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.

Shh…don’t tell. I haven’t worked on the Terpander pattern all week. I may have to make that up in the morning. Instead, it turned into a crazy, busy week, with assignments that didn’t go well and a strong realization that I need to do something different. I’m still knitting, and there were knitting in public opportunities, but Sunday night was intense, to put it mildly.

So, Monday, James and I went to the humane society to walk a dog. We left without the dog…I’m not sure that happens. I don’t walk dogs here on a regular basis as I don’t have a farm with unlimited income. I’m still considering the dog. I almost decided to go right back for her, but she wasn’t classified as senior, and the humane society has gotten very particular about what dog would be right for us. We do have a good number of cats…but we have two dogs from breeds not great with cats, and they have come to realize the cats are in charge, they’re just allowed to share the furniture.

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The charmed twister bag I thought I was making progress on…until I re-read the directions…

Alas, I do not have a new dog, which might be an excuse for not getting much knitting done. However, I also had a test this week, which is the real reason I didn’t make much progress on my socks. (At least that one holds up till Wednesday morning. Then there was this charmed twister bag pattern…and the little twister tool…and progress was made on the bag.

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Up Close and Personal (exclusive) with the heel flap…see those color variations….I do love this yarn;-)

I was still working on the knot socks before classes and between classes….I just didn’t get much time for them this week. I decided I needed to be more social and reach out to friends. I still haven’t gotten into the group that knits at a local pub. I may have to start visiting there more.

Perhaps that will help with the progress. However, you’d be proud of me ladies and gents. I met up with a friend at a local pub called The Cabin, and had some delicious pizza. When she told me she’d be there in five minutes, I finished my calendar entries and went inside to wait.

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The whole thing so far…(lifelines I haven’t removed yet and all)

I wasn’t sure if she meant five minutes, ten or twenty, so I took my yarn inside to knit while I waited on her. She’s used to seeing me with the yarn bag as I often knit until the start of class. We had a good visit, I tried a new beer, Curmudgeon, though it wasn’t curmudgeonly at all, but I can’t think of a better name for it off hand. Then again, perhaps it was, because it’s like it’s that old imposing guy who’s really a big teddy bear underneath. It is beer with molasses, but not as sickeningly sweet as the honey blood orange blend, so what more could I ask? Aside from a taller glass. It was 9.8% alcohol, so it came in a cute little six ounce mini-pilsner glass. I get it, but I was a little surprised.

Then again, curmudgeonly types may be best in small doses. The beer was good. It was worth every tiny ounce;-). The knitting progress was one row as Crystal was prompt. Sorry about the lack of knitting in public photos…one day I’ll remember to drag my friends into this fun. ) Then I set the knitting aside and dove into  Cheesy bread sticks and Italian Veggie Pizza and forgot my troubles for a bit. Some days, there’s nothing like a bit of beer and pizza with a friend, even if it moves your study time into your knitting time.

Must Knit Faster

December 1, 2016

The third of four socks is done, but I chose not to cast on the fourth sock. I think I will take a break from the purple for two reasons…1) I wish for a simpler pattern and 2) I need to get a gift done. I should be careful about this, as it is a Christmas gift, but I don’t have to say who the recipient is and I’m not sure they’ll guess…I hope.

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Zeus, snuggling me while I knit…

Stop me now ladies and gentlemen…we all know these are famous last words. But They’ll still be a mystery while I’m knitting them up and I likely won’t photograph them completed until both are done…P.S. I’m still not sure I can get them done in time. We’ll find out.

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Side project…I finished half a repeat and have begun the increase for the gusset.

I cast them on last week once I cast off the purple socks. I’m wishing I’d left them on the size 2 needles, but then I’d be casting on another sock before Christmas. Time does not allow. In fact…I need this gift to be done before Christmas. Hint it’s not socks; still it is knit in the round. I’ve got another inch to go on this first knit 2, purl 2 rib…I want it done. I also have to get a good amount of sewing in.

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Shh…the sewing I was talking about…yes, it’s bright.

In addition, I’m still writing another paper this weekend and revising one, perhaps two. The second revision will depend on a Monday afternoon meeting. In the meantime, wish me speedy luck with recycled denim on aluminum needles. I’m really wondering if I would be further ahead to cut this off and re-cast on the size 2 needles. Oh, the conundrums.

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.

 

Another Busy Week…

September 23, 2016

I wish I could say I hit the knitting harder this week. In retrospect, I probably did. I don’t feel like I got much done. However, I did some shopping. Shopping makes up for lack of progress, right? Right! So, let’s see where the pendulum falls…

I’ll be honest, I expected to be bored in my Literary Analysis class. “You’ve been doing this for years, since high school, you just didn’t know it.)” So working through the likely familiar steps would be boring. Now, we are doing literary maps (that are meant to prove we read the book) and coloring in a writing intensive class. We’re finally getting to some writing this week. I’d rather submit five to ten pages a week on the steps or a book review, than do a literary map, which is a memory tool at best. For once, I’d almost rather be bored.

I’d rather find my own allusions and figure out how to do each of these steps, not try to guess which detail (or how many unnecessary details) will prove to the instructor (who is too busy to keep the book’s characters straight) I read the book. I’m explaining the book to my fellow students, who she has thoroughly confused. Today, my literary map was “too big.” Though it was written in print by the instructor, that we could “feel free to up-size,” if our creativity demands it. When have you guys ever seen me take on something small?

Okay, enough about the pissy instructor who managed to piss me off all week. Let’s get back to the knitting. Here’s the purple sock. I’m getting closer to the heel. But it’s the fourth week of classes, I wanted to be knitting the heel flap.

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My current progress on the take me to class sock…

And now for the kind of sad, but fun part. I stopped progress on the cherry dream Terpander socks this week. They were being knit on Addi Turbo Rockets in size 2. The pattern was designed for size 1. Since I have a small bend in one of the needles which the shopkeeper became aware of, I likely cannot exchange the size 2’s for size 1. The toe is looking a bit big already. So, I need to downsize. Funny thing, Dear James was just asking me what would happen if I did this as he left for work this evening…I launched into some of the “knit-ese” I can share with you guys.

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The brand new knitting needles that will make this Terpander pattern all that it was meant to be…(Dear James claims he won’t understand…Just something else for me to show him later)

First, let’s start with what I like about the Addi Turbo Rockets in size 2. They are smooth. When I am knitting a simple knit and purl pattern, they’ll fly. I may mean that literally. So, what would I improve? In flying, while cabling, I have to be very careful and very firm with all needles so not to drop yarn or stitches. I’ve been constantly wary of dropping stitches as I knit on my more relaxed mornings. I’m not a mindful or relaxed knitter. I knit to relieve tensions of days like today. Since I didn’t have much money to go buy another set of Addi Turbo Rockets in size 1, well, maybe I did, but I wanted to try something else, I went to Knit Picks, and decided to try their needles.

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I have a plan…stay tuned, we know how plans work…;-)

I bought their fixed circular needles in 40”(which the pattern requires in Majestic Wood. My boyfriend has already dubbed them black. I also bought two new skeins of yarn.I haven’t decided which pattern I want to knit with these colors…check this out.

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I’m developing a plan, and may need more needles. These are entirely me, but likely my winter knits this year…I see myself as booked with knitting, classes and quilting this fall.

I’m torn between the Half-Stranded Socks by Anna Zilboorg or the Stealth Argyles by Eunny Jang. Both require two colors, both are beautiful in their own right. So, do I want stripes that sometimes look like diamonds or do I want beautiful curvy reversed socks…(they sound so fun). Both patterns are included in Ann Budd’s Sock Knitting: Master Class.

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Squib helping me with the quilting…mostly inspecting, but he’s not above running off with cool, small toys…that are not “cat toys,” whatever-that-means.

The Crafter’s Conundrum…

September 9, 2016

…to knit or to read…? Oh, dear. Perhaps that is the question after all. I know the simple answer…books on tape. I’m somewhat a fan. I do a fair amount of driving, so I can manage this, some of the time. However, I’m in school, so the question might be better posed as to study or to knit? Time is needed for both. So, how much? And, before you offer that helpful suggestion of books on tape again(which I do enjoy to some extent), let me remind you not all of the books are available on tape. Also, I’m not generally an auditory learner–I NEED to take notes if I’m listening, which means I’m writing instead of knitting then, too.

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Tonight’s helper is Scamp. I swear I was reading The Odyssey for class right before I took this…Briannag is snuggling a pillow in the background.

Now, I have devised some solutions for this, but it’s not a perfect world. Let’s go over what I have so far. Knitting travels to class with me. I commute and parking becomes a bear of a challenge each semester. So, I get to class quite early and have time to knit a couple of rows before class. Remember, two rows at a time will get you there…it just takes the entire semester.

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Another favorite pasttime…(I quilt, too.) But this is some knitting I could be doing.

I also usually set aside an evening a week where I take an hour to knit, guilt free. One must take a break from a psychology text after all, or at the end of a “Book” in The Odyssey. But this week was short on knitting time for one reason or another. There was a holiday(I’d rather just finish Monday on Monday instead of half of Monday on Tuesday, or skipping it altogether). Holidays throw me off. The time off is needed, but that’s when I attend a quilt retreat, or reduce the job load.

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My one allowed “belated” birthday present, because J.D. Robb doesn’t publish the week of my birthday(it’s in early August, in case you wish to assist with the petition).

Alas, I’m working on both patterns, and had some time set aside for each, but I didn’t get very far with either of them…. This week may be more of the same…allow me to show you my choices:-)…”Squeee….!” is involved. Sorry, but it the autographed copy of the original book, on both of them…and then there’s the knitting. Alas, I’m in the middle of (okay, two-thirds through) another engaging book with one and a half books left in the series. You can guess what I’m doing tonight, after I put down The Odyssey for the final time this evening(hopefully through another “Book”).

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Nothing gets a true Squeee! like this….look at these….ah, now to wait for the third in the trilogy to come out. The In Death book will be started very soon.

And yes, I will be looking into obtaining The Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid on tape, if nothing else then for reinforcements. However, the Developmental Psychology text has no tape, nor does Lisa Sandlin’s _The Do-Right_. I’ll come back to that one when I’m done mapping and analyzing it. (If you really desire to know if you should pick it up–though I think there was a reference to the detectives in The Girl Who Played With Fire, though it takes place in the south of the U.S.). It’s an interesting read, and a bit strange, but I admit that I’m curious to see how the main character carries out her dilemma.

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This week’s single sock progress…I may have gotten more done on the two at a time socks….
In the meantime, I need to get some of these school books on tape, so I can get more knitting done-that, or get to class earlier.

More of each sock…

September 2, 2016

I have a plan. I usually have a plan. Plans are good as they often keep things from going awry…. So, I’ve been told. I’ve also been told plans themselves go awry. Yes, I thought of the Of Mice and Men quote here, by John Steinbeck but it’s said to be attributed to Robert Burns as well. I got tired thinking about it.

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Smooshy socks…feel like a million bucks for far less…

Allow me to explain, I’ve just started two English classes and a Developmental Psychology class this semester. Everything I write just about must be attributed. I’ve heard “Cite your sources,” in so many ways this week, I could likely write another paper or at least a cutesy document about how to say it. If I get tired enough, I’ll put it into a cute little rhyme.

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Putzer, demanding I put down the crafts and provide a full-body massage.

I’ve been a different sort of tired this week, as I fell ill Wednesday and it’s still trying to kick my butt. It seems to be just a stomach bug, but it wears me out quite fast. In addition, dear James is home ill as well. I get more accomplished when he’s not here, usually. This week, I found myself working in twenty minute increments and needing to refresh my brain somehow afterwards. I still got some notes finished, but I hate getting sick when I have homework to do.

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Zeus, getting snuggled off the couch by Briannag…it’s her spot.

Alas, I still got some knitting time in before classes or some mornings when I felt as if I could focus. I figured out I couldn’t focus when I started on row two of the cabling on the smooshy socks. Now let me talk about this yarn. You can see I got the toes knit and began the pattern(well, you can kind of see that). I learned frogging things in these socks are a real PITA (pain in the arse). I forged on after frogging and got to the second row, which I attempted to knit on one my sick mornings. I think it was yesterday. I don’t think I realized yet I was sick. Otherwise, I’d have known better.

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Scamp and Squib performing a favorite past time…they’re leaving the yarn alone, for now…

Let me go back to the yarn. This yarn is so soft I want to knit with it. I feel like I’m stroking my favorite velvet teddy bear from childhood. I didn’t have a velvet teddy bear in childhood, but if I did, these socks are what it would have felt like. I will be finding a way to get more of this yarn in the future. In addition, I will be finding patterns that work on dpns for this future yarn.

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Maeve, long ago helping me with the knitting…

In the meantime, I’m working on the third sock of four, in which I have to make a decision. There’s a bonus to knitting a repetitive pattern multiple times. You begin to memorize it. This is good and bad, as my row counter is diagonal hash marks on the side of the chart. One of the tougher parts of this sock, besides tracking how many times I’ve knit or purled or both, is marking the pattern. If you’ve read previous blog entries, you might begin to notice a theme. So far, I’m on the second repeat of this sock–about halfway done with this leg, and I’ve kept up the markings.

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Horrible photo of this one, but you can see what it will be above…

I hope next week goes a little smoother with no more stomach bugs so I can get back to my side job as well as the regular job and get some more socks knit and a couple more books read, for school and personally. Next week, ask me about the books.

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…

 

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;-).

…and some days, won’t get in. Other Days, she won’t get out…but I will come back to this story after the other events of my week.

This week, I almost didn’t get the knitting in. It’s been a busy week of a joint birthday party for my Little, Mariah and I; and borrowing my nieces-ages 12 and 14 respectively. Oh, And a half…for both of them. Their math is even mostly right, the twelve year old has two more weeks to the actual half. Alas, we gathered for celebrating my birthday(Tuesday, August 9) and Mariah’s birthday which was June 23. She turned 11 this year, and don’t you forget it;-). No, ladies, I am not disclosing my age, I enjoy that my youthful face earns so many flattering guesses. That, or those young whipper-snappers just look younger every year.

Alas, we went to Applebee’s for dessert (where I thought I had a gift card), but I must have misplaced it. The Banana Cracker Jack Cheesecake was decadent. Jessica(14) enjoyed her triple chocolate meltdown which was chocolate intoxication in the best way possible. Mariah had the oreo cookie shake, which she enjoyed immensely. Elizabeth (12) also enjoyed the Banana Cracker Jack Cheesecake, and was likely grateful she didn’t need to share much of hers, since I had some. Dessert was a nice affair, and one of the few times I’ve fed the kids dessert before dinner…but that’s part of the fun of being an aunt;-).

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See, The cat doesn’t want to get in the bag, this time… (This is where I often keep the knitting so it can travel with me as well)

Now, for the knitting. No ripping out this week. In fact, as I sat down for about an hour wait today for a class requirement that was borderline insulting. It’s English 201 and I write for fun. Think about it. It’s always good to have someone else with a good eye look over your work, but this should have been extra credit, not a requirement. I would have been more willing to go if it was extra credit, because then it is a choice. Instead, I sat down with my knitting, and polished off a couple more repeats of the instep expansion. I had time for one more row earlier. I chose not to start it as it would have been a yarn over row. I prefer to save that work for when I can complete the next row when possible.

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Current progress on the socks…look, look, I’m almost back to the heel!

It worked out, and since I didn’t get to more knitting this evening as I made the greens and decided how to cook the chicken with a strawberry-papaya and an avocado…well, dinner is an interesting mix of flavors. Perhaps next time I’ll leave out the amaranth and chicken broth, keep the walnuts and put it all over romaine lettuce. It’s good, but I think it will be better as a slightly warmed bit of food over crisp lettuce.

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Two more, wait, no, three…or two and three-fifths more repeats to go before I start on the heel. I’ll get there.

Now, back to the socks, I thought about trying them on, but will save that for next week, when the English class “Culinary Curve Balls” are hopefully over and I get to do a happy dance and prepare for Quilt week. Which reminds me of a story…hopefully the nieces don’t read this far–but she’s already half onto me. Darn it.

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The Cat, deciding whether or not she’s claiming the entire bag, or sneaking out to inform my niece about this Super-Secret fantasy project….

I was only expecting the younger niece this week, not the older one-whom I’ve been working on a Super-Secret Fantasy Project for some time. The Super Secret Fantasy project had been laid out for some time while I tweaked it and planned it. I work on the simple and portable parts at work to keep from going bonkers on breaks. I plan them out and take care of the big tweaks at home in my “spare” time.

Silly me was not prepared for a fourteen year old to investigate my craft room–which she would at some point, and not leaving it to chance, I simply banned her from the room. Not all three girls, which would have been smart–but just the one I’ve been working on the project for. Let the twenty questions begin. That cat opened the damned bag before I could tie it shut. Not entirely, but she’s a decent guesser, so I reminded her of all the things I know how to sew. I think I’m going to have to gift her some surprise scrapbook pages for the birthday or Christmas. Let’s hope I have better luck getting to the heel of these socks soon!