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.

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

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(Wondering if Scamp played with this yarn first…)

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

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

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

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My easier pair of happy knitting…

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

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

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!

Ten Rows This Week…

July 22, 2016

I knit ten rows this week, or was it fifteen. Never mind, I explained math in my English paper. The paper is finally done and I’ve learned to love and hate plagiarism checkers. They’re helpful, but my work is mine, and I know if you state ten words of someone else’s, even if you paraphrase it, you quote it. The paper is not quite what I imagined, but I hope it came out better than I expected. I’m too tired to tell.

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Putzer, protesting my dedication to homework and the resulting lack of massages…

Alas, the paper is done and progress was made on knitting. Now I can move on to a little quilting, the chapter summary and the proposal. We’ll see if the cats keep protesting the homework…see what I mean? Though they’re cute when they protest it.

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Scamp, wondering just what is so interesting about books and paper(she’s a cat…books are simply toys to her).

I’m going to keep it short this week as I’m tired and need to get some sleep tonight before work tomorrow. To each of you, happy knitting. May you not have to rip anything out this week, or next.

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Look at this! Look, the holes are finally going in the right direction…I so thought I was recreating the issue, just over six stitches. I’ll call this knitting magic.

Two more weeks of class, then I can pretend life returns to normal for a couple of weeks, but it doesn’t;-), it just requires less homework.

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Three holes from yarn over (there’s another right beneath the marker)…it’s confirmed, 15 rows this week;-)…unless I started a section last week-I’ve got English Brain…

A little over two years ago, when I taught preschool, I got a twenty-five minute break during the day, usually during nap-time. I was working on the pink rose ribs pattern I planned to wear with my shirts and favorite jackets for sub-teaching. But in those twenty-five minutes, with a complex pattern, I often only knit two-rows. A week or two ago with only 56 stitches, I would have told you I could get five rows of simple knitting and a couple of yarn overs in one or two of the rows done in that time. Now, I’m up to 78 stitches, I believe (I’d better count again) and working the pattern a little more slowly.

I’ve also had my oldest niece over to help me set-up my house. She’d rather cook than organize, but she had to earn a surprise jacket (for Halloween) that I bought her last time I had her visit. I took her “window” shopping. Somehow, she forgot the window part, and what we thought was a jacket on clearance for $3.00 was on clearance for $10.00. I quietly double-checked the price tag, which said $10.00 and paid the bill. I even had a lady across the line offer to put in the dollar she thought I was short for it. I wasn’t, it was just more than I was expecting. But the cashier had just received change from the back that was $1.00 off. It turned out to be a fun night at quilt guild, pot luck and all…and she designed a quilt to create–though she’s not ready to start on it, and I want her to get started already.

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Briannag, looking for love in all the couch places…will you love me, mom? I don’t get homework.

So, back to knitting, which I didn’t get to much of, as I was seeing to my oldest niece. She’s 14, but you still have to check in from time to time…and sometimes, you have to pull their nose out of the book so they can earn that jacket. (Sorry, no pic of the jacket…though it was all black and rather cool and goes perfectly with her planned Halloween costume).

 

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Squib, protesting my dedication to schoolwork, or requesting to play with the knitting…one can never be sure with this cat…

Now, I’m outside of class, or just allowed in class with less than 20 minutes to spare, and I’m knitting before class. It’s part of my relaxation plan during classes–especially this class. There has been no clear communication about assignments or requirements, just re-iterations of things that weren’t very clear to begin with. I get that English is not her first language, I also get that when all of your groups ask the same question, you have failed to clarify the assignment.

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Three of five I have to read and summarize this weekend to create an intro for a phantom paper…I don’t mind doing the work, but if we’re going to write a paper, let’s just write a paper. And if we’re working on summaries and sources, please make your assignment fit your goal…(Topic: History of Arts Education(Music) in K-12(primary school).

Okay, enough complaints about class, I say–looking at the stack of papers I have to review for main points and summarize in an introduction…have I lost you yet? I was nearly lost, myself. Not to mention that our sources must come from the year 2000 or later (as if no research before 2000 is viable) for our topic, it likely is. Alas, let’s go back to arts I pay for myself…I think I’m almost to the heel turn. I’d better check again…In the meantime, I hope you enjoy your knitting. DSCN0930

The easiest way to compare…Yessir, I’m almost there…Now to count stitches…soon.

 

…has caught on with me;-)….It’s real. I’m doing it.

It started last week(or the week before at Hunter’s while I waiting for my sister-in-law); I took my knitting to class. I’ve taken my knitting to class everyday. I don’t have a lot of reading for this class right now, but I will have loads later, I suspect. However, I still get to class early and I knit a row or two. Sometimes, I get three rows in…other days like today run away from me and I get only one or two rows in…but it’s coming…just wait.

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Mascots at the game-7th inning stretch singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,”

I had a busy final move day today. I unloaded much that isn’t needed anymore and I had some help unloading some of it. It is a load off my shoulders. I’m done, I can focus on the move-in. But in the interest of doing things my little enjoys, I took her an hour and a half away to a West Michigan WhiteCaps game. (To my Grand Rapids friends, I’m sorry I stayed so quiet about this, but you guys like to drink–which is frowned upon with my little). We had a good time and saw a poorly called, poorly played game of baseball. The players were doing what they were supposed to-mostly, perhaps the other team was just better. But there was one call, at least, where I asked if the ref went to Bowling Green. It wasn’t college ball…but maybe he was from Bowling Green(somewhere in Indiana).

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Please don’t look closely at my hair, I’m in the middle of a move-out of one home, now to set up another.

However, Mariah enjoyed herself, and we splurged on Burger King, sugar and hot dogs as well as a tie-dye ball we didn’t stay long enough to get signed. As she gets older and we pick a team she likes better, perhaps we’ll stay that late. She was ready to leave by 9:30…and the little turn around in the ballpark left me needing that extra few minutes to get her home. (And yes, friends, she turned into a pumpkin, but I had to resist getting a picture-she pulled her foot off my dashboard before I got her home–darn it.) She also woke up ten minutes before I got her home. No sleeping pics of the Little sleeping on the way home.

However, this blog is about knitting, not driving a sleepy 11 year old home. I took the knitting with me, of course, and let Mariah take her first photo on my new camera with only so much instruction of how to hold it. I do have a picture of this one;-)

I also have a picture of where the knitting has gotten too (or will by the time I post this).

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Current progress…I think I’m at six or seven repeats of 9…class resumes Tuesday;-)…

I also knit at home, but I’m getting far more done while waiting for class or a tow truck–goodbye old truck, I won’t miss you. You cost me too much money-it sounds like an ex-husband…(No, the ex-husband cost me less or made his own money, most of the time).

Alas, this is a knitting blog….I keep having to remind myself tonight, but this is also a journey…and my journey tonight took me to places I knit in public. No photos of class knitting–sorry…oh, there’s a story there. Hold on. But I have been knitting in public.

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During a ballgame…I did get to watch Kirk Gibson’s son play some tonight, on the Detroit Tiger’s apparent farm team.

So the class story–we have guest lecturers this week-who have no problem letting us out early(and for once I don’t feel cheated out of my education–we’ll discuss that later). Today’s guest lecturer was talking to us about writing intros…without realizing it, I’ve probably been writing Introductions for a while now, informally-but still an intro. We had an in class writing assignment and I chose to persuade that knitting is a great tool for mindfulness(which I’m supposed to be looking into;-)). The guest lecturer reviewed them on break, and mentioned that she, too, was a knitter and they had a group that met at Hunter’s Ale House on Thursday nights.

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Getting there…in size and shape;-)…I think. Perhaps I need to do more knitting in public while waiting. Imagine the progress…I may need to cast on some vanilla socks…(so I’ll need some really fun yarn;-)).

Well, I was busy tonight, but I learned we have a knitting group only twenty minutes away where they serve Right Brain Lavender Ale(try it, please). A pint, a glass, some knitting, some girl talk, and just what the doctor ordered. No wonder the waitress didn’t bat an eyelash when I stopped in with my knitting a couple weeks ago to meet my sister-in-law after a rough day of work(which is also on my “prescription tablet,” along with quilt retreats).

What on earth do I mean? (if you choose to care). I was tested for ADHD a couple weeks ago, and learned I have symptoms but do not have ADHD, not even the inattentive type. It is much more likely that I have had anxiety, but between knitting and quilting and scrapbooking–as well as the blogging and working in front of people often, I do not qualify for anxiety either. This is supposed to be good news, but the tapes I’ve been playing in my head are over five years old and need to be changed. So, they said, get out there and socialize some. I guess I am, so long as I can take the knitting along.

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Squib, always ready to help me knit…though not such a public kitten…

Perhaps next week I’ll discuss the shoppel question….Schoppel Wolle Zauberball

I’m  currently using string theory colorworks, so I was confused, but I must meet this german wool. I’m part german after all, I just focus on the Irish side, mostly. Schoppel wolle zauberball

Oh, My…What A Week!

June 17, 2016

Phew! And it’s not over yet…Hang onto your hats ladies and gents, it’s gonna be a whirlwind.

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Perhaps this was taken Sunday…before the laundromat trip…

So, One sock came off the needles…after a yarn change to some very dark yarn that I’m not admitting was truly darker than the yarn Dear James bought me for Christmas…I’m pretty sure it had black in it…just wait till you see this beauty of a sock.

I was only knitting three inches with it…not the entire sock, and needing to make two more half pairs. Alas…look, look, it’s done…So I do my first sock off the needles happy sigh. Dun, dun, dun…

 

Then I begin the cast on process of the second sock. I still need to focus on this as it’s not terribly difficult, but it’s not terribly easy either. I feel as if this cast on is more obvious…but I have a toe started.

Then I’ve been moving…well, packing. I really move in short increments next week. The bed, coffee maker and smoothie stuffs have to be moved on Tuesday…and anything that doesn’t fit in the cars. Otherwise, I’m making trips when I can; hauling as much as I can(it’s only a mile a way)…cleaning what I can and getting out of the old, decrepit house of half-way repairs and moving into a better laid out apartment where they do everything for me, except clean-drat. I knew I forgot something. Only twenty more years till I can get assistance with that, too…maybe fifteen. Perhaps I’ll get some move-in photos…in the meantime, I better get out those organization ideas, and remember to pick three and choose one.

Okay, the Likely ADD is kicking in. I don’t talk about this often, but if you follow my posts, you might be saying: “That explains it…” I’m naughty, I rarely edit blogs and I’m terrible at organizing. Those naysayers in my life only see me manage it… They don’t realize that I went to put yarn away in the knit suitcase of my end table (one workable organization idea in thirty); only to leave the yarn in the stocking on the couch–and in the way of moving progress. I notice it every morning when I have coffee, and promptly forget to see to it when I get to packing.

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So, One sock came off the needles…after a yarn change to some very dark yarn that I’m not admitting was truly darker than the yarn Dear James bought me for Christmas…I’m pretty sure it had black in it…just wait till you see this beauty of a sock.

I was only knitting three inches with it…not the entire sock, and needing to make two more half pairs. Alas…look, look, it’s done…So I do my first sock off the needles happy sigh. Dun, dun, dun…

Then I begin the cast on process of the second sock. I still need to focus on this as it’s not terribly difficult, but it’s not terribly easy either. I feel as if this cast on is more obvious…but I have a toe started.

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Then I’ve been moving…well, packing. I really move in short increments next week. The bed, coffee maker and smoothie stuffs have to be moved on Tuesday…and anything that doesn’t fit in the cars. Otherwise, I’m making trips when I can; hauling as much as I can(it’s only a mile a way)…cleaning what I can and getting out of the old, decrepit house of half-way repairs and moving into a better laid out apartment where they do everything for me, except clean-drat. I knew I forgot something. Only twenty more years till I can get assistance with that, too…maybe fifteen. Perhaps I’ll get some move-in photos…in the meantime, I better get out those organization ideas, and remember to pick three and choose one.

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Knitter’s ADD…multiple bags, multiple projects…looks managed, right…(in his defense, I have completed two socks from most of these yarns…except the hemp).

Okay, the Likely ADD is kicking in. I don’t talk about this often, but if you follow my posts, you might be saying: “That explains it…” I’m naughty, I rarely edit blogs and I’m terrible at organizing. Those naysayers in my life only see me manage it….They don’t realize that I went to put yarn away in the knit suitcase of my end table (a pinterest idea taken a little further); only to leave the yarn in the stocking on the couch–and in the way of moving progress. I notice it every morning when I have coffee, and promptly forget to see to it when I get to packing.

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Scamp, protesting the knitting display and thinking Mom should focus attention on her.

I’m talking about the ADD I mentioned before in the last paragraph because I was tested for it. Forgive me, my brain’s still reeling from the mathematical and word tests I had to do. I normally love both, just not in the same day or the same four hour time span. And just when I begin thinking, I’m the smart one-You can’t stump me…I had another thing coming, alright….stumped me almost every time. Though I was said to quite well on the tests…Wait, spelling didn’t stump me…but twice. Once-I’ve already confirmed I was right. Let me check on the other….drat! Darn it! Insert favorite swear word here…I missed one. One! I wanted to get one test perfect…Perhaps the shape tests….those sucked. Alas, enough about tests, between that and library book inventory, my mind said, yes, simple knitting is good

So I knit. And I quilted some this week and last week on break, and I knit some more…and I’m almost done with a four-inch toe. Then I can switch colors and begin the instep expansion.

Oh, and there was the impulsive visit to the bar with my sister-in-law last night with the knitting. And yes, pub friends, there was knitting at the pub as I waited for my sister-in-law to arrive and vent about her job woes. I felt my stomach sink as I told her the horror stories of my job and while I think she’s a smart person…somehow, she’s not hearing what I’m not supposed to say in public. But I want out of this industry after nearly two years. I hate to say it though, she may just be more suited to it than I am…though I hope she finds another solution. Me, I found a near perfect lavender beer I desire to bring home with me. They make me keep the beer at the pub (and I didn’t have the camera or chance taking any photos as I was being mostly responsible, but still impulsive and didn’t have my trusty camera with me.)

Alas, knitting in the pub was done, I still want the lavender beer by a group called Right Brain. I looked tonight and ended up with a Leiney’s Creamy Dark. The lavender is not as creamy nor as dark but is still refreshingly crisp without drowning you in lemons or girl berry scents all day long that smell pretty and make for weak beer. But it does go with the yarn…in such a way, I almost wish I had lavender yarn, but the aubergine yarn works well here….see again?

Okay, I’ve gone on long enough…ask me about the green and white pesto, basil, mushroom, mozzarella-feta pizza next week. Thin crust or hand tossed, pick your pleasure…with the lavender beer it’s a perfect way to cap off a long day in which sleep was like that commitment-phobic lover of your youth…

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mandrake colorway by String Theory Colorworks…it keeps screaming for the slip in slide pattern in the book Sock Knitting: Master Class…Hang on tight for this ride guys, it’s coming;-)

I feel as if I should give a shout-out for this yarn, okay 2. 1) atangledyarnknitting posted these socks: https://atangledyarnknitter.wordpress.com/2016/04/29/fo-friday-mandrake-vanilla-socks/ I’m not sure if I knew i needed to get that yarn then, or if I’d already found it from another of her posts. However, it had the lavender I was looking for; though U2 is right, “I still haven’t found (quite) what I’m looking for.” But check it out…you never know what you’ll find,  and one day I’ll be buying my own custom skeins;-).

Though, the above photo had me sold on half of it. Now, what’s a girl to do when she runs into a smidgen of extra cash…spend it on yarn and wine(and sometimes beer), but mostly yarn, right;-)?

So, I ended up on this website where I met the instock button and had some fun…while finding other fascinating yarn of grays and purples…two of my favorite colors and in ways that won’t make my feet cry to wear them.  Again…here is the progress… And now to simply finish the post…but knitting has been accomplished….(Now, if I feel that good about packing…it will be time for the next blog).

I’m talking about the ADD I mentioned before in the last paragraph because I was tested for it. Forgive me, my brain’s still reeling from the mathematical and word tests I had to do. I normally love both, just not in the same day or the same four hour time span. And just when I begin thinking, I’m the smart one-You can’t stump me…I had another thing coming, alright…stumped me almost every time. Though I was said to quite well on the tests…Wait, spelling didn’t stump me…but twice. Once-I’ve already confirmed I was right. Let me check on the other…drat! Darn it! Insert favorite swear word here…I missed one. One! I wanted to get one test perfect…Perhaps the shape tests…those sucked. Alas, enough about tests, between that and library book inventory, my mind said, yes, simple knitting is good.

So I knit. And I quilted some this week and last week on break, and I knit some more…and I’m almost done with a four-inch toe. Then I can switch colors and begin the instep expansion.

Shh…quilting photos must remain secret…lest she guesses…there will be a big reveal one day.

Oh, and there was the impulsive visit to the bar with my sister-in-law last night with the knitting. And yes, pub friends, there was knitting at the pub as I waited for my sister-in-law to arrive and vent about her job woes. I felt my stomach sink as I told her the horror stories of my job and while I think she’s a smart person…somehow, she’s not hearing what I’m not supposed to say in public. But I want out of this industry after nearly two years. I hate to say it though, she may just be more suited to it than I am…though I hope she finds another solution. Me, I found a near perfect lavender beer I desire to bring home with me. They make me keep the beer at the pub (and I didn’t have the camera or chance taking any photos as I was being mostly responsible, but still impulsive and didn’t have my trusty camera with me.)

Alas, knitting in the pub was done! I still want the lavender beer by a group called Right Brain. I looked tonight and ended up with a Leiney’s Creamy Dark. The lavender is not as creamy nor as dark but is still refreshingly crisp without drowning you in lemons or girl berry scents all day long that smell pretty and make for weak beer. But it does go with the yarn…in such a way, I almost wish I had lavender yarn, but the aubergine yarn works well here….see again?

I’ve gone on long enough about the lavender beer…ask me about the green and white pesto, basil, mushroom, mozzarella-feta pizza next week. Thin crust or hand tossed, pick your pleasure…with the lavender beer it’s a perfect way to cap off a long day in which sleep was like that commitment-phobic lover of your youth…

So, I ended up on this website where I met the in-stock button and had some fun…while finding other fascinating yarn of grays and purples…two of my favorite colors and in ways that won’t make my feet cry to wear them.  Again…here is the progress… And now to simply finish the post…but knitting has been accomplished….(Now, if I feel that good about packing…it will be time for the next blog).

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Just look at these…They’re making such lovely socks, I can’t wait for my second to be finished…perhaps we’ll have an unseasonably cool summer, right…If not, Fall(Autumn) is coming…someone remind me to do a before and after photo when I finish;-)

I should be studying.  I should be getting that reading done. It’s about Euthanasia. I don’t entirely disagree with the concept, but I do not blanketly support it, either. It’s for a Philosophy class about Moral Problems. It’s interesting, but not entirely my cup of tea–especially when it’s time for wine.

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The cat, absorbing ethics by osmosis…though he’s recently tried to take credit for my book–or he just wants to collaborate on a storyline…

This week, it’s time for wine. The good stuff…or another glass of something. I may even move onto the hard stuff…but I do have class tomorrow, followed by work. I no longer wish to think.  So, allow me to come to the fun stuff.  Ah, the fun stuff, the mishap I’m still not quite sure how it all happened.

I was knitting my second sock last week as I came to the toe. I was quite excited to get to the toe as it means  I’m nearly done and this baby can come off the needles, ready to start the next soon…or so I thought.  I set down my needles and picked up the pattern. Where it says to knit the next four rounds, I had these 2 cute notes: dec 2.  Yes, I’d written it twice.

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Both socks, almost finished and off the needles…or half of two pair…hmm…

I counted my stitches. I had the 76 stitches I needed. I held sock 1 up against sock 2, and wouldn’t you know it, sock 1 was bigger!  Four stitches bigger. I checked my notes. I checked my blog posts. I searched and searched, and nowhere did I tell myself to knit in four more stitches each round all the way down the foot.

Oh, dear. Now I was at a dilemma. I realized after some searching, that since the size 1 needles made this pair so small and it felt a little tight, I must have stopped decreasing early on the gusset to make up 80 stitches in a round instead of 76. You’d think a girl would learn to take notes. I take notes in almost every other aspect of my life. I even took the decrease 2 notes on the pattern. I just wish I’d taken notes when I decided not to decrease.

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If you look closely, you can see the bigger one peeking out from the smaller one…

I’d settle for, “Hey, Dummy, you have wide feet, make the sock a little wider, say 4 stitches.” I can’t even ask you guys why you didn’t stop me, because its not in the blog. Oh, how I wished I’d blogged about it. Someone would have caught it.

Now I have a bigger dilemma, continue on with two different size socks, rip-out and re-knit…or go buy more purple, brown and blue variegated yarn and knit up two more socks…one for me, one for my diminutive 11 year old niece as part of a Christmas gift…

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Here’s the latest (terrible photo, sorry) on a much easier sock to knit. It may be time to cast on some vanilla latte socks…

Oh, the choices. The last idea holds some appeal. (Wondering if I can get even close to the previous dye lot). But I’m ready to move onto another pattern. I’m going to focus on the gray and dark purple colorway this week.  Next week, perhaps I’ll have bought more yarn…we shall have to see…

Wish me luck with these darned purple socks…yes, you may have a laugh with me on this one. My aunt already did–though she pointed out that once they’re inside my shoe, no one will know. However, I think my feet will feel the difference.

Feel free to weigh in fellow knitters…What would you do in this predicament?

Wondering…With Pride

May 13, 2016

Where to begin: with the Pride Moment: Grades are in…dun, dun, dun…This girl got a 4.0, in all of her classes. That’s not all. I worked for it. I worked part-time. I picked up a second job. I attended a quilt retreat, and knit a sock and most of another. Now, I only took 9 credits or ¾ time for the academic world. (But I couldn’t have done it all if I’d done any of it full-time. But raise a glass (mine was Chianti) to the smart girl who won’t shut up about her knitting.

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Scamp, helping Mama knit her sock…or distracting me for attention…

Now we get into the wondering part. As I knit the second sock of this set, I wondered about the sock. Will it be long enough? Will it fit? I’m not used to knitting on this small of a needle. I’m using ones instead of twos. I have seventy-six stitches though…I should be okay. I even have a photo of the first sock on my foot…it looks fine. (You’ll just have to take my word for it;-)…till next week, hopefully). Or search through my late February, early March blogs…

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Current progress on the socks made of Christmas Yarn….

Then I got out the pattern to make sure I was done with the cable repeats…it looks as though I am. It’s even close in length to the other…see? And I read on, and I have notes to decrease two stitches twice in the next four rows. What? Why? I’ll have to review each of my blogs and see if I mentioned the decreases. I hope I did. Perhaps I was aiming to get at a smaller number to decrease for math reasons. Remind me to answer this mystery for you next week, won’t you?

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Previously, when these two socks were near the same completion rate…

The other half of the wondering equation involves the gray sock. I looked at it last week and re-tried it on, or perhaps it was after I tried it on James’ big foot. Set down the beverage while I defend myself. His feet are still bigger than mine–there’s more of him to balance.  Okay, I’ll let you have another sip for a moment. I tried the sock on me, and it was too loose. I knew this was happening. I’ve been warned, but I’m going to forge on anyways. I don’t think I can get more yarn in these colorways, and I don’t think there’s going to be enough for three socks, especially if one of them is too big. I’ll have to hope for the best. But you’ll get to see where I went from this:

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Briannag helping me model the slouchy sock. (And it was slouchy…see all that extra room?)
To this:

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Pretty close to where I unraveled it to…it was almost therapeutic, as I knew I would knit something better with it. Same pattern, just a better fit.

It wasn’t as hard as I thought. Though there was much winding of wonky yarn. Now, there will simply be more knitting, with hopefully a simpler pattern to travel with me for between class and work or days there’s nothing else to do. They do creep up in June, well, a couple of them. I’m doing my best to fill them with visits to aunts and a couple of birthday parties and some quilting and knitting. I’m never not busy for long…and then I let myself get lost in silly games that make me say bad words. I’ll stick to the knitting for that, as I have something to show for it in the end. P.S. I shouldn’t mention this now, but I’m finishing these socks. I got this yarn this Christmas, this may be the fastest I’ve knit a pair of socks in some time;-). Until next week–Happy Knitting, my friends, and may your yarn be knot free and your knitting tink free.