It seems to be a week for finding mistakes. I’m never sure Jessica’s quilt will hang straight, and I forgot to get photos of it before I posted my quilt blog last night. But I had some time either Friday or Sunday and got out the Terpander socks. I knit the cable row and another row. This was the row of five cables…across four sides of sock. Then on the backside of one of the socks, I found the mistake, where I apparently carried the cable stitches the wrong way…about ten rows ago…I knit two rows a week on this sock….and usually, currently, about forty-five minutes to an hour at at time. That’s going to translate into over five hours to fix. It’s noticeable now, because it’s close to the heel on the back. However, by the time I get them done, it won’t be too noticeable, I hope. I’ve already made the decision to call it an angel kiss. It’s done. I will go on…the socks will go on.

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Can you believe it? Tricky socks these are…but I’m not telling again after this….

I’ve also knit the knot socks some this week. I don’t miss the commute to class, but I do get to have more of my own four walls for company, with music playing or quiet, but I don’t get as much time to knit before class. I’ve decided I can kick in about a half hour every other day. I sew an hour almost every day, so I still only get a half hour a day to knit, and I get to it about three days a week.

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The front of the socks with fewer mistakes…thank goodness…

But the knot socks are knit one at a time, and top-down means the area after the heel goes faster, not slower(as with toe-up). I am only knitting pattern on one needle and am simply knitting on the other two needles, instead of constantly flicking back and forth.

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Current progress on the knot socks…We’re getting there/Are we there yet? Is kicking in…

However, I have the itch, so I need to knit more and perhaps faster…I itch to cast on a new pattern and knit some new fun socks. I’m thinking of the Slip and Slide socks next by Chrissy Gardener in Ann Budd’s Sock Knitting: Master Class. ….https://books.google.com/books/about/Sock_Knitting_Master_Class.html?id=pAw38mxuZlQC&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button#v=onepage&q&f=false

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See what I mean…I’ll be looking for a cool day in June to show these babies off;-)

This looks like a fun pattern. The other one I’m considering is another new to me technique…Stealth Argyles….by Eunny Jang…also in Ann Budd’s Sock Knitting: Master Class. It’s a worthwhile book if you have a sock knitting addiction(as I do when I’m not feeding my quilting addiction). However, I still have a repeat and a half, plus toes to go…so I better get back to the knitting…and get some photos taken of my progress.

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The perfect new bag to put a sweater kit in…don’t you think? Or enough yarn for a fade shawl…choices, choices…

Also, I’m not talking about the fade shawls that have been catching my attention, or the cardigans others are working on…I’m thinking of starting one of those around my birthday, perhaps….in August, so by the time they get big and bulky, I can snuggle under them for cool fall days…perhaps I should wait until October to start….but then I may not have either done in time for true cold to set in.

…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!

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;-).

…until you realize the process is taking you the better part of the year…

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Allow me to explain…I’m working on my quilt blog this week, so I don’t tell all of you about them here….I think I’m due for a blog post there as well…and I’m noticing with the others that hand-quilting is being treated as a dying art…there’s just not enough demand(or enough quilters with project distract-ability, I guess.) Don’t get me wrong, some are going on the machine. But some will have to be hand-quilted as well. Yes, I realize these will take forever, but by forever, I mean years…and it’s about the process, right….

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Unless you are knitting socks…then you wish they made quicker progress knowing that one row on these babies can take you a half hour. It’s for both socks at once, thankfully, but it’s time consuming. And then you look at your travel pair, and they’ve still got most of one more repeat to make it to the heel…so they can begin the decrease and become even easier to knit…right. Then you notice the hat, it’s supposed to be done soon, (and it’s actually moving quickly, but it’s not done yet), and you only put three rows into it last night because you were worn out from school. Then, of course, it snowed. That’s right, Old Man Winter stopped by last night, he felt missed…and that one person you are knitting the hat for, is the one person who likes winter. However, you’re going to finish it this weekend and hand it off to her, so you can return your attention to the socks and free up some needles to repair some socks you’ve apparently worn through and shouldn’t be wearing…but it’s not yet too warm for knit socks….

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See? It’s never to warm for knit socks when snow is still flying….blasted snow!

 

Now I went back and read last week’s blog. I think this will help me focus the blog a bit better. I was checking on test progress that wasn’t in yet last week. Part of me doesn’t want to talk about it. I got B’s on most of my tests. I’m told “B” is a good grade. If it is for you, that’s fine, but I’m not satisfied with less than an “A.” I haven’t been much of my life. They were high “B’s” so I’m going with I can work with them. I could have used the extra credit points, but the stress I would have put myself through to get them, as well as maybe a lower “B” in another class, just wasn’t worth it. I’ll work with them and write the best paper I can.

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Owl Hat…I’m going to have to get an outside picture…but, thirteen more rows to go…easy-peasy, right?

In the meantime, let’s get back to the fun stuff. There are socks…and whoa…I made some progress on that owl hat…Look! I also made some progress on the socks. Both pair. They’re just not where I want them. However, I still have homework to do and more knitting to get done (and to decide when I’m going to defend my parking space tonight.) I also need to get some cooking done and decide how I’m going to modify a recipe since I forgot the chicken stock….or am I going to give a frozen block of soup(perhaps mushroom or onion) a test run with chicken and turnips with a little half-and-half(I was supposed to get heavy cream)…and I didn’t get chicken stock as I didn’t check fridge, freezer, pantry or recipes before I went shopping tonight. Alas, I cook like I knit  and quilt…(and sometimes like I study). I’m lucky these are my strengths, but if I’m getting a “B” in life, then I’m doing pretty darn good. So for now, enjoy the sock photos, and I hope the snow doesn’t make you shiver too much…Next week, I’ll either be early or late, as I’m off to a quilt retreat.

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Needing new socks so I can darn the old ones (I need the knitting needles too)…

…one (tongue-in-cheek) meditative stitch at a time.

There has been frustration. There will be frustration. This week, I am ignoring the frustration. Frustration, thy name is rib stitch…this week, however, I’ve decided it’s somewhat soothing.

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I usually look at a knit 1, purl 1 or k2, p2 rib stitch and think, could they have done this differently? Often the answer is yes. For my nieces stockings, I took a forty stitch round and made them a knit 4, purl 4 sort of rib. I still got a good effect and elasticity, but with less pain.

I honestly think my favorite was the slight rib in the Vanilla Latte Socks found here on Ravelry.com  by Virginia Rose-Jeanes. The stitch is knit 6, purl 2, repeated. I enjoyed this stitch. I do not desire to knit it every sock, but the purl two invader keeps me from asking “Are we done yet?” Stockinette stitches have not managed this, though I may apply this philosophy for travel socks when I’m done with this pair.

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Example of a different “Are we there yet?” pattern…apparently, ‘Third time’s a charm’ really is my limit. I make it through the fourth repeat with only one or two “Are we there yets,” Usually?

But we all know me better than that. I was going to turn over a new leaf this week. I wasn’t going to complain. I was going to damn the knit 1, purl 1 rib with faint praise. It’s okay, it’s average…it’s so much easier to write knit 1, purl 1, than to reach your index finger up and to the right to reach the five or six…right. I was going to be a good sport. But I have a test next week…and good news regarding other tests, but the homework load doesn’t get easier, (not sure it ever does), and knit four, purl four just means less flicking.

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These “Knot Socks” By Nancy Bush in Ann Budd’s Sock Knitting: Master Class are going to be a favorite sock when I finish them…(ignoring the 23 rib stitches in a row).

Ah, flicking….how loved thou aren’t. However, I’m only doing the flicking on the back half of one sock right now, so what have I to complain about? Nothing, you say. I could answer “Dread,” but I don’t think you’ll buy it. So let’s get into these pretty patterns and I’ll explain, while trying to stay in the moment…I’m beginning to think I’m about flicked out.

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Back side of the repeats….sides include a four stitch k1, p1 rib…however, four is easier than half the sock…or something close. It’s about a quarter total….maybe, on this sock. I don’t have to math tonight, that’s tomorrow night, right?

I’m knitting the Terpander socks. I just finished one of three (I think), maybe four repeats of a touch chart pattern and will have four easy rows of knitting soon. Count them, four. However, when I finally get to the end of these socks, I have about an inch and a half of a seventy-six stitch k1,p1 rib. I’m not sure this pattern lends itself to another rib….and this one was designed this way for a reason.

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But the real why of it, is I just knit 8 rows of 80 stitches in k1, p1 rib. I could have done four and four, or three, four, four….I’m starting to see a pattern here on the Owl Hat by Julie Measures. A pattern you can purchase on ravelry.com. Yarn is brown(not gray….

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See what I mean….23, it all comes down to 23, right….wait, are these Prime socks….or just more ribbing….

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New Yarn, to match a new silk shirt in red found at Goodwill….I think it will go well…I’ll try to get each next week. These shall become the French Market socks in Ann Budd’s Sock Knitting, Master Class.

What do I really find soothing? Finding the right pattern to go with the yarn….see, squee…new needles, and new yarn, Squee!!!!!!!!!!!!!(oops, sorry about the decibel levels).