock “A” (I think), that I had continued the yarn all the way across instead of picking up, but with knitting a toe and 45 or so rounds of chart, one row of joined socks, caught early, is doing pretty good. I’ve even gotten almost good enough at this repeat to handle it with dear James in the room. (It does help if I make sure he has a kindle or some sort of entertainment as I knit this, however.) In the meantime, look at these beauties;-)…

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It is neat to try them on as I go, but my nephew was so much better at photographing his feet at four than I will ever be…

 

They’re off the needles and they’re close enough to gift. I must have increased a stitch or two somewhere though, because when I counted the stitches while preparing to decrease the toes, I had seventy-eight stitches instead of seventy-six…So I simply performed an extra decrease for perhaps an extra round.  At this point, I really can’t tell. I don’t think the recipient will be able to tell either. She’s not yet an experienced knitter, and it matters how they feel on the feet. I have pics of the finished pair, but they won’t see feet until Christmas. I also have to keep secret about; and hope I’m clever enough to set her off track if she guesses.

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The finished socks…I hope the recipient has a great purple shirt to wear with them, or brown or blue…Perhaps I should tell her mother;-)

In the meantime, I need to think of a creative way to gift-wrap these and present them. This is one of my favorite parts of Christmas. Okay, okay, I got the reminder. Happy Thanksgiving! I hoped to put this up earlier anyway but was distracted by food comas, surprise Orange Cranberry Sauce and catching up on TV shows. In part, I was half to blame for this. So let me go back and say, I hope your food and family gathering were as enjoyable as mine.

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The backs of these socks…see the ribbing…I’m now wishing that was the toughest part, but for me, it was cabling while talking to classmates…

Now, let’s get the tree up and move on to wrapping gifts…Wait, I still have to knit and sew some, crap. The tree will have to wait till Sunday, with my little. (Thanks for the great idea, guys!). I sewed more hexies into the hexy background I thought I’d had big enough. I feel like I’m always saying two more inches. So, with the quilting stuff, I’m always going two more inches, with the knitting stuff I feel like I’m going just keep decreasing…

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Scamp claiming my yarn bag…she likely thinks to try to escape with the yarn if I leave it open…she’ll wait for me.

Allow me to explain why my other title for this was going to be “Always Decreasing.” I started with seventy-eight stitches at the toes instead of seventy-six. I think I simply added in the two extra decreases and decreased three at even intervals that round instead of one. It was the simplest way. Then I decreased six stitches on the next round, as I thought I was supposed to do. I was either talking to others, paying attention to the previous class letting out, or distracted somehow. It was not lost on me that I couldn’t knit straight knitting with a couple of decreases correctly. So I counted my stitches and still had to decrease in the next round. I figured out where I thought it happened, or close, and simply added one decrease in the next round. After a couple of rounds of this, I thought, maybe I should just decrease three every round.

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The latest project…it’s simple at least…I have not decided if I’m going to squeeze in another pair of socks or not. I don’t have much time. And i need to find a way to show the blue of this better. The colorway is cloud. I’ll tell you about it next week.

I didn’t. It gets a little tense if I try this, I know. And I would be doing that soon enough. Out of the twelve rounds, two or three did not have decreases that weren’t supposed to be. But how many of you counted where my decreases happened anyways. They look good, and as long as they are comfortable on her feet is all that matters. And now there is a different color in a different pattern on these needles for a bit, as I have another gift to finish, in addition to the quilt top. Oh boy, it’s gonna be a busy December. Anyone wanna come over, ignore the sewing scrap mess and clutter and have some wine as we knit?

I’m Starting The Toes…

November 18, 2016

…and I done did it….but on a positive note, the new knit picks needles have arrived. I hope to knit the cerise Terpander socks soon…I promise. In the meantime, allow me to pour another glass of wine, some for you too, I hope. Now, I shall tell you the story of my knitting, with a few other things tossed in, because a girl isn’t supposed to live on knitting alone, is she? Oh, wait, that was bread I wasn’t only supposed to live on.

So, the juice is this; I’ve gone and done it. I’ve dried my hand-knit wool socks, most of them; in the dryer, with medium heat.  I already push it by washing them in a machine, (gasp!). A girl has only so much time to knit, quilt, and study. So, this week I forgot to pull my socks out of the wash as the wash was placed in the dryer.

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Do you see the difference? Oy and vey….oh dear, what did I do? Wait, they still fit, yeah!

I think they did shrink a little, but in the past I have knit my socks a little on the big side. So, once I stopped freaking out about having dried my socks, I tried them on. I found they still fit. Thank goodness! No, I do not plan to continue this trend, and I fear the socks will shrink too small for my feet, but for now, I can only blame stress. I just finished one exam and have two papers due a day apart next week.

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Scamp, Helping me with writing this blog. I get similar issues with homework.

Count them, yes, I said two papers. I should be writing them right now. However, most of my hand-knit socks have been returned to their drying mesh and I’m giving into my guilty pleasure of catching Project Runway for the week. I try to be a good girl, I’m just not very good at it.

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Scamp, Helping me Work on this…did I mention Project Runway?

So, let’s sneak back to the papers I should be writing. One of them is suppposed to be an analysis of a book I do not relate to well using feminist criticism. One of them is on Euripide’s Medea. I’m not sure how you can get farther apart. One woman is rebuilding her life after having killed a man who was raping her. The other killed her children to spite her husband, but in a time when children were raised to go to war in certain communities. Alas, let’s get back to the knitting and quilting, for the moment. I cannot wait until next Tuesday, when both papers will be submitted and hopefully done. In the meantime, hang onto your hats, kids; It could be a wild ride.

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Maeve, helping me work as well….the nut…my girls love to snuggle or interrupt homework…

Since I often knit before or between classes, I do have some good news for you: I’m at the toes. Really! I’m knitting the toes. I could finish these socks next week, though I still have to study for my Psychology and work to catch up in Masterpieces of Ancient Literature. The Literary Analysis class could get interesting but should get a little easier, if she doesn’t kill my paper before she gets the concepts in it.

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Toes….toes…really, I’m at the toes!

So, back to the toes. I start decreasing next. Now, I just have to remember to get photos of the finished sock on the recipients’ feet when I gift them to her. And the quilt is making progress too…but I may have to create another blog page for that;-). Wish me luck guys, I think finals might be easy compared to this week! dscn1510

Two socks, almost matching…perhaps we’ll talk about that next week, but close enough to pass and hopefully, gift;-).

I’m making good progress on the purple socks. The professor I met over the summer that asked if my yarn was some German or Austrian name I couldn’t understand saw my sock again and asked if it was the second sock. As class was beginning soon, I didn’t go into the full story and simply replied, “Yes.” I have two more rows and one more repeat-so, twenty two rows before I begin the toe. I’m getting so excited for the toes. (I also only had to rip out half of a row this week!)

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So, why am I disappointed, you ask, if the socks are going so well…Well, remember the other pair of socks I’ve been making slow progress on over the weeks…I knit two rows on them on Sunday with no problems. Then I was knitting in some of my downtime last night with no one around to distract me, and as I knit the middle of the cable row on sock B, The knitting needle snapped. How rude.

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I couldn’t believe it. I was just knitting! Cabling, yes, but still just knitting.

So, I have to think quickly, but the size two metal needle is still in the knitting bag, and I pull it out to finish the row and frantically scramble to try to pick up all the lost stitches. I finish knitting the cable row on the metal needles and decide to knit the next row on them to finish picking up the stitches that were already knit when the KnitPicks Majestic needle broke. I wasn’t happy and I’m exchanging them, hoping this is a fluke. *However,  KnitPicks.com customer service is all about phone calls, and it’s email service(for knitters who are knitting later at night), leaves much to be desired–as in I couldn’t find it. I found an exchange, but they haven’t told me my next needle shipped yet. I want to get back to my knitting on this pair.

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Let’s hope this yarn is forgiving of the frequent needle changes…but I’m getting so close…

They could be some wonky socks, with all the needle changes. In the meantime, I’ve decided to focus on the purple socks and maybe the quilting. I can’t wait to see the end product of either one.

*I will post next week about how long it takes KnitPicks.com to send out the new pair and fix this issue. I’m sure it’s been less than 60 days, and I’ve heard good things about their customer service.

 

Early Halloween Activities

October 21, 2016

This week, I actually accomplished a good amount of knitting, but I also worked in some Halloween activity with my little as well. We went to a haunted house that is not at scary…Not at all. I’m not scared, repeated the 8-11 year old boy who just isn’t scared by the haunted house. (I didn’t get his name).  That is, until the guide sneaks behind a panel as you’re going on about not being scared, and jumps out at you unexpectedly. The effect: “I almost peed my pants.” Made my Tuesday night, especially since I’m a helper, and I’ve taught, and I realize what it takes to keep a big group of kids happy for more than five minutes, even when they’re all supposed to be working on something (but you have limited supplies)…like inflatable ghost balloons and decorating pumpkins, abstractly.

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My second favorite part of the socks…the periscope look. My favorite part is sewing up the toe (Nevermind, it’s wearing them–but these are for a gift.)

I don’t think I got a single photo of the ghost balloon, but you’re welcome to click the link above. If you’d rather jump in both feet first, don’t say I didn’t warn ya;-). You take a water bottle, cap off and pour in one-half cup of vinegar. Then you take a funnel, cap the bottom with the white balloon, and fill the balloon with one tablespoon of baking soda….Oh, oh, oh…you draw a ghost face on the balloon first…with a sharpie of some sort (preferably not the smelly one we used). So, now that you have a ghost face balloon with baking soda added, and a water bottle of vinegar, you are almost there….Most of you can likely see where this is going, right? Oh, you didn’t do this as a kid? Drat…well, stick with me, it gets more fun. Now, you take your parts, and slowly put them together…first you put just the band of the balloon(the end you tie), on the water bottle lip/edge/mouth(whatever you wish to call it today). Then you pinch the area you will tie off. Next, you slowly let the baking soda fall into the vinegar and watch your balloon inflate.

Where was this idea when we were huffing our lungs out blowing up balloons for birthday parties? My mother refused to pay for helium, even when it became semi-affordable. Alas, there was knitting, I promise. However, I have to make an extra trip to get photos…drat. There was also applique, and I might be able to get photos here…pending the camera….

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See, it looks like a cross between a periscope and an alien face!

In the meantime, I need to check dinner–chicken parmigiana, made lighter (I think–though its mostly the way I’ve always made it…perhaps I just bake more), and get some progress shots of the socks…

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My latest applique Quilt…It will pop soon, I promise…Not that I want it to literally pop…but…

The socks are coming along well…I’m starting to get excited (at least for the purple ones)…for the pink ones, I’m not quite ambivalent, but I’m cautiously excited, so perhaps I am. I’m ambivalent in that I love seeing and quantifying progress…but as I get closer to the heel, I realize I’m going to have to do four cable row repeats instead of two with two knit repeats….Have I lost ya, yet?

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The toe-up Terpander socks….the other side is simply knit right now…though I get to start bringing the cables in Sunday(I’m not likely touching these before Sunday).

Allow me to explain. I’m working from the toe up, and the foot is generally easier to knit as the bottom is knit only. This pattern, when it gets to the ankle and leg is a cable all the way around creating an eight stitch rib on each side. The rib is the easiest part of this pattern. There may come a time when these socks become solely holiday socks, so I can focus entirely on the cable patterns. They get a little intense. But in the meantime, I shall enjoy the knitting of the feet.